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Microsoft Rumored To Integrate Android Apps

GerbilSoft Re:Reverse Wine (189 comments)

Not saying Android and iOS stores aren't full of crapp either, but MS is the only store "owner" to actively push worthless frontends as far as I know.

about 6 months ago
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Microsoft Rumored To Integrate Android Apps

GerbilSoft Reverse Wine (189 comments)

I find it rather amusing that Microsoft has to resort to implementing what's basically a reverse Wine because no one cares enough about their platform to write "native" (read: HTML5) crapps for it.

about 6 months ago
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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

GerbilSoft Use an antenna. (578 comments)

Pretty much all HDTVs support receiving over-the-air TV stations using an antenna, and considering NBC is one of the largest broadcast networks in the US, it shouldn't be that hard to get NBC if you don't have cable.

about 6 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Buy a UHD 4K TV This Year

GerbilSoft Input lag! (271 comments)

Based on the amount of input lag present in "1080p" TVs, I can only imagine how bad the input lag is on "4K" TVs. (2 seconds or higher?)

Of course, this isn't an inherent property of high-resolution panels. It's caused by idiots in management that "insist" that these TVs have worthless image filtering algorithms that distort the picture and lag the image.

about 8 months ago
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Google Halts Sales of HP's USB-Charging Chromebook 11 Over Overheating

GerbilSoft PR spin (57 comments)

HP Chromebook 11 is selling like hotcakes!

about 9 months ago
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Is It Time to Replace Your First HDTV? (Video)

GerbilSoft Re:Are there any new HDTVs with minimal input lag? (418 comments)

It shouldn't be a special "gaming mode" to begin with; it should be an intrinsic feature of the display.

That, and I've also tested several TVs with "gaming mode" where it doesn't help input lag at all.

about a year ago
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Is It Time to Replace Your First HDTV? (Video)

GerbilSoft Are there any new HDTVs with minimal input lag? (418 comments)

It seems that at least with HDMI, most TV manufacturers have finally figured out what 1:1 mode is (though it's not enabled by default, which is still stupid). However, most HDTVs I've seen still have at least 40ms input lag, which is pathetic. (For comparison, I've used a Dell 1701FP LCD from 2001 that had virtually no input lag, on VGA.)

about a year ago
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PayPal Credits Man With $92 Quadrillion

GerbilSoft Signed integer overflow (151 comments)

2^63 - 1 == 9,223,372,036,854,775,807

Assuming PayPal's currency values are stored in cents, dividing that by 100 results in $92,233,720,368,547,758.07. Looks like a 64-bit signed integer overflowed (or in this case, underflowed), resulting in integer wraparound.

1 year,12 days
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RIM Attracts 15,000 Apps For BlackBerry 10 In 2 Days

GerbilSoft Re:The question is... (193 comments)

iOS has the same problem, as does Windows Phone and Windows 8. (It's actually much worse on Windows 8; pretty much every app there is a worthless website frontend.)

about a year and a half ago
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RIM Attracts 15,000 Apps For BlackBerry 10 In 2 Days

GerbilSoft Re:The question is... (193 comments)

Anything that advertises itself as an "app" is usually worthless compared to a real program. RIM deserves the bashing for simply going along with the "trend" rather than trying to differentiate themselves.

about a year and a half ago
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RIM Attracts 15,000 Apps For BlackBerry 10 In 2 Days

GerbilSoft The question is... (193 comments)

How many of those 15,000 "apps" are actually useful, and how many are just worthless single-site frontends?

about a year and a half ago
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LG's 84-inch 3840 x 2160 Television Doesn't Come Cheap: $17,000

GerbilSoft From the spec sheet: (152 comments)

http://www.lg.com/us/tvs/lg-84LM9600-led-tv

Just Scan (1:1 Pixel Matching): HDMI: 1080p/1080i/720p, Component: 1080p/1080i/720p, RF: 1080i/720

If I'm reading this correctly, the TV doesn't actually support anything higher than a 1920x1080 ("1080p") signal input. So while it might in fact have a 3840x2160 panel, that panel is absolutely worthless, since it has to upscale everything that's being displayed.

about 2 years ago
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Mozilla Opens the Firefox App Store To Early Testers

GerbilSoft The "App"ification of Everything Continues (74 comments)

Now that any generic webpage can be considered an "app", how long will it take before everything's an "app"? Photos? Apps. Videos? Apps. USB cables? They're no longer USB cables, they're "app cables". Heck, drop the cables - they're just "apps" too.

