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Comment Re:Nope, no wealth inequality here (Score 1) 159

The thing is, that if you have money, and you manage it properly, it will just grow. How much wealth is somebody allowed to accumulate? 5 million? 50 million? 500 million? 5 billion? 50 billion. Once you reach that first number, you can make a lot more money simply by making smart investments with your money.

Bill Gates made his money because he owned a lot of stock in a company that started out small and became very big. Unless you seize the stocks that he has, there isn't really much of a way to take that wealth from him. You can tax the sale of those stocks, but that means fewer people will invest because they are unable to realize any gains from investing the money. Do we want to dis-incentivize people from creating the next Microsoft, or the next Amazon, or the next Apple? The fact that you can become ultra rich creates an incentive to build these large companies up from the ground, creating new products, and creating new jobs for the rest of the people.

Comment Re:No problem (Score 1) 157

The problem is that even if I had an unlocked bootloader, I'd still be relying on a third party, CyanogenMod, to provide me with updates. Google needs to fix things so that I can get updates directly from them, without relying on CyanogenMod, Samsung, or whoever else. Google can't stop you from installing Android, but the Google Play services that include the App store are not a part of the open source Android platform are under their control. They could make it a requirement that anybody installing the Google Play Store on the device allow Google to push updates to the phone.

Comment Re:No problem (Score 1) 157

Compare this to desktop machines though. Microsoft of Ubuntu or whoever makes your OS can issue updates. As soon as those updates are made available, you can update your desktop computer. You don't have to wait for HP, Dell, or anybody else to allow you to make that update to your desktop computer. Why can't phones work the same way? When Google updates Android, I should be able to apply that update, and the manufacturer of the device should have no control over whether or not that update is applied.

Comment Re:Team Size? (Score 1) 158

The problem with the old games that you had to beat all the way through without losing X number of lives is that they could only be so long. Maybe 3 or 4 hours of play time at most. Imagine a game like Super Mario Galaxy which might require 20 hours to beat even with unlimited lives. Imagine every time you lost too many lives you had to start all the way over from the beginning. How many people would beat that game? Almost nobody is going to replay 19 hours every time they die on the last hour of game play. Either you give people a way to get unlimited lives in the first couple hours of gameplay, or you make it so that lives only count within individual stages. If you don't do something like this, then games become unbeatable for all but the people who want to totally devote their life to a game. Even most of the people I know who played Mario 1,2, and 3 never beat any of them without resorting to warping, which brought the play time down to about 30 minutes.

Comment Re:Roaming charges is a racket of tolls and taxes (Score 1) 113

There's a setting on every phone I've had to not use data when roaming. I just leave it turned on all the time. There's no knowing when you're going to pick up a network you don't expect on your cell phone. I live in Canada, and it's quite common to pick up US networks when I'm too close to the border and the coverage on the Canadian side is weak.

Comment Re:No TV (Score 1) 234

Personally I wouldn't mind that either, but then I would also want at least 5 HDMI ports, which almost n TV seems to come with. Think about it. DVD/BluRay player, Game Console, Cable Box/PVR, Roku, and 1 free cable to plug in an ad hoc device like a laptop and we are already at 5 devices. We should probably have 7-10 HDMI ports just to ensure we never have to move the plugs around. My current TV only came with 3 HDMI ports and they are being occupied with game console, Cable PVR, and DVD player. Good thing it's a smart TV so I don't have to rely on another box to stream from plex or accept a MIracast stream from my tablet.

Comment Re:cost too mcuh (Score 1) 126

Yeah, but at least you get an SD card slot (I think they skipped that with the S6). And a headphone jack. I'm sure Samsung is planning a UFS slot in their next phone, which will completely blow the iPhone out of the water. Apple really needs to start giving people what they want if they want to grow their market and start capturing die-hard Android users.

Comment Re:Samsung tablet user still waiting for Android 6 (Score 1) 126

Updates are the exact reason I left Android and I'm not going back until the problem is fixed. My last phone was Android 2.3 when I bought it, and it was only released 6 months before Android 4 came out. I never saw a single update to that phone. And it was an LG with the Google logo engraved on the back, so you think that Google, or LG, or somebody would stand behind the phone and offer updated software. But nope. Not a single update.

Comment Re:Netflix v. Cable? How about Netflix v. HBO (Score 1) 174

If you're going to argue that it's for the public good, then we should really do it as a tax and have the infrastructure provided by the government rather than for profit corporations.

But really, how far do we extend out? Even roads are private roads once you get far enough out. There's just some spots that are too expensive even for tax dollars to service them because the population density is just way too low. I also really don't care that I don't have internet access at the cottage or in other rural areas that I visit. It's just not really a priority. I don't need internet access in the middle of the highway 300 miles for any settlement.

Comment Re:Has Nintendo not heard of smartphones? (Score 1) 158

Very much agree with you on all accounts. To add more, it seems like the Android/iOS market has made it impossible to just sell a game outright without having any micropayments. Pokemon Go is a great game, but I'd rather they just charged $30 for it and developed a quality game didn't crash so much than try to do the minimum thing to get by and try to make money off micro transactions. But the market for phones games has basically painted itself into a corner where nobody can charge more than a few dollars for a game.

Comment Re:Netflix v. Cable? How about Netflix v. HBO (Score 1) 174

Sounds like a problem with the cable/DSL companies and there's nothing Netflix can do to help you. Seems like Netflix still wins over cable, because cable won't service you at all. Although for TV, you'd be better off getting satellite. Which would still have similar costs to cable as far as buying/renting set top boxes goes.

I guess that's kind of what happens when you live in a rural area. It is expensive to service things like cable, internet, and even things like electricity in rural areas. So you often end up paying more. It's completely understandable. As as city dweller, I don't want my bill going to subsidize those people in the rural areas.

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 623

An autopilot is a system used to control the trajectory of a vehicle without constant 'hands-on' control by a human operator being required. Autopilots do not replace a human operator, but assist them in controlling the vehicle, allowing them to focus on broader aspects of operation, such as monitoring the trajectory, weather and systems.

Except Tesla's system is designed such that it assumes your hands are on the wheel at all times, and you really can't take your eyes off the road for doing things like checking the weather. In a plane you most likely have plenty of time to do something if the auto pilot fails. Probably upwards of 1 minute unless you are landing or taking off. In a car, you're lucky if you have 3 seconds to notice a problem before correcting it because the other vehicles and obstacles are so close.

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