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Building a Gary Gygax Memorial

cthellis It damn well better... (136 comments)

...be underground.
...have traps leading up to it.
...have someone narrating your way.
...involve a strength check to open the door.
...force you to roll dice constantly.

more than 2 years ago
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The Real Reason Apple Is Suing Samsung

cthellis That has been among some reasons... (514 comments)

...but the biggest part of the lawsuit against Samsung specifically has been over TouchWiz, which isn't associated with adding an "Android cost" at all, since it's only Samsung's UI deal. Apple has also gone after HTC, and one wonders if they just expected an easier resolution in the wake of the Microsoft/HTC licensing agreement. Nokia sues Apple and gets counter-sued right back. Mainly, it's THE sector of computing showing exponential growth, so alla them big companies gonna be leveraging for position. And that means lawsuits be flyin', yo.

more than 2 years ago
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Japanese Build Robot Toddlers

cthellis I misread this at first... (81 comments)

I thought it was "Japanese robots build toddlers" ...which would have been much more interesting.

more than 3 years ago
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Survey Says Most iPhone Users Love AT&T

cthellis Re:Ignorance (490 comments)

Northern Jersey-ite here, and my main experience has been fine on both Verizon and AT&T. There was a stretch of 206 where I ALWAYS lost signal, but I've had no ALWAYS-losses when moving to AT&T. I actually had a better random dropped-call rate for a while, too, but that got a bit worse over time so I'd say I'm under-par now. Perhaps I should blame too many iPhone users coming aboard? ;-)

My brother's down south more, and he de-rezzes on Verizon while on the road quite a lot as well. On the whole, they seem rather the same, and you'll mainly lose out if the very local geography of "your house" or "where you work" or "where you spend a lot of time" is fuxxed.

more than 3 years ago
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Ballmer Says Microsoft Is 'Hardcore' About Tablets

cthellis Re:Still want Courier (324 comments)

If only it were possible to use a full-size keyboard with devices like this! Oh, the humanity!!

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone OS 4.0 Brings Multitasking, Ad Framework For Apps

cthellis Re:No ads please (983 comments)

No, he's right! MACs do tend to be used by the two extremes of the user community! The newbies don't even know what Media Access Controls are, and life their lives blissfully unaware. The power-users are involved in MAC spoofing, and all sorts of other MAC-related activity, to haxx0r your boxx0r!

You see? It all makes sense!

about 4 years ago
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iPhone OS 4.0 Brings Multitasking, Ad Framework For Apps

cthellis Re:No ads please (983 comments)

Using "dude" in that way has been gender-neutralized since the 90's. I believe Bill and Ted sucked all the life out of it.

about 4 years ago
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"Install Other OS" Feature Removed From the PS3

cthellis Re:Sorry kids (739 comments)

Gotta love it when Anonymous Cowards bitch about Anonymous Cowards being cowardly, anonymously.

about 4 years ago
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"Install Other OS" Feature Removed From the PS3

cthellis Re:Sorry kids (739 comments)

No movies anywhere are DRM-free, even on DVD. Of course some methods are more trivial to bypass than others...

about 4 years ago
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Are Consoles Holding Back PC Gaming?

cthellis PC gamers are still on equivalent hardware (518 comments)

That's still where the majority of PC gamers can handle things well, too. (Their hardware may be newer than the consoles, but DX9 is still the majority support, and they have higher resolutions to cover.) The real questions is if the developer is even INTERESTED in targetting higher-performance hardware with unique features, or if they mainly want to use it to be "slightly shinier" and hit better framerates.

about 4 years ago
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IE8, Safari, iPhone All Fall At Pwn2Own Contest

cthellis Re:Well ... (223 comments)

Nor Arachne. Grr!

about 4 years ago
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iPad Will Beat Netbooks With "Magic"

cthellis Re:That Explains The Updated SDK (1010 comments)

This is as close as we will ever get to Apple admitting their cult of personality is the primary (but not only) driver of their sales, not their products.

No, they're pretty much saying that their user experience will bring over the people who are looking at the advantages of netbooks (smaller form factor, lighter weight, more battery life, little desire to use it as a "primary computer," etc...) over to them instead. Which is something they always say.

more than 4 years ago
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The iPad Questions Apple Won't Answer

cthellis Re:Answers (671 comments)

Can you save and transfer documents to the iPad?

Probably in the same way it saves and passes notes, with a bit extra. Probably also through Mobile Me while encouraging use of online document support.

Does the iPad support Microsoft Exchange email?

The iPad runs the same OS as the iPhone right now, which supports it. Why would they take extra steps to remove such a feature?

Does the iPad support VPN and configuration management?

The iPad runs the same OS as the iPhone right now, which supports it. Why would they take extra steps to remove such a feature?

Can you use media services other than iTunes on the iPad?

In the same way that you can use them now; if you can transfer their media into iTunes. Also, if their media usage is built into an app that has been approved. Obviously also if it's browser-accessible and not Flash. Certainly you can enable streaming services from other sources through apps, as well. So it depends what you mean by "media services."

Can the iPad be used for videoconferencing?

There is no built-in camera, so not by itself. There is likely to be no built-in video-conferencing app from Apple to start, either. But there are already other apps that can be used as such on the App Store, and ostensibly any camera that can be connected to by WiFi, Bluetooth, or through the dock port could be used.

