* Posts by M Gale

3526 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Apple to ditch Intel – report

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Watch OS X (or XI?) drop to sub-Linux levels of marketshare as people discover they can no longer run Windows in bootcamp, or if they can, it's in an emulator and running rather slowly compared to a Core i-something.

I don't think Apple is going to drop x86/64. Not unless Microsoft is going full ReTard too.

Maybe an x64-almost-compatible-but-only-in-Apple-gear processor?

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Naughty-step Apple buries court-ordered apology with JavaScript

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Odd tablet behaviours?

Transformer Prime TF201. Default Android browser.

In landscape mode, the thing scales to hide the ruling link.

Portrait mode, it tries to scale but fails to hide anything.

Either way around, the layout is broken and the iPad Mini hides under the lower product images.

In Chrome? Landscape mode scales, doesn't have a broken layout. In portrait mode.. WOAH, that is one very thin iPad Mini. Again, doesn't stretch enough to hide the judgement link.

Firefox? Landscape mode OK, scales to hide. Portrait mode, hides part of the iThing under the product images again.

Aurora, as Firefox.

Opera Mobile, as Firefox.

You'd think Apple would have heard of JQuery? Or is there that much of a Not Invented Here culture at that corporation? Is that why they wanted two damned weeks to do what should have taken about two minutes if they weren't dead set on being as dangerously close to contempt of court as possible?

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Android: Google's baby ate 75% of smartphones in just 4 years

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Re: Android "free"???

It's different because you can get your various apps and items from GetJar, Amazon, AndAppStore, Opera, Mozilla, Handango, OnlyAndroid, Insyde Market...

Well, that's just a couple of minutes of searching. I'm sure you can find more.

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"the latest Android devices can complete with Apple's flagship in usability and style, not to mention costing almost as much."

Anybody who thinks that Reg commentards only aim sly digs at Apple, please witness the above quote.

The Register: Biting the hand that feeds IT.

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Beep! NASA here, a 400 tonne spacecraft is about to buzz your house

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Re: Great!

Lack of coffee. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

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Re: Great!

ISS passes directly above the Bristol Channel, over London and on out past the Thames Estuary on a good pass. You should be able to see it low in the sky from there.

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Heavens Above

Also the SatTrack app from Android that takes the Heavens Above feed and adds a few rather useful extra functions to it.

Also it's not much, but a half-decent reflector telescope and some luck gave me this blurry picture.

Hopefully will get a better one some time with the 100x eyepiece, if I can keep the damn thing steady enough. Try locking onto that thing with a scope and you can tell it's doing every one of those 17,000 miles per hour.

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Files aren’t property, says US government

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I thought the US Govt's answer was even simpler.

We have nuclear weapons and you don't.

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Mmm, what's that smell: Coffee or sweat? How to avoid a crap IT job

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Re: "If it's instant out of a tin or machine, walk ;)"

If it's good instant, I doubt you'll tell the difference.

Personally, unless I'm working for some multi-megabucks-huge corp, I wouldn't expect much more than a tin of Carte Noire or Nescafe. That and if it's a cafetiere, you don't know if it's been cleaned properly. Enjoy those stale grounds.

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Free Android apps often secretly make calls, use the camera

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Re: LBE Privacy Guard.

This of course, would be completely unlike the spying that was baked into iOS and only removed after they got caught with their pants down?

All the phone companies are at it. Funny how Google are the only ones to get called on it though. You'd almost think there was an agenda.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/227011/smartphone_spying_reality_check.html

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Re: Fix the real issue

Like the checkbox in Android under "Security" that states "allow installation of apps from unknown sources". Smae one that puts up a big scary warning about damage to your tablet if you check it. Or perhaps the one under "Developer Options" that states "Debug mode when USB is connected". Same one that puts up an equally scary warning about installing apps without notification and reading log data.. after you've gone through the "are you sure you want to fuck around with developer options" warning.

...which apparently isn't enough for some people who would rather pay $99 for the "privilege".

