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Comment: Re:Ground breaking stuff... (Score 1) 133

by almitydave (#46826673) Attached to: Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

With Ara, a dead battery in the middle of a day trip doesn’t set off a frantic search for someone with a charger. Instead, you pop in a spare.


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Comment: Re:Solution in search of a problem (Score 1) 133

by almitydave (#46826569) Attached to: Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

So you're saying you don't know anyone that doesn't have access to free, unsubsidized iPhones and Galaxies S3, and don't understand why anyone would ever need anything different?

1) Please tell us your cell phone carrier that gives away free unsubsidized smartphones, and your subscription plan.
2) Different people have different wants and needs, and not all people are like you. This shouldn't need explaining.

Comment: Re:Maybe circa 2007 (Score 1) 133

by almitydave (#46826407) Attached to: Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

Exactly, your Grandma won't be assembling them, you'll be asking her "what do you want your phone to do?" and then build her one based on requirements and budget, just like her computer that you built, only with the upside that when she can't figure out how to turn the phone on, she can't call you to bug you about it!

Comment: Re:google will find a way to lock it down (Score 1) 133

by almitydave (#46826379) Attached to: Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

I think that Googles entire goal with this is to break manufacturers monopoly on handsets and get android under more central control as no one will be running samsung-android or htc-android on these things

Eh, I wouldn't underestimate manufacturers' ability to attempt to control them. As long as the bus allows it, all Samsung has to do is sell Samsung-branded modules that only work (or only fully work) with other Samsung-branded modules.

Think about the heyday of the PC market - sure, you had vendors selling complete systems, but you could also buy individual components to upgrade, and even build complete systems from scratch yourself. If this tech allows the mobile phone market to follow the pattern of the explosion of the "IBM-compatible" PC market, it could lead to real customer choice and innovation, as long as the general public avoids too much vendor lock-in.

Further, the Android app market already has to deal with the large variation in devices, software versions, screen sizes, etc.; so I don't think this would change it that much. PC software has pretty much always had to list minimum hardware requirements, so I don't see this as being much different, with apps requiring minimums for Android version, memory, processor power, etc.

Comment: Re:risk (Score 4, Insightful) 144

by almitydave (#46824811) Attached to: Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

Right - if we find out that these are happening much MORE often than previously thought, and yet damage is rare, then it seems like they're LESS of a risk than previously thought. Sort of like finding out that when you swim at the beach, sharks are close by more often than you realized - meaning the risk of them attacking you is lower. If anything this indicates that the Earth's natural asteroid defenses are more robust than previously realized.

Besides, I remember reading that kiloton-scale atmospheric asteroid detonations happened once every month or two, but this indicates it's less often than that, so they're actually LESS common than I thought. I could have misremembered that stat, though.

Comment: Re:units (Score 2) 232

Answering anonymous troll, I know, but the reason the US uses Imperial units is simply cultural momentum. We're used to these units and have learned them intuitively. Metric is taught in schools, used in science, and everyone with an education knows it and the approximate conversion factors (2.54, 3.3, 1.6, 2.2, 9/5+32, etc.), and maybe someday there'll be a switch - but the mathematical convenience is just not worth the cultural effort required right now.

Comment: Re:Nothing to do with hole size (Score 1) 402

by almitydave (#46809449) Attached to: In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

I'd like to see those data combined with information about other social changes, specifically percentage of households where both spouses work, plus the prevalence of housekeepers. My subjective perception is that it's more common now for households to have two incomes, and more common in the past to have had a housekeeper to help with household chores. I'd like to know if there's any truth to that, since it would imply a huge reduction in the amount of leisure time in a typical household, even if individuals worked fewer hours per year than they used to.

Back on topic - many major sports have "easier" variants: baseball has softball, kickball, t-ball; (American) football has touch and flag versions; etc. We already have Frisbee golf - why not other variants to attract more casual players? If golf courses are seeing fewer people play, then it makes a certain amount of business sense.

Also, isn't this what a lot of casual players essentially do by taking a "mulligan"? A larger hole would basically be standardizing the "mulligan distance."

Comment: Re:I'm not going to stand for this (Score 1) 312

by almitydave (#46782479) Attached to: Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

I used to have a standing desk at work until I took an arrow to the knee.

Seriously, I understand the benefits, but I just can't sit still for long periods of time anyway (RLS), so it's not like I'm stationary. You can take my office chair when you can pry it from my cold, dead... well you get the idea.

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