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Comment: Re:Size (Score 1) 324

by jareth-0205 (#48882889) Attached to: What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

Live in terror and hide. Lots of hidden cameras that cost a fraction of the cost of Google glass!
Your doomed everyone is spying on you because you are so interesting!
This all hype driven garbage.

You're not thinking of the near future. Mass data storage of all video recorded anywhere + face recognition + trawling of video of you for embarassing / illegal behaviour. It's not hard to be worried for good reason, society needs the ability to *not* notice everything, and to forget. There are so many unknown and unclear laws that you are breaking some law all the time, you think adding the ability for that to be discovered will lead to a better society?

Comment: Re:Size (Score 1) 324

by jareth-0205 (#48874551) Attached to: What Will Google Glass 2.0 Need To Actually Succeed?

The world isn't black & white, despite what you seem to believe. Having no expectation of privacy is not the same as someone recording you and publishing your conversations... if I constantly followed you around with a videocamera that would be harassment.

Even in a public place there are expectations of "personal space", if "privacy" is too strong a word.

Comment: Re:"Half Baked"? (Score 4, Insightful) 241

by jareth-0205 (#48854883) Attached to: Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

Let's be clear that Tizen is actually the child of Nokia's and Intel's Linux-based OS that was known as Meego, which owed much of its existence to Nokia's Maemo Linux platform and Intel's Moblin. That's a lot of history, and Samsung has added more and more. Half-baked? What a bizarre term.

"Been fiddled with for ages" doesn't really mean it's mature or ready. The fact is hasn't been on any significant number of devices in the real world would be a big flag, there's alot of refinement that comes from *actual* use in the wild that you don't get from lab development.

Comment: Re:Jurors (Score 1) 303

If the prosecution tries to obfuscate, the judge can sanction them, and the jury can see they are being treated like fools. The basics of this case are not even technical:
1. Some people set up a marketplace where consenting adults could exchange goods and services.
2. The government thinks that should be a crime.

You or I might not personally agree that these goods should be considered criminal, but the fact that they're a crime goes a bit beyond "the government *thinking*". They *are* illegal.

Comment: Re:No matter how much power we gave them ... (Score 1) 319

by jareth-0205 (#48773807) Attached to: MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

As long as the top level politicians are disciples of the cult of Politically Correctness the real problem, the problem with the Islamic barbarism will still remain.

That is true. Admitting that there is a problem with islam would be a very big step towards improvement. But since this is categorically denied, it is not possible to find a solution.

BTW, the vast majority of the victims of radical islam are themselves muslims. Maybe it is time for muslims to stand up and say, no, peeps, contrary to what political correctness suggest, we actually do have a problem in our religion, and here in the west it is actually possible to do something about it.

The point, rather obviously, is not to exterminate muslims, but to make the fringes of islam less barbaric.

But there's a problem also with assuming that there's a systemic problem with a whole belief system like that. Even if it were true (which I don't think it is, and doesn't seem to be from the muslims that I know) if you start saying there's a problem with this group you single them out for discrimination which is exactly the sort of response that the extreme fringes want you to do.

Comment: Re:Seems obvious but... (Score 1) 325

by jareth-0205 (#48766595) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

Yeah cause wanting a laptop means you can infer developer ability. Wait, I can play this game too: I question *your* competence as a developer because you've just made a load of assumptions on a person based on virtually no evidence.

There's a bunch of reasons he could want a laptop, perhaps he works from different sites often?

Comment: Re:No. Fragmentation is. (Score 2) 437

by jareth-0205 (#48763995) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

I'm beginning to think that Android has a real fragmentation problem.

I don't know if you're deliberately taking the piss... you do know people have been saying this for years?

Still, no matter how much it is said it remains to be proved that this is an actual problem rather than an imagined one.

It would be best if Google focuses on offering a top-notch Android experience and - at the same time - alow for Geeks to fiddle with their devices, root them and such.

If Google implements a fixed release cylce and does end-user marketing whilst catering to the geek crows (opinion leaders) at the same time, then they can leapfrog the vendors messing with their own versions of android and allow for more seamless updates. In fact, I think they should offer customisation services for every vendor who want's their own visuals in the launcher and specifically support vendors who stick as close as possible to the mint Android experience.

So this is pretty much what they do do. That freedom to allow 'geeks' to fiddle with their devices is the same freedom the vendors use to customise (and occasionally improve) the experience.

Whatever they do, they have to put some effort into curbing fragmentation, because that's the number 1 thing that bugs Androids attractiveness.

(a) nothing you have suggested helps, you lose the ability to amend the system then you lose the freedom of the system.
(b) perhaps for you, but I doubt most people buying phones are that bothered about upgrades. The missteps that Apple and Google have made in upgrades recently have actually made people not want upgrades. ie, I like the device I bought, please don't change it.

Likewise, if Apple sticks to they minimised choices and manageble line of systems and devices, they'll continue to have the edge in that department and maintain their market, no matter how powerful Google gets in the low- and midrange global markets.

My 2 cents.

The idea that Apple owns the high-end and Android is only mid and low end is hopelessly out-of-date. Perhaps in the US, but the rest of the world Android sits at around 80% share and that is not just mid and low end devices.

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein