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AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

khellendros1984 Re: Legality (73 comments)

The whole point of the story is that the Apple SIM gets locked by AT&T to their network. The SIM is part of the hardware that you purchased with the iPad. Therefore, the hardware that belongs to you (the SIM) gets locked. Implying that it doesn't matter because the rest of the device remains free to use elsewhere is missing the point.

If AT&T wants to lock a SIM to their service, then they should provide the customer a SIM, rather than disabling functionality in the SIM that the customer already has. Putting it in the contract gives them a right to do it, but it doesn't make it a less-scummy business practice.

6 hours ago
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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

khellendros1984 Re:Wow (80 comments)

They're also not MIPI interfaces, when they're over 800x480.

2 days ago
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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

khellendros1984 Re:Wow (80 comments)

If you can get a 7" MIPI DSI screen with capacitive multi-touch for $5 on Ebay, people will get upset with the RPi foundation. The prototype that I've seen mentioned is supposed to be around $70, and as you've said, the drivers for CSI and DSI devices are in some part of the binary blob of system firmware. A matching screen seems to be $50-$60 on Ebay, though. So $70 might be overpriced, but at least it wouldn't be 10x overpriced.

2 days ago
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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

khellendros1984 Re:VGA (80 comments)

The previously-released camera module used the ribbon-cable CSI interface, so the new screen module will probably use the DSI interface. According to the specifications, it allows "up to" an 800x480 screen to be connected, so they may be releasing a WVGA screen.

2 days ago
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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

khellendros1984 Re:Wow (80 comments)

There's a ribbon cable connector on the Pi that's called the "DSI" (Display Serial Interface). Presumably, any device that has a DSI connection could use the screen, assuming there's some kind of driver available for it.

2 days ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

khellendros1984 Re:Ahh but (126 comments)

I'm paying some god-awful amount of money for satellite every month (my wife handles the exact amount, but it comes out of my paycheck). It includes a DVR. Fairly often, I forget to record something that I could've recorded and watched legally. Streaming on Netflix? No. Hulu? No. The network's site? No. The satellite's On Demand service? No. Hmmm, sounds like it's torrent time, if I want to watch whatever it was. Of course, most of the time it's not worth the effort. I'll wait a few months for a rerun, or a few years for it to show up on Netflix, or something.

3 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

khellendros1984 Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (549 comments)

Please, when you want to get a new version of your graphics driver or update something too big (say KDE, Mate) you end up replacing the whole OS.

Graphics drivers tend to have minimum requirements, same as in Windows. Minimum kernel version, libc, etc? Minimum Windows release, DirectX version, etc. Using an open-source driver, my package manager grabs the new module, usually along with the current version of the kernel. With a closed-source driver, the installer compiles the interface module and copies the files to the right places. It's hardly replacing the whole OS, just the kernel in the worst case.

In replacing something large like the desktop environment, I haven't tried doing something like trying to get KDE 1.x running under a modern Linux, so I can't address it directly. I know two things though: it's more possible than getting the Windows 98 desktop working on a modern Windows.

setting targets for fan control, looking for voltage drops - linux never allowed me to read ANY of the half dozen or so voltage sensors built in any PC, it doesn't even acknowledge their presence.

YMMV, based on hardware support in the kernel, but lm-sensors supports a large list of drivers, including temperature, voltage, and fan speed sensors. I get readings on my machine, but I can't speak for yours, of course.

It would be good to have a low footprint Windows clone to do the low level tasks that are just impossible on linux.

More choice and more ways to do things is always good. I won't say that an actually-working Windows clone would be a bad thing. ReactOS didn't impress me, last time I tried to run it.

3 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

khellendros1984 Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (549 comments)

OK, cool. Keep that attitude, and maybe we can stop "usability" from getting in the way of actually getting things done. Lots of simple things are easier on Windows than on Linux. Problem is, when you want to do the unusual things, that's when it gets impossible. Linux? Of course it's possible. Spend enough time, and you can swap any part out for something you like more. There are a dozen ways to do most things, and you get to research and choose which one you like. I like that. Now, if I'm going to play a game...reboot into Windows. Lowest common denominator OS for a lowest common denominator activity, and it works beautifully for that (unless the dev used a 32-bit number to represent the RAM in your machine, and the game refuses to start with your -{big_number} amount of RAM).

4 days ago
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Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

khellendros1984 Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (549 comments)

you can *not* do that with even two versions of the same linux distro a year apart from eachother.

Hyperbole. Of course you can, if you design the software to handle that. One of my employer's pieces of software is compiled on SLES10 (from 2006) and runs on current Linux distros without a hitch. Code from 5 years ago compiled with gcc 2.95, and I'm sure that I could have that running both on a Linux release from 2000 and one from 2014.

Now, if you've got a programmer that doesn't have that as their specific goal in how they compile and package the software, then there will be a problem. With non-commercial software that's distributed by the developer as source anyhow, what's the reason for them to take enough care in packaging it to support forward-compatibility? If their software is popular enough, they know it'll be recompiled for inclusion in every new distro's repository anyhow, so they won't focus on supporting the goal of wide compatibility of the binary.

4 days ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

khellendros1984 Re:so... (158 comments)

Netflix would be streaming a video that may take 4x the bandwidth and 4x the storage for them to keep around, so I'd be paying them to do more.

