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Comment Re:iPhones and iPads Fail More Often Than Android? (Score 4, Insightful) 96

So is /. bad at basic comprehension or basic arithmetic?

No, the math failure was the fault of the linked article's author, Alexandra Vaidos.

Not to mention that calculating a metric based on applications not always launching and referring to that as the phone's "failure rate" is rather ludicrous. Plus if iPhone or Android apps were truly that unreliable, nobody would be using them - the numbers are simply unbelievable.

But, in the end, a bunch of us clicked on the story link... so Ms. Vaidos accomplished her goal.

Comment Re:I can confirm this (Score 1) 148

I can confirm this in my Win10 setup. Upon plugging my Kindle Voyage, Win10 Anniversary Update crashes instantly and require a reboot.

The problem is, you have an outdated device. But if you call Microsoft within the next 60 minutes, they'll give you $25 towards a new Surface tablet when you trade in your old Kindle!

And the new Surface is so ergonomically designed, you won't even notice the extra 1.6 pounds!

Don't be a sap - call Microsoft ASAP!

Comment Re:They apparently need to add another pop up (Score 1) 148

They added that feature a while back. You have to tap a button saying that you're a passenger and not the driver if the app detects that you're moving faster than walking speed.

It isn't very well implemented, though. I've had it pop up right after I walked out of a building.

Comment Re: It was user error, not a spreadsheet problem . (Score 1) 329

The acronyms have the advantage that they are, relatively, semantics-free., If we turned them into long hand....

This is a false choice. Just because shorthand names are preferable doesn't mean they have to be acronyms, whose tortured derivations often distance the "shorthand name" from its derivation.

Disease researchers, for example, seemingly don't fall into the trap - H1N1 is nice and short, is descriptive of the virus, easy to remember AND is not an acronym.

Comment Re:So much for Apple's "better design" (Score 1) 216

I have a 6 Plus and have not had this problem nor heard about it until yesterday, when I saw the story elsewhere. However anecdotal evidence does not necessarily invalidate the claims being made.

What I'd be curious about, though, is the results of a survey attempting to correlate the various problems people have reported with the 6 or 6 Plus (or any large phone, for that matter) with how those same people carry their phones. I see a fair number of people keeping their cell phones in their pant's back pocket - something that seems ridiculously stupid. But then I wear cargo pants pretty much all the time, so I've always got a big stress-free pocket available for my phone.

Comment Re:It was user error, not a spreadsheet problem .. (Score 1) 329

I think the real source of the problem is many scientists' insistence on naming everything using (what they think is) a clever acronym. it's become a virtual plague in most technical disciplines over the past two or three decades. I think it's directly related to the desire by scientists to somehow become famous beyond their little niches.

It's gotten so bad that, much of the time, the spelled-out names don't really even make sense.

Comment Re:Outrageously short service life for updates (Score 1) 186

I've had my iPhone 6 Plus for a little less than two years now - I'm hoping to get another two or three years out of it. We'll be replacing my wife and my daughter's iPhone 5's this fall, which'll be roughly four years from when we got them.

Four or five years does seem "right" when it comes to the useful lifetime of a phone (any phone - not just iPhones). We're at the point where even older hardware can do pretty much everything you need at an adequate level.

Of course, in the days before smartphones, I think I held onto my last flip phone for seven or eight years...

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