We’re gonna need Pythagoras’ help to compare screen sizes in 2017

We’re gonna need Pythagoras’ help to compare screen sizes in 2017

Android Central‘s Alex Dobie made this point to me in the buildup to Samsung’s Galaxy S8 launch yesterday: a 5.8-inch phone with the S8’s elongated 18.5:9 aspect ratio doesn’t have the same size screen as a 5.8-inch phone with the traditional 16:9. The two might share the same diagonal measurement, but in terms of area, the S8’s screen would be smaller. That’s because the change in aspect ratio breaks the linear scale by which we’ve compared almost all smartphones to date.

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The Guardian view on counter-terrorism: strong encryption makes us all safer

The Guardian view on counter-terrorism: strong encryption makes us all safer

The home secretary has made a hash – or what she would call “a hashtag” – of her efforts to appear to be doing something in the wake of last week’s Westminster terror attack. Amber Rudd’s demand that the big digital companies weaken the encryption they use on their messages is unrealistic and – if it ever became real – self-defeating. It is unrealistic because encryption cannot be selectively weakened, any more than the value of pi could be stipulated as 3.2 for the state of Indiana alone as proposed by some proto-Rudd politician in 1897.

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Twitter stops counting @ Replies towards its 140 characters

Twitter stops counting @ Replies towards its 140 characters

Nearly a year ago, Twitter announced it would begin distancing itself from the requirement that all tweets could only contain 140 characters by no longer counting some things – like media attachments or @ replies towards the character count.

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US House votes to repeal Internet privacy rules

US House votes to repeal Internet privacy rules

The US House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to repeal Internet privacy regulations. Following the Senate vote [JURIST report], the House voted 231-189 to approve HR 230 , preventing the Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services rule from entering into force. The rule would have prevented telecommunication organizations from selling or sharing information that would impact the confidentiality of customer proprietary information. The bill now goes to the executive branch for a signature.

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Trump’s Treasury Secretary Says Increased Automation Is “Not Even on Our Radar”

Trump's Treasury Secretary Says Increased Automation Is "Not Even on Our Radar"

During his campaign, now-President Donald Trump promised voters he would bring American jobs back from overseas. Now that he is in office, his administration has made job creation a central focus of its efforts. But what if those jobs overseas can’t come back to the United States because companies no longer need to hire humans to complete the tasks? How is the Trump administration gearing up to tackle the rise of automation?

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For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never Said.

For Sale: Baby Shoes. Never Said.

Garson O’Toole’s new book, "Hemingway Didn’t Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations," grew out of a wonderful website O’Toole has been conducting since 2010; the title, Quote Investigator, describes the content. It in turn developed from O’Toole’s realization of a paradoxical truth about the internet. While it has been the prime culprit in the modern-day epidemic of fake quotes, it also offers at the same time tools undreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio, for determining actual quotation provenance.

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