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Comment Re:Offer a rugged version with bonus battery life (Score 2) 337

With respect, I don't think any of that's true, but it's one of these great assertions of utter donkeyballs that, if thought about, actually leads to the truth.

Wanting a more rugged phone with a decent battery life has nothing to do with "nostalgia", and battery life is actually one of the top complaints amongst smartphone users. So why doesn't the market support that?

Well, because the market is not the same as "most smartphone buyers". Most smartphone buyers do not spend $600 on a f---ing smartphone. Most smartphone buyers spend under $200 on a device with the biggest screen they can find, and then $10 on a "case" that makes it three times as thick.

Who doesn't do this? The people who pay $600 for a phone.

What's so special about $600 phones? Is it the innards? (No) Is it the screen? Uhm.... kinda, but you're looking at a screen that probably cost Apple or Samsung a cool extra $20 to incorporate. Better camera? Ditto.

No, what's special about a $600 phone, which cost maybe $50 more to build than the $60 BLU R1 HD in my pocket, is that has a very pleasing to the eye design.

That is it. That's the difference between a very good $150 phone, and a top of the line Galaxy.

This is why, more than likely, that under $200 phone will actually be more useful than the $600 iGalaxy. It may well have on bezel buttons, resulting in a less awkward UI. It may have a removable battery, or an SD card slot, or both. It may well have dual SIM support.

It may even have a battery that lasts more than eight hours before spluttering out.

The majority of smartphone users want better batteries, features, robustness, and we really don't care about how slim it is. But the majority of smartphone users are barely profitable, with tiny single digit percentage margins. So they literally don't care about us: they care about that minority that's willing to pay $600 for a phone with a build cost of well under $200.

And that minority is the group that wants paper thin phones.

Comment Re:somewhere in between (Score 1) 12

Not really what I'm getting at. Congress and the Senate are a bunch of establishment politicians. They're only going to try to impeach someone if there's a good reason, or if they don't think the current occupant is there legitimately - ie isn't one of them.

I think Clinton will spend the next four years the same way she spent the last four, being investigated multiple times by Congress over non-scandals. But, if she really is the establishment politician her opponents claim, she'll have an easier time than Obama.

There's no doubt she wants to be part of the establishment, I just don't think she is, and I think she knows that too.

Comment Re:Commodore engineers (Score 1) 286

The 68000 presented a 32 bit ABI, but was internally a 16 bit CPU and presented a 16 bit data bus. The 68000 Amigas (1000, 500, 2000, "1500", etc) used a 16 bit data bus, even when they had a "real" 32 bit 68xxx CPU card installed. As a result, it is reasonable to talk about the 68000 range of Amigas as 16 bit.

Technically, you could also call the A3000 a 16/32 bit hybrid, as the ECS side (complete with chip RAM) was still accessed via a 16 bit pipe.

Comment Re:Commodore engineers (Score 1) 286

I'm going to dissent on the memory protection thing for three reasons: first, technical: CAOS probably wouldn't have been as efficient, expandable, and pleasant as AmigaOS assuming it made a serious attempt to implement memory protection. AmigaOS was those things because it had a message passing architecture that relied upon each process being able to see each other process's data. This worked throughout the entire system, device drivers passing disk blocks to file systems ("handlers"), in turn passing that data to running programs.

The first Amiga designs also barely supported memory protection. The A1000 had hardware in it (which I don't believe was part of the core Amiga chipset) to write protect a block of memory, but that was it.

The second problem is that CAOS was ditched for AmigaOS with Tripos for a very good reason that would have also hit Atari - it was too big a project, and they had a deadline to meet.

The third is we kinda know what choice Tramiel would have made to deal with the deadline issue, because we know what he did for his own Amiga rival: he would have said "We don't need some Unix like system, people are using PCs, they're happy with single tasking and 8.3 filenames. Let's see what Microsoft's rival Digital Research can sell us"

And the Amiga would have run TOS - essentially a first draft of DR's DOS Plus operating system, with GEM.

I do agree that Atari's management would have worked better for it in the longer term, but I think Atari's Amiga A1000 would have been a whole lot worse than Commodore's.

Comment Re:Perfect malware delivery system (Score 1) 98

My very first thought.

And I'm sure there's a switch somewhere that means it gets delivered to you even if you've opted out (I'm assuming that's possible), in case there's a serious incident.

One hacker, brief access to the system, and a malicious link or even just photograph if they can craft it just right, and make it look innocuous so people look at it and just delete it rather than get into a panic. Voila... millions of compromised devices.

Seriously, this is the most big-brother feature I've ever heard of. We might have emergency broadcast in my country but I have literally never received one, ever, on any device. Presumably because we reserve them for fecking emergencies that require EVERYONE to panic, rather than whatever car chase is going on nearby.

Comment Re:Ummm ... (Score 1) 12

The fascism is in the people who scapegoat third parties when their favorite party loses,

No. Not even close. Not unless you're using the term to mean "Anything I don't like" like some 1980s activist "Man, you can't MAKE me vote, that's fascism man!"

I agree it sucks we'll face the choice we're facing, but those are the breaks. In most elections I'd encourage third party voting if you really don't like the major parties - it sends a message that your vote is available if only the major party closest to you is willing to change a few policies and its behavior. In this case we have an actual fascist - that is, an authoritarian who's advocated shutting down criticism, who's supported violence against his opponents, and who is scapegoating minorities and advocating hate against them - running against an unappealing, but nonetheless democratic candidate, and the election is close, too close to be "sending a message" to the big 2.

Am I going to blame Stein voters for a Trump victory? No, I'm going to blame the Democratic establishment for nominating such a divisive uninspiring candidate. But I'm still going to encourage everyone in a swing state to vote for her, because Trump is terrible.

Comment Re:somewhere in between (Score 1) 12

I was making an analogy. I hate suburbia, but just because it would be easy to escape it via certain methods (for example, going to prison) doesn't mean that alternative is better. Just because Prison would be something I could escape to NOW doesn't mean if I reject it I'm blocked from escaping to, say, a city at a later date.

Likewise, putting a fascist in charge of the USA is a pretty extreme and negative way to get rid of the establishment. It might achieve it, but the results are unquestionably worse than the alternative, especially as "not replacing the establishment now" does not mean we'll be unable to in the future.

...of course, as I've said elsewhere, Trump isn't even "not the establishment". He represents, by and large, the people who are running the country, but feel threatened by others who want to finally have some say in how their government works. And Clinton? Well, she's one of the people who threatens them - but she's spent the last few decades trying to make herself part of it.

Whether she's succeeded or not depends on whether you think she is going to spend the next four years doing ordinary politics, or whether she's going to spend the entire time fighting bogus investigations from people who clearly think she's not a legitimate President.

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