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Comment: Re:You don't have to have google apps in your droi (Score 1) 163

by nightfire-unique (#46240957) Attached to: Google Apps License Forbids Forking, Promotes Google Services

Ouch. I don't been to be a downer, because I love competition and consumer choice, especially in the computing market.

But, I gotta say. This "other half" gimmick is about the most idiotic thing I have ever seen. Trying to sell themes, backgrounds, etc., by manufacturing hardware backs with RFID chips? Seriously?

Phone! I'm in a bad mood. "Applying bad mood theme. Done."

Or am I missing something?

Comment: It sounds harsh, but (Score 2, Interesting) 255

by nightfire-unique (#45978677) Attached to: Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps

The entire Google maps leadership team should be fired.

Google is in the (almost) unique position of having outstanding cartographical data, satellite imagery, realtime traffic information, and access to user searches and email.

They could have built an incredible mapping platform with hierarchical point and route storage and sharing, GPX import/export, realtime location sharing (ie. latitude), advanced planning, map overlays, user reporting on traffic incidents/roadblocks/radar..

A year ago, they seemed to be heading in this direction.

Instead, they've slowly been stripping away the features they had that made it useful.

I remember looking upon the Google Maps iPhone app 6 months ago in horror. How do I send my own location? How do I see a topographical view? Why do selected locations snap to the nearest road? Why can't I measure distance, or plan a route in advance? Why can't I save a place, and give it a different name? I laughed, smug in the superiority of my Android version. I thought nice play, Google.. way to stick it to iPhone users, and offer them a compelling reason to switch to Android!

Little known to me at the time, my preferred platform would suffer the same fate. The abomination that was Google Maps on iPhone was ported, and pushed out to Android as well! Now who's laughing, right?

I am literally dumbfounded. Android's old maps application (6.14) was good. Not perfect, but good. The new version is laughable. No more latitude. No more labs. No more topographical maps. No more realtime transit navigation. No zoom buttons for one-handed use. No dedicated navigation button. No arrows pointing the direction of each search result. Bizarre, distracting user interface with clunky "3D" wipes. Still can't share your current location.

It doesn't surprise me at all that they're starting to remove features from the new Maps for web.

I'm almost certain that it's a move to convert the platform from data to advertisement. Less focus on what is actual (corner of 5th and E17th), and what is sponsored (Feel like McDonalds? Here are some locations!). I only hope that competition moves in to eat their lunch, and everyone who was involved in gutting it is offered a package.

Comment: Netflix should sue (Score 2) 383

by nightfire-unique (#45953659) Attached to: Federal Court Kills Net Neutrality, Says FCC Lacks Authority.

Netflix should very loudly sue all of the major ISPs in the states, asking the court to affirm its right to reach its users at the same rate content-partners (or other business units) of the ISP pay.

They should make all sorts of noise about anti-competitive practices, damage to the Internet, corruption and bribery, lack of last-mile competition, lack of common-carrier status, etc.

They wouldn't win any judgments, but at least they could provide exposure and coverage in mainstream media so more of the population would grasp what's at stake here.

Comment: Google may miss the boat, yet (Score 0) 106

by nightfire-unique (#45093363) Attached to: Lenovo Shows Android Laptop In Leaked User Manuals

I was a Google advocate and an Android fanatic a couple years ago, but it seems to me that they have shifted focus to emulating Apple, eliminating functionality, and, worryingly, ignoring bug reports.

Consider:

- Latest maps update removes swathes of important functionality, is significantly less useful, and looks "better" than the previous version
- As of Android 4.3, the base OS still does not support correct mouse-driven cut and paste, or right-click to open context menu
- Alt-tab does not function correctly; first press merely opens the "recents" menu. A second press is required to actually switch apps, inconsistent with every other major platform available today
- No real, consistent window-mode infrastructure in place
- Still bundled with non-standard, poor quality unix-level utilities
- As others have pointed out, the Nexus 7 2013 ships with a buggy bluetooth configuration that breaks keyboard compability. That this trivial-to-fix issue was not a sev1 defect speaks volumes as to Android's direction!

It saddens me to see Google focusing on decommissioning useful services like Latitude to try to rope people into Google+ (a silly place for user location services) and Android UI "enhancements" while the market is clearly moving towards device integration.

They may yet turn out to be the next RIM: focused on irrelevant things while their competitors (some yet to be visible) build the infrastructure that will be demanded in 5 years. They may wake up down the road unable to compete with a competitor who has spent this time looking forward.

Google: Please focus on desktop functionality, proper unix integration, and product feature set! Leave the customers who demand a limited, cutesy UI to Apple!

/rant

Comment: Re:Margin compression (Score 1) 251

by nightfire-unique (#44370907) Attached to: Apple Profit Falls 22% But iPhone Sales Are Up

No, it rather means that people are finally understanding that a tablet is a novelty. The only time I hear someone talking about how great their iPad (or other tablet) is when they are talking about how much their (less than 10 year old) kid enjoys it

I use my Nexus 7 daily. Some of the things I use it for:

- Kindle
- Web browsing / youtube out on the deck
- Advanced planning / 2nd head ship navigation while sailing (Navionics)
- Advanced route planning while in the backcountry (Locus Pro)
- Movies in bed
- Google magazine (Backpacker, Sailing World, etc)

My girlfriend also uses it at school when painting so that she doesn't have to print images out.

Admittedly, there is a lot of crossover potential with my S3. But to suggest that it's a novelty is a little silly at this point, don't you think?

Comment: Re:Let's Break This Down (Score 1) 55

by nightfire-unique (#44319881) Attached to: New Android Eyewear Wants To Compete With Google Glass

Nobody wants to wear computers.

How is carrying a smartphone around in your pocket all day not wearing a computer?

Wearable displays can't come soon enough for me. I would love to be able to walk around while I attend conference calls, have chart overlays while I'm sailing, and not have to stare down at my phone while watching TV shows at the gym.

I'm also reasonably sure I'm not alone in this!

Comment: Re:Always a letdown. (Score 0) 209

No they won't. There is a certain cult that treats science as a religion and refuses to understand that there are basic laws of physics that constrain us. FTL communication causes a litany of paradoxes and trying to turn quantum entanglement into a FTL communication device shows a fundamental lack of understanding of what is going on.

+4, Insightful? Really slashdot?

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.

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