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Comment Not the end of the world (Score 4, Informative) 140

While I don't like the decision to remove the app from the store, and hope google clarifies the reasoning (at least to the publisher) it's not the end of the world for most Android devices since they can install the app manually. Neither iOS or Windows 7 Mobile allow for this as far as I know. And yes, some android devices don't either (mostly at&t phones) but, for now, they are the exception to the rule.

Comment Re:Choice is good for consumers (Score 1) 864

I love my Droid and haven't found a phone that I would upgrade to yet. However, if the next generation of android phones have locked bootloaders and terrible custom-ui's I see no difference between iOS and Android, even if the source is released. Source means nothing if you can't actually use it.

Comment Re:Not all bad points (Score 1) 864

Google has some options to alleviate this though. For one, they could force the vendors to allow users to disable these 3rd party interfaces and leave the bootloader relatively unlocked. These companies shouldn't have to deal with us overclocking and burning out our CPU's and expecting warranty support, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be able to do it if we choose to. It's a very similar argument to 'owning' your software vs licensing it.

Comment Re:Open? People break both open. (Score 1) 864

The only problem is, many vendors are making it increasingly hard to replace the ROM on your phone. Motorola has their locked bootloader, the G2 has the auto-unroot 'protection.' If google doesn't release a new dev. device our homebrew options for android will gradually fade away, I fear.

Comment Not all bad points (Score 1) 864

For the most part he is wrong. However, multiple markets for android will make things messy. Unfortunately, Google needs to clean up the existing market a lot. Google has a good thing going for it, I just hope they don't let the vendors steamroll them into making android a wildlife preserve. I had a friend come to me last week with their brand new fascinate and beg me to remove Bing from it. Took me about an hour and lots of messy hacks, but it was done and google was added.

Comment Re:What are they going to do? (Score 4, Informative) 1217

I know it's really hard to click a link, so I'll provide the relevant part for you:
Parents can pay for the computers upfront or lease them from the district, with the option to buy after three years. The payments should work out to about $20 to $25 per month, Hayes said. The cost also includes free tech support. "We realize for some families that will be a stretch," he said. In those cases, the district will provide financial assistance. Students who don't participate will be able to borrow a school-provided laptop during the day, but they won't be able to take it home, Hayes said.

Comment Re:What are they going to do? (Score 4, Funny) 1217

I would assume that the reason you are so underprivileged is because you failed to learn how to read in school. The article clearly states that the children will be provided with laptops during the school day if they can't buy one. They just can't bring it home since it is school property.

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