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Comment Re:So make it equally first amendment to block the (Score 3, Informative) 169

The state law closed the loophole the politicians left in the federal do-not-call system. Yay for the state.

The state could have accomplished the same end by banning all robocalls that the recipient didn't specifically sign up for. Since that wouldn't be based on the content of the calls it wouldn't be subject to this particular 1st Amendment challenge. By banning politicial robocalls in particular they guaranteed that the law would be found to violate the 1st Amendment.

Comment Re:Sad but unavoidable (Score 1) 162

Do you think there's a difference between "can run" and "runs stable and performing"?

Semantically, sure, but the AOSP builds for the Nexus phones are stable and performant. The differences between AOSP and the official Google firmware images are mainly skin-deep, in the form of UI themes and preinstalled apps. In other words, things which do not require a great deal of work to port to each new version of Android.

Are you trying to tell me the Nexus system image is exactly the same as AOSP?

Google has their own customizations and add-ons just like the other manufacturers. You can build and install fully functional AOSP images on Nexus devices, but they don't ship with stock AOSP. However, Google's changes are layered on top of the system using the AOSP mechanisms designed for that purpose, which reduces the porting effort considerably compared to other phones which need proprietary binary drivers (and thus specific kernel versions) and deep modifications to core AOSP components.

Comment Re:Sad but unavoidable (Score 1) 162

Since you obviously know more about this and I, maybe you could let me know what big name smart phones or Android devices are built in this manner. Please make it one that has shipped 100k's of units.

The Nexus line of smartphones has over 100k units sold (more like millions, actually) and can run AOSP out of the box with no patches.

Comment Re:Is this legal? (Score 1) 245

I suspect legally companies are free to tweet anything they want as long as they don't include terms specifically trademarked by the IOC, much as advertisers referred to the Superbowl as "the big game" instead of the trademarked "Superbowl" term.

Even if they did use the trademarked terms, the use of trademarks for purely descriptive purposes is not trademark infringement, whether or not you have the trademark holder's permission. Trademarks only exist to prevent confusion, not to censor discussion.

Calling your own event "the Superbowl"—trademark infringement.

Accurately referring to the Superbowl as "the Superbowl"—not infringement.

Comment Re:how can it be a new feature (Score 1) 109

Well, that was a bit of an under-exaggeration. I'd charge it overnight. So first thing in the morning, it would have a full charge. It would be critically low, if not shut off by midnight; often by ten, and sometimes even by 8pm. It became unreliable at the height of its useful period.

Comment Re:Sad but unavoidable (Score 1) 162

Every single change you made in the previous release needs to be ported to the new release and tested. And it's more likely than not that the files have changed and it's not simply applying a patch. If you are unlucky, the kernel changes and you need updated version of your drivers. Sometimes you don't even have the source for those so you need to go contract with chip maker or a 3rd party to rework the drivers.

This is why you upstream everything and choose hardware with open-source drivers. If you have to apply proprietary in-house patches to get the latest AOSP running on your device, you're doing it wrong.

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