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Microsoft Axing Messenger On March 15th

Lokitoth Re:fickle (218 comments)

I believe Skype has a plugin model for all those things - though granted, I have no idea how good the ecosystem around that actually is. The others are a good point, though I wonder what percentage of users of Messenger actually use those.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Axing Messenger On March 15th

Lokitoth Re:fickle (218 comments)

You realize that Skype has transitioned to using Messenger for the backend, right? Once you link the accounts Skype is also the client for your messenger account. The only thing they are killing off is the Messenger client, which makes complete sense - there is no reason to continue supporting both. The difference for China is organizational, and would require a restructuring, plus there are probably also various legal hurdles to cross.

about 2 years ago
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Voting Machine Problem Reports Already Rolling In

Lokitoth Re:Stupid. (386 comments)

This also has the advantage in ensuring that only people thinking they have a decent shot at making it run.

about 2 years ago
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Software Uses Almost 1/2 the Storage On 32GB Surface Tablet

Lokitoth Re:Considering this is Windows... (471 comments)

How did I Godwin the thread? Add a reparse point and stick the new volume into C:\TheSDCard or similar. Am I expecting grandma to do it? No. Am I the one who sets everything up for Grandma anyways, whether it is an iPad or a Windows box? Yes.

about 2 years ago
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Software Uses Almost 1/2 the Storage On 32GB Surface Tablet

Lokitoth Re:Considering this is Windows... (471 comments)

You are missing the point. If you have a harddrive sized 20Gb, make a folder A/ in it, make a folder B/ in it, and add a hard link inside B to A, then fill A up with 20GB, then look at the sized of both A and B, explorer will show they are each 20GB, for a "total" of 40GB on your 20GB disk. It is not preventing you from using anything because the disk is full warning comes from NTFS's block allocator, which works on a lower level than hark links.

about 2 years ago
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Software Uses Almost 1/2 the Storage On 32GB Surface Tablet

Lokitoth Some size values (unscientific) (471 comments)

So I have been trying to figure out what on earth is taking up the 13GB, and here is what I have so far:

Recovery and EFI partitions - 4.0 GB
There are two recovery and one system partitions. The system partition appears to be there for EFI.
Pagefile.sys and Swapfile.sys - 2.6 GB
Virtual Memory!
Program Files - 1.0 GB
This is mostly Office, with a few other things thrown in: IE, Windows Contacts, Photo Viewer, etc. Office occupies about 630MB
Windows/System32 - 1.75 GB
This is the core of the OS
Windows/Fonts - 400 MB
Some really large font-files here, but Windows does ship to a huge international audience with complex script support.
Windows/Speech - 400 MB
Speech Recognition and Text-to-Speech.
Windows/IME - 200 MB
This is the support for inputting complex scripts among other things. Dominated by Japanese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese.
Windows/Microsoft.NET - 200 MB
.NET framework

I also have about 800 MB in a SoftwareDistribution folder, but that may be tainted by Windows Update (there were patches available on the first day, literally, weighing in at 600+ MB - for the Office update to RTM among others). Another curiosity is that there is a 10 MB SysWOW64 folder for some reason. Aside, I have not checked how big the system registry hives are.

My user folder is about 2.0 GB, most of which is in Windows Store apps. Still trying to find a way to visualize how much each application takes.

So far that adds up to 10.55 GB (11.35 if including SoftwareDistribution). I have purposely left out the WinSxS folder, because I have no way to telling what its real on-disk footprint is until I figure out how to scan a folder for hard links, which may not be possible on WindowsRT.

about 2 years ago
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Software Uses Almost 1/2 the Storage On 32GB Surface Tablet

Lokitoth Re:Considering this is Windows... (471 comments)

Luckily Grandma has grandson who gets the nasty little card, puts it into the surface, mounts it into C: and sets up Grandma's surface so that she does not need to worry about it and has 32 GB or 64 GB for her documents, music, pictures and videos. - using the Libraries functionality. And the best part is, when she upgrades to a new surface or other Windows tablet, just move the card over, remount and update the Libraries location and like magic all her content is already there. Grandma never need worry about removing it.

Obviously will not work for applications, but with most data being stored on a different volume, this setup should work out fairly well. Actually, what I would like to see is a wizard for doing this. Obviously the idea here is to avoid having to remove the card.

With all that said, I am fairly curious what takes up 13GB in the RT install, that seems excessive.

about 2 years ago
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Software Uses Almost 1/2 the Storage On 32GB Surface Tablet

Lokitoth Re:Considering this is Windows... (471 comments)

Given the chipsets announced RT devices run on, I would guess that all of the textures *are* going to be downsampled, especially compared to the x86/x64 versions. Same as for console ports.

about 2 years ago
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UEFI Secure Boot and Linux: Where Things Stand

Lokitoth Re:Approach no. 4 - Do nothing (521 comments)

I am curious, why not use XPMode for your 12-year-old LOB application?

