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Comment Re:or, maybe Google screwed up "ownership" (Score 1) 184

Due to custom compilation of hardware. The OS requires firmware for all of the interfaces and chips. While you may be able to get away with a "One size fits all" solution like Ubuntu on an AMD/Intel chip, there's a huge variety of ARM version chips out there, each with different clock speeds and (presumably) instruction sets. Not to mention all the different WiFi, Bluetooth, and GSM/Edge antennae.

On x86 platforms, we have standards for dealing with things like booting, drivers etc. That's what's needed for ARM too. It would help not only with smartphones, but also with SBCs like the Raspberry Pi, Odroid etc.

Somehow, I suspect it will be hard to get the different manufacturers to agree on such standards. Oblig. XKCD:

Comment Re:Why do people still go there? (Score 1) 344

From an EU citizen:

In the 90ies, that form you had to fill was pretty ridiculous, as if ill-minded persons would write out their nefarious plans there. The humor-less stern look by the border agent was certainly just as efficient.

I seriously doubt that the current security theater is much more effective though - but it does make sure I won't willingly travel to north america anytime soon. It's a pity really, I'd love to see some of the landscapes (Yellowstone, some of the canyons, Death Valley etc.)...

Comment Re:Other admirable traits (Score 1) 170

I seriously admire his talent for amassing huge sums of money by breaking the law, and getting away with a slap on the wrist.

I don't have that level of chutzpah - I'd have always been afraid of getting caught. He must have had a different upbringing from mine.

This! I wish I had mod points. Crime obviously does pay. Donating parts of the ill gotten doesn't make the crime go away.

Comment Re:It was a terrible deal for Britain anyway (Score 4, Informative) 170

Given that the wholesale price being guaranteed by the government for each kWh was massively higher than even the price consumers are expected to be paying when it was due to open I see no reason to go ahead with it. Energy prices should be dropping not climbing as we have better renewables being developed.

Yes but quite a few politicians would have got backhanders, erm I mean consultation fees

Comment Re:GPS = Hot! Not something I want. (Score 1) 159

When I use the GPS on my iPhone5 it gets hot. (And it eats the battery.)

For sports activities, my wife acquired a TomTom GPS watch (including pulse measuring). I regularly wear it for running, and never noticed it getting hot. Same goes for my Samsung android phone, I never noticed it heating up more than usual when GPS is active. I'd guess that implementation on the iPhone is less than optimal, or there's another reason for it getting hot.

Comment Re:But they pay more to the EU than they get back. (Score 3, Insightful) 517

And what does popularism get you? A deep and long depression, unemployment and no less immigrants.

Absolutely. The biggest worry is that the government maintains the same level of immigration to keep business costs (i.e. wages) low, but that without the preference to European countries that means more Muslims - with the consequent increase of child rape gangs, terrorist acts, "honour" killings, no-go-areas etc.

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