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Comment Re:Relax, it's going to be better than you think (Score 1) 516

So relax, it will be alright. Even if the analog jack disappears completely, it will take a while.

This is my hope. Removing the jack seem really premature, as there is no replacement for it that I know of that isn't inferior. If there was such a replacement available, I would have no objection.

So I'm hoping that either Apple's decision will not become that standard for non-Apply devices, or that will take so long that someone can come up with an alternative that is at least as good as the old jack.

Comment Re:I'm shopping for a phone now (Score 1) 516

expect to buy one in the next couple months (OK, I'm not all that serious about it yet). The 2 things I demand are a regular headphone jack, and an SDCC card slot. If a phone has both of those I go on to look at other features.

Yes, me too. I would also add that the ability to swap out batteries is still on my "must have" list, although that's becoming less of an issue as the years go by.

Comment Re:It can be fine... (Score 1) 516

If this sort of wailing and gnashing of teeth happened every time - and was actually successful - we'd still be using 5.25-inch floppies, MFM/RLL drives, keyboards with "AT" connectors, EGA graphics, token-ring networking over coax, long-distance communications through DB-9/DB-25 serial ports limited to 56K, and so on.

The replacements for all of the things you mentioned were welcomed because all of those things became inadequate for the purpose. The replacements filled a real, genuine need.

Dropping the headphone jack isn't in that category at all.

Comment Re:Got that, Microsoft shills? (Score 2) 144

Also the fear of telemetry being used to spy on users is overblown.

This misses the point. The point is that there's no way to stop it if you find it objectionable. If someone is collecting data on my against my will, they are spying on me. Whether or not they use that data for malicious purposes is irrelevant.

More and more software products add telemetry to be able to improve how their software works. It allows them to spend time improving the features users actually use and fixing their pain points. As a result they can build better products.

Yes, and in every case that they do this without informing the use and providing a means to stop it, they are behaving badly. That this is happening with increasing frequency is precisely why I started firewalling off all applications by default, so they can't send any data to the outside world.

I shouldn't have to treat applications like malware, but that's the world these people are creating.

Comment Re:Got that, Microsoft shills? (Score 2) 144

Them knowing what you clicked and the failure attached to the series of action is hardly personal data that anybody truly cares to protect. Same goes for hardware specs.

Says you. I, along with many others, very much want to protect it.

If anything, most users would be happy to hand over that data to help their favored platform become more stable.

Perhaps so. There's an easy way to make all users happy: provide a way to turn off all telemetry. Why won't Microsoft do that?

I have yet to hear a case where this collection of data was detrimental to an individual.

This is irrelevant. It's my data, and I should be able to choose who I share it with and who I won't. Whether or not that data is sensitive according to others shouldn't factor into it.

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