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Comment Re:Because Manufacturers Suck (Score 1) 103

It's unfortunate that HMD Global hasn't announced any plans for the North American market, as the Nokia 6 at only 229 euros would really put the pressure on Lenovo (Motorola) and LG, among a few other manufacturers that release compatible phones in the $250 - $400 mid-range.

Comment Re:Flaw of the Android Ecosystem (Score 1) 103

Hardly. Even if an OEM allows you to unlock the bootloader on a non-carrier-specific phone, and you apply a non-OEM blessed ROM - you will be lucky if the phone still boots without issue. Let alone having WIFI, Cell Radios or the Camera still work normally.

Which would not be the case if the AOSP part of the Android OS was separate from OEM hack-job customizations, as you could then apply most any Android security update which would primarily only need to revise existing AOSP files within major Android revisions.

Comment Flaw of the Android Ecosystem (Score 5, Insightful) 103

That the end-user can't get basic android updates directly is Android's major flaw. OEM's should of been required to support the AOSP and any changes should of been done via extensions to the AOSP. Thus any device could easily stay updated for at least their current major version of Android.

Comment Re:Why are people obsessed with lack of bezels? (Score 1) 74

Moto X Force, you'll have to flash the updated Android rom yourself over at xda though, as Motorola is not releasing an update for the x1581 Model from China -- which is the just the Mexican model with a different radio configuration file. The US version x1580 available at a similar price ~$299 appears to only have single sim, possibly no micro-sd and only 32GB on-board flash.

I've seen a few other ruggedized non-US brands around too though, even "budget" phones, like a BlackView BV6000 for < $200.

BlackView BV6000
4.7inch 4G Android 7.0 Corning Gorilla Glass 3 IP68 Waterproof, Dustproof, Shockproof , MTK6755 64bit Octa Core 2.0GHz 3GB RAM 32GB ROM 5MP + 13MP Cameras

Comment Re:I don't want to see more of what I want to see. (Score 1) 97

How is it any different?

1 - Sucks a lot
2 - Sucks Less
3 - Good but has suckitude
4 - No Suckitude
5 - Great

4,5 is Thumbs in the general Up direction.
1,2 is Thumbs in the general Down direction.
3 is MEH

So you lose any distinction between just how much its liked/disliked or whether it was merely average.

Comment Re:I don't want to see more of what I want to see. (Score 2) 97

Rating is easy...and you could always change your mind.

1 Star - A Sack of Still Steaming Shit.
2 Stars - Stinks on a Good Day
3 Stars - Meh
4 Stars - Not Bad
5 Stars - Pretty Damned Good

Thumb up/Down only is freaking useless unless it also allowed for 2 Thumbs up, 2 Thumbs down, and Meh (1/2 thumb).

Just like Google Music, there is no distinction between "heard before and it was meh". Like or Dislike is just not anywhere near distinct enough to account for taste.

Comment Re:Nonsense (Score 1) 297

Today there is less than 1% the horse population there was 150 years ago. The rest became glue. The second is dogs. Until the 19th century every dog on earth had a job.

Maybe most domesticated dogs had a job in the 19th century. Certainly not most of the Pariah dogs aka Ancient Breeds aka Primitive Breeds which are mostly unchanged dog breeds that haven't had their genetics f'd up by humans over the last 10,000+ years.

Pariah Dog

The group includes the Afghan Hound, Azawakh, Basenji, Borzoi, Canaan Dog, Carolina Dog, Chart Polski (Polish Greyhound), Cirneco dell'Etna, Greyhound, Hungarian Greyhound, Ibizan Hound, Irish Wolfhound, New Guinea Singing Dog, Pharaoh Hound, Portuguese Podengo, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Scottish Deerhound, Sinhala Hound, Silken Windhound, Sloughi, Spanish Greyhound, Thai Ridgeback, Whippet, and Xoloitzcuintli.

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