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Comment: Re:As someone who... (Score 1) 154

by Oliver Wendell Jones (#47134255) Attached to: Google To Close Its American Moto X Factory
I buy stuff from Hong Kong on ebay all the time - you can get items shipped from there for $0.00 - $0.99 shipping and handling - sure it takes 7-10 days to show up, but if they can ship that package 1/2 way around the world for $0.99, why does it cost $7.99 - $10.99 to get the same package shipped from 2-3 states away?

Comment: Re: Where's the outrage?! (Score 4, Insightful) 255

by Oliver Wendell Jones (#45548597) Attached to: CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store
And there are ample anti-malware/anti-virus apps available for Android in the Play Store. I'm on my 4th Android phone and have installed all kinds of software, legit and less so, and have yet to encounter any malware or viruses. Know how many are available in the Apple iTunes store? Zero. If they allowed one to be listed, it would be admitting that their precious iPhones are vulnerable.

Comment: Re:about the same as my android (Score 1) 587

by Oliver Wendell Jones (#42844137) Attached to: Woz Says iPhone Features Are 'Behind'
If you root your phone and install an ad blocker (I use AdAway by Dominik Schürmann), then most of those "free apps w/ ads" become "free apps".

If it's an app I like, I'll usually pay the $1 (or more) to buy it - I've purchased over 50 apps through the Google Play Store - usually ones that were part of a $0.99 sale, but a few others that I use all the time, like Titanium Backup and CoPilot GPS because they were definitely worth more than the few dollars they cost.

Comment: Re:OK. Next? (Score 1) 588

by Oliver Wendell Jones (#42737801) Attached to: 64GB MS Surface Pro Only Has 23GB of Free Space
Then root the damn thing and un-install all that crap!

My first Android phone was the HTC Desire from US Cellular - it was actually a pretty decent phone, but they partitioned the memory and only allowed you access to a small partition - the rest contained the OS plus all of the bloatware that USC wanted on the phone - Myspace? Seriously? In 2011 you're still putting Myspace in the system partition where it can't be uninstalled?

Long story short - rooted it, repartitioned the storage area and installed a "stock without all the bloat + Apps2SD" ROM and after that it truly was a good phone.

I'm on a Samsung Galaxy S III now - rooted it right away and uninstalled (after backing up) any crappy bloatware I didn't want.

Comment: Re:It seems arrogant (Score 3, Informative) 134

by Oliver Wendell Jones (#42715619) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Free and Open Source Apps For Android?
Without knowing which app, we can't know for sure if it was pulled. The App Store filters (by default) apps based on whether they are compatible with your device(s) -- if you de-registered your old device and only have the new device registered,then incompatible apps will not be shown.

Comment: Re:Doesn't the Tolkien estate... (Score 2) 211

I was outraged by the fact that it was a penny (1 cent) slot machine, but the lowest possible dollar amount you could play was something like 200x, so even though it's a $0.01 machine, it ends up costing you $2.00 every time you push the Play button... Admittedly, not a lot of money, but you don't sit at the $0.01 machines because you want the pay $2.00 per pull...

Comment: Re:Who's affected? (Score 1) 104

by Oliver Wendell Jones (#41416897) Attached to: Walmart Abandons Amazon's Kindle Lineup
Those of us who live in small towns in the Midwest where Walmart K-mart or Target are your only real options for modern day electronics, unless you feel up to a 75 minute drive to a "big city" that has an electronic appliance store. If I'm going to waste that much gas and time, I'll just have it shipped Next Day Air - or go to Wal-Mart and get it right now.

Comment: Re:Expect more of the same (Score 2) 383

by Oliver Wendell Jones (#41276687) Attached to: No Opt-Out For Ads On New Kindle Fires
You push the power button on the Kindle Fire and the screen turns off. You push it again and the screen comes on and you're looking at the lock screen with adds - swipe the screen and the lock screen and ads go away. They are not displayed on the screen when the device is off. On the e-ink displays the ads are displayed when the Kindle is turned off, but it requires no power to maintain the screen in that state - every once in a while the device wakes up, updates the ad and goes back to sleep - it uses very tiny amounts of power and has almost on impact on expected battery life.

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