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Comment Re: I think the science is in. (Score 1) 275

We had a carbon tax once, here in Australia.

That was the very effective argument used to repeal it, citing electricity prices. Never mind that we once had state government owned and regulated power monopolies - by the people, for the people. Until fraudsters in conservative parties decided to sell everything off to their mates heading 'megacorporations', who can now charge whatever they like.

Comment Re: You would think science could help (Score 1) 275

Has anyone marketed one of these biochar machines as an ultra efficient cooking stove?

The problem with BBQs is not burying the coals in the backyard but the smoke that wafts up the chimney into the atmosphere. Solve that problem and you've got an off-grid heating and cooking mechanism.

Comment Vale Firefox OS (Score 1) 72

A web browser and universal app platform rolled into a phone OS. Winning was not so much market share but 'keeping the bastards honest'.

But, to summon the app app luddite apps guy, a platform without software is stillborn and the mobile web stagnates...

Perhaps if management at Google loosened the strings, they'd release a spin of Chrome OS as a ROM for Nexus/Pixel devices - a web device with Android app support.

Comment Re:Too small (Score 1) 105

small ppi fonts would be illegible

Then they're doing it wrongly. :) A point is defined as a physical size (e.g. 12 points = one sixth of an inch), not a pixel density. Didn't we solve this 25 years ago with TrueType?

Anyway, to answer the OP's question, because they can. This will require a corresponding quantum leap in video card performance, as you mention.

Comment Re:End of AOSP? (Score 1) 197

Tin-foil aside, the benefit of AOSP is you can replace the firmware with a community ROM, long after Google has discontinued support for your Nexus device.

I do use f-droid but all the 'popular' apps are on Play. So for me it's Google-lite rather than free. The stock firmware includes dozens of Google apps, most of which I'll never use that keep wanting to update and because they're baked into the image, difficult to remove.

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