* Posts by Jordan Davenport

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Apple in rinky-dink ink stink wristjob admission: Watch IS affected by TATTOOS

Jordan Davenport

Re: Dark skin?

I imagine it's more to do with the metallic pigments used in tattoos interfering with the sensors as opposed to melanin. Surely the R&D department thought enough to test it on non-white people, even if they didn't think to test it on people with heavy tattoos.

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Microsoft points at Skype, Lync: You two, in my office – right now

Jordan Davenport

Re: Yeah, it's great but...

The thing is, you can host Lync servers yourself and keep control of all your data within your company intranet. What about Skype for Business? I'm guessing that's a no.

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PlayStation Vita owners – Sony owes you $25 cash or $50 credit

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Wasn't that the case before?

"SCEA and Deutsch LA will be barred from making any further misleading advertisements"

Isn't that why they got sued in the first place? That's akin to barring them from trafficking kidneys.

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Make up your mind: Microsoft puts a bullet in Internet Explorer after all

Jordan Davenport

Re: Spartan won't support ActiveX controls or Browser Helper Objects

"You could remove IE as far back as Windows 7, but certain parts of it shares code with the OS."

Afraid not. You could "Turn Off" Internet Explorer in Windows 7, but it was still staged into Windows Side-by-Side (WinSxS) component store, ready to be re-deployed. That's part of why Windows 7's footprint is 16GB - the Windows component store.

Furthermore, the code that it shares with the OS itself is fairly minimal if reports are to be believed these days post-IE6. Its rendering engine (MSHTML.dll) is left because there are so many applications that expect it these days. It's pretty much impossible to remove IE entirely without breaking a ton of non-default applications but not necessarily Windows itself. That said, I've never looked at the source code and can't verify if any separation has actually occurred.

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

Jordan Davenport

Re: I'd be happy ...

I tried that out in a VM this past weekend, and while it does save bandwidth if you're updating several machines, it certainly does not save time. It took me nearly as long to install all the important updates using that utility as it did to install all important and recommended updates from Microsoft Update, neglecting download times for both.

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

Jordan Davenport

"I really have a hard time believing that any half-way intelligent and caring parent would buy their kid one of these."

So expect the majority of girls targeted-market children in the US to own one by this time 2017?

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Net neutrality: The world speaks its brains on secret 'open' 'net rules

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Hey, Verizon

First off, I'm not taking a side on the matter until I actually know what was decided. We all knew this was coming, whether it's good for the public interest or not. It's ridiculous to worry about the specifics until we actually know what they are.

That said, "rules [...] that were written in the era of the steam locomotive and the telegraph" aren't inherently irrelevant to modern society. I'm pretty sure that that Constitution of ours is still pretty relevant despite being written before that era.

All that aside, I will grant that it's worrying that five people decided the fate of the Internet in the United States. Don't assume that the dissenting voices were entirely unheard. What really scares me is the idea that they may have taken a gamble by influencing language they thought was terrible, ceding the battle to win the war.

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

Jordan Davenport

Re: They should call it ForgeryShop

There's a huge difference between ethically using any image manipulation software and using image manipulation software for ethical reasons. You're confusing the concepts of how and why.

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Microsoft 'showers gold' on anti-Google Cyanogen and its Android alternative

Jordan Davenport

Re: Biting the hand the feeds you

As far as I'm aware, the only parts of Android that are subject to the GPL are not written by Google aside from patches to existing projects, such as the Linux kernel. The majority of what Google contributes as open source is under the Apache Software License 2.0. Unless Google decide to write a new kernel (incredibly unlikely) or adapt one under a more permissive license than the GPL (less unlikely but would still require cutting compatibility with existing drivers and APIs or writing compatibility shims), they will always be bound to release their modifications to Linux but not to the things they've authored under other licenses.

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

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Doctor Who's tangerine dream and Clara's death wish in Last Christmas

Jordan Davenport

"...across time and space...at the same time..."

They clearly didn't have the head dream crab attached at the same time - it was across different times. They just all met in the same dream, time-traveling through their own dreams to meet each other, a concept touched in The Name of the Doctor.

My question is: If the dream crabs found Clara by her connection to the Doctor, what does that imply about the other four?

