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Comment Re:The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 417

Mmm. Yeah, although listening to music *and* using the car's nav can be too much for it. A year or so ago I was driving in L.A. and using the car's nav as well as playing music from a USB drive when the music stopped and the map froze.

About 5 minutes later the "My Ford Touch" screen displayed a message indicating it was performing scheduled maintenance (Ford Speak for "WinCE is rebooting") and once it finished, it started working again. I chose not to resume the nav session and switched to using the phone for navigation instead.

I haven't had a recurrence, but that's probably because I mainly use the phone for all navigation now. The car does fairly well if all you want is to play music from USB.

Comment Re: The Homer! (FP?) (Score 1) 417

My Fusion had *6* months of free Sirius/XM. I may have listened to it for a grand total of 15 minutes over that 6 months.
  I don't have a physical Sirius button, it's simply a source on the entertainment list on the touchscreen.

On the other hand, I did pay for the Travelink service from Sirius, since I actually found that to be useful -- it provides traffic overlays on the nav system, weather and gas prices. Also sports scores, movie listings and ski reports, although I can't imagine any of those being useful.

It also came with 3 free years of Sync Services, which is a low budget variation of OnStar. It uses your phone to connect to the service -- not using your data connection, but by using your phone as a dialup *modem*.

Comment Re:Backers don't want DRM (Score 2) 128

If you read the comments on the kickstarter, most of the people who are saying "We never wanted DRM" have specific reasons for wanting a non-DRM device. Mostly having to do with playing from their own internal sources.

None of those were interested in Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon etc. for *this* device. Several commented that there are inexpensive devices available for that kind of content if they wanted it, but that wasn't why they backed this project.

So you're wrong that most of them did not understand what they wanted.

Comment Re:"there was no acknowledgment that ..." (Score 2) 279

I'm probably in Google+'s primary demographic, and I probably would have signed up if they hadn't tried so hard to force me.

That and their forced "real name" policy. If they hadn't tried so hard to force me into *that* I might have gone along with it too -- my name is very common and my real name is more anonymous than my usual "handle." But there were rumors of people losing their other Google services for violating the real name policy, and those other services were far more valuable to me than any social network.

Yes, Facebook has the same kind of real name policy, but if I lose all my Facebook services, oh well.

Comment Re:No Compromises (Score 1) 154

My first smartphone was a Motorola OG Droid with a side-out keyboard. it was one of the reasons I got that phone.

And then I discovered Swype and found that I never actually used the physical keyboard. Once I figured out that I could switch between the Hacker Keyboard for ssh sessions and Swype for everything else, the virtual keyboard became much less of a pain to deal with than the physical keyboard. Even with the tiny, low-res screen on the old Droid, the virtual keyboard was better. With newer phones that have better screens, the amount of screen real estate that gets covered by the virtual keyboard is not much of a problem.

Comment Re:boohoo (Score 1) 203

Where did you hear that Lollipop was unaffected or that *any* non-stock AOSP ROMs are unaffected?

According to the article, there have been *some* mitigation features in all versions Jellybean and later, but that even the Nexus 6 with the latest firmware has only blocked *some* of the vulnerabilities.

It is impossible to travel faster than light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off. -- Woody Allen