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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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Re: Isn't it ironic?

Don't you mean the comments section of a Nexus 7 article got hijacked by a few sour Apples, and the rest of us are too busy laughing to pour on any real amount of hate?

Really, if you don't care for Android, just ignore it and the gazillions of manufacturers that produce devices running it, please. Care for what you like and use and buy.. or come on here and and say how your Ferrari is so much better than my Fiesta, or something. I really can stand lots more.

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Re: I want a really high resolution display for reading

Sub-pixel accuracy. Well, sub-cone-and-rod accuracy anyway.

That's why.

Really, if the tech is going that way anyway, then whyever not use it? Games, especially polygon-based, will use whatever resolution you throw at them and are not limited by the resolution the video was recorded at. Plus give it a couple of years and you'll be downloading 2K and 4K movies, you mark my words.

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Re: @AC 12:42

you're right... you'd have to pay me a lot more to be seen in a BMW than a Fiesta.

Upvoted. Not because I hate BMWs. I think their addiction to rear wheel drive is lots of fun.

However that was an awesome one-liner.

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Re: @AC 12:42

And then you show them a decent Droidslab, one of the Nexus devices or something by Asus, and suddenly it swings the argument again.

There was a company in the 80s and 90s. Amstrad. They sold on the principle of "stack it high, sell it cheap", and did more to put a computer into people's homes than any amount of price gouging by Microsoft or Apple. This is the same thing, but 30 years later. Trying to say "well I have a Ferrari and you have an icky little 1.1L A-reg Ford Fezzbomb" is just elitism, and sounds maybe a little bit like sour grapes. I know people who have more fun in their Fiesta than you'll ever have in your delicate little Precious. That's probably what hurts the most, isn't it?

Also https://wiki.goonfleet.com/images/Dinc-noammo-ruinyourlife.jpg - just because.

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

screenWidth = whateverHandler.screenWidth

screenHeight = whateverHandler.screenHeight

unitWidth = arbitrary_number

unitHeight = arbitrary_number

scaleWidth = screenWidth / unitWidth

scaleHeight = screenHeight / unitHeight

function coordScale(xPos, yPos){

return [xPos * scaleWidth, yPos * scaleHeight]

}

No I'm not a phone developer, but is the above pseudocode really that hard?

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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.

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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You can develop for a laptop on the laptop you're developing for, and no need to pay a tax to a price-gouging vendor with a history of lock-in.

Oh, wait.

Come on Microsoft, Apple. Catch up, won't you?

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

They would be stupid not to put a phone emulator in their IDE.

However, how is a 32" not-touch monitor going to emulate multi-touch? Or non-mocked GPS? Accelerometers? Gyroes? Cameras? Any of the myriad extra bits of hardware on a real phone or tablet?

That and emulators have a tendency to run like frozen pigshit uphill in Winter compared with the real hardware. If you want to see how your app will really run, you really need a really real device. Really Microsoft, are you so stingy as to charge $99 to give someone the ability to do what they want with what they own? How much does it cost to give out an unlock key? About 0.000000001p for the cost of the electricity to run the server? Why do you even need to dev-lock the device in the first place?

Oh yes. Copying Apple.

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

$99, apparently.

There's a very limited, crippled unlock for $9.

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Re: developer tools for android suck

Or buy AIDE Premium and develop your app on the same device you're deploying it to. £7.99 in the old empire money, which is not bad for a full IDE with Dropbox and Git integration that can take your eclipse project files and import them directly. There's a free version for you to play about with to see if you like it, too.

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

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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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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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Free Android apps often secretly make calls, use the camera

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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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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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Re: ...third-party developer....

Really, don't go there. The "west" might not be perfect, but compared to a fuckload of other places it's a goddamned paradise.

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How much more useful is Facebook compared to, say, a CC/BCC email list?

Then you own your own damned contact list. Hardly an inconvenience. "Ohai, I want to send this mail to..." *click each user name or select groups/all*

I'm pretty sure people used to use these things called "email clients" that did something surprisingly similar to this at one point, before Facebonk decided to get a whole load of suckers (Zuck's words, not mine) signed up.

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I wonder...

...how much the usernames and email addresses of several thousand Reg commentards are going for these days?

(Oooh, I'm such a naughty feller)

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New York tech firms form 'bucket brigade' to fuel flagging servers

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Re: Harder to ignite...

Diesel can be burned like wax. Dip something porous and somewhat flammable in it (like a rag, paper, whatever), and burn that. In fact I've seen candles that use diesel instead of wax, with the wick on a floating thing atop a pool of the stuff. Cheaper than lamp oil, I guess.

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Nobody knows what to call Microsoft's ex-Metro UI

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Re: Only one accurate name

Bidsum.

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UK's Intellectual Property Obliteration office attacked by Parliament

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Re: Rights don't exist in isolation

"Namely that if you copy, you have a duty to publish everything."

Uhm, no you don't. I have copies of GPL software here that I'm not distributing. You should try reading the GPL some time.

