* Posts by TheGreatCabbage

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Apple: Trust us, we've patented parts of Swift, and thus chunks of other programming languages, for your own good

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Re: Just use Python. You need nothing else.

I like Python too, but after using Kotlin it's hard to go back. Python's functional programming syntax and features are especially bad compared to Kotlin.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Re: The passing of an age

"...when Win 10 ends its support cycle"

What happened to Windows 10 being the "last version of Windows"? :-/

As sales slide, virtual reality fans look to a bright, untethered future

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(Small correction to my post)

It's Battle of Bodenplatte, not Bastogne. Should be very interesting with the Me 262 and late-war propeller aircraft.

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Re: What I'd pay for ...

If you want a flight simulator, War Thunder and DCS World are both free to download (pay for extra content) and high-quality.

IL-2 Battle of Stalingrad is also an excellent choice, and the developers are working on a new VR WW1 simulator in addition to late WW2. They've also recently released Battle of Kuban and Battle of Moscow.

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Re: Lack of decent content.

There are 3 brilliant flight simulators for VR: DCS World, IL-2 Battle of Stalingrad (and its siblings Battle of Moscow, Battle of Kuban, Battle of Bastogne and Flying Circus) and War Thunder (in "Simulator Battles" mode).

They all have excellent graphics if you drop over £1000 on a GPU, but War Thunder runs pretty nicely on a GTX 1070.

More importantly, they're all still actively developed so the flight simulator market is great for VR.

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Absolutely. It's annoying how websites pretend that WMR isn't a very real competitor, especially now that Oculus and HTC have temporarily given up on reasonably priced headsets for "real" VR enthusiasts.

I have the HP headset and it's great, especially for the price. The screen resolution is actually better then the Oculus Rift.

A rumble in Amazon's jungle: AWS now rents out homegrown 64-bit Arm server processors

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I'd like a server to handle just a few hundred simple requests per day, so this seems great for the job.

Just a little heads up: Google is still trying to convince everyone that web apps don't suck

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Anything would be better than the depressing number of slow WebView-wrapper "apps", which even large companies like BT develop.

My university has one and it's so bad that I ended up writing my own for displaying your timetable, which is literally 5 seconds faster to launch and has a load of extra features to boot.

That amazing Microsoft software quality, part 97: Windows Phone update kills Outlook, Calendar

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Re: Not affecting all users?

To remain Google-free you could flash Lineage OS, which incidentally gets regular security updates. Or you could just avoid signing in with any Google services.

In either case you can install apps from F-Droid (all open source), Aptoide and Apkmirror.

iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

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I suspect they meant "daylight robbery" :-)

The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month

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Re: If this was five years ago...

I bought a Pocophone F1 (made by Xiaomi) for £270 brand new from a UK seller on eBay.

The seller says they'll provide a year's warranty by doing the posting to Hong Kong business, and it's such a good price compared to anything else - Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage - that I think it's worth the risk.

Samsung claims key-value Z-SSD will be fastest flash ever

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It's getting quite exciting with upcoming 7nm Ryzen CPUs, 7nm Snapdragons and now Samsung's plans for 3nm processes!

FYI: Drone maker DJI's 'Get it on Google Play' website button definitely does not get the app from Google Play...

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Most Android apps don't need dependencies related to the Play Store, and there are many other app stores such as the Amazon Appstore, Aptoide and F-Droid.

Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

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My Surface Pro 3 and desktop both did it in under an hour. Not sure why your laptop took so long...

Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

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Unfortunately the Moto G lineup doesn't seem as good value as it used to be. I do remember my Moto G4 being pretty good, but wasn't impressed with the G5's launch because I think they actually downgraded the SoC.

I was shocked to find that the Poco F1 is only £300 with the best SoC available (Snapdragon 845), 6GB RAM, 64GB storage minimum, dual cameras, dual SIM or micro-SD support, a headphone jack, and a good fingerprint sensor. It puts the pricier Moto G6 models to shame.

VR going mainstream? Yeah, next year, says Facebook, for the third year in a row

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Another standalone headset which can't run intensive games?

I can't believe Oculus hasn't released a true successor to the Rift after more than 2 years, leaving the true VR enthusiasts - the people who actually funded their initial enterprise - with no upgrade path except the HTC Vive Pro...

Personally, I'm happy with Windows Mixed Reality and I'm quite hopeful that 2nd generation WMR headsets will thoroughly leave Oculus in the dust.

Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones

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Re: "£1,499 for the 512GB model"

It seems absolutely insane to me, that you can buy a powerful gaming PC and smartphone for the price of an iPhone...

However, if they don't need any other computing devices then it doesn't make much difference. What worries me is when they buy a Mac as well :-/

Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

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As a Brit (from Yorkshire, specifically) the word "Pie" evokes thoughts of savoury dishes like pork pies, chicken pie, etc.

Is it just me? It seems like a more appropriate name could've been chosen, although I'll admit that I can't think of one off the top of my head.

Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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They can do what they want, but I'm going to be laughing when they botch a Windows update :P

One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface

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Re: "It's an office runtime for students"

I'm a student and we never use Microsoft Office, it really has to be LaTeX.

Google’s Android Emulator gains AMD and Hyper-V support

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I've had zero success with the snapshots, the emulator always boots into a frozen state and requires a forced reboot. The overall process takes longer than a cold boot, but I hope it will work for me soon.

Also, a warning for Windows users: don't use Hyper-V if you're overclocking. When I enabled Hyper-V it made Windows inoperable, and after several hours of troubleshooting (even safe mode was broken) I finally tracked down the cause of the problem.

