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Comment Re:If You're not rich, have a bright future! (Score 1) 365

The labor might be that cheap, but do they work strict 40 hour work weeks, use OSHA approved equipment, can afford a livable quality of life (support a family comfortably, take vacations twice a year), get fully paid health insurance, dental etc for that $5-7 a day?

Comment Re:I have seen some abuse of this but. (Score 1) 187

"Fair use" is an American legal doctrine (though the Philippines kept it from when it was a US colony and Israel, South Korea, and Poland have recently adopted their own versions), not a UK one. The UK/Commonwealth equivalent is "fair dealing", which is generally more restrictive than US "fair use".

Comment Re:Reading comprehension fail (Score 2) 31

Why assume it's state-sponsored? The Chinese people are perfectly capable of irrational acts of nationalist vandalism all on their own. (It wasn't the Chinese government that denounced the US, attacked KFC and McDonald's outlets, and smashed iPhones in anger over the China-Philippines sea boundaries ruling.)

So, why would angry Chinese attack a Vietnamese target? Simple enough. Because a number of Vietnamese citizens went out and celebrated the sea boundaries ruling, denouncing China and praising the Philippines (without any state support, and in several cases getting arrested by the Vietnamese government for it).

Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 675

I either do a straight line or an X. The card (and thus my purchases with it) are protected against fraud. What's the point of signing it? The signature is absolutely not cross checked against any kind of database for validity. I don't have time to be wasting on a fancy signature that nobody will ever look at and doesn't matter.

Comment San Francisco's Transbay Tube (Score 3, Interesting) 84

San Francisco's Transbay Tube does this. It's a bunch of segments bolted together, and then it was weighted down with thousands of pounds of granite fill/gravel and they pumped all the water out of it. The bottom of the San Francisco bay is pretty flat and muddy compared to Norway, I suspect, so they just let it sit on the bottom, rather than precariously suspend it in the water(?!?)
 
  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transbay_Tube

Comment Re:Fuck you Motorola/Lenovo (Score 1) 162

They finally pushed out a... June? 2016 security patch to my Moto X. I think this fixed the bug where the radio would get woken up from sleep mode, but not return to sleep when done, which ate up my battery like crazy. The Moto X was my first Non-Nexus phone in years... now I'm back with a Nexus 5x, at least Google patches their shit.

Comment Re:Analogue vs Digital, and DRM (Score 2) 536

USB Type-C allows for analog out to a pair of dumb headphones. You can either connect a pair of native Type-C dumb headphones (dumbphones?) or a 3.5mm set of dumbphones to a $3 adapter.
 
There will also be digital headphones and powered dumphones, but USB Type-C can totally be used to pass an analog signal from inside the phone, directly to a tiny set of speakers strapped to your head. There's no DRM in analog audio signals.

Comment It's about the battery backpack, stupid. (Score 2) 56

The clip on backpack battery represents a throwback to the old StarTac (pre-RAZR) days where you could get a slimline battery (which was for chumps) or this mutant cancer battery bulge, which gave you something like a week worth of standby. It was ugly, but holy wow it was an official manufacturer-built battery backpack, not unlike what they're making now.
 
Being able to buy a phone with a first party batter backpack puts Motorola on the radar of a lot of people who crave a true all-day phone. I'm certainly looking at it now.
 
I have a Nexus 5x which while having an average battery life, I went on a company offsite outing today and had to bring a USB battery bank to keep it from running out of juice. I suspect there are other people out here that demand more battery life than the average phone is capable of giving.
 
Nobody actually cares about the pico projector or... whatever the other one was. Everyone paying attention to this as a positive attribute is totally focused on the first party battery backpack. If I bought a Moto Z, I'd buy three backpacks, one for current use, one for the office (on a charger) and one at my house as a backup, all ready to hot-swap. I can live with a thicker phone, but using ride share services as often as I do, I can't function without my phone these days.

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