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Comment: Without cheque deposit, you can bank in a browser (Score 1) 239

by tepples (#49501265) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post

Several mobile banking apps have a feature to let an account holder deposit a cheque by photographing the front and back sides. As far as I can tell, cheque deposit is the only major feature of a mobile banking app that can't be done just as easily on the bank's website. So if you don't need this feature, you can just bank in Firefox.

Comment: Re:Question still remains (Score 0) 112

by tepples (#49501139) Attached to: Google Adds Handwriting Input To Android

So where does that leave people who aren't willing to pay hundreds of dollars per year for a cellular data plan?

In the minority.

Women are a minority, yet there are plenty of women's health care products. I'm not sure what you meant. Are you claiming that people who don't want yet another phone bill deserve to do without hardware too?

Comment: Re:vs. a Falcon 9 (Score 1) 61

by Bruce Perens (#49501071) Attached to: Rocket Lab Unveils "Electric" Rocket Engine

They can carry about 110kg to LEO, compared to the Falcon 9's 13150kg. That's 0.84% of the payload capacity. A launch is estimated to cost $4 900 000, compared to the Falcon 9's $61 200 000. That's 8.01%. That means cost per mass to orbit is nearly an order of magnitude worse.

Yes, this is a really small rocket. If you are a government or some other entity that needs to put something small in orbit right away, the USD$5 Million price might not deter you, even though you could potentially launch a lot of small satellites on a Falcon 9 for less.

And it's a missile affordable by most small countries, if your payload can handle the re-entry on its own. Uh-oh. :-)

Comment: Cursive (Score 1) 112

by tepples (#49499985) Attached to: Google Adds Handwriting Input To Android

Or is recognising and distinguishing between those thousands if not tens of thousands of different Chinese characters really that much easier than the 26 letters (well, make that 52 to account for capitals) in our alphabet?

Joined-up cursive writing in the Latin alphabet is very different from drawing each stroke of a Chinese character. I used to have a Newton MessagePad 2000 and it worked mostly because I stuck to manuscript (separate letters).

Comment: Re:Banking on a Fire Phone (Score 1) 239

by tepples (#49493289) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post

To end the Google Play hegemony, you have to show demand for services outside Google Play. Try this:

  1. Find a competing bank whose app is on Amazon Appstore. You'll need its name in a later step.
  2. Pack a Fire Phone or one of the Kindle Fire models with a rear facing camera.
  3. Visit a branch, and ask how to deposit a check. If they say no can do, find a polite way to ask "What can Barclays offer me that $other_bank can't?"

Comment: Re:You Can See (Score 1) 110

Microminiature accelerometers are really cheap and very very light, and you don't have to wait for them to spin up or deal with their mechanical issues. I doubt you will see a gyro used as a sensor any longer.

Similarly, computers make good active stabilization possible and steering your engine to stabilize is a lot lighter than having to add a big rotating mass.

Comment: Any revenue model on F-Droid? (Score 1) 175

by tepples (#49490393) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

F-Droid excludes all non-free software. And by default, it hides apps with antifeatures such as advertisements and reliance on non-free add-ons or services. So how are the developers of an app on F-Droid supposed to keep a roof over their heads? And would your suggestion also work for games?

You will have a head crash on your private pack.

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