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Google and Microsoft Both Want To Stop Dual-Boot Windows/Android Devices

Skuld-Chan Re:Forget the customer (153 comments)

I really don't care about dual booting - in my experience the machine spends most of its time in one environment, and the one time you do switch its got a months worth of patches to install.

about a month ago

Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

Skuld-Chan Re:Whoop-de-do! (178 comments)

I don't use the metro ui for anything on my desktop - that said - while I think Windows 8.1 is more responsive than 7 or XP, it does have a lot of usability issues, but its not debilitating.

I honestly think OSX (yes I have an airbook running mavericks :)) and the plethora of Linux desktops have about as many problems with usability - the shame with Windows is that Windows 7's UI was pretty much perfect.

about 2 months ago

Windows 8 Metro: The Good Kind of Market Segmentation?

Skuld-Chan Re:Really?!?! (389 comments)

You can't even use server core for some MS services (CM 2012 comes to mind).

about 2 months ago

Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Skuld-Chan Re:Biology workbook (770 comments)

Define major christian church? I find publicly the mormons or catholics may not say anything, but in their cannon its quite clear the earth is only a couple thousand years old.

about 3 months ago

CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

Skuld-Chan Re: Where's the outrage?! (255 comments)

It comes and goes - back when iPhones could be jail-broken by visiting a website (something as far as I know - no Android phone has suffered from) I banned loads of iphones off our university network for contacting known malware sites.

about 5 months ago

Hammerhead System Offers a Better Way To Navigate While Cycling

Skuld-Chan Re:Really? (249 comments)

And you kids! Get off my lawn!

about 5 months ago

Nexus 5 With Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 800 Challenges Apple A7 In Benchmarks

Skuld-Chan Re:This is not a fair comparison (310 comments)

The architecture is different though - Android runs everything under a VM. I suspect if the iPhone ran everything under a VM with the processor it currently sports it would be a different picture.

There are advantages and disadvantages with this approach - the advantages you went over - the iPhone is faster with less CPU. Android however can take advantage of newer processors and new features quicker however. A VM for instance lends itself more useful at distributing load much better at non SMP aware apps.

The iPhone really can't make any /major/ architecture changes without breaking userspace. Where as Android has proved that the cpu doesn't matter really - I've seen Android apps run on x86, mips and many different ARM systems for example.

about 5 months ago

Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

Skuld-Chan Re:Apple made the same mistake (390 comments)

Kinda like the way I upgraded my A4000 68040 to a 68060?

I have no clue what your talking about but I can only think of three models of Amiga that came with a 68000 - the A1000, A500, and the A2000 - the rest at least had a 68020 if not a 68030 standard.

about 5 months ago

Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

Skuld-Chan Re:Apple made the same mistake (390 comments)

I had an A4000 and an A3000 before that - it ran circles in every measurable benchmark I could think of around the first PPC based 6100/60 I had (the A4000 did 3d rendering faster, graphics process faster etc etc).

about 5 months ago

Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

Skuld-Chan Re:Apple made the same mistake (390 comments)

In the early 90's I was making money on my Amiga - it was very much a niche computer like the Mac. I think a lot of people think Amiga - they think Amiga 500 or 1200 - games machines. I think personal workstation.

My last machine was an A4000 with 68060 and 148 megs of ram (a lot for an Amiga) and it did serious special effects and graphics - and it had ethernet etc - it could even do NLE (online disk based video editing with the VT Flyer).

Commodore could have developed that into a more mainstream market, but because of a lot of wasted opportunities - when they ran out of money that was it. Remember too - before Steve Jobs second coming Apple was on the rocks too - it very nearly went under like all the other niche computers of the time (SGI, Sun, Commodore, Atari etc etc etc).

about 5 months ago

Mac OS 10.9's Mail App — Infinity Times Your Spam

Skuld-Chan Re: Apple Build Quality (158 comments)

How long has imap been around now? The RFC was last updated in 2003 - thats only 10 years to get it right.

about 6 months ago

What If the "Sharing Economy" Organized a Strike, and Nobody Came?

Skuld-Chan Re:A Peek At The Market (139 comments)

I actually work under a union (SEIU 503):

My union doesn't impose their views on me - I'm not sure how that would actually work. They do send out a newsletter - I can either read it or not. Contrary to what you may think they don't shout their beliefs over loudspeaker.

You can't do anything (really) to prevent someone from crossing the line, but you can make it more difficult. While your co-workers are out working hard to keep management from decreasing your pay you sit on your ass reaping the benefits.

On your last point - I hate people who reap all the benefits that we worked hard for in our union, but don't participate at all. If you don't like working in a union shop - leave the company - that's your right to work :).

Unions worked hard for the weekend - remember that any time you have a day off.

about 6 months ago

Sleeper: LG G2 One of the Fastest Android Smartphones On the Market

Skuld-Chan Re:No SD, No sell (108 comments)

This is kinda funny - the last phone I had that actually had an SD-Card slot was my Droid-X, and previously the HTC Nexus 1.

BOTH phones required you pull the battery out to swap the SD-Card... so I never did. You know what - I found you really don't need to either. There are so many connection options for the Android OS that you can move files to and from it really easily, and it has TONS of cloud based options too for streaming audio and video over the net.

I think I use up like 4-5 gigs of my Galaxy Nexus's 32 gigs of storage.

about 6 months ago

British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

Skuld-Chan Re:Rose-tinted view indeed (634 comments)

Long waits? When was the last time you went to visit your doctor in the US? I'm lucky if I can see him this week.

Same with the emergency room - unless you are bleeding all over the place chances are you'll be waiting for a couple hours.

My one scrape with socialized medicine was in Canada where they fixed a broken arm - put it in a cast. I don't remember waiting at all in the emergency room and to this day I haven't been billed.

about 6 months ago

Are Shuttered Gov't Sites Actually Saving Money?

Skuld-Chan Re:"Financial Sense" (668 comments)

Actually its just like any strike - the issue is control.

about 6 months ago

Homeless, Unemployed, and Surviving On Bitcoins

Skuld-Chan Re:What's the word (403 comments)

The internet is OVER!

about 7 months ago


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