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Comment Not the only problem unfortunately (Score 1) 34

Android has a lot more problems than you think and Google does nothing to solve it.

We need a standard ARM platform, just like we've had the x86 platform since roughly 1981. And Google has all the resources to create and enforce it. And since they don't I wonder if they are malicious or negligent or it's just part of their business plan which is called "planned obsolesce". Too bad, in Google's case this obsolesce involves even original Google devices like Nexus 5 (stopped receiving any updates since October 2016) and it will soon be joined by Nexus 6.

That's just horrible.

Comment No, We Probably Don't Live in a Computer Simulatio (Score 1) 394

Sounds like, "I'm a physicist and I disagree to disagree because I believe I'm better than a philosopher".

I don't hold physics in contempt, in fact I love and respect it, but such statements make average people question physics and its methods. Please, don't do it unless you have a proof in your hands.

Comment Re:Why do people pay attention to Kurzweil? (Score 1) 161

The brain is an information processing machine, with inputs and outputs.

This is pure BS. Not a single human being understands how the brain functions. There are input and outputs, that's for sure, but "information processing" is nothing more than a conjecture which hasn't been proven by anyone.

Submission + - Users of new CPU architectures will not receive Windows 7/8.1 updates at all (microsoft.com) 1

Artem Tashkinov writes: In a move that will shock a lot of people someone at Microsoft decided to deny Windows 7/8.1 updates to the users of the following CPU architectures:
  • Intel seventh (7th)-generation processors (Kaby Lake)
  • AMD “Bristol Ridge” (Zen/Ryzen)
  • Qualcomm “8996"

It's impossible to find any justification for for this decision for the x86 architectures listed above because you can perfectly run MS-DOS on them. Perhaps, Microsoft has decided that the process of foisting Windows 10 isn't running at full steam, so the company created this purely artificial limitation. I expect it to be cancelled soon after a wide backlash from corporate customers.

Comment Unbelievable (Score 1) 155

I envy the Americans. For instance in Russia most people run

  • Whatsapp (1)
  • Viber (2)
  • Skype (3)

Also Telegram (4) is becoming very popular.

And also you use Slack (5) at work.

That makes it five. And some cling onto ICQ or Mail.ru messenger which makes it 6. And did I mention SMS? Yes, everyone still uses SMS but I don't count it.

Submission + - How would you solve the IM problem?

Artem Tashkinov writes: The XKCD comics has posted a wonderful and exceptionally relevant post in regard to the today's situation with various instant messaging solutions. E-mail has served us well in the past however it's not suitable for any real time communications involving video and audio. XMPP was a nice idea however it has largely failed except for a low number of geeks who stick to it. Nowadays some people install up to seven IMs to be able to keep up with various circles of people. How do you see this situation being resolved?

People desperately need a universal solution which is secure, decentralized, fault tolerant, not attached to your phone number, protects your privacy, supports video and audio chats and sending of files, works behind NATs and other firewalls and has the ability to send offline messages. I believe we need a modern version of SMTP.

Comment Re:Upgrade experience (Score 3, Informative) 91

For anyone who has the same problems (they are all caused by the same add-on): the culprit is

Status-4-Evar

Disable it and Firefox becomes functional, albeit without a status bar. I'm now trying to understand what status bar add ons still work with Firefox 52 (the status bar was removed aeons ago because Firefox developers believe no one needs it).

Comment Re:Upgrade experience (Score 3, Insightful) 91

Nowadays Mozilla devs have a peculiar way of treating new bug reports: first, they offer you to disable all add-ons, then reset all settings, then try a fresh profile. I don't like any of these "options".

Alas, that's what I'm going to do, because Firefox is still the best web browser out there. Too bad, it's headed in the direction of becoming a Chrome clone.

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