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Microsoft Makes Office Mobile Editing Free As in Freemium

WARM3CH Re:Freemium? (98 comments)

Err, no! Clippy is included in all versions for free. You can pay $14.99 to get rid of it!

about a month and a half ago
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Past Measurements May Have Missed Massive Ocean Warming

WARM3CH Re:More stupidity on Slashdot? (423 comments)

Yep, let's stop all these science bullshit!

... a guy whose job is dependent upon finding a need for "mathematics" finds that there is a need for a new "mathematics study". How shocking...
... a guy whose job is dependent upon finding a need for "astrophysics" finds that there is a need for a new "astrophysics study". How shocking...
... a guy whose job is dependent upon finding a need for "healthcare" finds that there is a need for a new "medical study". How shocking...

Imagine that! Oh, btw:

... a guy whose job is dependent upon finding a need for "software" finds that there is a need for "writing a new software". How shocking...

about 2 months ago
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Biofeedback Games and The Placebo Effect

WARM3CH Article behind the paywall (57 comments)

Pity that the article is behind a paywall. Anyone has a link to the full text (PDF)?

about 5 months ago
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Windows 8 Gets Personal Use License For Homebuilt PCs

WARM3CH Re:Free (as in beer)? (330 comments)

That's an interesting point. Well, let's see: at the time I paid $40 for that license, my wife used another promotion and got hers for $80, I got an OEM license for another machine for $140 and finally got another license for yet another machine for "free" through Dreamspark. So I have paid $260 for 4 Windows 7 license. Would I ever pay $1200 for 4 full retail license? Hell no.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Gets Personal Use License For Homebuilt PCs

WARM3CH Re:Free (as in beer)? (330 comments)

At the time there was a promotion for people with .edu email accounts.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Gets Personal Use License For Homebuilt PCs

WARM3CH Re:Free (as in beer)? (330 comments)

Tell me about it. The computer is nothing remarkable, though it was pretty good in 2010: Intel i7-950, 12 GB RAM, ATI 5870, 2x2.0 TB HDD, 128 GB SSD, Blue-ray, card-reader, nice case, etc. The price included the monitor (HP ZR24w) and few accessories (head-set, keyboard, mouse, etc.). The price was way more than what I initially hoped for but I had to practically by everything as I was moving from one country to anther and had nothing from the past. Recently, I added water-cooling but I didn't include that in the $3000 figure...

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Gets Personal Use License For Homebuilt PCs

WARM3CH Re:Free (as in beer)? (330 comments)

You are just making HUGE assumptions with no evidence to back them. "You're not going to convert those people to legitimate users", "why anyone would pay for a copy of Window", "people will always choose the hardware that provides tangible improvement".

Why do you think every single user out there is a pirate that would never convert? I for one used to pirate Windows, for my home machines. That included Win 3.1, 95, 98, NT 4.0, 2000 and XP. With Windows 7 I got myself a legitimate, but discounted, full version (I don't remember how much it was, $40 or something). If they offer Windows 8 for a low price, I'll buy it.

In 2010 I paid over $3000 to buy components to build my workstation/gaming machine. Paying an extra $40, i.e. round 1.3% more to get the right software added no significant burden to my budget. I have no problem to pay for a software that I use everyday single day for a couple of years as long as I don't feel it is a rip-off. Since this is ./, yes, I boot into Linux when I need to.

more than 2 years ago
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Stroustrup Reveals What's New In C++ 11

WARM3CH Re:I want auto! (305 comments)

I don't agree. auto (or var) very rarely hide any information which is not immediately visible. For example there are trivial cases where auto (or var) just save extra typing:

var my_object = new my_class();
v.s.
my_class my_object = new my_class();

Here using var just saves a few key struck (or a lot, in case my_class happens to be a type with a particularly long name). In any case the type of my_object is perfectly known and quite visible so I think using auto is just fine.
There are however cases that a complex type is used while we actually DO NOT care for the type per se. For example in C++ consider the case for a lambda function:

auto my_fun = [](int i) { return i * i; };

Here I actually don't care about the exact type of my_fun. All I care is that it take an int and returns an int which I can see clearly. Finally, another case could be situations in template programming where insanely complex types are used/generated and we don't want to (or even cannot) type them again and again. Also I guess in Java or C# you might get away by cheating and using an object (I hate it when people do that!) but we don't have that luxury in C++.

more than 2 years ago
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I tend to keep random notes most often ...

WARM3CH Re:tablet PC (314 comments)

Another vote for OneNote + Tablet PC.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows Phones Getting Buried At Carriers' Stores

WARM3CH Re:WP7 vs Vista (412 comments)

Thanks for recommending these apps. I'll try them. I'm sure for most purposes there are apps to cover what I'm missing in Android. I didn't get your other point about WM being unusable on a capacitive touchscreen. My experience with HD2 and sense was quite positive. Older apps might be really hard to use without a stylus but I didn't have any significant problem with lots and lots of apps that I used on WM. Anyway, maybe I have just forgotten the bad parts and only remember the good parts :)

more than 3 years ago
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Windows Phones Getting Buried At Carriers' Stores

WARM3CH Re:WP7 vs Vista (412 comments)

I suggest to try Android on HD2 to see how it works. You can do it even without removing WM6.5 (i.e you can run Android from the SD card). Contrary to what you said, Android has really poor support for media files: it cannot play most AVIs, does not support WMW and WMA, etc. On HD2 I could play almost anything I can play on my Desktop but with Android half of my library is unplayable. Currently I'm running Android from ROM on my HD2 but I'm seriously thinking of going back to WM6.5. I have been using Android on it for months but now that novelty has worn out, I miss the good media support, Office mobile, Remote Desktop, more complete Buletooth support (Bluetooth stack on Android sucks! Even on Nexus One it sucks big time!) and all the offline apps (dictionary, navigation, ...). I know that some of these do not work properly on WP7, but Android fail at many of them too.

