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Windows 10 Adds Battery Saver Feature

dagamer34 Re:seriously? (96 comments)

It's new to desktops. The idea came from Windows Phone, much like Notification Center.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10 Adds Battery Saver Feature

dagamer34 Re:so.... (96 comments)

Actually, it's not. AppNap enables the OS to wake up and have apps refresh their state (enabling more functionality). Battery Saver on the other hand clamps down on apps which periodically refresh when battery is low because a dead battery is useless to the consumer.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Objective C Vs. Swift For a New iOS Developer?

dagamer34 Depends... (211 comments)

Depends on your goals, really. I think a big pitfall most people think is that the goal is to learn a language, when you really should be aiming to learn confidently learn as many as possible. You'll soon start to see how similar they are, and it becomes a lot easier to pick up.

The hard part actually isn't learning a language, but a framework. Frameworks are very platform specific, concepts are less reusable. And because Cocoa Touch is so intimately designed around Objective-C, even if you chose to learn Swift first, you'll need to know Objective-C anyway because of a) the amount of code/books/resources that exists on the internet in Obj-C vs Swift and b) a solution to your problem may only be written in Objective-C in a StackOverflow search result.

As for skipping academic CS, at some point you need to learn the stuff that almost every CS grad is expected to know at some level (data structures/algorithms, operating systems I & II, algorithm complexity (aka Big O notation), software design, etc...) not so much because they'll be explicitly required of you, but as you build larger and more complex apps, without them, code readability, maintainability, and performance are going to go to total shit. Granted, there are some, heck many, CS grads who somehow evade actually knowing this stuff, and things don't turn out so great for the code they write in the end.

My advice, tackle building an iOS app with a goal in mind, written in Objective-C due to the sheer number of resources out there, then expand from there.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

dagamer34 Wired or bust! (279 comments)

You have yet to move into your house. Stop making excuses and run Ethernet. Even if it isn't an in-wall installation (though I absolutely highly recommend it, it *will* add value to your house), since you have no furniture to move, run cords along baseboards and do it the right way so any future home owners won't think you did a crappy job. Man/woman up and get it done.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

dagamer34 Re: Doesn't really matter! (316 comments)

Ditto. Because learning the framework takes a LOT longer than learning the language and the fact that the framework was designed with Objective-C in mind, it is foolish to think that you will be able to write a pure Swift iOS app without knowing Objective-C anyway because there isn't enough Swift material out there for Google to find to solve your problems. And unless you *really* enjoy solving those problems on your own, you'd need to convert an Objective-C solution to a Swift one on your own, at which point you are basically learning both languages anyway. So I would say all new iOS developers need to learn Objective-C because writing a Swift-only app would be too painful otherwise. This all changes when The Big Nerd Ranch puts out a Swift book, but there's no indication that is anytime soon.

about 3 months ago
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Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

dagamer34 Re:We don't make money from peering or colocation (238 comments)

It's pretty simple. Since this is Google, the less time waiting for webpages or video to load, the more pages you visit and the more ads you see/watch.

about 7 months ago
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AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money

dagamer34 Re:Buh? (345 comments)

It wasn't that surprising that AMD was king around 2003-2004, the problem was that Intel was playing very dirty, signing deals with OEMs like Dell to specifically NOT use AMD chips. The fines Intel got from the EU are never going to do as much to help AMD as actually gaining more profits during that period (and who knows, they may not have sold their mobile Radeon group to Qualcomm in an effort to raise cash). It's the domino effect of unknowns that hurts the most.

about 7 months ago
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Can You Tell the Difference? 4K Galaxy Note 3 vs. Canon 5D Mark III Video

dagamer34 Re:No different than asking... (201 comments)

Are we assuming perfect world or what the average enthusiast might have? Because I'd rather shoot video on a dSLR which has far better optics and real physical zoom than a smartphone that has to cram everything into 7mm or less of space.

about 8 months ago
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AMD Considered GDDR5 For Kaveri, Might Release Eight-Core Variant

dagamer34 Re:Latency vs bandwidth (120 comments)

The Xbox One doesn't use GDDR5 but DDR3 memory with 32MB eSRAM. They made the decision early on to have 8GB of RAM (regardless of type) before they knew it would be feasible to have 8GB GDDR5 memory at an easily attainable cost.

about a year ago
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Google Leak Hints At an Android Game Center With Multiplayer Support

dagamer34 Re:Ouya console? (44 comments)

Non-Google certified devices cannot legally access Google services via their proprietary apps (Gmail, Maps, YouTube, etc...).

about a year and a half ago
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Ouya Performance Not Particularly Exciting

dagamer34 Re:High for Tegra 3 Devices (305 comments)

