Don't focus on "flagship" or "reference devices" like Nexus or Galaxies. Think about the mid and low range Androids that make up the bulk of the market and look at the average length of support (in terms of software updates) for those devices. The high end devices tend to be actively supported for much longer than where the real middle of the belle curve market is at. Especially if the device is purchased late in the retail shelf life of the device. Perhaps a "rule" like: "full software update support available for 2 years from date of purchase" is required, perhaps to be imposed from above on carriers and OEMS?
even mass produced inflexible feature phones have exploits and vulnerabilities, just not as widely abused or as powerful
Upside would be forcing carriers and OEMS to actually support their product in an ongoing fashion rather than quietly stopping updates shortly after releasing the device, as is the case with many lower end Android devices
"worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution"?! Neil seems to forget that AM radio was the prevalent listening method when his biggest hits were first released.
Better than multiple billions and astronaut lives lost for a cargo run. Hell, a shuttle launch that succeeded cost over a billion per launch.
Remember when everyone thought Windows was the biggest monoculture? Not on the web server side of the business....
Among other things, sounds like Slashdot's current owners are on a similar path...
the only thing stopping them from getting WHQL on their drivers is $$$ for the process combined with the fact that their crapware drivers wouldn't pass WHQL
Why hide this behind shell companies if it's all above board, authorized and legal? Oh, wait, anything that law enforcement does must be legal right?
/sarcasm Wouldn't it be a more effective crime deterrent if the aircraft had large bold block letter lighted signs that said FBI on them?
"poaching" is the pejorative term, likely spun that way by management types that hate when it happens. From a worker's point of view, it's the payoff for selecting a career with upward mobility potential. Poaching is GOOD for employees.
(disclaimer: CMU Employee). If someone offers a better salary and the person takes it voluntarily, that's not poaching, that's a "competitive market".
I was a DSL customer of small local isp's for well over a decade, they're all gone. Even where I live which is very close to large well connected commercial areas. The only choices remaining were Comcast or Verizon FIOS. I made my deal with the devil for FIOS, Comcast is even worse. FIOS is technically good, but Verizon's business practices are not.
Never intended to imply that the update model for Windows phone is perfect, it's not. With many of the same hardware OEM and carrier blocking in play. I was only disputing that it was a "low end hardware issue", that's only a very small part of the problem.
thus the redundancy of the thruster arrangement, call it an additional successful test of a feature
I'm certain that I'll be leapt upon as a shill for saying it, but Windows phone is running on similar low end hardware as Android, it's definitely not a "low end hardware" issue. It's an overly customized and fragmented software image problem, brought about by all of the players involved, Google, phone OEMs and carriers, none of whom have any interest in maintaining the existing installed base beyond the basic phone operation. Even winphone has problems here at the OEM and carrier level in blocking updates, even with the limited customization of the OS image the MS allows. Only Apple gets special treatment here with respect to distributing updates, and that is because of near zero or extremely limited customization of the software image on the device by the carriers and a single phone hardware OEM with a very well defined hardware platform.