more than 3 years ago
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Los Angeles To Turn Off Traffic-Light Cameras

WARM3CH Re:Cameras don't cause collisions... (367 comments)

What? Don't you think the obvious answer is that if you cannot stop short, you are driving too fast! If it rains, you have to slow down, doubly so if you don't have a good break.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows Phone 7 To Get Multi-Tasking, IE9, Xbox Integration

WARM3CH Re:It didn't have this already? (266 comments)

WP7 and old iPhone did supported all of the scenarios you presented. The point is in none of your examples 2 programs need to run at the same time. The suspend/resume model used in WP7 and old iPhone is/was sufficient for all those cases. What is new is the possibility to bug the CPU in two user programs at the same time (both OS can/could run multiple system tasks at the same time). It is sometimes needed but circumstances are much more limited than initially appears.

more than 3 years ago
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NSS Labs Browser Report Says IE Is the Best, Google Disagrees

WARM3CH Re:It's Clear to Me Why They Waited (205 comments)

You have valid points, still Google didn't deny the results and in a sense, confirmed it. Read Google's response again: NSS says IE is better than Chrome in X, but hey, they didn't say Chrome is better at Y and Z. NSS didn't claim X covers everything related to security so bringing Y and Z to the discussion is just a move to draw attentions from X.

about 4 years ago
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PC Gaming 'a Generation Ahead' of Consoles, Says Crytek Boss

WARM3CH Re:I used to love PC gaming (412 comments)

Well, I did that in 2007. I noticed that a top of the line graphics card is almost as expensive as a whole game console! I was tired of constantly upgrading my PC. There was always something to add, something to upgrade and some more time to spend fixing this or that than actually using my PC for anything. I switched to a Tablet PC as my main computer, got rid of my desktop and got an Xbox 360. I selected a Tablet PC since it was, well, cool and also I was sure I couldn't do much about upgrading it. For 3 years since then I was mostly happy. However old habits don't die easily. I got tired of my under powered, dual-core 2GHz + 4GB tablet. I wanted something more from my Xbox 360. I wanted customizability of Unreal Tournament 2004 and large scale of Supreme Commander back. So two months ago I got myself a new desktop: a 3.2 GHz i7 with 12GB of RAM, SSD boot drive, 2x2TB HDD, HD5870, ... a monster of machine! Now my Xbox is only used to play street fighter IV with friends that come over and all new games are on PC. I don't know where my Tablet PC is and I don't care that much anymore. I also could go back to my other hobby, developing chess engines and throwing lots of hardware at it...

about 4 years ago
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Verizon Speeds Up FiOS To 150Mbps

WARM3CH Re:Nice, now why (314 comments)

True. Also consider that there could be multiple users at home so they might need to do several of those things at the same time.

about 4 years ago
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Death Grip Tested On iPhone Competitors

WARM3CH Re:How many of them have bare metal antennas? (373 comments)

Many, including the Incredible, point out right in the manual where you should avoid touching a certain spot.

I'm curious. I have the Driod Incredible's manual in front of me. On which page of they have mentioned that?

more than 3 years ago
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Death Grip Tested On iPhone Competitors

WARM3CH Re:How many of them have bare metal antennas? (373 comments)

You still don't get it, do you? The test is fine. They did exactly same thing, with and without a glove. 10 dB difference. Difference is due to insulation. End of story.

more than 3 years ago
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Death Grip Tested On iPhone Competitors

WARM3CH Re:How many of them have bare metal antennas? (373 comments)

So how do you explain the 10 dB difference? Your old radio example is irrelevant since here we are talking about two antennas not one. Try harder next time.

more than 3 years ago
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Death Grip Tested On iPhone Competitors

WARM3CH Re:How many of them have bare metal antennas? (373 comments)

The point is that iPhone 4 has 2 problems: one due to metal antennas (yes, there are two antennas and they should not be connected together) and another one due to the death grip. Apple basically deflected the question by talking only about death grip while the real issue was this specific design flaw that bare metal antennas could be bridged together if you hold the phone in a certain way. Anandtech showed that bridging bare metal antennas add another 10 dBm attenuation on top of what you get from death grip.

more than 3 years ago

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IE8 beats other browsers in laptop battery life

WARM3CH WARM3CH writes  |  more than 5 years ago

WARM3CH writes "AnandTech tested battery life of a laptop with an AMD CPU, a laptop with an Intel CPU and netbook running Internet Explorer 8, Opera 10, Firefox 3.5, Safari 4, and Chrome. Webpages were a combination of simple and flash infested ones. IE8 had the best battery life on both laptops followed by FF+adblock and Safari had the worst battery life. On the netbook Chrome was slightly ahead of IE8. The report concludes: --Overall, Internet Explorer and Firefox + AdBlock consistently place near the top, with Chrome following closely behind. Opera 10 Beta 3 didn't do as well as Opera 9.6.4, and in a couple quick tests it doesn't appear that the final release of Opera 10 changes the situation at all. Opera in general — version 9 or 10 — looks like it doesn't do as well as the other major browsers. Safari is at the back, by a large margin on all three test notebooks. We suspect that Safari 4 does better under OS X, however, so the poor Windows result probably won't matter to most Safari users.--"
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