It is one of the highest bins of the Tegra 3 line, clocked at 1.7Ghz. Most Tegra SoC variants are 1.3Ghz or 1.4Ghz because they have to worry about battery life.

about a year and a half ago
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Ouya Performance Not Particularly Exciting

dagamer34 Re:And... (305 comments)

The raw part cost of a smartphone SoC is a tiny portion of the bill of materials (BOM), maybe 10-15%. CPU is maybe $30 at the very high end? So for a box like the OUYA where the CPU is probably the biggest cost and they don't have to worry about a display, camera, battery, cellular radios, or massive amounts of storage, they probably could have sprung for a Snapdragon 600 or Tegra 4. Only thing is it would have delayed the product by 6 months since those chips are in high demand from smartphone OEMs. Take a look at this cost breakdown analysis of the GS4: http://www.isuppli.com/Teardowns/News/Pages/Samsung-Galaxy-S4-Carries-236-Bill-of-Materials-IHS-iSuppli-Virtual-Teardown-Reveals.aspx $236 worth of parts selling for $699 just shows you how things are roughly priced (granted, MSRP - BOM != profit, but Samsung is in a pretty good position). Also you'll learn the biggest conspiracy of smartphones ever: it does NOT cost $100 to go from 16GB NAND to 32GB, or 32->64, or 64->128.

about a year and a half ago
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AMD Says There Will Be No DirectX 12 — Ever

dagamer34 Hmm... (305 comments)

Does anything besides Direct3D change with new versions anymore? It's not as if there are groundbreaking developments in XInput or DirectSound, and things like DirectShow have been depreciated for other Windows methods.

about a year and a half ago
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SkyDrive 3.0: Microsoft Gave Up Fighting Apple's 30% Cut

dagamer34 Title is wrong (121 comments)

Microsoft offered up this compromise months ago. And besides, I thought the SkyDrive fight was just being used as a proxy, since the real battle is over Office revenues. No way in hell Microsoft lets Apple get a 30% cut of Office 365 revenue.

about a year and a half ago
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Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size?

dagamer34 Re:Does it matter? (433 comments)

Back when the first iPad was released, even a 4.3" phone was considered extremely large, so a 7-8" tablet would have still been significantly larger than phones of the time. And your point is weakened by the fact that larger screen phones exist today and people are still clamoring for smaller tablets. Besides the iPad, there isn't a single, truly successful 10" tablet, but there are several, well-selling 7" ones.

about 2 years ago
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Google Store Sends User Information To App Developers

dagamer34 Re:"Flaw"? (269 comments)

If this were the iOS or Windows Phone stores, then yes, that would be true. But with Google Play, the developer actually IS the merchant. The Play Store itself is only an intermediary. The system is setup like any other online store where there are "ordered" and goods are "shipped". Blame the fact that Google basically grafted the paid Android store onto a system that was meant for real-world goods. Honestly though, this isn't news. Every Android developer has known this for YEARS. And this is no different than any other online store out there.

about 2 years ago
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Next-Gen Console Wars Will Soon Begin In Earnest

dagamer34 Re:Well, it was nice while it lasted (284 comments)

If Microsoft wants to make the ultimate entertainment device, it's going to have a Bluray drive. I don't think it has anything to do with "sucking up pride", it's simply impractical to ship a new console with a DVD drive in 2013, and using some proprietary format is just plain idiotic because of the overhead costs. Heck, if even Nintendo has adopted the technology (but not licensed the ability to play BD video), then it's a given that Microsoft will include a Bluray drive in its next console. A given. I do expect 1st day digital downloads for all games though.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Has a New Porn Problem

dagamer34 Re:Why are people surprised? (136 comments)

The almost near instant removal of the 500px app last week which went above and beyond Apple's supposed guidelines is more proof that the company does not apply it's rules equally to all companies.

about 2 years ago
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Dell Gives Android the Boot, Boots Up More Windows 8

dagamer34 Re:good luck with that (408 comments)

Uhh.. the reason those features don't exist is to clearly push those kinds of customers towards Windows 8 Pro. It's the same reason why Office RT doesn't have Outlook. Microsoft doesn't want Windows RT to be used in enterprise and there are plenty of clues as to why not.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Makes Direct X 11.1 a Windows 8 Exclusive

dagamer34 Stereoscopic 3D (553 comments)

Honestly, the only thing important to DirectX 11.1 besides some optimizations is a standardized way to support 3D instead of proprietary nVidia 3D vision and AMD HD3D. And if you don't care about S3D, then 11.1 is a non issue. Sounds like a bunch of FUD to me. Regardless, until you see a bunch of DirectX 11.1 exclusive games and DirectX 11 support is dropped (which will never happen), people are ranting about nothing.

more than 2 years ago

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