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Comment: If we're poking holes in the accepted dogma... (Score 1) 109

by emil (#47684709) Attached to: Why the Universe Didn't Become a Black Hole

...then how about this one?

One mystery which has not been solved as of 2009 is the absence of red dwarfs with no metals. (In astronomy, a metal is any element heavier than hydrogen or helium.) The Big Bang model predicts the first generation of stars should have only hydrogen, helium, and trace amounts of lithium. If such stars included red dwarfs, they should still be observable today, but none have yet been identified. The preferred explanation is that without heavy elements only large and not yet observed population III stars can form, and these rapidly burn out, leaving heavy elements which then allow for the formation of red dwarfs. Alternative explanations, such as the idea that zero-metal red dwarfs are dim and could be few in number, are considered much less likely as they seem to conflict with stellar evolution models.

Comment: A tale of two phones. (Score 1) 349

by emil (#47389527) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

Here is my phone. Notice that it has been dumped, it has 768mb of ram, and a 1ghz CPU.

Compare that to the Samsung Fascinate, a very similar phone that is still supported despite having less ram.

What you can see is a developer bias: Qualcomm technology is (already) preferentially terminated.

For myself, I need to start buying Samsung, and I need to make sure that it has as little Qualcomm technology in it as possible.

Comment: Dump MORE Snapdragon? (Score 3, Interesting) 349

by emil (#47385055) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

Does Cyanogenmod need even more encouragement to dump Qualcomm processors? Odd that the Nook Color is still supported, when many faster Qualcomm chips have been shown the door.

I already have to run an unofficial release of Cyanogenmod on my vivow. Now what is the likelyhood that I'm going to get a Towelroot patch when you are nuking the source repositories?

I still won't buy Motorola products because of their past behavior. Am I about to add Qualcomm to that list?

Comment: Umm no (Score 1) 158

by emil (#47174901) Attached to: Big Telecom: Terms Set For Sprint To Buy T-Mobile For $32B

The combined T-Sprint will have to maintain both CDMA and GSM networks for some time. I hope that the tower hardware costs have dropped and dual CDMA/GSM hardware is available. I bet there will also be significant frequency waste.

Both carriers are dragging along a wagonload of MVNOs, so customers of several other companies will see migration impacts.

Verizon is dumping CDMA for their own customers, but keeping it for the MVNOs. This will become more problematic, as Android is dropping support for CDMA, so everything on the Sprint side is going to get a bad case of bitrot.

Comment: Consider Swype (Score 1) 711

by emil (#47157105) Attached to: Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

Because a Cyanogenmod user was able to monitor this application, it was discovered that Swype was requesting location data several thousand times per day.

The vendor responded with a reasonable explanation.

In any case, if you run an Apple device, you will never know if your vendor begins doing such things, either for innocuous reasons, or otherwise.

p.s. You can now buy phones loaded with Cyanogenmod as the native OS.

To be a kind of moral Unix, he touched the hem of Nature's shift. -- Shelley