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Comment: Re:No mention of iPad in the summary? (Score 1) 33

by drinkypoo (#49559873) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

A Nexus device means you will have proper support from Google.

N4 and N7 updates lagged hard behind other devices. If you wanted quick updates you had to go to the community. Which brings us to our next point:

So now the question becomes when I want to replace my Nexus 7 if I buy a Nexus 9, or I buy a low end iPad.
Because I have no interest whatsoever in a non-standard Android.

...and are apparently unaware of third-party Android distributions for common devices. So long as you get something vaguely popular, someone will be rolling CyanogenMod and/or AOSP for your device, and you won't have to run whatever came from Google, which you don't want to run anyway. You want something with fixes applied.

Comment: Re:"although not with bug-free results" (Score 2) 33

by drinkypoo (#49559841) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

2) The 2013 Nexus 7 (often referred to by its internal codename, flo), using a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064), pretty much the same as the Snapdragon 600 at a slightly lower clock speed. This runs Lollipop well due to newer hardware. This is the device that was just discontinued.

Well, it runs 5.1 well. Many users, including myself, had problems with 5.0 on the Nexus 7 2nd. I had it murder the battery for no reason, and it was generally chunky and unresponsive. 5.1 seems to have solved that, though.

Comment: Re:Terrible Then Too (Score 1) 252

by pnutjam (#49559837) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher
So basically, F*#&! all the kids for the next decade. After that things might have stabilized, bu there will still be the occasional lost class, due to bad instruction that isn't picked up until after the product has been delivered.

Your approach is like buying every car you will ever drive at one time, site unseen, from the best bidder. Then garaging them and assuming they will start in 5, 7, 15 years. You wouldn't do that, why would you do that to kids.

Comment: Re:No mention of iPad in the summary? (Score 1) 35

by CastrTroy (#49559807) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

In some cases it's almost needed though. There is still no native support for displaying 2 apps at the same time on Android devices. That may not be such a big issue for phones and 7 inch tablets, but once you get into 10 inch tablets, the ability to continue watching your movie while you look something up on the web is a very nice feature to have. iPad suffers from the same problem. I have a Surface 2, and I love the fact that I can do 2 things at the same time makes it so much more useful. And there are now Windows tablets with full Windows OS from $100 to $2000 depending on what you want to spend and what your uses are. At this point, I fail to see any point in going with Android or iOS. For the price of the iPad, you can get the new Surface 3. Which will do everything the iPad can do, and a whole lot more. And it comes with a whole bunch more storage, and the ability to add more with a MicroSD card or even a USB 3 hard drive if you prefer. Just the simple ability to hook up a network drive and have it work in every app is a huge advantage.

+ - Smart headlights adjust to aid drivers in difficult conditions-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute are developing smart headlights that not only trace a car’s movement around bends, but are programmable to assist a driver in a wide range of driving conditions. The research team, at the institute’s Illumination and Imaging Laboratory, is looking into designing headlights which do not highlight raindrops and snowflakes in bad weather, instead passing light around the individual drops and improving visibility. Its near-future design would also be able to avoid glare even when the high beam is in use, detecting up-coming vehicles and disabling the range of light that is directed at it. They also hope to incorporate GPS data to adjust the direction of the headlights according to the lane that a driver is occupying, illuminating it more brightly compared to surrounding lanes. The technology is supported by a looped system which will constantly read, assess and react to driving conditions. The prototype also features a built-in camera to capture visual data before transferring it to a computer processor installed in the vehicle, where it can be analysed.
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Comment: Re:BAh, (Score 1) 57

At what point did Pandora explicitly ask the artists if they wanted their work advertising? At which point did the artists explicitly agree to Pandora advertising their works?

Pandora is just radio "on the Internet", with the logical efficiencies that unicast delivery can provide. Demanding a different licensing scheme is as much bullshit as every one of the patents that demanded rent for some existing thing and then added "on the Internet" on the end.

It's only lawyers who benefit from re-litigating established societal norms. Of course, they promise some middlemen riches to get them to file actions, but there's only one party that's guaranteed any riches.

Comment: Re:Hispanics replaced by... (Score 1) 91

I hate to break it to you, but the original article stated "The labor shortage spurred Tanimura & Antle Fresh Foods, one of the country's largest vegetable farmers, to buy a Spanish startup", and its link to the company website brings up a page that starts off with "Plant Tape is a visionary and innovative company founded in Spain".

The AC responded "So the guys from Mexico will be replace with... hardware from Mexico?"

Why you're mentioning the word "hispanic" is beyond me.

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