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Pixel Picture Clearer? Google Ports Office-Substitute To Chrome OS, Browser

enec Re:Will it run Windows 8? (158 comments)

Windows 8's handling of HiDPI displays still leaves a lot to wish for. There is still just one "right" DPI setting, the "normal" scaling and anything other than that causes small artifacts on some apps due to the text being scaled up but some other elements not. It gets even worse if you connect an external monitor that has a lower pixel density and thus should use a lower DPI setting. You can't set different DPI's for different displays so one of them ends up looking ugly and just a bit off.

This is something that OSX does great. I have a Macbook Pro with the 220 ppi Retina display and a 27" Thunderbolt display. They use different DPI values and the transition is seamless even when dragging windows from one screen to the other. If I boot to Windows one display becomes basically useless. Either everything is way too small on the Retina display or everything is way too big on the external monitor.

But anyways, the Pixel is a normal x86 machine so I'd imagine it should be possible to install other operating systems on it.

about a year and a half ago

Sony Announces the PS4

enec Re:How long until the PS4 is irrelevant? (587 comments)

The high requirements to emulate a PS3 or Xbox 360 stem from the fact that they are entirely different CPU architectures, so you need to translate the instructions in software, which requires loads of processing power. The PS4 was announced to use the x86 architecture with AMD's Jaguar CPUs so there would not be a need to emulate anything in software, you could run the same code natively on your PC. So in the case of the PS4 you don't need a 16Ghz processor.

The only potentially troublesome thing is the shared GDDR5 memory between the GPU and the CPU which is something you won't find in a normal PC.

about a year and a half ago

Evil, Almost Full Vim Implementation In Emacs, Reaches 1.0

enec Finally (252 comments)

So finally Emacs gets a text editor! I must say, it's a nice operating system but it's been missing a text editor for quite a while... ;)

about a year and a half ago

IPv6 Traffic Remains Minuscule

enec Re:home routers (406 comments)

Are YOU willing to pay an extra $5/mo for IPV6, along with everyone else using your particular ISP?

I would be. And I imagine a fair share of other like-minded people. I just can't find any decent ISPs over here supporting ipv6, paid extra feature or not.

more than 3 years ago

Upgrading From Windows 1.0 To Windows 7

enec Re:Hahahahah (499 comments)

Now I want to get twatface into the tags of this story.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?

enec Not much to do (459 comments)

Most ISPs block outgoing port 25 because 99.99% of that traffic is viruses or otherwise malicious computers trying to send spam. Even more mail services block all dynamic pools used by major ISPs because of the same reason.

Just invest a few bucks a month into a cheap hosted VPS behind a static IP where you can run the server.

more than 3 years ago

Chrome May Drop the URL Bar

enec Re:Really Stupid Idea (343 comments)

It's the Bonzi Buddy!

A marvellous piece of software from the early 2000s. It's like the paper clip from MS Office, only for IE. Oh and it tells jokes.

more than 3 years ago

Remote Bug Found In Ubuntu Kerberos

enec Re:Responsible disclosure (93 comments)

The kernel can be patched while running, but Ubuntu doesn't support it as far as I'm aware.

Yes it does.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II

enec Re:Samsung Support (161 comments)

I agree. I'm a (very dissatisfied) owner of a Samsung Galaxy Spica. When I bought it it shipped with Android 1.5, but Samsung promised to deliver 2.1 "soon".

In the end it took something like three months of "any day now", and they didn't offer the chance to upgrade OTA. When I installed Samsung New PC Studio (a complete rip-off of Nokia's PC suite btw, with the exception that Nokia's suite works) to update, I first had to struggle a few hours to get the software to recognize my phone at all. When it finally did, I had to select the "update" option for the phone half a dozen times until the software managed to connect and realize that there was an update out for my phone.

After the software started updating and put my phone in some sort of recovery mode, the computer would helpfully tell me that my phone had been disconnected and an unknown, malfunctioning USB device had been plugged in. Needless to say the PC studio software didn't ever finish updating, it thought the phone was unplugged as well and usually crashed.

I tried to update using different operating systems, different computers, different versions of their PC suite, different data cables, et cetera. Finally I gave up and took the phone to Samsung after sales service. The fsckers kept my phone for three weeks, and when I finally got to pick it up they said they had updated the OS to Android 2.1... Guess what? It was still on 1.5, and all they had done was reset the phone to factory defaults. Something I could've done in two minutes.

more than 3 years ago

Pirated App Sold On Mac App Store

enec Re:The GPL does not have maps and art just game co (334 comments)

Exactly. Just as it is with Lugaru HD. Did you happen to notice the part where GP said "it was rather foolish to release the source code for a currently marketed game."? I was merely reminding him that the strategy worked fine with Q3 and is far from foolish.

more than 3 years ago

Pirated App Sold On Mac App Store

enec Re:Unwise GPL (334 comments)

Foolish? How so?

Was ID foolish to release the Quake 3 engine under GPL too? You can still find Q3A being sold in many places...

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

enec Re:what the.... (2254 comments)

Lucky you. I'm stuck with a 2 GHz Celeron and 768 megs of RAM at work, and the site is barely usable on Chrome. When I try to scroll down with the mouse wheel it actually takes two or three seconds to do anything.

more than 3 years ago

Should Dolphins Be Treated As Non-Human Persons?

enec Re:Obligatory South Park (785 comments)

Oh I know, we should just ban texting while swimming from dolphins...

more than 3 years ago

Will Touch Screens Kill the Keyboard?

enec No. (332 comments)

Tactile feedback rocks. Touch screen can't replicate that very well. I don't know of anyone who can accurately touch-type on a touch screen (heh, see what I did there?).

more than 3 years ago

PHP Floating Point Bug Crashes Servers

enec Re:2.2250738585072011e-308 (213 comments)

1.112537e-308 ought to be enough for anybody.

more than 3 years ago

Mr. Pike, Tear Down This ASCII Wall!

enec Re:The thing with ASCII (728 comments)

Actually I use a Finnish/Swedish keyboard and speak Finnish. I am well aware of different keyboard layouts with accents or special characters. However, even those share most of the keys with an US English keyboard layout.

A keyboard with a-z, the usual punctuation marks, and possibly a few accented or umlaut characters is and will be the de facto keyboard unless we start replacing normal text with unicode characters. Until that day (which I hope never comes!), you'd have to use a seperate keyboard for programming on this unicode programming language. And as already said on this thread, they tried it with APL and it failed horribly.

more than 3 years ago

Mr. Pike, Tear Down This ASCII Wall!

enec The thing with ASCII (728 comments)

The thing with ASCII is that it's easy to write on standard keyboards, and does not require a specialized layout. Once someone can cram the necessary unicode symbols into a keyboard so that I don't have to remember arcane meta-codes or fiddle with pressing five different dead keys to get one symbol, I'm all for it.

more than 3 years ago

Google Rolls Out Chrome 7

enec Re:Lots of versions (292 comments)

I see the appeal of google's choice though - it keeps things simple. "What version are you on?" "3.6.10"... ? Isn't easier to just call it 5?

Oh right, that must be why my Chrome is at version 7.0.517.41...

more than 3 years ago


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