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Comment: Re:Just works? (Score 2) 358

by MobileTatsu-NJG (#49553299) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

What does "just works" even mean? Do you want it to be able to reliably make phone calls without having to worry about software failing? Get a non-smart phone.

Ha! I had a number of "non-smart-phones" back in the late 90's and early 00's. After a while they'd develop some sort of problem that destroyed their usefulness. Sometimes it was general software crappery, occasionally it was something like the battery door had come loose and it'd jostle in my pocket and shut it down. On too many occasions I looked at the display, everything seemed okay, but it turned out the phone was frozen and needed the battery removed to be rebooted. I could not rely on these phones to act as an alarm clock, that's how bad they were. I eventually got a Palm Treo. It was less reliable than those, but at least it made up for it by having access to email and web browsing... sort of.

When my contract was up with the Treo the iPhone was on its second revision. I didn't expect much but I switched over to it. It wasn't long before it became my primary alarm clock. I can honestly say that I have never had an alarm on any of my iPhones fail to go off*. I've never missed a call because the phone decided not to tell me. (That happened a LOT with my "not-smart-phones".) In the last 7 years I think I've only done a hard-reset twice. If I had to do it again I'd have to look it up.

What I'm saying is I didn't have a reliable phone until I got a smart phone. Frankly if I had to switch to Android at some point, I'd go in quite confident I'd end up with a similar tale to tell.

Now was it all sunshine and roses? No. Wifi is finnicky on Apple devices. It's a common complaint and I can tell you I've personally experienced it. Also, between iOS 7 and 8, the quality of the operating system has gone down. I don't know what's going on over at Apple, but either the switch to 64-bit was a much bigger problem than they let on or they're just not giving a shit. Yes, my phone always rings and my alarm always goes off, but it's only recently that I've actually seen glitchiness on these phones. Apple's promising that iOS9 is the 'reliable' version. I hope for their sake that they manage it.

But I'm sorry, I found your comment funny. Maybe I'm not representative of a large group of people, but dumb-phones generally are crap.

* I do, however, be extra careful when daylight savings time comes and goes because Apple has screwed that up multiple times. I don't know why it takes three tries to write alarm code that can survive an hour disappearing or reappearing.

Comment: Re:Seems to be OK all around then (Score 1) 605

but they still don't seriously threaten our society

exactly because we have vaccines, you fucking moron

and if not enough vaccinate, the diseases find vectors to proliferate again, AND they have a chance to get lucky and develop new strains that can get around our exisitng vaccines, threatening everyone period

everyone has to get vaccinated. if not, the person is ignorant, irresponsible and dangerous to all of our health. if you don't agree with that statement, you don't know what the fuck you are talking about and/ or you are blindly selfishly irresponsible

you have no freedom to choose something that threatens other people's lives (nevermind your own)

Comment: Re:But ... (Score 1) 78

Heh. Yeah, *I* intentionally misinterpret stuff, that's me doing that in this discussion. Right. Anyway, in case you're curious, where I was going with that is that there are no statistics on GPS-use causing accidents because they fall into the statistical noise of accidents caused by passenger distractions and messing with the radio. It hasn't happened enough to get an actual number on it. Your approach of seeing a few stories on the news and multiplying it by a million turned out to be inaccurate. This is either because you're seriously misinformed or you're such a careful driver that you have useful safety tips to share. (Frankly I was hoping it was the latter.)

    Okay, I'm done, have a nice weekend. :)

Comment: Re:Unfortunatly... (Score 1) 90

by circletimessquare (#49549491) Attached to: Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids

i see it as the genius of biochemical warfare by plants

our livers have been in an evolutionary arms race with plants for hundreds of millions of years. they make a substance that kills, maims, disorients, or deters us. one up plants. our livers do their best to mop it up. one up animals. rinse repeat

perversely, we've developed a taste for some of those substances. like cayenne pepper or horseradish, as a paradoxically enjoyable taste. or heroin or cocaine, as a disorienting drug

in a way, the plant still wins when we get addicted to them, like these bees. drug use is just slow motion suicide. it might not kill us immediately, but it brings us back for more, and more and more, to finish the job

Comment: Re:But ... (Score 1) 78

I've used GPS - my smartphone has it.

You mean you've used it like once or you've actually spent time with it? I'm just asking because you're unaware of the device being hands/eyes-free and oblivious to people using suction mounts.

Your attempts to try to look superior (while also moving the goal posts) because you made a mistake "don't impress me much."

... moving goal posts? Do you really really think I was trying to claim that people listen to GPS directions like they'd listen to a radio in the car? I wouldn't mind, but even after the first correction you even tried to go down the path of saying: "See, that's a distraction!" In all seriousness you'd have to ignore several posts I've made about how GPS's work and how people use them to actually believe that. Moving goal posts, indeed.

Oh, and speaking of trying to look smarter after a mistake, you've driven us away a few blocks from the topic. Ready to head back, yet? I still haven't heard the details about how you've removed a radio from your car or how you insist that passengers in your car keep their mouths shut, because, you know, you're so worried about distracted driving on the same level as the accidents GPSs cause.

Someone is unenthusiastic about your work.