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iPhone OS 4.0 Brings Multitasking, Ad Framework For Apps

earthbound kid Re:Not true multitasking (983 comments)

"Funny, I seem to remember a time when Apple was moving towards bankruptcy."

Yes, when they were lagging behind MS on the OS fundamentals side. (They did have better UI in some respects, but even there, it had a lot of shortcomings by the end of the OS 9 era, when MS had standardized the right click and scroll wheel and Apple was still figuring those things out.)

So, you just contradicted your whole point there.

Anyway, Palm's WebOS is definitely a strong competitor with Android and iPhone on the technical side, but on the business side, it looks like they'll be out of the market by the end of the year if not sooner. It's a shame, but so it goes.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone OS 4.0 Brings Multitasking, Ad Framework For Apps

earthbound kid Re:Multitasking NOT coming to iPhone (983 comments)

Android already has what Apple is calling "Fast App Switching". Basically, that just means you dump the RAM to the flash memory on quitting and restore on relaunch. That's why many "background" apps in Android take 0% CPU.

From a user point of view, if I can only see one window at a time, what difference does it make if it's true multitasking or not?

more than 4 years ago

Scrabble To Allow Proper Nouns

earthbound kid Re:Sigh (377 comments)

I play Scrabble on my iPhone and am quite often annoyed to find that the computer won't accept perfectly ordinary things like "quo" as in "status quo" but will accept bullshit like "xi" and so on. Any loosening of the dictionary on the electronic version would be welcome.

The other place where this matters is Scrabble tournaments, but those people are insane.

more than 4 years ago

Tethering Is Exhilarating (With the Nexus One)

earthbound kid Re:iPhone Tethering (211 comments)

If you know how to "easy tether" your iPhone without jailbreaking, please post instructions, I'm curious.

1. Move to Canada.

2. Sign a contract with Rogers.

3. There is no step 3!

more than 4 years ago

Project Natal Release Details Emerge

earthbound kid Re:As to what PN is... (173 comments)

Yeah, but do you really think a year from now there won't be more Wii Motion Plus games? I think Nintendo has a pretty substantial lead, and it will be very hard for Natal to catch up. But more competition is better, so lots of luck.

more than 4 years ago

Mac OS X 10.6.2 Will Block Atom Processors

earthbound kid Re:Who wants to update?? (1012 comments)

Uh, except the poison update in question is for 10.6 Snow Leopard, not 10.5 Leopard. Let's try to follow the thread of logic, please.

Anyway, this whole thing seems stupid: EULAs and the DMCA's DRM provisions are dumb, but guess what the alternative to them is? Manufacturers making it inconvenient to use software in a way they don't approve of. Take your pick: you can either have the law trying to fuck you or corporations trying to fuck you. Believe me, this is the lesser of two evils.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Use Quake 2 To Study the Brains of Mice

earthbound kid Re:Open Source Helping Humanity (185 comments)

Helping humanity, needlessly torturing mice.

Seriously, what did they really learn from this? The benefit to humanity here is disproportionately less than the cruelty involved. It just seems like an excuse to play around with Quake because "dude, wouldn't it be cool if we could train our mice to play?" I wouldn't let anyone involved in this kind of experiment date my sister.

more than 4 years ago

Major Snow Leopard Bug Said To Delete User Data

earthbound kid Re:Oh man. Nightmare. (353 comments)

True, but I can imagine how this happened. The guest user account is designed to erase itself after you log out. So there must have been some screw up to where the "erase user after log out" code got applied to the real user instead of to a guest user. It's a real shame that this wasn't caught in testing before it could burn an end user, but I can see how a bug like this could slip through the cracks.

Still, the team in charge of the programming guest user account at Apple must feel like absolute crap right now for letting this major bug through.

more than 4 years ago

Gamers Are More Aggressive To Strangers

earthbound kid Re:Why do so many people...? (227 comments)

I wish I had mod points now to mod you up. For those following at home: evolution - science; evolutionary psychology - pseudo-science.

