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Re: I genuinely do not understand...
> After all, the 360 was just another x86 PC-in-a-box.
Um, no. The 360 has a PowerPC CPU. It's the original Xbox (the hueg black and green one) was another x86 PC-in-a-box. And for some reason it's trivial to emulate a x86 processor on a Power CPU, but not the other way round (PearPC has been around for years and it's still barely usable).
Re: Start Screen vs Start Menu
It's an option. Don't like it? Buy the fondleslab version meant for touch-enabled devices which will keep the start screen. The rest of us will gladly buy the "classic desktop" version as we feel the start screen is a waste of resources (surely the widgets in there draw data from my punitive 6GB-a-month mobile network quota, and draws CPU power and memory as it updates in the background whether It's being shown or not!)
However, if ReactOS can hit the big 1.0 before then, I'd gladly take it over Win8.2!
Exactly my thoughts. I was puzzled as to why GNOME looks suspiciously like KDE for a split second, then realized that it was KDE that I was looking at.
Honestly, the day I'd go back to GNOME is the day the devs put back all the features they removed and reinstated the start menu. What's with these people and the vapid "start screen" interface? At least KDE has different interfaces for touch devices and desktops.
But honestly, I'll stick to XFCE. At least it doesn't drain on the GPUs like KDE or GNOME that allows that few extra frames per second out of games on Steam.
And of course, those more inclined will be able to somehow source games from the official Ubuntu repo (SteamOS' just a Ubuntu respin after all). Or install binary freewares like OOLite (highly recommended for those who're into space sims, especially Elite).
Well, I haven't used it in a while, but I happen to know people who still use it. And I have fond memories of it.
So I created this petition to help them: https://www.change.org/petitions/aol-nullsoft-open-source-winamp
Hoping it catches on.
The problem is, there's an overlap :/
Honestly tho, I think those bronies are more interested in trolling and cyberbullying at facebook pages belonging to a particular TV network in the US and a particular toy manufacturer than causing trouble with the 50th Doctor Who anniversary. At least, hopefully. I don't think Season 4 of that show starts on the same weekend as the Doctor Who special, and the overlap will help alleviate things if it does. Otherwise they can get really nasty. They're already nasty towards fans of many other shows and even those who like the earlier versions of MLP :/
Re: Silly squabling
Some things just feel more comfortable on a controller. I could not drive properly in GTA4 with the keyboard, driving with the analog nub on a PS2 controller is a breeze (I have one of those PS2-to-USB adapters and a old Dualshock 2 lying around).
4GB? Surely that's a mistake...
Wasn't the PS4 hyped to contain 8GB of RAM?
+1. Disappointed that Jack Harkness isn't listed.
So that explains why Office 365 was acting so spastic then. And I was wondering why the hell Word 2013 was having issues signing me in and freezing intermittently...
Cloud DRM FAIL!
It made me wish that December 21, 2012 had been the end of the world.
Good news is, tho, the EFF is going all out to destroy this one. Let's wish them luck.
Businesses DON'T WANT the cloud, unless the cloud is in their own datacenters. Companies are extremely finicky about letting people hold their trade secrets and other confidential documents, especially after all these NSA spying hoohah. Microsoft should get that into the thick head of theirs.
How much of it are traffic that says "you cannot view the content because you're not in the United States or UK" in the packet content, hmmm?
PAL is not a TV system, it's a color system
I think I should point out that PAL isn't exactly a TV system, it's a color system, like NTSC and SECAM. The true TV system in use in the UK is System I.
So they don't want an affair. But it's okay for their girls to dump a guy just because he doesn't have the "4C"s (Car, Card, Condo and Club).
Something tells me that this petition was created by ladies who don't want to lose their rich husbands. I feel sorry for all the men in that country. Bad enough that he has to put up with the 4C nonsense, now if he's dump, he cannot find a new mate using the site...
Re: I suppose...
Or two, or three.
I went straight from the first gen iPad to the 4th gen. I wouldn't have even bothered if it wasn't for certain apps that I depended on ceasing to function on my first gen iPad.
That said, I'll probably be holding off for another few gens, until apple declares the A6X obsolete and said important apps cease working again.
Technically not possible, given the vast proliferation of different audio codecs, different motherboard chipsets, different USB controller, different flash chips, etc.
Also, AC@20131101/23:06 has a point: What about completely different platforms like Power, Sparc, Alpha, MIPS or ARM? Or heck, lesser known firmware like OpernFirmware and LinuxBIOS?
And then there's the fact that x64 UEFI systems not capable of running i86 UEFI code and vice-versa.
I suspect either FUD by M$, Intel, NSA, BSA, RIAA and the MPAA to push manufacturers to implement Secure Boot and force TPM onto the unfortunate masses. Either that or a very late April Fools joke (or as Holly puts it in the episode "Queeg", April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November Fools).
"It's an interesting idea, but if it ever gets close to completion, I suspect that it will get sued into oblivion with remarkable swiftness."
