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Comment: Re:Some good data... (Score 4, Informative) 339

by Xenx (#49626319) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer
Every Nexus back to the Nexus 4/7(2012) has images for 5.1.0 or 5.1.1. That means, every Google released device released in the last 3 years is up to date. You can argue about whether 3 years is enough time to support their devices, but they are supporting their own devices. Devices sold by manufacturers, instead of Google, are not Google's direct responsibility for upgrades. At least be straight forward about your claims. Google's devices are Nexus devices. GPE or whatever it is you're talking about aren't Google devices. They're just not manufacturer themed. The updates for those devices still originate from the manufacturers and not Google.

I'll admit I'm biased. But, at least be accurate with your complaints.

Comment: Re:I saw improvement from 15/2 to 30/5 (Score 1) 170

by Xenx (#49573315) Attached to: Verizon Tells Customer He Needs 75Mbps For Smoother Netflix Video
3 HD streams on Netflix would, based on Netflix recommendations, use all your original download bandwidth. Obviously there is variance, but it's telling in your situation. I don't know your exact specifics, but you were likely pushing your download too hard. Based on Netflix's recommendations 50/x would be about 10 streams. You are right that upload might matter. However, even the most strenuous online games barely touch the upload bandwidth. That is, unless you're hosting a server or something.

Comment: Re:Cripple Linux? (Score 2) 174

by Xenx (#49529659) Attached to: Intel 'Compute Stick' PC-Over-HDMI Dongle Launched, Tested
Everywhere I'm looking, the Windows stick is $150 and the Ubuntu is $110. I don't want to dig for more realistic numbers, but based on retail pricing for desktop/laptop level components we're looking at around $25. It wouldn't seem overly unreasonable to assume most/all of the price difference is due to hardware and little/nothing to do with MS.

Comment: Re:Broadband speed and cost vs other countries (Score 1) 142

by Xenx (#49475729) Attached to: How do your actual ISP speeds compare to the advertised speed?
I work for the local rural telephone company. We can offer 6-18mbps down and 1mbps up, on a single line. Very small local pockets are only just now being able to support up to 100mbps down. It's not cost effective outside of urban/sub-urban areas, which there are none on this island. So, it's not ONLY about the companies wanting more money.

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