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Comment: Re:I probably would upgrade if I could, but... (Score 1) 437

by GTRacer (#48763771) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

I believe other apps (like Tasker) are broken now too because of this issue.

Ooooh, that might be a dealbreaker for me. I've been running Llama since almost Day One specifically to switch WiFi off when I leave my house and to flip it back on when I return. I also use it for brightness and volume controls and for running Tasker's Taskkill plugin.

While I have yet to see any reason to upgrade from KitKat (rooted, CM11M12) now I'll be extra wary of upgrading to L.

Comment: Re:Competition (Score 3, Insightful) 437

by GTRacer (#48763715) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?
I went Android with my first smartphone in 2012 (McClane: "Welcome to the party pal!") and I never looked back. But as my family joined me on my plan, including my parents for a total of 6 phones, two wound up being Nokia 521s. One was my son's. He's a self-taught tablet jailbreaker and he only grabbed WP cos it was on sale and his hand-me-down starter Android phone was a pig of a thing. He liked WP well enough but, like others have mentioned, bemoaned the poor app support and went back to Android once he saved up enough for a proper device.

The other Lumia WP went to my Dad, later to the smartphone party than I was. As an intro phone, for a non-geek, it was perfect. It did everything he needed it to (GPS, news, basic camera) and the Tiles interface was easy enough for him to understand and customize to his liking. Ultimately though, he and my mom grabbed a pair of LG Optimus L90s for $100 each out the door and both are very pleased.

Apple and Windows never appealed to me personally because of their locked-down nature and my need to customize my UI to within an inch of its life. But I respect what both competitors have done with their OSes.

Comment: Re:They'll just try tomorrow... or in a few days.. (Score 3, Funny) 70

by GTRacer (#48746883) Attached to: SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch and Historic Landing Aborted

[...] surrounded by the Musk's hype-and-media Reality Distortion Field.

I'm pretty sure Mr. Jobs both patented AND trademarked his innovative yet elegant Reality Distortion Field. Please select a non-infringing term when discussing Mr. Musk's abilities. Thank you.

Comment: Re:Re usability (Score 2) 151

by GTRacer (#48739267) Attached to: In Daring Plan, Tomorrow SpaceX To Land a Rocket On Floating Platform

Though if they continue to move towards human cargo that will change the equation significantly.

Honest question: You have a ticket to the ISS. You can choose a rocket that just came out of the VAB* or one that recently launched and returned whole and was turned around for this flight. Which do you trust more?

* Yes, I know SpaceX isn't using the VAB now but you get the idea...

Comment: Re:Re usability (Score 1) 151

by GTRacer (#48739217) Attached to: In Daring Plan, Tomorrow SpaceX To Land a Rocket On Floating Platform
I thought the only rocket-related thing reused from the shuttles was the fuel tank, and that only after reconditioning it post-ocean swim.

SpaceX wants to soft-land the whole first stage in a way that won't require a lot of reconditioning. If it works, it would be a different sort of thing than the shuttles.

Comment: Re:Not so sure about this... (Score 2) 252

by GTRacer (#48735581) Attached to: The Missing Piece of the Smart Home Revolution: The Operating System
A full day and nobody's commented? OK, then..

* Your schedule could be established with power and water cycles - known empty home would be more interesting to thieves
* From above, if your insurance company determines you keep odd hours they may find that to be higher-risk and adjust your rate
* Law enforcement may be interested if your power and water usage continuously exceeds the requirements for the number of occupants - are you running a grow room? Warrant time!

I'm not necessarily paranoid enough to expect these outcomes, but I *am* jaded enough to expect humanity to fail us in such a manner.

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