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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

sl149q Re:Sales figures are news now? (202 comments)

Except for:

- the iPhone 6 is, well the S3 is so old its not even in the comparative benchmarks published today by anandtech.... http://www.anandtech.com/show/..., but since the iPhone 6, 6+ and 5s are all faster than the Galaxy S5 we can assume that they are also faster than the S3

- the iPhone doesn't run Andoid ... nuff said

- the iPhone is not build by Sammy.. more nuff said :-)

yesterday
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New Long-Range RFID Technology Helps Robots Find Household Objects

sl149q Re:Potentially very useful (37 comments)

Newer Gen2 readers can do limited movement detection. It would be possible to detect direction. But possibly not reliably (if the tag orientation is not correct WRT to the antenna it becomes more difficult.)

yesterday
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New Long-Range RFID Technology Helps Robots Find Household Objects

sl149q Re:Potentially very useful (37 comments)

Yes, but that is no different than any other inventory sticker.

In other words... the rfid tag becomes the inventory sticker. The difference is that it can be visually inspected OR inventoried quickly with an RFID reader.

yesterday
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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

sl149q Re:Black letter law (126 comments)

Yes, but the US citizen accessing the data from the Irish servers might at that point be breaking Irish law.

The real issue is that if somebody in the US wants data from a foreign server then they should server warrants in that jurisdiction.

3 days ago
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Proposed Law Would Limit US Search Warrants For Data Stored Abroad

sl149q Re:Why purchase service from provider in US then? (126 comments)

This boils down to can a US court force an american entity to break a foreign law.

If for example Microsoft has enough access rights then the US Court can force them to access the data. If they did this there may be a cause of action in Ireland and it would be interesting to see if the US would allow extradition of a US citizen for charges based on this scenario.

If there is no access but Microsoft controls the foreign entity that does have access, can the court force Microsoft to direct the foreign entity to comply. And the foreign entity (remember a Microsoft owned company) refuses, what can the court do to Microsoft?

The proposed bill presumably all about removing these ambiguities.

3 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

sl149q Re:Sanity... (504 comments)

Would a device reset maintain the extended timeout between tries?

5 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

sl149q Re:Or your fingerprint ... (504 comments)

Better yet, maintain a second iTunes/iCloud account with a different install image for your device.

Simply backup and then restore your device to a nice generic image with nothing indiscreet on it. With a simple (or no) passcode. Bonus points for also setting it up with some secondary gmail (or similar) accounts with some light traffic (mailing lists work well.)

Anyone looking at your device will see a simple normal device with nothing exciting.

You can of course restore to your main image later.

5 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

sl149q Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

Yes I'm sure that anybody who doesn't want their data to be read by the authorities won't be able to afford to buy an iPhone with TouchID.

5) Enjoy entering your complex password every time you want to access the phone.

5 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

sl149q Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

The US courts CAN compel you to disclose your keys in some specific circumstances. The canonical example was when child porn was seen on a screen and the owner managed to then turn the laptop(?) off. When rebooted it could not be seen because it was encrypted.

In that case the courts held that because the government already knew (had seen) that the kiddie porn was present they where not forcing the owner to disclose something unknown. So they could force him to hand over his keys.

5 days ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

sl149q Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (504 comments)

People with pre iPhone 5S phones use 4 digit passcodes because they don't want to enter more than that everytime they unlock their phone.

Anyone with a 5S (or 6) will use TouchID for most access and a much longer passcode for when a passcode is required.

5 days ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

sl149q Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (155 comments)

Kind of like the way carrier cell phone stores push Android.

And why Apple is happy selling iPhones their way in THEIR store.

about a week ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

sl149q Re:didn't have to be worse.. (207 comments)

So if the referenced article is to be believed...

Sometime early in August Apple decided to to with ion strengthened glass for the new iPhone 6 models. They then cancelled the orders for sapphire screens and did what... with only six weeks to go before launch, probably several weeks into full production, they placed an order for 10 million or so screens? Its not like you can phone Digikey and ask for 10 million screens and please have them here in 24 hours please and thank.

Any decision about screens was made many months ago so that the Ion Screen manufacturer would have sufficient time to make them and ship them prior to when the iPhone 6's production needed to start. And initial production was probably in June.

So more likely March or April.

about two weeks ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

sl149q Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

And this is how different from now?

