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Comment Re:Its a step, but there are better ones (Score 1) 106

Its better than nothing I suppose, but a better step might be to get manufacturers to build in hardware based cut offs of the transmission hardware and maybe hardwired LEDs showing when the mic/camera is active.

Forget LED's. Put in hardware disconnects for:
* mic(s)
* camera(s)
* bt/wifi
* cell
* gps

It'd be an entirely different phone, but it's not that crazy a thought. Push to talk was in widespread use by nextel folks for a long time, and also in CB and radio forever. I already start out every conference call I'm on by hitting mute... just make it easier to do that with a real button that actually ties to a circuit (maybe a slide, so I can slide it on/off). The others could also be put on one hardware airplane mode switch.

Comment Re:Old dog, old tricks (Score 2) 370

These are the new days, where Google refuses to allow any YouTube apps on Windows Phones. But Microsoft puts its apps everywhere.

OMFG. Are you fucking kidding me? Where's Microsoft Office for Ubuntu (or any linux distro)? They are not putting their apps everywhere, and they're doing the same shit they've always done. They took the time to get some bastard version of Ubuntu running in Windows 10, but all Linux gets is a really broken alpha version of Skype.
You can argue that they don't need to do that all you want, but then there is no reason Google/YouTube should support Windows Phones either - that's an even smaller market than Linux.

This warning thing is in bad form. I don't know how they managed to get away with the windows 10 update stuff getting forced down everyones throats, but they have thus far, so this will probably stay in place (or get worse) for a long time.

Comment Re:Everyone but North America (Score 2) 161

It is not streaming only.
It will be streamed 1 day behind broadcast.
If you have CBS OTA (ex. via antenna), you can watch it there.
If you have CBS via a cable or sat provider, you can watch it there.
If you have CBS All Access (I'm not sure what all restrictions are there for that... I think you have to have an existing cable/sat account with it), you can stream from them in the US.
If you have Netflix and are not in the US or CA, you can stream it there.

IMO, I have no idea why they don't have all access open wide (paid for by lots of commercials), and license to netflix/others at the same time. I really hope that's what it comes to someday - the content producers making the content available for "free" + commercials, and the aggregates (netflix, amazon, etc) charging for content but providing a better experience. As it is, it looks like the content producers are also going to charge a fee, and also add commercials, and maybe add subscription requirements to some other service as well.

Comment Re:RF harvesting can work for power. (Score 1) 109

What?! Are you telling me I can't scavenge enough power from background RF noise to broadcast a signal stronger than the background RF noise?!

Actually, by harnessing the harmonic frequency of the incoming waves of disparate sources, they are capable of amplifying the power generated enough that they can sustain a stable and comparably strong signal generation.

Comment Re:Depends on the job.. (Score 1) 765

It entirely depends on the kind of job it is and whether you need it on your resume. ... so you can use it on your resume to explain your employment history.

You can walk and use it on your resume.
In almost all cases, your previous employer is legally not allowed to say anything to prospective employers besides confirming whether or not you worked there.

It used to be that you'd want a good reference (they're legally allowed to provide or be a reference), but many employers have made it against their own rules to provide references, probably for fear of violating the aforementioned laws.

There can still be benefits to staying, but not all that much.

Comment Re:Colour me skeptical... (Score 2) 298

Don't the majority of crashes occur on takeoff or landing?

One could argue that all crashes technically occur on landing. ;)

The majority of them, yes. But there are mid air crashes. Ex: New York City United Airlines vs Trans World Airlines:
But yeah, it's generally not the fall that kills you.

Comment Re:We have been doing this in San Rafael since 201 (Score 2) 65

Those kinda illustrate the limitations this thing will have.

AFAICT, the market for these is pretty damn small.
* Many areas lack sidewalks. Even well built up and affluent areas just outside of major downtown cities.
* Many areas with sidewalks also have significant pedestrian traffic. This thing is NOT as agile nor small as another person. In a busy downtown area, this won't be accepted.
* This leaves low traffic areas with sidewalks, but only within 1-3 miles of the base station, and you've gotta have a manual override operator standing by.

For those ideal conditions, just stick a kid on a bicycle.

Comment Re:What are the alternatives for Windows users? (Score 3, Informative) 212

Using old, potentially-vulnerable versions of Windows long after they're no longer supported isn't a real option, of course.

See here:
Windows 7 end of mainstream support: 2015-01-13 (extended is 2020-01-14)
Windwos 8 end of mainstream support: 2018-01-09 (extended is 2023-01-10)

How is that "long after they're no longer supported"?
And yes, I know 2015 is less than now, but it's not long after, and it's still in extended support. For that matter, vista is still in extended support until Q2 2017!

I shouldn't be feeding the trolls at all, but continuing to use those *should* be a valid option. That said, I'd still recommend GNU/Linux or MacOSX.

Comment Re:No App is "Secure" (Score 1) 171

Onion routing requires nodes, aka servers.

As we are talking about phones which get basically dynamic IP adresses all the time, it is impossible to have such a service without a central server infrastructure that knows who is online and how he is reachable.

That isn't true. Anytime you write "impossible", it should make you think twice.
Here's an example (I haven't used this, but I know this sort of thing is very feasible via Tor):

Comment Re:just like ripping the dvd drive out of laptops (Score 4, Insightful) 595

Taking out an audio jack that, in one form or another, has been in use for the last 70 years won't fly the same way because there's nothing there to replace it realistically,

I think the move is uncalled for and I dislike it, but most people I know that use headphones regularly with their phones tend to go through them fairly quickly.

Don't most phones ship with a pair of headphones, including the iPhone? Won't they just ship with a pair of lightening earbuds, so there won't be any real pain in the upgrade except for those edge cases where people have some fancy extra expensive headphones, which are probably not earbuds, so having an extra dongle won't make all that much of a difference to those people.

There's not much downside for Apple. They'll still sell phones; The phones will ship with earbuds to keep most happy enough; They'll also sell new beats headphones, which will start shipping with lightening connectors and probably include a lightening to 1/8" jack adapter for use on traditional equipment; They'll cut off the extremely cheap competitor market for headphones.
Downside, they'll lose a smallish segment of people that were already considering on making their next upgrade an Android device.
It's a gamble, but it'll probably net them more profit than not making the move.

Comment Re:big whoop (Score 2) 595

Yup, just like Microsoft didn't listen to the market and didn't bring back some semblance of the Start Menu in windows.

That's a decent example since what MS did was to ignore and avoid the issue for just enough iterations so that when they did "bring back" something that was a huge compromise, people took it as good enough and thanked them for it. Two steps forward, one step back... it's a great way to move the herd along.

Comment Re:frist post (Score 4, Insightful) 569

Cakes aren't designed with the express purpose of killing things.

Neither are emoji's.
How many apps/games/etc are there where guns, violence, etc are possible, if not the goal?

"The usual road to (digital) slavery is that first they take away your gun (emoji's), then they take away your property, then last of all they tell you to shut up and say you are enjoying it." -- James A. Donald

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