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  1. Skripka

    Aggressive Design Caused Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Battery Explosions

    It is a typical consumer economy....race to release new product SKUs every 6 months-1 year, to get people to buy the latest and greatest....and then act surprised that your R&D costs are so high. And then not maintain them-because who has the money for software support on the 500 phones Samsung...
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    Aggressive Design Caused Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Battery Explosions

    Or reviewers. People go nuts over 1mm. You saw it with the LG v20 this fall. "ZOMG IT IS SO BIG YOU CANNOT HOLD IT!"...when IRL it was only 1-2mm at most different in chassis size than iPhone 7+ and Note....didn't stop people from whining about how gigantic it was.
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    Dishonored 2

    Game running great so far with settings cranked in 4K on my single 980 overclocked. Very much a fan. It's been a very long time since a game had me this hooked from the get go. KB/M controls take a bit to get used to, but oh well.
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    Dishonored 2

    WTF was waiting for a sale on this....And Steam puts D2 up for $40USD today? 33% off sure beats retail.
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    Foxconn Manager Stole 5,700 iPhones

    Uh Steve.... this is actually VERY VERY COMMON. These were not retail handsets, these were testing units. They were never going to retail shelves and tracked, they were going to the scrap heap....it is actually very surprising these guys were caught and are being prosecuted. Go on eBay right...
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    Android: What's a good replacement for ES File Explorer?

    I didn't know SE did it....but on Amazon's appstore they track handset logins as unique instances. So if you flash lots of ROMs and set them up with Amazon, you can end up with 10 or 50 of the same phone being called a "new" handset...and some apps do put a limit on Amazon's store of allowed...
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    What feature phone brand do you know Except Nokia and Samsung?

    What is a "feature phone"? Where do you draw the line? They all do pretty much all the same stuff....differences experienced by users boil down to implementation (same SoC, often same camera sensors, displays etc.) -For a while HTC was doing 3D displays no one else was. As well as better...
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    Soundblaster Z - "noisy" outputs (in particular Speaker out), any ideas?

    This...although it depends on what kind of noise we're talking Depends on what you're dealing with and what you're doing. Apple iPods, iPhones, iPads, Macbooks, and powerbooks for over a decade have universally had bad ground soldering of the headphone jacks. Which was especially apparent...
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    Intel and Amazon Unveil Smart Home Technology

    Hopefully this crap can go the way of other future tech crazes hawked by these people (gimmicks)...like 3D TVs, "wearables", and so on. Quickly.
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    Best Sprint phone display for use in the sun?

    v20 is brighter than g5. Manual brightness: 300 vs 475 nits, Auto brightness: 378 vs 630 nits http://www.gsmarena.com/lg_v20-review-1498p3.php
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    Best Sprint phone display for use in the sun?

    I'd give a looky at the LG v20 if you're not prejudiced against LG (some folks are for some admittedly valid reasons). And you keep your removable battery and SD card. And it is on Sprint. Working roofs...I presume your phones wear Otterboxes, which do cut down on the screen brightness a bit
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    almost gone $250 34" 2560x1080 75hz free sync LG monitor

    Yea instead of being ZOMG stretched....your DVD video is tiny and adorable on your gigantic monitor.
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    iPhone 8 to Feature All-Glass Casing

    Because everyone loves a bar of soap in their hand
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    Reddit CEO Confesses To Editing Comments That Insulted Him

    Forum owners do like playing passive aggressive or active aggressive sometimes. Nothing new.
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    Oneplus 3T

    Coverage is an entirely regional thing. Here your ATT phone is a brick. While Sprint has good city coverage and Verizon has coverage out all the way into the sub 1 person per square mile ranch lands
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    Oneplus 3T

    Except it isn't. Lots of places none at all where Verizon has 4 bars
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    Oneplus 3T

    Whether it can be touched or not depends on if you agree on aCDMA carrier or not
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    Where are the 30.5" 4K and 5K monitors?

    Only OS GUI elements. Text has nothing to do with it. Fonts are vector graphics and therefore are infinitely scalable.
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    Richard Branson Reveals Prototype For Supersonic Passenger Aircraft

    Yeeeeeeeeeeee-ouch. I've flown lots of the Atlantic...but never shopped Pacific routes. Yikes. Yea bans on supersonic overland make sense when you hear the stories from military guys who served in Korea a couple decades back....they'll flatly tell you that the SR-71 was not a "stealth"...
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    Deleting Facebook App Could Save 20 Percent Of Your Android's Battery Life

    Depending on the phone and carrier...it may come stock to start with.
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    Crash Test Dummies Show Difference Between Cars In Mexico And U.S.

    Yup...people are now accustomed to not dealing with smog and acid rain. They forget it was a thing. And in other places still is. During the industrial revolution London's air was as bad or worse than Beijing's today. New York's at the top of the 20th century was as bad or worse as well...
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    Crash Test Dummies Show Difference Between Cars In Mexico And U.S.

