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Comment Re:Wow I've just had a crazy Idea!! (Score 2) 88

The main advantage of a removable battery is that it is easier to replace when it is worn out.

A critical advantage, for sure.

But don't overlook being able to easily swap the battery for a much larger one with a TPU (or better) case. I will never own a phone with a battery under 10,000mAh again, because I quite prefer having a big, heavy phone. I know it's on my person. To me, that's important.

I'm a tiny market, but that's the point of user-replaceable shit.

Comment Re: Big blow to apple? (Score 0) 79

We all know how well this type of vision has worked for Google and Microsoft. Unless you have a healthy market of third-party manufacturers you may well end up needing to go your own way.

I think this may be a case of Apple rushing things. The MacBook Pro feels the same, where they could have left one legacy port as a compromise?

Comment Re:Sorry, but, (Score 3, Informative) 155

Wasn't Java open source at some point? And besides why is anybody using it now? (Here's looking at you Libre/OpenOffice) Rewrite Android in C, or better, Assembly, and the problem is solved.

Wikipedia's entry, has this to say as intro:

OpenJDK (Open Java Development Kit) is a free and open source implementation of the Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE).[1] It is the result of an effort Sun Microsystems began in 2006. The implementation is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL) version 2 with a linking exception. Were it not for the GPL linking exception, components that linked to the Java class library would be subject to the terms of the GPL license. OpenJDK is the official reference implementation of Java SE since version 7

There is a post here on StackOverflow on this: http://stackoverflow.com/quest...

My cynical side feels whatever the reality is, this is Oracle and well lets just say that I haven't ever felt Oracle to be a community player, unless that involves providing consults at cost.

Comment Data Extradition? (Score 1) 91

I don't know if there is such a thing as 'data extradition', but surely working with Ireland would be the best approach? Anything else should surely outside of the immediate jurisdiction of US law enforcement? Maybe Google should invesigate the flip question: would the US accept e-mails on a foreign national stored on a US server to be handed over without the necessary legal paper work?

Comment Undermining the US position (Score 1, Interesting) 660

A lot of the moves that new administration suggested as making things better for the US worker, actually undermines the USA's position in the world and actually will end up potentially hurting jobs. Often the "take it all" approach it actually the less ideal position of giving up a little.

Helping NATO's members and the UN, while maybe not the best sounding when it comes to money, it does end up allowing the US to have sway over the politics of other countries and therefore help keep the US as a focal point for business.

Comment What happened to slashdot? (Score 4, Insightful) 377

Virtually every top comment is a victim-blaming shitfest.

"Ooooh CRIME he's a hacker! Arrest the victim!"

"Every security expert encrypts every piece of technology they own regardless of circumstances! It's his own fault!"

".. and they ALWAYS take every possession with them everywhere they go, and never lock anything in their vehicle, because they're infallible! Clearly he's not an expert!"

"That poor thief. ;("

Ugh.

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