* Posts by RNixon

22 posts • joined 14 Oct 2012

Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

RNixon
Pirate

I'm waiting for the Banana Jr. 6000 model.

Oliver Wendell Jones is my hero.

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BlackBerry chief vows: We'll focus on 'core devices' and on, er, NOT LOSING MONEY

RNixon

You... you DO realize that Blackberries haven't depended on BES for years, right?

I mean, they still support it, and it has advantages for enterprise, but they don't need it.

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Re: What's the need they're trying to fill?

Blackberry Maps is quite good now. I've found it better at routing me around traffic than Google Maps, though it doesn't have Google's satellite image view, which can be handy.

When I first got my Q10 BB Maps was only so-so; I sideloaded Google Maps and used that till BB Maps was on par.

And regards to B: Have you found a multi-IM client with good hub integration? I need to talk to a bunch of old farts that still use AIM and ICQ, and that leaves one BB native paid client with horrid reviews, or Android apps with no Hub use.

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Old hat: Fedora 21 beta late than never... and could be best ever

RNixon

Accessibility.

"why should other applications be able to see other windows?"

Because that's how screenreaders for the blind work.

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It's the WORST game ever, just pulled from a desert DUMP ... now ET can be yours for $500

RNixon
Facepalm

Don't blame the game for bad management.

ET is not the worst game ever.

It's bad, certainly. But I've played far worse. The Akira game, for instance, makes ET look .. well, not good, but at least mediocre.

And at least it was possible to both win AND lose ET, which puts it one up on Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing.

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Red Bull does NOT give you wings, $13.5m lawsuit says so

RNixon

Chump change.

Red Bull sells over five billion cans a year. (5.387 B in 2013.)

1.4 million people get ten bucks.

So that's 0.2% of people who bought a can in the last year. And this lawsuit covers twelve years.

I think Red Bull can shake this money out of the couch cushions and not even notice.

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

RNixon

Re: Retro

It's not specifically a ban on emulators - it's a ban on anything that can run code that's not included in the app.

There's a C-64 emulator on the app store, but it comes with some games preinstalled, and cannot run any games that are not purchased through the App Store - and it won't let you drop into BASIC.

The Apple Newton emulator isn't allowed, either. My understanding is that it actually works pretty well, but it falls under that 'no running arbitrary code' clause.

So presumably you could do an Apple II emulator if you locked it to only run included diskette images. Of course, you'd need to negotiate rights to the ROM with Apple...

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Re: External controllers

If you really want to run emulators, get an nVidia Shield. Not the new Shield tablet - last year's Shield handheld.

It's basically a Tegra 4 stuffed into an Xbox controller, and it works wonderfully for emulators. All the emulators I use support it well, and while the GameCube/Wii emulator sucks (which it does on Windows, too), pretty much everything else runs well. Even Dreamcast emulation is playable, though admittedly I've only tried it with a game or two.

Sure it's a bit bulky, but so is a phone-plus-PS3-controller.

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

RNixon

Re: Problem with the 840 EVO

A defrag doesn't necessarily work - that doesn't read and write everything on the disk, so if your files weren't fragmented they won't be sped up by defragmenting.

I have this issue on my 840 Evo 750G, and it's quite irritating, Defragging didn't help. What did help, was using software that went through the entire drive, read each file off, and wrote it back.

Yes, it's wear on the drive, though it's only one write per cell so it should be negligible impact on lifespan. But it sped things right back up.

I used DiskFresh, a freebie from Puran Sofrware. Did the job well enough, but took a long time to run.

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BlackBerry: Toss the server, mate... BES is in the CLOUD now

RNixon

Re: The Catch

Presumably if you already have a pre-BB10 system in place, you're not really looking to move to a cloud hosting for it.

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Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season

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Re: Holy Fucking Shit

They run $130 in the US for the stove itself, more if you want a grill attachment or a custom-fitted pot.

Charging a phone is the demonstrated use, but charging an LED flashlight, or a handheld GPS unit is a more 'realistic' use for the thing - especially the GPS. I used to go on some long backpacking trips, and would have loved to have this at the time, even with that weight.

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Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

RNixon

Re: Why no coin op version ?

There was, I've played it quite a few times. Two-player, at that.

There was also a Mickey Mouse Tetris machine, as I recall.

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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

RNixon

Re: e-ink advances

The issue is that people have accepted the poor battery life of LCD based solutions, because for other than 'reading novels' they want 'I can watch a movie on it'.

