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Comment Re:Huh, a 3 year old phone... (Score 4, Insightful) 114

Bingo. It does not matter when they started selling it, but when they stopped. And 3 years is pretty good compared to Android (many phones never have an up to date version available), but it is not an acceptable duration of support. Progress has slowed significantly, and most IT departments now assume a device to last for 5 years. Personally I have used older, but that does require significant compromise.

Comment Re:Like a Fart In A Cane Seat Chair (Score 1) 52

Indeed: search and Gmail have been around for a long time.

Android and ChromeOS are well established, too, but they are really just a way to push the Google Play store. Even Nexus phone are very quickly dumped as unsupported, so not much love there.

And then there is the whole area of messengers and other personal apps, where Google has a terrible track record. I would put any interactive device into the same category: bound to be abandoned soon.

Comment Re:Passwords exist (Score 3, Informative) 210

Passwords suck. Even with SSO, even with a password manager, even with salting and hashing, passwords suck, and will always suck.

You need an authentication token. *One* authentication token. Microsoft can do it, Google can do it, Facebook can do it (but of course they are not compatible).

Millions of little websites still use passwords.

Comment Re:Wow. Excellent question /. (Score 1) 537

Yes, those are all appropriate observations, but how would a smart phone app change that, or even any technology? These are cultural and social problems, and they need cultural and social answers.

Asking for a smart phone app to solve drug problems in the Mid West is like asking a Star Wars toy to deliver peace in the Middle East. The framing of the question is wrong.

Comment Re:Questions (Score 1) 63

Use maths.

So far, after about one week, the risk is about 1:100 000.

BuT: Samsung says only 0.1% of phones are affected, so 35 in 2500 affected phones. That is more than 1:100. Does that risk continue? If so, after a year the chance that your phone has exploded is higher than the chance that it still works.

Basically those deffect cells have to be consider as time bombs, and if that is the case, the recall is not nearly urgent enough.

The Hover Board is the only other device with a similar high likelihood of going spectacularly wrong.

Comment Not Impressed (Score 1) 37

I am not impressed with the Google devices. I have both the Nexus 7 (2012) and the Nexus 4. At least the Nexus 4 is still a nice phone, but the Nexus 7 is just obsolete now. Both are out of support and out of security updates. Both devices look quite small nowadays: with phablets approaching 6" screens, a 7" tablet is kind of useless.

And recently Google has turned up the price. The Chromebook is great, but overpriced, and the Pixel C is kind of ok, and also overpriced. So my prediction for the new tablet: kind of nice, but overpriced. And in two years they will stop supporting it.

Comment Re:This will be typical Google (Score 1) 34

I absolutely agree. They tend to be very good with great announcements, and often they do make a lot of sense. But following through is another matter - and it very rarely happens.

Now at least I think Chrome is pretty safe, and will not be discontinued anytime soon. But it was always CPU heavy, and probably will always be.

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