Besides that point, most of these so-called "apps" are worthless. I remember a time when Apple fans used to proudly proclaim that even though there was less software on the Mac platform, they were higher quality than Windows programs. Now that the iPhone has hundreds of thousands of apps, quality doesn't matter anymore.

At least Firefox hasn't gone full Windows 8 and reduced everything to 16 colors (yet)...

about 2 years ago
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The $45 Windows Laptop

GerbilSoft Can't wait to see so-called "gamers" buy this (299 comments)

From the article:

Powered by a Pentium processor

Processsor Type: VIA 8505

Not only did they get the company wrong, it's not even x86 architecture. VIA 8505 is ARM-based. This isn't even including the fact that it runs Windows CE (aka Windows Embedded Compact), so standard Win32 programs wouldn't run on it, even if compiled for ARM.

more than 2 years ago
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Yahoo Includes Private Key In Source File For Axis Chrome Extension

GerbilSoft Re:Can it be changed (85 comments)

It's Yahoo's private key that was leaked, not Google's. Assuming Chrome's certificate system is reasonably decent, Yahoo should be able to publish a CRL to revoke that certificate and/or key, and then generate a new one.

more than 2 years ago
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Foxconn CEO Fuels iTV Rumors

GerbilSoft Re:Display quality? (153 comments)

I did use the native resolution when running tests on HDTVs. The 1024x768 thing was an issue with some older models that either had broken EDIDs, only exposed 1024x768 on the EDID, or claimed that any resolution other than 1024x768 was "out of range". (Also "720p" plasma screens that actually have a 1024x768 native resolution due to non-square pixels.)

Turning off "enhancements" helps a bit, but still nowhere near a PC monitor. As an example, I tested a 46" Sony Bravia a while ago (don't remember the model number). At 1920x1080, a checkerboard pattern test showed interference between pixels and lines. That interference doesn't happen on any PC monitor I've tested, even with analog VGA.

more than 2 years ago
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Foxconn CEO Fuels iTV Rumors

GerbilSoft Re:Display quality? (153 comments)

I have a ThinkPad T60p, which only has VGA on the base unit. I also use VGA with most of my other electronic devices, since VGA doesn't have the cable length issues that DVI and HDMI have.

I have also seen these issues on the same TVs using HDMI/DVI, especially broken EDIDs. It's not just limited to the VGA decoder, and quite honestly, if a 2012 HDTV can't match the VGA decoding capabilities of a 2000 PC LCD (Dell 1701FP), something's wrong with it.

more than 2 years ago

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Enthusiast Releases Hundreds of Sega Prototypes

GerbilSoft GerbilSoft writes  |  more than 6 years ago

GerbilSoft (761537) writes "drx, the guy who became famous for dumping several high-profile prototypes, has beat his own record. Today, he has released a set of over 1,000 Sega prototypes, making it the biggest prototype release in history.

Usually, few prototypes see the light of the day, due to scarcity, unwillingness of owners to release them, and prices, which can sometimes reach 5-figures. This deprives the majority of gamers of the ability to see games' features that had to be cut from the games due to the lack of time or resources. To see just how generous the release is, multiply 1,000 by $100, which is the average price of prototypes on eBay. Crazy."
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Samsung Linux Drivers Have Major Security Hole

GerbilSoft GerbilSoft writes  |  about 7 years ago

GerbilSoft (761537) writes "It seems as though Samsung's proprietary Linux printer drivers have a major security hole. From the Ubuntu Forums:

Just to inform you about a recent post on the french Ubuntu forum about Samsung drivers (sorry, in french). It appears that Samsung unified drivers change rights on some parts of the system: After installing the drivers, applications may launch using root rights, without asking any password.

What is more, you may be able to kill your system, by deleting system components, generally modifiable only by using sudo.
Among the programs that it sets as setuid-root are OpenOffice, xsane, and xscanimage."

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