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Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

beanpoppa Yes, (127 comments)

because unlike iOS which requires an upgrade of the OS to get a new Appstore, even on devices running 2.3, the Google Play app and Google Play Services can be updated to the latest release without any manufacturer or carrier involvement.


Google's Nest Buys Home Monitoring Camera Company Dropcam

beanpoppa Re: WTF? Does Google think people are that insane? (82 comments)

Your right. search and Android are their only successes. Oh, you forgot to mention all their other failures like Gmail, maps, Google apps, chrome, hangouts, chrome cast, etc.

about a month ago

WSJ Reports AT&T May Be Eying a $40B DirecTV Acquisition

beanpoppa Re: This is LESS worrying than Comcast (73 comments)

This is more worrying. The Comcast/twc merger is not really a merger of competitors. They generally serve separate and distinct markets. If I am unhappy with comcast, I cant switch to twc. But I can (generally) switch to directv or dish, or possibly at&t uverse or verizon fios.

about 3 months ago

Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

beanpoppa Re:Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (330 comments)

No. Electricity is not a storage mechanism. It's energy. A battery, hydrogen, and, and gasoline are storage mechanisms.

about 4 months ago

Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

beanpoppa Re:Power button. (194 comments)

Well, this might come as a surprise, but not everyone is like you. I very rarely shut down my computer, and I don't want it to go to sleep every time I close the lid to move to a meeting, so I always map my power button to sleep. On the rarer occasions that I do want to shut down or reboot, I hit the Windows key, and the shutdown/reboot options are right there. Just like they have been for almost 1.5 decades, until Microsoft decided to hide it.

about 5 months ago

Hubble Witnesses Mysterious Breakup of Asteroid

beanpoppa Re:Aliens (69 comments)

Because it's a lot easier to escape the gravity well of an asteroid.

about 5 months ago

One In Ten Americans Thinks HTML Is a Type of Sexually Transmitted Infection

beanpoppa Re:Fake "survey" is fake (255 comments)

I don't even know about that anymore. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

about 5 months ago

Sulfur Polymers Could Enable Long-Lasting, High-Capacity Batteries

beanpoppa Re:Still a ways to go...until we get where? (131 comments)

At the risk of sounding 'Applely', Think different. Right now, I have to stop to 'recharge' my ICE car for 5-10 minutes, once a week. That's, on average, about 6 hours a year I wait for my car to 'recharge'. If I had an electric car, I would be plugging it in every night. For most weeks of my commuting year, it would eliminate any time waiting at the gas pump.

about 5 months ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

beanpoppa Re:Just in time (769 comments)

You did read the part where they said the 'next' Keurig machine, right? It doesn't come out until the fall. No reason not to buy the patent-expired Keurig 1.0 machine that you were interested in up until this news broke.

about 5 months ago

The Next Keurig Will Make Your Coffee With a Dash of "DRM"

beanpoppa Re:Go ahead and shoot yourself in the foot (769 comments)

I have a mini-refillable k-cup. Costs about 10c in coffee per cup, and no waste. Sure, it's not a gourmet cup of coffee, but thankfully, I'm not a coffee snob. I'm also not an audio snob, a wine snob, etc. Saves me a lot of money, and I can still be happy.

about 5 months ago

Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record

beanpoppa Re:It's not a 'fear' it's simple reality (357 comments)

Yes, and your case is so typical. Therefore, there is no use case for anyone to buy an electric cars. And I need to carry my 3 kids in the back seat of my car about 2 times a week, so obviously there is no market for 2-door sports cars, which explains why no manufactures make any of those

If only 80% of two-car households replaced one of their cars with an electric car, it would be a huge savings

about 6 months ago

Tesla Touts Cross-Country Trip, Aims For World Record

beanpoppa Re:Chevy Volt (357 comments)

I think the best thing about the Volt platform is that in a few years, when battery technology has improved 10 or 20%, and prices have been reduced by 50%, they can drop the gas engine to lower the price and save weight (thus improving range and space- really wish it could seat 5). So then you could buy a Volt LE with a 70 mile range for $30k, or spend $40k and buy a Volt HE with a 130 mile range (no ICE, more room for batteries), or spend $40k for a Volt Classic and get 60 mile range with the ICE range extender for people with range anxiety.

