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Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 342

by American AC in Paris (#49791233) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

...a $350 Android phone is a high-end device--or, at best, at the upper end of mid-range. Roughly 60% of Android phones retail for $200 or less. (http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS25037214). The $350 price point lands right near the top quintile of all Android phones. By contrast, there does not exist a low-end iPhone for sale at retail. That's a conscious decision on Apple's part, and matches their overall M.O.

Your phone is not one of the low-end phones that give such a bad user experience. Your phone is quite nice--and quite expensive--compared to the fleet of Android devices as a whole.

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 342

by goombah99 (#49791143) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

I think you are making apple's point about fragmentation for them. Apple does not offer craptastic products. If you buy apple you know you are getting a fine product. THere used to be a saying that No one ever got fired for buying IBM. It means that even if you don't or cant do the due dilligence to become an expert there's one company you can trust not to give you a bad experience. Most people don't have your power of perception so that can't discriminate what's really different about the cheap android, the poorly thought out androiud and the perfect android. You can. But for everyone else it's much simpler and even less costly to just buy an apple and not have to spend the time and money it takes to become the expert. You also know that apple will always give you a path forward to the next iphone. When your uber phone becomes obsolete you have to do the research again to find its replacement. There's a lot of peace of mind in going apple. Fragmentation has hidden costs. that's why people get mad about it.

Comment: Re:Android to iDevice (Score 1) 342

by American AC in Paris (#49790593) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Android Gets Even Trickier

...well, that's sort of one of the features of Android. It's open, and it's run-on-what-have-you, so it should hardly be surprising that a significant chunk of the install base is running on cheap, low-end devices. It's a big part of the reason Android has such a large market share compared to iOS.

If Google can't pull low-end Android users onto high-end devices instead of iDevices, well, that's partly a failure of marketing, and partly the natural challenge of living in such a diverse world of devices. If a significant chunk of your market share consists of budget devices with bad user experiences that are targeted to non-technical users, you can hardly be surprised when those users clump the OS in with the phone itself.

Comment: C is not what people think it means (Score 4, Insightful) 215

by goombah99 (#49790579) Attached to: Ways To Travel Faster Than Light Without Violating Relativity

It's very easy to travel 100 light years in less than 100 years. Thus for all intents and purposes, one can travel distances at faster than the speed of light. The theory of relativity does not prevent this. You can without violating any laws accelerate a rocket ship at a comfortable 1g for as long as your fuel holds out. You will not get more massive. It will not take increasing amounts of fuel to maintain the 1g acceleration. If you accelerate for 1 year at 1g then you will know that you covering the distance to your destination at faster than the speed of light.

What is true about relativity is this: and OUTSIDE observer will see you traveling at less than the speed of light. But from your perspective you can travel across galaxies in your lifespan with ease. So for all intents and purposes, you can go faster than the speed of light provided we everything from your point of view (which is all that matters). We define speed as the distance to your destination measured in an inertia frame, divided by the time it takes you to get there, all measurements from your perspective.

the way reletivity is taught totally confuses people on this point: A HUMAN COULD EASILY TRAVEL ANYPLACE IN THE MILYWAY WITHIN THEIR LIFETIME WITH EXISTING TECHNOLOGY, except for the part about bringing your own fuel. we just don't know how to bring enough fuel to maintain a 1g acceleration for 50 years. This is why these new reactionless EM drives that NASA and others are toying with are really interesting. No doubt they are bullshit since they seem to defy newtons laws, but if it turns out they work.... see you on on the other side of the galaxy baby.

Comment: Dolby??? What's that. (Score 0) 103

by goombah99 (#49785933) Attached to: Microsoft Edge To Support Dolby Audio

Dolby means zip in the age of AAC et al. In the 80's dolby was a useful compander for your cassette tapes. Anyone could make a compander, but there had to be a standard. Dolby did the research, came out with a good one, and there ya go. Way better than no compander because of the physics of writing audio to magnetic media. In the 90s when the world had moved onto CDs and no compander was needed, They kept the name alive by introducing multi-channel stereo and big base to movie theaters. Again it was a standard and backed by research so it worked great. The shaking big base sound was novel too. So we got all the disaster movies, like who can forget Towering Inferno?
But we've been in the digital age since the 2000s and there's just nothing left for them to add. There's all sorts of formats for pristine audio (PONO) or streamed audio or 1000 songs in your pocket (AAC). these days your headphones matter more than the avialability of a good sound storage algorithm.
Dolby is just a name that people of a certain age will buy because if it's reputation from the days of Cassettes.

Comment: Re:How to read f*ucked up code (Score 1) 333

by pla (#49785471) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?
Other than "type var[size];" there is no primitive array type

I agree with most of what you said, but this one stumps me. You've just defined a primitive array - An array named var of type type and size size. Other than its... well, primitiveness (no fancy default conversions, no memory management, no overloads to deal with it as a whole), what about that syntax do you object to?

Comment: what's reassuring about this (Score 2) 62

by goombah99 (#49782489) Attached to: SpaceX Cleared For US Military Launches

I love it that the Military is making this a level playing field. In the past there have been instances where the Military industrial complex promised jobs to retiring Majors close to the purchase reccomendation process, tilting things. Then there's the stockholm syndrome and the nobody-ever-got-fired for buying IBM decision.
But for the past decade the military has gone very pragmatic. It's all about what protects the warfighter. What works. It even tells congress it doesn't actually want a lot of the boondoggles congress shoves down its throat. Not that it's in any way perfect or there aren't some empire builders left in the system. But it's really nice to see evidence of this in things like Space-X cutting in on these dance partners.

Comment: Re:Two quick fixes to mass replicate (Score 1) 232

by American AC in Paris (#49777397) Attached to: Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School

Sure, plenty of kids and teens would not get educated, but they're probably not get anything now either. You can't make a student that won't learn educated anymore than you can make a morbidly obese person who refuses to eat right healthy. Sometimes society is better off with such people being allowed to make themselves into warnings for others.

Setting aside the sheer depravity of this argument, we have ample historical context for what happens when society cuts off the neediest. France, Haiti, Cuba, China, Russia, Algeria, Egypt, India, Scotland, The Phillipines, Mexico--just to name a few places where social and political inequality have driven massive, bloody revolts.

Wealth and political power calcify with the already wealthy and powerful. The middle and working classes slowly lose what wealth they have through attrition. Poverty becomes a virtually inescapable sink of destitution. Eventually, enough people end up having quite literally nothing to lose that you get vicious, deadly, destructive revolutions that take generations to recover from.

If you insist on taking a "pragmatic" view of not even bothering to -try- to improve the lives of the impoverished, try to at least understand the historical ramifications of what you're arguing for.

Comment: Re:Falling forward not backward (Score 1) 397

by goombah99 (#49776229) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

wouldn't it make more sense, if there was an addendum to the peer review process that would be more along the lines of a peer priority publication review process? Something where the ignored gets to shout about it (if it's sound science, replicatable, testable, etc)

Try reading "Faculty of 1000" it is close to what you seek. Also Nature and Science also have small articles flagging cool results even if they are in other journals with informed comementaries.

Comment: Falling forward not backward (Score 3, Informative) 397

by goombah99 (#49774531) Attached to: Can Bad Scientific Practice Be Fixed?

I agree it's not a problem. As can be seen at Retraction Watch, lots of bad science if found out and retracted. That's a good thing not a bad thing. One could ask how much of published science is made up and undetected but a better question would be how many results are simply crappy in the data or crappy in the analysis. It surely dwarfs the latter. But who cares. If the result is important it will be replicated. if it's not important then no one will cite it.

ultimately it's the well cited articles that also get vetted by reproduction. Those constitute the body of science moving forward. the rest goes into the gutter of history.

In skiing the saying is, if you fall and your fall isn't forward your not being aggressive enough. It's the same in science. People will make errors. If they weren't then then were not paying for aggressive enough research.

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