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Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs. iPad 2 Review

SmittyTheBold Re:Every Android vs iPad review... (524 comments)

If we look at the closest existing Android phone to the iPhone 3G, it lost Cyanogen support around the same time Apple dropped the iPhone 3G. The G1 lost "official" support far earlier, at Android 1.6. Look at my link in the post you replied to about what versions people are actually running in their Android phones. The number that are stuck on 2.1 is a little lame. The glut held back to 2.2 is a flat-out embarrassment. I'd one to see a counter-argument supported with facts, but as far as I can see, Android users can rely on being abandoned by the OEM within two years of release in most (all?) cases. Apple, on the other hand, has supported a given phone for at least three years from release.

about 3 years ago

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs. iPad 2 Review

SmittyTheBold Re:Every Android vs iPad review... (524 comments)

Some people need to have their hand held when using gadgets. Those people need Apple to hold them close and assure them that as long as the money flows all will be okay and Apple will protect them from the big bad world out there.

Could you be a more condescending twat? I can hear the arrogance over here.

What I find funniest about your statement is the idea "as long as the money flows...Apple will protect" you, implying that Android is the key to having software support for a much longer period of time. In reality, many Android device manufacturers have seen fit to stop releasing software updates as soon as the stop selling the hardware. It's a huge factor in the crazy-wide distribution of version numbers in use. And Cyanogen doesn't really count; if you're going to run the Android equivalent of jailbreak apps you need to be intellectually honest.

more than 3 years ago

What Developers Want From the Wii's Successor

SmittyTheBold Re:Anticipated Hardware Specs (229 comments)

if I am in an FPS, I want an axis for forward/back motion, an axis for side-to-side motion, an axis for left/right turning, and an axis for up/down look control. Four axes = two sticks, easily controlled with two thumbs and leaving the fingers free for triggers.

I haven't really dug into any of the Wii FPSes, so this is based on what "could be," not necessarily "what is." But couldn't the two axes on the nunchuk thumbstick combined with the two axes of pointing control on the wiimote provide exactly what you're asking for?

more than 3 years ago

Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion' Developer Preview Available

SmittyTheBold Re:Far better features (365 comments)

Session management? Ok, fine. I will totally give you that one. Auto-saving and tracking of current documents, along with version management? What distro supports that, again?

more than 3 years ago

Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion' Developer Preview Available

SmittyTheBold Re:Far better features (365 comments)

You clearly don't understand what you're commenting on. There's no shame in that, but you have to know that people that have direct experience with the feature may have a bit better insight. For example, AirDrop. It allows a person to quickly set up an ad-hoc drop box with anyone else within WiFi range. There is no configuration required; in fact, you don't even need to be on the same network. The file manager (Finder) sets up a session directly with the WiFi (AirPort) hardware and broadcasts availability. Sans-"network."

You go on to state that this is stuff you could do on "free platforms" "10 years ago." I don't know how short your memory is, but to attribute the word "automatic" to ANY Free Software feature and/or product from fifteen years ago is delusional. We're only recently getting decent automatic X11 configuration. If there is some Free project that can accomplish anything close to AirDrop it's new to me. Note that I'm not saying it doesn't exist or that it's a lie.

Because I realize that stating things as fact when I don't in fact know their factual status is a total dick move.

more than 3 years ago

Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion' Developer Preview Available

SmittyTheBold Re:Launchpad (365 comments)

What's fun about that is that it was a very bad idea in earlier versions od Mac OS X, but as of late is (usually) a non-issue. The Apple-provided packages and Installer are smart enough to relocate most things based on the bundle identifier, meaning that things will get updated without issue. This was definitely a problem in earlier versions of OS X but since about 10.4 or so it's worked as you might expect. It's still a bad idea to move applications around, as other users may not be able to access them, but it should not prevent updates from running properly.

more than 3 years ago

Apple iOS 4.2 Hands-On

SmittyTheBold Re:Been running a dev build for a few weeks now (212 comments)

Or it could mean that you don't know how the "multitasking" API works. In short, most applications are suspended when in the background. Only certain pre-determined classes of applications are allowed to continue operating in the background, and when their background functionality is not in use (e.g. Pandora stops playing music) the app is suspended like any other. As such, most apps that may technically still be running are only using RAM but no other system resources.

more than 3 years ago

Steam Client for Mac Launches, Linux Client On the Way

SmittyTheBold Re:Painful (572 comments)

Not only that, but it's not supported by Apple as of Snow Leopard. The Snow Leopard installer explicitly disallows use on a case-sensitive filesystem.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft To Exit the Zune Business?

SmittyTheBold Re:Just because (361 comments)

The sync of meta-info allows all sorts of extra functionality. First of all, people that say "I'll just put it into folders" are rather silly. You're totally disregarding all sorts of really useful metadata.

Playlists generated on the computer - or generated on the portable device - that sync both ways. Play counts and ratings, which feed into dynamic, rule-based playlists. The ability to quickly establish "sets" that synchronize, that include multiple artists, albums, etc, while still maintaining easy access to an alphabetical list of artists. Or albums. Or genres.

It's like somebody trying to manually manage all of their photographs. Works great for 100. Works somewhat alright for 1,000. Totally unworkable with 10,000. It becomes more and more work, which is what computers are supposed to do, right? What Picasa/iPhoto are to photos, iTunes/(insert media player here) are to music. They allow you not just to use your music but to manage it. Let the computer do the work.

more than 5 years ago

Why Game Developers Should Support OS X and Linux

SmittyTheBold Re:TINSTAAFL (wrong!) (283 comments)

Except you're wrong. Memtest86 is largely assembly, based on the (2.2?) Linux kernel. It requires no OS and handles all hardware access on its own. Memtest OS X is a userspace app that one runs from the command line. As it is a "fat binary" that runs on PPC as well as x86, and was around before there even were Intel Macs, I rather doubt it was based on Memtest86 at all. They just happen to share similar names.

Before you drag someon'e name through the mud, please know what you're talking about.

more than 5 years ago

Ford To Introduce Restrictive Car Keys For Parents

SmittyTheBold Re:Performance? In a Ford? (1224 comments)

He was talking about a Ford Fusion, not Focus.

more than 5 years ago



SmittyTheBold SmittyTheBold writes  |  about 8 years ago

SmittyTheBold writes "According to a CNN article, U.S. District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor has ruled the NSA's Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP) illegal, and the President's usage unconstitutional.
The defendants "are permanently enjoined from directly or indirectly utilizing the Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP) in any way, including, but not limited to, conducting warrantless wiretaps of telephone and Internet communications, in contravention of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and Title III," she wrote.


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