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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

damnbunni Re:People say they want them, but no one buys them (391 comments)

Wait, what marking on the Q10 isn't implemented in software? All the printing on all the keys on mine are for things it actually does. I don't have any mechanical problems with mine, though I do have an issue with the battery compartment. (It's slightly too big. Drop the phone just so, and it reboots. They'd fix it, but I just stuck a paper shim in there. It's not worth the hassle of sending it in.)

The thing that gets me, is that in most Android apps on it, you can't press the Sym key and then touch the screen for a symbol - you have to press the physical key that maps to it. Which is okay once you figure that out, but rather frustrating until you do, especially for little-used symbols.

I read an article a while back about 'why no keyboard phones' and the writer interviewed a high-up at Sprint, who basically said it's because no one comparison shops phones any more. They used to walk in and go 'I want an iPhone', so we sold them that, or 'I want an Android' and they would look at all the phones we had. Now it's 'I want an iPhone' or 'I want a Samsung Galaxy' or other halo phone. They buy the heavily-advertised models, and don't actually check features.

8 hours ago
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World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

damnbunni Re:Why? (83 comments)

People who need to land tons of rescue supplies into a flood zone or other disaster area where there are no runways, or the runways have been destroyed.

I can also see a market for these in areas with lots of small-to-medium inhabited islands, that don't have an airstrip big enough for conventional cargo planes, for the occasional high-bulk, time-sensitive cargo. (Medical equipment, for instance. Replacement engines for a ship.)

yesterday
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Firefox 31 Released

damnbunni Pale Moon equivalent for Mac? (171 comments)

Pale Moon looks like what I really want in a browser, but there's no Mac version.

Does anyone know of a similar project for Macs?

5 days ago
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NVIDIA Launches Tegra K1-Based SHIELD Tablet, Wireless Controller

damnbunni Re:Use case? (42 comments)

There are certainly tablet games that benefit from more power.

Riptide GP2, for instance, uses a lot of water and transparency effects. It's a jetski racing game. It has a Tegra 4-optimized version and also supports the Shield controller properly.

The Mass Effect shooter looks better on a Tegra device, though I doubt it'll be updated for K1. Shadowgun or its sequels might be.

Quite a few games have nVidia Tegra-specific versions, and major publishers have been backporting Shield controller support into titles.

Games ported from consoles tend to benefit from the faster GPU as well. Much better draw distance in GTA: San Andreas, and high-res HD texture packs in The Bard's Tale.

And frankly, emulators can use every bit of oomph you can throw at them. I've got consoles up through the Dreamcast and PSP emulated on my Shield. Once you have more power than the minimum needed to run the game you can enable better filters, upscaling, and so on.

Einstein, especially, needs multiple fast CPU cores to run well. (That's an Apple Newton emulator.)

And once you get into the kind of processing power offered by the latest mobile chipsets you can start running PC software. I have DOSbox on my handheld, and have Windows 98 running in Qemu. Windows is mostly just a 'see what I can do?', but I do use DOSbox to play games. (I installed it so I could play Dungeon Keeper, because screw the mobile version.)

about a week ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

damnbunni Amigas aren't very Amiga compatible. (192 comments)

They really aren't. Trying to get Amiga software working on an Amiga is often a pain in the ass.

Got a different revision Kickstart chip? No game for you. Got the right Kickstart but any RAM config other than 512K Chip / 512K Trapdoor FAST? No game for you. Got an Amiga that's not a 500? No game. Got an aftermarket video card? Sorry. Sound card? Well, it won't crash, but the game won't use it.

'System legal' Amiga software was pretty solid on different models, but any game written for an A500 or A1200, you were shooting craps if it'd run or not.

I had an Amiga 3000 Tower/040 with 29 megs of RAM (yes, 29), a Cybervision3D video card, Quicknet ethernet, and a 386 BridgeBoard, and frankly I had an easier time getting MS-DOS and Mac games (using Shapeshifter) running than Amiga games.

For that matter, it's easier running them now on my Sam440ep/flex based Amiga by right-clicking them and picking 'Run In UAE' from the menu.

