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Comment: Re:"Difficult to install" == "Difficult to compete (Score 1) 149

by Prof.Phreak (#49086367) Attached to: Google Faces Anti-Trust Probe In Russia Over Android

I think one of the reasons Amazon's phone failed was because it was tightly coupled with the amazon echosystem and not the google echosystem---the same exact phone sold by "google" [e.g. marketed as "nexus" line] (even at the same price) would've done MUCH better in the market. It's not just "uh oh, you're bundling your services with the apps"... it's that people actually *want* those apps and services and often wouldn't buy the device otherwise.

Also, plenty of manufacturers roll their own Android, so what are they complaining about? If you don't like it, recompile your own and convince folks to use it.

Comment: Re: Who cares what RMS wants? (Score 1) 551

by Prof.Phreak (#49015333) Attached to: RMS Objects To Support For LLVM's Debugger In GNU Emacs's Gud.el

It's not 'using', it's quite bit of updating (e.g. greenplum was essentially postgresql updated to work on multiple nodes).

I don't think anyone is raising up the "using" part as being inherently bad---even stuff compiled with GCC is "OK" by most standards... It's taking open source and recompiling it into your closed source product that GPL is objecting to (and it's perfectly fine with some open source licenses... just not GPL).

Comment: Re:Kinetic has problems with indirect fire ... (Score 1) 517

by Prof.Phreak (#48997143) Attached to: The US Navy Wants More Railguns and Lasers, Less Gunpowder

current depleted uranium ordinances aren't railgun-line-of-sight deals and yet still cause enormous damage... It doesn't have to be going *that* fast to do damage (e.g. take a few pounds of aluminum and send it at a ship at say 2x the speed of sound, and it will do lots of damage even without any explosives---and yet still be traveling in a parabolic curve).

Comment: Re:They haven't done it yet. (Score 1) 444

by Prof.Phreak (#47888533) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Exactly. Business is about profit, and being "wasteful" is often more profitable... For example, the infrastructure investment into the self sufficient factory might have been better used by building TWO conventionally powered factories. Then again, the publicity from this Reno plant will pay for the construction :-)

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