Will the iPad's internal storage be upgradable?

There is no expansion slot for it, and Apple has not provided it for the iPod Touch or iPhone, so... No.

Will the iPad allow multiple apps to run simultaneously?

With the current firmware version, no. But then the current firmware also has few iPad-specific features. 4.0 will likely drop or at least be detailed before the iPad launches, so anything it possible. I wouldn't expect to see any paradigm-breaking from their aim so far, but it's certainly conceivable to have some resources available for background use after switching out of an app, or having a "low profile"/widget mode that they could run in. Key factors would have to be seamless use, no additional UI clutter, no huge battery impact, and never needing to "manage" it. Certainly Apple could specify resource restrictions to keep things under control.

Will Apple allow the use of Flash on the iPad?

Doubtful. They've taken a stand against built-in code they do not control integrating with system apps for multiple reasons, and so far it has not hurt iPhone or iPod Touch sales at all. It might hurt the iPad more due to more people wanting to browse anywhere and everywhere with it--which is not as appealing on a smartphone screen--but it seems more likely that most sites will shift to HTML5 for the primary Flash use people want... video playing. And due to the messy nature of Flash on smartphones and other featurephones, it also seems more likely that Flash-required sites will at the very least build a functional HTML-access site alongside for the wider array of devices that want to access their data but can't.

more than 4 years ago
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Nokia Claims Patent Violations in Most Apple Products

cthellis Re:This is not going to end well (419 comments)

Was Nokia actually playing by their own established licensing expectations for that technology, or were they attempting to use it to coerce Apple with terms not applied to other licensing partners?

more than 4 years ago
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Why There's No iTunes For Movies

cthellis Re:Actually, there is an iTunes for movies (474 comments)

...because ripping DVD's is deemed illegal (now defended by DMCA provisions), and the MPAA goes after any major player who's offered that by default? (CD's don't have such copy protection measures.)

They can't at all STOP it, of course, and it's perfectly easy to pick up the apps you need to rip your DVD's how you like, but the MPAA gets testy if major software allows it out of the box. (Nero used to, for instance.) They destroyed DVD X Copy's studio back in 2004.

You'll have to take it up with them.

more than 4 years ago
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Why There's No iTunes For Movies

cthellis Re:Actually, there is an iTunes for movies (474 comments)

Apple's a lot worse a programming for Windows, and you want them to start screwing up on LINUX too? ;-)

Universal problem with Linux, though... Just aren't enough people willing to support it right now. It would certainly be nice for Apple to "officially license" one Linux developer and let that app function at the very least for proper media syncing duties.

They've complicated the iTunes platform more and more, though, so I don't see them adopting that option at this point. Should really swallow up some teams to start moving a few pertinent apps Linux-a-ways, though. What better way to continue to erode the omnipresence of Windows than by being able to point at how many platforms can use your devices and software?

more than 4 years ago
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Why There's No iTunes For Movies

cthellis Re:Actually, there is an iTunes for movies (474 comments)

They are. Also, their formats are not "proprietary," just the Fairplay DRM. (While, amusingly, MP3 is a proprietary format. Just the de-facto standard.) And since Apple was basically instrumental in getting the RIAA to back off music DRM everywhere (short of subscription rentals, of course), I'm not sure why people continue to have a stick up their butt on what was inherently RIAA-demanded DRM, and the problems that surrounded that and their licensing and distribution model.

more than 4 years ago
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Why There's No iTunes For Movies

cthellis Re:Actually, there is an iTunes for movies (474 comments)

Put files in the music storage directories (which are hidden, so you have to show those first) and you can. iPods support drag-and-drop in that fashion, as they read generic data off the ID3 tags.

Some features will be broken without the iTunes link, but obviously since some other programs like Winamp can be made to sync to your iPod, there are more options. And for anyone just looking for "generic song playing," they'll work just fine. (I'm pretty sure drag-and-drop playlist management would be a PITA to do, though, so you're likely still going to need a control program for that. Unless you're satisfied doing it the "on the fly" way on the iPod itself, which tends to be irritating.)

more than 4 years ago
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Why There's No iTunes For Movies

cthellis Re:Actually, there is an iTunes for movies (474 comments)

I did just that. Right now. (Classic. Not sure about Touch.)

Just so long as you put them in the right place, the iPod can read off the ID3 tags. Not all features will work without the internal databasing (like playlists, favorite tracking, Genius listing and whatnot; things that are iTunes-specific features), but general song playing works.

more than 4 years ago
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Dell's Smartphone Rejected — Too Dull

cthellis Re:bullshit (174 comments)

Exclusivity is what they used to open the door to their design decisions, not pushing ANY of the carrier-based nickel-and-diming features (ringtones, "GetItNow," etc.), making back-end changes to be able to support visual voicemail, offering unlimited data plans at a non-premium price, handling all firmware update themselves, all feature updates themselves, all software sales through themselves, sharing part of the monthly subscription revenue rather than having the conventional hardware subsidizing... What other bargaining chip did they have than saying "we'll bring you a lot of new customers if only you can offer our phone"?
The first ROKR is what you got when Apple was allowed to stick a few features onto another phone with the carrier's permission. The iPhone is what you got when Apple designed THEIR phone.

about 5 years ago

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