Surely they can't sue if ReactOS can prove (and they can) that everything is a clean-room reimplementation instead of reverse-engineered code?
I'm looking forward to the day I can dump Windows for ReactOS. The only reason I'm stuck with Windows is, like thousands of others, games. Specifically, games that can't run under Wine due to stupid anti-cheat and copy-protection measures. If ReactOS is developed correctly, then those anti-cheat and copy-protection code will most likely work as well (unless M$ plays dirty and puts in additional checks to make sure their games only run on Windows. But then again I don't give a rat's arse about whatever MS Game Studios put out. Unless the other devs are stupid enough to listen to M$ and block their software from running on other OSes as well, in which then they're digging their own grave).
Re: re: ac 20:25
>FYI McRib is back! Saw the sign today,
> makes me happy...
Are you sure it's back? The local McDonalds just pulled it late last month after offering it for about 3 weeks :/
Anyways, even if they replace the Mac, what about the software on them, particularly those published by Popcap/EA and has the nonsensical 5-activations limit? I lost one activation for Bejeweled2 when I changed Macs (alright, changed from a Hackintosh to a proper Mac Mini), and I'm not pleased at the fact. I'm going to lose another one for just wiping my Mac Mini while upgrading to Mavericks.
Re: Fanbois please...
> On a side note... Woz doesn't have broadband at
> home? I'm pretty shocked honestly.
I'm not. I have a couple of friends in the US who're stuck with DSL because they live outside the city limits. No mobile broadband coverage either, unless they pay through their nose for a separate data plan AND a tethering plan.
Re: £150 on amazon for a 256GB
But aren't Hitachi crap? I mean, they bought the technology from IBM, right? The makers of the deathstar?
I steer clear of Hitachi when it comes to hard disks. It's usually WD for me, unless I'm really strapped for cash, then I go for Seagate.
Otaking, King of Brains.
> iPhoto, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are free on the App Store for qualifying iOS 7 compatible
> devices activated on or after September 1, 2013.
Qualifying here meaning iPhone 5s/c bought from AT&T USA. Lucky sods. Older device owners like us are just SOL.
Holding off the upgrades
Until I can be sure that all the third party repos I am using have been updated too. Otherwise It'll be a PITA.
Re: Why can't they write some new programmes?
Pingu's baby sister also has a rather unfortunate name. Look it up.
Also, where's Humf and Spot on the list?
As for Clangers, well, having been through a lot on the internet the word hits me as humorous. Hope the show's good tho.
The problem? Pricing.
Seriously, tape is expensive. Look it up. A piece of LTO-4 tape will set you back about US$40, and the drive can cost a whopping US$3000 apiece (I looked up the invoice my company spent for the IBM Ultrium LTO-4 drives they have installed on the servers I monitor). That price makes a blu-ray burner and media cheap by comparison. If tape really wants to come back to the consumer market, they should lower their cost enough to be consumer-friendly.
Half a million?
How many people are using KDE nowadays? And how many known VLC deployments are there? Surely there have to be more than that?
For what it's worth...
You can download the iPhone version onto an iPad. It's horrible tho- can only work in portrait mode, and only has Word and Excel. And oh, for some reason it still runs at the resolution of a pre-retina iPhone, although Apple should be blamed for this because they refuse to allow the iPad's compatibility layer to run the app at retina resolution, even if the iPad is well capable of it (*cough* iPad4 *cough*).
That said, even the cheaper office suites out there have more functions, supports the iPad natively, and is a one-time purchase compared to this annual subscription nonsense they have going on.
A bit concerned with the PSU tho...
450w, seriously? My gaming rig chewed through both a 480 and a 620, before finally lasting indefinitely on a 850. It'll be interesting to see how long the console will last on a Core i7 and a GTX780 rig. Heck, even the PSU calculator I regularly use says that they're pushing it, with the draw of the i7-4770 with a GTX780, one HDD and one optical drive whacking out 445w of power at 90% draw. A 80-plus certified Gold PSU will probably last only a few days if given a continuous shot of Borderlands 2 for 6 hours a day.
Nevermind that Borderlands2 has become the new Bioshock for me. It just murdered one of the two GTS450 cards in my gaming rig due to a recent 4-hour marathon I had on the game...
Re: Total amount of
I wouldn't count on that. It took me a couple of hours, plus one e-mail to EA tech support, to migrate my Mac from Snow Leopard to Lion (ok, so I was doing a migration from a old hackintosh running SL to a proper Mac Mini running Lion. The e-mail to EA tech support was because for some reason my key to Plants Vs Zombies, which I snagged during an EA giveaway, had become unusable). I imagine that it would have took me two weeks too if I were to do a clean upgrade- had to download my apps all over after all, and XCode is one huge SOB.
Re: Does anyone still care about Ubuntu?
Valve, apparently. Given that SteamOS may be an Ubuntu respin and that the official client only officially supports Ubuntu.
