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Comment Re:Copyright law is a bitch; Fair Use is not a rig (Score 1) 187

You can do anything you like, but you might be sued for it. IIRC, the current condition allowing the photographing of buildings in Europe (yes, they are designs of an architect and carry copyright protection) are only temporary (or, perhaps were as of last year). Copyright is out of control.

Comment Copyright law is a bitch; Fair Use is not a right (Score 1) 187

The design of the Note 7 is copyrighted, just as any other product. To reproduce a likeness of a piece of "art" without permission is infringing (just ask the US Post Office). How accurate was it? Could it be identified as a Note 7? If so, then it's a by right thing - it IS infringing.

Now, Hitman Niko can absolutely pursue this in court by re-publishing on a non-common carrier platform and having Samsung sue him. He may then, and only then, proffer his defense that the use falls under one of the Fair Use sections of copyright law. If the judge/jury concludes, based on the evidence, that it meets the test of fair use, then he will win the case. But he can't claim Fair Use as a right, only as a positive defense to an infringement claim. Copyright law is a bitch.

Comment Re:Every single gag order and NDA ever. (Score 1) 120

Seriously - this is SOP for settlements of all kinds. The press was bad on the Note 7, and they wanted to make the problem go away. They offered to cover the cost of damage/repair, no questions (or few questions) asked in return for not publicizing the event with photos/video. Typical corporate culture.

Comment How much is standard for butthurt? (Score 1, Interesting) 41

'Cause there's a lot of butthurt going around on the Note 7 forums. Jesus - it's a phone. A nice one, but still just a phone. I get it if you were one of those weird edge cases where you got stuck in Bora Bora after the recall but before you had to fly home. Or you traded your Note 4 for $200 to get it and now you can't get your original phone back. That sucks - no doubt. Or you tried to save $100 by buying one off of Craigslist and now it's hard to return. I'm going to call that a "learning experience," but I digress...

I had two of them, they were great. I was sad to hear of the full recall because there's nothing out there like it in functionality. But, in the end, I'm basically in the same position I would have been if the Note 7 had never come along. If I'd wanted a replacement I could have, like 90% of the people out there, called up my rep and had them ship me a different phone, and send my N7 back in. In fact, after the second one, I did. And it will take an entire month for them to credit me for the phones I sent in. But in the end I pretty much used a Note 7 for free, and got a $25 "we're sorry" credit and a $225 "please choose one of our other phones" discount ($75 from Samsung, $150 from the seller). If you can't tell, I'm finding it hard to see the value in such a suit, and I kind of hope the judge tells them to go pound sand because the lawyers are the only ones who are going to make any money in the deal.

Comment Re:Sounds just like Samsung and ISIS. (Score 1) 283

It probably became Samsung Pay, which happens to work exceptionally well. Of course, if you root the phone it won't work as the system presumes that a compromised OS may have compromised the secure transaction chain. But in general it works better than anything out there because it works with the old-fashioned swipe terminals - no NFC needed (though it can work with those to, I believe).

Comment Simple choices (Score 2) 212

If you what something that's 95% of a Note 7, you're going to get a S7 Edge. Same great camera, same IP68, nearly the same UX (and nearly identical after Nougat), same edge functionality, uSD storage, same great battery life, and works with the 2-3 bonus gifts you got (Active watch, uSD card, Gear VR).

If you are pissed as Samsung and don't want to "reward them," you'll be getting either a Pixel or an LG V20. Both are fresh off the line (not some "old, tired" model from 6 months ago, like the S7E), come with cool gifts, and promise to be great phones.

If you were an iPhone user the switched to the Note 7, you're probably going to go back to iOS, because ain't nobody got time of dis sheit [exploding Android phones] and everybody you told you were switching has ribbed you endlessly about your poor judgement. Plus, the baristas have promised that they'll let you back in to get your PSL as long as you switch back.

Comment Re:Li Fe P04 (Score 3, Insightful) 99

4X more expensive *and* 25% lower energy density is a pretty big hit. The whole push is to get more time out of a battery, and taking the space of a 10Wh battery and throwing in a 7.5Wh battery isn't going to make users happy. I agree that thinness is a stupid-ass metric for companies to compete on, but we're kind of stuck with it until all-powerful Apple tells us that it's not the in-thing anymore.

Comment Sturdier cases = bigger explosions (Score 1) 99

I'm with you on slightly thicker phones, but the bad news is that would make it worse. You can make a case thick enough and light enough for a modern phone to contain the sudden runaway of a lithium battery. Making the case tighter and stronger just means you get a bigger bang when it does finally give. And using the case to put in a bigger battery - just more energy to dissipate when it goes off.

Besides - a thicker phone just means having to put an even bigger case on it. Nobody it buying cases to protect themselves from battery fires, they're doing it to protect the beautiful, fragile, and unrepairable surfaces of their $1000 phones. If manufacturers wanted to make a phone safe from drops, the would need only put a small elastomeric bumper around the edge as part of the assembly. The LG G3 even had an accessory back that had a rubber rim that surrounded and stood slightly proud of the edge on the front/glass side. They never even sold it outside of S Korea. The tactile feel of such a feature is "cheap", and these are premium devices. A thicker premium device made of scratchable glass and aluminum is going to be just at damage prone.

Comment Re:With Mercedes, I expect it by model (Score 4, Funny) 365

If I'm driving an S class, I expect a little more granularity than that. I need to know that, given the possibility of hitting one or more people in a crowd, the avoidance decision process will go Wealthy > White People > Males > Everyone else.

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