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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

del_diablo Re:Maybe I imagined it... (387 comments)

"No" is a quite rude word. And you can still weasel ways to say "No" to not directly mean No. And then you have a problem. Its also over email, at which the point comes: Email is not verbal communication. It has a large set of features real speech has not, and a large list of features real speech has that email does not. And being sublte or conveying something, without directly stating it, can not be done on email.

about a week ago

Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

del_diablo Long/Short comment (253 comments)

Yes. Specs do matter. If the hardware is bottlenecked in anything the OS really needs: Anybody remember those CD drives that locks the system IO while attempting to read? Or what it felt like going from a HDD to a SSD?
There is also a few slashdot articles about significant app launch gain by using a faster SD card over the internal storage, due shitty design

And yet, the answer should be:
No: We should already be past the issue. And software should have solved the issue long time ago. Browsers should almost expect to be used on some of the early Android devices, and then take advantage of any speedup. And more.

about a month ago

Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

del_diablo Re:Just like QuakeWorld in 1996? (120 comments)

You have problems with consistent client behavior over 140 ping. This research document supposedly went up to either 200 or 400, depending on what RTT means.
Here is the real problem: What happens if you introduce random packet drop to the system? Over mobile broadband, shitty long line connections, Australias landline, and more, you get packet loss. A small amount with a random amount added.
Does this research paper even touch on the subject?

about a month ago

People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

del_diablo Re:If anyone actually cared... (710 comments)

Lets talk about this. I talked about my parents about clothing, and at some point we talked about wear of clothes.
Not just mechanically wear, but time. For instance, a lot of t shirts have some form of plastic used to maintain the collar shape. Some string are made out quite degradable materials. Buttons might be made of a material that mis color due time, like SNES machines due oxidation.
Socks are made out of materials that wear very fast, in some cases. Sewing might fix a little, but it won't do anything if its keeps on happening.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

del_diablo Re:I don't understand (516 comments)

Its called "Bad defaults". So please shut up.

Have you ever seen the example? XP did a simple thing: Shut down went to the shutdown menu where the choices was. Vista implemented 2 buttons, one which looks like a Lock, the other which is a colored Off symbol. The problem is that its not a off symbol: by default its the hybrid sleep button. Yes something that should look like a bunch of lined up "zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz"s looks like a off button.
Its a Microsoft problem.

about 5 months ago

A Bike Taillight that Goes Beyond Mere Taillighting (Video)

del_diablo Re:Great job David! (86 comments)

Well, the thing is, roads do not ban bikes from them. And bikes are obliged to follow much of the same laws as cars, at the least for driving. Not safety.

about 5 months ago

Virtual Reality: Purpose Beyond Gaming

del_diablo Re:CAD, and Maintenance Manuals (72 comments)

Yes, once tech gets there. Essentially "google glass like models for manuals".
And its not been that long since I played Metal Gear Rising, whatever about the game, but they got their terminology right: AR for manuals would be really nice. VR would likely have no practical use until a genius comes along with a good idea.

about 6 months ago

Sony Announces Virtual Reality Headset For PS4

del_diablo Re:Watch It Succeed (112 comments)

You sacrifice shaders that has too many passes or other things that has become the standard.

about 7 months ago

Judge Tells Feds To Be More Specific About Email Search Warrants

del_diablo Re:anonymous coward (41 comments)


about 7 months ago

Steam Controller Drops Touchscreen

del_diablo Re:D pad (84 comments)

Because the controller by design does not need a dpad. It only needs extra buttons in case you run out of practical mapping.
You have a left analog zone and haptic feedback on it. And a right analog zone with haptic feedback. Each zone notices the difference between push down and just swiping on the surface. Each zone also has 3 parts, where you can do stuff like map things to the outer and inner edges.
So for a lot of 3D games, you would do something like
-Left analog is left zone. Outer edge is used as dpad(since dpad is only used for rare commands.)
-Right analog is mapped to right zone, but so is the face buttons. Swipe = Move camera, push down = use button. Outer circle is still not used for anything, but can be.
-Map bumpers and analogs to the back, just like on the original gamepad setup
-Start/menu is start/menu, and select/back is select/back.

For 2D games, you already got a nice primary surface. Just map the "dpad" to the left touch surface, and use push down. And face buttons to the right surface. Its not magic.
Its not hard to map the controller to work for a game like Starcraft either, since you can do left zone for panning and right for mouse control. You also have 8 buttons free for control groups.

about 7 months ago

WikiLeaks Cables Foreshadow Russian Instigation of Ukrainian Military Action

del_diablo Re:Well ... what do you expect (479 comments)

"Forbidden to speak X on official purposes" is very normal in all countries.
Just like any merchant inside their border have to accept the national currency. Usually enforced by law.

about 8 months ago

Behind the Scenes of Wii U Software Development

del_diablo Re:There are different opinions (92 comments)

What tipped you off?

Code optimised for the PowerPC processors found in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3

Having worked on other hardware consoles, I suppose that we were rather spoilt by having mature toolchains that integrated nicely with our development environment. ----... ---- This doesn't sound bad, but when you are debugging and making lots of changes, these additional times add up. If you made 10 changes to a file in a morning, you could be spending over 50 minutes waiting for the linker to complete, which is a lot of wasted time.

Alarm bells *rings for the wrong reason

Look at it, read it trough. There is several hints that the writer is not a competent developer in quite a few meanings of the word. There is also backtracking of several of the statements.
I guess that is what happens when development turns into setting a bunch of third party tools in chain, including the compiler and Visual Studio.

about 9 months ago

How One Man Fought His ISP's Bad Behavior and Won

del_diablo Re:Not wireless (181 comments)

Its sort of obvious. Wireless one could be 2G with extensions. You know what? Browsing internet on that would be slow, but it works if it where not for one major problem: Packet drops. With a guaranteed 20% packet drop(if not more), its painful to use. And with such a low speed, its even worse. It would be unable to even browse slashdot properly.

about 10 months ago

Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

del_diablo Re:more likely they've been able to live in SF (653 comments)

Remember, in US versus THEM: You are living somewhere, and the prices escalate from others presence, why the fuck would you move for others fault?

about 10 months ago

Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

del_diablo Re: Hmm. (653 comments)

Is this because not having a job forces the people out, or some other reason? That statement is meaningless.

about 10 months ago


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