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Comment: Re:Long/Short comment (Score 1) 231

by marcello_dl (#47972633) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

But android is getting more and more dependent on online services (Export import contacts or notes in a file? use of device as usb storage without funky protocols? dev tools non free?) and the other major OSes were not free in the first place. App ecosystems resemble the shareware scene of the 90s with all its good and bad effects.

That means that if marketing decides you can bloat the thing to make people buy newer phones you can do it.

So specs may matter.

Comment: Re:Bad idea. (Score 1) 101

by marcello_dl (#47953163) Attached to: Android Apps Now Unofficially Able To Run On Any Major Desktop OS

The IT market is based on incompatibility so fragmentation helps. Google, unofficially, can't care less, they are winning against apple, they basically have the mobile equivalent of windows plus crippleware.
Luckily the free software movement helps against this abomination, but the battle will be everlasting.

Comment: Re:Trustworthy Computing was a sham (Score 1) 99

by marcello_dl (#47952535) Attached to: Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group

If Microsoft, or anybody else, cared for the UX, we wouldn't have to relearn how to do the same old things every time a new edition of their systems is released.

When you read user experience, think about user lock-in through interfaces. Everything coming from MS Apple Canonical Gnome et al. will be understandable.

Comment: Re:well said! (Score 4, Insightful) 380

by marcello_dl (#47930055) Attached to: Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

It's also a matter of perspective. Systemd runs on the kernel not the other way round. So we have Linus upstream, watching the lovely daisies and the froglets jumping around, then Lennart & C pissing in the stream, then a bunch of devs/sysadmins thinking "WTH Lennart", then, downstream, the unsuspecting masses.

Comment: Re:illogical captain (Score 1) 922

by marcello_dl (#47901955) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Sorry but you must take the transcendent into account, like you have to take the result of a division by zero into account, if only to say it is something that does not belong to the set of numbers. Unfortunately current atheism is about attributing qualities to the transcendent like all religions do and then pretending they are more rational than them. And nobody bats an eye, and calls sheep the churchgoers, LOL!
The simple choice of not believing is sufficient, without attempting proofs that fail the first time they attribute something to the transcendent (out of scope error, nothing of this universe is necessarily defined outside of it, not even the most basic principles, without introducing assumptions, which means you build a new religion).

"There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum." --Arthur C. Clarke