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Comment: Re:It's obvious (Score 1) 86

The days of BROADCAST is over. That is the current model that is dying. The Cable Companies already know this (NetFlix duh), they are just trying to slow down their death.

As speed of the Internet increases, it further eliminates the need for broadcasting anything. It used to be, congestion was at the consumer end (Dialup days), and th back haul could over subscribe. Now, the congestion is at the junction points between Tier 1 and Tier 2 peers. Comcast vs Netflix was just the first of many such collisions.

In the end, you'll have cable or fiber, and pick the content/services you need/want at prices you're willing to pay, delivered exactly when you want.

Comment: Re:[meta] Yes, thank you (Score 1) 86

I'll go one step further. Forget video except as a link to the YouTube source of the transcript. I don't need my screen filled with ugly people trying to be "relevant". I don't need a big part of my browser occupied by a video that I really don't want to watch. I really don't.

Comment: Re:Polls on the Front page are stupid (Score 2) 81

by Archangel Michael (#49823513) Attached to: Enter the Polls! Now On the Front Page

So far, the overwhelming response is "Are you insane?"

Here is an idea SLASHDOT Designers ... why don't you ask before you implement new "features", you might get valuable feedback and avoid looking stupid. Or in this case MORONIC!

To be honest, if you want to kill Polls, because you're bored or whatever, just kill them. This is just stupid.

Did I mention, it was a LAME idea?

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49794143) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Not just a mobile game, a Massively Multiplayer Game using GPS, Data and lots of screen time. You actually have to get up off your ass and explore your world around you. In five hours of playing, I'll have walked over 10km.

So yeah, I play five hours without stopping. I've even played 24 hours without stopping.

Comment: Re:The Carriers (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49793343) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

My biggest issue is that I'm stuck on some ancient version of Android. OS updates are the responsibility of the carriers

This is absolutely only partially correct. It is both Carrier, and Manufacturer that hold that responsibility, jointly. Carriers have no desire to update older phones, they want you to buy a new one, ON CONTRACT! The manufacturers are too willing to bend over for the Carriers.

Phones like Nexus and OnePlus are starting to break that mold though, and I suspect that if enough people stop buying HTC/Samsung/LG ... phones they (both) will start to take notice. The best thing consumers can do, is be fully aware how awful the carriers actually are, and how complicit the manufacturers are.

Comment: Re:Danger Will Robinson (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49792761) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

CM was fine when it was a bunch of geeks playing with Android. The moment it went Public, pressure to turn a profit increased. The problem is, the that they have made enemies already, and many of them were their own champions. These actions have caused their support in the community to diminish. Can they recover? Perhaps. But I don't see them actually doing the things to keep their supporters happy.

Comment: Re:But crossroads ahead with the Swarm of Things; (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49791051) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Cyanogen is wanting to actually get more or less a complete breakup with Google. You need to read their public statements regarding how they want to wrest Android from Google. They have the following to perhaps pull it off. Either that or they will implode making boneheaded mistakes by alienating their fan base (as they did with OnePlus users).

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49791023) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

If Google can't pull low-end Android users onto high-end devices instead of iDevices...

No it isn't. My current phone,($350 new) runs circles around any iDevice in that price range. Hell, it competes with the $899 version, with more ram, and storage. You can pay more for the same thing (or not as good), but that is a choice. Calling it "High end" is a marketing ploy itself.

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49790981) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Battery life test is a game called Ingress. Available on both iPhone and Android, from Google company Niantic. When actually playing the game, most iPhones can only play a couple hours without an external battery. My Android can go almost 5 hours without that need. Battery life is fine on Android.

My take on it is, that iPhone users only THINK they use their phone a lot, while Android users use their phones more than they think they do.

I have no doubt that resting (not in use) iPhones may have better battery life, due to the very specific optimizations possible. However I don't count that as real life experience.

None of this is empirical, just from my observation.

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