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Re: Tumbleweed...

Of course they do, but not in money.

What can I say? Sergey's a bit of alright. Got an A0 poster of him topless pinned to the ceiling above my bed.

Purr.

See you soon, love.

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Re: LBE Privacy Guard.

Unfortunately that requires a rooted device. Useless for anybody outside of Reg readers and other techies, and to be honest I'm not too fond of the idea myself. I like having a warranty.

Selective permission denial needs to be baked into the official build. Preferably with a popup for when a newly installed app first tries to use whatever part of the system that requires permission.

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Re: How to Fix It

"or some souped-up 6502-descendant"

You know how ARM was invented?

"Acorn's aim at that time was to produce personal computers which met the needs of the business community by providing office automation facilities. Clearly, more power was needed than was offered by the 6502. In the fine tradition of the computer hobbyist, the design team decided to develop their own processor, which would provide an environment with some similarities to the familiar 6502 instruction set but lead Acorn and its products directly into the world of 32-bit computing."

(http://www.ot1.com/arm/armchap1.html)

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Re: Tumbleweed...

Hi.

Microsoft are fucking shit, and you're wrong. Try reading the posts.

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So how do you differentiate...

...between "making a phone call" and "making a phone call"?

Personally I think the only thing that needs to change is Google to finally see sense and allow post-install denial of permissions. Including on the bundled bloatware.

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Kim Dotcom offers free internet with own submarine cable

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Re: Only 256Mb

Only?

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Apple's poisonous Touch silently kills the GNOMEs of Linux Forest

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Re: Tom

Would have been true 10 years ago.

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Re: That's why Linux adoption is slower than it could be

Not the only reason either.

Someone recently had a problem with a bad website infecting their machine, possibly through some Java exploit. I suggested they use a VM for running uncertain websites in. They could use a friendly Linux in it like Mint or similar, or even a Windows if they could finagle it into working without paying Microsoft again.

Then I got jumped on by a number of commentards (emphasis on tard) with stuff like "don't be stupid, why would you want to replace the whole OS with Linux just to run a VM", "Windows runs VMs as well you know", "Why would a normal user ever touch something as hard as Linux", and various other statements along the lines of me being a sweaty Microsoft-hating freetard who refuses to pay for anything.

It's like they completely ignored what I actually said, and decided to hallucinate something that I completely didn't say.

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Microsoft building its own Phone hardware: Not 'If', but 'When'

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Re: Android Fanbois

"enjoy needing to carry on rooting and side loading to get the FULL experience."

Why would I need to root my phone or tablet? You know that takes you outside of Google's walled garden and means malware can dig itself in deep? Not to mention the void warranty.

As for "sideloading", named like it's some massively technical procedure, do you really take the average user to be such a plank that they can't drag and drop the APK file, find it in the phone and click on it? To be honest, Average User doesn't need to sideload to do what they want.

As for open source not being always the best, it damned well is in this case. You could argue that Microsoft almost invented the GNU GPL, because Linux and the Gnu project probably wouldn't have gotten half the traction it has without them. It's a great defense against Microsoft's (or anybody else's) monopolistic practises. Just what you want in something essential to an entire industry, like a common operating system.

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Brain boffins: 'Yes, math CAN make your head hurt – LITERALLY'

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Sorry.

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..and whoever voted that post down had better have a PHd in the subject and be prepared to explain themselves.

Red buttons mean nothing. You know, zero. That's a number, that tends to be used when you want to express "nothing". Zilch, nada, nowt. Not a sausage.

See?

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"The problem about maths is the numbers get in the way."

Seriously, words spoken by a pretty fearsome mathematician I know. I know what they mean too.. maths is about patterns. The numbers are simply how it's expressed.

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Sony KD-84X9005 84in ultra-HD TV review

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So, uhm..

...how much R&D is really involved in making a screen with the same pixel density as a tablet computer but bigger?

Really 25 grand-per-unit's worth?

