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Comment Re:Lost business? (Score 1) 76

What advertising? I'm running an adblocker - and so do most people with sense these days.

I don't, on purpose. I think still I have some sense.

-I like to pay for the services I use. Many companies will provide me service by showing me ads. That is fair to me.
-I don't want ads for NFL games and tampons. I have no use for either of those. However, if a new 2m radio is on sale, I actually want to know that.
-I mind giving small a small amount of information to advertisers (through cookies and fingerprinting) a LOT less than I mind giving any Ad blocking app FULL web browsing history.

How are you paying for the services you use?

Comment If Alphabet doesn't want to do it, sell it off! (Score 4, Interesting) 97

Why wouldn't Alphabet spin off a new company that they have a 40% stake in and let it fly?

It wouldn't be part of Alphabet, so the rules wouldn't apply.

If it fails, they can handle a little loss.

If it is a hit, they can make money from it without holding back on good ideas the world might be able to use.

Comment Re:I actually feel for NATO (Score 1) 134

As i recall, still ads were shown from the auditorium opened, usually 20-30 minutes before the movie.

Yes, they still do this.

At 5 minutes before the movie, the lights dimmed, and motion ads started. Anyone arriving then were considered late, and were shown to their seat by an attendant with a torch.

No. They no longer do this. This is why I don't want to go see movies in the theater.
At the *start time* of the movie, 15 minutes of ads are shown. These are non-topical ads, mind you. Ads for life insurance or cars.
At T+15 minutes, the lights dim, and we're shown the trailers that are actually useful ads, as I'm at a movie and I am shopping for my next movie.
At T+30 minutes, the movie starts. Late arrivals get no assistance to a seat, and may be as disruptive as they wish. No usher will escort them or admonish them for their loud behavior.
Despite a reminder not to use phones, phone use, either visual with a bright smartphone or audio, as in an actual phone call, is not restricted. No usher will remove someone for breaking the rules.

Comment Long lifecycle? (Score 3, Informative) 52

Google does a lot of things well, but staying around for the long haul on personal-focused stuff isn't one of them.
If I'm going to invest in hardware to manage my home, I expect a 10 year lifecycle at least.
I'm not saying everything should last for 10 years, but the lights I install in 2016 should still be able to be controlled in 2026.
With Google's tendency to cancel stuff with short notice, I'm not feeling like being one of the people burned by that.

Comment They were not licensing spectrum. (Score 1) 176

They were prohibiting the use of a type of device. I see nothing about bans of Bluetooth or ZigBee using the 2.4 GHz range.

I've also seen no reports of sending de-auth packets, which is exactly what the FCC can enforce.

An institution saying "If you shout during the debate from the audience, we will escort you out" is not a ban on free speech.
Likewise, saying "If you bring your own access point, you we will escort you out" isn't licensing the 2.4 GHz spectrum.

Comment Smart enough to know which Siri? (Score 1) 114

If they're going to do this, I'd like to see if they can do better than Microsoft (low bar, I know).

Right now, if I happen to be on my Win10 laptop while watching Netflix on the Xbox One, I could say "Hey Cortana, pause!".

The Xbox One pauses the show.

The laptop says "I'm sorry, but I can't do that right now."

It is like they really didn't expect any Xbox One owners to have a Windows 10 laptop.

Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 128

Well the reason is that if the US doesn't give up control, countries have been threatening with building their own internet infrastructure to run in parallel.

If these countries (Brazil, Russia, etc) did create a "second internet", then Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc, would all be shut off from their customers in those regions.

Great example!

So, as a result, the Internet will need to comply with the whims or regulations of Brazil and Russia. You've surely seen that they really have a poor view of encryption as well.

Granted, the USA isn't rocking freedom of encryption right now, but I like our chances of changing the US government over changing the mind of the world.

Comment Blame the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) (Score 4, Interesting) 206

The MCX, which has Walmart and CVS in their membership, wanted to push their anti-consumer CurrentC app so they could avoid credit card charges.

CVS even had a working mobile wallet payment system working with Android, but disabled it when Apple Pay was launched.

When the world's largest retailer doesn't want to support something, it gets hard to adopt it.


Comment Re:Defective Product (Score 1) 57

My bad. From my POV, you were replying to the GP in defense:

In this day and age, a device with telnet and no password is fundamentally a defective product.

However, I can see now that you were replying to an AC reply to that, which was hidden by default on my settings.

That said, I'd really like to understand why a product made *today* would have any reason for Telnet.

Comment Re:Statistical analysis demonstrated this long ago (Score 1) 305

The reason we don't yet have communications is because it's a lot of effort for almost zero gain.

The methods used to learn how to talk to dolphins, even if it is to chat about their next meal, can be expanded to other things.

The most fun one is the idea of talking to another lifeform from another planet. Highly unlikely, I know.

However, the lessons learned in this can help human to machine and reverse conversations. Getting a better universal translator, etc.

Finally, I can also see another direct benefit related to food and danger for dolphins: "Warning! We're taking your food and it is dangerous to you in this area. Stay back or you will be hurt."

Comment Re:In before... (Score 1) 150

I do DNS for a large enterprise.
We have a subdomain just for user-friendly names.
Only CNAMES or A records pointing to a load balancer are allowed.
Outside of those two rules, I don't give a shit what name you want. If you're the first one to grab it, and it is in a request that ties back to you so I can tell them who asked for H4X0R.user.domain.tld, you can have all you want.

But yeah, I agree. Places that don't allow this are jerks.

Comment Re:What about so-called "data hogs"? (Score 1) 196

Unlimited Smartphone Mobile Hotspot data (tethering) at 2G speeds.

Smartphone Mobile Hotspot: Add 5GB of high-speed tethering when you need it for $15.


TFA is about this new plan T-Mobile is doing, so that's what we're discussing, not the plan you're on right now.

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