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Comment Re: Stock ROMs are shit (Score 1) 207

If you would care to listen to Google, they explain plailn why they do not add SD slots to Nexus and Pixel devices.

They claim this leads to a 'consistent user experience' across the models.

You may disagree, but this is their reasoning.

Of course, when I argued over the Android browser defaulting to a mobile User Agent String back in the G-1 days, and Google claimed it was to ensure i had the best possible mobile browsing experience, I was being contrary when I pointed out I has purchased the first Android device precisely to enjoy the best possible browsing experience. By changing the User Agent String back from my attempt to set the desktop User Agent String, they denied me the best possible experience.

Their ultimate reasoning? I was using a lot of data. Yeah, I was basking in newly released 3G data. Sheesh.

Yes, Google does decide things...

Comment Re:Subject (Score 1) 270

No one buys pharmaceuticals for the pills, or sprays, or powders, ointments, whatever the physical product is. They buy and use them for the effects. The effects. The utility. Improved health, improved performance, whatever.

And no one buys software for the physical media, or downloaded data, the bits. They buy software for the effect. The utility, results.

This is a great fallacy with IP, trying to categorize it as somehow different form all other products. It is just another product, deserving of the same protections, but no more. Governable by the same methods as other products. Even some patented seeds risk reproduction, even accidentally, and so the IP involved being used and benefit gained by those who somehow (accidentally even?) are able to propagate and continue deriving value without purchasing new seed.

As the state often does, a thing is not regulated until it is practical for people to do it. then, all of a sudden, it becomes a problem to be solved. Vinyl records->reel-t-reel tape was not a big deal, more trouble than the masses would engage in. Vinyl->cassette, that was much easier, and boom, taxes. CDs, digital media, needed copy protection because it became trivial to copy them. Pharmaceuticals are still hard to copy, though many are based on plants etc found in nature, and those, surprise, are often heavily regulated. Software, easily duplicated both in distribution and design, is getting special treatment that is not needed. If the problem is that anonymity makes enforcement difficult or impossible, this has always been a problem.

IP is not different from pharmaceuticals. No, it is not.

Comment Yeah, bit me good (Score 1) 49

Our legacy software we hoped would support SHA-256, which one of our processing platforms moved to 2 weeks ago. Nope, despite lukewarm assurances, it did not. Frantic migrations. Many upset users.

Over a 12+ year old app that has survived conversion from dialup to HTTPS to FTPS, moved through several processor changes, and finally the death begins. I expect other platforms to migrate off SHA-1/SHA-2 and kill this old beast dead.

A little more warning would be nice, but heh, we still would have had to leave it behind

Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1540

From Wikipedia /a;

"The charter states that "our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious" and calls for the eventual creation of an Islamic state in Palestine, in place of Israel and the Palestinian Territories"

" It emphasizes the importance of jihad, stating in article 13, "There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad."

"The charter also states that Hamas is humanistic, and tolerant of other religions as long as they "stop disputing the sovereignty of Islam in this region".[6] The Charter adds that "renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion" of Islam" - to be fair, this IS Islam.

"In 2010 Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal stated that the Charter is "a piece of history and no longer relevant, but cannot be changed for internal reasons."[14] Hamas has moved away from its charter since it decided to run candidates for office." - which could lead us to question if anything Hamas stated can be reliable.

Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1540

Ignoring the continued commitment of Arabs in the Middle East (worldwide, actually) to exterminate Jews certainly makes it easier to blame Israel exclusively. Even in 1948 the Arab world would have annihilated the Jewish populations in all middle eastern regions.

The creation of the modern Jewish state has been bloody. But when I consider the Arab treatment of those in Palestine, that is the great tragedy.

Comment Re: News for Nazis (Score 1) 1540

Their most ardent supporters (and most others) neither require nor expect any such veneer. So many in the world support the goal of extending Jews, and Hamas is merely one of the tools to that end.

Any justification of limiting Israel in both keeping territory gained in the defense of their nation and on selling that land only serves their enemies, those committed not merely to defeating Israel but exterminating Jews worldwide.

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