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Competitors Complain To EC That Free Android Is a 'Trojan Horse'

errandum Re:ZERO FUCKS... (315 comments)

If Samsung threatened to drop android they'd be the new Nokia. There is a reason they they stick around and abide by google. They know they have something to lose if they make too big of a power grab.

The only way I can see this happening is for them to develop their own offering, sell the two for a while, and when (or if) their option reaches a big market share they'll switch.

But you won't be getting rid of the google made applications anytime soon on samsung phones.

about a year ago
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Competitors Complain To EC That Free Android Is a 'Trojan Horse'

errandum Re:ZERO FUCKS... (315 comments)

No, they can't.

Acer tried to do that with Alibaba (a forked version of android with their own appstore, etc) in China and google threatened to put them off the "open handset alliance" (that would stop them from getting new Android versions before they were released into the wild).

So, no, they can't do whatever they wanted. If they could, Samsung would have ditched google a long time ago, I'm quite sure of it.

about a year ago
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Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

errandum Re:Yes (216 comments)

Again, people fail to understand that, just because YOU can, not everyone does. A normal user (those that make or break a platform) cannot and SHOULD NOT be expected to install anything anywhere. Geeks will always consume technology, the success of a product like this is dependent on the masses, not in the tech minority.

"people have put linux on it" is NOT a valid argument. I was also able to "fix" my old HTC Desire (yes, corny European name for a Nexus One) with custom roms (making it live well beyond its years), but a female friend of mine simply got rid of it and said "I'll NEVER buy HTC again". And then got an iPhone.

about a year ago
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Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

errandum Re:No (216 comments)

1) Is the average consumer tech savy enough to install linux? Just because you and I are, not everyone is. You have to understand that the success will be valued by how the masses adopt it, not how the tech geeks do.

2) I'd explain to you the meaning of a logical fallacy, but not in the mood. But google it and see why that argument holds very little value evaluating the success of a platform.

about a year ago
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Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

errandum Re:Yes (216 comments)

Chromebooks depend on a google service to keep running. Take the service out and it'll fail, very much like many RSS apps that consumed man-hours to develop and are now useless, since they based their efforts solely on using reader content in a seamless way.

The lesson is, you can't trust google to support your chromebook forever, if it fails they don't seem to have any problem shutting the platform down.

about a year ago
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Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

errandum Re:Yes (216 comments)

No, but chromebooks depend on googles' cloud. Take that out and, unless you're a geek and are able to use it for something else (linux and whatnot), you'll have a useless computer.

about a year ago
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Why You Should Worry About the Future of Chromebooks

errandum Yes (216 comments)

And then when it fails to bring money it gets discontinued. And you have a very expensive paperweight... Google Reader was an eye opener. Depending on a third party for core functionality is something I'll be avoiding from now one, since you never know...

about a year ago
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What Does It Actually Cost To Publish a Scientific Paper?

errandum Re:u r a moron (166 comments)

Those do not get payed so it doesn't count.

about a year ago
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What Does It Actually Cost To Publish a Scientific Paper?

errandum Re:No (166 comments)

Spread through the thousands of articles they have the cost would be minimal. And there are other solutions like colaborative efforts between universities where one would take care of their own stuff. Planetlab is a good example on how this is possible.

And if they sell 100 articles / month you have all the costs and proffits covered. But they get way more than that since unviersities pay them for access, etc.

about a year ago
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What Does It Actually Cost To Publish a Scientific Paper?

errandum No (166 comments)

It costs them nothing. Everyone that does actual work does not get payed for it by the publication.

Only the magazines and websites get any kind of money for them, and hosting a 3mb pdf will never cost 30$ per copy, no matter how much they say it does. It's taking advantage of a system that was established when only print would do and actually printing and delivery would cost lots of money.

Right now, it's ridiculous and it will die sooner or later if someone comes forth with a good alternative (no matter how good nature is).

