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Comment Re:really? (Score 1) 298

people are STILL fucking stupid enough to rely on fingerprint auth to unlock phones?!!?! fucking. stupid. millenial. sheep.

Well, it is unlikely that I would be in a situation where it would make a difference. Not impossible, as we have seen, but unlikely. And you gain security elsewhere. An 8 digit passcode is not too inconvenient anymore when supported by fingerprints, so overall it still makes you more secure.

Comment Re:US gov.. please help us abuse our customers (Score 1) 190

Maybe if Apple didn't sell their cables for such obscene prices, there would be less market demand for Chinese knockoffs.

First, there were people who didn't have any intention to buy Chinese knockoffs. They went to Amazon, and looked at what was on offer, and decided to buy _genuine Apple_ products.

Second, you are saying yourself that you have the choice between expensive, quality products and cheap, rubbish products. If you are Ok with cheap, rubbish products that is fine with me. (Just don't buy cheap, rubbish chargers because they can kill you. And don't buy cheap, rubbish USB-C cables, because they can kill your laptop. ). But you should consider that making a safe product may cost a bit more.

Comment Re:I'm glad somebody is on the case (Score 1) 190

I've not had problems. I'm not going to freak out over a clone product. That would be silly since I am a PC user.

A genuine Apple iPhone charger will charge a Samsung phone just fine (if you take the cable that Samsung gave you). A fake "genuine" Apple iPhone charger can easily destroy your Samsung phone or set your home on fire if you try to charge a Samsung phone with it.

Comment Re: Wow... (Score 1) 190

Is there any proof the counterfeits are prone to catching fire or anything like that? They didn't go through consumer testing, but that doesn't by itself mean it's unsafe. Granted I wouldn't trust it with a ten foot fireproof pole and they should be taken off the market.

Well, from Apple's point of view, they quite rightfully don't want anyone to sell products calling themselves "genuine Apple" products when they are not.

If it's a fake, the manufacturer has already demonstrated that they are quite willing to break the law by violating Apple's trademarks and misleading their customers. I think this is different from fake Gucci handbags where the customer _knows_ they are buying a fake, and they just want something with Gucci printed on it - I don't want a charger that has "Apple" printed on it, I want one that is safe and works. I bet Samsung (ignoring their recent debacle) could make chargers that are 100% compatible with Apple devices and 100% safe, and if they were cheaper than Apple products they could sell a lot. If they did, they would probably be copied as well :-(

So when this manufacturer is breaking the laws anywhere, why would they care if their charger is safe?

The actual problem is that making a charger that is small and safe is slightly difficult and slightly expensive. If I was in China, I'd build a charger that is big, safe, and works, and try to sell it for half the price of an Apple charger. And advertise it that way.

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 1) 190

Shhh but there is a scam buried in all fast chargers.

Not at all.

USB officially supplies 2.5 Watt (might be slightly more nowadays). Apple devices with large batteries can use more than 2.5 Watt. Like an iPhone 6+ or 7, or an iPad. With a standard USB charger they take ages to charge. So an Apple charger for an iPad can supply more charge. It will detect an iPad, or an iPhone with high capacity, and will supply the right charge, and anythinge else it will supply 2.5 Watt. I'm quite sure Samsung does the same thing; unfortunately the detection is slightly different, so charging a Samsung table with an Apple iPad charger or an iPad with a Samsung tablet charger will take ages.

None of these chargers will charge any battery faster than they should.

Comment Re:Including a Mac Pro tower, right? (Score 1) 142

Apple makes more money servicing its products than from selling Macs.

That's only because you are a dolt who can't read.

"Apple Services", which makes a lot of money, isn't "servicing" as in "repairing" its products. "Apple Services" is iTunes, App Store, everything that Apple sells that isn't hardware.

Comment Re:I hope Apple Pay will die (Score 4, Informative) 283

My credit card already indemnifies me against fraud, so the risk is already negligible.

Your credit card company may indemnify you, but it doesn't prevent credit card fraud. Someone is going to pay for it. With Apple Pay, the merchant (or it's thieving store employee) never gets your credit card number, so they can't use it for fraud. If the merchant's hardware is hacked, they still can't get your credit card number or your money. Hackers who manage to somehow decode the communication between iPhone and card terminal can't get your money.

Comment Re:26 out of how many? (Score 1) 106

How many reports were there? Showing me that 26 are likely false doesn't mean much if there were over 100 to begin with whereas if there are 30 then it's likely that there's no problem with the phone. Numbers are only useful when taken in context.

