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  2. Each generation will probably figure out ways to make the cut outs smaller and smaller until they no longer exist, maybe pinhole cameras? You could put a small dimple on the screen to indicate where the finger print reader is so you can do it with out looking. There are no problems only solutions we haven't figured out yet. You can't defy physics. LOL it's impossible to have a better camera with a pinhole thru the screen itself. Why can't we have a small bezel at the top and bottom again? The Current Physical Limitation is Lenses, however not very far down the horizon is Optical Phased array and solid state lenses. These eliminate the need for glass lenses and monolithic camera sensors, so you could theoretically have many individual sensor pixels embedded between the display pixels allowing you to have your camera completely inside your display and it would have better quality than today's expensive DSLRs. So it wouldn't be defying physics, we would be applying physics in a different way.
  3. Unboxing the Chuwi Hi9

    They do ok for what they are, let's face it, this isn't exactly a cutting edge device, (android 7) The problem with them is that they don't release driver source and that's why the device with MediaTek SoC always stuck on the same OS it comes with. XDA hates them with a passion True, I just have a kind heart towards them as I had (still have) an Oukitel K10000 for what is was, isn't been a very good IDGAF PHONE. Out of all the mtk devices I've owned, it's the most memorable. battery life on that handset must be beast! Based on my experience with BLU Life One XL, nope A screenshot exists somewhere on this site from the last time I tried it I saw that pic. So, that up time of 235 hrs is on one charge? ?? Yes, total power on time from fully charged, but it's an old screenshot, I just recharged it, and took a screenshot with today's date and time, assuming I remember, I'll upload a new screenshot with little power remaining.
  4. It's not a 'win' by any stretch of the imagination. Apple is the wealthiest company on the planet because it evades tax on an industrial scale, whilst using overseas manufacturing to avoid paying a living wage domestically. Allowing companies to get to the size and influence of Apple only undermines consumer rights and protections, reduces competition and perpetuates income inequality. And Trump just solved that problem... Now instead of using loopholes and avoiding taxes they can bring the cash in the US and pay lower taxes on it... Let me refrase it for you... Apple and other corporations were paying ZERO taxes on their profits abroad, now they will bring that cash to the US and pay taxes on it due to the lower tax brackets. If Trump had offered a one time tax amnesty followed by tax increases and the elimination of tax loopholes then perhaps I'd agree. Instead Trump just allowed corporations to avoid massive amounts of tax, money that is essential to financing America's collapsing infrastructure and grossly inadequate public services. This doesn't even come close to making up the deficit created by massive tax cuts to the wealthy. The rich get richer whilst the poor get poorer. If you consider that a win then we clearly have different political and social outlooks. I am so glad he is not doing what you are suggesting.... he would have tanked the economy and gotten us in another recession... The US economy is already a disaster. It really doesn't matter that stock markets are doing so well when it is at the expensive of the average American. Trump's actions serve only to increase income inequality. "The US economy is already a disaster." LOL. It's only expensive based on the average person thinking they need the best of everything. It really isn't expansive as long as make suitable choices. You don't NEED to drive a Escalade. You don't NEED to spend $100 to eat out for two. You don't NEED to have shop at high scale places. I see this all the time from my sister who's husband makes $300,000+ a year and they are ALWAYS broke saying "the Canadian economy is a disaster" just as you just said about the USA. Some are just stupid with money, the economy is awesome, what is the disaster how how people use the money they have. None of that addresses the issue of income inequality. If higher income earners were taxed more significantly and the money invested in public services and support for lower income earners then that would be better for the economy and society as a whole. i do 100% agree income inequality = the fall of a nation. In other posts that you have not seen, I support a personal wealth cap of 5 million USD. However, this is somewhat of a different issue. I believe in extreme tax at the higher scales, but when other countries don't play by the same rules, it really makes it impossible. I would fully support ALL nations to come together and have a universal tax system but can't imagine how complicated and hard that would be to implement. Until that time comes, this is what we have. True, but the US has some of the weakest regulation in the industrialised world. It's actively making the situation worse. There is of course merit to allowing corporations to bring home offshore assets to be taxed but not in a bill that grants massive tax cuts to corporations whilst increasing taxes on lower earners.
