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When I wake up in the morning I found My Onda V711 tablet is splitting!!!!!! And the battery inside is becoming bigger and bigger! I’m not sure if it will explode any time, so I called Onda’s customer services number, and no one is answering!
That is scary. Never leave a charging device unattended and never go to sleep with one charging. Lithium-based batteries can be very finicky and unpredictable.
PCPop covers the Intel conference that happened in China this week and provides a guide to the variety of Intel CPUs available to hardware makers in China [Google Translate].
You don’t remember the last poor person who gave you a job? That would be your audience at your last arena show. That would be the person who just paid $1.29 to download “I Was Made For Lovin You” on iTunes. That is the poor person who gave you a job.
All of the fortunes in entertainment are built on the foundation of customers who are poor. People who are poor need the fuel entertainment provides more than any self-absorbed one-percenter jetting around the world in first class or a private jet.
Never forget that.
The graphics card of the Onda V975w — as well as Teclast X98 3G, Teclast X98 Air, and Windows tablets coming out of China from Ramos, Colorfly, Pipo, and others — shares a part of the internal memory. On tablets with 2GBs of RAM, 512MBs are allocated for graphics.
For those users who don’t plan to run large games, that allocation is a waste and could lead to situations where the tablet crashes due to insufficient RAM.
The following instructions to recover more RAM for programs was adapted from a post at ZOL [Google Translate].
Anyone in the market for a Windows tablet from China would do well to Bookmark this post for future reference.
Now lets talk about file relay. Apple is being completely misleading by claiming that file relay is only for copying diagnostic data. If, by diagnostic data, you mean the user’s complete photo album, their SMS, Notes, Address Book, GeoLocation data, screenshots of the last thing they were looking at, and a ton of other personal data – then sure… but this data is far too personal in nature to ever be needed for diagnostics. In fact, diagnostics is almost the complete opposite of this kind of data. And once again, the user is never prompted to give their permission to dump all of this data, or notified in any way on-screen. Apple insists AppleCare gets your consent, but this must be a verbal consent, as it is certainly not a technological consent. What’s more, if this service really were just for diagnostic use, you’d think that it would respect backup encryption, so that everything coming off the phone is encrypted with the user’s backup password. When I take my laptop to Apple for repairs, I have to provide the password. But Apple apparently has admitted to the mechanics behind file relay, which skip around backup encryption, to get to much the same data. In addition to this, it can be dumped wirelessly, without the user’s knowledge. So why does this need to be the case? It doesn’t. File relay is far too sloppy with personal data, and serves up a lot more than “diagnostics” data.
The backlash against Glass is the implied rejection of the kind of casual sociopathy which leads a person to become a surveillance camera, to put a computer between themselves and their every interaction with other people. The philosophy of Glass is inward looking. It improves the life of the wearer at the expense of those around them.
A simple fact remains: there is something intrinsically repellant about a world in which our food, jobs and personal relationships are replaced by digital proxies in the name of ultra-efficient disruption. The geeks, with their ready willingness to abandon social norms, are pulling us toward a utopia nobody wants.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me throughout.
Silicon Valley is a very, very sick culture populated not by human beings, but by a new digital deviant hybrid species: Silicants.
Back in 1983, some 90% of the U.S. media was controlled by 50 companies. I thought Hollywood had it bad enough when studios started gobbling up networks, and cable companies started taking over studios and networks. Now 90% of media is controlled by 5 companies — Comcast, Viacom, CBS, Walt Disney, Time Warner and 21st Century Fox.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.