At least, from the look of it. Why do they only have a DEB repo and why does the package rely on Ubuntu proprietary packages like Jockey (meaning the package can't be installed upstream in Debian without hacking)? Sure, they are unofficial RPM and .tar.xz packages for OpenSuSE and Arch respectively, but users of those gets no support from Valve.
Re: I am both nervous and excited.
> . I don't want to take HL3 into my living room.
You don't have to. What's stopping you from just dual-booting both SteamOS and whatever OS you currently use on your PC? Heck, I presume that it'll be possible to even install SteamOS onto a USB flash drive and boot from there whenever you want to play HL3, and reboot into the local hard disk when you're done(*1).
(*1) Slow as molasses tho, and not all PCs can boot from the USB3 port. Best bet is installing a second hard disk in the PC and selecting the hard disk from the boot device menu if you need to use it.
Re: Text is considered "retro"? That's sad.
Lynx? First text-based browser I've ever used (downloaded the MS-DOS version back when I was performance crazy and made my Pentium-166 run MS-DOS and Windows 3.11 because it booted up exponentially faster than Windows 95. That was before I discovered the wonderful world of Linux and it's distros).
I won't be able to get it in 3D, let alone HD, since BBC Entertainment Asia is only available in SD in Malaysia.
But I guess I shouldn't be complaining since it is very difficult to get the pay TV provider that carries BBC Entertainment Asia here. It took a lot of pleading with the provider to get them to carry BBCE since the naff satellite provider dropped the channel for - wait for it - ITV Granada (which was the main reason I cut off my satellite subscription).
Although I will need to plan ahead and take the next day off, since if it airs at 8PM in the UK, it will be 4AM on the 24th over here.
I guess I can watch the episode live in SD on the simulcast, then import the DVD from the US on December 10 and rewatch it on my Region-1 PS3 for the 3D experience. If I can afford it then.
I think he was referring to this: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/26/travel_much_dont_buy_a_samsung_galaxy_note_3/
Well, Samsung has lost my respect after this move. Move out of Europe and you're boned. Which, IMO, is just stupid.
World is now upside-down
Even Sony has been quietly moving away from region locking.
Sony discourages game publishers from region-locking games released for the PS3, and all Sony TVs sold here in Asia supports the PAL, SECAM and NTSC analog TV systems, as well as both ISDB-T and DVB-T/T2 digital systems.
On the other hand, region locking phones is ridiculous. Just like region-locking the Nintendo 3DS is.
One more thing
Sammy released a solid gold version of the Note 3^H^H^H^H^H^H Galaxy S4 but only in Saudi Arabia. Guess they don't want people to mass import it.
Imo tho: All forms of region locking are stupid and proponents of region-locking should be boycotted.
Honestly, the Foleo came too late
If it had came in 2001, in the middle of my wireless Internet research, I would've gobbled it up hook, line and sinker. Nevermind that I was also a diehard Linux fanboi at that time.
My Improvise in that period was connecting my cellphone to a Sony Clie UX50. Granted that it was a seriously underpowered device, but it served it's purpose well and lasted me until my graduation day.
Re: About time!
> Is there anything at all of value from Oracle's embrace of Sun that hasn't forked off from under Ellison's
Maybe I'm still in the dark ages, but what about Virtualbox? So far I've not heard of any forks of that excellent virt solution. Kinda sad really, imo it's the most comprehensive hypervisor I've ever used. It truly deserves to be forked and set free from the hands of Ellison.
I think they did. My Bluetooth GPS dongle came with just such a cable, and you can find similar cables all over on eBay. Makes me think that it just never occurred to the manufacturers of these cables that there is a possible mass market for it!
Also, older USB controllers has this stupid requirement that requires the device to establish communication before it would provide more juice to the port. That too may have played a part in this conundrum (USB ports won't produce enough juice unless negotiation and registration has taken place, no market for such cables until 5v chargers with a USB head became common, and even then the device makers figured they could save a few cents by providing one regular USB cable for both charging and data (in other words, being a tightwad).
And the problem once again is greed
Monopolies should be outright banned. Period.
12.04 LTS? Why?
If you're not going to provide help and support, you might as well just give them 13.04 and get it over with.
That said, Ubuntu is so dumbed down that even my normally-computer-illiterate uncle could use it daily without complaints, so I don't think there'd be any real issues with the switch.
Last I checked, Arch has also dropped MySQL in favor of MariaDB.
Now I wonder when will Ubuntu officially make the switch. Granted, I know some of us hate the distro due to the overcommercialization and Marmite UI that is Unity, but then it would be wise to follow the footsteps of other distros who've already packed up their bags.
As for me tho, I'm primarily a Postgres user, but then a lot of BB software and admins out there seem to prefer MySQL for some reason.
What I really don't understand...
Is why do Mac users still pay for Parallels Desktop when VirtualBox is free? Sure, it's from that evil company after they devoured Sun, and it may lack one or two features, but eh, you can run Linux on it.
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