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Comment: Re:Survival (Score 1) 291

by thegarbz (#48025615) Attached to: Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Missing the point that we're talking about consumers here and that not all of us live on the bottom of a cliff with a giant elevated water reservoir. Tell you right now that if you actually are following the thread rather than mindlessly nitpicking parent post facts then pumped hydro is about the only technology you will NEVER see in a house and is an absolutely TERRIBLE idea.

Comment: Re:Android version req - long time coming (Score 1) 345

but the stupid google apps re-enable themselves, chewing up my precious rmemory and making my phone sluggish garbage.

The only thing you may be in the minority about is knowing how Android works. Do yourself a favour and load some debugging tools and find out just how many of your precious resources these apps take up. For some of the ones you don't want, think of them as APIs. Google TTS for instance does nothing unless called upon.

Googles "don't be evil" policy died several years ago and it's progressively getting worse.
Infact I've got to be honest, at this point, I haven't seen them do ANYTHING cool or amazing or "oh man, those amazing guys, god they are so great!" in several years, just worse and worse shit.
I genuinely believe they are worse than Microsoft ever was at this point.

Never go full retard man.

Comment: Re:worse than crapware (Score 1) 345

Actually, it is crapware, at least as I see it. I have no use for social media sites and I'm not a 13 year old girl, so I'm never going to use anything named "Hangouts". If I have to have it installed on my device and I'm never going to use it then it is crapware.

Ok so you don't like social apps. Now tell me how you feel about having a market place for apps, a keyboard, the system level text-to-speech interface, google maps, a browser, a print service, an easy to access search function, ... the list of Google apps that are almost necessary to the Android experience goes on yet people keep using the word crapware. I wonder what my computer would be like if I installed an OS which had no browser or ability to print.

But it is worse than the crapware installed on a laptop. While the manufacturers think nothing of selling a laptop with an undersized hard disk ad then filling that disk space with crapware, at least I can uninstall the crapware on a laptop and recover the space. On Android, by Google's own design, you can't simply uninstall the crap that has been pre-loaded on your tablet. Significant amounts of very limited flash memory

You had me until you said Significant amounts of very limited flash memory. Google's complete app package takes up a pittance of the total OS even including those features required on a system level like a text-to-speech engine and a keyboard.

The reason you can't uninstall them is the same reason your laptop which allows you to delete everything will come with a multi-gigabyte large recovery partition hidden from the OS. The default apps are read-only to facilitate a factory reset. Nothing more. Don't like the apps? Hide them. If you seriously have problems with storage space then maybe you should spend more than $50 on your next Android phone, or get one with an SDcard slot.

Comment: Re:Root it (Score 1) 345

As for quoted response - imagine buying a PC during 90s era where you didn't have enough permission to uninstall AOL. Plus you'd get prompted for AOL credentials to use unrelated productivity software. Even MS in its prime wasn't that evil. Google, on other hand...

Erm IE?

Also while we're being pedantic which unrelated app are you using that requires you to hand over Google credentials? Think carefully about what you are doing before you respond considering you can use any Android device without even having a Google account (though installing apps becomes a bit of a pain).

Comment: Re:Android version req - long time coming (Score 4, Informative) 345

but 20 different applications sounds awfully overbearing.

The reason this sounds overbearing is that not all apps are immediately customer visible. Consider looking up the Play Store and search by the vendor Google Inc. and you'll get a lot of things that your phone already has by default without you realising:

Text-To-Speech Engine
Voice Search
Google Now
Google Cloud Print

These apps are already part of nearly every Android install as it is. Some of the rest of the 20 can be due to Google's (IMO silly) decision to split Play store content by type:

Play Newsstand
Play Books
Play Movies
Play Games
Play Music

So what is really left? 4 apps? I probably won't notice or care if 4 additional apps are installed on my phone, especially if it eliminates some of the crapware that already comes with it.

Not all "crapware" is "crapware" when you realise that they are functions of a system that you already use. i.e. do you consider the Windows Print Spooler crapware too? As usual the article is sensationalist and people are freaking out.

Comment: A content problem (Score 4, Insightful) 94

by thegarbz (#48017823) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Multimedia-Based Wiki For Learning and Business Procedures?

The problem with any system is content. You said all Wikis have failed so far, have you figured out why? The answer may not be in the format itself but rather the content it provides. If you can't get the content right, and most importantly relevant, then it doesn't matter what technology you will use.

