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Comment Re:Both devices value form over function (Score 1) 77

This is EXACTLY the reason why I bought the S5, replacing my S3. I went into the Verizon store to plunk down the $575 (IIRC) for the S6 -- the S6 Edge looks like a gimmick. But:
1) No SDCard
2) No Replaceable battery
3) Not waterproof!!!!!!

I see that the quiet release of the S6 Active on AT&T fixes #3, if I want to be on AT&T. But, the first two are deal breakers in my book. I replaced the battery on my S3 and my son is happily using it today. Without the SDCard, one is forced to pay an extra $150 for 32GB of storage. If I wanted an iphone, I would have bought one.

I really like the S5. When it comes time to upgrade it in a year or so, I hope they've changed course and I can replace it with another Galaxy.

Comment So, What system are they actually blaming? (Score 1) 108

I've been following this -- I thought -- pretty closely. There's a smoking gun. To answer the recall, they've got to actually do something. What's the "fix"? Yank out the radio? Does that fix it?

Seems to me that a lot of this stuff is going to get worse before it gets better due to "smart" features such as collision avoidance, remote start, an the like. There will likely be a management device with privileged access to the CAN bus. What measures are being put into to place to protect that trust?

Comment Re:Who makes these decisions? (Score 1) 628

This. IMO, there's little repercussion for bugs. And, the problem has accelerated due to fast development methodologies. Code reviews are supposed to catch issues. But, it's proven that they don't.

I work primarily in LInux. I've had my share of escalations in both Apache and OpenSSL. I'd say it suffers from the same problems; just in a different way...

Comment Re:Penn State did this back in 1983 (Score 1) 89

Not sure about keeping the same cost using this experience. I'm hoping (maybe naively) that these courses would be provided externally free for auditing and then, fees charged for credit. And those fees wouldn't be the same as in-class.

I rather enjoyed the "Google University" python intro classes I did a few weeks back. They're rather old (4 years IIRC). But, the instructor did a great job and the examples were well thought out and executed.

If you put these into a Kahn Academy model and then charged for university credit, it could be something interesting.

Comment Re:"low end" (Score 1) 344

Maybe I am cheap... Not jealous though. I really liked my S3 and didn't see a need to upgrade to S4. I passed my S3 to my son and he's using it now. The S6 is compelling. But I know, from experience, that I will need to replace the battery around 2 years. Verizon says they can replace the S6 battery in about a day for ~$45. That's a deal breaker. Do I really want to be down for even a day? The S5 is "slim enough". It allows the ability for the battery to be replaced. That's value in my book.

Comment Re:"low end" (Score 3, Interesting) 344

actually, no, I'm not. Resorting to insults doesn't really prove your point. I do, indeed, know how to charge a LiOn battery.

Here's the steps outlined by iFixit:
"... eject the SIM tray, heat up the battery door, draw off the battery door with a suction cup, then separate the door with a case-opening tool, then undo 13 screws, heat up the LCD assembly, pry open the charging chip flex ribbons, pull off the front-facing camera connector, battery connector, ear speaker connector, remove the entire motherboard, then pry off the battery with a spudger tool."

That doesn't sound like "pop out the battery and drop in the replacement" to me. The S3 and the S5 -- which I have personally replace the battery on -- are truly replaceable. Indeed, I owned the S3 for 3 years and replaced the battery once. I don't consider that LiOn abuse, frankly.

Comment Re:"low end" (Score 2) 344


Waited for the Samsung Galaxy S6 to arrive before I upgraded my S3. Seriously disappointed about that the non-replaceable battery. Also, without expandable memory, this made me pick the S5 rather than the better S6.

I'm willing to purchase a decent Android phone. I'm not willing to forgo a replaceable battery. That's a deal-breaker.

I really like the S5 so far. Will the S5 be my last Samsung phone? I guess we'll see when then S7 arrives...

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