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Android Needs a Simulator, Not an Emulator

batkiwi Re:I just use a real Android device (167 comments)

Honest question, I haven't tried, but do breakpoints work when you're running on the device itself?

(Eg does it have a remote deploy/debug over USB mode?)

about a month and a half ago
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NSF Researcher Suspended For Mining Bitcoin

batkiwi Re:$150,000? (220 comments)

He was likely doing CPU based mining. That would be expensive and inefficient compared to ASIC or even GPU mining.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's Revenge: iMessage Might Eat Your Texts If You Switch To Android

batkiwi Re:"No reliable solution" (415 comments)

Because in the US text messages are expensive for end users.

Here in Australia it doesn't make sense because any plan more than $20 a month has basically unlimited texts.

about 3 months ago
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Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

batkiwi Re:Problem with releasing an underpowered console (117 comments)

Ignore 4k. That's a long ways off.

EVERY game on the ps4/xbone should have been REQUIRED to be 1080p/60fps.

If you can't achieve that, your game doesn't pass QC. If you can't achieve that, then you turn down some details.

Due to THAT I don't consider either a "nextgen" (eg 'current-gen') console.

For the same price I bought a PC (in Australia where we pay more for everything!) that can play titanfall at 1080p at 60fps with everything reasonable turned on. As well as every other game. No I don't run 16xFSAA, but I run 2-4x FXAA, 1080p/60 (without drops), 16xAF, and "most" settings turned on (games with silly options like "reflect your face in drops of dew on blades of grass" I turn off). All for $600 (same price as the xbone in AUS). I bought a few logitech wireless controllers and run steam in bigpicture mode on windows 8.1 And I also run xbmc for the full media thing.

I've owned every sony, nintendo, and MS (not that hard) console until "this" generation. My first console (bought with my own money) was an NES. My last consoles were the ps3/360/wii. I'm a HUGE console guy.

But for the next 2-4 years I think I'm "out". Maybe I'll return to the mother ship again :) I hope so!

about 4 months ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

batkiwi Re:logic (202 comments)

Jolla would like to know why the need for Mir when they have a Wayland compositor and window manager running on low-end/mid-range mobile devices with excellent (compared to other similar-spec devices) performance

I have no idea, and I don't pretend to. I was pointing out that the +5 rated comment I replied to was not insightful and was missing the point of the original article. It was talking to app developers, not framework/OS/etc developers.

about 4 months ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

batkiwi Re:logic (202 comments)

They're saying that it doesn't matter to an app developer if you're using a middleware framework, as most developers do, because the eventual output on the display will be the same.

The reasons for introducing mir are performance, ability to run on low footprint devices, and cross device compatability.

So their point is that X11 vs wayland vs mir vs framebuffer vs blakjsrelhasifdj doesn't matter to a developer using the full QT stack. Their write their app to QT, and then developers on QT write the backend to talk to whatever the end user is using. It's more work for QT/other frameworks, but "should" be "no" more work for an app developer.

about 4 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

batkiwi Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

You can still play your games without using VAC.

You can still play your games ONLINE without using VAC.

You simply cannot play on VAC enabled servers (run by the community, not by valve) without using VAC.

about 5 months ago
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FBI: $10,000 Reward For Info On Anyone Who Points a Laser At an Aircraft

batkiwi Re:Is this really a problem? (445 comments)

Aftermarket HID bulbs that are just popped into the OEM housing and are not properly adjusted are NOT legal.

about 6 months ago
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Nissan Unveils 88 Pound 400-HP Race Car Engine

batkiwi Re:More competition (239 comments)

"Everything is computer controlled from acceleration to braking and cornering"

You obviously have no idea what you're talking about.

None of that is computer controlled, unless you consider a completely normal car with an ECU (so any car from the 1990s onward) to be "computer controlled."

-There is no ABS/traction control/etc.

-The brakes are directly connected via hydraulic line, no computer involved

-the ECU does the same thing the ECU in your car does, tell the injectors how much fuel to squirt. It can enable fuel saving modes/high power modes when the driver selects them, but the power output by the engine must be directly proportional to the amount he's pressing the pedal.

-Computer controlled cornering? How the fuck would that even work? They're not allowed ANY sort of active suspension, and use simple direct input steering setups.

about 6 months ago
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Boston Police Stop Scanning Registration Plates, For Now

batkiwi Re:They Did Not Say They Would Stop (110 comments)

So these weren't in the cars? That's fucking pointless then, agreed.

In Australia they're in the patrol cars.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Adds Node.js Support To Visual Studio

batkiwi Re:Just what the nodejs (197 comments)

It depends on what you mean by "asp.net".

Over the last 3 years asp.net has evolved from "gui controls you compose on a page with TONS of overhead" to "a lightweight framework that looks a LOT like spring". What most people who have used asp.net in the last 10-12 years think of as asp.net is basically dead.

http://www.asp.net/web-api for example. Many people us this and knockoutjs for dotnet based web projects.

about 8 months ago
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Linux 3.12 Released, Linus Proposes Bug Fix-Only 4.0

batkiwi Re:My how things change (274 comments)

After version 2.99 would come 2.100.
After that 2.101.

After 2.999 comes 2.1000.

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Admits Windows 8.1 Update May Bork Your Mouse, Promises a Fix

batkiwi Re:Valid reasons? (326 comments)

-Faster boot times
-Better SSD support
-less ram used by OS
-storage spaces if you have a bunch of disparate disks and want data redundancy

And you can boot to your desktop so you never see "metro" if you don't like it.

about 9 months ago
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Google Chrome Is Getting Automatic Blocking of Malicious Downloads

batkiwi Re:Microsoft tried this before (138 comments)

Your SharePoint site isn't in the trusted zone. Get your company's IT department to fix that with a simple Group Policy update.

about 9 months ago
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AMD's Radeon R9 290X Review

batkiwi Re:Is it HDMI 2.0 or 1.4?! (212 comments)

It will have DisplayPort, as will any monitors of 4k resolution.

about 9 months ago
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Wikileaks Party Making Questionable Deals In Attempt To Win Senate Seat

batkiwi Re:All minor parties are teaming together (162 comments)

Not all countries have hilariously huge beaurcracies of elected officials. In this case the article is about Australia.

Here we vote for senate and the house. The prime minister is chosen by the party which controlls the house. Cabinet positions such as treasurer and AG are chosen by the prime minister and confirmed by the governer general.

Local officials, controllers, and judges are apolitical positions and not voted on.

Propositions and measure are "yes/no", not a ranking of positions.

You can make your own (or print one from a party's website) "how to vote" card before you go to the poll, and then fill in your ballot to match. Or you can decide when you get there.

It takes under 5 minutes to vote for everything in total, not 5 minutes per vote.

about a year ago
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Wikileaks Party Making Questionable Deals In Attempt To Win Senate Seat

batkiwi Re:All minor parties are teaming together (162 comments)

If you don't care where your vote winds up vote above the line.

If you do, vote below the line.

It only takes 5 minutes.

about a year ago
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Wikileaks Party Making Questionable Deals In Attempt To Win Senate Seat

batkiwi Re:Again and Again (162 comments)

Damnit you're right. I got muddled by the brisbane times link.

Either way it's not NSW though!

about a year ago

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