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Re: No need for the average consumer

Same idiots that insist on valves sounding "better", I warrant.

Now a good valve amp can sound okay, but really, for hi fi just give me some nice fat MOSFETs. Keep the valves in the guitar amps where the fuzz and distortion makes it more awesome, and a 30 second warm-up before the gig starts is acceptable.

And give me 60fps cinema.

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Facebook trial: Tell everyone where you are, have a Wi-Fi peanut

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Any way you could check in with a completely spoofed location?

Just wondering.

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Lab mice drown in their THOUSANDS as Hurricane Sandy fills NYU basement

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Re: Backups? Aren't they baseball players or something?

Forget the mice. What about the rats?

I still remember us looking after someone's dog, and at the same time a rat found its way in through the back door. The dog had spent its entire life being trained as a rodenticidal maniac. Holy shit, I've never seen something so small jump so high. In human terms, it was like doing a Fosberry Flop over your house and clearing the roof by ten feet.

I don't think six inches would really do much.

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Microsoft opens Windows Phone 8 dev kit to world+dog

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Re: $8 (eight) for the introductory offer.

It is about protecting the device from the users.

Unless they pony up $99, in which case it's entirely unprotected. That doesn't protect anything from anybody, but it is a tax on ownership.

I understand your post. You're just highly wrong, and you're assuming by "developers" I mean "big software house that pays developers" and not "a guy who wants to make an app". To the former, $99 probably is toilet paper. To the latter, $99 is a month's travel budget.

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Re: $8 (eight) for the introductory offer.

So.. you have a tickbox, like Android. USB debugging disabled until the user specifically asks for it. No sideloading or alternative sources until the user specifically asks for it. Don't forget this is $99 plus the fee to get onto Microsoft's app store, which seems to have its own rather ironic restrictions on shoddy code.

As to $99 being incidental, we're not all EA.

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Re: Not so difficult to port games to Windows Phone 8

Yeah.

Anybody ever bothered looking at the cost involved in buying the full Unity3D, the full Autodesk creative suite, MS visual studio, a proper version of Windows 8 and all the other various things that people think you have to have to develop software?

Might as well just buy a house, sit on it for 6 months and re-sell it. You'll make more money and it'll probably be a lower outlay, and definitely less risk.

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Re: $8 (eight) for the introductory offer.

"MS are not going to buy your development hardware for you."

Since when is having to pay $99 to use your own device translate to Microsoft buying my hardware for me?

"Really, it's pretty much necessary that there be some barrier such as a fee, to stop anything being installed on a device by anyone otherwise the whole security model collapses."

Really? I would think just a simple username/password attached to an admin account would work. That or just not lending your device to all and sundry. Don't make excuses for Microsoft trying to monetize the shit out of everything. A fee is entirely unnecessary to allow someone to do what they want with what they own.

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Inside the iPad mini: Pray you never have to open one

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Re: Where is the GPS chip again?

You've got to have turned directions on at least once for the giggle factor, surely?

"In 500 yards, tuIn 1 mile, tuYou have reached your destination!"

Wonder if bitching betty could keep up with flying speeds?

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Re: Nope...

Downvoted? Really?

Has Mr Red Button Fetish actually owned the old Tab 7, or any iteration of the DS?

Stereo. Small distance between speakers. Works. Has separation. Fuxache.

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Re: Nope...

Yes. For example, the original Galaxy Tab, and the Nintendo *DS consoles.

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What...

...just to check the sparkplugs?

U crazy bro?

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Re: Nice try with the Chinese but ...

Yeah, ends up coming back as "Ino longer tolerate, I do not intend to put it." The joys of translation!

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UK iPad Mini FRENZY: Queues stretch SEVERAL FEET from till

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It's not as if Apple have been shouting about the coming of the new Messiah like they have with their other launches.

Besides, the Nexus 7 is just better, in every way. People who want a seven incher have probably already got that or a Tab.

