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Comment: Re:Android sells one and Half Billion every day (Score 1) 201

by santiago (#47970513) Attached to: Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Actually it's more like 7 billion (I think 6.9?) people on Earth, and he's saying that 1.5 billion Android phones are sold every day. I had no idea, but that's pretty impressive.

It just shows how quickly they stop supporting OS updates for most of those Android phones.

Comment: Re:Bananas vs Grapes (Score 1) 127

by santiago (#47950299) Attached to: 'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

Today's bananas are not the slippery bananas of vaudeville yore. The current cultivar of mass-produced banana is the Cavendish, which replaced the earlier Gros Michel when it started succumbing to widespread outbreaks of the Panama Disease fungus. Apart from having a somewhat different flavor and texture, they also have different peels, with the peel of the Gros Michel supposedly being much slipperier. Thus, the joke used to make a lot more sense (even though banana-related accidents were still a ridiculously rare occurrence in actual life).

Comment: Re: The worrisome part (Score 1) 233

by santiago (#47759731) Attached to: California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

Secretly I hope that the next Iphone won't have the killswitch and won't be sold in California. Let's see how long the treehuggers are still in control of this State after that.

You're aware that iPhones have already had Activation Lock since the release of iOS 7 a year ago, before this was mandated by anyone, right?

Comment: Freemium vs DLC (Score 3, Interesting) 139

by santiago (#47485323) Attached to: Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

What I wish app stores made it easier to do is to distinguish between apps that offer one-time DLC in the form additional content (e.g. more levels, maps, factions, game modes, etc.) vs freemium apps with repeatable purchases for in-game currency and power-ups (which you need to get around the "free" game's increasing difficulty and enforced waits). The former is fine, and a good way to let people try-before-they-buy, but the latter is a toxic plague of money-grubbing crapware. As-is, I have to do things like drill down into the list of top in-app purchases and read the titles to see if consists of things like "level pack" or "10,000 gems". I'd also love it if they showed what percentage of users buy which in-app purchases, or the median amount of money spent per user on in-app purchases.

Comment: Re:Anyone else remember... (Score 2) 126

by santiago (#47329743) Attached to: Google Demos Modular Phone That (Almost) Actually Works

It's totally possible to build them. They're just going to be twice as thick and 50% heavier than an all-in-one device, so a few weirdos who post on Slashdot will buy them so they can feel smug about how modular their phones are, while everyone else will keep on buying the thinnest, lightest (or cheapest) phones they can find.

Comment: Not just games! (Score 5, Funny) 285

by santiago (#45800591) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will You Start Your Kids On Classic Games Or Newer Games?

Before my daughter gets to ride in a fancy-pants self-driving car, she's going to start in a Model T, with a steering rod and a hand-cranked starter. And that's only if she's mastered horse-riding first! Also, we're only speaking to her in Latin and Ancient Greek for now, gradually working our way up to modern English and Spanish by the time she's around 10. She's gonna love some of these Jacquard Loom games I've printed out from an abandonware punch-card site...

Comment: Re: GOOGLE DOESN'T CARE ABOUT ERRORS !!! (Score 3, Insightful) 225

by santiago (#43511281) Attached to: The Eternal Mainframe

You have no idea what you're talking about. Dropping the occasional search result is fine, but what about failing to record billing for the ad system, dropping mails you were supposed to receive in your Gmail account, or failing to save the doc you were editing? Google does a lot more than serve search results, and most of that needs to work every single time.

The fact of the matter is that even the most expensive hardware eventually fails, so your software needs to be able to deal with it and fall back to working units. Once you've written your software to handle hardware failures, you can run on really cheap hardware. And, it turns out that buying a lot of really cheap computers some of which are broken all the time gets you way more computing power than trying to buy a few really robust machines.

Comment: Re:Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge (Score 3, Informative) 372

by santiago (#39874421) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Comic Books To Start My 3-Year-Old With?

Absolutely. Look for the ones by Carl Barks.

And Don Rosa, too, who has carried on Carl Barks's tradition of complex, well-written stories that are accessible enough for children but interesting enough for adults and which incorporate lots of actual details from real-world history and mythology.

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