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35 posts • joined 20 Jun 2010

Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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"but they are handy for lazy people such as myself."

I like how people are willing to change their existing garage-door controller to and invest on a device that will need frequent charging, just because they are too lazy to pick-up their garage door remote.

This is like Google Wallet (the thing that was intended to replace credit cards). Google wants to take something that never breaks and doesn't need frequent recharging, and replace it with something that has limited battery life and is expensive.

The good thing smartphone manufacturers did is that they took stuff that was already expensive and had limited battery life (Mp3 player, PDA, cellphone), and combined them in one device.

PS: Anyway, this thing will get you geek bragging rights. People will look at you at the pub. That's the good thing about it.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Pop-ups?

"You’ll have to do battle with pop-ups though. "

AdBlock people! And no, I don't care if websites need to make money. Either host your own ads, or find an ad server that won't serve pop-ups or malware.

PS: No interest for the Chromecast if it can't mirror tabs or play local files properly, the good news is some chinese vendor can take the same chip and build an ultra-cheap 1080p player

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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For the love of (deity), make your code uses UTF-8. The world has decided. Text files are UTF-8, websites are (should be) UTF-8, emails should be UTF-8 and SMSes are UTF-8. So, use UTF-8.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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Re: This is all too familiar.

My thoughts exactly. Here is how it goes: Family member ('family' includes cousins and such) buys the worst piece of hardware out there. You name it: A laptop that takes forever to boot, a peripheral that doesn't work etc. They call you to fix it, you fix it (most of the time), and whatever breaks from that point onwards is your responsibility, because of "what you did on my computer that day". So, as a reward for helping you before, apparently I now owe you free support for life, or I have to hear you blame me that I broke your computer. Right...

Not to mention what happens if you help them buy something. The slightest thing they don't like, they 'll come and whine at you.

The real solution is to just say no. And I even tell them the reasons why I say no (see above). I don't care if they think I am rude and unhelpful, I have piece of mind and more free time and that's what matters. The exception to this are the few people who aren't jerks and deserve help (whatever help I can offer anyway).

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Motorola pulls out of China, leaves locals behind till of Android shop

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AgainGoogle?

Someone give those guys at Google an Atlas, so that they can see the US is not the entire world, not even the biggest country in the world

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How Nokia managed to drive its in-house Linux train off the rails

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Interesting article.

Essentially Meego/Maemo was doomed by two factors:

- As you say, they couldn't get it to ship

- Forces inside Nokia wanted Symbian to be the only OS, because they thought they would control it better or because the Finnish gods would be mad if Nokia abandoned Symbian or something. Sure on the outside they pretended to want to see MeeGo succeed, but they did everything to sabotage it.

I really hope Jolla succeeds. Please don't screw it up. Android + Jolla = geek heaven

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Google's Nexus 7 tabs 'can't perform' if flash RAM crammed

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"It also seems safe to say that few Nexus 7 users will ever max out their devices' capacity. "

Judging by how easily a friend of mine loaded to his Xoom an entire season of Breaking Bad, I am going to question the quoted remark.

PS: Don't ask why my friend got a Xoom. A company bought it for him.

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Nearly half of Google's Moto gobble cash was spanked on patents

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Google: "No, we didn't invest 12.5bn on a dud patent pocker chip that only has FRAND patents".

If Google wants to really put an end to this, they should purchase a company like LodSys or NTP that own "gold" patents, aka overly broad patents that were somehow not only granted but also verified from the supreme court. Then use those patents to bring the entire industry (except those that didn't stab them in the back pehaps like Barnes and Noble) to a standstill or demand huge royalties. This way, the motto that "everything that results in royalty payments is good" that is so popular in the circles of the US government will backfire badly, and they will be forced to drop software patents or only accept software patents that can be also be implemented in hardware without being too obvious, like any other country does.

