I'm pretty certain that by "effective" they mean "something that is in effect", not "something that is very good at its function".
Fairphone manages to do pretty well on specs for €325 per phone, with an initial production run of 25,000 phones, while using ethically-sourced minerals, recycled plastics, reasonable wages and working conditions and so on:
Admittedly there's no 4G, it hasn't actually shipped yet (they should start shipping out in December) and it's running Android, so the software development costs are lower. But building a decent phone at those sorts of prices is definitely possible, even for relatively small production runs. I'm waiting patiently for my Fairphone, but I'll definitely be following Jolla closely. From their press releases and general design ideas, it seems like they've managed to retain some of the brilliance that Nokia used to have.
And you think this person should be grateful for the meagre scraps they receive in return for their back-breaking labour, because they could have gotten nothing instead? Is "struggling to pay for food, let alone housing or clothes, every single day of the year" equal to "gainfully employed" in your mind?
Screw that, let's pay those people a decent wage and work decent hours by local standards instead. Stop exploiting them. Help them get on their feet and move forwards instead of keeping them stuck in squalid no-hope lives, just because we rich, fat, lazy westerners want the latest gadgets as cheaply as possible.
Luckily, enterprises such as Fairphone are trying to make a difference, by supporting better working conditions, using only ethically-sourced minerals and recycled plastics, and by being 100% open with cost breakdowns down to the last cent of exactly where the money you pay for your phone is going. A percentage of that money goes directly to improving working conditions for the miners and assembly workers, as well as locally establishing responsible recycling and e-waste management.
Google, Apple, Samsung, Motorola, HTC etc. etc. can't match that, because they've grown fat and lazy and far too focused on their own greed.
Just disable automatic updates in the Play Store. That way, it will just notify you that updates are ready for some of your apps, letting you choose when to install them.
Absolutely, and I hate it so much. Try finding a tablet with a user-replaceable battery, it's nearly impossible. My Asus Transformer Infinity is still a pretty beefy tablet, with a great screen on it. Am I just supposed to throw it away when the battery dies, or send it to Asus so they can replace the battery for a ~$100 fee? When the time comes, I'll definitely try to replace it according to ifixit.com's guide, but it's still a major hassle.
Which is exactly why my next phone is going to be a Fairphone. Everything about it is designed to be as long-lived as possible. User-replaceable battery and the whole phone is made to be serviced by a savvy user with a standard micro screwdriver set. And it's made with conflict-free minerals by decently-paid workers, which is pretty cool too.
Then there is Denmark, but they are really too insignificant to even bother talking about.
Oh yeah, apart from magnetic storage (the wire recorder or "telegraphone", precursor to all magnetic storage media), the loudspeaker, the dry cell battery, the colostomy bag, LEGO, Saccharomyces Carlsbergensis (one of the most important brewer's yeasts in the world), disulfiram (antabus), the electric drum motor, the concept of an ombudsman, amusement parks (Bakken and Tivoli), Skype, Kazaa, C++, Femi-X (female viagra), the O-ring, the pH scale, the typewriter (called the "writing ball"), the endoscope and a ton of other stuff.
Oh yeah, and Maersk, the largest shipping company in the world.
"Insignificant"? Not really.
No, he meant "fuel cell".
I'll second that notion.
The Stanley Parable is the closest thing to art I've ever witnessed in a computer game.
The Stanley Parable is quite good, as well.
It's a relatively short game, but it's full of wonderful things to discover, and the narrator is absolutely superb. Seriously, he's up there with GlaDOS for sheer quality and entertainment value.
Kensington Slimblade, it's quite good. Not nearly the same form factor as an FX, but finger-controlled and very flickable.
Seafoam does work for clearing out carbon deposits if you use it correctly, ie. including the whole "suck up into vacuum line and let engine stall out" etc. bit. It's the exact same product as Subaru's "upper engine cleaner" and similar products.
But it is definitely not not a cure-all for all issues and should never be the first resort if your engine's running badly.
I spent twenty years driving without a cell phone. It can wait, really it can. Or, solve it yourself, You're a grown up now, you can do this.
I'll second that. Basically nothing is important enough that it cannot wait until I'm stopped or at my destination. If it actually is literally that important, cars with sirens and flashing blue lights will be coming for me anyway.
SPOILER the torturer even gleefully explains to the tortured that torture for information is worthless, it's all done for the pleasure of the torturer, and sometimes the tortured, although that usually costs money and is consensual SPOILER
Even amidst the violence and crime, there is pertinent and provocative social commentary to be found.
Well, that's on you and your ignorance, then.
Duly noted and agreed.
Obviously a lot of people want interactive movies rather than open-world games these days.