  5. hmmm hmmm ... any other proof of this aside from Natalya Kaspersky's slideshow? How did she come to this conclusion (i.e. what were her sources). Kasperskaya. Kaspersky is a male surname. What are US proofs of Russia collusion in US elections and invasion in Ukraine? You got what you have. hmmm...it is spelled Kaspersky on her website so I'm guessing it is appropriate for those of us in the "West" to spell it as such. https://infowatch.com/company/management" rel="external nofollow">https://infowatch.com/company/management Anyway, it is just the first I heard that Bitcoin was "the development of American intelligence services to quickly finance intelligence services in the US, England, Canada in different countries" ... nor did your linked article really go in depth about it. Was simply asking if there was any more information regarding this ... or was it just her slideshow and that fairly uninformative article. Where did she find her information? Is it just her opinion not based on fact? If you don't know ... that is fine. It is based on professional conclusions of many specialists in security and finances. Such as? Sources please.
  6. hmmm hmmm ... any other proof of this aside from Natalya Kaspersky's slideshow? How did she come to this conclusion (i.e. what were her sources). Kasperskaya. Kaspersky is a male surname. What are US proofs of Russia collusion in US elections and invasion in Ukraine? You got what you have. hmmm...it is spelled Kaspersky on her website so I'm guessing it is appropriate for those of us in the "West" to spell it as such. https://infowatch.com/company/management Anyway, it is just the first I heard that Bitcoin was "the development of American intelligence services to quickly finance intelligence services in the US, England, Canada in different countries" ... nor did your linked article really go in depth about it. Was simply asking if there was any more information regarding this ... or was it just her slideshow and that fairly uninformative article. Where did she find her information? Is it just her opinion not based on fact? If you don't know ... that is fine. It is based on professional conclusions of many specialists in security and finances.
  7. It's not a 'win' by any stretch of the imagination. Apple is the wealthiest company on the planet because it evades tax on an industrial scale, whilst using overseas manufacturing to avoid paying a living wage domestically. Allowing companies to get to the size and influence of Apple only undermines consumer rights and protections, reduces competition and perpetuates income inequality. And Trump just solved that problem... Now instead of using loopholes and avoiding taxes they can bring the cash in the US and pay lower taxes on it... Let me refrase it for you... Apple and other corporations were paying ZERO taxes on their profits abroad, now they will bring that cash to the US and pay taxes on it due to the lower tax brackets. If Trump had offered a one time tax amnesty followed by tax increases and the elimination of tax loopholes then perhaps I'd agree. Instead Trump just allowed corporations to avoid massive amounts of tax, money that is essential to financing America's collapsing infrastructure and grossly inadequate public services. This doesn't even come close to making up the deficit created by massive tax cuts to the wealthy. The rich get richer whilst the poor get poorer. If you consider that a win then we clearly have different political and social outlooks. I am so glad he is not doing what you are suggesting.... he would have tanked the economy and gotten us in another recession... The US economy is already a disaster. It really doesn't matter that stock markets are doing so well when it is at the expensive of the average American. Trump's actions serve only to increase income inequality. "The US economy is already a disaster." LOL. It's only expensive based on the average person thinking they need the best of everything. It really isn't expansive as long as make suitable choices. You don't NEED to drive a Escalade. You don't NEED to spend $100 to eat out for two. You don't NEED to have shop at high scale places. I see this all the time from my sister who's husband makes $300,000+ a year and they are ALWAYS broke saying "the Canadian economy is a disaster" just as you just said about the USA. Some are just stupid with money, the economy is awesome, what is the disaster how how people use the money they have. None of that addresses the issue of income inequality. If higher income earners were taxed more significantly and the money invested in public services and support for lower income earners then that would be better for the economy and society as a whole. How did that work out for the Soviet Union? Dont sell me socialist systems that are doomed to fail... EU's doomsday has been counting down since the formation of the EU... so glad I dont live there anymore.. You just said in your previous post that it's not possible to judge a nation without living there, rendering any opinion you have on the Soviet Union and any other socialist state moot. Or is it one rule for you and another for everybody else?
