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Comment Re:The solution is unfortunately national segregat (Score 4, Insightful) 88

Not true.

It's a game of diminishing returns but there's never an absolute winner.

You can make it nearly impossible to circumvent, and then someone can build a complex circumvention...and so on. Remember when 'hacking' was dumping the plaintext password database after booting off a floppy?

You can make censorship difficult enough to circumvent that people will find something else to do...but the cost (implementation and maint) in that is very high.

Comment Re:Good on him (Score 2) 225

Your post reads exactly like so many others around the first several self-driving car competitions.

If memory servers not a single entry finished the course in the first competition or two. Everyone thought it was either stupid or impossible except those who went ahead and made it work anyhow.

Now you can buy a Tesla (oh, look at the coincidence) that includes the tech for full self driving, pending some further software enhancements.

Will it work? Who knows...but I certainly wouldn't discount it because in the first try EVER didn't have any resounding success.

Comment Re:Uber? (Score 3) 640

You're correct. That mode is also for launching from a standstill, not tooling down the street and suddenly going to warp speed.

With that said, even just nailing the 'gas' pedal in a high performance car is going to get you moving...and fast.

There's exactly nothing different between this and any other vehicle being in an accident with the given circumstances (DUI, head-on, etc.) because basically ANY car is capable of going fast enough to kill you if you hit a tree.

So either the claim is total BS or it would apply to any car. Ever.

Sorry your kid is dead, but how about blaming the ALCOHOL or the DRIVER of the other car that she swerved to avoid?

Comment Re:Don't buy 2016 iThings (Score 1) 67

Actually the helpful folks over at Dell have readily available USB-C (WD-15) and TB (TB-16) docking stations.

I've personally tested the WD-15 with a MBP with good results (though you do need a windows laptop to update the firmware).

Dell is even kind enough not to lock their hardware to only their brand.

Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1560

Neither candidate should have been in *politics*, much less the primaries, much less the general election.

We have a pretty good voting system. There are some other options but each has it's pros and cons. None has a clear advantage over the other in the large scale.

What we NEED is to separate corporate (and/or wealthy .1%-ers, but they're largely the same thing) interests from political decisions. Or at least not let them - quite literally in some cases - write our laws for us.

Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1560

You do realize that's *exactly* how stereotypes form, right?

It's also exactly why special interest is so...interesting these days. The hysterical cries (or actions) of a few utterly dominate the perspective that everyone forms. People are more scared of terrorists than crossing the street.

For better or worse, that's largely how society seems to operate these days.

Comment Re:Probably to reduce churn. (Score 1) 70

Then charge for support.

I can type an SIM card number and/or IMEI into a web portal. That portal can check validity and spit out a human-readable answer - invalid number, device not supported, already in use, OK-done. There's zero reason a "typical" activation needs a human involved from the carrier.

Now, if I have problems with reading comprehension and want someone in India to "help" then sure...charge me for the luxury.

Activation fees are virtually always nothing more than front-loading costs to make the advertised (recurring) price look better. Leases are a classic example: That $199 a month is really (at least) 50% higher when you factor in the "3500$ down plus taxes, DMV charges, lease initiation and disposition fees."

Comment Re:Of course... (Score 4, Insightful) 84

While I do appreciate a user-replaceable battery, I certainly don't agree that a non-replaceable battery is purely, if even mostly a greed decision.

First and foremost, design challenges. It's much more difficult to design a phone (especially a larger one) that's rigid enough to survive normal use while not being able to count on the back for structural support. Furthermore, you need to dedicate interior space to the closing/locking/waterproofing mechanisms. Same goes for spring-loaded battery contacts and some minor sort of retaining mechanism. The choice of materials for the back is also limited. You effectively can't do a glass-back anymore (which is great for rigidity).

Then, you need to protect the rest of the interior for when the battery is swapped. This takes up further space, and forces certain layout changes.

And finally, you introduce an additional problem - 3rd party batteries. Bad quality, defective, dangerous 3rd party batteries. People want a spare battery so badly...but often are disinterested in paying the ~$50+ for one when there are ones for $10 in amazon/ebay advertizing "exact match, same as OEM" nonsense. While some might tack a greed charge on this, it's actually a revenue option for the manufacturer. They'd sell quite a few batteries too.

And finally, you CAN still replace the battery down the road when it eventually loses capacity. Granted it requires much more work, but absolute worst case I can imagine involves replacing the battery yearly.

So no, Samsung wasn't greedy by making the battery non-replaceable. They were stupid that they rushed a(n otherwise awesome) product to beat Apple to market (there's some greed if anything) which had an inherent design flaw (twice) and resulted in a huge cost to them and inconvenience to consumers.

Comment Re:Since they determined autopilot wasn't to blame (Score 4, Insightful) 187

Typical logic-fail, overly-conservative, sheep-herd, think-of-the-children thinking.

In the absence of cars, no one would die in a car crash. However cars provide a massive overall benefit so we accept the risks.

In the absence of autopilot, (theoretically, pending more stats) many people would die in accidents that the 'autopilot' is quick enough to avoid and/or limit the severity of. 'Autopilot' (potentially) provides overall benefit even if it introduces some less severe risks that would not otherwise be present. Additionally, expecting this to be perfect is ridiculous anyway. Human drivers are extremely fallible. It doesn't take much to improve in the crash-and-death sense, not to mention traffic flow situations (compare humans merging 5 lanes to 1 for an accident/construction vs. AI)

Furthermore, the risk here is drivers mis-using a technology to begin with. You can mis-use almost anything. You do so at your own peril despite the eleven-teen billion warnings everywhere.

Comment Re:No headphone jack ... (Score 1) 205

The digital hole is called CDs. Every CD is a very-low-loss unencrypted digital copy of the music.

Done and done. Granted, people strongly prefer streaming these days and I really don't think it matters all that much. What's to stop someone from taking and making USB/lightning 'headphones' that's just an analog-out signal you could plug into your mixing board/evil pirate tool/elevator speaker system?

Comment Re:No headphone jack ... (Score 1) 205

Yeah, before everyone had a headphones jack on their phone there was all kinds of crazy, wonky adaptations. Mind you, this is LONG after the 1/8"/3.5mm headphone jack was standardized.

So finally, after painstaking years, the phone manufacturers finally got their collective heads out of their asses and put standard headphones jacks on their devices. They worked. They worked with trendy shit-buds and dusty decades-old headphones alike. They. Just. Worked.

Now, long after everyone actually agreed on something that wasn't brand new, proprietary, or just-fucking-stupid, they want to UNDO all that and go back to split standards. Even two is one too many. Especially since it's pointless and you could STILL offer the USB-C/lightning headphones alongside the standard headphones jack.

As for headphones jacks (and USB ports) breaking all the time...WTF are you people doing to your phones? I haven't broken a headphones jack in a decade or more, and I don't think I've ever broken a micro-USB except on some chinese garbage that was defectively soldered to begin with.

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