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Asus: we ship a million Google's Nexus 7s monthly

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Re: I want a really high resolution display for reading

I'll give you an experiment:

Render an image at 10Kx10K.

Render the same image at 100x100.

Now scale the 10Kx10K image down to 100x100.

In most cases, the scaled image will look nicer.

You know how FSAA works right? A simple version of 8x FSAA basically goes "render the image 8x larger than it should be, then use intelligent sampling/scaling algorithms to fit it to the screen".

It's why FSAA eats the shit out of your GPU, but it's worth turning on if you can render at a good frame rate. As to whether you'll be buying 2K or 4K movies, well it depends on whether there is anything else. Especially if it's the same price and doesn't come with extra-odious DRM, you'd be a fool not to.

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Fans' loyalty questioned as iPhone popularity plummets

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Re: Plus, Apple are very busy alienating developers...

It was just a quick 30 second back-of-a-<textarea> sketch. I know it's a little more complex than that, but for particularly games that run full-screen and don't use the built-in UI widgets, it's not much more complex. The idea is that you never use px values. Use an arbitrary unit of your own definition (let's say millimetres, em-spaces, linguines or dragonlengths) and then define how many pixels that means later, when you can get the current device's screen height and width.

As for stuff that uses the UI widgets, well I think someone already mentioned Apple having a smart re-flow tool. As for Android, the page at http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/screens_support.html shows this is a done deal and something that's quite comprehensively explained. Basically the answer to how you support many screen sizes is "you don't have to, it scales itself, but here's some methods to make it look even nicer."

Also hm, this thing has stopped understanding hypertext. <i>Well foo.</i>

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Mozilla: Windows 7 browser bungle cost us nine MILLION downloads

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Re: So without free advertising, FireFox can't get downloads?

Fortunately you can completely avoid Apple products and continue to use your computer, the Internet and smartphones in general quite nicely. Android has somewhat seen to that.

Now try doing anything on a PC without Windows. Ever noticed how so many computer-related learning courses are not so much "how to use computers" as "how to use Microsoft software"?

As I have already said here, does nobody remember what happened when Microsoft had a near-100% monopoly on web browsers? That's why they have been legally forced to provide the choice. Apple didn't try to own the entire Internet, even if they do sorely want to be Microsoft.

If the iThings ever got as widespread as IE did, and if Apple ever used that to try and dictate how the Internet works, then you watch the court orders come thick and fast. A little like the slap they just got for that non-apology.

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Re: Maybe I'm cynical, but...

You do remember when IE had 90-odd percent share of browsers due to the tactic, and Microsoft started trying to use that to pwn Web standards?

Yeah. Browser ballot screen is not bullshit, even if you don't understand the need for it.

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Android games console jumps to Jelly Bean for penultimate test phase

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I definitely hope not. It looks like a nice piece of kit, and it'd be a shame to cripple it like that.

Mind you, I don't buy most PC games due to them being crippled with DRM either. You want my money? Make sure I own what I buy. I don't do rental-disguised-as-purchase, thanks.

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Was reading about this before on its Kickstarter page. It looked interesting up until the "games must be free to play" bit.

No ta. I'd rather pay for a game and own it than have a "free to play, pay to win and be bombarded with spyware throughout" version.

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SMARTPHONES make TEENS have SEX with STRANGERS

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HIV covered by insurance

I'm sure that as you lay in the hospital bed, the retroviral drugs failing to make the common cold stop killing you slowly and painfully, you'll be glad that at least the insurance is paying for it.

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Correlation does not imply causation...

...however it does waggle its eyebrows and wiggle its hips while cooing suggestively "lookie, over here!"

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Re: Aha!

" I confiscated the pupils that had better phones than me!"

Now then now then.

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One million Facebook users' names and email addresses: $5

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Re: This Facebook thing is getting way too much attention.

"Back in the 80s, almost every rich geek or geeky kid with rich parents subscribed to some sort of BBS."

Fixed it for you. Anyway, "ISPs" weren't really around in the 80s. Neither was the Internet as we know it today.

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