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Comment: Cursive (Score 1) 70

by tepples (#49499985) Attached to: Google Adds Handwriting Input To Android

Or is recognising and distinguishing between those thousands if not tens of thousands of different Chinese characters really that much easier than the 26 letters (well, make that 52 to account for capitals) in our alphabet?

Joined-up cursive writing in the Latin alphabet is very different from drawing each stroke of a Chinese character. I used to have a Newton MessagePad 2000 and it worked mostly because I stuck to manuscript (separate letters).

Comment: Re:Banking on a Fire Phone (Score 1) 235

by tepples (#49493289) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post

To end the Google Play hegemony, you have to show demand for services outside Google Play. Try this:

  1. Find a competing bank whose app is on Amazon Appstore. You'll need its name in a later step.
  2. Pack a Fire Phone or one of the Kindle Fire models with a rear facing camera.
  3. Visit a branch, and ask how to deposit a check. If they say no can do, find a polite way to ask "What can Barclays offer me that $other_bank can't?"

Comment: Any revenue model on F-Droid? (Score 1) 175

by tepples (#49490393) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

F-Droid excludes all non-free software. And by default, it hides apps with antifeatures such as advertisements and reliance on non-free add-ons or services. So how are the developers of an app on F-Droid supposed to keep a roof over their heads? And would your suggestion also work for games?

Comment: Recurring fee to run your code on your own device (Score 1) 235

by tepples (#49489519) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post

And if you really don't want to be linked to Google yet do want online services, buy an iPhone or a Windows phone.

So what if I want to use services that aren't Google's, but I also want to be able to write my own programs for the device without having to pay the $99/year certificate tax to the publisher of the device's operating system?

Comment: Where is Android pod touch? (Score 1) 235

by tepples (#49489489) Attached to: Google Responds To EU Antitrust Claims In Android Blog Post

You need to have a sufficiently large market share that your actions distort the market to be considered a problem.

I was under the impression that in the market for 4 to 5 inch tablets, the iPod touch had "a sufficiently large market share". Can you name any serious competitors in that size range that aren't either A. iOS based or B. intended for use with a cellular network?

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354