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Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

A Life in Hell Re:Bigger != Better (660 comments)

What I miss is phones that had actual batteries instead of the whole iSliver crap we have now. i don't know about the rest of you but I'd happily take a phone that's a little fatter that gives me 30% more time. I'd just rather not have the "thin is in" if its gonna make me carry around a damned charger all the time that takes up more space than if they'd just put a decent size battery on the damned phone!

At least we still have plenty of choice in that matter in the laptop/netbook arena but I wonder how long that will be the case, I just don't see what is the point of putting these ever more powerful CPU/GPU combos into phones if you are gonna cripple them with teeny tiny iSliver batteries just to rip off the iPhone look.

You can actually buy this for a lot of the HTC and Samsung android phones - there are battery kits which replace the back cover which something larger, in order to hold a larger battery. I have one of these for when I go away... I get a week on my mytouch 4g slide using it, vs a day with the stock battery.

more than 2 years ago

Tasmanian Dept. of Education Wants Anti-Virus for Linux, OS X

A Life in Hell Most of the enterprise options already do this (396 comments)

At least, both Symantec Antivirus and CA ETrust have honest to god linux and mac os x versions - they both use kernel modules/kexts to do realtime scanning, and actually catch linux threats. Sophos does at least linux too.

more than 3 years ago

NESBot: Tool Assisted Speedrun On Real Hardware

A Life in Hell Re:Holy bug exploitation (101 comments)

Yes, but the c64 can't actually use that, for the most part, if you're also using a sprite multiplexer, which eliminates its use from almost every game since there is only eight hardware sprites and no hardware multiplexer like on the nes and friends, since the engineers assumed you could just do that in software (it's documented as such in the PRG, for example).

So most c64 games also suffer hitboxes.

more than 3 years ago

Vuvuzelas Blare On Pirated Copies of Music Game

A Life in Hell Re:butbutbutbutbut (320 comments)

3d Studio 4 (not max!) from thee same company would randomly corrupt your meshes in most cracked versions, but only if you had more than 500 vertices. So it would pass initial cracker tests, but fail for actual use by 3d artists. It was quite clever.

more than 4 years ago

Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names

A Life in Hell Re:Article makes wrong assumption about software. (773 comments)

This is not true. I actually worked for a couple of years in an Australian government department with a coleague who had a mononym name (i.e. only one name). Passport and everything. Caused no end of problems with some of the databases, though I believe she enjoyed that aspect...

more than 4 years ago

Crime Expert Backs Call For "License To Compute"

A Life in Hell Re:Shhh ... (327 comments)

I'm an inhuman monster who things we should sterilize everyone at 12. If they want kids some time later, have them pass a simple parenting test, and the process is reversed.

Deal! You rush off and solve that little "And the process is reversed" impossibility, and then we will open discussions on the rest of your plan.

reversing both vasectomys and tubal ligations are solved problems

more than 5 years ago

Atari Emulation of CRT Effects On LCDs

A Life in Hell Re:xscreensaver's Apple ][? (226 comments)

To be fair, VICE's PAL Emulation code is an implementation of the same stuff - especially the new pal emulation code in the 2.1 series

more than 5 years ago

What the Pirate Bay Verdict Could Mean For Google

A Life in Hell Re:Two key differences (408 comments)

Trackers and .torrent files indeed do facilitate file sharing, illegal or otherwise, but do not in themselves contain copyrighted material. Trackers provide the means for sharing of material, but so does Google's filetype:torrent search. Google, on the other hand, contains loads of copyrighted material in the form of cached content, yet few have a problem with this.

To some this might seem like nitpicking, but the distinction really isn't clear-cut here. We can't say that TPB is illegal and Google is not, and just use a plea to so-called common sense. Easy arguments such as "but TPB link to more illegal files" or "they have a Pirate in their name for chrissakes" just don't cut it here.

You are suffering the standard slashdot disease of "the law is a like computer and i can interpret it as computer code" syndrome. In reality, the law cares very deeply about intent - as you would expect for a system designed to deal with humans, and not code, and hence far cares less about technicality than would be nessesary for your argument to hold water.

This is why there are the crimes murder1, murder2, murder3, manslaughter, and negligent homicide, as well as the non-crime of self defence. They are all the same activity (killing a human), but the intent and motivations are what matters

Google shows a very clear intent, to indiscriminately index the web. They have been completely consistent in this regard. The pirate bay crew, on the other hand, have repeatedly said _publically_ that they exist to facilitate piracy, as a form of civil disobedience. As maddox says, civil disobedience is still disobedience, and the law treats it as such.

I do believe the law should be changed. But to say that the TPB crew did not break it as currently written is folly at best. And, to be honest, I think they knew that - it wouldn't be civil disobedience if they did not.

more than 5 years ago

DirectX 10 Coming To Linux and Mac

A Life in Hell Re:Getting rid of Windows (152 comments)

The research agrees with you - the 30fps limit thing is basically an urban legend, supported by nothing at all.

more than 5 years ago

The "Bloody Mess" That Is Intel's Poulsbo Driver

A Life in Hell Re:Bit of a tangent (231 comments)

Intel has a reputation as one of the most clued-up open source-friendly hardware companies, ...

That's interesting, because I've noticed that many of the FOSS folks I know (the ones that seem especially zealous) have a particular disdain for Intel or anything they've touched. Could anyone clue me in regarding why? Usually when one of my FOSS friends goes on a rant about this, he's too worked up to be comprehensible.

History, primarily. If you wind back the clock ten to fifteen years, intel were a bunch of evil motherfuckers to pretty much everyone they encountered - not to mention the "Wintel" alliance between intel and microsoft, back in the day (what, you thought that term just materialised out of fat air?)

As they say, redemption isn't all it's cracked up to be, and some people are having trouble getting past that shit. Personally, I think intel have succeeded at redemption - however, I can see where these guys are coming from. They are nothing if not a fairweather friend.

more than 5 years ago

The Slippery Legal Slope of Cartoon Porn

A Life in Hell Re:Simpsons porn is child porn too. (933 comments)

What I honestly don't get, is wouldn't simpsons porn make more sense if it was Marge, who is well of age?

I mean, seriously, how is it that simpsons porn automatically means bart and lisa now? Does that sound fucked up to anyone else?

more than 6 years ago

Google Chrome Is Out of Beta

A Life in Hell Re:Clientside VBScript? (444 comments)

Isn't the lack of client side vbscript true of firefox as well? And, in fact, every browser that's not IE?

more than 6 years ago

Amazon Fights Piracy Tool, Creators Call It a Parody

A Life in Hell Re:And a billboard giving detailed instructions on (268 comments)

But I bet this "art work" is in direct violation of a number of laws

Can you name any?

Does, "Getting a date." qualify?

Unfortunately for you, no, there is in fact no law which says that I have to go on a date with you.

more than 6 years ago

MS Says Windows 7 Will Run DirectX 10 On the CPU

A Life in Hell Re:Grrrreat! (503 comments)

Sadly, never as long as the GUI works most Joe and Jane sixpacks will be just fine; and yes I do know about the Vista debacle but I think the point is still valid.

How is that sad? If people don't need it, it seems like a waste of money to me.

more than 6 years ago

Is Open Source Software a Race To Zero?

A Life in Hell Re:Yes, and there's nothing fruity about that (729 comments)

But it will filter down, people want their home computers to run the same as they have at work, so the more OSS takes off in large businesses the more it will filter down to home users..

[citation needed]

more than 6 years ago


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