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Comment Re:Nice, but that raises a new question. (Score 3, Insightful) 215

Why can't we get copies of our ebooks when we buy the dead-tree version?

I bought a book on machine learning from Manning - they do the popular "In Action" computer series and they do give you a free non-drmed ebook (includes PDF, ePub, and Kindle) with every physical copy of the book you buy. "If you did not buy the pBook from, you can still get the free eBook in all available formats by setting up a Manning account, and registering your copy."

Comment Jury is still out (Score 2) 226

>> "didn't actually speed Android up."

If you actually read the bug mentioned in the summary - most devs are arguing that explanations about why the fixes work don't make sense in terms of Dalvik (java) that the android bug was filed against - not that it doesn't improve latency or that it doesn't work or there isn't a lower level issue. One developer (sorry I don't know enough about android to know if he is part of the core team or not) - is doing testing to measure results of a patch from the mainline linux kernel plus some re-arranging of the android code to see if he has found a lower level solution.

Comment Re:"Bible Thumpers' (Score 2) 469

>>I wouldn't describe many of the founding fathers as particularly religious.

Many of the founders disagreed with you.

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here."
--Patrick Henry - The Trumpet Voice of Freedom: Patrick Henry of Virginia, p. iii.

"The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."

--John Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson.

"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever; That a revolution of the wheel of fortune, a change of situation, is among possible events; that it may become probable by Supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in that event."
--Thomas Jefferson - Notes on the State of Virginia, Query XVIII, p. 237.

These quotes and lots more are found here

Comment Price, Price, Price (Score 1) 451

Sell an android 3.0 tablet wifi-only tablet for around $400 and I'll buy one. Not until then. Notion ink almost did that with an Android 3.0 like OS but doesn't seem to be able to handle even a small number of customers. But once the android 3.0 source is out, I assume there will be a ton of cheap competitors and then the game will change.


Comment Re:Part of the bluetooth voice dialing (Score 2, Informative) 271

This feature is really part of the upgrade to the bluetooth stack me thinks. Up until now, there was no way to do voice dialing with Android phones.

No this feature always came with android 2.2 but most reviews didn't cover it for some reason.

Comment brand recognition (Score 2, Interesting) 490

I wonder what percentage of android users even know they are using an Android phone? Verizon on the other hand did a great job with the Droid name, to the point I have to describe to my friends that other networks also have "Droids". Google needs to start doing better maybe something fun like working with manufacturers to ship some android green earbuds with every phone and do some Apple spoof commercials with silhouettes of the users dancing.

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