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Comment Missing the point... (Score 1) 80

This changes absolutely nothing. We are not talking about core Android, but Google specific apps. These are already only and uniquely updated by the play store, even if they come preinstalled. These apps are not in AOSP. The change will make them optional to install. That's it. All of Android's security issues remains just the same.

Comment Re:Playing devil's advocate here... (Score 2) 668

What's wrong with having placebo? Nothing, as long as they are labelled as such. Labeling them as something that might sound like it works although it's only placebo, is misleading marketing and advertising. It's like I see you a car with no breaks, but I will tell of its secret powers of stopping itself. You can believe in it if you want, but it is a fact of life that I sold you a lie. Same for homeopathy.

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

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

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

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.

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