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Surface, Meet Apple iSurface

Lokitoth Re:toaster?? (201 comments)

Nobody could possibly want one of these. Especially not a college student...

more than 2 years ago
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John Carmack: Kudos To Valve, But Linux Is Still Not a Viable Gaming Market

Lokitoth Re:He's obviously right (635 comments)

The company would have to take a fairly substantial risk in not releasing it on Windows, though, for that to happen. Otherwise people will just get the game on Windows. To bootstrap a platform in the face of entrenched competition, quality exclusives are necessary.

more than 2 years ago
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PC Sales Are Flat-Lining

Lokitoth Re:Admittedly anecdotal (485 comments)

2TB NAS? Preferably one that is cloud-storage aware (or has its own clients for tablets/phones) to be broadly accessible even when not on LAN? (I guess I could settle for SkyDrive's Fetch feature, but would rather not have to go through that route).

more than 2 years ago
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PC Sales Are Flat-Lining

Lokitoth Re:Flat-Line (485 comments)

Even a general-purpose computing device can be sold in a configuration that by default "just plugs in and works."

We (the techies) are not incompetent to be unable to switch to a more productive environment - just that environment does not need to be in everyone's face all the time. Rather than think of this as the PC being "dumbed down," think of it as a call to action to make all the other "appliance" computers be more full-features, but without the historical complexity of PCs, before we knew how to make them easy to use.

more than 2 years ago
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PC Sales Are Flat-Lining

Lokitoth Re:I don't know if they'll even go down (485 comments)

Er... not quite. Yes, clustered distributed systems exist, and are growing much faster than mainframes, but there is still a lot of stuff that is done on mainframes, if only because it is a lot more convenient to have a really beefy box for that large, mission-critical multi-user database/application, without having to figure out how to partition it and without being subject to CAP.

Distributed clusters are generally better for non-real-time processing. Real-time HPC stuff is still the realm of supercomputers (not to be confused with clusters, even though both generally tend to run Linux or some other embedded POSIX OS)

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Invests $300 Million In Nook e-Readers

Lokitoth Re:No mention in the story (197 comments)

And they will still pay Microsoft royalties for Android. From the B&N press release (link from TFA):

Barnes & Noble and Microsoft have settled their patent litigation, and moving forward, Barnes & Noble and Newco will have a royalty-bearing license under Microsoft’s patents for its NOOK eReader and Tablet products

Above emphasis mine.

more than 2 years ago
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Travelling Salesman, Thriller Set In a World Where P=NP

Lokitoth Re:Public-Key vs. Secret-Key Crypto and P?=NP (165 comments)

Pick any cryptosystem (symmetric or asymmetric, except one-time pad of course). If you have a key, is it "easy" (=possible within polynomial time) to check if the key will decrypt a cipher text? Well, almost certainly, otherwise it would be a pretty impractical cryptosystem.

Disagree. It is possible to construct a CryptoFunction C(t, k) such that exists k_0 != k where D(t, k_0) = t_0 != t, with t_0 "plaintext" that appears correct but is, in fact, wrong, by inserting specifically tailored "trash" data.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 To Include Built-in Reset, Refresh

Lokitoth Re:Just an excuse (441 comments)

I would actually advise against installing those program to [C:\]Users\ instead create a parallel [C:\]Program Files[tag]\ folder with proper permissions set. Since those programs will still want to screw around with the registry as they get installed, (and all the uninstall information is in the global registry), it makes sense to let them be wiped and require a reinstall while preserving user data. With a manually created parallel Program Files folder (I usually use "(ul)" to tag it) you get all the advantages (and disadvantages for that matter) of not having to deal with UAC for these applications, but do not pollute the [C:\]Users\ folder.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Upgrading Windows Users To Latest Version of MSIE

Lokitoth Re:For your own good (476 comments)

As far as I can tell, all that needs to be done is to implement a system-wide Windows Media Foundation component to render Theora, and IE will pick it up if it sees a Theora video.The MSDN docs there are really bad, though; they will tell you how to build out the component itself, but nothing about how to get the system to pick it up. However, what I guess you can do is run regmon while installing the WebM MF components (which is all the installer does) and see how it publishes its MediaSource implementation out. Given that there are macros to create media type guids for arbitrary FOURCCs, it should not be impossible to register arbitrary filters to be used by this.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Upgrading Windows Users To Latest Version of MSIE

Lokitoth Re:For your own good (476 comments)

If you can stick a meta-tag into the HTML generated by the application there is a one-line fix that will trigger IE7 rendering/DOM mode in later versions of IE for backwards compatibility. Here is a good overview of how it works, and how to manually trigger it, overriding doctype sniffing.

more than 2 years ago

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True 3D Display Draws Pixels In Space

Lokitoth Lokitoth writes  |  about 3 years ago

Lokitoth (1069508) writes "Burton demonstrated a technology to draw animated 3D images in space, rather than on a 2D screen, by exciting oxygen and nitrogen in the air to give off light. The developers say: "This system can create about 50,000 dots per second, and its frame rate is currently about 10-15 fps. But we're working to improve the frame rate to 24-30 fps." Maybe the Japanese proposal to project 3D players to soccer fields world-wide is not so far-fetched."
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"Enhancing" the Photo

Lokitoth Lokitoth writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Lokitoth (1069508) writes "Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign created a way to easily add objects to photographs, automatically computing occlusion and lighting to appear natural. Then they start showing off by adding animation to the mix, including what appears to be rudimentary physics."
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