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Comment Re:Why would you? (Score 1) 143

Agreed.

My old Samsung worked fine when I got it, and over its lifetime suffered two noticeable degradations in reliability - each coinciding with an automatic update of the OS. Each update left more device features unreliable or completely borked.

New (also Android) phone works fine for now. Need to find a way to turn off automatic updates before it ends up going the same way.

Comment Re: Let's do it... (Score 1) 211

Here is the truth... If we do not get off this rock and escape this gravity well then the entire species is doomed.

...being doomed is probably no more or less than we deserve. To believe that we're the absolute pinnacle of evolution and deserve to last for ever is sheer arrogance. In the overall scheme of things we're just like the dinosaurs - dominant and influential, but ultimately just another note on the planet's timeline.

I just hope we get wiped out before we have the opportunity to head to another planet and start wrecking that one as well

Comment Re:Makes Sense (Score 1) 54

Moto's implementation sounds better to me. .

Moto's implementation is western, but the Huawei approach doesn't carry any real eastern or western bias. Swiping left to go back (or right to go forward) only really makes sense in a culture where people read from left to right - to someone who naturally reads right-to-left, a left-swipe would suggest a 'go forward' action

Comment Re:the real question (Score 1) 301

I was thinking something along the same lines...not "would you...?" but "do you really need to....?"

You can be all protectionist about your personal data to the point that you'd rather nuke it on the phone than let a government official see it, but that throws up other issues. Once it's gone, it's gone, so how do you convince someone that you just deleted a load of personal photos that you're very protective of, and not some horrible and incriminating terror-related material?

Comment first (Score 0, Flamebait) 382

Too much gets said about how great electrically powered vehicles are, but they're only zero emission at point o suse. Not enough gets said about where the electricity to charge those batteries comes from - unless it's wind/solar/wave, then it's actually quite a lot of emissions in the overall system.

Comment Benefits (Score 1) 197

Stuff I've gotten from conferences I've attended over the last few years (in no particular order) - Learned stuff from good quality presenters - Learned how to do good presentation using PowerPoint, instead of usual Death By PPT (the speakers/experts at the conferences I've gone to have been very good both technically and as presenters) - Picked up a few shiny things from trade stands alongside the main conference - Free beer and food at post conference networking sessions - Chance to travel to new places, and try to fit in a bit of exploration I don't think you'll ever go to a conference where every last minute is of value to you, but there should be some things that you can take away and get benefit from after the conference. The big challenge is trying to express that with some form of tangibleness so that you can persuade your boss to pay for your fees, travel, accommodation, etc.

Comment Re:that cant be right (Score 1) 126

We view everything in the past and describe it as if we saw it in real time. Only difference is, the light from the tree falling in front of me only took 20 nanoseconds to reach my eyes. Still, I just say "that tree just fell", not "that tree fell 20 nanoseconds ago and I just witnessed it now"

If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody is around to see it, does it emit photons?

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