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Comment Re:The death of the Candybar QWERTY (Score 1) 87

I'm still wondering what the Android-land replacement for the Q10 is.
My wife is still using a Q10, and doesn't really know what to switch to. And yes, she hates typing on touchscreens.
I personally switched from the Passport to the Priv, but the Priv is a bit to big for her (and the battery would likely die on her too quickly).

Comment Re:Great. (Score 1) 87

System requirements (and boot time) aside, the BB10 incarnation of QNX actually ran really well.
(I see the "Tablet OS" as more of a tech demonstrator, that didn't really live long once BB10 was out.)

The problem is that they stopped putting real effort into marketing the devices (and designing new ones) about 6 months post-launch, and just coasted on inertia (and existing plans, half of them canceled) since. Once those existing projects reached completion, and the momentum fell off... well here we are.

Comment Re:It's a shame. (Score 1) 87

I switched to the Priv (Android) as a gentle introduction to a reality I'd ultimately have to accept. Of course I immediately noticed that:
- The Passport got better cellular reception
- The Passport had much better battery life
- The Passport was much better at multitasking
- The Passport never got laggy

However, the Priv ran all the "official" versions of the software everyone wants you to be running these days... and at the end of the day, that's unfortunately all that matters.
(Yes, I'm aware of the BB10 Android Runtime, but it became increasingly unusable as Google Play service dependencies increased, plus keeping things updated was a pain.)

Comment Re:Which problems? (Score 1) 537

Of course now you need permission from the SJWs and the companies running those services but WTF, it's not the gubermint, right?

Actually, you don't... There are enough ways to get your word out, that pissing off SJWs may add a lot of noise (and maybe some difficulty), but it won't deny you a platform all-together.

Comment Re:Which problems? (Score 1) 537

Giving public platforms to ordinary people? Blogs solved that.

This is actually an enormously important change that's taken place over the past 10-20 years. In the past, you'd need permission from "the powers that be" to get your voice (or creative works) out there into the public eye. Today, if you have the motivation, pretty much anyone can get public (and global) notice.

This is both good and bad (village idiots are now given attention to on a nation scale, whereas previously they've be ignored), but I think that overall its quite a positive shift.

Comment Re:Unreasonable (Score 2) 218

Except everyone who casually reads tech news, only vaguely paying attention to headlines written by tech writers, has a completely mistaken impression of what it is and does.

Seriously, I've seen everyone from random friends to strangers on the street assume the car could basically drive itself. (Yes, even before they released the feature.)

The capabilities of the system, and the responsibilities of the driver, are quite clear... if you actually drive the car or read past the headlines. Unfortunately, most people who write knee-jerk article comments don't fall into either of these categories.

Comment They don't really want to make the lines faster (Score 5, Insightful) 260

Because then they don't have power over us and they can't whine that they need all sorts of extra funding. They also refuse to return to only using the magnetometer instead of the nudie scanners or they insist on groping everybody's privates. And yet they are as effective as Walmart door-greeters when it comes to actual security. So why don't we just hire Walmart door greeters with the magnetometer to use, and be done with it?

Comment Re:Bring it to my area (Score 1) 204

Ditto. I'm sitting here not too far from Google headquarters and I'm dying to get their service. I don't know why they've been targeted "non-technie" communities, but if they'd start rolling out their service to areas with a higher concentration of tech workers, they'd see the numbers they were hoping for.

Comment Re: What does Netcraft say? (Score 1) 515

I've often felt that the licensing hissy-fit (which may have been a valid argument in the past, though not anymore) was actually a cover story or excuse for a bunch of C programmers who really just hated C++ and didn't want to allow the Linux desktop to use an environment written in it.

That being said, Gtk+ kinda feels like what you'd get if you insisted on implementing a C++ style object model in C, just because.

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