On the other hand, I could easily have supplemented my income by renting the A3000T's case out as an efficiency apartment for a family of four, so it did have that going for it.

And it was a hell of a machine for Pagestream and Photogenics. (Both of which I still use, actually. But on the PPC Amiga, or in WinUAE.)

about a week ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

damnbunni Re:I want a faux smart watch (381 comments)

I wonder why they don't make one with color e-ink? It's more expensive, but it's certainly out there.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

damnbunni Re:Profit before subsidy? (247 comments)

You might be surprised. Pretty much everyone I know with a fairly new car that's been well maintained and has over 100,000 miles says they expect to get to 200,000 easily.

Cars simply last a lot longer these days than they used to.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

damnbunni Re:What about range on this smaller car? (247 comments)

Actually, it takes a long, long time to get your Model S battery swapped.

Since none of the battery swap stations are actually open, you'll have to sit there and twiddle your thumbs till they finish building it.

about three weeks ago
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Barnes & Noble To Spin Off Nook Media, Will Take It Public

damnbunni Re:Nook e-reader (51 comments)

Except you can't get it any more. The only e-ink Nook left is the Nook GlowLight, which removed both the MicroSD card slot AND the physical page-turn buttons.

Me, I'm hanging onto my Bookeen Cybook Opus. It actually has buttons instead of a touchscreen. I don't need gestures, swipes, and text entry. I need 'push here for next page' and 'push here for previous page' and a D-pad for selecting books and working menus.

I've tried the Nook and Kindle touch readers, and they drive me absolutely batshit insane. Touch.. touch... I want the next page. TOUCH. *pagepage* no that was TWO pages. Damnit.

(My Opus can also handle both MobiPocket and ePub, though not both at the same time; it's a firmware flash to switch it. Annoying, but when I started with ebooks MobiPocket was the dominant format.)

That said, the Nook HD+ tablets are actually pretty good hardware, and very simple to reflash with CyanogenMod.

I wonder if anyone makes an e-ink reader with a frontlight AND page-turn buttons? Bookeen lists one, but I can't actually find it for sale anywhere.

about a month ago
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Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

damnbunni Re:Save blackberry? (76 comments)

I read an interview with a high-up at Sprint that said the reason Android keyboard phones have died is that people no longer go to the phone store and go 'I want an Android phone' and look at features.

They walk in and go 'I want a Galaxy S5' or 'I want an HTC One' or other heavily-advertised halo phone, and never even consider other options. Not even things like non-name-brand phones which might have almost the same specs for a lot less money.

about a month ago
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Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

damnbunni Re:Save blackberry? (76 comments)

It's probably worth noting that the Z10 is a replaced model. Previous-gen flagship phones often get insane promos when the newer one's been out for a while, and the Z30 came out last November.

And actually, if AT&T was going to charge $100 per iPhone, they may have actually made more money by giving you Z10s - retail price on the Z10 is $300 now (direct from BB), which is a lot less than an iPhone.

about a month ago
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Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

damnbunni Re:I'm sorry, could you repeat the question? (76 comments)

I bought a Q10 because I wanted a keyboard. I'd never used a BB before.

I love the thing. Trying to use an Android or iPhone now drives me batty. Losing the Hub is the worst part.

Android apps on the Q10 are problematic, though. Even apps that work on the Z10 often fail on the Q10. Apparently the apps can't handle 'Is the phone in landscape or portrait?' 'Yes'. (The Q10 has a perfectly square screen.)

about a month ago
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Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

damnbunni Re:I can't buy one (377 comments)

I hear this from people who drive a stick all the time, and I've never understood it.

When I drive a stick, if I'm starting on a hill I pull the parking brake with my hand, keeping the button held in so it didn't latch, and not release it till I had enough traction with the engine to support the car so it didn't roll backwards.

Doesn't anyone else do this?

