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Comment Re:Who's "we"? (Score 1) 366

I assume you use no services paid for by taxes, such as public roads, schools, hospitals, police protection, etc. ?

I'm fine with making taxes optional, sort of like a membership fee. You either pay the membership fee (taxes) or you GTFO as you are no longer allowed to use any of the members-only services.

Comment What makes games fantastic is playing alone (Score 1) 59

"If you think about what makes games so fantastic, it's the experiences you have with your friends,"

No, what makes games fantastic is that I can escape into a fantasy world for a while and not have to deal with the real world, which includes other humans.

I can't be the only one that hates multiplayer games with a passion. I think they are lazy money-grabs (no need to have story or any real content, just provide a few arena's and let the users provide the 'content'). They are cheap to make and can be milked almost indefinitely.

Comment Priorities (Score 2) 67

Microsoft has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against Google, reflecting our changing legal priorities

Seems like they finally realised who the real enemy is in this: the consumer.

Seriously though, if you don't want any trouble with regulatory complaints, maybe try not to break any regulations.

Comment Re:Thankfully those will be patched right in a jif (Score 1) 127

Not as seamless and my wife's iPhone, but close enough for me

And not as long either, Google only provides updates for 18 months. If you buy a phone on a 2 year contract (as many people do) and you get the new Nexus the day it is released, you still have 6 months in which you will not receive (security) updates.

Completely unacceptable.

Comment Re: How is this a good idea? (Score 1) 249

No, you do it like apple, ask it when the app uses it first, that way the user can place the request in context. If you click on 'upload photo' in a social media app and it asks for permission to access your photo's, you know that makes sense and grant permission. If a calculator app asks the same when you start it, you know something's fishy. Asking upfront is the dumbest thing ever, the user hasn't even started the app once so has no way of knowing if the requested permissions make any sense.

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