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Comment Re:Heinlein quote. (Score 1) 378

He doesn't have an 8 core laptop but he might have an 8 core phone. Though they are more accurately thought of as 4+4 core designs rather than a true 8 cores - they are ARM's BIG-little designs that combine four high power cores with four lower power (and slower) cores on the same chip, and allow switching from one to the other to optimize battery use.

Comment Re:Then what are they going to do with the extra t (Score 1) 242

Modern shows aren't written or shot to the old 52 minute length. They're designed for the 42 minutes that a typical network show gets these days. The running time of the disc or Netflix version is marginally longer because it has the full end credits, not the sped-up ones that are used on broadcasts now.

Comment Re:I'm conflicted about this (Score 1) 104

I expect the default install of Android on a Chromebook will look pretty much like a Chromebook does now. You'll have the option of installing Android apps but you won't have to take it. I also hope they will make the more fully capable version of Chrome from the Chromebook available for other Android devices; it might make sense on large screen tablets.

Comment Re:tbh (Score 1) 144

It's true that if you want the specific things on your list, the choices in the US are limited. Manual transmissions are not popular here, so many models are not offered with them. Station wagons are out of fashion, both because of consumer preference and because fuel mileage standards are biased in favor of crossovers rather than station wagons.

Diesel cars have also never been popular in the US. In the early years there were prejudices against them because of smoky exhaust, poor availability of fuel (most drivers don't want to have to visit a truck stop to fuel their cars), and some ill-fated attempts by American car makers to market diesel cars, notably the Oldsmobile models. More recently, diesels have suffered because of the very strict EPA standards for diesel emissions (which impose tight limits on particulate and NOx, which are problem areas for diesel), which mean that many of the diesel cars sold elsewhere in the world cannot be imported into the US without substantial modification. Conversely, the EU put strict limits on CO2 emissions (where diesels do well) so their regulations were far more friendly to diesel, and the much higher fuel prices that prevail in Europe provided a stronger incentive to buy diesel cars.

Another reason that some cars from other parts of the world are not available in the US is safety standards. Notably, the US has a much stronger requirement for bumper strength than other parts of the world, so nearly every car model from elsewhere in the world has to be modified to include more substantial bumpers. If a company does not see enough market potential for a car to justify making a special US version, the car doesn't get sold here.

Finally, very small cars have been a hard sell in the US. Some companies do not choose to import their smallest models here. Notable examples include the VW Polo and the BMW 1-series, as well as all the Japanese "city cars".

All that said, describing the US as an underdeveloped car market is an exaggeration. There are still plenty of choices, though perhaps not the ones you want. (Like you, I find the paucity of station wagons frustrating.) And the US is the second most successful market in the world for hybrid cars (in part because of economic incentives to buy them), trailing only Japan and far ahead of the EU.

Comment Re:Me... (Score 1) 191

That one has already gotten a name - Xenial Xerus. And last I checked, a xylophone is not an animal.

The release after that has not yet been named. I'm pulling for Yakety Yak from the 1958 song by The Coasters: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... Or if they prefer they can use the alternate spelling Yakkity Yak from the animated series from Canada and Australia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

What I really want to know is what they will call the release after Zebra. Aambitious Aardvark, aanyone? It can also be argued that they won't actually have the alphabet crisis until they reach D, since the first three releases did not follow the alphabetic naming scheme that started with Dapper Drake. The first two were Warty Warthog and Hoary Hedgehog, and the third was inexplicably Breezy Badger rather than something beginning with C.

Perhaps the second alphabet series will be named for something other than animals. If they do musical instruments we could eventually have Xylophone.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 1) 150

Yes. They even still make phones. They released a couple of new BlackBerry models (the Passport and the Classic) last year, though those phones may be the last classic BlackBerry phones. They recently announced a new phone, Priv, which is based on Android with added BlackBerry services and security software. (According to Engadget it will start shipping on November 16 - http://www.engadget.com/2015/1... )

Comment Re: Apple is leaving money on the table here (Score 1) 242

Most likely you don't even have the choice of braving those four lanes of 65mph traffic. Most roads like that are Interstate highways and they ban bicycles, with rare exceptions granted for things like mountain passes where there is no alternate route (also bridges but those will usually have a sidewalk).

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.