But buying a company like Motorola Mobility that had all the good patents sucked by the parent Motorola company and left only with FRAND ones ain't going to work. Google bought Motorola Mobility thinking they were getting a killer deal, patents+devices, but as it turns out, they only got devices. So now they have to buy another company for the patents.

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Rapidshare tells world+dog: Stop PIRACY now!

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Of course, they won't propose the real solution to piracy, aka registering the IP of all uploaders and handing it over to the copyright holder after he sends the takedown notice. "we 've taken down the files and here are the IPs of the wrongdoers, dear copyright holder", But shh.... we europeans suffering from delayed releases (compared to the US) don't want that to happen, right?

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Surprise: Neil Young still hates digital music

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Let's get some things cleared

-CD-DA (Audio CD) can reproduce the entire frequency range and dynamic range the human ear can hear (22Khz is the maximum the ear can hear, 44.1Khz is the sampling of CD-DA, so the 2 times the maximum frequency sampling theorem is satisfied)

-You must have a CD player with a "proper" DAC to hear the full quality of AudioCD, or a CD-player connected to an external DAC using firewire/SPDIF/HDMI. Presence of 4x oversampling is required for a DAC to be concidered "good". WIthout oversampling, the digital to audio conversion is not that good.

-Most commercial AudioCDs today are badly mastered so that they play well on car stereos (the loud car stereo with it's over pronounced bass practically ruined the CD).

-If you can't get a good CD master, get a DVD-Audio

-Audio CD or DVD-Audio must be converted into flac .

-MP3s are lossy. And not even "transparent". The difference over the uncompressed can be heard. Get over it people.

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GM Volt e-car battery safe, say feds

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Look Mr Mathew, if you don't sign those papers saying how safe the Government Motors' Volt is, your department is in for some major budget cutting.

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How Apple won the West (and lost the world)

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Android is not just smartphones...

... it has already grown to "hybrid" tablets like the Transformer Prime. Where you have a proper screen and keyboard and everything to replace your Windows PC (and the complex UI it comes with). Windows has become so small in terms of bundled functionality (no office suite, no image editor, no audio editor and a terrible video editor that can't save to MP4) that once Android gets decent office, imaginb and multimedia apps it's game over for old Windows. On related news, Adobe released Photoshop Express for Android and videolan is working on an Android version of VLC.

Ballmer is hoping that Android will get stuck on smartphones and all Hubrids will be Windows 8 tablets, however Android has already captured 20% of tablet sales from statistical noise it was some years ago.

Apple is smarter and bundleslots of functionality into OS X, to protect canibalization from hybrids.

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UltraViolet: Hollywood's giant digital gamble is here

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You ALREADY can buy a "right to watch everywhere" license..

By buying the DVD and Bluray. In countries were the silly DMCA doesn't apply, the right to format shift a purchased DVD or Bluray is protected by law. And the freeware DVD Fab HD decrypter (the best format shifting tool when combined with the open source Handbrake and AutoGK tools) make everything easy.

In other words, Hollywood is too late. The market (and people's living rooms) are full with DivxPlusHD / MKV playes, and people aren't going to thow away their perfectly good devices, just for the privilledge of having to jump through the hoops of DRM. Eventually, the movie industry will resort into selling pure, non-DRMed MP4 files, much like the music industry resorted to selling pure MP3s.

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Ubuntu team questions Distrowatch share slide figures

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Microsoft strangehold

The supposed “Microsoft strangehold on OEMs“ is a tale told by bitter Linux fanboys. OEMs just want OSes that work, because they are the ones the user turns to when things don‘t work. Dell tried selling Ubuntu with the XPS 1530, only to have the computers break during an upgrade to the next version. All of them. This shouldn‘t have been good for the tech support department, and surely offseted any gains for not paying Microsoft a license. Lets be honest, Ubuntu doesn‘t work. It breaks when you try to upgrade to the next version half of the time. Its not the market that‘s at fault, its Linux. Oh, and Mac OS X success showed there is no “Microsoft monopoly“ in the desktop OS market either.

