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Comment: Re:Whoop-de-do! (Score 1) 178

by Skuld-Chan (#46313311) Attached to: Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

I don't use the metro ui for anything on my desktop - that said - while I think Windows 8.1 is more responsive than 7 or XP, it does have a lot of usability issues, but its not debilitating.

I honestly think OSX (yes I have an airbook running mavericks :)) and the plethora of Linux desktops have about as many problems with usability - the shame with Windows is that Windows 7's UI was pretty much perfect.

Comment: Re:This is not a fair comparison (Score 1) 310

The architecture is different though - Android runs everything under a VM. I suspect if the iPhone ran everything under a VM with the processor it currently sports it would be a different picture.

There are advantages and disadvantages with this approach - the advantages you went over - the iPhone is faster with less CPU. Android however can take advantage of newer processors and new features quicker however. A VM for instance lends itself more useful at distributing load much better at non SMP aware apps.

The iPhone really can't make any /major/ architecture changes without breaking userspace. Where as Android has proved that the cpu doesn't matter really - I've seen Android apps run on x86, mips and many different ARM systems for example.

Comment: Re:Apple made the same mistake (Score 2) 390

by Skuld-Chan (#45300001) Attached to: Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

In the early 90's I was making money on my Amiga - it was very much a niche computer like the Mac. I think a lot of people think Amiga - they think Amiga 500 or 1200 - games machines. I think personal workstation.

My last machine was an A4000 with 68060 and 148 megs of ram (a lot for an Amiga) and it did serious special effects and graphics - and it had ethernet etc - it could even do NLE (online disk based video editing with the VT Flyer).

Commodore could have developed that into a more mainstream market, but because of a lot of wasted opportunities - when they ran out of money that was it. Remember too - before Steve Jobs second coming Apple was on the rocks too - it very nearly went under like all the other niche computers of the time (SGI, Sun, Commodore, Atari etc etc etc).

Comment: Re:A Peek At The Market (Score 2) 139

by Skuld-Chan (#45227733) Attached to: What If the "Sharing Economy" Organized a Strike, and Nobody Came?

I actually work under a union (SEIU 503):

My union doesn't impose their views on me - I'm not sure how that would actually work. They do send out a newsletter - I can either read it or not. Contrary to what you may think they don't shout their beliefs over loudspeaker.

You can't do anything (really) to prevent someone from crossing the line, but you can make it more difficult. While your co-workers are out working hard to keep management from decreasing your pay you sit on your ass reaping the benefits.

On your last point - I hate people who reap all the benefits that we worked hard for in our union, but don't participate at all. If you don't like working in a union shop - leave the company - that's your right to work :).

Unions worked hard for the weekend - remember that any time you have a day off.

Comment: Re:No SD, No sell (Score 3, Informative) 108

by Skuld-Chan (#45182997) Attached to: Sleeper: LG G2 One of the Fastest Android Smartphones On the Market

This is kinda funny - the last phone I had that actually had an SD-Card slot was my Droid-X, and previously the HTC Nexus 1.

BOTH phones required you pull the battery out to swap the SD-Card... so I never did. You know what - I found you really don't need to either. There are so many connection options for the Android OS that you can move files to and from it really easily, and it has TONS of cloud based options too for streaming audio and video over the net.

I think I use up like 4-5 gigs of my Galaxy Nexus's 32 gigs of storage.

Comment: Re:Rose-tinted view indeed (Score 3, Insightful) 634

by Skuld-Chan (#45161165) Attached to: British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

Long waits? When was the last time you went to visit your doctor in the US? I'm lucky if I can see him this week.

Same with the emergency room - unless you are bleeding all over the place chances are you'll be waiting for a couple hours.

My one scrape with socialized medicine was in Canada where they fixed a broken arm - put it in a cast. I don't remember waiting at all in the emergency room and to this day I haven't been billed.

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