These are independent things. There are phones that start burning. And there are phone owners who are lying (or not even phone owners, you don't need to own a phone to make a false claim). I think the statement isn't "there are much less burning phones then you'd think", but "there is a huge number of liars". Which surely doesn't come as a surprise to anyone.

Comment Re:Like suing McDonald's for hot coffee (Score 0) 102

Ok, so explain to me. Heat takes money to produce. How can serving a beverage at a hotter temperature be cheaper?

I'll explain it to you. As slowly as required.

At the time, McDonald's offered free coffee refills in the USA. So if you sit in the restaurant and drink your coffee, and finish it, you go to the counter and get another one for free. Which costs about twice as much as one coffee.

To avoid this, McDonald's served the coffee so that it was undrinkable hot. So now you eat your food waiting for your coffee to cool down, wait a bit because it is still too hot, then you drink it and now you have spend so much time in a "fast food" restaurant that you don't have time to get another coffee and repeat the waiting game. No free second coffee = money saved for McDonalds.

About the temperature: A woman suffered instant third degree burns by pouring coffee on her trousers. If you drank that coffee, you would suffer instant third degree burns in your mouth. If I walked through the restaurant with a coffee and by accident stumbled over my own feet and dropped the coffee on a child, the child would suffer third degree burns. McDonald's was aware of this because they had settled over 700 cases out of court. But they told their staff to make the coffee so hot, so they could claim to offer free refills without anyone taking them up on that offer.

Comment Re:Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

My Brother laserjet (HL-L2360D) has a "setting" which will override the "cartridge is empty" message. That is to say, it will warn that the cartridge is empty, but it will keep printing forever.

Got a Brother laserprinter and figured that out when I bought a new cartridge. Apparently they have a counter and stop after X pages. Putting in a new cartridge doesn't change that. Found some free advice on the internet to reset the counter :-) Also bought a replacement pack with two black and one of each colour cartridge because you use more of the black, so I had a full black and quarter filled color cartridges, and needed to reset all the counters.

Comment Re: Other than Brother... (Score 2) 387

Sounds like HP owes them a fix or a new printer anyway. EU warranty is s mandatory two years. Can't be broken by third party cartridges unless those carts actually damage the printer. If firmware bricked it, the shop that sold it must either prove it was the customer's fault, fix it, replace it or refund it.

Not quite. HP doesn't owe anything, the seller does. For six month, the seller has to fix the problem unless they can show it's the customer's fault, after that the customr has to show the defect was present when the printer was sold. Which shouldn't be a problem if thousands of printers start failing on the same day. And importantly, this is _consumer law_. It applies to printers bought by consumers, not printers bought by companies. (And I'm sure that there are contracts between HP and dealers where HP promises to refund that cost).

Comment Re:Water damage covered now? (Score 1) 248

Does all this waterproofing mean warranty will now cover water damage as well?

No. That was a mistake that Samsung made, covering water damage under warranty, and obviously they had a large number of idiots who needed to figure out where the limits are and then went to the store and demanded a new phone.

Warrany does _not_ cover water damage. The changes are there to make sure that fewer people will come to the store with water damage and get disappointed.

Comment Re:So in other words it's used and is useful (Score 1) 248

I've worked with barometers in embedded devices in the past. They're shitty at measuring all but the largest elevation changes. There are many environmental factors that could trick the device into thinking the elevation has changed. Ever go into a building and hear air rushing past the doors? That's because there is a pressure differential between the inside and outside of the building. Just walking inside could make the phone think it has changed altitude by several hundred feet.

But if the software isn't written by a total moron, it won't make the phone think that you just run several hundred feet up the stairs in 2.0 seconds.

Comment Re:So in other words it's used and is useful (Score 1) 248

Using a barometer to measure altitude is retarded to the point of it being a cliche physics exam question (measuring the height of a building with a barometer). Are you rapidly climbing stairs or is there a storm a comin'?

Imagine you get a phone call from Tim Cook: "Hi, we have this great barometer chip in the iPhone that measures atmospheric pressure with high precision, but now we need some software that uses this information to figure out whether the user is climbing up or down the stairs. BTW. We also have an acceleration sensor. Can you write that software for us? "

Is your answer (a) "Cook, you're stupid, every child knows that can't be done", (b) "Sorry, Cook, you need to find someone more clever than me to do that", or (c) "Cook, that's great, when can I start?".

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