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Ubuntu savaged by rivals infected with fondleslab fever

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Canonical should die in a fire

The Linux community should have raised a red flag on Canonical from the moment they packed bleeding-edge PulseAudio with Ubuntu, breaking audio for most Ubuntu users, and generally for releasing broken versions of Ubuntu just to catch the silly self-imposed 6 month release cycle. How many times you tried to upgrade Ubuntu and the computer woke up from the upgrade not working as it should? Such a strict 6 month release cycle is something that not even a proprietary software company could do. But don't worry, we are Canonical! Release every 6 months even if it's broken!

Is the Linux Desktop community so desperate for corporate support they keep tolerating Canonical?

I am glad they are finally getting the message and moving to Mint.

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Netflix: How to completely screw up

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Guys..

... you are missing the point. The reason Netflix‘s prices were so low was because of Hollywood being scared about BitTorrent. They figured out its better to rent their movies ar prices unheard of before, rather than not rent it at all because everyone is downloading it for free (btw they still made a profit from). Now that Hollywood is hoping to curb bittorrent with the PROTECT IP act, they are showing their real face (high rip-off prices are back).

What I really dont understand is people who buy or rent stuff in weird formats like itunes and UMD. Since when the public fell for the trap of buying the same movie over and over again? Just give me the DVD or Bluray, and i will convert it in the proper format for my cellphone, my PMP and PSP. And this is if a feel generous, and dont download it in DRM-free format for nothing from torrent. Com on guys, so them that PROTECT IP is useless and that if they want to reduce bittorrent downloads, they ‘ve got to be reasnable with their pricing.

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Googlola's closed source Android temptation

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Google was forced to buy Motorola...

The whole press was saying how Motorola would soon be the only Android vendor that doesn't have to pay royalties to MS, because of their immense patent portfolio that makes any other company fear them. And then Mototola comes and says they will charge a royalty (on top of the Microsoft royalty) for every Android phone sold by other Android vendors (htc, lg, samsung etc).

So its not that Google really has a choice. And the high break up fee shows that.

Anyway, I dont think Google will be seriously getting into the hardware biz. They will produce the usual "Nexus" reference handsets, but that's it. Because Google knows that other handset makers can make phones that have more bling and are more good looking. Why all Nexus phones are ugly? Is it because they are trying to make them not look like the iPhone? Anyway, Google is not dumb enough to get close to Motorola and annoy the partners that make Android look beautiful (because stock Android sure isn't, just look at the Nexus S)

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Ubisoft revisits Internet-at-all-times DRM

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Can't be cracked

Sorry to rain on you parade folks, but this kind of DRM cannot be cracked. See the idea behind this scheme is that certain functions of the game don't existing inside the game's executable, but being implemented in a server, and the game sends requests to the server and then receives the answer. For example, this could be how some enemy AI functions could be calculated (ask the server for the enemy's position, get answer).

-"BUT the previous incantantion of Ubi's DRM was cracked!"

-No it wasn't, the game crashed at the second level. But the press buried this small detail beautifully.

Anyway, PC gaming is a mess nowadays (requirements, DRM, random crashes on non-Nvidia cards). Glad I have a PS3, even if that means paying for my games.

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Get your kit off for Putin, win an iPad 2, Russian ladies told

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Cupertinian shinyness?

Either you like it or not folks, Apple has ressurected 2 significant product categories (home computers, smartphones) and created 1 new (tablets), in an era that the other companies looked like they were trying to kill the categories they "competed" in.

Have you ever used a Nokia N70 or N80? Utterly terrible. Theoretically capable of everything, yet lame and sloow at everything. I got a N70 just because I wanted the awesome Symbian S60 games gameloft was producing back then (the asphalt series etc), but the multimedia experience sucked. Blackberry? Give me a break!

