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Comment Re:You are doing it wrong (Score 1) 296

It's a payment network. It wasn't designed as a replacement to the dollar but rather as a replacement to Paypal. As such it shouldn't be too surprising that it doesn't make a good currency; it's just not designed for that.

It's a shame that it's not that good at that either, transaction confirmation times often are faaar to long.

Comment Re:You are doing it wrong (Score 2) 296

I understand that BC is not a "widely accepted" currency and odds are that you have to cash-in eventually, but the point of Bitcoin is to become an alternate way to ease the trade of goods and services, and it should be used like that. Trying to convert it into "real" money misses the point completely. I think that if people have bitcoins, they should use them only to replace conventional currency in their transactions, not to try to convert them.

It's not a usable currency because one of the points of currency is a value store - a way of 'keeping score'. To do that it must have a relatively stable value, which is demonstrably doesn't. Bitcoin is a gambling mechanism, and a way of hiding transactions, but it is not a usable currency.

Comment Re:Volatility (Score 1) 296

Bitcoin is a great way to make a lot of money or lose a lot of money if you don't mind taking a gamble or being very patient. It will inevitably rise and fall like crazy.

One of the reasons that Bitcoin is (supposedly) Good is the stability in its supply, that it can't be diluted by evil government and made valueless. But since nobody is looking after it, it is vulnerable to horrible fluxations way worse than anything than properly managed fiat currency does. Bitcoin as a means of transfer, fine, but Bitcoin as a value store, terrrrriiible.

Comment Re:ARM != ARM (Score 1) 107

Initially the whole point of ARM that made it so successful on the mobile platform, was simple and energy efficient architecture.
Lately it seem that ARM is more about fitting as much complexity as possible into a single chip..

Yes, but if useful functionality/complexity can be added without using more power, that's a good thing isn't it? Seems that ARM (et al) so far are doing a pretty good job of increasing performance and decreasing power usage with each new iteration. Simplicity doesn't not automatically mean efficiency, indeed more performant chips can go back to sleep quicker than slower ones.

Comment Re:Two Party System (Score 1) 191

It's hardly surprising at this point, despite what the zealots will have you believe, both Android and iOS are mature enough now that they've shared the major advantages each had - and there's few compelling reasons to switch. There still is a learning curve though, so the cost/benefit is highly weighted towards everyone staying where they are.

Comment Re:Funny (Score 1) 188

So you admit counting all Android phones towards smartphone market share is bullshit because most are actually used as dumb- or feature-phones.

Bit of a leap from "fewer apps installed" to "most are used as dumb phones" don't you think? You seem to be very personally invested in OS usage patterns. If that makes you happy - go for it, I don't care.

Comment Re:Funny (Score 1) 188

I don't recall activating my new Android tablet, whatever that means.

Where do I sign up?

You install an app that uses Flurry Analytics. Done.

Flurry isn't an ideal sampler though - it's much more used in iOS than Android apps, and seems to be persistently under-counting Android because of that.

Claim all the Fandroids, because Flurry proves that Android users use less apps. Which is easily shown by comparing cross platform apps that of course show usage patterns on both platforms fairly.

*Sigh*. Android users use less apps, yes we all know this. That also means doesn't it that the thing that's being claimed here can't be accurately measured from what Flurry can tell you. If Flurry only knows about a device when a suitable app is installed, then Flurry being less used for Android apps, and Android users installing less apps, is going to undercount Android *devices*. This article is trying to measure *device* numbers, which it's unsuitable for doing so. Give me comparison figures from Facebook, or some ubiquitous cross-platform app, but Flurry itself is flawed.

Comment Re:Yeah, because I didn't have a fucking choice. (Score 1) 188

Yeah - this is exactly my worry about the enforced OS upgrades. It's all well-and-good having your device upgraded to the latest version, but if that version is next to unusable then what have you really gained?

I'm hardly saying that the Android situation is great, but one side-effect is that old devices don't get upgraded into obsolescence, and Android app developers don't assume that everyone's running on the latest OS like iOS developers do so you can usually still use the apps you want.

Comment Re:No basis in reality (Score 1) 212

How many people honestly run a mobile device with no app store?

My flip-phone serves all the functions of a telephone (you can talk on it). Honestly, how can anyone who reads Slashdot use one of those locked-down user-hostile spy-computers that the gullible masses have been tricked into calling "smart" "telephones"? "Smart" is just a euphemism for "Treacherous." Stallman was right.

Because people have different tradeoffs - maps / games / video outweigh thouse considerations, for me. And bear in mind that you have also made a tradeoff, you carry a phone that is locatable at all times, has a completely closed-source OS that could be doing all sorts of things you pin on Google Services - you don't know.

Comment Re:How !! (Score 1) 313

is it legal to sell one thing to two different people?

It depends. If you read the fine print on the back of your airline ticket (or on the website if you buy online) it specifically says that you may get bumped, and it also says that a refund or replacement ticket is your only legal recourse. You agreed to those terms when you bought the ticket. So in this case, yes it is legal.

And it depends on the law at your location. EU rules about delays and cancellations are quite strict,it's about a mandatory €300 compensation if you're bumped. (Depends on his far and how late)

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