My ISP is being paid to transfer a capped volume of data to me at as close as possible to the speed that I'm paying for. If they increase that cap or increase my max transfer rate, then we can start talking about them getting paid more as well. Otherwise, it's not an equivalent comparison.

about two weeks ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

khellendros1984 Re:Understandable. (158 comments)

4.6Mbps was the world average speed in Q1 2014, as measured by Akamai. The US average was 11.4Mbps, but sure, you can make up whatever numbers you want.

http://www.akamai.com/dl/akamai/akamai-soti-q214-infographic.pdf

about two weeks ago
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Infinite Browser Universe Manyland Hits 8 Million Placed Blocks

khellendros1984 Re:If Minecraft is anything to go by (67 comments)

It looks like you also draw the individual sprites that make up the blocks, so there might be a 2-block "creation" that's a motorcycle for your character to ride. It's all in 2D anyhow, so 80 blocks goes much further than if you had to account for a 3rd dimension.

about two weeks ago
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Ubisoft Claims CPU Specs a Limiting Factor In Assassin's Creed Unity On Consoles

khellendros1984 Re:I have a i5 4690k (338 comments)

The Xbox 360 and One both have access to Internet Explorer, so that's not as far-fetched as you'd think.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

khellendros1984 Re:Humans are not only not the only intelligence (152 comments)

All megafauna is intelligent or it wouldn't have made it this long.

All megafauna have a combination of adaptive traits for their environment, some of which may be traits that we'd categorize under "intelligence". Intelligence isn't a scalar value. We might be able to measure its components by providing tasks that measure the presence and efficiency of specific capabilities of the brain and call the geometric distance from the 0-point "intelligence", but different animals will fall within different places in that multi-dimensional space. Some animals will have better scores than humans, in some dimensions. I'd posit that humans would have the greatest geometric distance from "0", though.

about two weeks ago
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GNOME 3 Winning Back Users

khellendros1984 Re: And systemd had nothing to do with it. (267 comments)

So, might as well use "her's" and "he's". Otherwise, you're being inconsistent and "unnatural". And remember to perfectly switch back to the consensus-grammar when not communicating in a casual context.

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

khellendros1984 Re:People (481 comments)

No, it just bit her.

about three weeks ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

khellendros1984 Re:Women in the drivers seat`? (482 comments)

That's why I've never understood why some men whine about "always having to make the first move." It puts us in the driver's seat.

I used to complain about it because I didn't want to be in the driver's seat all the time. I wanted women to approach me as often as I approached them. That's still what I'd want out of dating.

I've never understood why some men want control all of the time. Give it a rest every now and then.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

khellendros1984 Re:Slashdot news for Nerds (135 comments)

"Angry wankery" or not, my point was that the story wasn't primarily about sports, and that discussions of legal technicalities would fit under the banner "News For Nerds" just fine. Stupid discussion is still discussion, it just isn't reasonable debate.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

khellendros1984 Re:Slashdot news for Nerds (135 comments)

Because it's primarily a story about modernizing FCC regulations, not primarily a story about sports themselves. I doubt that a sports site would be as interested in the legal aspects of the change; they'd be more interested in the practical effects (i.e. that they get to watch more sports). Discussing legal ramifications of a regulatory change seems pretty nerdy to me.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Rejects Blackout Rules

khellendros1984 Re:Going Cable! (135 comments)

Well, there are plenty of football fans (and sports fans, in general) that will pay $$$ to watch a single game, and many more that like watching it on TV enough to schedule their lives around when the football game will be shown. Myself, I'll watch a game every now and then, and I have a general idea of how well the teams that other people in my family root for are doing.

As for whether fans would follow their games onto cable, in the cases that they don't already have cable or satellite, I'm sure that's a question of statistics. Some percentage will follow the sport to cable, some percentage will do more illegal online streaming, some percentage will just google the score after the game, some percentage will just stop watching. "Football fans" are different people, so they'll react differently.

about three weeks ago

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Lenovo to offer $200 budget tablet

khellendros1984 khellendros1984 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

khellendros1984 (792761) writes "Amazon's not the only big-name company planning on a budget-level tablet release; Lenovo recently announced their Ideapad A1 tablet as competition. It includes a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, along with other features more commonly seen on higher-priced tablets, such as dual cameras, bluetooth, GPS, wifi, and a MicroSD slot. Is this the start of the Android tablet price avalanche?"
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Ma 1st post

khellendros1984 khellendros1984 writes  |  more than 9 years ago This is a journal post cuz I feel like it. Basically to introduce myself. I'll keep calling myself Khellendros, so don't need to worry about name..... OK. I'm a student at Cal Poly Pomona in California, United States. I'm a 2nd year CS major (it should be obvious by now why I'm not an English major =P) I've also got a blog at xanga. OK, Why did I sign up to /.? Linux- centric community (for a large part), without ignoring what's going on outside the penguin, Sometimes I just have some 'incredibly witty and/or intelligent' comment to make.....those are the main reasons. Bleh. I'm getting bored, so I'll end the blog here. Um....I guess IM me if you want, if you annoy me I'll just block you. ALl right, Khell signing out!

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