As regards PCs, ever tried to use Windows 7 to convert a video to MP4? It cannot be done without the help of third party tools.

Now, I won't get an iphone because not being able to load apps from my harddisk to my own phone (even my old, locked by vodafone to death GX30i can do that with some WAP tricks) is too much flexibility to give up, so I want to get an Android phone. And i can't decide which one to get, because of all those customs UIs (facetime, Sense) and third party extensions (LG 3D) that exist out there. It's literally a "who knows what you will get with every phone" platform.

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Natty Narwahl: Ubuntu marine mammal not fully evolved

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This is a known problem with old HP BIOSes...

Does your computer happen to be an HP? Many HP computers had this problem, where you would boot Linux or BSD just fine, shut it down normally, and when you tried to boot it again, it would freeze either at the BIOS password screen of at the BIOS logo screen.

This a known problem with old HP BIOSes (it's the 'bad state' problem), and has been fixed in the newest versions. Just upgrade to the latest BIOS version for your model (you can find it at hp's site at the support and drivers section), and it will be fixed.

For example, mine's problem was fixed when I went from version F.11 to F.1A...

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WTF is... 4K x 2K?

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Get me some decent codecs before you roll 4K

Anyone with the right tools can make even a 40960 x 21600 film, today .All it takes is feed the picture from a DSLR's CDD to a hardrive cluster, and then feed it to x264, with the appopriate resolution set.

The problem is getting the filesize to a number that's tolerable. For example, 1080p/1080i existed under the moniker of "HDTV" since forever, but only when Mpeg 4 avc appeared it started to matter.

By the way, how much of 4K footage can a Bluray Disc fit? 1 hour?

Some people say that a new disc callled HVD will solve the problem, but discs are dead IMO. A tiny scratch on such a disc would obliterate minutes of content, no matter the error correction. The future is on solid state drives and harddisks, and they won't reach storage capacity capable of doing 4K for acceptable number of movies for quite a while. And don't get me on started on IPTV/Video On Demand. ISPs will never be able to provide connections that handle the extra load.

And since the new and proposed H.265 won't achieve more than 50% bitrate reduction, and added to the fact most people can't tell the difference between 4K and 1080p, then we can conclude that 4K is just a silly gimmick.

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Samsung BD-D6900 3D Blu-ray player and DVR combo

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ALL Bluray players are region locked

"I wish reviewers would ask one simple questions. Is it multi-region?"

For Bluray players, the answer is dead simple: IT IS NOT. Region lockout is a mandatory part of Bluray's DRM system. Bluray's DRM is very draconian (=tough to break), so NO company in the world is going to risk and go with a reversed engineered version, like many chinese companies did with DVD (which has an easy to crack DRM). So, you can bet your car that every Bluray player in the market implement region lockout.

If you want a multi-region player, just get an MKV player that has a USB port and NTFS/EXT3 support , and then rip all your blurays to MKV files with the help of AnyDVD HD and RipBot264. or by a media center PC and install AnyDVD HD on it.

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Bad.

WTF no DivxHD/MKV support? Isn't LG supposed to offer this feature in their bluray players since forever? How many years does Samsung need in order to catch up with the rest of the industry? And a nonperfect- USB implementation in 2011? Are there guys serious?

Yeah its got a TV tuner that's rendered unusable by the draconian DRM, but the rest of the package is unimpressive. This is why i don't buy Samsung. They look good on the first look, but if you look closer... not so good.

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FSF to Google: Free Gmail's JavaScript now!

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The FSF is funny sometimes...

The FSF basically goes and tells corporations "If you don't free up the code, we won't play".

"Well then, don't play! We 'll just play with the rest of the kids, and you can stay alone in your corner"

In fact, many FSF believers (i say 'believers' because free software is obviously a cult) think it's cool to isolate themselves from awesome technology like the PS3 or Mac OS X, just because it isn't "free".

