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Comment: Re:Switching?? (Score 0) 322

by DigiShaman (#49792911) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

And that's precisely why millions love it; familiarity with added functionality with each new version. Unlike Android where the entire UI and included apps can change.

People want less learning curve, ease of adaptability to new features as they become available, and reliable operation. The later is due to Apple controlled hardware and top tier Android makers. The el-cheap "free" phones or very inexpensive devices did to reboot or crash spontaneously from either overheating or crap NAND onboard.

Comment: Re:Switching?? (Score -1, Troll) 322

by DigiShaman (#49789795) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Very misleading, and bad wording at best. Before I moved to iOS, I was using a Droid2. So the "switching" applies to me. However, the above quote should have been worded like this...

The final threat for Google's Android may be the most pernicious: What if a significant number of the people who adopted Android as their first smartphone move on to a platformed more refined to their now acute sense of needs and ease of use.

Comment: Re:epigenetics (Score 1) 136

by DigiShaman (#49789685) Attached to: Scientists Reverse Aging In Human Cell Lines

All true, but really the decision comes down to a philosophical one.

A: Would you rather take control of your own genetic code, re-edit it, and risk a catastrophic failure for future generations long after advanced civilization has collapsed from war (rebooting society is now impossible, forgettaboutit).

B: Leave it into the hands of %deity% and hope for the best, thereby absolving all current and future responsibility.

It's a pandora's box for sure. Sometimes the best move is not to play with it in the first place. And...sometimes it is!

Comment: Re:What is responsible for aging? (Score 2) 136

by DigiShaman (#49789623) Attached to: Scientists Reverse Aging In Human Cell Lines

Note: Your cell line has lived for about 3,600,000,000 years. The trick to living 3,600,000,000 years is to repair damage faster than it occurs

Yeah, no, not so much. It's more like compiling an OS, using it for 90 years (if you're lucky), then collect the best matching code from another computer and recompile into a fresh new drive. Eventually, the two original OSes running on their respective computers will fail from bloat and mismanagement. In effect, defective by design.

Comment: Re: Well... (Score 1) 412

by DigiShaman (#49765559) Attached to: What AI Experts Think About the Existential Risk of AI

Most likely AI will not be a monolithic hive-mind. It will be the next step in the evolution of life, much like the single cell organism evolving to multicellular life. The laws of survival can be assumed to be universal. As such, expect advanced machine AI to not only compete with other forms of AI, but perhaps forge symbiotic relationships with the most intelligent dominant biological on the planet - Homo sapiens. And I have no doubt to believe that AI would dabble in the reconfiguring of our genome in the process of said relationship. Perhaps also being cybernetic during the union.

Comment: Re: Android. The "PC" of mobile devices (Score 1) 92

Application experience can vary widely between the different phones, OS, and UI version combinations. It's ultimately up to the developer to iron out the kinks, but can be such a PITA that depending on user-base, "good enough" is all that's needed. In some cases, it's just plain crappy.

I found iOS app experience to be at least consistent and more polished. I'm not sure it's so much of the OS as it is lack of Apple models and iOS versions to test against. That, and Apple is picky on who and what gets publish in the App Store. Though I will concede that limits consumer choice, but honestly I don't miss it. There are more iOS apps than I know what to do with anyways.

Comment: Re:Android. The "PC" of mobile devices (Score 1) 92

I can only speak of iPhone5 and above, but that's simply not possible if done properly.

Settings --> General --> Reset --> Erase All Content and Setting. That will clear it back to factory settings. Perhaps you only chose the "Reset all Settings" option which left the content in place. That, or iCloud synced photos back to the phone when you signed in with your iCloud account with the iPhone.

Comment: Re:Android. The "PC" of mobile devices (Score 3, Insightful) 92

So what you're saying is that you want companies to do your thinking for you?

If you mean "innovation", then yes. Make a product that I like and conforms with my life, and I'll be inclined to make a purchase. Life is too short. I don't have time to think of everything.

Comment: Android. The "PC" of mobile devices (Score 5, Interesting) 92

See, this is why I'm a convert to Apple iOS. Yes, there are a few reputable hardware vendors for Android like Samsung and LG; and in many cases, superior hardware specs for the latest device. The problem is the hardware/software permutation and lack of post-sales support and upgrades. THIS is why I abhor the Android platform. Yes, it's open source, but it's also chaotic in quality control when comparing and contrasting between not just vendors, but the year in which the vendor brought to market! Love it or hate it, Android is pretty much anarchy wild-wild-west while Apple is, well, Apple.

I can only speak for myself, but I like consistent, stable, and well throughout platforms; even if that renders me very little control. It all comes down to trust. Burn my trust, and I walk.

Wherever you go...There you are. - Buckaroo Banzai