Evo Psych is about how our "natural" responses today are caused by the ancestral environment. How do we know about the ancestral environment? Simple, we study our natural responses today. It's totally circular.

more than 4 years ago

FCC Probing Apple, AT&T Rejection of Google Voice

earthbound kid As an Apple fan (204 comments)

...and as an iPhone owner, I say:

Good. I hope that the Feds can scare Apple into opening up the iPhone a little more. I think anyone who owns an iPhone should be on the side of the Feds on this one.

Here's a suggestion for Apple though, why not a two track system for iPhone apps: You can install whatever you like *as long as it doesn't use the cell-network* or you can install specially reviewed apps through the iTunes store, as is done now. That way if someone just wants to sell a game or a screensaver or whatever, they can just sell it themselves without having to get permission from Apple. On the other hand, things that use the cell-network and could potentially overload it or be used for phreaker attacks or whatever can be reviewed by Apple as is done now. Reducing the volume of things reviewed by Apple should make the process a lot less painful for developers and give users a lot more freedom.

more than 5 years ago

What's the Importance of Graphics In Video Games?

earthbound kid Re:Depends on the game... (506 comments)

If it's CounterStrike or GTA IV, there's no such thing as "too realistic".

You want to see a realistic depiction of a person getting shot and bleeding to death? No thanks, I'll stick with polygons.

Just imagine your character sweating and breathing hard after running for the length of a play session (at a top speed of 15~20 MPH), then tell me that "there's no such thing as too realistic."

No one wants perfect realism, we just want different kinds of fakeness.

more than 5 years ago

Developer Panel Gives Its Verdict On Sony's PSP Go

earthbound kid Too expensive! (55 comments)

I have a DSi but no PSP, so when I heard about the Go, I thought, "Hmm, sounds cool, and I don't have any UMDs, so I won't miss the drive..." Then I heard about the price. $250!? For something less capable than an existing PSP? I don't know who Sony thinks they're kidding. This one is going another "Game Boy Micro." Potentially interesting, but it won't take off with consumers since it's way overpriced.

more than 5 years ago

Wikipedia Launches a New Mobile Interface, Seeks Help

earthbound kid Re:Don't show all that 'featured article' crap (70 comments)

Don't let the haters and trolls get ya down. ...What I like is the comment from the one guy who's like, "Man, I don't want to use m.wikipedia; I've already got an app for that!" *Sad trombone*

more than 5 years ago

Nintendo Penalizing Homebrew Users?

earthbound kid Re:" but they have no (moral) right to gouge" (95 comments)

I know I'll get modded down for this, but saying "Yeah, I know you'll mod me down for this," pretty much guarantees you'll get modded up.

more than 5 years ago

GTA Chinatown Wars May Pave the Way for M-Rated Content On the DS

earthbound kid Re:On Ars: GTA:CTs poor sales could mean the oppos (54 comments)

No one cared about GTA 3 at launch. It was only a couple months later after they had played it at their friend's house that people started buying a lot of copies of it. And then they launched the sequel and people did care about that. Look at this chart.

more than 5 years ago

Experimental MacRuby Branch Is 3x Faster

earthbound kid Re:LLVM strikes again. (191 comments)

See also the Unladen swallow project, which is using LLVM to speed up Python. They're still in the very early stages, but it looks promising.

more than 5 years ago

Review: Resident Evil 5

earthbound kid Re:For the last time. (121 comments)

You see, it's thoroughly reasoned out reactions like yours that make me wonder why people are constantly crying about racism. Clearly, there are no more idiotic racist fucks on the internet, so there must not be any in real life either.

more than 4 years ago

Japanese "Hate" For the iPhone All a Big Mistake

earthbound kid Re:The myth of Japan being 10 years ahead (327 comments)

btw, you know what was the comment of my gf, when I said that I would like to have a phone with a full qwerty-keyboard, complaining that, at that time, no phone was available?

The Japanese I know prefer cellphone-style input for Japanese to qwerty. The Japanese alphabet just so happens to split up logically into ten groups, so it makes a lot of sense to use a number pad to type them. Combined with predictive text, it's pretty quick. On the other hand, the layout of the qwerty keyboard is basically random. So, the Japanese aren't really interested in using micro keyboards when a number pad works well enough and doesn't hurt your thumbs.

more than 5 years ago


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