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Comment Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy (Score 2) 527

how much more "capability" can you add in such a little space? That's enough for what, maybe 5% more battery time?

Not even. The last number I saw was about 2% for an iPhone. Compared to something like 20% through making the entire phone either 1mm or 2mm thicker.

Apple being Apple, it wouldn't surprise me if they remove the headphone jack, increase the thickness of the phone a smidgen, and claim the "innovative" decision to remove the jack led to a 10% increase in battery size.

Comment Re:It's about the battery backpack, stupid. (Score 1) 56

I can live with a thicker phone, but using ride share services as often as I do, I can't function without my phone these days.

Keep an eye out for the Moto Z Play if you're interest in a less-than-flagship phone. The X Play has a 3650 mAh (or so) battery plus a fast charge, and I regularly get two full days out of it; I can't imagine what I'd have to do to run the battery down in less than a day.

Comment Re:Microsoft Involvement (Score 3, Insightful) 124

Raise your hand if you didn't see this coming. Frankly, I'm shocked that people stayed with Cyanogen, Inc. after Microsoft got involved.

Before they got involved with Microsoft, they'd already screwed over OnePlus, their first and highest profile CyanogenOS customer. OnePlus immediately turned around and basically demonstrated that they didn't actually need Cyanogen to deliver a decent Android.

That and the dipshit blathering about putting a bullet through Google's head probably did more damage than Microsoft did.

Comment Re:I can imagine... (Score 1) 157

My SIN ... is NOT public. The government now advises never to carry the certificate ... on you.

Ironically, the government used to be one the biggest abusers of the SIN. I stopped carrying my card 20 years ago when I worked for DND; it was used for so many things (just about every piece of paperwork and front-and-center on your id) so often that you couldn't help but memorize it.

If you're that carefree with your personal data, you should be worried.

... but I suspect you were replying to someone else's comment.

Comment Re:Old Article & Three-Mile, Fukushima, or Che (Score 3, Interesting) 140

The article's own summary says it's a 50:50 chance of a "Three-Mile Island" (where no one was harmed). Or are we just talking an expensive incident? Or an actual meltdown?

I'm curious as to how this 50% compares against the odds of a major (possibly global-scale) conflict over energy resources. I'd certainly take a Chernobyl or Fukushima over nuclear war...

Comment Re:My first first? (Score 1) 252

The real difference is in the software. It's in the operating system, as well as how it handles applications, and which applications are available for the device.

Don't forget the difference in application developers. It's entirely possible that the custom stuff was done by a mobile developer with less than adequate Android experience (possibly none, the way government procurement tends to work). At least, the description of the problems sounds as much like "app" as "operating system" to me.

Comment Re:Nice previously researched spin in the "article (Score 2) 413

True if the intensity is too much. The same can be said from industrial air pollution, traffic, the neighbours cooking food that I don't like etc. etc.

Yes cigarette smoke in a car is too strong, but smoke from the neighbours? The smoke won't hurt you, yet you can smell it. There are many smells in the world, and many tastes.

If it is bad or not depends on the health of the population at large, the cost for society in terms of health, money and quality of life.

In that sense, I would asume that substituting marijana for tobacco, would be an improvement.

Just like with cigarettes, forcing others to smoke passively should not be allowed.

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