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GNOME 3.10 Is Now Properly Supported On Wayland

Steve Max Re:For those who didn't know... (128 comments)

A first post by an AC that's actually useful. That's a FIRST.

about a year ago
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I use spinning-drive storage media ...

Steve Max "More"? (232 comments)

"More" as in "I have more data on it"? Or "More" as in "I use that storage medium more often"? Nowadays, most people use SSDs more often than spinning disks, on their tablets/smartphones; but they're more likely to have much more data on spinning media.

about a year ago
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CoreText Font Rendering Bug Leads To iOS, OS X Exploit

Steve Max Re:Whew ... (178 comments)

From the same time frame, the encore (B&N Nook Color) is 100% supported on CM10.2 (or Android JellyBean 4.3):
http://get.cm/?device=encore

about a year ago
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KDE Software Compilation 4.11 Released

Steve Max Re:Good to see the progress (99 comments)

I installed Kubuntu

That is your problem right there. Kubuntu is a terrible KDE distribution, possibly the worst out there. You'd get better performance, memory usage, features and stability from any other KDE distro.

about a year ago
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Apple and Samsung Both Get South Korea Bans

Steve Max Re:Thats one way.. (216 comments)

He didn't ban the Galaxy S3. Nor the iPhone 4S. Nor the new iPad. Nor the latest Samsung tablets. It's a "win" for Samsung because they'll earn a slightly bigger reward, but that's it.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubuntu for Android

Steve Max "Your" devices? (2 comments)

AFAIK, you can't download and install it on your phone. A given carrier / manufacturer must talk to them, then they'll tailor the OS to a model, and then the users who buy that specific model can get Ubuntu. This is not a product for the end users, but a way for manufacturers to add value to their handsets.

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia Aborts Meltemi Linux-Based Feature Phone

Steve Max Nokia is dead (105 comments)

They had the dominant smartphone OS AND the dominant dumbphone OS. They had an experimental high end, Linux-based OS that was almost ready to retake the top spot in mindshare. They had the best development tools, which would allow one to target those 3 OSs simultaneously. And they were developing this new Linux-based dumbphone OS that would be created around those tools.

Now they have Windows Phone.

more than 2 years ago
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World Population Grows Beyond 7 Billion

Steve Max Re:What a bunch of bullshit (349 comments)

Actually, if this graph is to be trusted, it's very far from an exponential growth. You can see two breaks: one at about -5000, where the population started growing; and one at about 1700, where the growth rate increased dramatically. Also a hint for another, more recent break (~1950?), where the growth rate increased again. (Note for the mathematically impaired: an exponential growth means a straight line in a log graphic. You can divide this graphic in 3-4 different straight lines, so you have 3-4 different growth rates at different points in time)

more than 2 years ago
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Google Releases Jelly Bean Updates For the Nexus S

Steve Max Re:For the last F*CKING time... (104 comments)

Updating a Galaxy is impossible (bar rooting) without OTA updates which are Carrier Specific. Should your carrier not be bothered with a phone/tablet that they offered 9 months ago you will never get updates regardless of whether every other carrier in the world has an update.

Actually, it's NOT impossible. Search for "Odin", and get the firmware files in .tar format from sources like SamMobile. You don't have to root at all to upgrade to the latest versions, even if they aren't offered for you as OTA, or through Kies.

more than 2 years ago
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Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

Steve Max Re:If consumers didn't want big phones (660 comments)

Asking for a 2.3'' touchscreen is nuts. I'm asking for a 4-4.3'' high end phone. Even a Galaxy SII (arguably the best of last year's dual cores) isn't 100% lag-free, the browser could be faster, the resolution isn't impressive anymore (they could use a DPI similar to the Galaxy Nexus, or even bigger, and have a qHD/720p screen on 4.3 inches). I want the phone to fit well in my pockets; when I use it, I can handle the "small" (which was considered "huge" only 2 years ago) screen. It's not like I can't see individual pixels on the current screen.

I'd rather have the same screen resolution with a high DPI in a reasonable (4-4.5'') screen size than with a low DPI in a huge (5-6'') screen.

more than 2 years ago
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Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

Steve Max Re:Bigger != Better (660 comments)

Yes, I know... Now, read it again.

more than 2 years ago
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Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

Steve Max Re:Bigger != Better (660 comments)

Murphy's Law applies to the other post above:

No, for "prefect". Which is a word, but not the same as "prefect", which is what OP probably meant to type.

more than 2 years ago
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Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

Steve Max Re:If consumers didn't want big phones (660 comments)

The point is: if you want a high end smartphone AND you don't want a 4.5+ inch screen, what are your options? What quad-core Android comes in such form factor?

more than 2 years ago
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Don't super-size my smartphone!