As for "publish all work using it".. depends on what you mean. I don't see many of the commercial developers (yes they do exist) being forced to give their stuff away for free just because they made a Linux version.

Now if you're on about making your own Linux, taking the hard work of thousands of others who have given their work to the community, locking it up behind a pretty veneer and a layer of proprietary binaries.. no, no you can't do that. And quite right too.

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Re: Rights don't exist in isolation

" If you don't accept the concept of copyright, there's no reason to obey the terms of any open-source licence, after all."

You know why the GPL is referred to as "copyleft", right?

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California begins crackdown on mobile app developers

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"You could stick a paragraph in there about users having to sacrifice their first-born to a graven image of Baal and virtually no-one would notice."

Pretty sure something similar to this has already been done to highlight how stupid EULAs are.

In fact, here it is.

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Ballmer claims Win 8 sales strong, WinPhone to follow

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Re: I call FAIL

"Win 8 OS looks too much like a damn Android screen."

You sure?

Positive about that?

Or as Jim Carey might say...

REE HEEE HEE HEEEEEEEEALLY?

Sorry, I call shenanigans.

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Ahem.

When I said "combination of operating systems", I was trying not to attract attention by saying "Linux".

Good luck getting anything Microsoft to work there.

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"Syncing data from your pc to your tablet, phone and console..."

I have a Nintendo 3DS, a Transformer Prime TF201, and a PC that runs a combination of operating systems including Windows. This trick I would like to see.

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Alienware assimilates Dell FROM THE INSIDE!

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Re: "I advocate them for professionals"

" a gaming laptop for any serious deployment in a work environment where there is demand for high-end mobile computing performance."

Games aren't high performance?

T'aint' all about the GPU you know, and I don't think you can get 16-core server-class CPUs in laptops quite yet anyway.

Really, if it can do high end gaming, it can do just about anything. Asides maybe run cool.

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Forgetting Microsoft: How Steve Ballmer's Surface could win

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Re: > "Tech used to be exciting. "

"Now there is little appreciable benefit to buying a faster CPU/GPU/disk"

Games.

"I don't know of anyone who's considering 128bit cpu's."

Only because it's not hitting the mainstream yet. When it does? Games.

"We could get better GPUs for realtime photo-realistic rendering but that isn't needed by most people (at least, not to the point where they want to pay for it).

Don't know many serious gamers, do you?

I still remember a friend splunking five thousand pounds on a gaming rig. A grand of which was the cooling system. He was running Crysis at full tilt when magazines were saying it was impossible and marking the game down for it.

Don't underestimate the power of shiny.

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Re: Apple never dominated anything.

My dislike of Apple is far from irrational. If it was, I wouldn't mention "proper web browser in a phone".

My dislike of Apple comes from their attitude of locking people into an expensive ecosystem, in ways that Microsoft only wish they could emulate. It's been going on for far longer than the iThings, too. Want a new power supply for that G3 power mac? Sure, that'll be a couple of hundred quid please. Never mind that it's a bog standard ATX power supply with the pins changed and a 21V line for some reason. The iThings with the curated app store, no other way other than Apple's of doing anything at all, and every chance a popular app could be emulated by Apple and then banned due to replicating functionality, is just a logical progression for this company.

Ignoring that in an attempt to make me look irrational is, well, just sad.

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Re: The problem with the 'give it away for free' model

Upvoted, because I've been downvoted a few times for stating facts.

For "sell it at cost" model, see Playstation, Xbox and Wii. Oh, and Geohotz.

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Apple never dominated anything.

At least not outside of some graphic design and publishing businesses. They had a brief blip due to putting a proper web browser in a mobile phone and having a shit-ton of advertising done for free by fans in said design & publishing businesses. Now a less vertically-integrated (and mostly free) option is available, surprise surprise it's overwhelmingly popular.

This is a good thing. Apple are worse than Microsoft in some ways. Two peas in a pod, I call 'em.

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Asus gets paid handsomely for swallowing Google's Jellybean

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Asus seem to be consistently good.

No surprises that people buy their stuff a lot, be it cheap netbooks, high end tablet-netbook-crossover-things, or motherboards and graphics cards.

Happy owner of an Asus motherboard with all kinds of lovely features, and a TF201 which is one very nippy Droid-top. Updated to Jelly Bean flavour too.

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Brit 4G live TODAY: At last you can bust your data cap in 5 minutes

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Re: More cap, less data

"Sour as a daily fail reader sucking on a bag of lemons while reading latest news on Jimmy Saville"

You should write for the Reg.

Or do you already, Mr AC?

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Re: A reasonable priceplan

You sure you own a smartphone? I'll give you a clue: Some ancient Nokia or Alcatel with a two-line text display is not a smartphone. If you even think about using the features of a smartphone you can easily exceed 500MB/month.

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Google Nexus 4 flips finger at Sandy, appears on YouTube

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Re: Real attempt at a new UI

Tiles are not new.

Even mixing tiles with traditional icons is an old idea.

However I will admit, making them look like Tomy toys and removing half the functionality is uniquely Microsoft.

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