1713 posts • joined 15 Jun 2007
And a front passenger filing bug reports?
The Waymo cars need waymo work. They're still prone to cutting people off, doing dangerous things crossing bicycle lanes, changing lanes for no reason, stopping too early before an intersection, refusing to cross intersections, and randomly stopping in the middle of intersections. They're making the texting drivers look good.
OM5G... Qualcomm teases next Snapdragon chip for phones: The 855 with a fingerprint Sonic Screwdriver, er, Sensor
The most significant outcome I see is that it's going to be much harder to find a phone that works well with your home provider plus any countries you travel too. Phones with global LTE coverage already cost a fortune. Now there's going to be all kinds of regional high-band offloading.
Re: Amazing advances
1.38 MB was in the awkward position of being more than you could type on a keyboard but not nearly enough to store anything from the analog world. I tried to encode a Jouney cassette tape into an Apple ][ using dithered PWM but it sounded terrible and used an impossible amount of storage. Even today, my digital music archive is littered with CD rips that need to be done over because they used a squealing MP3 codec.
Re: Easy to Spot
A sensible 70 MPH in a 65 MPH zone is a dead-giveaway too. CA driving culture is to travel 45 MPH in the fast lane until cars start honking, get angry, speed up to 90 MPH, resume using your cell phone, swerve around, realize that it's dangerous to drive 90 MPH while using a cellphone, slow down, then resume traveling 45 MPH while using a cell phone in the fast lane.
GPS is messed up by atmospheric distortion and no clock can fix that. You need a signal from a nearby reference point to compensate for it.
What you're talking about with QAM sounds like not needing to waste bandwidth on a self-aligning transmission pattern for phase. (I'm bad at RF...Trellis encoding?) No phase drift would be a small improvement in a lab. In the real world you're back to atmospheric and multi-path distortions making a huge mess plus the usual random noise making your signal miss its points. I don't see any gains at all.
A more interesting use might be checking the drift between a super-accurate Earth clock and astronomical timekeepers.
Yeah, the filters part is going to doom this lawsuit. The issue is that Apple is making it unusually difficult and expensive for customers to perform routine cleaning needed to keep the computer working. It's weird because all of this was figured out in the 60 years ago when people smoked at work. Needs airflow : cleaning access. Doesn't need airflow : gasket.
Re: Analyst reports?
More expensive, faster, and fewer daily use features isn't maintainable. The only thing analysts are getting wrong is how long Apple's customers are willing to put up with that. Even if people somehow find a use for the iPad Pro, there will eventually be a product iteration where things need to improve.
The cloud will save us
How long until a company offers domains that are 100% secure against prying eyes. Nobody can prove ownership - not even the owner. It sounds like a perfect CloudFlare product.
I'm all for privacy but GDPR jumps the shark in some areas. At some point people need to be responsible for the crap they throw onto the Internet. Pay somebody else to manage your domain if you don't want to be the admin.
I'd say that the bigger issue on Android is spyware apps and libraries that are hidden, can not be disabled by normal means, and can not be prevented from running in the background. These usually operate under the excuse of offering weather services, lockscreen themes, app usage feedback, local news, marketing feedback, cloud sync, and various feed updates. Their primary goal is to periodically make a query that reveals GPS, IP address, phone ID, and phone status. Even if GPS is off, the IP address can be correlated with other phone requests where GPS was on.
Check your cellular data usage. Notice how there are 10+ apps on Android using background data for no good reason. Apps that don't even use the Internet, like games and launchers, are using cell data in the background "for marketing feedback."
Oracle sued by app sales rep: I made tens of millions for Larry, then fired for being neither young nor male – claim
Re: After the Google acquisition, it completely clammed up
Google hates outside code, outside programing languages, and outside libraries. Most acquisitions are doomed to failure because Google is using an ancient mainframe and mega-OS style of development. Outside projects can have a 10x to 100x increase in coding effort when coming into Google, or might not even be possible due to having execution timing constraints.
Oracle's JEDI mind-meld doesn't work on Uncle Sam's auditors: These are not the govt droids you are looking for
Good for multi-media too
When you upload a photo or video to web sites, you'll notice that there's a long delay until that media is available even if the upload took a very long time. It was saved to disk them batch processed. Given enough memory, you can process most multimedia as it arrives. I did experiments with this over a decade ago where you could upload a video and, as long as it was a streaming format, it would be available in multiple formats immediately when the upload finished. The downside was that video compression eats a ton of memory. An army of midnight dialup users would easily deplete RAM before CPU usage was high enough for the load balancer to notice.
A few GB of fast RAM and a few hundred GB of semi-fast RAM would solve it.
Missed a web app feature
That would be Chrome's built-in system of watching your every move and reporting it to Google. For the purpose of analyzing Chrome usage and syncing browser history, ha ha, of course. Nothing creepy. Nope. BTW, here are some adverts that are extremely personalized to you.
Is this to boost replacement glass sales?
The Galaxy S9 series has a touchscreen that wraps around the edges. It's nearly impossible to operate them single handed because you'll bump the sensitive area of the screen edges. The only way to operate the phone with your thumb is to rest it in a flat open hand rather than grip it. That's not something you want to do often with one of the most expensive and fragile phones on the market.
The S9 series already allows you to swipe apps into and out of windows. If you're in a reclining chair and can risk dropping the phone frequently, you can put your app in a window near your thumb.