Actually, I lied; my real question is: Why was Shona the one who almost exclusively created the scenario, especially if the Doctor was seemingly first to be attacked?

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Developers offering Mozilla-like experience will work on Firefox-like experience for iThings

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"Someone remind me again why Internet Explorer coming with Windows (and allowing alternatives) is antitrust bullshit, but this bullshit from Apple is totally OK? Deliberately gimping any other browser is fine?"

I feel the same, I really do, but the reason is simple: Despite having a huge chunk of the market, Apple do not hold a majority - that would be Android, which actually does allow Gecko and always has. Though not at all a niche market, since they do not hold a majority, they aren't held to the same antitrust regulations as Microsoft with Windows on the desktop. That's also the same reason Microsoft isn't required to allow other browsers on Windows RT tablets - they don't hold the majority in tablet marketshare.

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

Jordan Davenport

Odd, that

I did a fastboot update to 4.4 on my 2012 Nexus 7, and all worked perfectly. I did another fastboot flash of 5.0 onto my 2012 Nexus 7 this past weekend, and the thing is nigh unusable. The fastboot flash means I did a clean install, including a factory reset, so apps weren't a factor. The Nexus 7, much like my mother's Transformer Pad TF300T (same manufacturer, same chipset family, probably the same EMMC), suffers from slow IO performance in general.

It's not a huge loss to me since I rarely use it these days, given my Nexus 5 is faster (and running just fine even with 5.0).

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

Jordan Davenport

Re: Well I loved it..

I always suspected it was the Master, given there were rumors of [her] reappearance this season, but at that line, I'd considered that too... except for the fact she referred to the Doctor as her boyfriend the very first episode when introduced talking to the clockwork droid. Plus I very much doubt anyone, human or otherwise, would kiss their grandfather so intimately. At least I hope they wouldn't.

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Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

Jordan Davenport

Re: Let me get this right?

Sort of. It's recording the SSID (the public name that comes up in the network list) of wireless networks and the GPS location where it spotted it. Not sure how it's going to tell one 'linksys' or 'netgear' from the rest though. It doesn't record traffic

I very much imagine it's looking at the ESSID (the name) since it's clearly looking for _nomap but actually recording the BSSID (the MAC address), so it can distinguish five separate "linksys" networks in a single neighborhood.

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The DRUGSTORES DON'T WORK, CVS makes IT WORSE ... for Apple Pay

Jordan Davenport

This just shows the idiocy of non-standard payment systems.

So I guess that just leaves cash and coinage?

Credit/charge/debit/bank cards and checks/cheques, albeit commonly accepted, are by no means standard. Cards rely on whether the store accepts the card processor or not, and checks may rely on whether the banks in the region will process checks from another region, not to mention the risk the business takes of receiving a check from an account with insufficient funds.

At least in the US, the only "standard" payment system is what's defined by the government - coins by the US Mint per the Constitution and paper currency by Bureau of Engraving and Printing per the Department of Treasury.

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Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes

Jordan Davenport

Re: Windows 10 ?

I see someone's been asleep.

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

Jordan Davenport

Re: Yosemite

You do realize that there's been a public beta for quite some time now, right? I'm not saying there aren't still bugs, but I do imagine plenty of people have tried it already.

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The Schmidt hits the clan: Google chief mauls publishers' 'abuse of dominance' claims

Jordan Davenport

Re: Search Results that Contain new Search Engines are crap

Google supports Boolean operators, though they're not as user-friendly as the rest of their natural language search. You use a hyphen, as in a minus sign, in front of the word or quoted string instead of the word "NOT".

Oddly though, I actually got more results on an order of magnitude when I just searched for "everything -porn" instead of "everything". Who knew?

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

Jordan Davenport

Re: Why is Win 8 and Win 8.1 seperated?

@localzuk & @Ken Hagan:

You're both right - I was under the (wrong) belief that Windows 8.0 was going to be supported with security patches until 2023. 8.1 is treated identically to Windows 8 Service Pack 1, Service Pack 2, etc. and will cause the official death of 8.0 in 2016. There went my justification for separating the two.

And given that 8.1 is a moving target, it seems just about pointless to try to standardize an enterprise environment that requires stability on any version of Windows 8.

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Jordan Davenport

Re: Why is Win 8 and Win 8.1 seperated?

