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Comment Re:Unintended consequences (Score 1) 506

Define "way too many". There's tons of space around and at least in the US we are actually under populated which is one of the things that contributes to our high quality of life.

Every time someone predicts that the world's population will hit a wall in what it can support, we will run out of food, die from diseases, etc they have been wrong.

Comment Re:Because Manufacturers Suck (Score 2, Informative) 103

There is no reason why operating system and user space upgrades need to be tied to the manufacturer. None.

This situation is Google's fault and no one else's.

You have no idea how Android, the Linux kernel, or open source software works. I guess that's why you're hiding behind AC.

Each manufacturer is akin to a different distro of Linux. You in fact do have to wait for Fedora or Ubuntu to update their packages before you can apt-get them. You don't get them immediately. Nobody can force them to hurry up. Not Google, not you. They control the keys to apt-get.

This is because Fedora/Ubuntu/etc can modify the kernel source and the source of any package that goes into their system. They also have to make sure they all work together. Nobody else can do it for them because they don't know what changes they've made or how a change will impact the system as a whole.

Samsung maintains their own distro of Android. They control the kernel source. They control the packages included. They make a LOT of changes to the system. Only Samsung can update the packages they use and only Samsung can push out an update. Nobody can do it for them even if they wanted to.

Comment Chump change for years of a ruined life (Score 3, Insightful) 227

Say what you will about lawsuits in America but they sure do work great for cases like this. This poor guy has years of his life completely ruined and will possibly have people hate him for the rest of his life because of the implication. Also this kind of stuff still shows up on background checks even if it's removed from your record. I would bet good money that he will have a harder time finding work in the future.

Does 1 year's salary make up for that? It sure wouldn't for me.

Comment Yeah, but how many can actually use it? (Score 1) 65

Amazon refuses to make Apple TV, Android TV, or Chromecast clients for Amazon Video so that locks out a huge number of people wanting to use the service. I already pay for Amazon Prime but I've never used their service because they simply don't allow me to. If they fix that then maybe it will be a competitor to Netflix.

Comment Re:complacency and feedback (Score 1) 113

Frankly, I would like to see a fork of Chromium that focuses on privacy, ad blocking and script blocking (I don't like random scripts running on my machine). These are things Google wouldn't want to provide, so this could be how Chrome slips back to a 5% user share.

There are numerous forks of Chromium focusing on privacy already. I'm surprised you've never heard of any of them. They don't get used very much because they aren't as helpful or featurful as the real Chrome and most people just want to browse the web quickly and securely which Chrome does very well.

Comment Re:Electrolysis? (Score 3, Insightful) 187

This is a huge multi-year project that almost rewrites whole portions of the browser. It's not just an entry on a changelog. It's a major undertaking that people have been discussing using a codename for a very long time. You need codenames because saying "project to split tabs into separate processes" over and over gets old. The name Electrolysis makes sense because that's essentially what they are doing: splitting one monolithic thing into smaller parts.

Comment Re:Allo, allo? (Score 1) 127

They did. Except just 1 and 2 and in this order. There is no 3 because that would be dumb.

1. Encrypted but where Google has the key so can "listen in" and provide those helpful suggestions (default because the app wouldn't be able to do anything cool otherwise)
2. Encrypted end to end for people who want it.

End to end encryption has its benefits but it also prevents a lot of cool things like the chat bots, syncing messages to desktop and tablets, and other cool things.

Comment Re:config gui held random (Score 1) 131

I don't see how this is any different than driver packages today. If you have no internet or the company goes out of business then you can't download the drivers. If you have drivers on a CD then they still work. The configuration webpage/app that uses these JavaScript APIs on that CD will still work too.

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