Well dear FSF believers, Sony and Apple don't care. They have better customers that don't mind about all that "free" fluff.

Oh, and btw, proprietary software isn't immoral just because some bitter old man with a beard declared it is. DRMed software might be, but non-DRMed proprietary software is not.

In the same way that women who don't cover their faces are not immoral just because some believes of Islam say the are.

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Ellison drops iceberg in front of HP's unsinkable Itanic

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The main problem with Itanium

The main problem with Itanium is that there are only 3 vendors to choose from: Intel, Intel and Intel (oops! on a second look, it seems it's just one).

Oh, and the thing is patented to death and heavily proprietary, so forget about any competitors jumping on board later. So much about choice.

Who is going to invest in THAT, knowing that if Itanium ever gets off, Intel will ramp up prices to the sky?

The "difficult architecture, lazy programmers" card Intel has been playing since the launch of Itanium is moot. Just give those programmers a good compiler (which has already happened), and they will happily program for ANY architecture.

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Extended Lord of the Rings Blu-rays to hit Blighty

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@irish donkey

You know you can convert an MKV file to Bluray-Movie format (m2ts) WITHOUT the need to re-encode, with a program TSMuxer, right? http://tinyurl.com/6kfmfd

And you don't even need a BD-R. All you need is a DVDR DL.

And if it doesn't fit to 7.95GB, you can always split it in half without quality loss with a program called avidemux.

Just make sure the resolution is 1920x1080 OR 1280x720. Then it's all a walk in the park.

This thing should be taught to schools...

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TorrentFreak seeking copyright report’s mysterious author

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These guys are ridiculous

These guys are ridiculous.

So, they try to "inform" the public (people like my aunt) about the perils of 'piracy' and how it hurts jobs.

Then, some nephew like me tells them how the only ones that lose money are rich bastards who don't need so much money anyway, and how all content that typically costs 1$ A PIECE can be found for free.

Wasted effort...

And the hole thing with legislation? Shareaza.sourceforge.net is still wildely available, and so is uttorrent, and so is piratebay, so has all this legislation actually prevented anyone from downloading anything. NO!

Wasted effort.

These RIAA/MPAA guys soon will have to get real jobs, just like the people who copies books before the invention of the gutenberg machine eventually had to, no matter how they tried to prevent it.

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BMI taken out by Anonymous

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Anonymous need to regroup

Did any of these attacks hurt Big Content in any way that mattered? No.

All they did was give the oportunity to Big Content to make themselves appear under attack and chased by the big bad "hackers" (their friends at news corps certainly helped with that by overblowing and distorting the facts). While the actual harm to Big Content is zero.

This is bad, because the general public had just started to form and unpleasant picture for Big Content, and now they start forming a bad picture for consumer rights activists and possibly the internet in general, while Big Content suddenly appears as the good guy.

Anonymous needs to regroup. Either find a way to hack Big Content in a way that matters, or stop those silly DoS attacks. They are not harming Big Content, period. You can instead focus on creating an easy to access torrent repository in some remote island in the pacific , offering the latest releases from piratebay. That might hurt them.

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Elop's choice: Microsoft and Nokia take a bruising

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Ogg?

"or Ogg Vorbis here"

What is the point of offering an Ogg vorbis file? Isn't MP3 supposed to be a pattent free format several years now? (they expired).

Ogg vorbis is a classic example of GNU's Not Invented Here So I Wont Use It syndrome (similar ro odf and docx, despite docx is an open format). The freetards are using their incessant trolling powers to convince people that Ogg Vorbis is somehow necessary, but basically it's an effort to boost their egos.

Can we go back to the 90s, where nobody cared about the GNU/freetards and simply ignored them?

"micros~1"

Look how uber leet I am, I can mock microsoft! (nobody cares)

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Refuce docx?

"At least at our office everyone knows to refuse .docx from clients and ask for a non-x version of same."

