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AMD, NVIDIA, and Developers Weigh In On GameWorks Controversy

Technomancer Re:Optimizing the driver stack... (80 comments)

First, I don't think AMD (or any other company) execs would recognize driver optimization if it hit them in the face.
Second, do you think nVidia is hiring from a different talent pool than AMD? Neither company has any special secret magic sauce driver optimizations that a well trained monkey at the other company cannot come up with. If you look into nouveau and radeon open source kernel and Mesa drivers you will be able to see how much easier nVidia hardware is to work with, that may be one of the reasons nVidia drivers are less of a mess. But not by much. I had a fair share of driver hangs and memory corruptions on my laptops with nVidia cards (GTX 560M on Asus G53SX in particular).

about 2 months ago
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HR Chief: Google Sexual, Racial Diversity "Not Where We Want to Be"

Technomancer Re:Who gives a shit? (593 comments)

I highly encourage you to apply for a job at Google. I do not think anyone will ask you to use Klingon, just write bunch of algorithms on a whiteboard. I think you will find this experience maybe very intellectually demanding but fair. I do not think anyone will judge you on your chromosomal makeup.

about 2 months ago
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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

Technomancer Re:I never thought I'd live to see the day... (386 comments)

I've got Z Ultra GPE too. I don't miss flash much but then I don't use cell phone camera for pictures that I actually want to look at (just for notes/reminders etc).
The design is amazing, the size of the phone is just right, and it replaced my Note 2 + Tab 7.7 combo. I combined it with a wallet case so I have only one thing to forget ;-)
I only wish it had Qi wiress charging.

about 3 months ago
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Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

Technomancer You can program on a locked-down Chromebook just (101 comments)

fine.
I used Python Editor V3 http://editor.codnex.net/pythonv3/index.php to play with Python.
There are plenty Javascript editors, with WebGL it can be fun.
And if C/C++ is your favourite, there are probably online compilers for emscripten or asm.js and whatnot.

about 4 months ago
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New Australian Privacy Laws Could Have Ramifications On Google Glass

Technomancer Re:not private (128 comments)

Huh, where? I think there was some retarded law like this passed in Hungary or something recently.
In most countries you can take photos of pretty much anything in the public. The only limitations are usually for commercial use of a photo of a person.
And for that celebrities and politicians have both more and less protections, since they tend to be fair game for quite invasive "press" photos but any attempt to use their image to promote products and services will result in much bigger damages than for Joe Random person.

As for prior consent. Go out to a street in your city, now ask everyone you see for consent to take your typical tourist photo. See the problem? It is unworkable.

about 3 months ago
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Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy Devices

Technomancer RIL and EFS (126 comments)

I don't find that surprising. When I was playing with CyanogenMod it became obvious to me that RIL reads/writes files from EFS partition on behalf of the modem because settings for the modem, like IMEI, state of network lock, preferred networks etc, are stored there. I am not sure whether the interface is general enough so the modem can ask for any file.
If they are concerned about binary blobs doing unknown stuff, RIL is small potatoes. There is huge GPS daemon binary made by 3rd party. Sensor drivers are linked with closed source processing libraries (AKM/akmd). Camera loads whole bunch of image/video processing libraries which are closed source/3rd party too. Lots of phones also use closed source 3rd party audio processing libraries. Not to mention 16MB of compressed modem firmware, running on modem CPU which is like another little independent computer.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

Technomancer Re:Chromebook - Remote Desktop (287 comments)

Here you go VNC viewer for Chrome https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/vnc-viewer-for-google-chr/iabmpiboiopbgfabjmgeedhcmjenhbla?hl=en
Chrome Remote Desktop https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/chrome-remote-desktop/gbchcmhmhahfdphkhkmpfmihenigjmpp?hl=en

And there is bunch of RDP viewers too.

about 5 months ago
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Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

Technomancer Re:Let me get this straight: (362 comments)

Visit Google and look at the parking lot, Prius. Leaf and Tesla driving crowd there mostly. And some exotics sprinkled here and there. I would say than on average Google folks seem to care about environment and society more than employees at other companies I have seen.

about 5 months ago
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Nostalgic For the ZX Spectrum? Soon You Can Play With a New One

Technomancer PS/2 would be much better (91 comments)

At least I could use it with my NedoPC ZX Evo. http://nedopc.com/zxevo/zxevo.php
Which is pretty cool, Mini-ITX format ZX Spectrum compatible motherboard ;-)

about 5 months ago
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With 'Virgin' Developers, Microsoft Could Fork Android

Technomancer Amazon forked it just fine. (241 comments)

But they built their own app store. Microsoft is free to do it as well. Yandex just released kit for using their services and app store too http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/19/yandex-kit/ , so if Yandex can do it, so can Microsoft.
Now, if they want access to Google Play Store they will probably have to go through the same process as any other Android phone vendor and sign and agreement and go through testing and certification. Virgin developers or not, if you want to access Play Store you need an agreement.

about 5 months ago
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Google Charging OEMs Licensing Fees For Play Store

