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Comment: Re:Why don't they just give up? (Score 1) 85

by unixisc (#49152469) Attached to: Microsoft Closing Two Phone Factories In China
I think their only cheap phones are their bottom of the line phones, like 510s. Above that, they are at par pricewise w/ iPhones and Galaxies. Problem is that they lack a lot of the apps that would make one want to prefer a smartphone to one of the older Symbian based phones. Hence they hardly move. In the Microsoft store in the city where I live, I've seen employees carry iPhones IN ADDITION to their Lumias.

Comment: Re:Why don't they just give up? (Score 1) 85

by unixisc (#49152465) Attached to: Microsoft Closing Two Phone Factories In China
I have seen a lot of garbage apps on Windows Phone, a lot of them being web wrappers. The hardware - the 510 is as cheap as anything else in the market, and in markets where people don't use phones to scan Q-readers, or read a credit card, or connect through an internet phone, or work for Uber, a Windows phone is just fine.

Comment: Re:Why don't they just give up? (Score 1) 85

by unixisc (#49152455) Attached to: Microsoft Closing Two Phone Factories In China

They already lost. Their market share is so tiny to the point that continuing existence would make no difference to their overall image.

The best thing they can do now is to make their own version of Android on Nokia and push the market bit by bit by superior quality / lower cost which means huge amounts of $$$, until all other brands are finished and then they could dump it.

It's not gonna happen though.

I somehow get the sense that they're headed that way! Like OneNote for Android, which one has to separately get from the Play store, allows you to draw, whereas the one that comes w/ Windows Phone doesn't! Go figure!

The OS and the UI themselves were fantastic, and unlike Windows 8.x for PCs, Windows Phone 8.x is great! Problem is that most great apps are either iOS only or iOS and Android, but most of them have punted on Windows Phone. My Lumia recently malfunctioned - the battery stopped charging. I had the opportunity to simply get it exchanged for another, but I grabbed the opportunity to replace it w/ a Moto-X, and I couldn't be happier.

Also, Verizon, while it still offers Windows Phones from HTC, seems to have stopped offering the Lumia Icons. The Windows Phones are probably now the smartphones for the Third World, where people don't use apps beyond Whatsapp, Camera, FaceBook, Twitter and Skype

Comment: Re:It's a step in the right direciton but... (Score 1) 631

by unixisc (#49144041) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

I disagree. Particularly w/ the decision to prevent Netflix from paying to establish faster lanes. I'm fine w/ banning ISPs from slowing down traffic.

What I would have liked, though, would have been the FCC ruling that content can't be blocked just b'cos it's available on TV. In other words, if you bought internet but not TV service from say, TWC, then when you hit a site that has either live feeds or a recording of an event, they shouldn't be able to prevent you from watching just b'cos you didn't buy the TV service w/ it.

Comment: Re:But... (Score 1) 257

by unixisc (#49124509) Attached to: The Case Against E-readers -- Why Digital Natives Prefer Reading On Paper

Having the ability to touch any word on the screen and have definitions, translations, and wikipedia entries pop up as you read (which is great for many of the older books) is a fantastic benefit over and beyond the simple fact that so many of the world's classics are available free of charge wherever you have internet access is a bonus that can't be overlooked. Honestly, in terms of studying books such as Gibbon's Fall of the Roman Empire, I find myself eternally grateful for such capabilities. Not to mention, if you can read the book on your cell phone, you always have the right reading material on the toilet. :)

Not just that, it's a lot easier to have tens or hundreds or thousands of books in a Kindle or an iPad. Particularly during moving. You don't have to worry about pages getting yellow, or particular books getting lost - once something is in your online library, it's there for good - unless and until you delete it.

Comment: Obama has solved global warming already (Score 1) 431

by unixisc (#49124487) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Can we take down the environmentalism straw man yet?


Well, when Obama came to power, global warming was pretty big on the agenda. Now, w/ the freezing temparatures even in the south, doesn't look like it's an issue anymore. With all the snow, he's really scaled global warming back to the point where we're now freezing. So Mr Obama, can you accept that you've done this job very successfully, and stop trying to stop global warming by vetoing this pipeline deal? Too much of a good thing....

Comment: Re:InGaAs? (Score 1) 279

by unixisc (#49124143) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

Silicon is only reaching its limits in the commercial space, where cost reductions are required, no matter how irrational. But in the military or aerospace sectors, stability is a lot more important, which is why those sectors are slow to move, if ever, and are willing to pay premium prices for yesterday's technology to be kept alive. For them, 500nm would be a lot more stable than even 50nm, let alone 10nm. They'd rather go w/ that, rather than go to an unstable yet expensive technology like GaAs, or even a shrink of silicon to the point where it gets unstable.

Also, Moore's law only made sense when it was extrapolated to mean that the number of transistors would keep doubling implies that the cost per transistor would keep getting halved. But now, the one no longer implies the other: while one can still get twice the silicon, the much more sophisticated processes and tooling required has actually increased the cost, and one of the few solutions to that has been to increase wafer diameters. The ISSCC would do well to recognize that a certain node - say 10nm - is the best that can happen, and then try and help get as much of the volume manufacturing to that point. However, older nodes from 500nm on down would still be needed for the foreseeable future.

Comment: Re:Shock might follow... (Score 1) 393

by unixisc (#49078063) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?
I quite agree. That 'window' of opportunity (in a manner of speaking) existed during the entire Windows 8.x fiasco, but neither Linux nor the BSDs seized the initiative. Now, Microsoft is in a comeback mode w/ Windows 10, and it's unlikely that that opportunity will come again anytime soon. Unless another Ballmer replaces Nadella anytime soon.

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