  8. Its a speaker with Siri built in, how 'polished' does it need to be? No one forgot you think Apple is a saint, but the first get product still do suck in comparison to 2nd gen. so at such price, only diehards like you should invest
  9. It's not a 'win' by any stretch of the imagination. Apple is the wealthiest company on the planet because it evades tax on an industrial scale, whilst using overseas manufacturing to avoid paying a living wage domestically. Allowing companies to get to the size and influence of Apple only undermines consumer rights and protections, reduces competition and perpetuates income inequality. And Trump just solved that problem... Now instead of using loopholes and avoiding taxes they can bring the cash in the US and pay lower taxes on it... Let me refrase it for you... Apple and other corporations were paying ZERO taxes on their profits abroad, now they will bring that cash to the US and pay taxes on it due to the lower tax brackets. If Trump had offered a one time tax amnesty followed by tax increases and the elimination of tax loopholes then perhaps I'd agree. Instead Trump just allowed corporations to avoid massive amounts of tax, money that is essential to financing America's collapsing infrastructure and grossly inadequate public services. This doesn't even come close to making up the deficit created by massive tax cuts to the wealthy. The rich get richer whilst the poor get poorer. If you consider that a win then we clearly have different political and social outlooks. I am so glad he is not doing what you are suggesting.... he would have tanked the economy and gotten us in another recession... The US economy is already a disaster. It really doesn't matter that stock markets are doing so well when it is at the expensive of the average American. Trump's actions serve only to increase income inequality. Move to Mexico, or move to Europe... if economy is a disaster here... let me see how you survive there I live in Europe and am surviving just fine, thanks. Then you have absolutely no ground of judging US Economy... You dont even live here... what is your baseline for comparison? Wow, extreme Gatekeeping™. One only has to look at the number of people working multiple jobs only to remain in poverty; people paying thousands of dollars in healthcare just to give birth; internet providers bribing counties to prevent competition; companies like Apple accumulating obscene levels of wealth thanks to extreme tax avoidance schemes, etc.
  10. You're assuming that the people are paying that price each month and not just paying for a month of Prime when they need it. I'd hope that no one in their right mind would pay $57 more each year for the convenience of not having to fork out $99 at once. I'm paying 99 a year. Are you paying 57?? Did you read?? If you pay monthly is the 57 MORE. not just 57. Your're right. Reading is fundamental. /s
  11. hmmm hmmm ... any other proof of this aside from Natalya Kaspersky's slideshow? How did she come to this conclusion (i.e. what were her sources). Kasperskaya. Kaspersky is a male surname. What are US proofs of Russia collusion in US elections and invasion in Ukraine? You got what you have. hmmm...it is spelled Kaspersky on her website so I'm guessing it is appropriate for those of us in the "West" to spell it as such. https://infowatch.com/company/management Even the article you linked to had both spellings ... so yea. Касперская and Касперской Anyway, it is just the first I heard that Bitcoin was "the development of American intelligence services to quickly finance intelligence services in the US, England, Canada in different countries" ... nor did your linked article really go in depth about it. Was simply asking if there was any more information regarding this ... or was it just her slideshow and that fairly uninformative article. Where did she find her information? Is it just her opinion not based on fact? If you don't know ... that is fine.
  12. NASA Kilopower (space nuclear reactor)

    They're starting the high-output tests now. I really want it to work out. So do a lot of other people.
  13. I love my prime. I got it for free fast shipping (even though for many products, even if i select 2 day shipping i get it next morning) but Prime video is very good too. I mean, there is a lot of stuff i like to watch it. i downloaded the app for my TV and I am totally getting my moneys worth with free shipping! I have yet to check our prime music. ohh, and I gave prime to 2 family members. so 3 people are enjoying the convenience, even though they live far away. totally worth it :)
  14. You're assuming that the people are paying that price each month and not just paying for a month of Prime when they need it. I'd hope that no one in their right mind would pay $57 more each year for the convenience of not having to fork out $99 at once. I'm paying 99 a year. Are you paying 57?? Did you read?? If you pay monthly is the 57 MORE. not just 57.
