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Comment Re:News? (Score 1) 68

Indeed. I'll replace my current phone (functional, but very much showing wear and age) with a 128gb Pixel XL the second google lists them for sale again, if I'm not too slow, but unless they've really ramped up manufacturing, I'm not totally sure I'll have that chance before the 2017 model is released. The stock tracker ( says it's been in stock something like 9 days throughout the past two months.

Comment Re:AMP sucks! (Score 1) 48

Same thoughts here. I frequently find pages asking me to fill out a form or referring to some page widget and feeling very lost for a bit until I notice I'm still on the AMP version of the page. If I have to load and look through two different versions of a page, that's a waste of my time. But I guess they get to serve ads to me twice so it still benefits them.

Comment Re:Oh for fucks sake (Score 1) 54

You don't necessarily need to look down if there is some meaningful or useful haptic/audio feedback. It's how I know the system has registered presses on the two touch-sensitive buttons that are on my phone now. Even the fingerprint sensor can tell me to retry without having to look down. (Galaxy S6)

Also, honestly curious, not trying to troll: In what sorts of dangerous situations are you thinking of, where using your phone or otherwise being distracted isn't already against the law, workplace rules, or general best practices?

Comment Re:Perhaps if their ads were not so intrusive. (Score 2) 675

Seriously. I turned off ad block to see how their main page looked, and I get two versions of the autoplaying, rapidly animated banner ad. Out of curiosity, I cropped and measured the screen area used by ads and content: 36% ads, 30% headlines/graphics, 34% header/whitespace. That's not really winning me over.

Then again, this commenting page is no better when it loads...


Comment Hearing aids (Score 4, Interesting) 311

For something that is starting to border on consumer electronics, the hearing aid industry is very frustrating for a young person with hearing loss. Not just the $7000/pair cost every few years, but the closed system of hearing aid companies and resellers/servicers. Having to schedule an appointment in a week, because this week's tweak made certain frequencies sound terrible, and the bluetooth dongles for adjusting settings are only available to authorized resellers or occasionally on the grey market. If it wouldn't completely disrupt the audiology business, there would have been phone apps with the same functionality years ago. I don't see that changing any time soon, since it's an industry built completely around servicing the elderly who are much less likely to engage with such technology.

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