* Posts by qpop

3 posts • joined 28 Nov 2011

HTC takes another punch to the wallet, loses $40m OnLive investment

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Re: A sign of things to come

It is worth pointing out that an awful lot of people would be caught in the same situation if Steam fell over / was resold.

No rights to the physical media, no rights to refunds, requirement to agree to the Steam subscription to access any of the paid, third party, content.

Just because [encrypted .exe] instances of the game are installed locally, doesn't mean that a whole heap of PC gamers aren't entirely reliant on a cloud-based gaming service, and a large number of them don't even know it.

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Microsoft apes Google social search master plan

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Does anybody still use Google or Bing?

Duck duck go provides more than adequate search results, has interesting in-site search tie ins with !bang syntax, and generally appears a little less evil than either aforementioned company.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Android smartphone

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There is a reason there's no Micro SD...

Felt the need to point you all in the direction of this article:

http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/11/18/impromptu-qa-session-with-android-engineer-dan-morrill-brings-to-light-reasons-behind-galaxy-nexus-lack-of-usb-mass-storage/

"ICS supports USB Mass Storage (UMS). The Galaxy Nexus does not. This is the same scenario as Honeycomb, as for instance HC supports USB Mass Storage while Xoom does not.

If a given device has a removable SD card it will support USB Mass Storage. If it has only built-in storage (like Xoom and Galaxy Nexus) it will (usually) support only MTP and PTP.

It isn't physically possible to support UMS on devices that don't have a dedicated partition for storage (like a removable SD card, or a separate partition like Nexus S.) This is because UMS is a block-level protocol that gives the host PC direct access to the physical blocks on the storage, so that Android cannot have it mounted at the same time.

With the unified storage model we introduced in Honeycomb, we share your full 32GB (or 16GB or whatever) between app data and media data. That is, no more staring sadly at your 5GB free on Nexus S when your internal app data partition has filled up -- it's all one big happy volume.

However the cost is that Android can no longer ever yield up the storage for the host PC to molest directly over USB. Instead we use MTP. On Windows (which the majority of users use), it has built-in MTP support in Explorer that makes it look exactly like a disk. On Linux and Mac it's sadly not as easy, but I have confidence that we'll see some work to make this better.

On the whole it's a much better experience on the phone."

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