  15. Ironic, since what YOU are arguing is indeed really basic, high school level stuff. Namely, how normal overseas business and taxation works. But that is absolutely NOT what Apple and all of the rest of these megacorps have been doing for decades now. Speaking as someone who works with these megacorps at the very highest level, I now welcome to the advanced class... In short, Apple (and all of these megacorps) pulled this scam of never paying local taxes with every country by moving their corporate HQ to Ireland (on paper), even though it was obviously here in the US. So US profits were sent to Ireland, etc. as if Apple was an Irish company. They then shifted off through another international/EU loophole, so they didn't have to pay taxes as if they were Irish either. So Apple didn't just not pay their fair share of taxes on profits in the USA. They did this everywhere. They didn't pay what they actually owed to anyone. But I'm only pointing out what they owe America. And instead of closing these loopholes and forcing these megacorps to repatriate the stolen profits, taxes, fines, and penalties in order to remain viable corporate entities in the US (and keep their officers out of federal prison for tax evasion), the bought and paid for politicians waited decades until the time was right to pass a huge TAX AMNESTY on all of that money. That way, no one is punished. No one pays what they owed. Everyone gets a discount on their taxes, no harm, no foul. Obviously, since you didn't even understand the very basics of how they did this, there is no reason to debate the rest of your laughably flawed apologist argument. Re: taxes, interest etc. and the budget The GAO etc. makes estimates of revenue based on how the economy is doing now and projections going forward. That includes the taxes we pay as well as corporations like Apple. We then budget services, the army, entitlements, etc. based on that. If there is a shortfall (economy takes an unexpected downturn or, say, a whole lot of taxes don't get paid), we BORROW that money from China, Japan, etc. This is a budget deficit and adds to the national debt. We, the taxpayers, pay those loans back with interest. When you or I are late on tax payments, that's not a big deal. But Apple and all of the others who took advantage of these loopholes took TRILLIONS out of the country. And while they earned interest and returns on that money, WE paid for the loans (with interest) to make up the shortfall. So, they owed the nation (meaning we the taxpayers) a lot of money. And now they don't...because we, our children, and our grandchildren just got stuck with the bill...again. But you just go on cheering the guys who spent decades corrupting our political, financial, and taxation system at all of our expense...and keep wondering why their profits keep rising year after year while your paycheck doesn't.
  16. Nice batch of new features but the known issues are many. Best to wait for a few more builds before you jump in and start testing unless you have more than one xbox.
  17. Solar System News (miscellaneous articles)

    Then we take water purifiers. Problem solved.
  18. Official Religion Thread IV

    http://www.statesman.com/news/crime--law/texas-judge-interrupts-jury-says-god-told-him-defendant-not-guilty/ZRdGbT7xPu7lc6kMMPeWKL/ Texas judge interrupts jury, says God told him defendant is not guilty A state district judge in Comal County said God told him to intervene in jury deliberations to sway jurors to return a not guilty verdict in the trial of a Buda woman accused of trafficking a teen girl for sex. Judge Jack Robison apologized to jurors for the interruption, but defended his actions by telling them “when God tells me I gotta do something, I gotta do it,” according to the Herald-Zeitung in New Braunfels. The jury went against the judge’s wishes, finding Gloria Romero-Perez guilty of continuous trafficking of a person and later sentenced her to 25 years in prison. They found her not guilty of a separate charge of sale or purchase of a child.
  19. Would You Buy an Old Smart Phone Just for the Camera?

    I'm still on the prowl for a cheap Nokia 1020. But in regards to the OP, I still have my 920, though I still do most of my shooting with my 950.
  20. hmmm hmmm ... any other proof of this aside from Natalya Kaspersky's slideshow? How did she come to this conclusion (i.e. what were her sources). Kasperskaya. Kaspersky is a male surname. What are US proofs of Russia collusion in US elections and invasion in Ukraine? You got what you have.
  21. Oh no! Now what will they do for food? Oh well. Back to the roadside fruitstand. /s
  22. Invests in its customer base, sure. But not the employees. Seven hundred employees in OH are drawing SNAP benefits. Does your prime membership make you feel better about the $40+/y of taxes you pay to subsidize Amazon's s****y wages? Boohoo? I'd rather them than Walmart, who has completely wrecked my area. Almost Karma I'd say. Not to mention they're investing heavily in my area, and bringing jobs. I'm sure those people are more than grateful for the opportunity.. otherwise I'm sure they can find employment elsewhere and not have to be subject of said ###### wages. My point is WalMart kills community Amazon kills retail. Soon there will ONLY be Amazon. Prime membership will then be valid voter ID. So you can think of your $99/y Prime membership as $139/y after SNAP is factored in. Still pays for itself.
