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Comment Re:Price has other factors (Score 1) 89

that updates are guaranteed for at least two years from the sale date

Who out there thinks 2 years is enough? If people keep using these things after 2 years, then they'd better get updates. I think 3-4 years is a more reasonable lifespan for a phone these days. At some point, of course, they're going to stop getting updates - and maybe they should lose their ability to connect to the internet at that point. But having them become disposable after 2 years makes them a lot less of a bargain.

That said, many of today's flagship phones don't provide much better support - in many cases worse. But that's no excuse for making Android One insecure and/or disposable. The whole point of Android One is to make sure that there's a secure alternative at the low end - rather than the utter crap that's being sold into that market now.

Submission + - Law for Autonomous Vehicles: Supporting an Aftermarket for Driving Computers (

Bruce Perens writes: How will we buy self-driving cars, and how will we keep them running as self-driving software and hardware becomes obsolete much more rapidly than the vehicle itself? Boalt Hall legal professor Lothar Determann and Open Source Evangelist Bruce Perens are publishing an article in the prestigious Berkeley Technology Law Journal on how the law and markets might support an aftermarket for self-driving computers, rather than having the manufacturer lock them down or sell driving as a service rather than selling cars. The preprint is available to read now, and discusses how an Open Car, based on Open Standards and an Open Market, but not necessarily Open Source, can drive prices down and quality up over non-competitive manufacturer lock-in.

Comment Re:IT is amazing (Score 5, Insightful) 93

Most folks drink stale coffee. Try roasting your own (I use Sweet Maria's for supplies) or going somewhere with a roaster on site who is honest enough to tell you the roast date. It should be from 2 to 10 days ago. Flavor development in coffee is a rancidification process. Like cheese, you want to catch it when it is a little, but not too, rancid.

Comment Re:...Or Just Take Aspirin. (Score 2) 93

Let's not forget the effect of helicobacter pylori bacteria on ulcers, they are in general held to be the main cause these days.

I have another theory about the beneficial effect of aspirin, caffine, etc. We evolved with them. Our diet was rich in salycilates and chemicals similar to theobromine or caffine. They came from the plants we ate, some of which were mildly toxic and which we evolved to process to the point that we became dependent on some of their effects. There are a lot of things in the primitive diet that modern people don't eat much at all, like acorns which had to be soaked to remove alkalai and tannin.

If this is the case, taking aspirin and drinking coffee or tea replace substances found in a more primitive diet.

Comment Re: Not really needed for drones (Score 1) 24

Modulation designators that state the payload type don't make much sense with digital data transports. You can do digital TV or anything else with 4 MHz bandwidth. Cellular doesn't make much sense unless they have a really long hover time and drone life, in which case it could be a pop-up base station.

Comment Re:False premise (Score 1) 482

Right. PC's aren't dying. But the market for new PC's is drying up. Most PC users are well served by the machine they have, and their sexy new purchase is a new smartphone. PC's will still continue to be made and sold - it's just that the market is saturated, and there's nothing new worth buying a new PC for. Windows 10? Not likely.

Comment Re: False premise (Score 1) 482

If PC's actually do morph into a locked-down platform, then maybe stuff like System76 will actually find a market. For now, their stuff is way more expensive than a comparable PC with Windows 'thrown in'. And since it's relatively easy to set up a dual boot on those things, very few people will buy a System76 machine for cost saving reasons. Why those companies don't try to compete on price eludes me. But I guess it's a very hard thing to do to compete with Dell and HP strictly on price with a platform that limits what you can do with it. I essentially never boot Windows on my 4-year old HP box, but it was cheap, and Windows is there if I ever need it. If that box had been $1000, I'd never have bought it. But I paid $400, and it runs Linux great.

Comment Re: Real Stuff (Score 5, Insightful) 188

People run RedHat for the long-term support. Enterprises don't like being forced to upgrade on a vendor's schedule, and RedHat was the first Linux provider to recognize that and cater to it. Timely security upgrades for a consistent platform - over years - is what enterprise users want. And like it or not, that is a technological meaning.

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