My suggestion is before you even consider doing this you need buyin from the various departments you support to help create content. If you launch with little you will be irrelevant. If you put it off long enough to fill it and make it useful then you may have a chance of surviving.

"Build it and they will come" does not apply here.

Comment: Re:Cost (Score 2) 115

by thegarbz (#48017197) Attached to: World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

The IoT does not mean your fridge. Every idiot keeps posting about their fridges for some reason when IoT is discussed.

IoT is about having data available at all times. Since you people keep harping on the fridge example let me give you a good example. Is it going to benefit you in your house? No. What about if you owned a large store? Or you are a big company with some 100 fridges throughout the building. Having fridges able to continuously upload diagnostics about power use, time door spent open, and temperature can give you an indication of mechanical failure or tell if you seals are worn. This may save you real money in the form of power bills or savings by not having a service man come out every month.

Comment: Re:how mush pressure does it take accounting (Score 2) 299

by thegarbz (#48011293) Attached to: Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

the very best stainless never rusts and is non magnetic and expensive.

Of course it never rusts. Rust is the formation of Iron Oxide. That last word is key, "oxide". Quality stainless steel (as with aluminium and titanium) do not rust, but they most definitely do oxidise, they are just more resistant to it than iron.

See the key part of stainless is that the alloys form a protective coating on it which prevents oxidation. When scratched the coating slowly reforms. However there are many cases where this coating can be continuously damaged and oxidation will occur. It doesn't look like "rust" but it definitely is the same mechanism. Tightening stainless on stainless is a classic case which is also why stainless bolts are very sensitive to galling if you don't use a protective grease when you put them together.

There's no such thing as "crap" stainless steel, and expensive does not automatically mean "good" either. Stainless steel comes in many forms and grades which have different purposes and are used for different things. "Austentitic stainless sucks" is 100% false for many applications, but 100% for others. Your pot is likely 304SS, most good pots are. It's far from the most expensive stainless steel but it's great for cooking applications.

Comment: Re:Copter data (Score 1) 91

by thegarbz (#48008075) Attached to: DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

But really, work out the business case.

I live in Brisbane with several small inhabited Islands off the cost. It costs Australia Post about $200 to do delivery / collection to the island in transit fees for the barge, not to mention that it puts the truck out of order while it sits on the boat.

I can definitely see a business case for this. A simple small letter does not need a truck to come pick it up. Weekly mail deliveries can be done more frequently and the large stuff can be reserved for a truck when need be.

Comment: Re:Copter data (Score 1) 91

by thegarbz (#48008071) Attached to: DHL Goes Live With 'Parcelcopter' Drone Delivery Service

Aside from the technical limitations already mentioned there's a physical limitation too. Go and have a look at the prop span of a helicopter and look at injuries too.

For an autonomous system I like my blades at high speed and low momentum. Having flown my quad into myself it was no fun, but nothing a few bandaids couldn't fix. On the other hand the last injury I heard using a helicopter involved near complete decapitation. It's a whole world more dangerous having a large prop span.

Also there's the number of moving parts issue. A quad has 4 motors. Motors are very reliable with the only thing that can really fail being a set of bearings (which don't involve falling out of the sky) or electronics failure (which is common to both types aircraft). A helicopter on the other hand has swashplates to tilt blades as the rotor spins, and they are not only expensive, but on a small scale not the most reliable from what I can gather. The only person I know with an RC helicopter of any size says he services his every few months, quite a bit more than the never I do to mine (save for checking the various bolts are tight).

Comment: Re:Neither (Score 1) 307

by thegarbz (#48008019) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

If you want to put out apps that people will call good... do the extra mile and code for that platform.

I can with the authority of someone who tries, jumps between and uses a LOT of apps say that the one thing has nothing to do with the other.

Crap apps are always crap regardless of language and portability.
Good apps are always good regardless of language and portability.

Specific function apps coded for specific hardware can be good or crap, but force you down a particular language.

Comment: Re: Paid oil trolls are censoring posts like this (Score 1) 49

It doesn't which leads me to ask why they would collect the inadmissible one in the first place.

Also your post fails Occams Razor but sure let's just keep on thinking that oil companies spend time and effort trawling through obscure sites looking for references and then look up users they can pay to post comments. Because what happens on Slashdot as far as the resources industry is concern really makes a reputable difference... / sarcasm.

He's dead, Jim.