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Comment Re:Simpler (Score 1) 152

Put it in the pants pocket, it makes sense. However the phone makers, who are all shouting "you're holding it wrong!", probably disagree.

And everyone is different too. I keep my keys in my pockets all the time. All day, all night, then I swap them to new pants. However my father would always remove all his change and keys from pockets when he got home and put them in a tray in the dining room, and retrieved in the morning. Other people put the phone on the nightstand. Some never put the phone down because they use it all day long.

Smart phones are still new enough that we haven't figured them out yet.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 152

It's Samsung, and the home doubling as power button is a Samsung feature. But you used to be able to remap it, until the Lollipop release. So not really Google's fault per se, but a continuing part of the trend to remove control and customization from users.

However, once a phone does get powered on and it's still in your pocket, then all sorts of problems will happen. There must be a way by law to dial an emergency number if if you can't unlock it (ie, you don't know the PIN or can't type it, say you pulled the phone out of someone's pocket who's having a seizure). Since everything is touch screen based now, just light jostling in the pocket is enough to make things start to happen. To emergency dial you just drag the phone symbol up about an inch, then typing a number is just basic tapping. When the phone was new you could also turn on the camera this way.

I never butt/pocket dialed with it, but it did happen on an older HTC phone that was more normal in how you turned it on. I got a call back from the 911 operators asking if I had a problem or not. Embarrassing.

Comment Anyone but Mozilla (Score 1) 279

Seriously, Mozilla should stay out of this. They've already butted into too many things they shouldn't have with their attitude of trying to dictate how the web works. The whole reason for their breakneck release speed was to make sure customers adapt to their new whims as soon as possible. They should stick to making browsers instead of telling people how to make web sites.

Comment Re: Simple (Score 1) 152

This happens to me when I'm wearing loose grandpa jeans. I suspect it doesn't happen with khakis or suit pants, but it definitely does not have to be tight pants for this to happen. It doesn't take much pressure at all to push the power buttons, if it did take pressure someone would complain and then the next model of phone would be back to a hair trigger.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 152

This does not work. You already designate a pocket only for your phone if you don't want it to be horribly scratched up by your pocket change and keys. This power on accidentally happens in the front pocket, especialy on my phone where the "home" key also doubles as an extra power button. I've slowly gotten a habit of taking the phone out of my pocket when I tie my shoes in the morning, but a couple of times that has led me to forget and leave the phone behind.

This is without having a bulky case to wrap around the phone though.

Comment Re:Simple (Score 1) 152

My new phone has this problem. The "home" button also acts as an extra power button. There's no need for an extra power button, but apparently they thought it was convenient. But in Lollipop the option to disable that extra power button is removed; you are stuck with it unless you root the phone. So this means the phone can easily power itself on even when it's in your pocket. I have often found myself walking around and hearing a blipping sound coming from my pocket, only to notice that it was trying to let me type in an emergency dial number (and sometimes there is a warning that "133113313122" is not a known emergency number). Sure, I can put a bulky case around it, but then it ruins the point of having a nice phone that fits comfortably in the pocket, and many of the cases interfere with touch screen at the bottom edge or the fingerprint reader.

I do not understand the attitude from phone and operating system suppliers that they must remove customization and options with each release. Customization is a good thing to have! But I suspect in a few years we'll have just one button for convenience, and it'll be pushed before it leaves the factory.

Comment Re:The solution is simple (Score 1) 362

Tech companies aren't in San Francisco, because tech companies were never there. Silicon Valley is to the south, much closer to San Jose. San Francisco is traditionally more of a west coast financial hub. Even during dot com era, the startups there were mostly "content" based. Urban sprawl is not bad, then the alternative is urban core density with crime, garbage, pollution, traffic, homeless, drugs, etc. The movement out of dense cores is not about getting close to jobs, but about quality of life. And real estate may be expensive in Silicon Valley but it's a bargain compared to San Francisco.

I grew up in a small town, and I far prefer the "sprawl" near San Jose to the mess in San Francisco. And in the peninsula there isn't sprawl because the borders are tightly bounded by mountains and the bay.

Comment Re:Opinions: Many problems in Seattle and Portland (Score 3, Insightful) 362

Why not have reusable bags? Most of the planet does stuff like that. We all used to do that before plastic or paper bags existed. I've never even had to buy reusable grocery bags because I get them sent to me by charities, they're given out at events, you can even use your swag bag from conferences. Its very easy.

Comment Re:Don't worry, rasing the minimum wage will kill (Score 1) 362

Politicians would rather win points than cooperate. And something this big needed cooperation so that the broken health care system we had could be reformed and built up better than it was before. So Democrats gave in too much in their attempt to get anything passed so that they could hail it as a victory. The Republicans were intent to sabotage at any opportunity. So we were left with something much worse than the proposed plan or even the original Romneycare plan. I'm not saying one party should have won out and gotten all of their objectives; a real functioning government would have had both sides cooperate fairly to create a good health care system, or even create a non-partisan non-political committee of experts to help set it up. But when both parties see the other side as the ultimate evil in the universe then that can't happen. So what you get is a collection of tiny "wins", one side wins by removing one feature, the other side wins by inserting a tiny provision, etc.

Comment Re:Don't worry, rasing the minimum wage will kill (Score 1) 362

Should a catastrophic plan that covers almost nothing be considered a real health care plan? Group rates go down if you get more people into the group, including people who are well most of the time. If you're in a group with only sick people then your rates go up.

Obamacare isn't perfect, it has many flaws, but what we had before Obamacare was fundamentally broken and had to be fixed. But politics made sure that the fixes weren't implemented very well. The one group had only one goal and that was to make it fail and ensure Obama was a one term candidate, that goal superceded every thing else including the well being of the citizens. The other group insisted on passing it by any means whatsoever and thus allowed it to be watered down and undermined.

Comment Re:The solution is simple (Score 1) 362

What is wrong with leaving the city? Why should a magical line drawn on a map make a difference? Why do people want to make cities into insular bubbles that don't interact with the rest of the region? But commercial buildings in the suburbs, and residential buildings in the suburbs, and then people will live in the suburbs and have a higher quality of life than living in the city.

Or just stop teaching people that they must have a job in the city and no where else, get rid of parochialism. That's a major problem in so many cities. People want to be in the city limits even though it cames with more drawbacks than advantages, the demand makes the housing prices skyrocket, it drives out the middle class, it drives out people with families, it destroys the public schools, and the only reason for it is that some people care about having a desirable zip code.