Color e-ink readers have been utterly killed by inexpensive tablets.

(They exist, but you're looking at about $500 for a jetBook 2, and the color isn't all that great.)

It's getting hard to find a black and white e-ink reader with physical buttons. The touchscreen Kindle drives me absolutely insane. I don't know what I'll do when my Cybook Opus eventually gives up the ghost.

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New 4G router pitched at biz bods sick to death of titsup networks

RNixon

This is not just a router with failover.

Cradlepoint makes a whole line of routers that do failover from wired to wireless - I use one myself, a 1400 series. (It's vastly overkill for what I really need, but I wanted the gigabit ethernet.) Their consumer routers start at about $150.

This thing appears to be completely nutso over the top. It seems to be intended for people managing Serious Networks.

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Apple's Windows XP moment: OS X Snow Leopard left to DIE

RNixon

I'm still on Snow Leopard because I have PowerPC programs I need to run that don't have any Intel version. Some of them are related to frankly antique hardware that I don't have a replacement for.

There are virtual machines capable of running Snow Leopard technically, but all the ones I tried that can go 'Oh, you're running Snow Leopard? The license doesn't allow virtualizing that. You can't do it.'

Irritating as hell.

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BlackBerry brings back call, end keys, touchpad to Q20 keyboard cutie

RNixon

Re: Defending its keyboard IP?

You missed the complete and total BB keyboard ripoff for the iPhone, then?

It's not even 'sort of similar' - it's a clone of the Q10's keyboard, right down to the shape of individual keys and the width of the silver bar between rows.

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Winamp is still a thing? NOPE: It'll be silenced forever in December

RNixon

Re: Open Sourcing

Because they often don't own the source. Winamp almost certainly contains licensed, patented code owned by other companies.

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Valve uncloaks prototype Steam Machine console specs

RNixon

Most people, especially gamers, buy power supplies that are vastly overspecced for their machine.

Part of that is because of inflationary marketing, and part of it is because a crappily made 700 watt power supply might only be able to really push 500 watts, if lucky.

With a good quality PSU, you rarely need to go over 450 watts unless you have multiple high-end video cards.

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New in Android 4.3: At last we get a grip on privacy-invading crApps

RNixon

Blackberry 10 has this.

It's one of the things I like about my Q10 - you can allow or deny individual permissions for apps.

However, it only works for native Blackberry apps, not apps running in the Android sandbox. Alas.

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Next Xbox to be called ‘Xbox Infinity’... er... ‘Xbox’

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Re: Internet connection required

Because penetration of high-speed broadband is terrible, especially in the United States. Even in major metropolitan areas you can't always get a good, reliable connection. There are tons of internet dead zones where you just can't get any sort of reasonable hookup.

Me, for instance. I don't live in the middle of nowhere; I'm in a suburb of a small city. There's no wired internet on my street. No cable, no DSL, no nothing. All the streets around have it, just not this one. (Cable won't run up here because 'everyone already has a dish for their TV'.)

This is a lot more common than people think.

(My choices for internet are 3G cellular, at $70 a month and they recompress every single jpeg that coms over; Satellite, at $400 install and $80 a month for a tiny cap and latency so terrible you can barely run a shell terminal, much less play a game; ISDN at $700 a month; or a T1 at $2600 a month.)

I already have enough problems with Steam deciding I can't play my games because it can't phone home. I don't need that on my consoles, too.

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Panasonic pitches Ultra HD 4K x 2K monster tablet

RNixon
Go

It took 11 years, but..

Hey, someone has an LCD panel better than the one in the IBM T221 monitor!

You know, the 3840 x 2400 22" screen that came out in 2001 and still goes for about $1500 on ebay, with the special doodads you need to hook it up to a modern PC.

Just give me the screen with a DisplayPort connector, please.

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Windows 8 pricing details announced as preorders begin

RNixon

Fair OS pricing?

If you think that's a bit much for an OS, what would you consider a fair price? For a full OS license, not an upgrade. Apple only sells upgrades (the only way to get a legal 'full license' for MacOS X is to get it with an Apple computer). AmigaOS 4 is 125 Euro or so; eComStation (aka OS/2) is $259; RiscOS Select is 155 quid; I can't find prices for Tru64, HP-UX, or IBM's AIX, but I get the impression they're 'really frigging expensive'. Solaris appears to be $75 to $6000, depending on what options you get.

There aren't many companies that sell OSes these days to compare to.

(Yes, yes, I know, Linux is free therefore no one should pay anything for an OS.)

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