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Major Backlash Looms For Apple's New Maps App

EGNyquist Re:The biggest losers will be Brazil, India, (466 comments)

5% of India is still what, 50 million people? That's a fair bit of money.

I like to think of them as "future Android users". Apple is great, of course...but apparently only if you're an American. But the more they isolate themselves the more they'll realize that you can't function in an economic vacuum. People will want a choice, and Android is where they'll find it.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 Rooted

EGNyquist Re:The missing feature (62 comments)

Of course, if informed consumers are willing to accept limitations of this nature, their better option is to go with an iPad. The big advantage of an Android, aside from lower cost (and there are good unlocked Androids out there for the same or less than a Kindle), that it is an open platform that allows freedom, the ability to customize and choice for the user. Don't like play store? Okay, go use any one of the third-party app stores out there (even Amazon's). But why you would want that is beyond me; the ones from Amazon come hobbled to only work if their app store software is installed on your machine. While Amazon does some neat stuff as a company, this gambit of theirs is nothing short of foolhardy. Informed consumers will steer clear of being forced to use inferior alternatives (like Bing search engine, and Amazon App Store). And now that they've locked the bootloaders eliminating the option to change the software manually, I can't recommend the device even to casual tablet users. There are simply too many other, better alternatives. What's Ironic is the new Kindly hype is all due to Amazon's fear of the Nexus monster; yet they don't provide anything with their devices that gives them an advantage over the absolutely amazing Nexus.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 Rooted

EGNyquist The Greatest Mistake (62 comments)

The greatest mistake that Amazon made with this device is in fundamentally undermining the strength and appeal of the Android platform. Android is open, Android is free; You can install what software you want; you can customize to your hearts content. If you're tech savvy you can build your own ROM. Amazon takes this and turns it on it's head: They take Android and try to force it to conform to the Apple model; You use the software WE approve, you read the books and listen to the music WE sell you, and if you don't like it too bad. What's worse is, unlike Apple, what they are forcing on you is noticeably inferior to the alternatives.

more than 2 years ago
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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 Rooted

EGNyquist Re:Not really an Android tablet (62 comments)

Even more misleading is that, while they are using a forked Android 4.1 OS, they've completely cut off Google from their system- they try to force Bing on you as a default search engine, force their own inferior app store on you you, etc. I guess if you're a soccer mom who just wants to read her romance novels and check email with something, it might be an okay. But, when you consider that for the same price you could get a fully-featured and VERY powerful tablet like the Nexus 7, and for a comparable price you could get a full-featured Android like the Asus Transformer 300 tablet, you just can't justify getting a Kindle.

more than 2 years ago
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Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion

EGNyquist Re:No matter what the outcome actually is.... (1184 comments)

Wheres, a glance at my Android seems to show icons that are square, icons with rounded corners, and icons with transparent backgrounds so they can be any shape desired. Go figure, eh? :p

more than 2 years ago
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Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion

EGNyquist Re:No matter what the outcome actually is.... (1184 comments)

This will be softened significantly by appeals courts. During which time the Legal teams will continue to diligently earn $500+ an hour, per lawyer.

more than 2 years ago
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The Panic Over Fukushima

EGNyquist If it doesn't matter... (536 comments)

Well, to those who are comfortable with the idea then: Build your house next to a reactor. Or on top a disposal facility.

more than 2 years ago
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Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law

EGNyquist Mythos and Logos (672 comments)

Well, since evolution is "Just a theory", we naturally can disregard creationism as "Just mythology". I would personally pay for the lawyer of a teacher who teaches this to his/her students.

more than 2 years ago
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Tennessee "Teaching the Controversy" Bill Becomes Law

EGNyquist Re:Methinks a law of unintended consequences (672 comments)

Oh yes, because being one of the poorest-educated states in the nation, the Tennessee lawmakers would naturally be quite hard-pressed to find a way to further hurt their students' chances of working somewhere other than Walmart...but I think they have succeeded here.

more than 2 years ago

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