Re: It's only fair
Obvious sarcasm is obvious.
1133 posts • joined 30 Jun 2009
I have UBports running on an LG Nexus 6p and it works pretty well really. I have not had dropped calls which some people report. The recent update downloaded and installed in pretty quick time too, I was impressed by how smoothly that went.
The real problem of course is a lack of apps, and several that I use daily will never be available for a minority platform like this one.
I am hopeful however that one of the Linux phone projects gets to the point of mainstream acceptance, and in an effort to help with that I have thrown some money at the Pinephone guys.
I am using a Galaxy S8, and it is a perfectly good phone still, apart from being made of glass which is stupid, and the non-removable battery is starting to show its age.
Samsung don't want to support it any more, so I took the time to install Pixel Experience which has given me a more-or-less stock Android and it is so much better than the Samsung Android that I feel a bit silly for not doing it sooner.
I'm hoping one of the Linux phone OS' mature to the point they become competition, but I don't know if it will ever happen.
I have ubports installed on a Nexus 6p I own, and it is at the point where it can make calls and send texts and do several other useful things quite well, but it is lacking several apps I need. It may always lack those apps, which is a shame.
Still, I am going to buy a Pinephone at some point, even if it is just to give them some money and encouragement.
I think it might have more to do with how well thought out it is.
Xiaomi have a "Mi Store" near me, and it is hopeless due to completely untrained, unmotivated staff and awful stock management.
The last time I was there, one of their scooters was lying down across a whole aisle and I had to move it myself, despite 3 staff members having nothing to do.
Fortunately the shelves were only half full, so I had no problem finding somewhere to put it.
Batteries have a limited life, and more updates will reduce the battery life.
That doesn't follow at all. There is no reason an update would have any impact on battery life other than poorly written code.
As I have mentioned elsewhere I own a Samsung Galaxy S8, which will no longer be supported by Samsung, despite being only 4 years old.
There are however, community supported ROMs available, some even based on Android 11 which will run fine on my hardware.
This begs the question why a group of nerdy blokes in basements can manage that, but a corporation with $32 billion in profit last year can't.
I bought an S8 the year after they were released, because current flagship phones cost stupid money and offer nothing I want. Last years model is fine.
The hardware is pretty good, nice screen, really good camera and the fingerprint reader works most of the time. A glass back is a stupid design decision however and if you don't keep it in a case it will last 5 minutes I would think.
Samsung's take on Android has gone from being "meh" to being terrible to being great and is back to being terrible.
They made the weird decision to start playing an ad every time I opened the music app, then they put up persistent notifications about moving my data from the Samsung cloud to Microsoft's one because Samsung's is shutting down and I had a great deal of trouble turning the stupid thing off.
This will be the last Samsung phone I own, but now that The Register has pointed me to Project Sakura I can at least figure out how to unlock it and install a current OS, even if it is developed by someone called "LordShenron".
Trump had very little to do with the Foxconn con, other than trying to take credit for it at one time.
It was set up by former governor Scott Walker, who, it turns out was that one that gets born every minute, and Foxconn took full advantage.
The people of Wisconsin got rid of him at the first opportunity and this "deal" is just the current administration trying to tidy the mess up without losing too much more money.
According to Wikipedia "Darktrace was founded in 2013, in a collaboration between British intelligence agencies and Cambridge University mathematicians." but these former HP people keep calling themselves "founders" which raises a few questions doesn't it?
When I searched I found an interview with this Poppy Gustafsson, but it was unenlightening because she spewed out a bunch of generic management buzzwords, so I have no idea whether she is capable of tying her own shoelaces or not.
The whole set up seems like some sort of scam to me.
All joking aside, this schism has some really important principles behind it, and occurred when one group of atheists declared they didn't believe in any gods, but another group disagreed.
The second group insisted they didn't believe in any gods, but even more than the first group.
Hopefully there will be an agreement about how to quantify the exact lack of belief. These things are important people.
I wouldn't worry about the pollution from anything Virgin Galactic because none of that is going to happen.
I'm pretty sure its just some sort of complicated tax dodge at this point, because if it really was an orbital tourism venture they would have put someone into orbit by now.
I have pfSense routers and keep wondering if I ought to be moving them to opnSense.
I have been aware of all sorts of bad blood between Netgate and various people but have never really cared enough to take a side.
Are Netgate the bad guys here? Does it really matter? I don't know.
I always blamed the network operators for killing WiMAX, due to stupid pricing.
I was shown indicative pricing by my ISP at the time, and they got really huffy when I laughed and told them they were dreaming.
I can't remember the exact details, but the pricing was super complex, and I think it would have cost something like $200 per month per user.
Anyway, I'm sure all of their customers told them to shove it because they never rolled out more that a very limited test network as far as I can remember.
You're right about the lack of apps.
I have UBports installed on a Huawei Nexus 6p phone, and it works really well. I can make and receive calls and texts, take photos, browse the web and whatnot, but there are a couple of apps I use every day that are not available, and won't ever be.
That said, I could probably work out workarounds for the apps I'm missing, and there is a browser plugin (at least I think that is what it is) that will let me pin web pages on the home screen sort of like an app, which is something.
I am still awaiting this particular update though.
I am not particularly disappoint, because a PR puff piece is exactly what I expected. I seriously doubt if Twilio founder and CEO Jeff Lawson has even read the thing because what are the chances he wrote it?
Also, I would not leave my wallet on my desk if he was in the office.
A very important manager in the corporate chain of command decided some of her users had to have Microsoft surface devices, nothing else would do, so the IT department purchased them and rolled them out.
After 18 months of complaints the original users all have nice Dell latitudes again and the Microsoft surfaces are given to people who annoy the IT deptartment, as they are not a pleasant experience.
Except that one lady in finance who loves hers. Good on you Helen.
The situation with Facebook in Australia is happening because News Corp has an unreasonable amount of political influence, and they have had a law passed for their own benefit.
The article neglects that part of the equation.
I hope Facebook's chickens turn into emus and kick their shithouse down, but that doesn't make them entirely wrong here.
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