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Comment Re:What benefit to announcing it? (Score 1) 202 202

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?

Comment Why hide it? (Score 3, Interesting) 167 167

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?

Comment Forced into a deal with the devil (Score 1) 125 125

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.

Comment Re:Some good data... (Score 4, Interesting) 434 434

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.

Any program which runs right is obsolete.