You work for Path-E-Tech don't you? Anyway, if I run into any corporation that treated me, the paying customer, like that, I would never lay foot on their place/site again. Refusing docx just because you don't like Ballmer's face is unprofessional and freetarded.

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Mobile 3D planned for MeeGo Linux

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Natural Reserve of lulz

Just when I thought that the natural reserve of lulz known as Debian/Ubuntu and Solaris were about to run out, Nokia and Intel come and provide yet another batch of silly OSes to laugh at on forums.

Seriously: MeeGo, Symbian^3, Symbian^4 etc Does any of these OSes fill in a target group that isn't already occupied by Windows 7 and Android? I would give them a break if they were substansially better and had a bigger app market that Windows 7 and Android, but they are not, so it's just another "me too" attempt to show at investors. Because that;s what IT needs: yet another mobile and desktop OS. And what makes them think the college boys they hired will pull off 3D before microsoft and google? Again, it's another me too attempt.

As the guy above said, the last half-good Nokia phones died when the Series 60 died. Which by the way filled a real target group (candy bar smartphones) and were actually usable (except the gallery and the music player in the n series, perhaps). Now, all we have is bastardized linux and symbian offshoots.

In fact, Nokia as a whole is now a natural reserve of lulz.

PS: Anyone wish there was a real successor to Series 60 for candybar smartphones with keyboards? I am going to miss them.

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Google Nexus One 'too popular' in dev phone afterlife

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Not surprised

Apparently people woke up and realized that the Nexus is the only Android phone that's running "Vanilla Android", aka the original version of Android by Google .

All the others are running "custom" versions, possibly with proprietary software inside or other third party modifications. Which means that you can't just fetch the source from the android source archive and expect it to work on your phone.

So, when it comes to getting the next version, it's all up to the manufacturer (and it's eagerness to sell new devices, I am looking at you HTC with the Hero) or to weekend hackers like Cyanogen.

Some months ago, when Google announced they were killing the Nexus, it always seemed a bit odd to me. Android 2.2 had just been rolled out, and the Nexus was the only freaking phone that run 2.2!

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Google plays waiting game on China ICP licence renewal

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Well played, but still unclassy.

Just went to google.cn and, from what it seems, the search buttons and bar have been replaced with a clickable picture of the search bar and the buttons, which leads to google.com.hk. So, when Average Chang (aka, the Average Joe of China) clicks on the search bar or the buttons, he will magically be sent to the hong kong page.

Well played Google, but still unclassy. It's like a scammer hijacked the .cn page.

Anyway, this is all good, as Chinese users can access uncensored results, and, with mirrors of sites popping up daily, they may even reach to information the regime would prefer to stay censored.

Love Google (most angelically evil company. ever)

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Google risks OEM wrath for unified Android UI plan

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Woohoo

Woohoo!!! Google is bringing Linux fragmentation to the smartphone world! A truckload of different APIs for the developer to support, a truckload of different UIs the user has to choose from, and it's all going nowhere. I bet some freetards are celebrating this kind of "freedom" right now.

I am surprised (and appauled) about how tech hournalists/cheerleaders post numbers about Android's market share, like the "Android" is one solid thing. Well, it's NOT. At least not for the user. Go and post the numbers for all those Android's using different UIs seperately, and you will see it's way below iOS's market share.

In fact, most people do NOT know they are getting a Android smartphone. People can't really tell the difference between LG's pseudo-smartphones, and those Android smartphones will the different UIs on top of them. "This thing has apps?" "I thought only the Iphone can do it" "You mean my backflip uses the same platform as this HTC?" "No way!"

If these guys from Google had any brains, they would trademark the Android logo, force manufactures to not change a thing and provide upgrades, and then advertise the OS to make people want it. This would force the manufacturers to roll out complete Android phones. But nooo, they just put some code on the server, so Android basically evolved into free technology for the phone makers to loot as they please!!

Lock this, change this, remove this, screw updates etc....

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