And as far as wanting a transmission that doesn't shift, you can get CVTs on non-hybrids, too. Most of them, however, are programmed to mimic an automatic's shift pattern because it's what people expect.

about a month and a half ago
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Physical Media: Down, But Maybe Not Out

damnbunni Re:stupid premise (116 comments)

You can play 'original source' high-def disc rips on your Android? I can't even copy the files to mine - they're too big for the internal storage, and they can't go on the FAT32 formatted SD card.

about a month and a half ago
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Linux Mint 17 'Qiana' Released

damnbunni Re:This is so 1990s (132 comments)

I wonder how the port of OpenShot to Windows and Mac is coming along. They raised $45,000 in a Kickstarter last year for that purpose.

about 2 months ago
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HP Delivers a Big-Name, 7-inch Android Tablet For $100: Comes With Compromises

damnbunni Re:Nook Tablet (182 comments)

I've seen it for $129 also. $179 is the retail price, but it sees to go on sale an awful lot.

about 2 months ago
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Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

damnbunni Re:Fed Up with useless security (288 comments)

So set your computer to not require a password at login, and not require unlocking when you wake the screen.

And tell your email client to remember your password. Every one I've ever used (going back to the '80s) has been able to do that. If by some miracle yours isn't, get another one.

Your web browser should be able to remember most of the other passwords for you.

You're out of luck with the MMOs, however.

about 3 months ago
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BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

damnbunni Re:Chevy Spark EV (258 comments)

The Spark is only sold in California and Oregon, according to GM's official page on it.

Oregon's ZEV/LEV legislation is based on California's.

Looks like a compliance car to me!

about 3 months ago
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SpaceX Wins Injunction Against Russian Rocket Purchases

damnbunni Re:Innovation vs rent-seeking (166 comments)

They don't want the government to tilt the playing field their way.

They want to be allowed onto the field at all.

The contract in question was no-compete. There was no bid. The USAF just said 'We're gonna buy some rockets from these guys over here. We're not even considering anyone else.' And SpaceX said 'WTF? Hey judge, shouldn't people be able to compete for this contract?'

And the judge apparently thinks that idea has enough merit to block the no-compete sale while it's thoroughly investigated.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates & Twitter Founders Put "Meatless" Meat To the Test

damnbunni Re:why copy meat? (466 comments)

Other way around, actually - New Coke was a sugared version of Diet Coke.

(Both of which taste more like Pepsi than Coke, to me.)

about 3 months ago

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Frederik Pohl passes away at 93

damnbunni damnbunni writes  |  about a year ago

damnbunni (1215350) writes "Frederik Pohl, one of the last Golden Age science fiction authors, passed away on September 2nd of respiratory distress, as reported on his blog [http://www.thewaythefutureblogs.com/]

Pohl is perhaps best known for his Heechee Saga novels, beginning with Gateway in 1977, but his work in pulp magazines in the '30s and '40s helped give rise to science fiction fandom."

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City of Heros to shut down: 'Management' villain too powerful.

damnbunni damnbunni writes  |  about 2 years ago

damnbunni (1215350) writes "NCsoft has announced they are closing developer Paragon Studios, responsible for City of Heroes / City of Villains. All subscription charges are stopping immediately and the game will be shut down by the end of the year. Apparently going free-to-play a year ago wasn't enough to foil The Bottom Line's evil plot."
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Nerd-Based Brothel to Open in Nevada

damnbunni damnbunni writes  |  more than 2 years ago

damnbunni (1215350) writes "A new sci-fi brothel is being put together near Area 51. Dennis Hof (owner of another brothel in Nevada) and Heidi Fleiss (famed 'Hollywood Madam') where customers can spend time with a costumed Princess Leia, metal bikini and all. Hof expects to get a lot of business from gamers and other socially awkward nerds. No word on if there will be green-painted Orion slave girls for the Captain Kirk room."
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The End of the Dr. Demento Show on radio.

damnbunni damnbunni writes  |  more than 4 years ago

damnbunni (1215350) writes "Dr. Demento has announced that his long-running comedy radio show will be ending. Modern 'format' radio has been less and less friendly to oddball and offbeat programming, and after years of declining station membership the Doctor announced on June 6th that his radio show will be no more. He will still stream shows from his web site, drdemento.com. While I'm very sad to see the show go, 30 years is a pretty good run."
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