They really should be separated because Windows 8.0 is the one that receives only security updates while Windows 8.1 is the one that receives massive feature updates. 8.0's platform is relatively stable and won't change, while 8.1 is more of a moving target, an important factor to consider in an enterprise ecosystem. Of course, that last point is probably why you'll see Windows 7 in enterprise environments for years to come, Metro Windows 8 App Windows Store App "Modern" UI aside.

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

Jordan Davenport

Re: Standard Windows timings

More like this thing called imaging now since that's how Windows since Vista (and really Windows for Legacy PCs) does it. And that's only worth it if you have more than one computer to update. Why can't Microsoft offer updated install images as suggested above?

I imagine the answer is as simple as it's supposed to be more incentive to buy the newer version - fewer updates required. That's also probably why we won't ever see Windows 7 Service Pack 2.

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Google pries open YOUR mailbox, invites developer partners

Jordan Davenport

Re: OK, Google

If you have your social security number or banking information in plaintext in something as insecure as email, you've got bigger troubles. Just about anyone in the middle of the transit can view the data contained within an email.

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Google's Nexus devices get stealth Android update

Jordan Davenport

I wonder if Samsung noticed problems with stock KitKat's code when they started burning up AT&T customers' Galaxy S4 Actives with the KitKat update, which has since been withheld.

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ASUS launches 5-in-1 Android Windows Phone laptop tablet (breathe)

Jordan Davenport

Re: Battery Life?

Given it switches the grunt work to the attached phone as an Android tablet, I'm sure the battery life will be better in Android mode.

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Apple: We'll tailor Swift to be a fast new programming language

Jordan Davenport
Joke

Re: Is it a proper programming language?

println("FORTRAN")

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Jordan Davenport

Re: The name...

The name's being in use already for similar products didn't seem to stop them with the iPhone or IOS...

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

Jordan Davenport

On the other hand...

Google has moved the majority of their services and applications away from the core OS to the Play Store so that they can in fact be patched even when the older operating system isn't. Basically, if you have Android 4.0 or higher and use the Google services, security really isn't much of a problem on Android unless you start trying to pirate apps - same situation as on the iPhone, really.

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Congressman pitches bill to disarm FCC in net neutrality warfare

Jordan Davenport

Re: If this bill gets anywhere close to passing...

"Odds are the bill will be construed so as to bar the Internet (and perhaps even telephone) from being classed as a common carrier at all. For that matter, they may just remove the "common carrier" designation altogether and completely defang the FCC. Anything the FCC tried can be negated by the act, since the FCC's powers come from the Telecommunications Act, and as long as they're not retroactive, they can be applied legally."

I'd expect no less, especially if Congress thinks the FCC might push the button, so to speak, before the bill's language is finalized. Even if it were the case that Congress didn't pull the FCC's powers, subverting anything they would've accomplished with the bill, if Congress could actually unite to pass such a bill, they could feasibly pass another to undo any "damage" the FCC might've already done.

"But this bill will go nowhere. It'll likely never get through the Senate. Even if it did it probably wouldn't make it through Conference Committee, nor get passed AGAIN. Finally, President Obama would likely veto the bill, and neither house is united enough on this bill to override it."

My guess is you're likely correct on that, but the true differences between elected Democrats and Republicans is very slim, the rest mostly a facade for the people they represent. They all more or less seem to obey whoever pays the most money bribing lobbying, with one member recently confirming what we already knew, regarding patent reform.

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If this bill gets anywhere close to passing...

What would be the odds the FCC would reclassify the Internet before the bill gets signed into law?

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Valve says no Steam Machines until 2015, fingers crossed

Jordan Davenport

Re: What's wrong with these people?

Yes, because peripheral hardware designs people write games.

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LG G3 fights off screen-res war rival Samsung with quad-HD cutie: In pictures

Jordan Davenport

Re: Show the notification bar

I was wondering the same thing. I've had my hands on an elderly friend's LG G2 and someone else's LG G Pad 8.3; the notifications were almost hidden off the screen by the toggles and sliders available. It is possible to trim that up a bit after digging for a few hours through the settings though.

What bugged me the most was the G2's inconsistent method of answering phone calls. If the screen was off, you had to drag the green accept button at the bottom left of the screen to the right to answer. If the screen was already on, you just push that button without dragging.

