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Obama Administration Refuses To Overturn Import Ban On Samsung Products

Asic Eng Re:Proof that Obama is corrupt (298 comments)

Samsung abused FRAND patents towards Apple. The Whitehouse said "No Way".

The White House explicitly stated that they were not making a statement regarding the validity of Samsung's case, but argued that SE patents should not be used as a basis for Cease and Desist orders. The ITC has found that Samsung was in the right about that patent. Neither the White House, nor the ITC, nor any court of law has determined that Samsung was abusing their FRAND patent.

about 9 months ago
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Smartphones: Life's Remote Control

Asic Eng Re:Where is the IR? (121 comments)

Some of the Samsung tablets have that - e.g. I have a Note 10.1 which comes with an IR transmitter. I think the newer Galaxy Tabs also have them.

about a year and a half ago
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Touchscreen Laptops, Whether You Like Them Or Not

Asic Eng Re:Laptops are the wrong form factor for touch (398 comments)

They are ergonomically bad, after 10 minutes I get pain in my wrists and elbows. The only place I have found desktop sized touch screens to be useful is when stood up, for example at a point of sale.

Maybe that's the better way to sue desktops anyway: standing up rather than sitting down. Sitting down for hours is an ergonomic disaster in the first place, maybe we could kill two birds with one stone there.

about a year and a half ago
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Huge Security Hole In Recent Samsung Devices

Asic Eng Re:Huge Security Hole Has Been there all Along (153 comments)

It's just one file which has the wrong permissions. That's correctable with "chmod". That's not a cork in the hole, it's someone building a huge castle with all sorts of fortifications and then not locking the door. Stupid, but trivially easy to fix.

about a year and a half ago
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RMS Speaks Out Against Ubuntu

Asic Eng Re:Why we still listen to this guy, exactly? (597 comments)

I don't think so. I usually agree with him - I often dislike the way how he says things though. Also there is his insistence on the "GNU/Linux" thing, which not only goes against the FSF ideals (you don't get to keep naming rights) it's also a really stupid name.

about a year and a half ago
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EU Says Apple's Warranty Advertisements Are Unacceptable

Asic Eng Re:And they thought dealing with Microsoft was har (266 comments)

It's not fraud, but it may well be misleading advertising. It confuses customers about their rights, and creates wrong impressions about the rights they have if they were to buy competing products. In many European jurisdictions misleading advertising is also against the law.

That's only regarding advertising, btw - Apple is still entitled to offer extended warranties with more comprehensive coverage than what the law requires, provided they state clearly what the customer gets.

about 2 years ago
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BitCoin Gets a Futures Market

Asic Eng Re:Question for economics wonks (467 comments)

Well, in general I can only advise to walk away from any deal which sounds fishy - there is no amount of money which can compensate for that. That's because a con-man will *know* what the con is about, so anything he'll offer as guarantee will always be worth less than what he expects to gain. Trying to outwit a con man is a fool's game.

Otherwise it wouldn't be irrational to accept bitcoins per se, but it's difficult to see how that would ever make sense - it's not impossible, merely not compelling. You could also offer to pay in silkworm futures - if you just happen to have a large amount of those - you will similarly have problems finding someone to accept the deal, and for similarly reasons: your potential business partners will not have any idea how much silkworm futures are worth, how to convert them into money, how to transfer and handle them. Just looking into that is effort, and most people will be unwilling to invest that effort.

That's why money is such a great trading tool, and has almost completely replaced bartering with goods.

about 2 years ago
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BitCoin Gets a Futures Market

Asic Eng Re:Missing the point: financial stability. (467 comments)

You could achieve the very same thing without using bitcoins. Disregarding the risk of using bitcoin exchanges, and disregarding the quality of this particular market - if I get paid in USD, I can buy gold or gold futures for that. The extra step of converting into bitcoins first gains me exactly nothing.

In the same way I could convert my USD into EUR and trade on the Athens Derivatives Exchange. But why?

about 2 years ago
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BitCoin Gets a Futures Market

Asic Eng Re:Question for economics wonks (467 comments)

I don't really see anything compelling about your example. If you want me to do some work for you and we agree on the price, I would prefer not to receive payments in bitcoin - it's a hassle for me. Certainly I would want to be compensated for that hassle - if I bother at all - so using bitcoin for that transaction would be a disadvantage to you.

