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Comment Re:Not actually available now (Score 1) 233

You do realise how you lose credibility when you accuse people of lying when you have no evidence that is the case? Have you never heard of popular products selling out? You sound like an entitled arse when you demand everything must be available for your personal use immediately. Earlier in this very thread people have reported getting theirs, so patently it was available.

Goliaths like Google and Apple struggle to get the right amount of stock on release day, because predicting demand is hard, let alone a charity with limited resources like RPi.

Comment Allow me to predict the comments (Score 4, Insightful) 233

"Why isn't it more powerful, I can get a Beaglebone/Banana Pi/Intel board for just a little more money with a faster processor"
"Why isn't it less powerful, the Arduino is more efficient"
"Why can't I have exactly what I imagine in my head for an impossibly small amount of money"
"It doesn't have ethernet/wifi/component video/USB hub so is therefore useless"
"The video code isn't free therefore IT IS PURE EVIL"

A computer as a magazine cover freebie is pretty cool...

Comment Re:Typical Liberal Thinking (Score 1) 109

They demanded plenty, and were a minority partner. You don't get to dictate every piece of policy in that position. At the time the consensus was that they got more than expected. They were hugely naive and let the Tories manipulate the next 5 years away from them, but at the time, they got more than most people thought they would.

If the negotiations had failed then absolutely we would have had a majority Tory government in a second general election within a few months, Labour were hugely unpopular.

Comment Re:Typical Liberal Thinking (Score 3, Insightful) 109

What really upset me was that they formed a government with the Tories in the first place. Ideologically they are far closer to Labour, and could have built a working coalition with them. A minority government was even an option. Instead they enabled the Tories.

I don't know how anybody can think this: the maths weren't there. They could form a stable coalition with the Tories, or cobble together a highly fractured coalition with almost everybody that wasn't the Tories, the so-called "rainbow coalition". It would have seemed hugely undemocratic, and allowed a clearly voted-out Prime Minister to stay on. A minority coalition would have lasted 5 minutes - it would have to agree internally and *then* try to find agreements with other parties.

The LibDems are closer to Labour, but they had very little choice. To stay out of coalition would have led to a minority Conservative government that wouldn't have to last long, just long enough for another election when the polls swung slightly their way.

Comment Re:Freedom be damned? (Score 1) 287

This is not a flamebait question: Isn't this the natural course of socialized medicine? Seriously, when I control your health care, how can you be free to choose the treatment you see best, especially if that "best treatment" is a placebo in the form of meditation and sugar pills? How can anyone expect any other outcome?

Are you for no regulation at all then? Any quack with any random snakeoil cure should be allowed to prey on the desperate? Nothing to do whether it's socalised or private, it's about whether you're going to enforce medical standards.

You can go to a homeopathic fraudster directly if you like, but don't expect to be referred there by a medical professional.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 166

Sorry, should have been more explicit: when I talked about "people not complaining" I mean "developers not complaining" (Well, we do, but dealing with this stuff is part of the job). I feel like you rather prove my point though - whenever you have customisable hardware you have occasional problems and even mature Windows has it.

But you're right in that you have less scope to fix things - atleast there's Cyanogen et al, but still not the same as messing in the registry or Linux scripts to work around an issue. Unfortunately ARM platform isn't as standardised as x86.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 166

My argument boils down to "Programming is difficult". And if you want any sort of variation in hardware then you're going to have to deal with that variation, or is the One True Apple Solution the only thing that we can aspire to, the only possible client device because we programmers want an easy life?

And yet, it's not that difficult, as I've said before I haven't noticed any difference in speed of development (or burden of maintenance) in the projects I've been working on, so the whole thing is moot.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 4, Informative) 166

There are 100s of Android devices, all with wildly different hardware specs. Just covering the most popular gives you about 25 devices to test, and every one of them will have family-specific bugs to iron out.

Yeah yeah, change the record. If you think this is a big issue then you have never programmed for Windows / web / any operating system that isn't the very brief device-limited situation that iOS is lucky enough to be in. Think how many devices there is possible on the desktop? But we don't whine about that because it's normal there. I suspect you're not a developer, because there is no way that "every" device has specific bugs to work around. That is entirely the point of an operating system... Device bugs happen occasionally but I can count on one hand in my career the times I've had to do it.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 5, Informative) 166

As an Android developer of the last 6 years, my opinion:

Is iOS simply more profitable?

In a word - yes. Android users tend not to buy apps directly, iOS there seems to be an acceptance that most good apps will be paid, and Android most apps are free. If you can get money out of the user in a different way (eg subscriptions made elsewhere) it seems more even, but as for mobile purchases, the culture around Apple is more willing.

Is Android harder to program or support? Is code easily portable?

There are different challenges certainly but all the teams I've worked in have moved at about the same speed. The myth that Android is hard to program doesn't bear-out in reality. I think libraries like Unity mean there are even less platform differences in games than with plan apps.

Do iOS devices have more hardware resources?

No, top-end Androids usually have more power than current iPhones, but iPhones are more homogenous, which makes tuning easier. Also they don't stick around as long (partly because Apple upgrade them into uselessness) so I think the average iPhone is newer than the average Android.

Comment Re:What? CO2 inconsistent? (Score 1) 208

"What is going on there?"

Politicians cashing in on the carefully nurtured panic about global warming and its association with CO2. They could have just said "the car more fuel than expected" ... but that is too tame to stir up the public with.

Or it's the emissions that we're concerned about, not the fuel usage. Sure, they go hand-in-hand, but from a regulation point of view we're worried about the pollutants more than the raw usage of fuel.

Comment Re:Youth who fail their social responsibilities. (Score 2) 167

Because of course there were never gangs of youths in the 60s or 70s. Oh, no, wait, Mods and Rockers - those times were *famous* for it.

You post just screams "conform, it doesn't matter what you do it's what we think you might do". Face it, you're old and have determined the youth of today are somehow inferior, like every ageing generation ever.

Comment Re:Don't answer your phone (Score 1) 216

Just don't answer your phone for any number that you don't recognize; if it's really important they'll leave a voicemail message. Debt collectors and scumbags don't leave messages, typically; there, problem solved.

How is that problem solved? You're still interrupted. You've still changed your phone habits to a whitelist - so will miss any calls, potentially important or emergency ones. (And then you have to check that voicemail, again inconveniencing you). You have to change your behaviour to out-of-the-ordinary to avoid dodgy new business practises.

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