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Comment My question is: (Score 3, Informative) 164

Have they fixed the rather major defect they introduced by forcing an unconfigurable doze on us all?

Any application which requires the device to remain active (ie. safety applications like marine anchor and AIS alarms) are not functional on Android 6.0+. Even if you add applications to the exception list, they'll still be suspended, and woken only every 15 minutes while dozing.

A simple "do not EVER interfere with this process under any circumstances" option would resolve it, and to be honest it's quite shocking it was ommitted.

Comment Re:If Water is Scarce (Score 1) 323

Your'e right .. I am (today, in most places). But the point still stands.

It's mostly people lacking a scientific education screaming "we're running out of water" and misunderstanding the actual nature of the problem - some areas have limited access to naturally fresh water, and will need extensive recycling and desalination programs.

But when you put it that way, it's so much less dramatic.

Comment Re:If Water is Scarce (Score 3, Interesting) 323

Seventy-one percent of the Earth is covered by water. We simply lack the technology to change that statistic.

Water cannot be "scarce" on Earth.

It is expensive to desalinate water. However, war is many orders of magnitude more expensive.

Think of it this way: $0.25USD per 1,000L of desalinated water vs $2.50USD per 1,000L of ground or lake water taken by force.

There may be minor skirmishes over specific rivers, but there will never be war because it is not economically advantageous.

Comment Re:Why use FB? It's a social network (Score 1) 534

Interesting to hear from the other side.

I'm not a heavy Facebook user, but I have mostly dissociated from former friends who share your attitude. It kinda creeps me out, to be honest.

I live on a boat and move around frequently, so Facebook is quite convenient for keeping track of events and the goings on of my friends. When I'm in a particular town, a simple "I'm in town; drinks?" is enough to reunite perhaps a dozen friends for a nice evening.

Anyway, we all make our choices, but it is interesting to hear it from your side.

Comment Re:Backup data center? (Score 1) 239

Give they were down for less than a day, it's entirely possible they *do* have a backup DC, but chose not to transfer. Transferring a thousand services to backup carries an immense risk, and they may have decided that it's safer to simply repair the power systems and bring the original DC back online.

Comment It's pretty mind-blowing (Score 1) 67

.. that state actors can seize property for their own gain.

Really think about it for a second.

Quite frankly anything seized and not returned should be destroyed (in the case of currency) or donated to a registered charity with a small fee assessed to the seizing department (which should also be destroyed).

Comment This one's easy (Score 1) 194

"Net neutrality laws are here to protect everyone, and will not be weakened. If your organizations can't keep up with technology, the wireless spectrum community resource that has been temporarily leased to you be revoked and assigned to more capable enterprises. Any attempt to interfere with the handover (or degradation of service) will be answered with an eminent domain seizure of telecom equipment to support critical infrastructure and communication services until the handover is complete."

Comment Re:Probably the Amazon Video model (Score 1) 83

It's mind boggling that it took them so long. I guess Amazon Video must be eating into their market share.

I cancelled my Netflix subscription about a year ago over the issue. The answer I got back was "offline mode will confuse users," so I said "you've lost a customer. I'll come back once you implement offline mode."

All of the music streaming services got it right: Add to library (downloads for offline playback). Stream it, and it stays cached until some expiry is triggered.

Not rocket science. Looks like they're getting me back!

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