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Comment Re:Who would have guessed? (Score 4, Interesting) 251

Government procurement contracts pretty much preclude the government obtaining goods and services on the open market. Instead it must rely to a large degree on contractors and vendors who have the capability of handling all the special paperwork and requirements.

So if you're on a procurement committee you don't have much choice. Once you discard the vendors who (a) can't absorb the amount of money to be spent on schedule and (b) jump through the statutory federal contractor hoops, what you're left with is a rogues gallery of usual suspects.

Comment Re:Nonsense. Hillary supporter lying 2 cover is FA (Score 1) 301

"Libertarians believe you shouldn't go to prison for refusing to vaccinate your children."
  You will not go to jail they just can not go to public school. Unvaccinated children put others at risk and their is no reason to not vaccinate. Putting ideology over science == anti science crack pot.

"In 1973, Stein graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, where she studied psychology, sociology, and anthropology. She then attended Harvard Medical School and graduated in 1979. After graduating from Harvard Medical School, Stein practiced internal medicine for 25 years."

See above plus she called nuclear power plants are, "Nuclear power plants = weapons of mass destruction waiting to be detonated.
Time to shut them down". And she calls trains hauling oil, "bomb trains" and also calls them "weapons of mass destruction"...
AKA crack pot extremist.

See seems to suffer from expert syndrome. She is a doctor so she thinks that she is an expert in everything.

Comment Re:Nonsense. Hillary supporter lying 2 cover is FA (Score 1) 301

Yea well the US and the world has a big problem.
All 4 of the major candidates should not be elected as president.
Trump is a fat cat crack pot. I could list things like the way he talks about women, the crazy wall plan, or his wanting to ban people from coming to the US based on religion but the list is just too long. He is so bad that he makes Clinton look like a not that bad choice.
Clinton just can not be trusted. She still does not admit that she did anything wrong with her email server even after classified data was found on it. Throw in her not having Boko Haram classified as a terrorist group and you just have to say, "WHAT"!!!

Gary Johnson... Anti Vax.... AKA anti science crack pot.
Jill Stien.... Anti Vax ..... AKA anti science crack pot.

It is like we have a choice between the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse.

Comment Re:or, maybe Google screwed up "ownership" (Score 1) 188

Google is sort of doing that now. Incase you have not read more and more new features are being rolled into Google Play services and the Google Now Launcher. Google controls the version of those two systems with the Google Play Store. It is not prefect but it is better than it was.

Yes you have a lot of different ARM chips but the instruction sets are not very different. Most Android devices use a Cortex A series SOC the wifi and cell radios are also limited in number. The big differences are going to be things like the display and camera. Some manufactures will add things like a custom sound system as well to try and make their device standout. The other issue is their custom skins which is probably a huge time sink.

IMHO if Google really wanted to push this they would have kept Motorola. The first fruits of Google running Motorola the MotoX and Moto G where/are really good phones. If Google had kept producing good phones with constant updates then other companies would have had to compete with that.

Comment Re:Take note pointy hair bosses (Score 1) 192

yes, this is exactly the sort of cheating I'm referring to. It's also how the bots work, by spoofing their gps coordinates and slowly (if they don' want to get caught) update position as if they're walking/biking. Kinda suspicious when you're in LAX at 3:50PM and taking down a portal in North Dakota at 3:55PM. Either that or you're sitting on the secrets behind teleportation.

Comment Re:Take note pointy hair bosses (Score 2) 192

Honestly, as an Ingress player, the first couple I don't mind; those can be solved by adding more servers and issuing credits/refunds. It's the botting/cheating that irritates the fuck out of me. I get it, for a few people, *that* is the game. But for those of us who actually play, it's really a hot button issue. We have the same spoofing/botting in Ingress, but fortunately the game is relatively small and those guys end up getting caught and even ratted on (if they play IRL) by their teamates because what's the point of an AR game if you don't actually go out and play it? "OH, but it's hot!!!!" Yes, stay inside, play some overwatch or something.

Comment Simple answer: (Score 1) 188

Charge for the non-security feature updates -- maybe even do it through the app store. Customers have to pay for updates one way or the other, so you should be able to sell a competitively priced phone and then make just as much money selling fewer physical phones and more software updates as you would under the status quo. That'd be good for the environment too.

The one sticking point is, as always, the carriers. They'd much rather you trade in your perfectly good phone for another one whose price is rolled into a contract extension. I'm convinced that Verizon on several occasions deliberately botched upgrades to force you to buy a new phone with more RAM.

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