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  Homeland Security to require License to get on the Internet
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 01-21-2016, 02:00 AM - Forum: News & Politics - Replies (47)

[url=http://www.dailydot.com/politics/anonymity-homeland-security-erik-barnett/]Senior Homeland Security official says Internet anonymity should be outlawed

A senior Homeland Security official recently argued that Internet anonymity should outlawed in the same way that driving a car without a license plate is against the law.

Erik Barnett, an assistant deputy director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and attache to the European Union at the Department of Homeland Security, outlined his argument in an article titled “Whose Privacy Are We Protecting?

“When a person drives a car on a highway, he or she agrees to display a license plate,” Barnett wrote.

Nate Cardozo, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, called the idea “plainly unconstitutional.”

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  TSMC Expects To Start Production of 7nm in 2018
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 01-20-2016, 04:39 AM - Forum: General Hardware - No Replies


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  EDITED: Vulkan On Linux Now Works with AMD, Nvidia, Intel GPU's
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 01-20-2016, 01:34 AM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (13)

Bad news for Steam Machines, and Linux gaming in general.

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  Samsung Effectively Wins Legal Battle With Apple
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 01-19-2016, 10:07 PM - Forum: Smart Phones - No Replies


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  Offshoring Puff Piece
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 01-19-2016, 09:55 PM - Forum: News & Politics - Replies (4)

A pro-offshoring puff piece. Tax incentives have failed miserably at bringing back U.S. manufacturing. Tim Cook could make all the U.S. die and tool makers he wants with Apple's obscene profit pile. It even cites this article as support without bothering to even read the headline: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/20...us-workers

Quote:Chinese labour accounts for a tiny proportion of the company's costs: $7.10 for each phone, which accounts for about eight hours of assembly. So what would it cost to make the same iPhone in America? The Cresc team took the average wage in the US electronics industry of $21 per hour and calculated that the total production cost would increase to $337.01. That is a big jump – but it still leaves Apple with a gross margin of 46.5% on each iPhone – a level that Cresc's Sukhdev Johal estimates would probably still make it the most profitable phone in the world.

So: two models of making one of Apple's most popular products, and two models for distributing the profits. The made-in-America model still leaves the California giant with a profit margin that most companies can only dream of, but would create hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs in the US to boot. That may strike you as laughably naive, but it's more akin to enlightened self-interest: just think of the way Henry Ford raised wages so Ford workers could buy his cars.

The made-in-China model, on the other hand, has carried no such social benefits, either in Apple's home country or in the People's Republic. Last year, Apple built up cash reserves of $100bn – more than the US government. Indeed, it was so much money that the company was stumped how to dispose of it. Tim Cook, who is now CEO of Apple, announced a few weeks ago that he would begin buying back shares and paying dividends to investors. Among other people who benefited from this arrangement was Cook himself, who was awarded $376.3m in Apple stock when he took over last year. That pile of shares is now valued at around $634m. The people who win from the made-in-China model are big investors and top executives.

In the case of Apple, outsourcing manufacturing is not about keeping costs to customers down – they are still paying huge prices for the latest handset or tablet computer. Nor is it about the company's survival: it would still do tremendously well were it to bring those factories back home. No, in the case of Apple, moving jobs offshore has become a way of directing ever more money to those at the top of American society.

This is not just my conclusion, or that of the Cresc team; it is backed up by the Asian Development Bank. In a 2010 study of an earlier model of the iPhone, ADB researchers concluded: "It is the profit maximisation behaviour of Apple rather than competition that pushes Apple to have all iPhones assembled in the PRC."

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  AMD Rips 'Biased and Unreliable' Intel-Optimized SYSmark Benchmark
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 01-19-2016, 06:32 PM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (3)

AMD Rips 'Biased and Unreliable' Intel-Optimized SYSmark Benchmark

AMD is making a stink about SYSMark

AMD is making a stink about SYSMark

SYSMark's focus on the CPU is so "excessive" that it's really only evaluating the processor, not the system as a whole. In comparison, PCMark 8 probes not only the CPU, but graphics and subsystems as well. In an attempt to drive the point home, AMD ran a set of custom scripts it developed based on Microsoft Office and timed how long it took each system to complete them. The Intel system took 61 seconds to finish the benchmark versus 64 seconds for the AMD platform, a difference of about 6-7 percent and in line with what PCMark 8 indicated, though Sysmark shows a stark delta of 50 percent in favor of Intel with comparable CPUs.

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  Apple iphone 6 not showing correct battery percentage
Posted by: dmcowen674 - 01-19-2016, 06:29 PM - Forum: Smart Phones - No Replies

[url=http://arstechnica.com/apple/2016/01/apple-investigating-inaccurate-battery-percentage-in-iphone-6s/]Apple investigating inaccurate battery percentage bug in iPhone 6S

Apple is investigating a bug in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus that may cause the battery percentage level to be displayed incorrectly. More specifically, the percentage level on affected phones "won't update," which could lead users to assume their batteries are more charged than they actually are.

Apple's support document says the bug occurs when users manually set a new time zone or when their time zone changes automatically as they travel. The recommended fix for now is to restart your phone and to check that your iPhone's clock sets itself automatically (go to Settings > General > Date & Time to check).

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  Mad Max Fucked Up Road
Posted by: RolloTheGreat - 01-19-2016, 08:49 AM - Forum: Off Topic - Replies (10)

Academy Awards Epic Fail:

Ten nominations for Mad Max: Dumbass Road.

I couldn't believe my eyes, it literally appears to have been made by 5 year olds. Not smart 5 year olds either- 5 year olds you might see stuffing green beans up their nose.

Shockingly bad.

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  Microsoft Finds New Way To Force Upgrades To Windows 10
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 01-19-2016, 12:10 AM - Forum: Software & Programming - No Replies

This one's pretty strong. Despite what the delusional Linux fanboys are claiming there and on Tom's Hardware, the only thing that Microsoft is causing is forcing users onto Windows 10. Linux is garbage.

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  Rumored 5.1 GHz Xeon
Posted by: SteelCrysis - 01-17-2016, 02:18 AM - Forum: General Hardware - Replies (1)

People reckon Intel may be hitting a limit of some kind, because they're having to resort to sheer GHz.

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