about 6 months ago

Old-school Wi-Fi Is Slowing Down Networks, Cisco Says

beanpoppa a does nothing for coverage (254 comments)

In our office and campus environment, we load up on access points in open office areas so you are never more than 30 feet from an AP in open air. 802.11an is the preferred protocol. But in my house, I have lots of plaster walls, ceilings, etc. I don't fell like wiring up an AP in each room, so 802.11g is my preferred protocol. There is nothing wrong with 2.4Ghz in my house. There is very little interference from my neighbors, as they are at least 30 feet beyond my walls and I can allocate non-adjacent channels. It's far desirable to a 5Ghz frequency that will be cut by 2/3 when it passes through the first wall. Sure, I could upgrade to 802.11gn, but I easilly get 30M to my AP, and my FiOS is only 10M so why bother? My servers and other things that matter are all wired anyway.

about 6 months ago

Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

beanpoppa Re:Units sold or already out? (511 comments)

I'd say 2 years is probably a good estimate. Most people replace their iPhone after 2 years. Some of them will put their old phones in a drawer and forget about them, while others will give them to their kids (as a phone with service, or as a WiFi only iPod), while others will trade-in or sell their old phone which will keep it in circulation even longer. That would make the average life longer than 2 years, but 25% of iPhones don't even make it to 2 years.

about 6 months ago

Supreme Court To Hear Aereo Case

beanpoppa Re:I'm torn... (211 comments)

It's basically Tivo, in the cloud. I could put a Tivo box in my house, hooked up to my antenna, and play Tivo $13/mo and watch/time-shift broadcast TV. Or, I can pay Aereo $8/mo for their DVR in the cloud, and do the same exact thing. What's the difference if the DVR is in my house, or remote? The difference with Aereo is that when I am away from my house, I can still watch my DVR. If Tivo+Slingbox is legal (which the courts have said is) then Aereo should be legal.

about 7 months ago

Target Admits Data Breach May Have Up To 110 Million Victims

beanpoppa Re:Target needs to be sued (213 comments)

Not sure why you think credit card companies don't care about fraud. They invest a lot in systems that study CC usage to flag transactions for possible fraud. In the last year, I've had 3 situations where a transaction has been declined until I contact the CC to verify that they are legitimate transactions. You might not feel that they do enough, but they certainly have an effort. There is just a point of diminishing returns where they've decided that it's not worth the extra effort to get fraud down below a certain level.

about 7 months ago

Target Admits Data Breach May Have Up To 110 Million Victims

beanpoppa Re:Target needs to be sued (213 comments)

I think the US card companies are actually going backwards. The Amex Blue card that I got 4 years ago had an RFID chip in it. The replacement I just received upon its expiration no longer has a chip.

about 7 months ago

Google Testing Smart Appliance, Would Compete With Nest Thermostat

beanpoppa Re:More data to mine for their advertisers & t (139 comments)

They don't need a thermostat for most of this. They know when I wake up, because that's when I pick up my phone and check my gmail. And I go to bed when I turn off my GoogleTV and set my phone on the charger.
What's wrong with getting cold medicine ads when you may have a cold? It's beats the heck out getting flooded with ads that provide nothing useful to me. When my furnace is running non-stop, I want to see ads with great deals on flights to Miami.
Now, as for selling that info to health and life insurance companies- sure. But please point me to ANYTHING that indicates that Google has done something along those lines.

about 7 months ago

Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

beanpoppa Re:Unrealistic cost (810 comments)

Ever hear of credit cards? Swipe your credit card, then recharge your car at a 20% premium over standard electric rates. The land owner can either get a cut of that, or can lease out the spaces to companies that install the charging stations and take the premium. One of the benefits to EV is that the fueling infrastructure can be very easy to build compared to what it took for gasoline. The electric grid is everywhere, and it's relatively trivial to turn parking spaces into refueling stations, compared to what it takes to build a gas station.

about 8 months ago

As Hurricane Season Looms, It's Disaster-Preparedness Time

beanpoppa Re:Sandy Wasn't a Hurricane (117 comments)

Actually, Sandy was technically not tropical, and therefore not a hurricane or a tropical storm when it made landfall. It was "Post-tropical cyclone Sandy". The "Superstorm" designation was more catchy, but also attributed to the fact that Sandy had merged with another low pressure system (which is what caused it to make the very unusual sharp turn West).

about 10 months ago


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