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Comment Re:Nag screen (Score 1) 133

What is this nag screen people keep talking about? I have three iOS devices, and the closest I see to nagging is a red dot on the system settings icon (which could be considered nagging of you're OCD enough, I guess). More often than not I read about iOS updates on Slashdot before my devices notify me...in fact, I'm using an iPad (iOS 9.3.5) to post this right now and there's no red dot.

For shits and giggles I decided to upgrade my iPhone 5 anyway (I like living dangerously). Two things I'll note: the first is that it seemed to hang at the end of the installation, but having lost patience after about 5 minutes I forced a reboot, it rebooted by itself a second time, and now it works just fine (had similar experiences with OS X updates recently, so that's not entirely unexpected). The second thing is that it burned through over 20% of the battery during this process despite being plugged in. Apple warns against updating the OS with a low battery, so it seems plausible that this may be part of the problem, especially if people are doing OTA updates.

Comment Re:Quality control (Score 2) 54

Admittedly it's poorly phrased, but what it means is part of Samsung's additional quality control tests include testing delays in shipping for additional quality control tests. This is good news for all of us who leave their phones in shipping containers on docks and were concerned they'd be unreliable in that usage scenario.

Comment Re:This is surprising! (Score 1) 29

I think one of the craziest ideas a marketer ever had was to put up ads with a sexy woman pretending to send you a private message saying she only lives 2 miles away from you and she wants to have sex, right now!

The craziest idea being the ads which are essentially the same except with a fat, ugly granny. And I browse for teen-midget-in-clown-costume-on-donkey action, so I have no idea how the tracking cookies dumped me into such a distasteful marketing list...

Comment Re:I'm a consumer whore! And how!! (Score 1) 191

The masses don't replace their own screens, so how difficult it is doesn't matter, just how much it costs to get someone else to do it; price seems to vary more by shop than by model as far as I can tell (corrections welcome). And judging by the number of people who walk around staring at the screen oblivious to all else, I'd say forethought and disaster preparedness isn't the selling point you might think.

When it comes to batteries I'm of two minds: now the battery in my phone is dying I'd like to be able to replace it without having to buy a pentalobe driver and deal with an expensive, tiny jigsaw puzzle. However, it's taken three and a half years to get to the point where I want to change the battery once, so on balance the extra volume required for a quick release mechanism, which is a point of failure in itself, isn't worth it to me. And if it's about using more than one battery in a day, is there really such a difference between carrying around spare batteries and carrying a modest battery bank? Think about it: battery banks aren't model specific and work with any device that charges from USB (and if you're like me you've probably had a drawer full of useless batteries for obsolete or dead devices at some stage), they usually have several times the capacity of a replacement battery for the same price, and it's only one thing to plug in at night. The only real down side is having to plug the phone in for ~1 hour for a full charge, but the trade-off is you don't need to shut down the phone as you would when you change an internal battery.

Put simply, I doubt the boost in sales from either of those ideas would be significant enough to be compelling for a manufacturer.

Comment Re:Oh :( (Score 1) 7

I've been thinking the same thing. We have the rise of populist demagogues, the resurgence of nationalistic tub thumping, at least two expansionist empire-building nations, one encroaching on a creaky defence pact in Europe...the area of major unrest has gone south (haven't we all?) from the Balkans to the Middle East, but otherwise conditions are very similar to pre-WW1. What concerns me the most is the glorification of dead soldiers without equal condemnation of the world leaders whose failings killed them; perhaps humans as a whole inherently can't see beyond their own experiences, and this lesson needs to be relearned every couple of generations.

And hey, lots of people do little significant things every day, it's just that the world rarely notices unless it's something destructive, or at the very least, crass. Taking care of business isn't news, but it makes the world work.

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