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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They? 539

Posted by timothy
from the could-be-anywhere-really dept.
Bennett Haselton writes: I can't stand switching from a slideout-keyboard phone to a touchscreen phone, and my own informal online survey found a slight majority of people who prefer slideout keyboards even more than I do. Why will no carrier make them available, at any price, except occasionally as the crummiest low-end phones in the store? Bennett's been asking around, of store managers and users, and arrives at even more perplexing questions. Read on, below.

Comment: Re:Actually, it happens all the time (Score 1) 138

For sure the internet makes the information flow easily, but it also makes disinformation flow easily. It seems to me that from what we have seen in recent history, the internet also makes much easier to deny the truth or to cling on on fringe theories. I am sure that people denying the Holocaust find plenty of websites and forums on which they can learn about the "hidden truth" and reinforce their beliefs. I am also sure that you will find much more rewriting of history happening on websites rather than on japanese schoolbooks.
So in this regard, the situation is not that clear cut.

Comment: Re:Well ... (Score 1) 298

by Cochonou (#47078685) Attached to: Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?
Those systems basically consist in a very advanced inertial measurement unit coupled with daytime star trackers - which limit the drift of the inertial measurement unit. They cannot find where you are if your initial position is unknown. They can therefore be hardly be compared to GPS... even if they are very useful in stratospheric bombers or ballistic missiles.

Comment: Re:30 MPH (Score 1) 204

Well, have you seen how a cable car is in San Francisco ? I don't know how these fake cable cars are, but real cable cars are nothing like a city bus... first of all, they're wide open, and secondly, there are actually people hanging outside of the car... To get a better idea, have a look at that picture.
So, in the event of a crash, I really wouldn't compare them to city buses.

Comment: Re:Obamacare exists because... (Score 1) 288

by Cochonou (#46803659) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand
I don't know how it really works in the U.S., but in France, if you called an ambulance for a cold, for sure it would be free, but you would end up in the emergency room of the hospital waiting for hours and hours because your condition is not critical... who would do that when you have much better ways to spend a day, especially when you have a cold ?

Comment: Re: Bad summary (Score 1) 206

You'd probably lose your dollars. For instance, under French law, there are two exceptions to this rule.
- When there are maintenance or urgent works to be done (and actually not for just any work)
- When you have noticed of your intention to leave, to allow for visits
In these cases, the schedule of the visits must be agreed by both parties. They cannot exceed two hours or occur during weekends. In any other instance, there is no right of access. Of course, the landlord can ask (like any other person), and he may be denied access without any justification.
But of course, there is no such thing as an universal european law for renting. This may vary from country to country.

Comment: Re:Can != did (Score 3, Insightful) 664

by Cochonou (#46309245) Attached to: Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration
Did it actually happen? That is the question.

From an engineering standpoint, it's not really the question - if there is a design flaw so that the system can fail with a non-negligible probability, it will eventually fail. Bits flip everyday, everywhere, but there should be mitigation in place to take care of that (at least a watchdog).

Comment: Re:How it happened: very encouraging for anti-swpa (Score 1) 235

by Cochonou (#46258583) Attached to: FLOSS Codecs Emerge Victorious In Wikimedia Vote
It's not absurd at all if you think about the different workflows that could be used. If the video was edited on a desktop-based software, some time was already spent transferring the video from the recorder to the desktop, and a wide choice of video codecs are available.
But it's a bit different if the video was taken on a mobile device. Here, the "editing" part might have been much quicker (just a few clippings with the built-in app), and very few codecs might be available.
So it's not really about decoding, but encoding. The idea was to allow people shooting from mobile devices to easily upload content to wikimedia. You might think that this content would have been low quality anyway, but it might be better than no content.

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