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Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49794143) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Not just a mobile game, a Massively Multiplayer Game using GPS, Data and lots of screen time. You actually have to get up off your ass and explore your world around you. In five hours of playing, I'll have walked over 10km.

So yeah, I play five hours without stopping. I've even played 24 hours without stopping.

Comment: Re:The Carriers (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49793343) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

My biggest issue is that I'm stuck on some ancient version of Android. OS updates are the responsibility of the carriers

This is absolutely only partially correct. It is both Carrier, and Manufacturer that hold that responsibility, jointly. Carriers have no desire to update older phones, they want you to buy a new one, ON CONTRACT! The manufacturers are too willing to bend over for the Carriers.

Phones like Nexus and OnePlus are starting to break that mold though, and I suspect that if enough people stop buying HTC/Samsung/LG ... phones they (both) will start to take notice. The best thing consumers can do, is be fully aware how awful the carriers actually are, and how complicit the manufacturers are.

Comment: Re:Danger Will Robinson (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49792761) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

CM was fine when it was a bunch of geeks playing with Android. The moment it went Public, pressure to turn a profit increased. The problem is, the that they have made enemies already, and many of them were their own champions. These actions have caused their support in the community to diminish. Can they recover? Perhaps. But I don't see them actually doing the things to keep their supporters happy.

Comment: Re:But crossroads ahead with the Swarm of Things; (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49791051) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Cyanogen is wanting to actually get more or less a complete breakup with Google. You need to read their public statements regarding how they want to wrest Android from Google. They have the following to perhaps pull it off. Either that or they will implode making boneheaded mistakes by alienating their fan base (as they did with OnePlus users).

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49791023) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

If Google can't pull low-end Android users onto high-end devices instead of iDevices...

No it isn't. My current phone,($350 new) runs circles around any iDevice in that price range. Hell, it competes with the $899 version, with more ram, and storage. You can pay more for the same thing (or not as good), but that is a choice. Calling it "High end" is a marketing ploy itself.

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49790981) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Battery life test is a game called Ingress. Available on both iPhone and Android, from Google company Niantic. When actually playing the game, most iPhones can only play a couple hours without an external battery. My Android can go almost 5 hours without that need. Battery life is fine on Android.

My take on it is, that iPhone users only THINK they use their phone a lot, while Android users use their phones more than they think they do.

I have no doubt that resting (not in use) iPhones may have better battery life, due to the very specific optimizations possible. However I don't count that as real life experience.

None of this is empirical, just from my observation.

Comment: Re:Switching?? (Score 1) 344

by Archangel Michael (#49790901) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

What if a significant number of the people who adopted Apple as their first smartphone move on to a platformed more flexible because of their now acute sense of needs and for customization of use

FTFY

The fact is, every single iPhone looks exactly like every other iPhone. The Monoculture of "we know what's best for you" from Apple is one reason I'll never go to iPhone.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 3, Insightful) 207

If an institution is too big to fail, then Politics was involved in getting it there, and politics will be involved in keeping it there.

As a Libertarian, I'm okay with failure, for the sole reason that failure is what fuels innovation.

That being said, Bernie is an interesting cat. He is a true socialist, who believes government has the ability to manage and shape the economy without unintended consequences. My experience is that most of the economic problems are due to (caused by) government interference, and not allowing the natural forces to work themselves out. Sometimes the lions eat the gazelles, sometimes the bugs eat the lions.

Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 201

by Archangel Michael (#49783799) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

I would settle for "within a couple blocks" if the schedule didn't suck. To get from my house, to the mall across town, takes just under two hours. It is ten minute drive (city streets). If the buses had shorter routes, and more frequency, they could do much better in ridership. THe problem is, they have long routes that don't really go where you want.

IMHO a bus loop should be 15 or 30 minutes. Not the hour long loops they currently make.

Currently, if you miss the bus, you're screwed.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 388

by Archangel Michael (#49783633) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

Moving the storage task to the phone companies does absolutely nothing to make the collection less nasty.

It means absolutely nothing at all. They still have unfettered access to the data, they might as well hold it themselves. This is simply a move to absolve them of blame/responsibility down the road.

"We didn't collect the data this time, the phone companies did"

Comment: Re:Get rid of it (Score 2) 388

by Archangel Michael (#49783597) Attached to: Obama Asks Congress To Renew 'Patriot Act' Snooping

He's certainly a bit of a disappointment.

He is not just a bit disappointing, he is worse than either side predicted. The (R) underestimted him, and the (D) were simply delusional that because he was "black" he was different. And now, they thing HRC is different because she is a "woman".

Anyone willing to vote simply because she is Monica's Ex-Boyfriends Wife (The practical extent of her actual accomplishments, as former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State)

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