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Comment: Re:"One"? Seriously? (Score 1) 48

by Threni (#47909001) Attached to: Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

Do you think the number one is unlucky, or something?

Android's version numbers are for developer use only; everyone else uses the name, just like they do with Windows.

Microsoft doesn't have a hold on the "one" name, because next to nobody has heard of the "xbox one" outside of the gaming/tech community, whereas nearly everyone has - or knows someone who has - an Android phone.

Comment: Re:$100 (Score 1) 48

by Threni (#47908975) Attached to: Google's Android One Initiative Launches In India With Three $100 Phones

We're not there yet; some people are going to pay £600+ for the iPhone 6 rather than £150 for the Moto G2. Many people are still on small, silly screens and could do with a larger one now they've got their head around the idea of having a smart phone. They all could do with 2 or 3 gigs of ram instead of 1 or less.

Those $100 phones are designed for india; they're not going to gain any traction outside of there because it's just cutting 2 or 3 corners too many, but certainly I can see £150 being a sweet spot where people who don't want quad core/a huge screen/battery don't pass.

Comment: Re:define "customer" (Score 1) 287

by Threni (#47888319) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

For some smaller, less financially significant countries it's possible that Google would just have no official presence, forcing users to just use their .com sites.

This sort of thing is the reason why companies launch later in Germany etc than elsewhere. Generally you have a product and you just sell it but some European countries (France is another one) have all these stupid little "we're special...and we don't understand the internet" rules which mean you have tedious unproductive meetings, then set up phone numbers etc before the end users can actually use your products/services.

Comment: Re:define (Score 1) 287

by Threni (#47888299) Attached to: German Court: Google Must Stop Ignoring Customer E-mails

They're agreeing that Google use their personal data, but there's no suggestion they're going to get paid for it. The "payment" is that Google provide them services, without any support. I'm sure people can provide paid support for them but I'm not sure why Google should be the first company in the world to pay people to help other people use their (Google's) services?

Comment: Scrap all the rules (Score 1) 104

All that ham nerd stuff was probably meaningful once, but is there a single good reason why people can't broadcast whatever they want? I mean, sure, stick within allocated frequencies, don't bleed over other ones etc, but check out the rules - they're hilarious. Are we still worried about political subversion and Russian spies?

Comment: Re:Good decision? (Score 2, Insightful) 351

by Threni (#47884697) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

I'd love it if Linux was something Windows was trying to catch up with, but I'm afraid it's not even a grey cloud on the horizon as far as microsoft is concerned. If only it WAS one OS, supported by everyone from Dell to Oracle, it would wipe the floor with windows, but as long as there are 10 windows managers and 2000 distributions it'll never, ever happen.

Comment: Re:Abject brand mismanagement (Score 1) 351

by Threni (#47884647) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

Should have called it Surface, and advertised/marketed cool shiny tablets, laptops and phones using Surface. The next version of Windows should be called Surface. They should hide windows (small w) on any promotional stuff (yes, us nerds know it's there so we can get work done on Visual Studio etc) but regular users do indeed hate Windows.

Comment: Re:Government doesn't get it. (Score 0) 184

by udachny (#47882301) Attached to: Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

A gang sweeping through the jungle with machetes to eliminate the Tutsis does not violate human rights of the Tutsis, it just murders them, but there is no human right violation there, only murder.

Human right violation is a violation of the right of an individual to exist without being harassed by supposedly 'legal' powers that authorities hold. If the gang was an arm of a government, then it would be violating human rights of Tutsis while murdering them.

Comment: Re:Welcome to government science (Score 0) 347

by udachny (#47877217) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up

Gold standard does not prevent the economy from growing, the biggest economic growth happened in the USA under not only 'standard' but actually on the gold dollar.

The economy did not grow since 1971, the economy shrunk since then. The economy actually collapsed, you are just not aware of it yet, because you don't have eyes, you are listening to propaganda, which tells you nonsense about the fake GDP, fake CPI, fake employment, fake dollar, everything at this point in USA is fake. There is no economy, economy produces stuff, USA consumes on borrowed money and time, consumes stuff that others produced without paying for it, thus the 500Billion USD/year trade deficit.

Comment: Re:Welcome to government science (Score 0) 347

by udachny (#47875281) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up

By the way, 40 years ago Nixon has defaulted on the promise of paying gold for US dollars and took the world off the gold standard. The inflation shot through the roof (money printing) and USA went into economic stagflation - high level of inflation combined with recession.

Over the course of 40 years the USA government has obliterated the economy of the country completely with inflation and growth predicated on inflation and borrowing and taxing. Companies simply ran away from the madness and now there is no more money for anything, only funny money, which will not buy you anything, including research.

Comment: Everything old is new again (Score 1) 485

by CRCulver (#47867431) Attached to: To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars
Trolleybus networks were rolled out in a great many Eastern European cities decades ago, with liquid-fuel-consuming buses often serving a minority of routes (typically ones going beyond whatever the city limits were when the trolleybus lines were build). It's amusing to think that we are going back to this, though now battery technology should be advanced enough that cities no longer have to deploy unsightly wires down all the thoroughfares.

Comment: Re:In Theory (Score 2) 380

by CRCulver (#47864061) Attached to: Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Anyone who is proficient in programming shouldn't have a problem picking up a book (or website) and learning a new langauge, API, etc. in a weekend or two.

This claim gets thrown around on Slashdot a lot, but it's simply not true. In a weekend one might learn enough of a language to bootstrap oneself to learning more through reading real-world code, and you might even be able to fix a bug in an open source program that has been annoying you, but you can forget about working professionally with that language right off.

Just look at the standard references for various languages to see authors admit this. Python is a nice, clear language, right? "executable pseudocode". And yet in O'Reilly's Learning Python Mark Lutz, who has many years of experience teaching skilled programmers, say that it will take readers months to get a complete view of just the core language, let alone the standard library and important third-party libraries.

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