  23. Alexa can’t play from Apple Music. Sorry you locked yourself into a limited ecosystem. Alexa can play my Spotify music just fine. So can my Google Home, iPhone, Pixel and Linux install.
  24. Good sound costs more. I have both the Echo and Google Home. Google Home beats it like a dirty carpet. I suspect Apple's speaker will probably rival Google Home but we'll see when the reviews come in.
  25. Xbox Insider Preview build 16299.5085 adds more new features by Rich Woods Microsoft today released yet another Xbox One Insider Preview build, which brings the build number to 16299.5085. The build string is 1802.180116-1916, meaning that it's a preview of version 1802, the next minor feature update for the family of consoles. The build does contain some new features, which were promised when 1802 was first announced. Note that some of the new features listed have already appeared in previous builds. Inactivity Shutdown Options We’ve added additional inactivity shutdown options to the Power mode & startup menu. In addition to shutting down the console after one or six hours of inactivity, you’re now able to select options for two, three, four and five hours. To enable the inactivity shutdown options: Under Options, select the “Turn off after” dropdown menu. Navigate to Settings > Power & startup > Power mode & startup. Do Not Disturb Sometimes all you want to do is avoid all distractions and focus entirely on your game. We’ve included a “Do not disturb” online status, which will suppress notifications and let your friends know that you’re not available for another game or activity right now. To enable Do not disturb status: Open the Guide and select your profile icon to the far left. Select My profile. From the Appear online dropdown to the right, select Do not disturb. Mini Game Hubs With Mini Game Hubs you can access great content for the games you’ve played recently from a Game Hub without ever having to leave the action. Mini Game Hubs provide an easy way to see friends who are currently playing, upcoming Achievements, Looking for Group posts, and more. To find the Mini Game Hub, launch the Guide and look for a new icon to the right of all Game tiles in the Home section. Scheduled Themes You asked—we listened! We’re excited to announce that we’ve added the ability to put your themes on a schedule. In addition to choosing either the light or dark theme, you can now schedule a time to automatically switch between them. Simply follow these steps: Navigate to Settings > Personalization > Theme & motion. Select Scheduled from the “System theme” dropdown. Select the times at which you want the light theme to start and end. Guide Enhancements A new icon will appear in the Guide. The Guide Game Pass Discovery Tile (the “Surprise me with a random Game Pass Game tile”), now shows in Guide. There are also a couple of fixes: Home and Guide Additional fixes to address an issue which could cause Home and Guide to fail to display or crash. Installation and Achievements Resolved an issue which caused the progress bars for downloads/installations and achievements to display incorrect information. Finally, there are a bunch of known issues: System Update When downloading a system update, you may get stuck at a loading screen and only see the loading spinner. Workaround: If this occurs, please DO NOT try to factory reset or reboot the console—this is an issue with the update service and should eventually resolve on its own. Guide The Guide may sometimes lose focus during navigation. Party Chat Party chat sometimes crashes in the Guide. Games Installation Games that are installed fail to launch. Workaround: If the games are installed to an external drive please copy the game to the internal drive or attempt to delete the title and redownload to fix the launch error. Display We are investigating the inaccurate RGB colors that have been reported when displaying in 4K HDR mode when playing a UHD disc. Avatars on Home Users can now represent themselves as an Avatar on Home by changing their settings. To do so, simply navigate to My profile > Customize profile > Show my avatar. Tournaments The left and right navigation for selecting date and time during Tournament creation is currently reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew. Left and right navigation in Tournament twists is reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew. Left and right navigation in the bracket view of Tournaments is reversed when the console language is set to Arabic or Hebrew. If you're on the Preview Alpha ring - which is still invitation-only - this update is rolling out to your console now. You can get it by heading over to Settings -> System -> Updates, or it should automatically install at some point. If you're on one of the lower rings - which are open to everyone with varying levels of experience in the Insider Program - you should be seeing 1802 builds pretty soon. The version number indicates that it should be finalized next month, so it should be hitting the Preview Beta ring any day now.
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