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Comment Re:Peak time on satellite vs. cellular (Score 1) 222

Cell phone used to use peak and off peak for minutes. Things like $10 / mo for 20 peak minutes and 500 off peak minutes. Clearly designed to encourage off peak usage. The ratios started to change as cell phones began to be used socially and they couldn't do anything that extreme. Data is similar. Sure there are peaks but it is gently rolling hills not the sort of sharp drop offs that make a variable pricing scheme make sense.

Comment Re:Makes more sense (Score 1) 222

These are public companies their spend for the networks are public documents. The cost of spending to create 3G and then LTE was many billions for each of them every year. They have huge debts from it and your job is to indirectly pay down the bond holders. It is not pennies on the dollar to provide when you count the capital cost. That's why most of the cell phone providers went broke.

Comment Re:"Allow apps" from only "sanctioned" sources now (Score 0) 202

Because Apple runs the ecosystem. They are trying to gradually shift towards a situation where software distributed in the ecosystem to non-power users is regulated by Apple. That way Apple doesn't get slammed with viruses. If you as a developer are going to be distributing applications to end users not capable of making good choices about their software then you need to register with Apple.

Comment Re:Worse than Win10 for Privacy defaults (Score 0) 202

Apple has always been iffy when it comes to enterprise support. This has been intentional. There were similar issues just recently with the switch to iPhones for business. They have always aimed that the user of a device have a good experience even at the expense of a purchaser not getting what they want when the two are different. They are willing to accept enterprise purchases but not at the expense of enterprises creating a bad impression of their system.

They fundamentally disagree with the choice Microsoft made.

Comment Re:universal clipboard wtf (Score 1) 202

Apple doesn't encourage that usage pattern. They have family setups for kids.

As far as common login / login on a computer, if the family is sharing one login then they are sharing one account they are one person with one set of data. That's the case for all computers. There are "guest" setting for shared computers you don't use a standard login you use a guest type account and that won't have the syncing.

Comment What about talking to Verizon (Score 0) 209

Verizon in my experience is pretty reasonable. They do however make mistakes. Work with customer service. As for the $600 fee there is no $600 fee for ending a contract early that means they leant her money on a phone that she now has to repay plus possibly a much smaller penalty. This sounds like a person who acted impulsively. Most of the comments above talking about suing. Suing requires first acting in good faith. So she needs to act in good faith and in the very least talk to them.

Comment Re:It's been dying since KDE3 (Score 1) 515

I didn't want to debate whether Gnome was a failure or a success with GP. That's subjective depending on what exactly you mean. I think had Maemo been a success Gnome would be on a few billion devices. Gnome itself isn't to blame for the failure of Maemo but it certainly contributed. The fact that Android doesn't run Gnome and that Tizen is based on EFL is what the Maemo failure cost them. They are cut out of the market they wanted. Sure they are dominant in the Linux desktop market but during the Gnome 2 days they saw how limited that was and would be.

  Mobile is about 4x the size of desktop. Linux desktop is a tiny share of desktop (about 1%). Getting most of 1% of 1/5 of the market, depends on your point of view.

Comment Re:We're All Dying (Score 1) 515

-- If you want to see responsiveness try gnome2 applications either locally or remotely and compare them to the current ones locally even with a video card accelerating things for you.

Sure. Try your experiment. Have several video streams going in different windows and rapidly move the windows relative to one another. Or try anything else that requires a high framerate and lots of video information.

-- Blaming network transparency is just a distraction from losers who wouldn't know how to get their stuff running well on any platform. It never had anything to do with responsiveness because local applications get to use local sockets.

Network transparency in the proper sense doesn't exist on modern interfaces. If you mean how they fake it then yes that has an impact on performance. We've talked about this before. You can't safely directly render to X11's compositor without a high risk tearing. The application can't tell the compositor how to render and so half rendered content gets displayed. That's not ignorance it is deep design. To solve this applications render to a buffer and then do a memory copy. The speed of the memory bus is going up, but much more slowly than resolutions so this problem has gotten worse not better since Wayland started.

High performing applications need to control the rendering process cheaply.

Comment Re:How to advocate for desktop dev in a phone worl (Score 1) 515

The foisting of mobile on everybody was a solution to how to leverage network advantages over a huge range of physical typographies. Whole classes of problems like maintaining phone contact lists (what's Bill's mother's phone number since he goes over to her place every other Wednesday night) are simply gone. Literally billions of new people have a programable high powered digital device in the last decade who did not before. Among the 1st world who had computers they not only have a computer somewhere in the house but they have a fully internet capable device with them 24x7.

Newer in this case is vastly better. Its not even remotely close. Mobile is the source of the massive performance gain. Now desktop now has to adapt to mobile. That's not some pointless quest for shiny but rather trying to keep desktop relevant.

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