Steve Max Re:Yes...the iPhone 4 and 4S look horribly dated (8 comments)

I have a tablet to surf the web, watch video, read PDFs, etc. I want my phone to be portable; I want to use it to do those things when I'm in a hurry, or confined places, or in places where it would be unwise to pick up a huge tablet. It must be portable, I must be able to use its screen single-handed, on the subway for example. I can't use the whole screen of a 5 inch phone single handed, not comfortably at least. The iPhone is actually too small, and too restricted to be useful IMHO.

Now, you want a fully featured, 5-6 inch phone; when the Note 2 arrives, you may get what you want (or, if you want it even bigger, look at the Galaxy Tab 7.7'', its simply amazing as a tablet and works as a phone as well). I want a fully featured, 4-4.3 inch phone. What are my options now? Just the Meizu MX 4-core, and its iPhone-like OS and resolution mean I won't buy it. Where can I find a smaller, quad-core phone with hardware and software similar to the Galaxy S3?

more than 2 years ago
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Don't super-size my smartphone!

Steve Max Re:it's subjective, you idiots (8 comments)

Yes, that's the point. Form factor is subjective, each person likes something different. However, hardware isn't subjective. Why do I have to choose between a good form factor or good hardware? Why can't I have a 4.0-4.3'', high DPI AMOLED screen with quad core CPU and good GPU? Because right now, you can either have top-notch hardware OR the form factor that was considered "high end" just last year.

And what about hardware keyboards? Or flip smartphones? You can find them, yes, but only with sub-par hardware, and most are from last year and still running Android 2.x. Is that "catering for the users' needs"?

more than 2 years ago
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Don't super-size my smartphone!

Steve Max Re:Thank you for posting this (8 comments)

My case isn't as extreme as that. I have a Galaxy S2, and before getting it I thought I'd find the screen too big, but it actually fits my hand very, very well. I can write a quick message while walking on the street using a single hand without any problems. That size (4.3'') and below works perfectly for my hands. It also fits well in my pocket.

I used an HTC Titan (4.7''), and I hated it. The screen is big enough that, to type single-handed, I need to place the phone uncomfortably over my fingers, not my palm. It didn't work for me.

Now, if I look at the market, all the phones I'd consider an upgrade over the S2 have gigantic screens. One X, Galaxy S3, Optimus 4X, all are 4.7''+. The only quad-core phone under that size is the Meizu MX 4-core, with that weird screen resolution and weirder iPhone-like OS.

The point is: there is a market for different form factors than the current trend, and the manufacturers aren't listening to it. You want an Android flip phone. I want a smaller screened phone with all the bells and whistles. Some people want a good-spec'd phone with a sliding keyboard. Others may want a BlackBerry/Treo/Nokia E71 form factor. Or even something like the Nokia E70. We used to have options when we went shopping for a high end smartphone; now the options are "an iPhone, or an assorted variety of huge-screened Android slabs" (or Windows Phone, but that's not an option anymore until WP8 comes out). Why can't the manufacturers give us the choice anymore?

more than 2 years ago
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The Rise and Fall of Kodak

Steve Max Re:There's nothing new here (352 comments)

Floppies?! The first digital camera I had (a Kodak DC20) had a megabyte of fixed storage, and that was it! We could fit 8 493x373 pics, or 16 320x240 ones! No fancy flash or LCD, either! The only way to get the pictures out of it was through a slow, serial cable at ~50 kbps! At the time, we WISHED we could use big, fast, portable floppies!
Now, kids, get off my lawn!!

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia Unveils Its First Windows 7 Phone

Steve Max Re:Why Windows? (349 comments)

That's exactly why I started with "Elop says".

about 3 years ago
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Can Relativity Explain Faster Than Light Particles?

Steve Max Re:I called it (315 comments)

Use the full equation:
E = (mc) + (pc).

If p=0 (p is the momentum; so if you're at rest, p=0), E=mc.
If m=0 (the case for photons, for example), E=pc.

If neither p nor m are zero, E = sqrt(E0^2 + (pc)^2), where E0=mc^2 is the rest energy.

about 3 years ago

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Don't super-size my smartphone!

Steve Max Steve Max writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Steve Max (1235710) writes "Editor Paul Ockenden wonders, "Has anyone else noticed what’s been happening to top-end smartphones recently? They’ve started to get big – really big. But do people really want that at the expense of carrying around such a huge, heavy lump of tech in their pocket?". The trend for bigger and bigger screens is clear, but is it what consumers want? Is it what you want?"
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