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Comment Re:You've got to get the charger with enough power (Score 1) 286

Mine does too. And even plugged into a wall, it takes well more than a few minutes of charging to last more than a half hour in the type of usage that drained the battery by the middle of the day. If I'm using my phone that much needing to charge it every half hour is a pain. Sure, if you don't need to use your phone, your method is fine, but every time I run out of battery early I'm on the go and doing lots of things with my phone.

Comment Re:Portable phone charger is the way to go. (Score 2) 286

I used to carry the spare batteries, but the portable phone charger can charge my phone AND other devices about 3 or 4 times. My ear is not tethered to my phone, so it's not a big deal to have my phone plugged into a plastic device that's about the same size as my phone. If you can't put your phone down for a few minutes at a time, then go for the spare batteries -

I don't know about that. I have a portable charger, and while it was nice to be able to charge any device, it takes more than a few minutes to get any significant charge out of it. So if you're only charging for a few minutes at a time, you're charging for a few minutes at a time several times for the rest of the day. And if you're using your phone so much it needs a recharge in the middle of the day, you're less likely to be able to set it down and let it just charge. It was nice when I got my Galaxy Nexus with a spare battery - take a minute to swap the battery and then I don't have to worry about it the rest of the day.

but then you've got to figure out when you are going to charge them. Want to spend your whole evening in the hotel charging a variety of batteries in your phone?

Assuming you get a charger that can charge the battery outside of the phone, this shouldn't take any longer than charging the portable charger.

Comment Re:And we care because why? (Score 1) 250

Yes, generally. Although I was assuming the majority of Instagram users just use it as an avenue for sharing pictures on Facebook or Twitter (until that got blocked). How many features would those users actually miss if they dropped Instagram and just posted the pictures directly to Twitter? (And how much would the rest of us benefit from not having crappy filters applied to those photos? :-)

Comment Re:Already Fixed? (Score 3, Informative) 143

From TFA:

“Hi, so you think by removing all my access across the infrastructure was going to be a great idea? We had a chat yesterday, you’ve decided to end this bitter. How about I just change the DNS entries right now. CM will practically go down.”

Refusing to be extorted for funds, and then being threatened is “ending it bitter”? Today, it happened: all of our records were deleted, and cyanogenmod.com is slowly expiring out of the Internet and being replaced by blank pages and non-existing sites.

(emphasis mine)

Not fixed, just hasn't been broken yet for a steadily decreasing number of people.

Comment Re:Do you guys want another monopoly? (Score 1) 348

As one of those commenters talking about Android getting the most market share, I don't necessarily want an Android monopoly. All I really want is Android phone and tablet app and accessory support that matches iOS support and death to mandatory walled gardens and locked phones. Device support is pretty self explanatory, but we've already seen Microsoft go from a relatively open desktop OS to a locked down phone/tablet OS in order to try and copy the closed Apple model, and I think that is bad for the future of computing. Start people in a walled garden if you want, but give them the ability to opt-out and unlock their phones if they so choose. The more Android marginalizes iOS, the less likely it is that the next challengers follow that closed pattern.

That being said, if Android does manage to get an OS monopoly, I think the open source nature of the Android project will keep it from copying many of the lock-in problems that made the Windows monopoly so bad.

Comment Re:But iPhone 5? (Score 4, Interesting) 348

Yeah, but this is yet another data point along with Android-overtaking-iOS timeline. First it was all Android phones outselling iPhones for a quarter. Then it was all Android phones overtaking iPhones in market share, but the iPhone massively outselling any single Android phone. Now one Android phone outsold the iPhone for one quarter, if only for the worst iPhone quarter, but I'm expecting it to become more of a regular occurrence in the future.

Although a lot of people will be dismissing these numbers as irrelevant outside of fanboi dick-measuring, they do matter. The Android phone app ecosystem was far behind the iOS phone ecosystem until the Android marketshare started too large for it to be ignored, and now they are effectively equivalent. However, when it comes to physical phone accessories, iPhones are massively more supported then any Android phone (at least as far as I can tell from personal observation). Once certain Android phones start selling in numbers comperable to iPhones, the accessory support will follow.

Also, now that Google has started focusing on tablets, I'm expecting a similar pattern on those in the future.

Comment Re:Does it bother anyone... (Score 2) 208

....that candidates are winning elections via data mining versus appealing to people with ideas?

I wouldn't say that that they won via data mining, they still appealed to people with ideas to win the election. They just used data mining to determine the best way to present the ideas in order to appeal to the most people more efficiently.

Comment Re:KDE is keeping the configurability torch alive (Score 1) 289

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KDE is one of the only environments left that doesn't treat its users like morons. It isn't a perfect piece of software, but it's one of the only remaining things that isn't after the "dumb everything down!!" mantra. The others: Windows, Gnome, Unity, OSX, IOS, Android, all seem to be chasing the other roads.

For that reason alone, I've found it worth giving them money, which you can do here: http://www.kde.org/community/donations/ - I've given them about euros 100 over the last year.

FWIW two others that don't treat users like morons are Cinnamon and MATE. I prefer Cinnamon, but if you're running from Gnome either would probably be an easier adjustment than KDE. I just wanted to point out donation options for people who'd like to keep a Gnome 2-like UI.

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