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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

gweilo8888 Re: Seen the e-Golf? (395 comments)

That should have said "And 45 miles by road is probably more like 35 miles as the crow flies."

about three weeks ago
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France Wants To Get Rid of Diesel Fuel

gweilo8888 Re: Seen the e-Golf? (395 comments)

90 miles is frankly pathetic. That's a best case scenario 45 miles there and back; less with frequent starting and stopping. And 45 miles by road is probably not like 35 miles as the crow flies. Imagine a 35 mile radius around your home. You cannot get any further than that without recharging. And that's supposed to be good mileage?

These work for a regular daily commute of relatively short distance, nothing more. In the real world you need to own a second car to do anything useful after work, on weekends and holidays, or when taking a vacation. And if you need a second car for that, you bought the wrong first car.

about three weeks ago
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Group Tries To Open Source Seeds

gweilo8888 Re:Patents last 20 years (100 comments)

Except that as soon as one patent nears expiration, another slightly differing patent that still covers the same item is filed for and granted. And you'd be a fool to assume that patents will stay at 20 years when our politicians are completely corrupt and have a revolving-door system with the very corporations the public needs protection from. Lobbying (read: legalized bribery) makes it likely that the scope of patents will continue to expand, just as the scope of copyright does.

about a month ago
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Google Wallet API For Digital Goods Will Be Retired On March 2, 2015

gweilo8888 Re:So, why the continued G-love? (105 comments)

Of course, that still leaves the problem of the company that does one thing, and damn well, then being taken over by Google, Apple, or Microsoft, at which point their product languishes unupdated or is canceled altogether, or it's turned into a new Google / Apple / Microsoft product that is abandoned a year later.

The smart money is on those who do one thing, and do it just about well enough. Not good enough to get bought and taken over, not diversified enough to stop giving a crap. They're stuck making just-good-enough products for you and me to use.

and I'm only half-joking.

about a month ago
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Why the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads

gweilo8888 Always except when it isn't (109 comments)

Headline: "the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads"

Summary: "the clock has traditionally been always set to 9:42 in Apple advertisements." ... "The time was even slightly tweaked in 2010" ... "it displayed a different time"

That's some quality editing there, Slashdot.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

gweilo8888 Re:Don't learn from the past. (66 comments)

Awesome, so your phone can wipe your credit cards and (more likely, because they have a lower coercivity) hotel room keys. What a feature!

about 1 month ago
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Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

gweilo8888 Re:only for nerds (66 comments)

Now, doing this for laptops... that's the real question--why haven't they done this *yet*. (And no, just because you can aggravatingly, pain-stakingly pry open a laptop to service it and in some cases interchange some parts does not qualify).

They have done it -- you just have to pay enterprise pricing if you want this feature. Look at HP's ZBook series for one example. Slide one latch and the entire bottom pops off, revealing the hard drive bay, DIMM sockets, mSATA slot and wireless LAN card without removing a single screw. Removing the hard drive means taking out one screw the first time, but it is designed so that it will latch in place without the screw if you want regular hard drive swaps. And the full, extremely detailed service manual is available free to all, should you decide you need to access parts that aren't typically upgraded on a notebook.

about 1 month ago
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Google Announces Project Ara Developer Conference, Shows Off First Prototype

gweilo8888 Re:only for nerds (66 comments)

For a phone, I agree modularity (other than the battery) is a bad idea. For a desktop or notebook PC, I couldn't disagree more.

The ability to upgrade my machines isn't there for adding stuff willy-nilly every six months. It is there for adding stuff when I *need* to, and allowing me to choose what best fits my needs in the first place. My desktop PC will last me five years easily (it is already more than three years old and still far more powerful than I need for current games, applications like high-definition video editing, raw file editing using DxO Labs' PRIME denoising engine, and so on.) But I am able to make large or small upgrades as and when I want, and quite likely, will extend my PC beyond that five year window. The same for my notebook, to a slightly lesser extent. (Although it's enterprise-grade, and so unusually upgradeable for a notebook.)

And the best thing? Both exceeded the specs of Apple hardware at the time I bought them, and were only half to two-thirds the price of equivalent Apple hardware at purchase. Apple's pricing is a tax on the stupid and the bone-idle.

about 1 month ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

gweilo8888 Re:it is perfectly timed (252 comments)

And it's performance in every way is significantly less. When they had the smaller res, they lacked the CPU/GPU the modern Apple hardware has now. The modern Android hardware has the better GPU/CPU but the screen res is killing performance. Apple let them dance right over the sweet spot.

You fail at reading comprehension. My wife is required to have an iPhone by her company, sadly. I have compared it side by side, and despite the higher resolution, my phone is as fast or faster than hers. Also, Apple hasn't "let them dance right over the sweet spot" -- their latest phone has the exact same resolution as mine. Apple has showed up late to the party, as I said.

So it's smaller? Behind them times already I guess. Otherwise the six is pocketable for anyone.

