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Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 207

by exomondo (#49161715) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

Need vs. want. The OP said he'd trade a bit more thickness for more battery life. Nothing you've said is an argument against that.

I know what he said, I'm not "arguing against" his assertion that he would happily have more thickness if it meant more battery life, I don't think he was lying when he said that.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 207

by exomondo (#49161299) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

In my experience, most people don't have/use them, and most people rely on the battery in their phone. It's not clear where your claim comes from - do most people you know have them?

Most people who use them. In my experience yes indeed most people rely on the battery in their phone and don't need additional batteries, much less to the point at which they are worried about the efficiency of their additional power source.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 207

by exomondo (#49160635) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

as for thinness, I dont want that! Gimme a phone 2x as thick as current top tier phones (or about 1/2 as thick as old nokia candy bar phones) and give me 4X the battery life. I want some heft in my phone. not zach morris phone thick, but old candy bar phone thick

Just get a battery boost pack. Mophie (and others im sure) are already announcing their products for these new samsung phones.

Comment: Re:stream machine (Score 1) 48

by exomondo (#49122463) Attached to: Valve To Reveal Virtual Reality Dev Kit Next Week At GDC

VR, I see as having other problems. Oculus has had how long to release their VR stuff? It's gotten long enough that the only product is the Galaxy Gear, while plenty of people are using it for development and research.

The problem is the simulator sickness effect that people get when the messages from your eyes don't match what your inner ear is telling your brain. Oculus have been working on this for a long time and even warned Sony not to release a Playstation VR accessory until this has been resolved lest it taint the VR experience for the public.

The Oculus Rift is brilliant and I'm sure these others will be equally good but they still aren't practical in the market until the simulator sickness problem is resolved.

Comment: Re:Cash is so much better. (Score 1) 186

by exomondo (#49122325) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

Again you have a strange definition of "millisecond".

No, the approval time is a few hundred milliseconds. Where are you getting this 5 or 10 seconds from? It sends the details to the bank and the bank sends the response, that doesn't take 5 or 10 seconds.

A few milliseconds doesn't even cover the time it takes the checkout operator to press the button that sends the transaction to the EFT processor for you to insert your card (my country uses chip and pin, my current card doesn't even have a magstripe).

Read what was actually written rather than interpreting it as something else "Every transaction approval I've had for the last 15 years has been nearly instantaneous."

Lets not even consider those smaller stores who need to key in the price manually because the EFTPOS system isn't linked to the register

Yes, let's not since that wasn't what was being discussed.

Comment: Re:Advantages of phone (Score 1) 186

by exomondo (#49116581) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

Saddly, the phones have their own problems: - they eat batteries like candy (even wireless credit card transaction are remotely powered by the terminal. Whereas a dead phone is dead and can't be used for paying). - again, they are conencted. Which means that they could be compromised themselves. (Specially since people tend to install tons of crap).

Not to mention they are supposed to be connected but if you don't have reception or there is an interruption to cell service you can't pay.

Comment: Re:Cash is so much better. (Score 1) 186

by exomondo (#49116069) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

Will they cater to us old fogey (32 yr olds) that don't want to be tied to carrying a phone everywhere ?

Who are you talking about that you are concerned won't cater to you? I don't think there is any such Apple Pay/Google Wallet compatible terminal that doesn't accept card transactions.

Comment: Re:Installable devkits (Score 1) 69

by exomondo (#49115973) Attached to: Will Every Xbox Be a Dev Kit?

I agree. But these naysayers have kept telling me that a PC game developer won't get an audience even with content because effectively all the audience for local multiplayer content are console users.

Well obviously you can't just put out the same experience that console users already get. Obviously it needs to be good content that people actually want, yet-another-local-multiplayer-game is not going to win anybody over because you can't disrupt the status quo with an unimaginative "me too" offering. Why buy title X and move my PC into the lounge when I can just play title Y on my console? Well you have to provide that reason.

This is the same reason Ouya failed, all they provided was a platform and were banging on about having things like TwitchTV and Minecraft and Android games like everybody else so why would anybody buy one? The idea was that developers would create the reason to buy one but instead developers just waited to see if anybody else invest first and so Ouya died.

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