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Comment Re:Someone Please Explain The Glitch (Score 1) 82

Since the rest of the thread seems to have devolved into a lot of name calling, here is some results from 5 minutes of google searching:

http://www.wsj.com/articles/go...

http://ogleearth.com/2012/07/c...

In short, the restriction is not specifically on GPS, it's on mapping services in general. So they can use GPS to determine your location, but they're not allowed to show the details of the location you are at in high detail. Since you can see a (not very useful) map in Pokemon Go i guess it falls under the restriction? Either that or Niantic/Alphabet/Google wasn't willing to take the time to differentiate between requests to the map DB from Pokemon Go vs requests from Google Maps.

On the other hand the jitteryness of the location reported by GPS that you observed may or may not have been due to GPS jamming by North Korea:
http://www.reuters.com/article...

Comment Re:Current gen vs last gen (Score 1) 144

Looks like we're crossing the streams :)

So yeah, based on what you just said i guess making my purchasing decision before the 560 came out was a mistake. I think i hadn't realized at the time that the "xx" portion of the number had a similar meaning and release schedule between generations.

...actually, now that i check it looks like they only started that trend with the 200 series, a year before i was making my decision. So i feel a _little_ less bad about not having figured it out at the time.

Comment Re:Current gen vs last gen (Score 1) 144

I already posted a little about this in a different sub-thread, but if my old notes are right it looks like six years ago i made the choice to go with the newish GTX 460 for a little under $200 instead of the brand new GTX 580 for about $500.

According to the benchmark site you linked it looks like the 580 had a little more than 6 times the processing power of the 460, but the 460 was less than half the price and i'm still able to play all the games i'd like, though perhaps not with the highest settings, so i don't feel like it was a terrible choice. (Although the GPU fan has started intermittently failing, so i've taken off the side of my PC and have a floor fan next to it to keep things at a reasonable temperature, but that's an entirely different issue =)

It's entirely possible though that i made a mistake by not waiting long enough for the GTX 560 to come out to make an "even" comparison. Obviously if it was a mistake that's something i'd like to correct this time around.

Comment Re:Current gen vs last gen (Score 1) 144

I may be using the terminology incorrectly. When i ordered by current PC.... almost six years ago (wow, and that would be why i'm seriously looking at components now) i believe i had the option between a number of GTX 4xx cards and one or two GTX 5xx cards that had just come out. I ended up going with the GTX 460, which had been available for awhile but not a full year. Maybe about six months?

I was thinking of doing the same thing this year. Wait for the 10xxs to come out and then wait a little longer for the price of the 9xxs to drop in response. But if i was planning to spend about $200 on the card anyway perhaps i should spend a little more and go for the 1060. I certainly don't have the old prices available now, but i don't recall the 5xxs being that cheap when they first came out, which made going for the high end of the previous generation/lower tier/whatever seem much more appealing.

Comment Re:logic fail (Score 1) 307

Realistically we can go in one of two directions. We can try to lock everything down, which as you've detailed eventually means locking EVERYTHING down. Constant surveillance by a police state everywhere you go.

Or we can go in the direction of happiness and freedom. Happy and content people generally don't want to kill other people. Especially not if it puts themselves at risk. You do this by:

Reducing income disparities (not necessarily full communism or even socialism, but at the very least narrowing the gap between the 1% and everyone else, and making sure people either have universal basic income or a _guarantee_ of a job if they want one.)
Ensuring equality for _everyone_. No downtrodden racial or religious or gender or whatever group that will feel the need to rebel.
Funding _effective_ mental health treatment.
Legalizing drugs and eliminating the DEA (if you know someone whose life is being ruined by addiction that's very sad, but let's try to convince them to get counseling and treatment rather than trying to make them and lots of other people criminals while inadvertently funding murderous drug cartels.)
And most importantly, we need to work on seeing that all these improvements happen worldwide. Not necessarily all at once, but there needs to be obvious progress. It's no good if you fix everything in your own country but the next country over is still in a crappy situation and blames you for it, regardless of whether that blame is fair or not.

Even then there will still be the occasional person who's mentally unbalanced and upset that some group they dislike is getting "preferential" (i.e. fair) treatment and will decide to go kill some people. But you can't stop all the bad stuff form happening in life. We just need to accept that some risks are unavoidable (like the much higher risk of injury or death if you choose to travel by automobile, which 99% of us seem to be just fine with) and get on with our lives.

Comment Re:Huh.... (Score 1) 142

A popular(?) theory is that now that Sony and Microsoft have fairly standardized hardware they are switching to a more iPhone type release schedule, where they will be releasing updated versions at a more regular interval but maintaining support and continuing releases for the previous (mini) generation.

By which theory in another two or three years they'll come out with XBOne.Three and PS4.3 and the original XBOne and PS4 will be retired from active development but the XBOne.Two and PS4.2 will still be supported.

I guess idea of a switch from generations to an "ecosystem" is that it will help keep users and developers locked in instead of having to re-compete for the same user base. I have no idea if it will actually work out that way, but we'll see.

Comment Re: Colors (Score 1) 135

Good point! It _is_ possible to change it, but as you said it's linked to other elements that i don't necessarily want to be the same color as the taskbar, and the choice of colors they give you is _very_ limited. Even if i were willing to have the title bars be the same light grey that color wasn't an option without resorting to a 3rd party program.

Comment Colors (Score 1) 135

Have they made it so i can change the color of the taskbar to any color i want? (Without installing Classic Shell.) More importantly, have they made it so i can change the text color in the taskbar, and more importantly the systray? Really it would be nice if they just enabled all of the settings that you _used_ to be able to set via the .theme files.

I was able to change the color of my taskbar to a nice light grey with Classic Shell and by switching to the AeroLite theme i was able to get black text in the actual taskbar. But the text in the systray is still white on light grey, making it practically unusable.

Comment Re:App issues (Score 5, Insightful) 278

Since you've made a list, i'll add to it:

6: Fear of malicious apps: As with #2 a lot of people don't give a fuck, but as more and more stories come out about malicious apps slipping past the security of the official stores more and more people will be wary of downloading an app they're not sure they can trust.
7: Lack of space: Many phones have limited space and don't allow you to use an SD card. On my Android phone when i dip below 500 MB of free space it won't let me install anything new, or even update an existing app. So i can either find some music or photos i want to delete or an old app i want to uninstall or just say screw it, i didn't want that new app that badly anyway.

And finally, N: The original premise, most people already have all the apps they really need: This by itself might not kill app downloads, but when you combine it with all the other issues listed above it provides a strong incentive to just not bother.

Comment Re:Oh hell no (Score 1) 216

That's a perfectly reasonable comparison. Of course given that cars kill a little over 30,000 people a year (at least in recent years, it's been higher in the past) it is not entirely unreasonably to call cars "death traps" as well. They're just a death trap we accept as a necessary part of life.

And for a number of years they've also acted as my personal benchmark for comparison with other causes of death when trying to determine how serious a problem is. Does it kill less than 30,000 people a year? Then maybe attempting to fix that problem shouldn't be your #1 top priority, especially if the attempted fix will cause other problems.

So when you say "small airplanes are approximately as safe as driving a car" what my brain instantly converted that to internally was "small airplanes: much worse than 9/11!"

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