The 6 is significantly smaller. The 6 Plus is significantly bigger. My phone hits the sweet spot; the 6 Plus is far too big, and would stick out of all my pockets by a good half-inch unless shoe-horned in diagonally (and uncomfortably.) The 6 is too small and low-res.

Waterproof is something I use a case for if I need. I use the phone in the rain briefly without issue as I always have.

So you make your phone even bigger and heavier, while mine shoots photos underwater just fine right out of the box. Yeah, you're right. Apple's approach of not offering features its customers need is much better.

Your phone basically sounds like a fish-mash of things not important to anyone anymore (FM radio....)

Well done cherry-picking the *only* technology my phone has which is old tech, while ignoring all of the brand-new tech that your phone lacks (and has lacked for years, in the case of things like NFC, while *every* other manufacturer has long offered it and made great use of it.)

Which actually works and opens a whole world you'll be left behind with as you listen to... FM radio.

Well done ignoring the fact that I don't need a fingerprint sensor because my phone will be unlocked whenever it is near me, but lock as soon as it is stolen. In other words, while you're fumbling to reach a poorly-positioned fingerprint sensor that requires both hands to use and was already exploited within days of its introduction, I'll be listening to... FM radio, which as of 2012, 93% of Americans said they still did on at least a weekly basis.

Fully operational and utterly useless.

So you think Apple just added utterly useless tech? You must be so proud of them. You're also flat-out wrong: NFC in the iPhone 6 series has been confirmed to be crippled, locked down to work only with Apple Pay and not with any of the many other functions which users on Android use it for on a daily basis.

I wouldn't want what you have now either, but at least it probably also supports FM radio!

Nope, no FM radio on the watch. Unlike Apple, Google didn't try to shoehorn a bunch of pointless crap onto a tiny screen and an absolutely awful user interface for a bound-to-disappoint user experience. My watch does just enough, and does it quickly and reliably, saving me taking my phone out of my pocket dozens of times a day while monitoring my health and controlling the functions of my phone I'd actually want to control remotely. One day, you'll have your own bloated, awful equivalent of it, once Apple finally catches up.

They are never late, they arrive when they feel they have something worth selling. I as a buyer appreciate not having to tolerate half-baked crap any longer, that was fine when I'm young but like Danny Glover I'm too old for that shit. Including FM radio.

You have tunnel vision, grandpa. You're also in a small and shrinking subspecies. Even my long-time Apple zealot friends -- one of whom has exclusively used Apple products for ~30+ years and for many years ran an Apple-only retailer he founded himself -- are complaining that Apple has lost its way, lost its relevance, is churning out buggy and unreliable me-too products, and no longer satisfies them. And that really says it all.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

gweilo8888 Re:it is perfectly timed (252 comments)

Nope, they're just plain late to the party and feature-crippled to boot.

My name-brand phone that I've had for ages -- and had Apple users asking me what it was, then telling me they were going to switch to Android -- has the exact same resolution as the iPhone 6 Plus. The screen is only 10% smaller than that on the iPhone by surface area, yet the phone itself is 13% smaller by frontal area. And my phone is equal or superior to the iPhone 6 Plus in every way.

My phone looks better, it fits a pocket better, it weighs less, it's waterproof, it has a better rear camera, it shoots 4K video, it has a better front camera, it has triple the memory, it has external storage, it has an FM radio, it lasts twice as long on standby, it gets a quarter more battery life in real-world use (per Phone Arena real-world testing) and shortly to be even longer once it gets Lollipop, it supports far more connectivity standards (and supports them properly -- no disabled NFC here), it doesn't live in a walled garden, and it costs barely half what the iPhone 6 Plus does unlocked.

Literally the only feature from the iPhone 6 Plus that I can find which my phone lacks is the fingerprint sensor, which I wouldn't actually want. My phone will soon unlock itself simply when its near me, by dint of my smartwatch being near it. I won't have to fiddle with fingerprints, the phone will already be unlocked when I switch it on, but locked if somebody steals it.

Oh, and my smart watch is here now, not some vague date in the future, and it looks infinitely better to boot. It looks like a real, grownup watch, not a child's toy, and does things that are useful without trying to shoehorn in a bunch of junk nobody is ever going to want to do as Apple has done. (Yes, people will use their phone to see their next direction when navigating; no they won't try and view / pan / zoom a map on a tiny little screen when they've got a proper screen right in their pocket. And that's just one example.)

Apple are late to the party once again, just as they almost always have been throughout their history. Only with the first-gen iPhone and iPad did they truly show up on time, and yet the Apple faithful ignore their perpetual failings and fawn over them nonetheless, without one iota of critical thinking or *real* comparison to the competition.

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

gweilo8888 Re:Bring the 10 Back (201 comments)

This. Google has monumentally screwed up the size of these things.

The Nexus 6 is ridiculously large for a phone (and I'm not against large phones per se -- my Xperia Z2 hits the sweet spot for me). I have no interest in a Nexus 6, needless to say. At the same time, the Nexus 9 doesn't offer enough of a size advantage over my phone for content viewing -- and that's the primary reason for a device like this.

