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Comment: We are left with no affordable options (Score 1) 160

by feranick (#49560101) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet
What made the earlier Nexii (4, 5, 7) a success was, in no small part, the sticker price, way lower than Apple and other were selling similar products. With these, you were getting great devices (with shortcomings for sure, but not deal breakers) for a bargain price. You could get a nexus 7 for less than 200USD. That to me was the power of Nexus, to the point where I would easily overlook hardware/software issues. Now that those are gone for good, we are left with the Nexus 6 and 9. They are priced on the high end (really high end). At that point, it's only fair to compare it to the competition on equal grounds. The Nexus 9 is the forgotten child, still not updated to 5.1, and with performance that is not up to a iPad Air 2, nor its build quality. The Nexus 6 is monstruosly big (if you loke those sorts of things) but the performance is OK at best. Apple used to be blamed (correctly) for sticking to small screen size, when everybody else had plenty of choice. Now you can get bigger or smaller phones from them, but not for Google. I loveD Google's products, but I am no fanboi. With the passing of the Nexus 7, I can't say I feel the same way any more.

Comment: Where is the hardware? (Score -1, Flamebait) 98

by feranick (#49555121) Attached to: Apple's Next Frontier Is Your Body
The watch doesn't go beyond measuring heart rates. Diagnosing and following diabetes require a lot more data. Where does that come from? ResearchKit might be the best thing after sliced bread, but it relies on user input. So, it's just a hyped up data aggregator, with cloudy statements on where the data will end up. Wake me up when we will have some functional hardware able to probe uninvasively blood pressure glucose levels, etc. That is innovation. Otherwise it's pure marketing BS.

Comment: Re:Strictly speaking... (Score 1) 417

They can actually becoming rather acidic. Increase in CO2 results in its absorption by the oceans as carbonic acid (H2CO3), with related decrease in pH. This is responsible for bleaching and ultimately from making life in the acqueus environment impossible. It's obviously a matter of concentration.

Comment: Answer: 9 out of 91 (Score 1) 214

9 out of 91 are actual scientist or their discipline *somehow* has something to do with science. All the others do not. Look, everybody is entitled to their opinion and advocate for a particular change within their community. But this isn't any different than, say, a (small) group of citizens advocating for something that affects their community. The real question is: What about the vast majority of other academics at Harvard whose field of expertize would be more insightful towards this goal? Why are they not on it? Answer: because energy policy is difficult, and cannot be trivialized. You only make it simple IF you think it's simple and you have no idea of the overall capabilities, policy, economics and scientific/technological opportunities available today.

Comment: It's not just about cost, but it's also about feat (Score 1) 409

by feranick (#46534161) Attached to: Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?
I agree that more sensible and truly free solutions like libreoffice offer the best compromise. But it's not only about freedom, it's also about features. If you do very light work, GDocs are OK. But anything a little more sophisticated than a simple letter or a basic spreadsheet are completely mishandled by GDocs (mostly in their mobile version). What I am saying is that while GDocs are very convenient, I end up using an actual suite (MS Office or Libreoffice) because of the full set of features that it provides. GDocs simply doesn't cut it. It would be about time for Google to get serious and provide a product that it's not just free but also capable to satisfy the needs of more advanced users. Libreoffice, under these circumstances, is the best option.

Comment: knowledge is what matters. (Score 2) 281

by feranick (#46500833) Attached to: Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It
The article seem to imply, that real and best enterpreneaurs only make software companies. But actual innovation takes place in many other filelds. My point is that what makes the difference and is precursor to success is knoledge and ingenuity. While you can argue that the latter does not require formal education, for knowledge that might not be true. For a software company once you actually master the tools required, education is probably not always needed (although, it won't hurt or actually may be beneficial, see Jeff Bezos). The "kid coder" prototype is what made Zuckerberg and the likes. Other fields are much much different. How can you run a biotech company based on your own non formal education? Or a nanotech company? All of the companies where knowledge cannot be acquired simply by having a computer at your disposal, require some form of formal education. Look at any biotech management to see what I mean.

Comment: Lack of innovation on the low-end (Score 1) 205

by feranick (#46431207) Attached to: Firefox OS Will Become the Mobile OS To Beat
It's no secret that innovation in the low-end of the market is high on the priority of manufacturers. Margins are low, and in combination with carrier policies, it's much more profitable to focus on high end handsets. Low end one are few years ago tech, repackaged, with unoptimized software. Google itself has been guilty of pushing Android to perform well on the high end, neglecting the low-end. Gingerbread still lives because it is the last Android OS to perform somehow well on low-end hardware. Even Google Glass, heck, runs on Ice Cream Sandwich, because Jelly Beans is too heavy for it. KitKatt is supposed to bring a fresh approach to low-end devices, we will need to wait and see. But there are clear responsibilities in software and hardware makers if such low performing devices exists. So, just like it did on the desktop, I hope Firefox OS will provide the incentive for the "other" OSes to push the boundaries on the low-end.

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