    We (humanity) figured out in the 1920s that lead was poisonous. So why was lead still in common products like gasoline until the ban in 1996 in the USA, 70 years later? A>B, A<B...and people whose only worry was making a quick buck. History side note...leaded gasoline was still legal in...
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    Crash Test Dummies Show Difference Between Cars In Mexico And U.S.

    No...Corporate Think Logic A>B? Or A<B A is the cost of fighting/settling likely litigation due to flawed/unsafe products. B is the cost to improve said products to make them safe. Human life is cheap and has a dollar sign on it. The above determines if you fix a flawed product or keep...
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    Crash Test Dummies Show Difference Between Cars In Mexico And U.S.

    I've been looking. I haven't found any database or official site regarding the Mexican authorities doing crash testing of vehicles. And further enumerating what vehicles even have airbags or ABS. That NTSB sign you see in car windows on a lot detailing safety features--yea that is strictly an...
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    Crash Test Dummies Show Difference Between Cars In Mexico And U.S.

    Actually it is the other way around. Cars are increasingly made out of plastic...because in a crash it crumples and deforms rather than passing energy into the occupants. Also it is lighter and therefore more fuel economic. It also tended to be cheaper in materials. Also these dangerous...
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    Crash Test Dummies Show Difference Between Cars In Mexico And U.S.

    Oh really. Got a car advertisement from Mexico handy where they say "BTW this vehicle is cheap because it lacks XZY safety features"? Because I suspect you're blowing smoke about things you dont't know about.
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    Richard Branson Reveals Prototype For Supersonic Passenger Aircraft

    They originally thought of doing it. With the Boeing 2707 (linked above). But the gigantic size and wing-loading of a passenger airliner made the mechanism too large and impractical (due to structural demands) to implement.
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    Holiday family monitor shopping...27" class

    Curious what the peanut gallery would do. System for a family member needs a new monitor. Background hardware: Windows 7x64, older system. The box is still running an AM6400+ CPU actually on a K9N Neo motherboard 2GB of RAM I built 10+ years back. Has an ancient Nvidia 8500GT GPU I think...
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    Richard Branson Reveals Prototype For Supersonic Passenger Aircraft

    Go surf non-stop London->LaGuardia flights post holidays....1st class is looking like $4,500+USD as of this morning.
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    Richard Branson Reveals Prototype For Supersonic Passenger Aircraft

    IIRC Concorde was fly-by-wire, but barely...only a primitive analog flavor of it. Weren't most delta-winged supersonic aircraft with that vintage style avionics (or older) handfuls at lower speeds as a rule? Over the service life of those airframes did they ever replace that gear with digital...
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    RIP Newegg, you weren't good lately anyway

    The problems of NewEgg existed before "Premier" was even a thing. Premier is IIRC a fairly new thing I've had to return lemon products that didn't work, it happens after all, but was charged restocking fees....remember I told them when I returned it that is was a lemon...they were not only...
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    Richard Branson Reveals Prototype For Supersonic Passenger Aircraft

    Funny considering Richard Branson was trying to buy the entire Concorde fleet off of British Airways 13 years ago....for 1GBP each. I will say that the Concorde is probably one of the most beautiful birds of manmade aerial engineering to date....with its only competition being the SR-71.
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    RIP Newegg, you weren't good lately anyway

    Yet. Grasshopper. Yet. It has nothing to do with "loves to hate". It is that most all of us have been screwed by NewEgg too many times to ever say a nice thing about them again. Most of us were buying NewEgg back 10+ years ago in the glory days of NewEgg when it was run by great people who...
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    Google Senior Security Engineer Says Antivirus Is Useless

    I can ruin your day on a Linux machine without even the need for root. In fact just about all the stuff you care about on your linux box I can ruin with only your regular user perms (because all your user photos and docs have your user attached to them with R/W).
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    Where are the 30.5" 4K and 5K monitors?

    Please, dear god. No. 96PPI monitor fonts looks like ass. Seriously. All these subpixel rendering techniques and ClearType kludges are just that. Gags to try and make up for inadequate pixel density to decently render font details like serifs. Why did Microsoft change Office to Calibri...
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    Google Senior Security Engineer Says Antivirus Is Useless

    Infected ads get loaded onto ad-servers all the time. Then you can be minding your business here on [H] and get infected. It can happen. No you are not a unique snowflake.
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    Where are the 30.5" 4K and 5K monitors?

    Fonts are vector graphics. IOW they are completely indifferent to scaling factor. Only certain fontsets are designed around LCD usage---but most all are not (AFAIK only Ubuntu, Calibri, and Segoe, and Apple's San Francisco all the rest are not) A size 200 letter has the same shape as a size 2...
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    Lg g5 burn in

    Well there is...don't keep static GUI elements on the screen long term. If you don't exercise a muscle, it atrophies. Same with a computer screen. Every pixel needs worked not infrequently. Screens that get pixel-permanence or burn in are usually running OSes with locked or semi-permanent...
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    AIO fan control software: why so poor?

    Been a long time since I played with it...Given the underwhelming software control of fans, I switched to a hardware controller a while back. IIRC that configure menu and the manual mode did nada. But it has been a few years since I last went through a phase trying to use it.
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