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Comment Re:Witness the Wastelandroid (Score 1) 130

What does "I myself" add which just saying "I" lacks?

I spend a little money on apps but I think the point with Android is you don't have to. I don't know what Apple owners are spending money on but I think it's great you can get a reasonably cheap Android device and can go months/years without having to buy an app; it means the OS and free apps/games are doing the job. Why spend money on stuff you don't need when you can save it for something you can justify? And in case you were wondering, Android is still miles ahead of Apple in terms of market share, so it's not as if people are going to suddenly stop developing for Android (it's always been this way).

Comment Re:But I can already send cat photos to my girlfri (Score 2) 75

It means that, like facebook messenger, it'll go from an app which lets you select a contact to start/continue a conversation with, to an app where the contact list is interrupted with irrelevant lists of who's online now (who cares?) and people you might know (huh?), before finally changing and being always one wrong press away from launching the camera and letting you add retarded shit like rainbows and stickers to photos. You'd have to be either a moron or 13 years old to appreciate it. I stopped using facebook messenger when this happened and it looks like i'm going to have to stop using whatsapp soon too. Who knows what to, though. Signal, perhaps, or just email maybe.

Comment Re:Forums are dying (Score 1) 168

Whenever i looked at imdb for help decide whether or not to watch a movie the comments were useless and no help whatsoever. They won't be missed other than by the people who posted there (a tiny fraction of the number of users).

There's a limit beyond which you can't prevent idiots spoiling things. Slashdot has a moderation system but it's shit, because the power is in the hands of the users, and users are stupid. You can't only handle the problem by not having loads of users. Hacker News is perfect - you'll get flagged and potentially punished even for joking, and idiots get banned, so the conversation is just sensible people - often including people who run sites like github - commenting on things in a way where you'll learn stuff. There's no AI you can use to prevent trolls and idiots and if the site ends up popular it ends like like Slashdot. There's just no solution, just like there's no solution to spam on email (or spam phone calls, sms etc) other than not using email any longer and instead using whitelist only systems like whatsapp, facebook messenger etc.

Comment Re:3D TV is dead? (Score 1) 399

No-one's apologizing to anyone. There's just a disagreement about 3d. Presumably they still like it - whether you're a moron or not. I don't give a shit about tv - i don't watch very much 2d tv - but i'm sure some of the problems of 3d aren't just that it's 3d, but that you generally have to wear glasses (i've only seen awful glasses-less 3d tv); sometimes expensive ones; you'll likely not have enough for more than a couple of people to watch at once; the brightness is affected, or the frame rate etc. Given 3d was largely a way of selling tvs/more expensive tickets in cinemas, who's to say there won't be either a tech breakthrough in the future or that marketing people believe there's money in it and we'll relive these fascinating little discussions all over again.

Comment Re:Follow the leader... (Score 1) 183

Pixels are overpriced, given what you get. (Yeah yeah, the only price is what people are prepared to pay for it!) It's just a variant of a HTC phone. You can get a perfectly good last-seasons-flagship like the xperia z3 or whatever for a quarter the price of the Pixel and you get waterproofing, an sd card etc. Did google provide a software fix for the hardware lens "halo" problem yet? lol! I was so looking forward to the next Nexus then the £820 pixel came out and I thought I was watching an Apple product launch. It's a good thing there's no progress in phone hardware these days otherwise I'd feel tempted to get one. Even software - Nougat - doesn't offer anything compelling over marshmallow. Perhaps I'll hang on for this autumn's releases, or next autumn's.

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