This difference was a bit difficult to explain to an octogenarian who had never used a smart phone before. I honestly don't know if changing the dialer with something like ExDialer will change the method of answering a call or not, but at this point, now that she's finally learned it, changing it really isn't an option anymore.

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Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

Jordan Davenport

Re: Conflict of Interest?

"But if people aren't getting their ads, would Google care if they use their browser or not?"

Yes, because then Google wouldn't be able to collect as much information as they do, especially if people start using things like NoScript (not for the Average Joe, granted) and Ghostery and rejecting third party cookies.

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FSF slams Mozilla for 'shocking' Firefox DRM ankle-grab

Jordan Davenport

Re: If it's part of HTML5

"Well, you see, HTML 5 is NOT an official standard, yet."

Right you are, but then they can remove the DRM-enabling sandbox if EME gets dropped from the HTML5 draft.

That being said, why should they? You have to install the extra component yourself separately. I hate DRM as much as the next consumer, but not supporting it when every big name media provider requires it would be corporate suicide, whether it enters the standard or not. Boycotting DRM should be a decision left to the individual user, NOT the company that makes that user's web browser.

And as I said, you are indeed right that it's not a standard yet... but HTML 5.0 is all but finalized now and is expecting an official recommendation by the W3C later this year. From what I've been reading though, EME will probably be in the HTML 5.1 spec, expected in 2016. EME is not an official part of the standard yet, but do be careful with such blanket statements when the draft is almost ready to be released.

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Moto E pops up with £89 price tag – alongside new LTE Moto G cuz

Jordan Davenport

Re: Lumia 625

Maps aside, you can easily store your music offline on Android phones. Either connect it through MTP and transfer your music, insert an SD card with your music on it (if the model has a card slot), or download it. Google Play Music supports downloading directly to your phone by selecting to save for offline usage.

For satnav, you can buy map apps if the data matters to you. I bought a copy of the TomTom app (not the best but not absolutely terrible) for that purpose myself.

That said, to each his own. I'm glad you like your new(er) phone. I just wouldn't say that Android relies any more on data than any other OS does though.

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

Jordan Davenport

Re: Tee hee hee hee hee...

"Not likely since they purchased the rights to the Nokia brand for mobile devices."

For two or three years only, if I recall correctly. By then though, they'll probably snuff out the Nokia X line.

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Japan plans SEVEN satellite launches to supercharge GPS

Jordan Davenport

Re: Is there a rocket scientist in the house?

Is it possible to maintain a geosynchronous orbit with the mass of these satellites at the altitude at which they orbit? I honestly don't know. That's the only thing I could imagine though, but I'm certainly no rocket scientist.

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Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor

Jordan Davenport

Re: If I were MS, I would be much bolder and replace icons with tiles.

Well, strictly speaking, with KDE4, you can't avoid widgets at all because everything is implemented as a widget in Plasma, even the taskbar and the components on the taskbar like the application launcher, window list, tray, clock, etc. They implemented them in a way that they don't feel like widgets though, despite being coded as such and being just as modular.

I'm just being pedantic though. For all intents and purposes, I use KDE 4 without any widgets on my desktop, more or less mimicking the Windows 7 desktop, even putting a Show Desktop button in the bottom-right corner out of habit.

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Github cofounder resigns after clearance in sex-harass probe

Jordan Davenport

I missed a T in that

I was wondering what you had against olives for a moment. Tasty oil.

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

Jordan Davenport

Re: I hate Live tiles

Well, I hate the Live Tiles too (see above), but to be fair, you can toggle a setting in the control panel somewhere to change it so that Windows 8 knows you're on a metered connection and to cut out the unnecessary chatter. That's something that would be nice in any other OS that wasn't designed for mobile devices first and foremost as well. I've only seen that feature on Android otherwise, though I'm not that familiar with iOS's features. That said, the only things that seem to respect that setting in Windows 8 are "Modern" apps.

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Jordan Davenport

What better way to hype a product than a "leak"?

These videos do look like better ways to deal with the "Modern" desktop on a touch interface, but basically, they've just re-invented desktop widgets. That said, I hate the Live Tiles in the first place since they seem to be designed to aggravate ADHD.