Technomancer Re:A future for "generic" and old devices? (225 comments)

CyanogenMod does not come with Play Store or Google apps (they stopped distributing them few years ago in September 2009 http://androidandme.com/2009/09/news/cyanogenmod-in-trouble/). If you want them you have to download and flash them separately. The only exception is Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition which applied and received the certification so it can include Play store. Most white box Chinese Android tablets did not include Play store either or if they did they used "borrowed" device IDs and pretended to be something else. This is slowly changing and some of them do apply and receive the certification and official Play store and Google Apps. It is probably not that expensive if they can afford it.
The certification was always a requirement, it seems quite logical that it requires payments since it requires some testing and work by Google engineers and developing all this software and infrastructure wasn't free either.

about 6 months ago
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Google Charging OEMs Licensing Fees For Play Store

Technomancer Re:Google already has a noose on manufacturers (225 comments)

You have mistaken Nexus 5 for Moto X
http://www.ibtimes.com/why-nexus-5-lacks-touchless-control-moto-x-always-listening-voice-gestures-1487038

Here is how to set it up on Moto X https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/answers/prod_answer_detail/a_id/94881/p/30,6720,8696/action/auth

about 6 months ago
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Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

Technomancer Re:No (262 comments)

Well, x32 cannot completely replace x86_64. Because I did not put 32GB RAM in my workstation to run everything with only 4GB of user address space.
And Firefox and Chrome can run out of 32 bit address space pretty quickly.
So x32 is an useless gimmick. Maybe useful on low memory system like embedded Linux with 2 or 4GB of RAM.

about 7 months ago
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Linux x32 ABI Not Catching Wind

Technomancer No (262 comments)

And I don't want another set of libraries in my system in addition to 64 bit and 32 bit emulation.

about 7 months ago
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Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional

Technomancer Re:PDroid (324 comments)

I am a happy user of Permissions as well. And while I like it as a hack, I use it with full understanding of consequences of disabling random permissions in Android apps.

I also understand Google's position. This feature has capability of breaking apps in various ways. It makes it much harder for app developers to test and deploy the apps.

If the app requires some permission and it gets disabled, suddenly some OS calls will fail and the app will usually not be able to handle it. In best cases it may not matter, in a lot of cases it will cause crashes, in worst cases it will cause user data corruption.

For feature like this to be fully supported whole Android permission model would have to be upgraded with 3rd state, in addition to permitted and denied states for each permission it would have to add "optional/user" state and app developers would have to test with that setting on and off. This would also explode number of test cases so I don't expect any developer going for it. So disabling permissions will always be a hack and a testing/developer tool.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Isn't There More Public Outrage About NSA Revelations?

Technomancer Hollywood movies (610 comments)

Since most people get their knowledge of the world from Hollywood movies which have portrayed pervasive government surveillance for many many years the reality is not much of a surprise for them. Most people are actually expecting it to be much more advanced. For reference see movies like Enemy of The State http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120660/
I suspect people are more surprised by the fact that you cannot infinitely zoom-in digital photographs like in CSI or easily track people with satellite based cameras in realtime. It is also interesting how these movies and CSI TV shows affect reality, for instance http://www.npr.org/2011/02/06/133497696/is-the-csi-effect-influencing-courtrooms

about 9 months ago
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Same Programs + Different Computers = Different Weather Forecasts

Technomancer Welcome to Chaotic Systems 101 ;-) (240 comments)

Pretty much most iterative simulation systems like weather simulation will behave this way. When the result of one step of the simulation is the input for another step any rounding error will possibly get amplified.
Also see Butterfly Effect https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butterfly_effect (not the movie!).

1 year,2 days
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Oracle Rushes Emergency Java Update To Patch McRAT Vulnerabilities

Technomancer Re:Uninstall (165 comments)

Thats easy, just click on this llittle Java app.

about a year ago
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MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign

Technomancer Thats the whole point of Google services (513 comments)

That the computers parse your email and use the information for both ads and better services. Its not only for ads, although generally targeted ads are better in my opinion.
If you tried Google Now on Android it will give you notifications about stuff the servers parsed from your email, like flight notifications for the flight booking notifications you received in your email etc.
Recently I have given up on my illusion of "privacy" (running ADBlock, Ghostery and WOT I am still pretty sure I am being tracked by ad networks). So I decided to stop fighting the battle I have lost long time ago. I have uploaded my whole email archive to GMail so Google can index it and start being my electronic nanny. And it is by far the best electronic nanny there is.

And I am pretty sure that both Yahoo and Microsoft are doing targeted ads based on email content, and Yahoo used to append their ads to emails.

And if you don't want your emails to be ready by anyone but the intended recipient and NSA, there is a tool called PGP.

about a year and a half ago
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Will Tablets Kill Off e-Readers?

Technomancer They already did (333 comments)

E-ink display manufacturers are closing their factories already
And such a shame.
Maybe a tablet with e-ink display on the back could be a good idea, like the recent Russian phone.

about a year and a half ago

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