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Comment Re:Not a bad idea (Score 1) 46

Yup. Airport security is definitely stopping to examine every cell phone.

Or not.

In fact not at all. I just took several flights in the last 2 weeks and the only thing they do is make an announcement on the plane.

No one in the airport world of security and service noticed my Note 7 or asked a single question about anyone's phone.

Comment Re:Scary working for a retail phone carrier (Score 1) 126

None of them are being shipped by air - that would actually be very much illegal.

I have one of the corporate demo devices and they sent a fire resistant box (fully lined with fire-retardant ceramic matting) with HAZMAT exception paperwork, pre-paid sticker, and 'GROUND ONLY' in big letters.

Comment Re: why hasn't apple taken advantage.. (Score 1) 126

Oh, and the Note 7 is the only phone made by Samsung.

I two of them, zero problems, and it's a great device. The extremely small chance of a fire really doesn't have me very worried. It amazes me that Samsung recalled eleventeen billion phones over a few dozen confirmed reports of issues.

Comment Re:Oh, Democracy... (Score 1) 332

Red-light cameras are a tool for revenue generation

Irrelevant. If they fight what needs fighting — and do it cheaper than other methods — than we should be using them.

Very relevant. There IS a proven cheaper method. Longer (~+1sec) yellow lights have been demonstrated to greatly reduce red light violations (to the point where one town removed their cameras since they were costing more than they made) without the increase in rear-end collisions. Why isn't this adopted everywhere? Because revenue. Google yourself, this is readily available and has been reported in the media multiple times.

growing body of evidence of their abuse

Citation missing.

If someone makes some odd, esoteric, or strange claim, then a citation is relevant. Asking for one when there's a huge body of evidence? Lame. But sure: http://bfy.tw/81id

Police body cams however are supposed to be an impartial witness.

All cameras are impartial.

Functionally true. As a practical matter, certainly not. A camera is not omnipresent. A camera only see's what it's pointed at. You can shove someone off-camera and then turn and film them (apparently) attacking you out of the blue. While they're a HUGE benefit, camera's are not the only thing needed.

Comment Re:Makes perfect sense (Score 1) 377

Apple: we courageously removed the headphones jack to make the already thin phone [drumroll] .001 inches thinner and have 5% more battery life [taDAA] ... [crickets]

3rd party vendor: we've put back the headphone jack and made the phone .2 inches thicker and added 60% more battery life ... [crowds scrambe to throw money at them]

While the phones look sleep and cool, who really DOESN'T put their phone in a case these days? the .001 inch different in thickness is as pointless as the 5 gram weight reduction. I don't want to carry a brick around, but some basic shock protection and/or decent battery life (and a headphones jack) don't seem all that big of a deal.

Comment Re:Screw you (Score 1) 134

Yup, this.

I've got a lawn for peopel to get off because I've been saying it for years. More like over a decade: Provide a reasonable cost, easy to use, LEGAL alternative and people will use it.

When Netflix had a reasonably full catalog (instead of focusing so much on their own content) the number of downloads "a friend of mine" did was severely reduced. It was quick, easy, cheap, and had much of what he was looking for. Fast forward a bit and now there's a half dozen major and a few dozen minor streaming services. Each with their own quirks, app, content, cost, and rules. Oh, and I still can't watch them on a plan or subway. I mean he. He can't watch them on a plane.

So when it's time to watch some movie there's a ~15 minute delay while the torrent protocol 'caches' the movie and then it's watches. It's LESS convenient than what COULD (and HAS) been offered but more convenient than figuring out the BS of a dozen different streaming platforms or trying to figure out somewhere to legally buy/download from and them export/import into whatever I want to watch on.

Comment Re:What's the long term cost? (Score 1) 327

There's some shelf life concerns. Typically drugs break down slowly and lose potency over time. A 5 year old epi pen may have half the potency (wild ass guess) and the breakdown time line is what's supposed to drive the expiration.

In reality, it's a combination of profits and paranoia about being sued. 90% potency and someone, somehow dies because it wasn't enough...where a full 100% dose would have saved them? maybe? Yeah...there's a lawsuit and $xyz settlement.

I agree though, it's largely about profits and convincing people that 'expired' medicine is useless, dangerous, or somehow bad for ... something.

Comment Re:Incoming lawsuit in 3...2... (Score 1) 327

They won't because they won't need to.

The problem is their device is *certified and approved* while the epipencil (and any similar mass-produced device) would not be.

It's ridiculous, but even things that utterly fail the patent test because they're virtually identical and obvious do NOT automatically get certified for medical use. IIRC there's another manufacturer getting their epipen (which they will call something else) certified because ... it's worth it to spend the $ and they can still hugely undercut on the price.

IDK if they laws explicitly require this *exact* epi device in schools or requires a "FDA approved epi auto-injector".

Comment Re: I have my own plan to eliminate cable boxen. (Score 1) 149

I believe they're still legally required to allow this is some odd, awkward situations (aka cablecard).

But it's intentionally cryptic, difficult, and works very poorly for the vast majority of cases.

Cable companies went encrypted digital and quickly locked most of the market out - and made built-in TV tuners essentially useless - as part of a huge (legally approved) scam to force people to rent set top boxes for $cheap per month...which quickly escalated to $rip-off per month.

While you're getting off my lawn, I remember when you could plug any TV in via splitter and get all the standard cable channels. The special ones - like HBO and playboy - still needed a box but you could easily watch the rest. This is a big part of how TVs proliferated so quickly and people bought one for every room.

Comment Re: I have my own plan to eliminate cable boxen. (Score 1) 149

Imperfect analogies are imperfect.

Using someone else's open WiFi does have an impact on them. Though it's likely minimal, there are situations where you could definitely impact them - using significant bandwidth, downloading things that get them naughty MAFIAA letters, or other issues degrading their network. It's not completely zero impact like watching a TV though an open window, but it's not fully utilizing a resource and taking it away from it's owner.

However, it IS unauthorized access. The various 'digital tresspass' laws (most of which are a crock of ... erm stew) make this illegal. The owner may be less than tech savvy and *should* secure their network ... but anyone not given permission to use it, definitely don't belong on it.

Open NYC WiFi ... I'm going to guess that buried in the terms is (or eventually will be) some clause about not retransmitting, selling, porting, routing, etc. the wifi. Or maybe not, but if they put these near housing too many people will use it and they'll become useless.

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