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Comment Re:A news? (Score 1) 190

It is true they don't require Google Play Services, that is just an option. They are based on AOSP (Android Open Source Project), which is completely "Google free" (accepting the fact that Android itself is an open sourced Google project). Cyanogen has been commercially released on the OnePlus One with full Google Play Services and has started promoting Microsoft Bing services and Cortana, but nothing tries to prevent you from using the ecosystem of your choice whether that's Bing, Google, Amazon, or pure open source/free.

Comment Re:A news? (Score 2) 190

How is Cyanogen hostile to the Google ecosystem? It's not bundled in due to legal restrictions placed by Google, but it does absolutely nothing to block or inhibit use of it, and in fact nearly all of the guides on Cyanogen's own website includes the steps needed to load the Google ecosystem. Amazon, on the other hand, does make it difficult to add Google Apps, including restrictions on sideloading.

Comment Re:whatever (Score 1) 534

I'm in 2 clubs and 2 volunteer organizations. Guess how 3 of them communicate? Run a business? You probably want to be on Facebook, especially if it's any kind of recreation business. E-mail groups? Most people don't read their e-mail, and it's HORRIBLE for conversation. A forum on a website? Great, have that, but now I have to fight spam bots and nobody EVER remembers their damn username or password. Using a third party hosted forum that deals with a lot of that for me? Still ads. Even on a private server, I use facebook and google authentication. It fights most of the spam and deals with password issues for me.

And you're right, a lot of my friends aren't friends that would come bail me out of jail or help me move, but a lot of them would offer me a couch if I was traveling through their area, and have when I posted my travels. I wound up in another country and get a message from an old "friend" as you would say that he is also there that same week. Haven't seen each other in 10 years, probably never would have met again in our lives but because of Facebook we ended up meeting for dinner and having a great time.

I know it's not popular to like Facebook, but it doesn't have to be just political BS and farmville. Facebook actually offers pretty good tools to tune it to what you want it to be, so just like in life you can either whine and moan about what's dealt to you, or you can put in a little effort and make it more to your liking.

Comment Re:Lots of bad assumptions here. (Score 1) 1145

You're right, all of those jobs will still exist. Just as a horse shoe ferrier, clock maker, shoemaker, taylor, and even the farmer still exist today. The difference is that all of those jobs are fractions of a percent of what they were. Some of those jobs used to sustain significant portions of the country. Every town of a any size at all had those people. Now, a lot of people don't even know what those jobs are. Yes, they still exist, but automation has replaced most of them except for a few niche specialists.

Comment Re: Half arsed (Score 1) 921

Stop producing people. The population will decline to match the number of available jobs.

Except people with no money for entertainment, education, and birth control and a lot of time on their hands tend to do things that are free and fun a lot. And a lot of those activities create more people (due to our outrages over providing birth control).

Comment Re:Medical hacking (Score 1) 104

They'll tell us that's what it's for, but let's be honest profit is the real motivator. The inhibitor to innovation is the 0 risk game we all seem to want to play, and I agree the FDA testing procedures do slow that down, and with reason. Yes, if I buy an "approved medical device" then I want to be assured that it is as safe as it can possibly be. However, some people are willing to take a risk/reward gamble. Trying to outlaws that does not make things better for anyone. As he stated, the condition is dangerous anyway, so tinkering with a device may be worth the risk to some people.

Let people make those *INFORMED* decisions themselves. We can't assume they don't have the power to understand their decision. The balance right now with it being illegal to sell/distribute but legal to tinker with for your own use seems like a perfectly valid line. Let them work it out, let an industry come along and distribute a "proven open source design". After all, the "medical industry" is always using "R&D" as their scapegoat for ridiculously high costs on everything. The open source community is removing that cost. Now all you have to do is refine the design into a neat little pager sized case and profit, but you better do it at a more reasonable price point because you don't own an exclusive patent now!

Comment I don't believe them (Score 1) 192

The entire reason to make it free was to resolve the split user base, which costs them money by maintaining old versions as well as all their development partners for having to support multiple versions. My suspicion is they're trying to get everyone on a common base and start moving to a model more like Mac, with more frequent, far cheaper upgrades. I think the "deadlines" are mainly to encourage people to "hurry up and get it done"

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