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Comment: Re:It has 2GB internal memory. (Score 3) 96

by AmiMoJo (#47552319) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

When you say "it doesn't boot", do you mean it does nothing when you try to turn it on? If you can get into the bootloader menu it is often possible to wipe the device from there, or at least do a factory reset and make it bootable again.

It might also be worth trying a USB connection. Even if the screen doesn't work it might get you an ADB connection, which can be used for wiping.

Otherwise the only option is a hammer. You could possibly remove the motherboard and sell the screen, battery and other bits. The memory chips have to die though.

Comment: Re:NO, all candy bar (Score 4, Insightful) 423

Keyboard phones didn't sell well. People realised that swipe keyboards are actually faster than trying to type on tiny keys. Most people don't do massive amounts of typing on their phones anyway. Of they need to they get a tablet, Bluetooth keyboard or ultra portable laptop.

Keyboard phones sound good on paper but when people actually tried them the reality hit home.

Comment: Re:More Range Needed (Score 2) 113

by AmiMoJo (#47551207) Attached to: Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

In the EU a driver of a commercial vehicle must take a minimum 45 minute break every 4.5 hours of driving:

You can drive for four hours in a Tesla Model S before you need to stop for 50 minutes, falling to 40 minutes as 150kW chargers are rolled out. Seems like the only real barrier to long distance travel is the availability of superchargers and people who think they can safely drive more than 4.5 hours without a break.

Comment: Re:What to do if you have unlimited money & am (Score 1) 84

by AmiMoJo (#47551151) Attached to: World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

Japan and India use them for search and rescue, their intended role. Carriers are big and slow, not suited to SAR work where you need high capacity long range aircraft that can then collect people and even small boats from the water.

Anyway, in warfare carriers are less useful against enemies with hypersonic missiles. The US doesn't have any yet, but since Russia, India and China do I imagine they expect to face them eventually.

Comment: Re:Spruce Goose (Score 1) 84

by AmiMoJo (#47551129) Attached to: World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

Technically, sure, it's the heaviest amphibian in the world. Amphibians as a class are practically dead.

The fact that the ShinMaywa US-2 is in production and it's predecessor sold reasonably well suggests that there is a market for this kind of aircraft.

Along with Timothy's comment I'm starting to think sour grapes.

Comment: Re:already done (Score 1) 117

People did die during the evacuation, mostly the elderly. They can't go back because there are still spots of significant contamination where radiation levels are above the legal limit. The towns near Fukushima survived the tsunami unscathed, they are perfectly safe from even the largest waves.

Comment: Re:No need for a conspiracy (Score 1) 270

Windows 8 has more features than Windows 7, in fact they tacked on an entire new and separate UI over the desktop. Yet, it runs faster and makes better use of memory. It makes better use of SSDs and cuts boot times down a lot. Just adding features should not slow an OS down, as features are mostly only loaded when needed and memory management should be able to handle background stuff.

Comment: Re:already done (Score 1) 117

Actually the earthquake did damage the plant in a very critical way. The emergency cooling system was broken, so that even when they started pumping in water from fire engines it didn't cool the cores and they went into meltdown.

I suggest you try watching this documentary:

Comment: Re:already done (Score 1) 117

Contamination is quite reversible

Yes, but the effects of short term contamination are not. The evacuated towns in Japan are pretty much being abandoned now, because even when they do manage to fully decontaminate them there will be no-one to live there. All the former residents have had to move on with their lives, find homes and jobs elsewhere, go to other schools and try to start some kind of new life.

Those communities, those businesses are all gone for good.

Comment: Re:Graph is search results, not speed measurements (Score 1) 270

Android does get updates, it just depends on the handset. If you buy a £30 phone you can't expect much. On the other hand Google and Samsung flagship models get a couple of years of updates minimum. If you consider the point at which iOS makes your iPhone unusably slow they are pretty much on par. At least with popular Android devices you have the option to go to Cyanogen or any number of custom ROMs.

Comment: Re:Graph is search results, not speed measurements (Score 1) 270

I find it much more likely that when you upgrade to iOS+1, the new features slow your phone down.

That seems to be a problem fairly unique to certain expensive phones. Android gets faster with each version on the same hardware, the only slow downs being in manufacturer custom versions. Samsung and LG generally do okay, HTC not so well. Windows has been getting faster since Vista. Linux generally gets performance improvements but is a special case because there is no single distro and each kernel is custom built. I'm not sure about MacOS.

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