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Comment: Re:Disturbing. (Score 1) 106

Just FYI, in Japan, it doesn't mater if it's true. You cannot post anything that would bring financial harm to a company. True facts or not, if you post negative things just to hurt a company, you're breaking the law in Japan. I don't see how Google can win this actually. Of course, they're free to keep showing the negative reviews in other countries.

Comment: Re:Seems fair (Score 3, Interesting) 108

by Ark42 (#49447203) Attached to: ICANN Asks FTC To Rule On<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.sucks gTLD Rollout

I just keep adding these low-value (as in, user content) TLDs to blacklists, particularly for email. I'm sure I'm not the only sysadmin doing that, so the overall utility of all these stupid TLDs is basically as a spam-filter and nothing more. No serious business is going to operate on anything other than a .com/.net/.org even if they have to get a longer domain.

Comment: Re:User replaceable battery is pointless (Score 2) 148

by Ark42 (#49315795) Attached to: Apple May Start Accepting Android Phones As Trade-Ins

I think you completely misunderstand the point of the replaceable battery I use. I don't ever switch back to the original battery. The after-market battery I put in my S3 has something like 4x the capacity of the stock battery. It takes up more space and sticks out of the back of the phone. Because of this, it includes a case back that makes the phone a bit thicker than stock, while doubling as a protective case similar to an otter-box. I no more want to swap batteries in and out day to day that I want a second phone-sized object dangling from my phone by a tiny cord.

Comment: Re:User replaceable battery is pointless (Score 1) 148

by Ark42 (#49293355) Attached to: Apple May Start Accepting Android Phones As Trade-Ins

You realize how stupid it sounds to charge a battery with a battery that needs charging itself? Not to mention most of those basically hang from your phone by the USB cable, with no way to actually attach it to the phone?
The battery I have basically replaces the back panel of the S3 with a larger back panel that doubles as a pretty good phone protector case too. Realistically, the whole combined size of the S3+big battery is no thicker than my wallet too.

Comment: Samsung (Score 5, Insightful) 148

by Ark42 (#49290741) Attached to: Apple May Start Accepting Android Phones As Trade-Ins

I've really been a fan of many things Samsung in the past (TVs, LCDs, even my Blu-ray player is Samsung) and at some point I'm going to replace my Galaxy S3. The S6 is now NOT an option because of things I really care about: user replaceable battery - I use the 4x sized ZeroLemon battery from Amazon), removable SD Card, and the ability to easily root (Not sure what Knox and stuff has done to the newer models).
Is this going to make me trade in my S3 for an Apple phone? No way. Absolutely not. Apple is even worse with all these important features. It doesn't matter how much they give me in "trade in" it's still probably less than I could get just selling the phone myself anyway.

Comment: Re:Finally, the device I want ... serious though. (Score 1) 445

by Ark42 (#49183569) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

What's new is the incredible relevancy of years and years of native Windows programs. Android and iOS's app stores are mostly piles of Free to Pay junkware and a handful of big name useful apps. Putting a keyboard/mouse/monitor onto an Android/iOS phone is basically useless. Having a phone that runs all your favorite Windows apps, while basically replacing your desktop/laptop computer with a KVM dock is a HUGE breakthrough. It has to run x86 Intel Win32/Win64 apps though, without emulation or any weird issues.

Comment: Re:Is Media Source Extensions supported? (Score 1) 147

by Ark42 (#49138189) Attached to: Firefox 36 Arrives With Full HTTP/2 Support, New Design For Android Tablets

media.mediasource.enabled, media.mediasource.mp4.enabled, media.mediasource.webm.enabled, and media.mediasource.youtubeonly.
Everything but webm.enabled is defaulted to true in FF 37 Beta now. They were defaulted to false (except youtubeonly) in the later 36 Betas and 36 Final.

Comment: Re:Is Media Source Extensions supported? (Score 2) 147

by Ark42 (#49124145) Attached to: Firefox 36 Arrives With Full HTTP/2 Support, New Design For Android Tablets

I think it was backed out, due to problems (I noticed pretty major audio sync problems myself, but it otherwise seemed to play 1080/4K/60fps videos just fine on YouTube).
You can go enable the prefs in about:config if you want to try it out. I'm pretty sure the code is all there, just turned off by default still because of bugs.

Comment: Useless (Score 5, Insightful) 100

by Ark42 (#49041931) Attached to: Starting This Week, Wireless Carriers Must Unlock Your Phone

With the whole 2-year contract things, most people can basically never have their phone unlocked for international use until it's time to upgrade anyway. Locking phones should just be illegal to begin with. If you sign a contract saying you are going to pay for service for 2 years, you have to pay for that service (or pay an ETF) regardless of if your phone is locked or not.

Comment: Re:So which kind of solar is it? (Score 1) 191

by Ark42 (#49029195) Attached to: Apple Invests $848 Million Into Solar Farm

Yeah, but until more people start using "photovoltaic cells" and "concentrated solar power", whenever people just say "solar", it's going to be somewhat ambiguous. One of these things probably has a lot of room to be developed into something inexpensive, small, and efficient, while the other is basically a dead-end technology that is just a short-sighted a waste of money.

You can't have everything... where would you put it? -- Steven Wright