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Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

marsu_k Re:It's not the absolute values that matter (91 comments)

But I'm really not sure what they're measuring with the arbitrary battery life score. As an anecdotal example, I have an Xperia Z2. I get a full day of heavy use out of it, or 2-2 1/2 days of moderate use. According to pretty much every review, Z3 has slightly better battery life. So, assuming the scale is linear (and my Z2 would thus score slightly lower than a Z3), OnePlus One should have a 4-5 day battery life? Which I really don't think it has.

6 hours ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

marsu_k Re:Methinks there's more (314 comments)

While I'm not sure getting rid of the big notes would solve anything, I thought not minting 1c and 2c coins was brilliant. Just a trip to another Euro nation makes you remember why as your walled is stuffed with them.

(The system works thusly: prices can be whatever, but when you pay the total it is rounded to the nearest 5c - it might be just a bit more or just a bit less than the total of your purchases, but it'll even out in the long run. If you're picky about paying the exact amount, use your card.)

about a week ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

marsu_k Re:Paradox. (263 comments)

So eat your weed then.

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

marsu_k Re:There's a lot of horse shit in this summary (337 comments)

...and you're missing the fact that Unity, on consoles, will be only on Xbox One / PS4. So yes, while theoretically the One will be able to calculate a bit more (given its slightly higher clocked CPU, were we only calculating), it will fall behind due to severely gimped GPU and memory bandwidth. Yet the consoles are at a parity. Funny thing, that.

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

marsu_k Re:Completely full of shit (337 comments)

What happens when you try to make a cutting edge pretty 2014 game run 60FPS at 1080p on a four year old graphics card?

This. But granted, that's a remake of a 2013 game.

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

marsu_k Re:Linked? (337 comments)

I already posted, but somebody mod this up.

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

marsu_k Re:Cell (337 comments)

OK, so you work for Ubisoft, on to the topic at hand - Unity is not going to be on PS3 or Xbox 360. When we are talking about the current consoles (PS4 and Xbox One), they are basically the same - the difference being one has a slightly higher clocked CPU and a massively inferior GPU, along with much less memory bandwidth (yes, there's the "massive" ESRAM totaling a whopping 32MB), versus a slightly lower clocked CPU, much better GPU and a memory bandwidth in a totally different ballpark.

Given these specs, how can you justify the parity? And in before the PC master race comes to claim their superiority: we bow to thee, not questioning that, I'd just like an explanation from an Ubi developer WRT current consoles. The backtracking the official PR has given so far has been amusing, but I'd like to hear if there's an actual technical reason.

about two weeks ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

marsu_k Re:Dislike Arch (302 comments)

I wouldn't use it an a production server, it's too bleeding edge for that and there is no such thing as LTS on Arch. But it's awesome as a dev system and as a general state of the art desktop/laptop.

Very much this. We use some quite rapidly-developing technologies like node.js at work - the production servers are obviously updated very conservatively (and don't run Arch), but as a developer I can check out the latest version pretty much immediately after it is released and see if the updates cause some issues, or if there are new features that would benefit us in the future. And as said, works very well as a desktop.

Also, I was pleasantly surprised a while back when this laptop had to be repaired for a while - I had an older laptop that I hadn't used / updated in over six months, and thought getting it up to date would cause a lot of pain (Arch had moved into systemd during that time - no, not getting into that debate here). All that was required in addition to a regular pacman -Syu was to alter my boot line a bit to use systemd.

about two weeks ago
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Tor Executive Director Hints At Firefox Integration

marsu_k Re: "private browsing mode" (117 comments)

Among the first customizations I do in Firefox is to set browser.zoom.siteSpecific to false in about:config, I think the default value (true) is quite retarded.

about three weeks ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

marsu_k Re:Full Disclosure can be found on oss-security... (399 comments)

Just ran pacman -Syu

$ env x='() { :;}; echo vulnerable' bash -c "echo this is a test"
bash: warning: x: ignoring function definition attempt
bash: error importing function definition for `x'
this is a test

Gotta love Arch too.

about a month ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

marsu_k Re:No big deal (403 comments)

If it uses the same FUSE driver as Linux, yes, it would - and the performance would suck donkey balls.

about a month ago
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Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

marsu_k Re:is it going to be buggy as always? (74 comments)

And anecdotally, I haven't had any issues with my 2013 Nexus 7. Nor have any other people I know that have one. SPREAD THE WORD!

about a month ago
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KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

marsu_k Re:Layered exposure? (184 comments)

Also, recently I tested Chakra and was impressed by how agile it was on an old machine. I guess it can be attributed to not loading gtk libs in memory at any time, since it just uses KDE/Qt apps (which, btw, makes it unusable to me as I need Firefox due to smartcard needs -- not even Chromium will do).

It's been many years since I used Chakra, so I can't verify how well they work ATM, but while Chakra does thrive to be Qt/KDE-only you can install bundles, which provide Firefox among other things.

about a month ago
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Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

marsu_k Re:It's not Google's fault. It's Mozilla's. (129 comments)

- Firefox on iOS isn't even an option.

And this is the fault of Mozilla how, exactly? Apple doesn't allow alternative rendering engines in the App Store, should Mozilla dedicate resources to just jailbreakers?

about a month ago

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