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Comment: Re:Risk aversion (Score 1) 182

by AmiMoJo (#47970857) Attached to: Kickstarter Lays Down New Rules For When a Project Fails

The problem is that Kickstarter allows projects that are very obviously doomed to failure and doesn't act when it is pointed out. They should protect naÃve investors.

There was one recently for an AA battery that can be recharged in 30 seconds. It's basically a capacitor and regulator. People pointed out that at the $20 price point he set for one he couldn't buy any available capacitor that meet his claim of 1100mAh. Worse, he would need to charge at over 150A to get the time down to 30 seconds.

He flapped around, eventually found some surplus 150A power supplies and intends to ship them with the batteries for $20. Some people will probably burn their houses down since he can't possibly afford a descent connector.

People pointed all this out and Kickstarter did nothing. Other projects defy the known laws of physics, or don't even make sense (did you see the "internet battery"?)

Even eBay tries harder to shut down scams and sellers who are clueless.

Comment: Re:Playlists and MTP (Score 1) 68

by AmiMoJo (#47970787) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

Actually the Android implementation is rather good. Samsung tried to do their own thing which had some issues, but then switched to the stock driver and now all is well.

The system works well not just with computers but also with things like car head units and printers. You can plug in and print directly from your phone just like a camera. No special extra expensive iPrinter required.

I'll take it over the abomination that is iTunes any day.

Comment: Re:Just in time for another record cold winter (Score 4, Informative) 177

by AmiMoJo (#47963545) Attached to: Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

It's climate change because some morons look out the window, see that it's cold today and decide that global warming must be fake.

While the global climate is warming, the effect locally at any given time may not be warming. It sometimes causes more extreme weather, including cold. Hence, climate change.

Comment: Re:the virgin galactic craft isn't even a spacecra (Score 2) 76

by AmiMoJo (#47962935) Attached to: Trouble In Branson-Land, As Would-Be Space Tourists Get Antsy Over Delays

You need training and evaluation to go to the ISS though, if only to make sure you don't go nuts and push all the buttons. What Virgin offers is more like a normal flight, where the damage you can do is fairly minimal and the only training needed is an annoying video.

Comment: Re:In conclusions, the iphone6 sucks! (Score 2) 484

by AmiMoJo (#47962781) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

I think I know what the problem is. I've seen iOS developers who want to develop exactly the same way on android, and they always fail. They are used to targeting specific resolutions and fixed hardware, unlike say Windows or Mac developers who know how to do portable, flexible apps.

At work I had problems with this on the past. We had to switch to a different developer who had no trouble, even though we were using Bluetooth extensively.

Comment: Re: iPad 3 (Score 1) 484

by AmiMoJo (#47962583) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Don't worry about malware. It's just FUD. Unless you go out of your way to be a complete moron, turning on the ability to install apps from anywhere and then downloading from some dodgy web site that should itself set of alarm bells in your head there isn't anything to worry about. Well, no more so than iOS.

Interestingly it's usability I find most lacking on iOS. The lack of an app tray, until recently the keyboard, the very basic notification shade etc. Each to his own I suppose.

You scratch my tape, and I'll scratch yours.