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Comment Re:Belongs to the suspect (Score 1) 116

If that is correct, then the article linked to in the summary was in error. To quote:

"Amazon is contesting a search warrant from police in Arkansas, who are seeking 48 hours worth of recordings and responses made by an Amazon Echo that belonged to a murder victim."

https://qz.com/917790/amazon-c... (second paragraph)

Comment Isn't it the victim's Echo they want info from? (Score 5, Informative) 116

If so, shouldn't the decision about whether or not to release that info be up to the victim's family - whoever now has ownership over his estate? You would think that if the recordings would help in prosecuting the murderer that they would want to release them. I could see Amazon's argument if they were being compelled to release something belonging to the accused, but that doesn't appear to be the case here.

Comment YouTube RED = No adds, plus other goodies (Score 1) 159

Didn't figure it was worthwhile at first, but tried it on a 3-month free trial... and now I love it. Well worth the money, just like Netflix. No ads, some additional video content not otherwise available, and being able to play (audio only of course) in the background while using other apps on Android - or even with the screen off to save power!

Comment Re: Unless RAID is used... (Score 1) 161

Then you are using the wrong SSDs. Yes, they fail silently when they do go - but Intel and Samsung have failure rates below 1% (speaking from experience with thousands of units, mostly SATA based). And failure should not lead to data loss; if it does that means you aren't backing up properly or often enough.

Comment Yeah, but Broadwell-E 8-core procs run at 3.2GHz.. (Score 1) 188

So they artificially downclocked an Intel processor, and are able to *barely* beat it clock-for-clock. But that Intel processor should be running at a higher clock speed, and if they have it fixed at 3GHz then they also turned off Turbo Boost - which would have pushed the Broadwell-E chip up to 3.5GHz when all 8 cores are active. At those speeds, presumably, the Intel chip beats the AMD; if not, they wouldn't have bothered to downclock the Intel processor.

To sum up then: AMD's next-gen, unreleased processor still cannot outperform Intel's existing model. This doesn't surprise me, though: ever since Intel caught back up with (and then passed) AMD's performance - starting back with the first Core series processors - AMD has been trying to catch up... and failing. They do have a role in the low-price / budget system market, and maybe this new Zen stuff will cost a lot less than Intel's offerings. It doesn't look like it will truly rival Intel for high performance applications, though, where the fastest speed is worth a few hundred dollars more. After all, in the grand scheme of a several thousand dollar workstation a few hundred dollars isn't a huge deal - and 5, 10, or 20% performance difference could easily pay for itself over time.

Comment Power efficiency is good in some places, not all (Score 4, Interesting) 337

Hopefully if this does happen they will keep making the existing products, at least until they *do* manage performance improvements that catch up / exceed older stuff. Where I work we have lots of customers that *need* more processing power, and efficiency be damned.

Comment Yeah it's dead, but not because of the UI... (Score 2) 456

Its UI is fine - different, but fine. The problem is platform loyalty and being late to the game. iOS and Android were well established before Windows phones hit the market, and if you are already embedded in either platform with many paid apps and familiarity with it then why change? It wasn't a killer deal on price, which could have swung things potentially, and it was *really* late to the party. I argued at the time that they were too late to even bother entering the phone OS market, and instead should have focused on offering versions of their desktop software on the two existing OS platforms.

Comment Re:No media center? Windows 10 is DEAD to me... (Score 1) 468

I am in this quandary myself as well. I am *hoping* that Microsoft (or Ceton, Hauppauge, or someone in this field) releases an "App" that can do everything Media Center does now - and maybe even more. WMC hasn't had any updates of substance in years, and the Netflix plugin for it has become unreliable (for me at least). They wouldn't need to worry about Netflix, Hulu, etc as those all have their own Apps at this point - so an app that was focused on TV watching / recording and playback of locally stored media would really be a perfect way to replace it. We'll see what happens, though...

Comment Re:Wireless charging hit mainstream ~ 1-2 years ag (Score 1) 184

I was mostly being sarcastic - there are many more things far more evil than Apple and their influence on culture.

However, I would point out that falseness / untruth / lies / misinformation is indeed evil, in my opinion. Such things are used to control people without their realizing, and are the opposite of truth / honesty / genuine intellectual pursuit of knowledge. That is, then, a degree of evil - though not on par with murder, for example.

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