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Comment: Re:Nexus (Score 1) 417

by turp182 (#49553029) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

Seconded (no karma available).

We're on our third Nexus 5 (all off Swappa used, they are $200 now...) after my wife took her's out of the case and cracked the screen real good (it's the backup phone now, just did the transfer yesterday).

Mine has a good case and has survived falls where I expected destruction (5 foot drop onto concrete, with direct corner impact). Get a good case.

Very solid with Kitkat and Lolipop. Still very powerful regarding performance.

For the record I did like my iPhone 4 (it was rock solid, but never updated and new games required the updates), but wanted a more open development environment for my phone platform.

Comment: MS is a "distant" #2? (Score 2) 76

by turp182 (#49546619) Attached to: Amazon's Profits Are Floating On a Cloud (Computing)

The summary appears incorrect. The linked article says that MS has annualized revenue of $6.3 billion from "cloud" business.

Google's $1.57 billion translates to an annual number of $6.28 billion from Amazon Web Services.

I'm not sure how either company defines what is included in those numbers.

Does anyone have better information or metrics?

Comment: Re:Oh Really? (Score 1) 297

Almost all of the best music ever is about 50 years old (The Who, Rolling Stones early stuff, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, etc.). I would even include the Beach Boys (Good Vibrations, 1964, 51 years old, I've listened to it twice in the last week, God Only Knows was 1966, 49 years old)...

Everything done in the mid-1960's and prior is 50 or older. The best time for music ever to me was 1965-1975. And 1965 was 50 years ago.

There is a metric shit-ton of money being made off this stuff.

Comment: Re:Makers or Service providers? (Score 1) 350

T-Mobile offers music streaming without it impacting your data usage, "from your favorite music services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, iTunes Radio, Rhapsody, and more."

So the profit incentive is not based on data usage, but in using music services (I'm assuming there's a kick back at some point from the service providers, otherwise the business model makes no sense).

Comment: Re:So what are the scams on Steam? (Score 1) 229

I was wondering about this also. I think the people targeted participate in the social features of Steam. I have 300 or so games (Corporate Lifestyle Simulator is my current burn time game) and have used Steam for many years. I have two "friends" on Steam.

Not one piece of spam or scammer contact, ever.

There are obviously sublevels of interaction I was not aware of. Until now.

Slightly interesting actually.

Comment: Re:Security checks in 199o's (Score 1) 294

With regards to flying in the US, everything changed in late 2001.

Flying in America was awesome back in the 1990s. In 1998, I flew to my honeymoon without ID (left it in the car) and we were able to catch an earlier flight at the overlay point. I was even allowed to go back on the first plane to find my ticket voucher which had dropped between the seats. And they asked two basic questions (Did you pack your bags? Did you accept items from strangers?).

I hate flying now. I imagine it's a lot like being processed jail, but more intrusive.

Comment: Re:Wa Da Tah (Score 1) 626

The first 15 minutes of that movie were solid Gold (I loved the belt).

I don't think the concept was flexible or deep enough for anything over short skits, certainly not a full length movie (A Night at the Roxbury is also in this category).

I thought Zoolander would also fall into this category and avoided it for a couple of years. But once I saw it and realized the comic genius that it is, it became one of my favorite movies.

BASIC is the Computer Science equivalent of `Scientific Creationism'.