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  • Huawei CEO claims company can overtake Apple in 2018

    Just an anecdotal comment. Here in Silicon Beach (the area next to LAX) I have yet to see a single Huawei smartphone in the wild. Or Huawei anything for that matter. Actually, I've always kind of hoped to encounter someone with one - so I can try it and see what I think, and it's kind of like going bird watching and seeing an extremely rare bird. 
    caliviclauyycwatto_cobra
  • Early benchmarks of MacBook Pro confirm Apple's claims of fastest-ever SSD

    I'm not a tech-head so I don't know and am asking honestly: how fast is the RAM the MBP ships with and how does the SSD speeds quoted in this article compare? I can't imagine SSDs are as fast as physical RAM - but I don't know! Does it seem likely that paging to SSD will be as quick as having more physical RAM if the architecture permitted it?
    repressthis
  • FBI investigation of Minn. mall mass stabbing may rekindle iPhone encryption debate

    I mean this comment to be a thought experiment and not to be taken literally. But I wonder what would've happened if these attackers were android users instead of iOS? Is android security so bad that the FBI can hack in at will? And how would android users react to that?
    watto_cobralolliverjony0
  • New Galaxy Note 7 fire raises worries Samsung didn't fix battery problems

    I may be missing something (hence I post to ask). But why ban all cellphones when it's only one specific brand that is exploding and causing problems? Assumption: every passenger on the plane is carrying a smartphone. To the TSA, that would mean only having (Samsuck's smartphone marketshare) % pissed off passengers versus 100% pissed off passengers.
    volcan said:
    duervo said:

    If there is a ban, it most likely won't be against any single brand. It's more probable that it will be against all brands, and rightfully so. When safety is at risk, compromise cannot, and should not, be made.

    Enforcement is carried out at security checkpoints. TSA, or the agency for whatever country you're in, will be the ones enforcing such a ban, and it is those agencies that would be implementing such a ban, not an individual airline.
    Banning all cellphones at the TSA check in is going meet with incredible resistance from the general public. It is more complicated than banning handguns for example. Those can be confiscated. You can't legitimately confiscate someone's cellphone. That is their business and personal life line. Forcing people to check their phones in their luggage is a horrible idea and even riskier than having them on their person or carry on. Besides with the expense of checked luggage most people don't check anything. Mostly it is all carry on these days.
    watto_cobrabadmonkchia
  • New Galaxy Note 7 fire raises worries Samsung didn't fix battery problems

    No way! One particular brand has been popping up all over the news, thanks to their product's penchant for self immolation. There is a saying that "your right to swing your fist stops at your neighbor's face" (I'm paraphrasing, but it's something like that). Well, a Samsuck owner does not have the right to endanger anybody else on an airplane by bringing aboard their personal firebomb disguised as a smartphone. To a busy TSA agent's eyes, it's hard to distinguish a Note 7 from Samsuck's other offerings at a glance. So, I say bring on the Samsuck ban.
    volcan said:
    duervo said:

    If there is a ban, it most likely won't be against any single brand. It's more probable that it will be against all brands, and rightfully so. When safety is at risk, compromise cannot, and should not, be made.

    Enforcement is carried out at security checkpoints. TSA, or the agency for whatever country you're in, will be the ones enforcing such a ban, and it is those agencies that would be implementing such a ban, not an individual airline.
    Banning all cellphones at the TSA check in is going meet with incredible resistance from the general public. It is more complicated than banning handguns for example. Those can be confiscated. You can't legitimately confiscate someone's cellphone. That is their business and personal life line. Forcing people to check their phones in their luggage is a horrible idea and even riskier than having them on their person or carry on. Besides with the expense of checked luggage most people don't check anything. Mostly it is all carry on these days.
    watto_cobra