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Comment: Re:No SD card, non-removable battery (Score 1) 201

by Amnenth (#48154205) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

With the Nexus 5 still in up-to-date advertising material, I'd say they haven't abandoned it yet. Hell, the page images show it running Android L and in more backing colours than were on the Play Store as I write this (Black, white, red).

I'm pretty sure that means they're not dropping the '50% of the price of an iPhone' feature of the line.

Comment: Re:Meh (Score 4, Interesting) 201

by Amnenth (#48152735) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

The page that the Nexus 6 is presented on still has a link to the Nexus 5. My personal theory at this time (unproven) is that they're keeping the Nexus 5 around as their lower-end model, since they don't have anything to replace its price point with. Hell, the Nexus 5 page now shows the device running Android L (Lollipop.)

Comment: Re:Why do certs cost $$$? (Score 2) 665

by Amnenth (#35558884) Attached to: Why Doesn't Every Website Use HTTPS?
Browsers exploding in fury when self-signed certs show up is a design decision to protect stupid users from themselves. Otherwise, Joe Sixpack is going to start blindly 'trusting' every self-signed cert he sees just to get the dialog box/popup whatever out of the way, just like he already blindly clicks 'ok' when faced with those fake antivirus popups.

Microsoft, Apple, EMC, and Oracle Form Patent Bloc 113

Posted by Soulskill
from the axis-of-prior-art dept.
An anonymous reader writes "When Novell finally sold itself, part of the deal included the sale of 882 patents to a consortium backed by Microsoft. Thanks to a tip from Florian Mueller, it turns out that Microsoft's partners are Apple, Oracle, and EMC, which raises questions about where these companies are heading and what it means for the rest of the industry."

Comment: Loss of noise AND loss of signal. (Score 1) 833

by Amnenth (#32815510) Attached to: Blizzard To Require Real First and Last Names For Official Forums
Several posts on the WoW general forums and MMO-Champion's article on the subject raise a valid and somewhat chilling point: while forum trolls are likely to be driven away, removing some of the noise from actual discussions, actual contributing posters are going to be shying away from the new forum system as well. People who would otherwise be helpful, share knowledge about class and game mechanics or even info about interface-modding are going to disappear entirely from the forums because they do not want to be compelled to show their real name to all.

I'm not sure if the loss of signal will be worth the loss of noise here.

Life in the state of nature is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan