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Comment Re:Might want to read the fine print... (Score 3, Informative) 129

Even if they were studied, it's worth keeping in mind that the current Canadian government appears (according to many Canadian scientists) to have a habit of suppressing or even altering scientific research that doesn't support its political goals. And it's election season; take any Canadian government PR with an extra large dose of sodium chloride.

Comment Re:Cyanogenmod has gone downhill a bit (Score 1) 81

And sadly, unless you're buying the device well into its shelf life, you don't know about major flaws until they're discovered.

I bought it well into the shelf life in spite of the known problems. The pros at the time outweighed the cons. But I didn't really consider the longevity of the community support. There are still people working on it, but not part of CM, and there are far fewer such projects than many other devices.

Comment Re:Cyanogenmod has gone downhill a bit (Score 1) 81

CM is obviously looking for a business model for monetizing their work.

I kind of thought that myself, until they screwed OnePlus with the Micromax deal. I understand the details are a bit more complicated, but alienating your most enthusiastic and visible client like that doesn't exactly strike me as something a company trying to make money would do.

selling out to Microsoft is a pretty lousy choice

If the goal is to ensure that many (most?) of the current "free" CM users don't turn into "paying" users through Cyanogen OS phone purchases, they certainly hit it out of the park with that decision.

Comment Re:Cyanogenmod has gone downhill a bit (Score 1) 81

So much for expecting to have a longer phone support through CM

It's hit or miss...

CM is pretty up-front about this; support for specific devices typically depends on a volunteer/champion who's willing to do the grunt work of testing and patching for that device. If that individual or team loses interest (or their devices croak or they just can't figure out how to work around critical bugs) and nobody is willing to step up and take over maintenance, the device can't be supported.

Generally speaking, it seems that robust and popular devices get longer support, and devices with major flaws drop support sooner. That's happened to one of mine (the tf700t is a nice device with infuriatingly shitty I/O performance), while my other (purchased a year prior) still gets decent support with CM12.1.

It's still better software support than what the manufacturer gives you.

Comment Re:30 cents doesn't include the time printing it (Score 1) 179

It would be far cheaper to manufacture the stethoscopes in China.

Then you have a whole bunch of cheap stethoscopes in China. Great place for them.

The problem they're trying to solve isn't the lack of stethoscopes, it's the lack of simple but important medical supplies like stethoscopes in times and places where you can't just order a palette from Aliexpress with overnight shipping.

I'll grant that leaves them with the chicken and egg problem of getting a 3D printer, a supply of plastic and other parts, and the necessary object files into that same location... It's possible to repstrap a printer, if necessary, but there's still challenges.

Comment Re:Where have I heard this before... (Score 1) 312

Just sayin', regardless of reality or fantasy, when your policy suggestion is basically the exact thing the devil does during the "end times," you might have a tough sell there.

The obvious question being, how relevant is this particular bit of mythology to Finnish society? I don't have any strong insight into this... I understand that they're predominantly Christian, but I'd also expect that nations with a heavy socialist bent wouldn't be quite as ready to call their government an agent of the devil. How does the typical Finn interpret this particular passage of the bible?

Comment Re:Meanwhile, in Canada (Score 1) 155

It would only have to be available in French to be sold in Quebec or used by some governments (who are unlikely to even allow Android on their networks, making the question of Cortana on Android in French entirely irrelevant).

And even then, I don't believe most online stores enforce the French-for-Quebec restriction.

Comment Re:Well shit (Score 1) 258

He sits down in your living room and shows you and your wife the list of hundreds of copyright infringements you have committed, and asks you wouldn't it be a shame if your wife and kids were put out on the street because you were languishing in jail for longer than someone who committed manslaughter

One of the problems with threatening someone with a certain sentence longer than they'd get for manslaughter is that they might do the math and decide it's less risky to just kill you and dispose of the evidence...

Comment Re:Closed Ecosystem (Score 1) 92

they totally messed up on the whole android build/deploy/update system.

From what I understand, a significant chunk of the problem with mobile device "longevity" is that closed source drivers for the SoC's used in phones are typically provided by chipset vendors, and if the driver model used by the O/S ever changes then the SoC vendor needs to provide a newer set of drivers. Which they aren't going to do when they are no longer selling the chipsets.

Comment Re:Swift (Score 1) 365

Still, I have no problems with the efforts to make programming easier. Anything that helps will not only make it easier for novices, but will also aid professional programmers.

Sometimes that's true. Sometimes, the things that make it easier for novices get in the way of the pros and often necessitate workarounds.

Granted, sometimes the pros are just being stuck-in-the-mud reactive twits. You gotta take it case by case.

We can predict everything, except the future.