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Comment: Re:Ah, this is why we need H-1b VISAs. (Score 2, Insightful) 183

by DigiShaman (#49798747) Attached to: Chinese Nationals Accused of Taking SATs For Others

Glad to be so close to retirement and then I won't have to deal with this crap.

You will NOT come out of this unscathed. None will. What will you do when inflation hits and thus marginalizes you life savings? What happens when -not if-, the US becomes insolvent. In fact, paying down the national debt is mathematically near impossible; or so it was last year. It hasn't exactly improved a year later.

I'm reminded of the saying. What cannot go on forever, won't!

Sorry AC, both the young, middle aged, and elderly are about to get get fucked badly. In different ways of course, but fucked none the less.

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 339

by Archangel Michael (#49794143) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Not just a mobile game, a Massively Multiplayer Game using GPS, Data and lots of screen time. You actually have to get up off your ass and explore your world around you. In five hours of playing, I'll have walked over 10km.

So yeah, I play five hours without stopping. I've even played 24 hours without stopping.

Comment: Re:The Carriers (Score 1) 339

by Archangel Michael (#49793343) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

My biggest issue is that I'm stuck on some ancient version of Android. OS updates are the responsibility of the carriers

This is absolutely only partially correct. It is both Carrier, and Manufacturer that hold that responsibility, jointly. Carriers have no desire to update older phones, they want you to buy a new one, ON CONTRACT! The manufacturers are too willing to bend over for the Carriers.

Phones like Nexus and OnePlus are starting to break that mold though, and I suspect that if enough people stop buying HTC/Samsung/LG ... phones they (both) will start to take notice. The best thing consumers can do, is be fully aware how awful the carriers actually are, and how complicit the manufacturers are.

Comment: Re:Switching?? (Score 0) 339

by DigiShaman (#49792911) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

And that's precisely why millions love it; familiarity with added functionality with each new version. Unlike Android where the entire UI and included apps can change.

People want less learning curve, ease of adaptability to new features as they become available, and reliable operation. The later is due to Apple controlled hardware and top tier Android makers. The el-cheap "free" phones or very inexpensive devices did to reboot or crash spontaneously from either overheating or crap NAND onboard.

Comment: Re:Danger Will Robinson (Score 1) 339

by Archangel Michael (#49792761) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

CM was fine when it was a bunch of geeks playing with Android. The moment it went Public, pressure to turn a profit increased. The problem is, the that they have made enemies already, and many of them were their own champions. These actions have caused their support in the community to diminish. Can they recover? Perhaps. But I don't see them actually doing the things to keep their supporters happy.

Comment: Re:oh the Irony (Score 3, Informative) 534

by Shakrai (#49791459) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage

DC has very rapid power loss over any kind of distance.

No it doesn't. Losses are related to current, not AC vs. DC. A higher current in the same sized conductor equates to higher loss. You can get around this by raising the voltage (traditionally easier with AC), thus transferring the same amount of energy with less current, or you can increase the size of the conductor. DC can actually transfer more energy than AC on a similar sized conductor because it doesn't have to deal with skin effect.

I could link all of these terms to applicable articles for you but I'm feeling lazy and this is all common knowledge stuff anyway.

Comment: Re:But crossroads ahead with the Swarm of Things; (Score 1) 339

by Archangel Michael (#49791051) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Cyanogen is wanting to actually get more or less a complete breakup with Google. You need to read their public statements regarding how they want to wrest Android from Google. They have the following to perhaps pull it off. Either that or they will implode making boneheaded mistakes by alienating their fan base (as they did with OnePlus users).

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 339

by Archangel Michael (#49791023) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

If Google can't pull low-end Android users onto high-end devices instead of iDevices...

No it isn't. My current phone,($350 new) runs circles around any iDevice in that price range. Hell, it competes with the $899 version, with more ram, and storage. You can pay more for the same thing (or not as good), but that is a choice. Calling it "High end" is a marketing ploy itself.

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 339

by Archangel Michael (#49790981) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Battery life test is a game called Ingress. Available on both iPhone and Android, from Google company Niantic. When actually playing the game, most iPhones can only play a couple hours without an external battery. My Android can go almost 5 hours without that need. Battery life is fine on Android.

My take on it is, that iPhone users only THINK they use their phone a lot, while Android users use their phones more than they think they do.

I have no doubt that resting (not in use) iPhones may have better battery life, due to the very specific optimizations possible. However I don't count that as real life experience.

None of this is empirical, just from my observation.

Comment: Re:Switching?? (Score 1) 339

by Archangel Michael (#49790901) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

What if a significant number of the people who adopted Apple as their first smartphone move on to a platformed more flexible because of their now acute sense of needs and for customization of use

FTFY

The fact is, every single iPhone looks exactly like every other iPhone. The Monoculture of "we know what's best for you" from Apple is one reason I'll never go to iPhone.

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