Assuming you would offer me more significantly more than the amount asked, simply by going the redundant bitcoin step, I'd step away from the deal since I'd take that as an indication that something fishy is going on.

about 2 years ago
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Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes For Maps App, Recommends Alternatives

Asic Eng Re:Bye Apple (451 comments)

They bought the data from different sources, but apparently messed up merging it. E.g. in Japan a slightly different GPS standard is used - which can shift your location by 250m or so if you get it wrong. They apparently also used data from openstreetmaps, which doesn't seem to be quite as good as they hoped for. Still considering all the data they bought, it's surprising the result is so bad.

about 2 years ago
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NZ Broke the Law Spying On Kim Dotcom, PM Apologizes

Asic Eng Re:Oh! "We're Very Sorry"?! (235 comments)

But NZ is not responsible for the servers, or are they? They'd point to the US government for that, and I think that would be correct in this case.

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Smartphones Vulnerable To Remote Wipe Hack

Asic Eng Re:The problem can be avoided by using another dia (151 comments)

Dialing *2767*3855# seems slightly more complicated than going through the menus and selecting factory reset, though. So in that sense I think it's not a problem. Apart from that, I recommend NoTelURL - then you can set that as default when the "choose dialer" dialog comes up, and it won't do anything with USSD codes in websites. (It's free, too.)

about 2 years ago
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GPL Kerfuffle Takes Xbian For Raspberry Pi Offline

Asic Eng Re:Permission not needed (154 comments)

Lame. "in their work, that is their attribution" - that's most definitely not what we were talking about in this thread, and you could have made your point in the first post without this whole dance. What we were talking about is whether you have to keep that note intact in derivative copies. Do you think you have contributed to clarify that point through your posts? Seriously: this style of discussion sucks.

about 2 years ago
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GPL Kerfuffle Takes Xbian For Raspberry Pi Offline

Asic Eng Re:Permission not needed (154 comments)

That's a somewhat useless comment. If you think I'm missing something at least tell me what that is. If you want to talk about some legal technicality: either tell us what it is or have a hard look whether it's relevant in the context of this thread. Surely you can do better than this "I know something and you common people couldn't possibly understand" act?

about a year ago
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GPL Kerfuffle Takes Xbian For Raspberry Pi Offline

Asic Eng Re:Permission not needed (154 comments)

Not sure what you mean by that. GPL v2 is incompatible with attribution requirements, v3 allows you to amend the terms to require attribution. It's not a requirement by default.

about 2 years ago
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Kickstarter Introduces New Hardware and Product Design Project Guidelines

Asic Eng Re:Netcraft confirms Kickstarter is dead? (157 comments)

I worked on one of those. The customer needed a PCB with an FPGA on it, which was to be the prototype. They already had VC funding. They contracted us for the hardware design and were developing the software themselves. The effort for the hardware design was two engineers for 6 months (at contracting rates) plus material, PCB manufacturing etc. On top of that they had to live of something while they developed the software, so for a few individuals that hard to pull off without any funding.

about 2 years ago
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Kickstarter Introduces New Hardware and Product Design Project Guidelines

Asic Eng Re:You can probably thank "Orbit" for this... (157 comments)

I don't see how these changes help in those cases at all. If you are simply copying another person's idea, having a prototype and showing how it works is trivial. It's only hard to do if you actually invent something.

The whole thing seems really puzzling, it wants to differentiate kickstarter from being a store by moving it closer to being a store. And if you want to develop something you can't show how you envision the final product to look like. Why is that useful?

about 2 years ago
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Can a Court Order You To Delete a Facebook Account?

Asic Eng Re:Pro death == pro stupid (761 comments)

is the death penalty a deterrent against murder?

Yes, and of course prison is a deterrent for murders, too. However people commit murders anyway. That's to be expected, so you need to measure statistically whether the death penalty deters more people. Which is very difficult to measure, since all sorts of factors could affect murder rates. However looking at US states, there is no indication that the death penalty helps with that: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/murder-rates-nationally-and-state

about 2 years ago
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Salesforce CEO Benioff: Future Software Will Look Like Facebook

Asic Eng Re:Please leave vim alone (156 comments)

Yeah, maybe we can rewrite the headline to: "Ignorant CEO of irrelevant company is wrong about future software trends".

about 2 years ago

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German High Court: telecom data can't be retained

Asic Eng Asic Eng writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Asic Eng (193332) writes "Germany's constitutional court has ruled today that the state can't mandate telecom providers to store data on emails and phone calls (including location of mobile phone calls). The data already stored must be deleted immediately. Until now the affected law had ordered telcommunication providers to store such data of all their customers for six months so that it could be accessed by law enforcement agencies."
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