About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

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Had no issues on 2 machines, but I know 1 person who got this issue and it sounds like someone else has too.

Let's kick the tyres on Google's Android P... It's not an overheating wreck, but UX is tappy

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Alt-tab...?

Are they removing the alt-tab of Android, in other words the double-tap of the app switcher button?

It took them so long to add it in the first place, and it's one of the most important shortcuts for me.

Fork it! Microsoft adds .NET Core 3.0 including Windows Desktop apps

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Re: MS Tax

I'm pretty sure the Dell laptops which come running Ubuntu at cheaper than the same model running Windows.

AI crisis: Sony reports shortage of cute robot puppies!

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"Sony plans to sell Aibo outside Japan real soon now."

"Real soon now"? I thought this was a British website :P

Google Pay heads for the desktop... and, we fear, an inevitable flop

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"For me, it wouldn't be; for one thing, my wallet doesn't require unlocking."

Sorry, my phone has a fingerprint scanner and I've pretty much taken it for granted at this point, so I forgot that it might take longer for plenty of people. (In my case, unlocking my phone via the pin code would probably be marginally faster than the wallet though.)

Thanks for pointing that out :-)

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Did people downvote simply because they disagree with me? I only downvote if someone is factually wrong or obviously offensive, and usually I would make a comment explaining why my view differs or why they merited a downvote.

I'm genuinely interested about what other people consider the downvote to mean.

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Google Pay is one of my favourite phone features in years. In the UK you can use it in basically every shop, and it's so much easier than pulling out your wallet.

I'll be quite pleased to have the convenience of Google Pay in the browser too.

Reg man straps on Facebook's new VR goggles, feels sullied by the experience

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While it will certainly suit some people, the Oculus Go seems a bit of a gimmick at that price. For £200 you can get a barely used WMR headset from ebay, which will run SteamVR games and has 2 controllers. It's also got a great resolution, but admittedly the optics will be worse than the Go.

I just couldn't justify buying the Go for that price, given that it's so limited in purpose. It seems like something that will be rarely used after the first few weeks.

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Windows Mixed Reality has a good enough resolution that it's not distracting, and I sometimes watch films in it. I can't speak for the Rift CV1, but it does have slightly worse resolution.

Windows 10 April 2018 Update lands today... ish

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Re: Users, start your updates...

I'm going to install the update as soon as possible, since I'm planning to clean install it soon anyway.

I'm working on a tool to make the setup after clean installing much easier, the prototype is working nicely.

Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME

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It's a pity people don't mention Kubuntu much. Personally, I've never found a desktop environment to beat Plasma 5, and I think a lot of potential Linux users are turned away when they take a look at Ubuntu with Unity or Gnome.

Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed

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How many people actually use Windows Phone at the moment? About 1k, 10k, 100k?

(Genuine curiosity.)

Google accidentally reveals new swipe-happy Android UI

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Re: ..amazingly, one-quarter ... continues to run a version... released in 2014. @Peter2

The Google statistics only count phones which have connected to Google Play Services within the last month, I believe.

Huawei P20 Pro: Triple-lens shooter promises the Earth ...

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Re: Smartphones are SOOOO over

Actually, when Andromeda collides with our galaxy the Earth won't really be affected, if it exists at that time. Stars in galaxies are so far apart that collisions are extremely rare.

It'll make for some lovely night skies, so overall it might be a good thing.

Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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Re: File Manager supports MDI, Win10 theme doesn't

Double-click works fine on Windows 10 as long as you're not using a UWP app.

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I installed the new release preview of Windows 10 (version 1803), looking forward to finally having tabs in File Explorer, and you know what? They've removed it.

Now I've got to wait another 6 months...

Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

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I'm not sure why people disagree with this. Windows Mobile partly died because they couldn't attract developers with their attitude of "it is an extreme privilege to develop apps for our platform, and you will pay even though barely any users exist to make your money back".

In my opinion, Google Play's approach is correct for a small and growing platform - it attracts a lot of developers, even though their apps may not be as high-quality on average - whereas Microsoft pretends that their platform has a monopoly.

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If they didn't charge a fortune for the right to publish UWP apps, I'd consider writing some.

Why a merged Apple OS is one mash-up too far

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If Apple starts saving money by using cheaper chips, their products will get so much cheaper, right? ...Right?

Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

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Personally I think it's a really bad idea to give young children too much exposure to these devices, especially given the money that could instead be spent on proper teaching materials.

I'm in university and like taking notes on a tablet, but I fear the effects that they might have on children (addiction, worse attention span, less social skills, etc).

Microsoft loves Linux so much it wants someone else to build distros for its Windows Store

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How do people pronounce WSL? I just realised that there could be much disagreement over whether it's "weasel" or "W-S-L"... Remind anyone of SQL?

Screw luxury fridges, you can now run webOS on your Raspberry Pi

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Something that is compatible with Ubuntu but not Windows or Mac? Now they feel our pain!

...or maybe they just won't care :-/

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

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I do use Gmail, so for me Windows Mail can be set up in 30 seconds. I imagine it must be a bit frustrating with other providers, though.

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I really like the Windows Mail app, but I probably won't any more if they push this into the next major update.

Microsoft ports its Quantum Development Kit to Linux and macOS

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I like that Microsoft is doing open-source and putting software on Linux.

Maybe one day they'll replace the Windows kernel with the Linux kernel (obviously not being serious with that last bit).

Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

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Android Pay is great. I'm looking forward to not having to type my card details into websites, if it gets working in Chrome... Hopefully it will bring added security like PayPal does.

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