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Comment Re:They should have started from ORKUT (Score 1) 152 152

As a Brazilian, let me tell you something. It's not a matter of racism, but education. It's a fact that we have a lot of poverty, and our public education system is far from great. But then, in the late 90s, the economy started to improve, and computers became more affordable. So even poorer, semiliterate people went online. Now imagine a nation-wide "eternal September" on steroids. And all of it flocked to Orkut. Can you blame the rest of the world for not wanting to touch that mess?

Now, it was also Google's fault, as I recall Orkut was notorious for its security problems. But I liked its design, it was all about the communities. Orkut was more like a collection of forums than a social network. But near the end, they changed that too, and I thought: I don't care about these people, I care about these topics, these communities. Why did they make it more complicated to get to the part I want to see?

Comment Re:What a Mess (Score 1) 111 111

Then order from abroad, say, some chinese store like Gearbest or Deal Extreme. They will have only unlocked phones, although you have to check if they will work in US (as different countries use different frequencies). I think Android is usable enough... although Samsungs need at least a different launcher.

Comment Re:What a Mess (Score 5, Insightful) 111 111

The way forward was clear when the iPhone and then Android came about - either improve Symbian or move to Android.

I must disagree. The way forward was to move to their own new system, Linux-based MeeGo. They actually released one phone with it, the N9. Despite extremely positive reviews, the Microsoft-planted CEO fucked it sideways. If it wasn't for that subhuman scumbag, Nokia would probably still be a major smartphone maker now, with MeeGo ahead of iOS.

Comment Re:Wow gorgeous (Score 1) 302 302

Very modern and beautiful OS. Microsoft is reinventing personal computer. Again. Meanwhile, OS X is continuing its march to unify with iOS. And Linux is acting like a time capsule to be shown in museums how it was in the mid 2000s. [/sarcasm]

Fixed it for you.

Comment Re: Nokia is a post it note in tech history (Score 2) 40 40

Nokia didn't miss the smartphone market, they owned it with Symbian, and there was an upgrade path ahead with MeeGo. Their downfall came from the very top -- if it wasn't for M$-plant Stephen Elop and the suicidal move to Windows Phone, there's a good chance Nokia would still be the top handset maker.

Comment Until the non-compete clause runs out (Score 1) 40 40

As part of their deal with the devil, aka Microsoft, there's a non-compete clause -- Nokia can't make cell phones until 2016. Rumors are strong -- even thought they have to keep quiet for now -- that Nokia fully intends to come back to the handset business; the N1 tablet and Z Launcher are a solid hint of what's to come.

If graphics hackers are so smart, why can't they get the bugs out of fresh paint?