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Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2, Interesting) 275

Except that google isn't charging for their new software.

Yes they fucking are. Android is not free. Android is not open source. AOSP is not Android.
If you are an OEM and you want the latest version of Android you pay money and agree to bundle Google's apps and store (which cost more money) into a "flagship" phone that will launch within a certain time frame and is expected to sell some minimum number of units and will be heavily advertised as running Android X.Y Whatever Candy.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2, Interesting) 275

The updates are NOT free. Android is NOT free.
You have to PAY to get access to Android source code. You pay more if you want the newer versions. You have to agree to shit like bundling Google's apps and store (which now also cost money separate from Android itself) or guaranteeing a "flagship" phone launch with expected sales of X within a certain time frame if you want access to the latest builds.

Even if Android was actually free, there are plenty of costs associated with pushing out an update. You've got to make sure the new version runs on the old devices (it won't). Then you've got to do QA. Then you've got to push the update out to the carriers. Then the carriers have to do their own validating. Then the carriers have to push it out.

Then people have to accept the update.

Google is the pot calling the granite counter top of Microsoft black.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 418

by sexconker (#48905797) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Brawn, Prowl, Ratchet and Ironhide were all killed in the first five minutes with barely a fight, and for no other reason than to make way for the new toys.

They were killed because Megatron assaulted their shuttle and shot them the fuck up.
They were at war. People (and transformers) die in wars.
The movie established right from the beginning that it wasn't just a Saturday morning cartoon and that it was going to have consequences. This is a good thing.

Comment: Re:Cable company still doesn't get it (Score 1) 34

by Jhon (#48905103) Attached to: For New Yorkers, Cablevision Introduces a Wi-Fi-Centric VoiP Network

Freedompop also offers free service. 200 mins/mo, 500 text and 500mb of data. Free. As in zero ($) dollars.

I picked up a cheap iphone 4s (sprint), activated it on FP and it is decent. It doesn't do great on the move (driving), but stationary, the voice quality isn't bad. Data speeds are around 1mbps +/- 500mbps.

Their app also offers a similar free service via an app (wifi only) sans data (for obvious reasons).

Comment: Re:"inescapable conclusion" (Score 1) 229

by Rich0 (#48904821) Attached to: The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

There was a beginning to the universe (which alone breaks the symmetry: you can't shift backwards in time more than ~13 billion years)...

Well, it might be better to say that we have no scientific knowledge of what came before the big bang, and as best as we can tell it is impossible to ever obtain knowledge of what came before.

It is convenient to call this a "beginning of time" or something like that, but this is a bit of a contrived definition.

But, as has been pointed out elsewhere in this thread our definitions of things like space and time are already pretty tenuous in general. We're very good at predicting the results of experiments, but we're not so good at really understanding why the universe actually works the way it seems to. The equations don't really provide much insight into what is actually happening.

Comment: Re:They better be damn sure we're not home... (Score 4, Funny) 260

Sir David Omand and the GCHQ happen to reside on the other side of the pond.

And you think that's going to stop them?! Just let them Redcoats come back and try that shit in Alabama and we'll kick their asses again, just like we did in dubya-dubya-tew.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 260

Sssshhhh! Don't tell them we might actually like something they'd do, or they won't do it!

"Ohhhhh puuuuhleeeeeaze Brer Omand, whutevah you do, don't throw us in that targeted-spying-on-actual-terrorists-instead-of-everybody patch!"

It broke down at the end there, but you get the idea.

Comment: Re:Where Does He Stand On the Issues? (Score 1) 115

by meta-monkey (#48904327) Attached to: Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

I really wanted to do the "boycott the reds and blues" thing last November. So I seriously looked at my alternative for my state governor. It was a libertarian who wanted to establish our own state currency backed by gold. Sigh.

Great, so now instead of Fucker vs Fucker it's Fuckers vs Nuts. Is there somebody worth electing, anywhere?

Comment: Re:Think of the children! (Score 1) 334

We don't need more "Think of the children!" witch hunts; our society has too many of those already.

Yeah, when did Anonymous turn into the lapdog of the FBI? Back when Anonymous had actual hackers (before they were busted by the FBI), they went after evil government and corporate shit (think Stratfor). Now....terrorists and pedos?

They've turned into Chester and Spike.

"Oh, oh, oh hey, hey FBI, wanna fight the establishment? Ehhh? Ehhh? Government corruption, FBI?! Eh eh?!"

"Naaaahhh" *SLAP*.

"Oh, oh, yeah, yeah that wouldn't be no fun no fun...hey, hey FBI, wanna get pedos, FBI?! Ehhhh? Ehhh? Pedos?!"

"Pedos?! Where...."

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang