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Comment: the phone reports it (Score 2, Informative) 228

by jDeepbeep (#37454680) Attached to: Google Preps Devs For One-Size-Fits-All Android

Are they just going to have a few hardcoded presets(phone, tablet, TV?) that use the same architectural foundation? Will it be a single 'windowing' mechanism that follows certain layout rules that result in different effects based on screen size and DPI?

Android has been doing this for a while, choosing at runtime which resources to serve up based on DPI. The source tree of an Android app has 3 'drawable' directories under res/ (drawable-ldpi, drawable-mdpi, and drawable-hdpi) and it picks the best one for each situation.

Comment: G+ games (Score 3, Interesting) 154

by jDeepbeep (#37413330) Attached to: The Google+ API Is Released
Games on G+ can also reward you for spamming/recruiting your friends. Angry Birds on G+ for example will keep levels locked until you and your friends have a cumulative total of stars to unlock them, so naturally you want to get more people playing. Another game lets you ask for hearts to continue gameplay and equally you can donate hearts. The difference here though is people in your circles will not see all this game stuff unless they are also in their games stream.

Comment: public posts (Score 1) 154

by jDeepbeep (#37413266) Attached to: The Google+ API Is Released

I don't know anyone who makes public posts. That's kind of the entire point, which you appear to have missed

There are many I've found who use G+ as they use Twitter, IOW all public posts, like a broadcasting station/soapbox. I find what you say to be generally true of most other users though (including myself). I post daily but you wouldn't know it from my profile.

Comment: Helps the labels not the artists (Score 5, Informative) 536

by jDeepbeep (#37377870) Attached to: EU Extends Music Copyright to 70 Years
From TFA

The change applies to the copyright on studio recordings, which is often owned by record labels, rather than the right to the composition, which is owned by the songwriters.

Can't say I'm a bit surprised. I would hate for record labels to face an income gap toward the end of their lives.

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