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15 posts • joined 22 May 2012

Review: Nokia Lumia 720

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Re: Almost perfect

My dislike with closed OSes is that I can't customise them to meet my requirements. I'm locked into the software developer's "vision", and to hell with what I want.

Such is the path to useful features being removed and bugs going unfixed. That's why Maemo et al had me rooting for them...a phone with a chance to fix those annoying bugs myself? Yes please! Being forced into a crippled OS that can't even do everything Symbian did 10 years ago? Humbug.

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Dell axes IT channel middlemen, installs Windows in the factory

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Linux

The Linux angle...

I suspect a few casual comments about needing the flexibility to do this that would force them into using Linux for these products would have focussed Microsoft's mind on the issue no doubt...

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The gloves are on: Nokia emits super-sensitive £99 Windows Phone

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Re: ... loss on a sold cheap phone

It's ok. They might lose money on every phone, but they'll make it up in volume! ;)

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You know how your energy bills are SO much worse than they were?

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Mushroom

Re: Nuclear, nuclear, nuclear, nuclear....

Or, you know, you could just build reactors that don't produce Plutonium in such large quantities. Like those that use <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thorium_fuel_cycle">Thorium</a>. Shame I can't link properly yet :)

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Have Brits fallen for Netflix, or do they still LoveFilm?

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FAIL

Re: Don't have a Tv Licence... Love Netflix

No you don't, unless Netflix streams live stuff now...

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Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

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Happy

No love for 37.com? My engine of choice before I was recommended Google in 2000.

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Samsung's smart TVs 'wide open' to exploits

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Coat

Re: I don't want a smart TV.

Amen.

Why on earth they don't have a similar arrangement to the CAM sockets whereby you can just plug a "computer" into the TV to generate the image I don't know. ...and I'm talking a simple recessed area on the back, maybe with a cover or some such.

All a TV needs is the screen, a pretty housing, and the 'PC' bay. Your choice of TV would thus be the size, quality, and tech of the screen and the design of the housing...as for the connection, HDMI does control signals (and Displayport can carry USB), so some standardised control information from the TV's remote should be possible, or even better, have the remote controls using bluetooth, and then all you need is a receiver in the 'PC'.

The array of inputs you would want is a bit more tricky...but an arrangement similar to the ATX back panel could probably be found, depending on the design of the PC module, and would enable you to update the inputs (via a new computer module, perhaps, to keep things simple) as technology evolves. Of course, the TV housing could offer side or front breakout connections that simply plug into the ones on the back, but that would be a manufacturer option...

It's essentially how these things are manufactured anyway...it's the same screen in Bravias and Samsung TVs, it's just the electronics generating the picture (i.e. the "Bravia engine") that differs.

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Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support

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Linux

Re: Sad day

Luckily, it's open source.

If you have a pressing need to support the 386...then fork, and maintain your own kernel with support retained. You'll still be able to merge in the patches as the Linux guys do...it's just it will become more work over time...

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Valve chief confirms Steam-centric console-killing PC

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Linux

Re: Your title is too long!

I think you're forgetting about WINE. Apparently Skyrim runs particularly well...once the Linux store is up and running them packaging up the game with a tweaked version of WINE for the Linux version (a-la the existing games on there that just use DOSBox to wrap the old DOS binaries) becomes a viable way forward.

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Nokia Lumia 820 WinPho 8 review

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Facepalm

Still stupid.

They may have fired all the engineers, but good to know they kept all the same brain-dead marketing drones in place.

Good old Nokia still shooting itself in the foot by having a set of products all missing one or more features and no "deluxe" model offering them all. Want feature A? Sure here's model 1. What feature B? Sure, here's model 2. Want features A & B? No deal.

...idiots.

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Lawrence 'Empire Strikes Back' Kasdan to pen future Star Wars script

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Meh

Re: Annoying bear thingies

Yup. IIRC, originally intended to be Wookies, but as Lucas wanted primitives overcoming the advanced empire and he'd already had Chewie repairing a hyperdrive he had a problem. Cue, Ewoks as the solution.

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'Stop-gap' way to get Linux on Windows 8 machines to be issued

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Stop

Nice in theory, but...

Secure boot is a wonderful thing - as long as it's your keys in the motherboard, and you sign the software you're installing. No nasty viruses then.

...but that's not what Microsoft are"allowing". They allow you to turn it off on x86...so it's their way or the highway if you want security....unless the mobo manufacturers play nice and let us upload our own keys....otherwise our PCs essentially belong to whomsoever's keys are on the motherboard - i.e. Microsoft.

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Nokia CEO: No shift from Windows Phone

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Flame

Re: Put Android on the Lumia 900

...they wouldn't do it as it would just show up Windows Phone, just as the N9 did, outselling it despite not being sold through the normal channels in western Europe or the US.

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UK's thirst for energy falls, yet prices rise: Now why is that?

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Boffin

Re: Brinksmanship

Not strictly speaking true - there are plenty of options to pursue for storing excess energy when the renewable sources are available (i.e. the wind is blowing or the sun is shining) - hydroelectric (pumping water into a reservoir), molten salt, massive flywheel installations, etc.

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Review: Raspberry Pi

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Stop

Re: Linux computer?

> It runs an ARM11 chip, which (confusingly) uses the ARMv6 instruction set, as opposed to the ARMv7 more commonly found in your garden variety smartphone, so support for the chips isn't that widespread.

You sure about that?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ARM11#ARM11-based_products

...seems to suggest quite a few phones use ARM11 chips and few seem to use ARMv7 chips?

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