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Comment Re: Users mostly part of the "used phone" market? (Score 1) 164

Snapdragon 800: 2.3GHz CPU and Adreno 330
Snapdragon 805: 2.7GHz CPU and Adreno 420
Snapdragon 808: A57 CPU and Adreno 418

These are quite different hardware architecture/designs. It's definitely not what you would call "marketing generations." And by no means is a krait CPU a "sibling" to a default A57 CPU, performance regression or not.

Comment Re: Users mostly part of the "used phone" market? (Score 1) 164

The 5 and 5X are very different, especially when it comes to things that matter. I don't even know how you can claim they're similar when they're literally two generations apart. It's practically enough time for Qualcomm to develop, launch, and stop supporting a whole product from end to end!

Comment Re: Do we nned it? (Score 1) 164

Exactly illustrates my point. Lots of people drive during the day, and it'd be an awful waste if that light is a 50kW bulb...

And in case you didn't know, the biggest possible battery hog isn't the screen or antennas - it's the CPU. It's just that most of the time it's idle; and when it's busy, it often overheats and slows down.

So to address your original point: Snooze is great for those shitty apps (read: *cough*Facebook*cough*) that wakes up your phone every 5 minutes to phone home...I meant, to "update itself to bring you the best experience."

Comment Re:Users mostly part of the "used phone" market? (Score 1) 164

Some reasons why Google won't update:
1) Is the phone fast enough so that it isn't just full of jank when you upgrade? Because I'm sure people will complain a LOT more about that than be forced to upgrade a pretty antiquated phone.
2) Do the hardware component manufacturers still support those devices? Put it this way: why would Qualcomm staff up a driver team to upgrade the drivers of components in old devices if those components are "good enough" and doesn't even sell much anymore?

There are a lot more reasons beyond "specs".

Comment Re:No problem (Score 1) 164

There are two types of updates which I think we're confounding: one is security updates, and another is OS upgrades. At least as of now, security updates are being forced through. So as long as you have a relatively recent version of Android and a phone with some sort of reputable brand, you get those regularly (just like your Windows/Ubuntu example).

On the other hand, version upgrades are mostly wild wild west-style of approach. And in this regard, it's a lot less different from Windows than you'd think (as for lowest-common-denominator-Linux in general, well, you don't see many good games on there, do you?). When Windows Vista launched, the minimum requirement was DX9. If you didn't have a DX9 card, you're SOL for the most part. But this is also the part where some PC hardware manufacturers have done very well (compared to phones) -- they provided continual driver updates. Can't say the same for phone hardware manufacturers (which is probably why the N5 wasn't updated).

Comment Re:Do we nned it? (Score 1) 164

Let me rephrase your concern: "what benefit will X be for use case Y when X is designed for use case Z?"

Well, yes, not a whole lot use when your use case is Y. But if your use case is Z, then it sure helps a lot. Your statement is also a lot like saying "why would I need an ignition switch on my car if every time I use my car it needs to be running anyway?" Well, yes, except you're not always driving, right? And for a lot (if not the majority) of people, their phones' screens are more often than not off between charges.

Comment Re:Bad idea even if it worked (Score 1) 373

Yes, because when Kim Jong-il died, North Korea was freed from the decades of repression and servitude. Oh wai....

And when the Arab Spring happened, obviously no corrupt leader died/were thrown from office and are still the same illustrious leaders today. Oh wai....

Trust me, if you failed to pass on your legacy of tyranny on to your offsprings, you failed as a tyrant. Natural death addresses some of the symptoms of evil, not evil itself.

Comment Re:want speed? dump javascript. (Score 2) 28

That's part of the point of the whole project -- get rid of certain JS/CSS hogs that constantly change and relayout the page while you're reading. And personally, I don't want to go back to the 90s crap static HTML using Lynx. I actually do like my interactive web pages (sans laggy third-party JS), thanks.

Comment Re:We need a secular definition of when life begin (Score 1) 140

From my personal experience with speaking to people, most choicers stop being ok with abortions at 3rd trimester, and most lifers start are fine with abortion at 1st trimester (using abortion as a guide of "when does 'life' begin"). The debate is really at the second trimester. But in the US, the politics/political theater/extreme groups keep glossing over this point, and try to polarize the issue into all or none. This polarization prevents actual civil discourse and resolution. It's rather sad, actually.

Comment Re:Frivolous lawsuit (Score 1) 496

I take issues with the very last comment (note: the he/she thing was obviously a typo, so I'm not addressing that) -- you clearly haven't taken an engineering ethics course. Classic examples:

1) Let's say you created a regular looking chair and state on a big tag attached to the chair, in bright red letters, "you can only sit on this chair and this chair isn't designed to be stood upon". If someone later stands on the chair and it broke, then you, the designer/manufacturer/whatever, are still responsible for the injury in the court of laws. "Foreseeable misuse" is what engineering ethics call it, and you're at fault.

2) If a ceiling fan hits a baby while a parent is throwing the baby up and down, it's not a "foreseeable misuse", and the parent has no grounds of suing the company that made the ceiling fan.

IANAL, but it's pretty clear from planking and past social network-inspired activities that such a "speeding trophy" falls into category 1 (from my perspective, and probably most jurors).

Comment Re:Strange hatred of intellectual property on /. (Score 1) 69

It seems like the present laws surrounding patents confound multiple aspects of the economics of inventions: the invention itself, use of invention, licensing, and protection against litigation. It's reasonable to assume that patents should lead to actual economic product, rather than just a piece of paper for trolling. Therefore, the suggestion of commercializing patents within a year is good.

However, there are cases where a person/company thinks of an idea, has no immediate purpose of putting this idea to use, but is afraid of litigation. To solve this issue, there should be something akin to trade secrets, but filed with the USPTO, dated, and sealed. If a second party later patents the same idea and sues the first party when the first party finally gets to implementing it, then the first party can unseal the filing to dismiss the patent suit.

If this is how everything's been working already, then I'll go back to hiding under my rock.

Comment Re:This is trouble (Score 1) 244

Strain the food supply? No, it won't. That's exactly the same argument people made in the middle of the 20th century about how human population growth will drain all of our resources by the end of the 20th century. Why did it not happen? Because of a mix of technological and economic reasons. I don't need to explain the technology part, but the economics part made sure that people decided to have less babies.

Put it simply, if each pair of parents only had one baby, soon we will have 0 population growth, even if everyone lives forever.

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