Storage is usually the first thing needing an upgrade and the cheapest upgrade to perform. I have my doubts about longevity too. MacOS is brutal on storage with its document revision management and excessive VM swapping. Wearing out a mid-size flash drive is easier than you think. My previous NAS killed one in about 3 years.
Some day somebody will need it
I put all my old tech out on the sidewalk. When the day comes that it's needed, somebody else can dig it out of their closet.
The trick is, of course, to dump everything related at once. Dump the floppy drive after the floppies are copied. Dump the USB 1 cables and the USB 1 devices together. It guarantees I won't be the one needing the legacy tech back.
In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype
T-Mobile is pretty clear that they have throttled and non-throttled multimedia plans, though they're not always both available to purchase. A confusing and constantly changing system of passes can temporarily remove throttling. I have a 3000 day no-throttle pass with the option to turn throttling on and off at will, as if that makes any sense.
Dutch cops hope to cuff 'hundreds' of suspects after snatching server, snooping on 250,000+ encrypted chat texts
Guessing this might have been an easy hack of a bad bug
The other tech web site says that app users are able to dynamically change encryption keys. It generates a warning on the receiving end, but those are ignored by people. If that's the case, public/private key encryption should be trivial to hack. All you need to do is get the public encryption keys of each end, which should be easy, and use them to encode requests to switch to a new public key belonging to the MITM. If I read it correctly, the flaw was that public key encrypted data was trusted as authentic without a round-trip challenge using the previous key.
Re: Biz math
A good NAS (not a Drobo) can rebuild at the write speed of the disk being replaced, so it's only a few hours. Losing all of your data would require THREE disk failures in less than a day - two in a RAID 5 plus one in your original. You can go with cloud solutions if that's not good enough, but TBs of data could be pricey and slow to recover.
I could be making a mistaking in assuming that this was actually professional video lost; something with a light degree of lossy compression.
500 hours of professional HD is, let's say, 15-40 TB. You buy an 8-bay NAS for $1000 USD and $2400 to load it up with 10TB disks. That should give you multi-versioned backups for a total of $3400. My experience is that always-on NAS systems last for at least 6 years, so that's only $560 per year to insure $250,000 of work against accidents. That's 0.26% per year. Now when Adobe erases your files, you sue for a week of lost work while the backup restores. You have a good case that you did everything possible to protect yourself and the only error was Adobe.
Or save $560/year and hear the judge LOL that Adobe accidentally deleted your career.
Six lawsuits against FCC's 5G idiocy – that $2bn windfall for telcos – is bundled into one appeals court sueball
Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention
Always looking outside
So Google Play Store is eliminating 95% of its inventory to protect consumers? Haha, no.
Stronger privacy protection -> Stronger protection against espionage and government oversight
Better security -> Spew malware and host hackers but hide it from display on own web site
Block abusive ads -> Block ads that aren't Google's
Re: Services could be hit at some point too
Apple services are tightly locked to Apple products and the internal workings of the OS. Ditching hardware to be a services company isn't going to work. It reminds me of Classic MacOS that was so tangled in itself that most of it had to be emulated in OS X.
Re: Security where they want it
Google filters out their own spam when they display Google Groups but lets it all flow out to their peers. Last the I used Usenet, popular topics were each getting 100 to 5000 spams a day from Chinese crime gangs scripting Google Groups. There's a new hack to make Groups work like a mailing list. Google knows about it but doesn't care.
Security where they want it
How about checking up on Google Groups, which has probably generated trillions of Usenet and email spams in the past decade due to feature abuse vulnerabilities? I have part of GMail blacklisted right now because Groups can be tricked into creating subscriptions for arbitrary e-mail addresses. I reported it and Google said it's not a security bug.
Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette
Re: Fuel? Why no solar panels?
I'd say the gas mileage was pretty good. Doubling the fuel probably wouldn't help. Some components wear out from radiation or use. Making the components more robust could add so much weight that no amount of fuel can compensate for it (the fuel itself becomes too heavy).
Not interesting, not unique, not solving any problems
How about discussing the real problems.
I want high fidelity music out of the phone for long periods of time without draining the battery, having headphones die, needing a hub, or needing a Qi charging puck. It may seem like I demand a headphone jack but I'd accept a second USB-C port as well.
I could also accept tiered internal storage as a replacement for a microSD card. I use 400 GB microSD in a 64 GB phone because I don't want to pay for 512+ GB of super-fast, super-expensive onboard storage when only 30 GB of that needs speed.
I just want the usability problems solved, and yet another iPhone clone isn't it.
Is this cuttlefish really all that cosmic? Ubuntu 18.10 arrives with extra spit, polish, 4.18 kernel
What can I say about this 5G elixir? Try it on steaks! Cleans nylons! It's made for the home! The office! On fruits!
The American way to fix this would be to trademark "5G" and only allow the trademark to be used when a proper set of specifications are met. This is pretty much how cabling standards work. As long as "5G" is just an abbreviation of "5th Generation", it's going to be abused.
Since the big payoff of 5G is shifting data into high-GHz or THz bands, I don't see it being useful very often. Maybe in stadiums, convention halls, and streets with heavy pedestrian traffic. We'll also be back to holding our phones in the air to get a better signal.
RAID rebuilding may be days or weeks on consumer devices like Drobos but it's not so bad on better equipment. On my last disk shuffle, a Synology box and a Linux box with ZFS each did their rebuilds at about 1 TB/hour while still being in use.
Businesses with huge amounts disks don't even need to have rebuilding turned on. These SMR drives are most likely write-once archives. In that scenario you can move the data elsewhere then treat the repaired array as new empty storage.