It's why in 2007, every feature phone could get games, but there were only a handful. They were mostly copies of old arcade games and often cost $3/mo or so. No one developed more ambitious things because of the porting effort and size of the individual markets. A few bigger games would be made (I remember there was a God of War cell phone game), but it would only be on one carrier and maybe 2-3 phones.
We already have 3 platforms (4 if BBOS can survive), plus there are a few other little ones. We have choice and competition.
We don't need 8 or 15 options.
The Do Not Call list works very well for what it was intended to do. It stops legal calls from businesses you have no association with. Do you remember the "would you like to change long distance providers" calls? What if Dish Network could call you every week to ask you if you wanted to switch off cable?
The problem is that the DNC list does *nothing* to stop the following groups:
Congress chose to allow the first 3 for their own benefit, and no law can stop the fourth, only really tough enforcement and holding phone companies accountable.
Coal is 84% carbon, 10% oxygen, 4% hydrogen, and 2% nitrogen (or so). Short of nuclear fission or fusion, you're going to get carbon and oxygen out of it no matter what you do.
The question is how much energy you get out. If this process were twice as efficient (in terms of CO2 per MW) then it would still be a worthwhile improvement wouldn't it?
If they don't tinker with the OS, how are they supposed to add value?
Why, with what you're suggesting, they would just be commodity dumb pipes. When has a phone company ever admitted that?
You're not forced to take the update, but at least it's available to you if you want it.
Depending on the specific manufacturer/phone, an Android device may get a few updates, possibly very late, or none at all.
People are mad because (say) 500,000 manufacturing jobs were replaced with workers overseas. If 1,000 jobs are created here to manage those robots, that still leaves 499,000 people mad because their job doesn't exist any more.
And the truth is that there is a large difference between people making portable DVD players and people running the robots to make the portable DVD players. It's quite possible that very few of those 1,000 "saved" jobs would even be people in that original pool.
It's been done, but I'm having trouble finding links.
I know I've seen this on Thingiverse. I believe I've also seen people make negative molds on a Makerbot, use that to make a was positive, then use that to make a negative and cast from there.
Math is like love -- a simple idea but it can get complicated. -- R. Drabek