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Comment Re:Nonsense. Hillary supporter lying 2 cover is FA (Score 1) 198

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) 164

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:What does Netcraft say? (Score 1) 505

True but also I feel that it is a case of good enough. You use your desktop to launch programs. You may use it for notifications but I have yet to see a good notification system for a desktop. What ships is usually good enough and works. As far as being customizable if I can pick a desktop image and a few other options I am good.
Of course I have used more desktops than the average person starting with the Amiga, all versions of Windows, OS/2, OS/X, KDE, Gnome and so on.

Comment Re:I'll bet it's all Larry (Score 1) 153

Lots of people made a lot of money with Java. Not not Sun.
I think idea was that Java would run best on Sparc/Solaris so Sun would sell a lot of of Sparc based hardware to big companies.
Then X86/64 and Linux became a great home for Java.
Java on the desktop is still around but Java for everything never took off. In a way the browser based apps we see now are exactly what Sun was suggesting back in the day and Microsoft feared.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 145

Carriers are not going to keep power of the OS for much longer. Apple does not give carriers control and more and more people are going contract free and buying a phone. When a user buys the phone they become the customer and not the carrier.
Unified does not have to be any more closed then a desktop OS is.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 145

"Regarding lazy programmers: I have written programs where I used packed bitfields & still ended up needing around 4-8 GB RAM."
I am betting that was not a game, spreadsheet, or any other typical program...
Yes their are tasks that can use huge memory spaces. I speaking about your average users more than STEM users.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 145

"Uh, no, that would have to be blessed & endorsed by Linus and co-opted upstream."
Uh yes. You just have to have your own version of the kernel. It is called forking and as long as you compile with the GPL.
Linus just has to bless what goes into his fork of the Kernel.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 145

I am much older than you. I can remember reading about Intel demoing a 100mhz x86. It was cooled by liquid nitrogen. At the time an 8mhz system was really fast and I thought yeah like that will ever get to the average consumer.
Then I remember when the 68020 came out and it was a real 32-bit cpu. I thought we will never need more than 4GB of ram so we will never need more than a 32 bit CPU. "Frankly I am still not sure we "need" more than 4GB of ram on desktops except that programers have gotten really lazy.
I can even remember when we built the first server for my old office. We got a 1GB drive and it was larger than all the drives in the office combined!
Things do change.

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