@TheJoe: That's not a matter of politically correctness, that's a prime example of hate speech.
I don't know which set of rules you are proposing, but I do hope that this kind of stuff stays illegal.
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I am not sure I follow; how would your switch force people to buy energy from the grid?
This kind of last-ditch-excuse bullsh*t is a sure sign that fossil fuel folks are scared. No matter what your opinion is of fossil fuels usage might be, it is not an unlimited resource and we are squandering what we have simply because it's profitable for some. Even if we weren't mucking with the climate, this stuff won't last forever. I've heard predictions of 100 years of oil and 500 years of coal. So what happens in 2515?
Most humans are dum-dums.
Maybe... but does it make sense for us to worry? At present speed, 100 years of technology is an abyss, 500 are just unthinkable. Try to imagine Cortès, Columbus, Da Vinci and Ivan the Terrible debating how to use their technology to save us people of the XXI century from some disaster they predicted. Aren't they cute?
I'm not saying we shouldn't take good care of the environment; just that we should never forget that our children and grandchildren will know a lot more than we do.
@fanbaby: I don't see why you are so optimistic.
Android manufacturers are still Nokia's competitors and battling for the bigger slice of the pie. If anything, I would expect a more aggressive stance.
The only possible good news on the silly patent litigation front is that Microsoft may not be able to assert its Android patents against Nokia, but that's not much. We'll see.
@Ian2: if you are interested, there are even a few Lumia with a dual-SIM version (530, 630, 730 and 535), even though they don't seem to be available in every market.
As for the pictures you posted, they also downplay the dual-SIM angle quite a bit, and that's a pity since WP implementation is one of the best I saw so far.
Heard a talk about this on the radio during the commute this morning. Basically sensors around town to provide him with information as he is severely visually impaired. "Shops in 10 meters" ... "Doctors on your left" Also had an interface to his guide dog which allowed him to "hear" a sonar between him and the dog. He hadn't been to the area before and said he felt "very comfortable navigating the area". Gave him information on buses that were approaching and which number it was etc.
He was very excited about the technology and immediately noticed a difference when he didn't have it on again. The prototype considered a success is now being extended.
Great stuff Microsoft, truly awesome!
Awesome indeed, thanks for the link.
@elmer: implementing voice activation without draining batteries requires specialized hardware and/or low-level dark magic. In any case, it's probably phone-specific and OEMs will have to implement their own.
That shouldn't be too hard, though, for those who already implemented Google Now on similar hardware.
Politics might be a major driving factor here: since April 2014 Munich is ruled by an SPD/CSU coalition (after decades of undisputed SPD majorities) and, apparently, the CSU opposed the project back when it started.
So, while this will obviously constitute a setback for Linux and its community, any technical consideration may need to be taken with a pinch of salt.