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Comment Re: FCC can't help ... (Score 1) 207

Your car has a high quality FM tuner and a decent antenna that is outside the car and you use it outdoors. Your cell phone does not have as good a receiver or antenna and you'll probably use it inside a building, so the range will be much smaller. Still better than nothing.

Comment Re:larry flynt for president (Score 1) 256

The Spanish chiquita (that's the female form; a male would be a chiquito) is derived from the Spanish language use of chico and chica as words to describe children and teens. (The literal meaning is small, from the Latin ciccum; they're also used as adjectives with the literal meaning.) A chiquito or chiquita is a diminutive form, and thus literally a small small person. Diminutive forms are used as endearments in Spanish, even for seemingly unlikely words like abuelo/abuela (grandfather/grandmother).

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (source:, the Chiquitos are a people of southeast Bolivia and also their language. The etymology is given as being derived from the Spanish word chico.

Comment Re:I thought not all US carriers use LTE (Score 1) 105

Since you speak of "when you are in the US", your phone probably doesn't support the bands used for LTE in North America. They're not the same as the ones used in the rest of the world. Nobody produces a true LTE world phone yet, though we're gradually getting closer.

Comment Re:I thought not all US carriers use LTE (Score 1) 105

T-Mobile did refer to their HSPA+ service as 4G for marketing reasons, but they were also building out LTE service at the same time. In the places where they had HSPA+42 available on the 1700 MHz band the speeds were actually comparable to first generation LTE service, though the latency was worse and they couldn't support as many users. Since then they have reallocated their spectrum; 1700 MHz is now being used for LTE. They're running HSPA+ on their smaller 1900 MHz allocations and are only running HSPA+21 there. Their data service actually got worse for the handful of phones that support HSPA+42 but not LTE.

There are still parts of T-Mobile's coverage map where the fastest service available is HSPA+. They are mostly remote areas with relatively low demand, so it's good enough for now. They are continuing to roll out LTE to those areas, as well as upgrading more densely populated areas with higher speed LTE and band 12 (700 MHz) service.

Comment Re:It was announced too early (Score 1) 112

There won't be enough Bolts available in the near future to fill that demand. Chevy is only planning to produce 30,000 of them this year. The big obstacle to ramping up Bolt production is probably making the battery packs - that and the fact that it is widely believed that the company will be losing money on every Bolt they sell this year. Battery cost is likely to come down in 2018 so perhaps they can start making money on the Bolt then.

Comment Everyone should learn code AND a foreign language (Score 1) 328

Everyone should learn the basics of coding. Not because they will all use them to actually program computers, but because you learn important lessons about logical thought. You learn the importance of including all the instructions, not including any incorrect instructions, and putting them all in the correct order. Somebody who has experienced coding will write better recipes and give better directions to their house. Proof geometry teaches many of the same things, but coding does it better and comes with an automated tool that provides immediate feedback.

On the other hand, learning how to code is not a substitute for learning another human language. Language education carries important lessons about how people think; each language has different assumptions built into it, and experiencing a different set broadens the horizons of the learner. Language education usually also contains a large component of learning about another culture, which is valuable as well.

Comment Re:okay tell me about the content of that random f (Score 1) 197

There is only one solution that will ever really work: ban network providers from offering content. So long as we allow that kind of cross-ownership, the network companies will ALWAYS find ways to favor their own content.

Sadly, that's not going to happen. We'd have to shut down Go90 or require Verizon to divest it. We'd have to undo Verizon's purchases of AOL and Yahoo. We would have to block Sprint from buying a stake in Tidal. And the biggest one: we'd have to undo the merger of Comcast and NBC, which never should have been allowed in the first place. Neither party currently has the political will for that kind of restructuring of the industry.

Regulations that attempt to rein in the worst abuses of cross-ownership are a second-best solution. But at least they're better than not having them, which is what the Republicans and the Trump administration want. I expect to see some seriously anticompetitive behavior by internet providers in the upcoming years.

Comment Re:Apple fans will buy anything, news at 11 (Score 1) 406

Some of the Android Wear watches look a lot more like an Apple Watch. The ZenWatch 2 from ASUS is a good example. Though it can be told apart easily enough if you see it from the correct side because it has only a single crown knob - which is actually a button, it doesn't twist - not the knob-plus-button that the Apple Watch has.

But the sales numbers for those are a rounding error compared to the popularity of the Apple Watch. Android Wear hasn't been a big hit (though the upcoming version 2 and the accompanying release of new, better looking watches may change that), and the most successful Android Wear watches don't look like an Apple Watch. For starters, many of them are round like the Moto 360 or the Huawei Watch, and most of this year's new releases are round.

Comment Re:Nope (Score 1) 313

Make up a small personal business. No big deal. They don't ask for a lot of info, and you don't have to provide a tax number if you don't want to. Yes, you'll get email spam from Dell, but you're going to get that no matter what you buy from them; sending you tons of email begging you to buy more stuff is a key part of their business model.

Comment Re:Stock ROMs are shit (Score 1) 215

Somebody can want Android without wanting the entire collection of Google apps. Apps for Google services that are pre-installed typically include Chrome, Gmail, Maps, Calendar, Photos, Hangouts, Books, Games, Movies & TV, Music, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Google Settings (that's separate from the Settings app that deals with basic OS stuff), and YouTube. I use the Google infrastructure extensively so I'm happy to have all of those around, but other people may prefer alternatives or not use those functions at all.

In addition there is the Google Play store, and possibly the Google Now launcher unless the manufacturer has replaced it with a custom one. Those are reasonable to include in the OS image and make impossible to remove, because the usefulness of the device would be seriously impaired if you accidentally deleted them. If you delete Play you can't get any of the other apps back unless you sideload Play or have another app source installed, and having one launcher always there is a good idea just in case you accidentally delete all the other ones.

Finally, there is Google Play Services. That's not actually an app, but rather a collection of APIs and API extensions that a lot of other apps depend on. Removing it will break a lot of apps, and not just Google's own; many third party apps also use it.

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