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Comment Re:Jellybean looks very nice (Score 5, Informative) 261 261

The more significant argument for developing on iOS is that Apple users spend more money on apps.

Regarding the comments about Android's painfully slow (or nonexistent) upgrade schedule for existing devices, Google is obviously trying to address this problem by making it easier for hardware manufacturers to port new Android versions for their platform using the new PDK.

However, I suspect that the Android hardware manufacturers are torn about upgrading. Their current model (except for the Nexus series) is that people have to buy a new device in order to get a new Android version. As a consumer, it sucks. As a manufacturer, it's a dangerous, game, as it tempts people to abandon Android for Apple, where new OS versions are rolled out (pretty much) across all the hardware.

Comment Re:Fiction is truth! Libertarians rejoice! (Score 1) 127 127

Let's define terms here: Lying means intentionally making statements to lead people to believe something that the liar knows isn't true.

We lie all the time

Speak for yourself.

And the common sense was that about everything smalltalk can be deconstructed to be purely lying: "Good Morning".

False example. In common parlance, "Good morning" is a short form of something like "I wish you a good morning", not a statement that it is, or has been, a good morning.

imagine contractual talks without small or big lies ("$1000 will be my last offer.", and then they finally agree to $1100). Why this should be punishable per se if it happens online is not clear.

It looks as if part of your point is that because many people in our society lie in order to advance their desires (as in your example of contract negotiation), lying is therefore required and therefore acceptable.

Lying is NOT necessary. However, many people fear that the consequence of being truthful may be greater than the consequence of lying.
The rationale for lying not being against the law most of the time is that it would be nearly impossible to enforce, the most obviously damaging instances of lying are already illegal (fraud, slander, libel, etc), and people presume that most lies are not harmful, because the negative effects are not immediately visible.

Comment Re:i don't really like bill gates that much but... (Score 3, Insightful) 575 575

I completely agree with his assessment

I'm with you. Although, in 50 years, Bill Gates will be remembered for his work as a philanthropist, not as a software tycoon. And in that light, I feel pretty good about Bill Gates these days.

Comment Re:There is not even a way to remove it! (Score 4, Insightful) 346 346

Consider the intent of Facebook's email service: To remove people's need or desire to use Google services (Gmail, in this case). The big picture goal is that Facebook effectively becomes the Internet for people, the way AOL used to be.

For the spammer, the value of Facebook email is not clear, but Google's spam filtering isn't doing spammers any favors. It's possible that Facebook's spam filters will be as effective (or more? who knows) as Google's.

Comment Re:They are even dumber than they seem. (Score 1) 936 936

Animals only need to evolve when their environments change.

(Ok, they have shanged some since the cretatious as the wiki article says)

More to the point: The surviving animals are the ones who are better suited to (or adapt more easily to) their environment than their competitors.

Remember that next time you clean the dinosaur feces off your car.

Comment Re:In other news (Score 4, Interesting) 710 710

The "stuttering" effect you are accustomed to seeing when you watch movies at home is an effect of the movies frame rate not being accurately reproduced by your TV. A 120Hz TV solves this problem for 24 fps movies.

Unfortunately, 48fps will require me to get a 240Hz display to solve the same problem.

Comment Re:Bonobo Chimpanzee (Score 1) 259 259

Bonobos and chimps have interbreeded succesfully. They differ genetically less than some groups of humans do.

Seriously, cite your source if you're going to say stuff like this.
Have chimps and bonobos interbred and produced fertile offspring? Yes, there have been bonobo/chimp matings that produced live offspring, but were the offspring fertile? (None of the information I found appears to answer that question).

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