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Comment It is the economy, stupid (Score 1) 194

Saudi Arabia remains a very rich country. Its subsidized citizens are obscenely rich, but even the non-citizens are doing rather well. It has, for example, a large population of Indians, who, despite having no prospect of citizenship, like their salaries much better there, than in their own reasonably free country.

For another example, it had a large contingent of Arabs from Palestine until 1991 (when the fools celebrated Saddam Hussein's invasion into Kuwait and were summarily expelled by the Saudis over it). They too preferred Saudi Arabia over the more secular destinations (like most other Arab countries).

Comment Re:Makes perfect sense (Score 1) 329

That sums up 95% of my experience too.

I don't love Apple either; I find Android to be far worse as well.

I used to use iTunes on my work MBP -- I now use it on my personal MBP. Cost of switching is more then just a new phone. iOS is "good enough."

Aside from Apple's retarded anti-skeuomorphism design I find Android is even more "clunky".

If Apple would ever pull their head out of their ass and allow jailbreaking and an USB port I wouldn't have any issues.

Comment Does't that indicate how small the niche is... (Score 1) 329

I see what you are saying, and at first I agreed - it seems like some phone maker would make a larger phone with more battery.

But after some thought, I'm pretty sure no-one would buy it and that's why they aren't making them. The problem is when buying a new phone a larger phone would look and feel terrible in comparison. A three day battery life would mean nothing to most people used to charging phones every day anyway, while the larger phone would not fit well in pockets, or be super heavy in a purse....

The fact is that it's just way too inconvenient to lug around un-needed battery with you all the time, being able to use an external battery for more power is way more flexible and people just prefer it.

Submission + - The iPhone 7 has worse battery life than HTC 10, Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: Consumer group Which? has conducted a series of battery life tests on the latest smartphones, and the news is not good for the iPhone 7. Pitted against the Samsung Galaxy S7, HTC 10 and LG G5, Apple's latest handset came in last place... and by some distance.

In terms of call time, the Samsung Galaxy S7 lasted for more than twice as long as the iPhone 7, while the HTC 10 had two and a half times the longevity. Things were not quite as bad for the iPhone 7 in internet usage tests... but it was still found bringing up the rear.

Comment Re:Power Outages (Score 1) 150

Whenever our power goes out, my wife and kids and I get together and actually spend quality time together - playing board games or something and just talking. It's sad that it takes a power outage for that. When you suggest it at other times, and the kids can be playing games or watching stuff online, they decline, but I do try. My favorite is hiking together... good long time, a lot of good conversation... and a lot of "no" when I ask the kids (and even the wife). It's depressing.

Comment Re:Good deal the rich can die slowly... (Score 1) 296

You will not have enough supplies to live for hundreds or thousands of years so you are slowly going to run out of resources and eventually die anyway.

Frankly, if you have all the resources in the world, you're going to die long before "hundreds or thousands of years" anyways.

Hell, even if you believe in Biblical lifespans, you're talking a handful of people who've ever made "hundreds of years", much less "thousands of years"....

Comment Re:SJW (Score 1) 194

...except these social justice types lose any sense of perspective and end up supporting absurd things, repressive regimes, and leaders that support or benefit from repressive regimes.

Liberals kind of jumped the shark. These days they excuse all sorts of nonsense that the classic civil rights movement would have nothing to do with.

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