Other than many human drivers will be distracted and might not notice... but if they do notice you get the same panic effect.

Which is also why (at least in BC) most over passes (especially pedestrian ones) now have fences so that idiots cannot throw things off them.

In other words this has nothing much to do with autonomous vehicles.

about two weeks ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

sl149q Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

With feedback (there is this Internet thing...) and / or official documentation from the owners of the particular road you are driving, eventually your model of the driving environment will be reasonably accurate.

So mostly you are looking to see if there are any changes today (like a car stopped, or cones and a flagger out, or a mattress or other obstacle.) Although again if feedback is active and the obstacle has been "seen" by another vehicle, your car may actually know about it before it arrives.

about two weeks ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

sl149q Re:Who would have thought (194 comments)

Or a roundabout that has two lanes in one direction and one in the other. E.g. two lanes east/west and one lane north/south.

Yes we have some of those in BC.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

sl149q Legal issues - driving and kill switch (730 comments)

Will it be legal to wear the Apple Watch (or for that matter any smart watch) while driving (where handheld devices are outlawed)? One hopes that it will be illegal to use it as a phone replacement, but legal to wear. But that leads to people cheating and a very hard to enforce law.

Will the Apple Watch have a kill switch? Will the laws requiring kill switches in smart phones mandate a kill switch? Now that we are getting safer from being robbed because iPhones are hard to sell when stolen do we want to have yet another expensive Apple Gadget that people will covet and therefore provide a market for stolen ones.

about two weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

sl149q Re:Yeah hand signals (289 comments)

Given a system that can track changes to your trajectory in space within millisecond time frames it is likely that any autonomous car will know what you are doing without any need to signal it.

It will also have situational awareness. So will be able to make predictions of likely behaviour. E.g. if you are in the bike lane, near a corner and make a slight swing out to the right it will wait to see if you are going to lane change to turn left or start back the right to make a right turn.

All of which most drivers wouldn't even notice as they have limited attention and that may be directed somewhere else through an intersection.

about three weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

sl149q Re:And? (289 comments)

Yes, better to kill 30,000 plus people every year. It is simply inconceivable that there might be a better solution.

about three weeks ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Google's Self-Driving Cars

sl149q Re:been wondering many similar things (289 comments)

The owner of a parking lot could engineer in the specific parking locations he wants cars to use and the cars will automatically park exactly centred on them without a problem (thanks GPS..)

Alternately, once a large number of cars are autonomous they can drop you off at the door and then go and park themselves. Also they can pack themselves in as the current "parked" cars can move to allow them in and out. A parked autonomous car can move around in the parking lot to suit current requirements. All of which means that the number of parked cars is higher so parking lots can be smaller.

about three weeks ago

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Google Government Request App

sl149q sl149q writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sl149q (1537343) writes "While Google may or may not be the living up to their do no evil mantra it appears that they are trying to. This new Google App: http://www.google.com/governmentrequests/ is their attempt to show how many requests they have received from governments around the world. These can be requests to censor or requests about users or users data. This is a welcome response compared to other ISP's and Telecoms that have routinely denied or ignored requests for any information of this type. See their announcement here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/greater-transparency-around-government.html for some background."
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WSJ: Time for a Climate Change Plan B

sl149q sl149q writes  |  more than 4 years ago

sl149q (1537343) writes "Whether you believe in Climate Change or Climategate the problem is that no one in the first or third world is really willing to actually pay enough to change things fast enough to make much difference. The bigger question is whether it is better to spend money to mitigate one problem (CO2) or solve other problems.

This from an article by Nigel Lawson in the WSJ article (http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704107604574607793378860698.html) : "The reasons for the complete and utter failure of Copenhagen are both fundamental and irresolvable. The first is that the economic cost of decarbonizing the world's economies is massive, and of at least the same order of magnitude as any benefits it may conceivably bring in terms of a cooler world in the next century."

And: "The reason we use carbon-based energy is not the political power of the oil lobby or the coal industry. It is because it is far and away the cheapest source of energy at the present time and is likely to remain so, not forever, but for the foreseeable future."

And if we do need a conspiracy theory it is helpful to remember that 27 out of 50 of the worlds largest oil companies are state owned or controlled (http://www.energyintel.com/DocumentDetail.asp?document_id=245527)."

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