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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

tangent3 Re:not enthuisastic about this (262 comments)

The other good reason for wanting police interaction with the public to be recorded - Rampant false allegations of police misconduct

about 2 months ago

Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

tangent3 So is it two or ten times tougher? (203 comments)

First article says:
Apple supplier Corning on Thursday introduced its next-generation Gorilla Glass, which it said is two times tougher than any competitive cover glass now in the market.

Second article says:
Apple supplier Corning on Thursday introduced next-generation Gorilla Glass, which it said is ten times tougher than any competitive cover glass now in the market.

about 2 months ago

Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

tangent3 Re:Easy question (739 comments)

The insurance companies cannot charge whatever they want.
First of all, there is the insurance marketplace where the people can shop around for the best deals.
Secondly the Act also requires insurances companies to meet a minimum Medical Loss Ratio of 80% - something which is not possible if they overcharge the people.

about 3 months ago

Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

tangent3 Re:Very sad (277 comments)

The rest of the world is not obliged to share your opinion, no matter how highly you think of yourself.

I, too, do not see myself using a large phone. However these large phones are hugely popular, as can be seen by their sales figures and several of my colleagues, even small sized females, happily using these phones. I respect their choice and I applaud Android for allowing manufacturers to give customers a choice of picking a phone they like instead of dictating the customer's choice to them and insulting potential customers that choose differently.

about 4 months ago

Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

tangent3 Lack of marketing (149 comments)

How many people even know they had a free @facebook.com email address?

about a year ago

Microsoft Warns Customers Away From RC4 and SHA-1

tangent3 Re:What about Git? (92 comments)

I call BS on that "*every*"

about a year ago

Nexus 5 With Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 800 Challenges Apple A7 In Benchmarks

tangent3 Re:New phone almost as fast as month old phone (310 comments)

The NEON registers are 128-bits wide and there are 32 of them. If you have 32 bit data, you can process 128 chunks at a time!

I don't think you understand how SIMD is used. NEON instructions only apply to 1 register, so it only processes 4x 32 bit at a time.

about a year ago

GCC 4.9 To See Significant Upgrades In 2014

tangent3 Re:Don't try to be more Catholic than the Pope... (191 comments)

Actually since 4.8, the correct optimization level to use for debugging is now -Og

From the documentation at http://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc/Optimize-Options.html

-Og Optimize debugging experience. -Og enables optimizations that do not interfere with debugging. It should be the optimization level of choice for the standard edit-compile-debug cycle, offering a reasonable level of optimization while maintaining fast compilation and a good debugging experience.

about a year ago

Should the U.S. bomb Syria?

tangent3 Re:I'm thinking... (659 comments)

If you have been following the news, Iran has just elected a moderate president that has hinted at diplomacy with the US. A war against Syria will pretty much mess up any chance of diplomacy with Iran. My guess is Obama is backing off from striking Syria to improve ties with Iran.

about a year ago

Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks: Get a Visit From the Feds

tangent3 Not necessarily flagged from their Google Searches (923 comments)

Missing from the summary, of course, is that the family had a son who has actually clicked on a link to an artlcle on how to make a pressure cooker bomb.
"But my son’s reading habits combined with my search for a pressure cooker and my husband’s search for a backpack set off an alarm of sorts at the joint terrorism task force headquarters."

Google may not have been involved at all here. All the investigators needed were the logs for the website hosting the offending article, and a cooperating ISP, to find that family.

about a year and a half ago

Android Update Lets Malware Bypass Digital Signature Check

tangent3 Re:If google were competent... (85 comments)

The moderation (+4, Funny) should have been a dead giveaway....

about a year and a half ago

Google: BadNews Malware Wasn't Really Bad, After All

tangent3 Re:And what else did you expect? (24 comments)

This just in: Anti-malware vendor claims malware is worse than it actually is. Film at 11.

Did anyone really expect them to say different?

about a year and a half ago

DRM In HTML5 — Better Than the Alternative?

tangent3 I'm not too bothered by DRM in HTML5 (268 comments)

I hate DRM like everyone here, but I would rather have the choice to purchase DRMed content than to be completely locked out just because I am not on the 'preferred platform'.

Hopefully DRM will die a natural death from people voting with their wallets when there are alternatives. In that case the act of having HTML5 DRM just gives DRM more rope to hang itself with.

about a year and a half ago

$200 Intel Android Laptops Are Coming

tangent3 Re:Does not amount to anything (319 comments)

Most Android applications are written in Java, and compiled to be run on the Dalvik VM for which there are implementations for both ARM and Intel CPUs.
Now, many Android applications use the NDK that compiles to native code, but the NDK itself gives you the choice of compiling for ARMv5, ARMv7, x86 and MIPS targets, so providing support for x86 is as simple as adding a line into Application.mk

about a year and a half ago

Researcher Evan Booth: How To Weaponize Tax-Free Airport Goods

tangent3 Airport termina design (288 comments)

I'm most familiar with Singapore Changi Airport, and security checks are done just before the gates. Whatever you bought at the duty free areas will end up being checked when brought through to the gates.

It seems like the most logical way to do it I'm surprised most other airports don't do the same. It is definitely more expensive though, requiring a lot more X-ray machines, personnel and terminal space.

about 2 years ago

New Facebook-Branded Android Coming?

tangent3 Re:The worst thing (112 comments)

Too bad there hasn't been a new Droid phone for a while, and it's worse for us Milestone lovers outside of the US.
I've been waiting for a new Milestone to replace my Milestone 2, but gave up and bought an LG Optimus G instead, and found that I can survive without a qwerty keyboard.

about 2 years ago


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