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

by jdgeorge (#40470127) Attached to: Google Unveils Nexus 7 Tablet, Nexus Q 'Social Streaming Device'

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

by jdgeorge (#40467955) Attached to: Lying Online No Longer a Crime In Rhode Island

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

by jdgeorge (#40452225) Attached to: Facebook Says Your Email Is @Facebook

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

by jdgeorge (#40443395) Attached to: Fundamentalist Schools Using "Nessie" To Disprove Evolution

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

by jdgeorge (#40361483) Attached to: <em>The Hobbit's</em> Higher Frame Rate To Cost Theater Operators

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

by jdgeorge (#40327131) Attached to: Bonobos Join Chimps As Closest Human Relatives

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).

You cannot have a science without measurement. -- R. W. Hamming