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Comment Because Manufacturers Suck (Score 4, Insightful) 103

We're running old software because the manufacturers don't care about us after they've gotten our money. My experience with the Motorola G4 is a prime example of this. The phone came out in May 2016 with Android 6. Android 7 was released in August 2016, just three months after my phone was released, and I still don't have any update available for my phone despite the fact that Android 7 has been out for seven months! The worst part is that the OS on the G4 is practically stock Android, so it should take relatively little effort to customize the image and push it out. It seems the only way to guarantee access to new versions of Android is to buy a Google phone but the Pixel has one of the worst performance to price ratios of any Android phone. At this point, I have no idea what my next phone will be, but I have a lot of ideas about what it won't be.

Comment Re:Newsflash (Score 1) 519

Sleight of hand is all about deflecting attention somewhere else and Trump has mastered this like few others. The media and many liberals take the bait almost every time because it makes them feel smarter than other people but they're just playing right into his manipulation.

Comment Re:Newsflash (Score 1, Troll) 519

The best part about being a compulsive liar is that it only takes seconds to make an outrageous lie but minutes/hours/days for people to gather enough evidence to definitively prove it's a lie. By that point, the compulsive liar has made dozens more outrageous lies. I used to think that this behavior tends to catch up to liars but apparently the consequences amount to becoming president.

Comment FRAND (Score 1) 21

We all know that Qualcomm must license their wireless technology patents under FRAND terms (for comically cheap prices) in order for their technologies to be included in the standard, but are Qualcomm forced or sell Apple chips or could they tell Apple to make their own damned chips?

Comment Re:An American patent? (Score 1) 65

You are conflating patents with copyrights. Patents were created to protect concrete inventions, not abstract ideas. Copyright covers written compositions and recorded performances. For some reason, the U.S. has deemed software as one of the few things on the planet capable of receiving both protections. It makes complete sense for software to be covered under copyright since the part of software development that defines value is in the source code which is protect by copyright law. However, patents don't make sense at all for covering software because the "invention" is already defined in perfect detail by the source code. Therefore, granting additional protection on abstract concepts via the use of patents essentially covers the idea rather than the actual invention. Therefore, software should receive absolutely no protection under patent law and the rest of the world has already come to that conclusion. I imagine the U.S. will eventually join the rest of the world at some point in this regard - it's just a matter of how much business we'll lose until we can correct this mistake.

Comment How Do We Know Apple Isn't Pulling a VW? (Score 1) 164

So Apple released a closed-source patch for this issue and Consumer Reports is supposedly taking them on their word that the new software is legit. Is there any way to verify that the fixed software is definitely not using cached data so that the test accurately reflects the browsing habits of a user visiting many different sites over the course of the battery cycle? If not, then how do we know that Apple isn't faking the test by using cached data in a similar fashion to the way VW faked emissions tests in their diesel vehicles?

Comment Thanks, HTC!! (Score 1) 205

For years, I've refused to buy a new phone because they always had an annoying headphone jack. I always hated it with its stupid port and for providing me with the option to listen to music while charging. I was really excited when Apple innovated the iPhone 7 without the headphone jack but I'm not really into the iPhone right now because it doesn't offer enough dongles yet. Thank you, HTC, for recognizing what users want and giving us a reason to shell out money for a new phone!

Comment Re:Temps, staffing firms, 30 hour working 40-50?, (Score 1) 186

Many of the warehouse jobs are part-time and they hire tons of temps over the holiday season to avoid having to pay overtime to the part-timers. I spoke with a friend that works part-time in one of their warehouses and he said that he got fewer hours over the holiday season than last year because of the number of temps that they hired. So the number of workers will go up but the hours of the existing workers could potentially decline.

Comment Re:Preempting Apple (Score 1) 106

Everyone seems insistent on copying all of the features of the iPhone, even the absolutely braindead ones like removing the headphone jack. If I was Apple, I would "leak" rumors of extremely ridiculous changes to the next version of the iPhone, watch as the competition scrambled to beat me to market to release a phone full of things nobody wants, and then release a new iPhone that has the features people actually want. Of course that will never happen since Apple itself is all too focused on figuring out the next great thing to remove from their own phones. Sometimes I think the phone manufacturers have a bet to see who's customers have the highest levels of attrition.

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