The Nexus 9's screen is, in terms of size, essentially a Nexus 10 screen with the sides cut off to a 4:3 aspect ratio. Most content I view on the device will be 16:9 or CinemaScope (movies), 3:2 (photos) or somewhere in between (ebooks using printed pages option; I consider the layout and font choices an important part of the experience, and can't stand reading ebooks as flowing text.). So the Nexus 9 screen is the wrong aspect for basically every type of content I will consume on it, and will have black bars surrounding the content. It's almost as large as my Nexus 10, the screen size is identical on the shorter side, but the content will be 20-30% smaller depending on what I'm viewing. Where my Nexus 10 offers a 3.5x larger picture for 16:9 movies than does my phone, the Nexus 9 will only be 2.5x larger.

I'm definitely sitting these out, and if the Nexus 10 doesn't get a replacement before mine dies, I'll be switching to an Xperia Z2 tablet instead.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

gweilo8888 Re:Really? (294 comments)

What about DSLReports' speed tests makes them inherently more trustworthy than any other? All the ISP needs to do is prioritize speed test traffic over all other traffic, and speed tests become meaningless. Heck, they could even raise your cap for the duration of a speed test to make it seem like you got a faster speed while actually capping you to a lower one. The whole thing is a joke.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

gweilo8888 Re:None (294 comments)

Why would an ISP bribe them, when all they need do is identify when a speed test is occurring and give that traffic priority over all else? They wouldn't, and your tinfoil hat is too tight if you think otherwise.

Speed test sites are fundamentally flawed, but bribery has nothing to do with it.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

gweilo8888 Re:One step only, thanks to Asus (113 comments)

Only stumbled on this reply weeks later, but you couldn't be more wrong. I despise Apple's overrated, overpriced, walled-garden, deliberately incompatible, non-standard trash. I am an Android fan through and through. I currently have four Android phones and four Android tablets in my household, including retired units which I've not gotten around to selling, and most recently bought an Android device within the last month. Of those, the only ones that have had major problems are the two Asus Transformers, both of which I would feel guilty selling second-hand to some sucker.

about 4 months ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

gweilo8888 Re:but... my face is smaller than 25 cm? (140 comments)

This. Ridiculous, fearmongering flamebait from Slashdot, something this site is increasingly becoming associated with.

You know what Slashdot's editors want us to be terrified of the privacy implications from? Something significantly lower-resolution than existing aerial photos like this image.

Download the image, and measure the length of runway 3/21 in pixels from threshold to threshold. (Approx. 6341 pixels.) Figure out how long it should be at 25cm per pixel. (4876 pixels.) Scale the image appropriately (7500 pixels wide.) Zoom in to 1:1 resolution onscreen.

Now, are you terrified? No? Nor am I. Want to confirm I'm right about the scaling? Find a car and measure the length: it should be about 20 pixels, or 500cm for a typical full-sized US car. (I tried one, and the first one I tried was exactly 20 pixels.)

So no, I'm not scared. What I am is mildly amused that the myth of satellites that can read newspapers from space still exists. That, and surprised that imagery this (still relatively) low-resolution was ever off limits in the Internet age. And a bit disgusted that a supposed nerd site insults the intelligence of nerds who know far better, this readily.

I really should stop coming back here.

about 4 months ago
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$299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed

gweilo8888 Nvidia's support of Tegra has been abysmal (65 comments)

Based on the bugginess of every Tegra device to date and Nvidia's near-total lack of support, you're nuts if you even consider buying this.

And that's the real review from an owner of multiple Tegra products from the first generation onwards. You're welcome.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preparing an Android Tablet For Resale?

gweilo8888 One step only, thanks to Asus (113 comments)

One step: Trash it. The Asus Transformer is worthless junk, and has been ever since Asus trashed it with a hopelessly bug-riddled Ice Cream Sandwich update that turned a useful tool into something that randomly rebooted multiple times a day, crashed interminably, and for many months until the bug was fixed (pretty much the only bug they *did* fix in their ICS release), often got stuck in a boot loop that would drain the battery -- sometimes to the point where the tablet couldn't even be charged back up.

Some of these issues were somewhat ameliorated by third-party firmware, but none was able to actually *fix* them because the bugs were in sections of code for which no source was ever provided. All they did was apply bandaid fix after bandaid fix on top of a gaping wound.

Asus provided essentially zero support for this nightmare, which they followed up by releasing another tablet whose hardware was so fundamentally flawed that the in-device GPS could never work, and in many cases the Bluetooth / Wi-Fi traces weren't even connected to their antennas. You buy Asus, you get what you deserve. You keep Asus, you keep a headache that belongs in a landfill somewhere. (Or better still, dumped in the CEO's driveway.)

about 5 months ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

gweilo8888 Re:Overreaction (265 comments)

Exactly. Will it be gated, and entrants checked for their bank balance before entering? Then it's not a partition. And as for "dystopia", the submitter should probably check the definition of the word. It would hardly seem relevant to this creation.

about 5 months ago

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