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Comment: I gave up on some Google Apps (Score 1) 61 61

... I find that the very pleasant full-screen text-message window I used to like with Google Voice is now one I can't figure out how to reach,...

Is it just me that finds some Google apps quite disappointing? Let's look at its Maps:

Why does the screen turn off [by default] once the app is in use? Waze doesn't do this! How does Google expect us to use this app? I can't be bothered hitting the screen to prevent it from darkening on me!

I have always found its messaging apps just plain ugly. Am I alone? Google should take a look at Viber, Go SMS and many others who have done things right in my opinion.

Google should wake up!

Comment: Wait a sec... (Score 1) 379 379

but I would imagine that they could much more easily create a solar grid than dealing with the nasty politics surrounding nuclear, if energy was the primary concern. A bit fishy.

I agree with your sentiment. But wait!

First, its their legal right to nuclear energy. Second, they (Iran), are a sovereign nation and as such, are free to pursue their ambitions for whatever reason. Further, if we take a look at what "the greatest democracy" in the world has done, they have wasted over a trillion dollars on a plane that just doesn't measure up! This is despite having huge deficits.

Question for you: Why do ou think that their only reason for pursuing nuclear energy is for energy alone? Why? Couldn't be also because they want to learn? Heck, much of what makes today's life what it is, is that those who lived before us did a lot of research in fields that one could argue weren't meant to make Joe Six Pack's life easier. But we all benefit as time goes by, don't we?

Just leave them alone.

Comment: They are hiding the truth... (Score 2) 81 81

A lack of evidence means that the investigation has now ended.

I find it hard if not impossible to believe the Germans could not find any evidence. Heck, we aren't talking about some banana republic here. Or are we?

The more plausible reason is that they, (the Germans), didin't want what they have done displayed out in the open for all to see. Think of this as the "discovery phase" in a US court trial.

What sometimes toubles me is the we (read the USA), then attribute henious, undemocratic, autocratic, dictatorial, tyrannical, despotic behaoiurs to "those other regimes" around the world.

Comment: Sounds like paid PR... (Score 1) 86 86

A rising tide will lift all boats," he added. "It's the beginning of an amazing moment for our industry."

Anyone remember Apple Pay with the already available credit card information? Well, according to some, it looks like a dud already. This could well be the same because I for one, have no intention of ever being a subscriber. I am sure I am not alone.

Comment: Yes, and yes. That was then... (Score 1) 100 100

everyone else in the launch industry insisted it made no economic sense to try to recover and reuse the first stage of their rockets.

Yes, that was then - long ago. Things are different now. For instance, who in the 90s, knew you could get 8GB of computer storage at less than $15 those days? It's reality now.

Comment: The usual verbiage...but they missed something... (Score 2, Insightful) 73 73

"...and will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace,"

I am sure they will investigate. What I am not sure about is whether, "hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace" means anything if history is to be believed.

I beg to be enlightened: What has my the [mighty] USA done in the past, that should make me think holding accountable in the case of China means anything really?

Now, remember we as a country, do the same stuff to other countries regularly.

Comment: It could be worse... (Score 1) 131 131

It is arbitrary actions like this that cause Android's fragmentation problems.

One more:

It is arbitrary actions like this that contribute to companies running out of business.

But let me ask: How can a [reputable] company like LG think that vitriol, that could potentially be a consequence of action like this will, be positive to its image? How?

Comment: Google Maps would have me as a customer if... (Score 1) 102 102

Look folks, I have avoided Google Maps on Android for one major reason: The app shuts off the screen, while in use! Imagine that for a second. This has been an ongoing thing since the very beginning.

Consequently, for Maps, I use Waze which exhibits no such annoyance.

Comment: Re:This works 100% (Score 1) 260 260

The "consume fewer calories" diet only works if you are able to keep it up for weeks or months, something most people are unable to do.

I would like you to tell me what most people are able to do most of the time and for a long time. Like I said, if one tried the MO I outlined, I can guarantee 100% success. Yes, That is 100%.

Comment: Search criteria should now feature prominently (Score 1) 91 91

I have come to the conclusion that a way to specify search criteria should now prominently be featured on that Google search page.

I am aware that I can specify these criteria after a search has been performed. What I need is to be accorded a chance NOT to see results I am not interested in (like tweets), at all.

Comment: Something is surely wrong with us... (Score 5, Insightful) 325 325

I am saddened and feel I want to kick something. From the summary: -

"...But the district now says the combined tech didn't meet their needs , and they want their money back..."

Emphasis mine.

Is it just me who sees something wrong here? So, no feasibility study was done? Who approves these things? It was very evident that this whole thing wouldn't work. Look, we hire lots of foreigners in this country, who do so well not because they were using these educational gimmicks wherever they came from, but because most of them put pen to paper and wrote something.

Heck, our students can't even write [English] well despite it being their first language! Then there is the damage done by the so called Common Core. What is wrong with these United States? You know what? When it comes to the way we teach, I am not surprised the products of our educational system go on to make such shortsighted decisions. God save us.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.