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Comment: Re:Phones for which a carrier requires a data plan (Score 1) 342

by bickerdyke (#49799453) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

Oh i thought those were called "cellphone"

So how can I get a smartphone if I'm outside of AT&T's market?

I guess I'll go to a shop, ask for a smartphone and go to a phone company and ask for a phone&data plan....

But in your example, why would I buy a phone from AT&T if I'm going to get a GoPhone sim? Won't I be paying for two phone plans then? AT&T (unused, but still per month costs) and GoWhatever?

Comment: Re:iPhone switchers (Score 4, Insightful) 342

by bickerdyke (#49789757) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

And with a mostly two-players market I'd bet that most people who switch to Android came from iPhone.

Either it's your first phone, then you're not counted as switch, any subsequent phone upgrade from then on won't be a OS switch either or, if it IS a switch, it will be back and forth between Android and iOS.

So this is a non-fact.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 150

What's wrong with that?

"they" are always there to point out when there are more than 3 pencils per person and months ordered. "They" know if you spend longer than 5 minutes at the water cooler. "They" are checking everyone's bags and pockets at the entrance.

They're taking care of all that small stuff. So of course "they" would notice such big issues as sensitive documents in the dumpster, wouldn't they?

Comment: Re:suspect it's much worse in the private sector (Score 1) 150

Oh yes.. the good old "I want solution, and everything you're bringing me is problems". Noticing problems often is simply not "visionary" enough and pointing out those problems slow down the whole "team" on the way to their "mission goals".

If nothing goes wrong, such management will win big, really big, including being on the next management magazine title. And no one cares for the 90% that fail big with that management style. Current culture bought into the "Prof. Pigskin"-Scam wholesale.

Comment: Re:not the real question (Score 1) 200

Frankly, it's complete bullshit. The systems are completely, physically separate. There is no way to hack the thrust from the in-flight entertainment system because they are not connected to each other. The most he'd be able to do is turn on the fasten seatbelt sign.

Is the in-flight entertainmeny system able to show that world map with the cute little plane that indicates the planes position?

I doubt they have someone copying the updeted position from the avionics system to a USB-stick, unplug it from there and plug it into the entertainment system to update position data every few seconds...

There goes your "completly, physically seperate".

Heck yeah, it's trivial to make such a connection reliably one-way only, but even then, "physically seperate" would be an outright lie.

Comment: Re:Not convinced (Score 1) 408

So, you're generalizing from one system to all self-driving cars?

That some of those cars (Google) rely more on external maps than others (BMW iirc, or whatever was driving at the last DARPA-Challange) isn't even imaginable?

Of course none of them is driving blindly without checking that their path isn't obstructed by pedestrians or other cars, but I heard too that the Google car is the most advanced system, but also the one depending most on exact maps for speed limits, traffic lights and so on.

Once it hits the fan, the only rational choice is to sweep it up, package it, and sell it as fertilizer.