And the argument that no money makes things unbiased is complete bulshit. In that case, judges should not be payed either.

about a year ago
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Can Any Smartphone Platform Overcome the Android/iOS Duopoly?

errandum Re:firefox or ubuntu (404 comments)

1- Headsets
2- Building a userbase and tying it to your ecosystem (and your app/movie/whatever) store.
3- Ad network for your now ubiquitous smartphone ecosystem.

If you only plan to offer what the others already do, then you'll die a very painful death.

about a year and a half ago
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Can Any Smartphone Platform Overcome the Android/iOS Duopoly?

errandum Re:firefox or ubuntu (404 comments)

The problem with ubuntu (and any new mobile OS in the past few years) is that they do not innovate, they simply copy and add a few gimmicks.

Developer tools need to be available WAY before the launch. They need to be free. Pay developers for startup apps. Make an office suit, a few games, etc. and make them freely available for everyone. Make them run android binaries (last I've heard, the dalvik code is open source). See those cloud services others charge for? Make them free.

Let your hardware partners go crazy. Don't impose guidelines, just make sure all binaries will run. The rest, leave it to them so they are not all clones of one another (like windows phones).

Be ready to spend a few millions without return of investment.

And above all, don't try to keep your competition out, invite them in. Google develops for iOS and with that they give out a good company image to iOS users. Maybe those that love the new Maps app will want to get it on android without the limitations. Having a full set of google services would be a plus.

about a year and a half ago
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More Than 25% of Android Apps Know Too Much About You

errandum Re:Fine grained options (277 comments)

The difference is, if an iPhone does that, there is nothing you can do, since it might be happening behind your back.

If you see your flashlight app uses the internet or GPS, you can skip it.

about 2 years ago
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More Than 25% of Android Apps Know Too Much About You

errandum Yeah (277 comments)

That study is irrelevant. Most of those apps don't know that because they need to, but because they are free and the averts do.

Do the same study on payed apps. For example, GPS location access is not present on any of the games I bought so far.

about 2 years ago
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Nokia Keeps Quietly Mapping The World

errandum Re:AAPL could buy NOK (197 comments)

What's so wrong about that? Google should be able to get something in return for providing turn by turn navigation and all the premium features they include on their maps.

about 2 years ago
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MplayerX Leaving Mac App Store

errandum Re:I second that (225 comments)

If you only want to pay taxes for things that you will benefit from, then there is nothing more to talk about. It's selfishness at it's prime.

Now you have a stable job and a home. If your life ever took a turn for the worst, I bet you would feel differently.

about 2 years ago
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MplayerX Leaving Mac App Store

errandum Re:I second that (225 comments)

I obviously am. I'm trying to make America a more equal place. The reason why the higher income people should pay more taxes is exactly that reason, a way to level the field. The thing is, they are very good at dodging taxes. And say they pay 13% and feel proud about it...

about 2 years ago
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MplayerX Leaving Mac App Store

errandum Re:I second that (225 comments)

I read that number in a book. I might be wrong since it was a long time ago. Still, the priciple applies.

about 2 years ago
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MplayerX Leaving Mac App Store

errandum Re:Please consider Mitt Romney (225 comments)

There are studies that show that anything over a certain limit (I think something in the lines of over 70000 a year) money stops being a motivation to work harder and stars being a luxury. I do not agree that it should be more than they need, but more than they can conceivably spend on anything normal while others starve. I do consider computer normal, same as a good house or a good car, but a 20ft yatch is not normal and no one should have one for pleasure while people starve.

But hey, that's me. You truly think that the billions spent on taxes by the rich will create jobs? They might create jobs oversees where they invest, but very little of that stays in America. That, and new mansions, but very few jobs. Less jobs than a strong middle class can create (more people consuming, more production is needed, more jobs are created).

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Rugged E-book Reader?

errandum Re:Get a waterproof case (126 comments)

The problem with the kindle is that it is extremely easy to ruin by a backpack with books. I've had 2 die on me that way, so I'm guessing he needs a hard case more than that :\

about 2 years ago

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