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Gnome Foundation runs out of cash

Jordan Davenport

Re: Wow! That many people moved to KDE or XFCE?

I'm talking Kubuntu, yes. I've set up Arch with KDE before, but I've been bitten by updates on multiple occasions when trying Arch. I don't feel like having to keep up with a website just to see if updates break anything on my system. If I were to move away from Kubuntu, it would probably be to Debian Testing. I really like Debian-based systems aside from the extraneous package dependencies and "recommends". The only reason I use Kubuntu in the first place is for the support I get from the Ubuntu base, especially with regards to proprietary drivers.

Also, looking up more about Blue Systems, though their standard release is Kubuntu-based, I might take a look at Netrunner. The default package list seems similar to what I end up going with anyway. I may try the Manjaro-based (and thus Arch-based) rolling release version too. *shrugs*

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Jordan Davenport

Re: Wow! That many people moved to KDE or XFCE?

I started with KDE 3.x and moved to GNOME 2.x when KDE 4.0 was as stable as a sandcastle. I moved back to KDE when GNOME 3.0 changed everything and KDE 4.6 was feature-complete as compared to 3.5 and becoming faster and more reliable with each release.

That said, I've had a few problems as of late with 4.12 and 4.13 (yeah, I know, still RC) as packaged by Blue Systems and Canonical, but I don't know if that's a problem with upstream KDE or Canonical's patched MESA libraries or the transition to Qt5 or what. Specifically, using the Folder layout on my desktop, when logging in, it's sometimes shoved off the screen with only a scrollbar on the right.

For what it's worth, I've tried giving GNOME Shell a chance with just about each new release on Fedora, but there's always some quirk that just drives me up a wall. Reducing features in core applications isn't helping out any either.

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Amazon stuffs games into Fire TV box: Soz, rivals... WE don't need to make cash on hardware

Jordan Davenport

Re: Pump the Primes

Though you're right that the US price listing does not include any sales tax, if it were sold for the same price as in the US directly converted into GBP at the current currency trade rate, even including the 20% VAT, it would only cost about £57.89.

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Jordan Davenport

Re: "but all of your video is stored in the Amazon cloud."

Obviously the quality will depend on the speed of your broadband, but as long as it's broadband, buffering shouldn't really be much of an issue these days with modern codecs. Even with my measly 1.5Mbps connection at my old apartment, I was able to stream Netflix on the Nintendo Wii in standard definition without buffering for more than a few seconds as I first launched the movie or TV show.

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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

Jordan Davenport

Are you insane?

Black hats would be combing it over for vulnerabilities applicable to Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1 too. The community might be able to fix vulnerabilities in XP, but they definitely couldn't with the newer operating systems.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

Jordan Davenport

Re: What is more interesting

"You CANNOT compare the curves as the environment has changed too much in the meantime."

I'm sorry, but given that Windows 8 is marketed first and foremost as a tablet-friendly operating system, I'd have to disagree with you entirely. The numbers are indeed directly comparable or, if not, perhaps should be weighted even more than Vista's, given the numerous more devices that should be running Windows 8 in Microsoft's dream world.

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Satisfy my scroll: El Reg gets claws on Windows 8.1 spring update

Jordan Davenport

The funny thing about OS X is that there really wouldn't need to be that many UI changes to enable proper touchscreen support. The dock would be well suited for launching and managing programs, they've already implemented full-screen support in most applications, and full-screen applications are treated as their own virtual desktop in the desktop switcher.

They've been adding small elements from iOS to OS X at a slow but sane pace since 10.7 appeared. Basically all OS X would really need for a touch-screen MacBook would be to increase the icon size in a few applications. My only fear about future OS X interface tweaks is that they might decide to implement the icons from iOS7.

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Roku flashes $50 HDMI TV web dongle at anyone sick of Google's stick

Jordan Davenport

Re: 1$ <> 1£

I find the entire import/export tariffs to be a bit bizarre in general, especially given how they lack uniformity. Back in 2007, I was somehow able to import a few Cisco textbooks from a seller in the UK via Amazon for a total cost lower than the cheapest retailer from the US, including shipping, by 10s of dollars. They were the exact same books that my community college/"university" sold in their bookstore for double the price, down to the UPC. I know the situation is different with books versus electronics, but I don't really see why it should be.

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