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Comment: Re:Ecch ... (Score 1) 71

by mccrew (#47967741) Attached to: Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet focus on building awesome hardware. delivering an android phone with slightly different UI elements isn't going to differentiate you from your competitor.

Problem is that the hardware isn't really all that different. Look at phones and tablets - they're converging to pretty much the same look - thin mostly-black slabs, with rounded edges and big touch screen. Most platforms have the same sensors (accelerometers, GPS, etc.), similar screens, etc. That's not enough differentiation.

Why do people buy iPhones or Androids? It's all about the apps, the community, the experience, making a fashion statement. Pretty much everything other than hardware. The hardware's just something that's expected to be there to facilitate all the rest.

Comment: Don't you mean 4x the resolution? (Score 1) 140

by mccrew (#47655535) Attached to: Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space
Ok, nitpicking here, but whatever. If you go from 50 cm to 25 cm resolution, yes, that's double the resolution. But an image exists 2 dimensions, so it's double in the x direction and double in the y direction for a total improvement of 4 times. What used to be one pixel is now four.

Comment: Re:1% (Score 1) 148

by mccrew (#45747947) Attached to: IDC: 40 Percent of Developers Are 'Hobbyists'

I ... can crank out pretty much bug free code until the cows come home.

In my experience, one never stops creating bugs, they just get more subtle and harder to find. Nothing personal against you of course, but the statement above calls to mind the study that demonstrated how the less a person knew about a particular topic, the higher his level of confidence about his competence in that topic.

Comment: Re:All of them. (Score 1) 226

by mccrew (#44053297) Attached to: Google's Crazy Lack of Focus: Is It Really Serious About Enterprise?

There is no real reason why Google can't do all of these things.

Well actually there is one: as a public company, they are expected to maximize profits. Even with the myriad of interesting projects and products, 99% of Google's revenue and profit comes from search-based advertisements. At the end of the day, that's where they'll circle the wagons. Everything else is, well, everything else.


Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-look dept.
DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."
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United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

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