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Ubuntu Touch Beats Firefox OS For 'Best of MWC' From CNET

ripdajacker Nothing new (152 comments)

My cyanogen 10.1 device does all those things. What's the fuss about?

about 2 years ago
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Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

ripdajacker Re:They are both as good (437 comments)

IntelliJ IDEA does the job for me, surely beats Eclipse in terms of out of box functionality.

about 2 years ago
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Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated

ripdajacker Re:Price driven... (465 comments)

Same thing happened with digital music, and is still happening with games and such (Steam games generally cost more than their physical counterpart). It's just business as usual, since we do seem to be paying for it.

Ebooks offer portability and ease of distribution. While I do prefer paper books like most people, I really don't like having to buy a new bookshelf once a year/every other year. Technical books I almost only read on my computer, since I only use them while doing something on my computer. Fiction is much more suited for ebook readers, since it rarely requires jumps in content.

For the most part I just buy the paper book and pirate the digital copy. More often than not I lend/give that book to someone so it doesn't clutter my already burdened bookshelves.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?

ripdajacker Re:Why cardboard? (347 comments)

Buy the IKEA stand-up desk, can't remember the exact name. It's relatively cheap and is definitely worth the money.

more than 2 years ago
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Code Name, Theming Update Announced For Ubuntu 12.10

ripdajacker First (285 comments)

The code names are just priceless

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x?

ripdajacker Re:Why the anxiety? (807 comments)

Don't really see the issue. My IntelliJ IDEA allocates 1GB+ of RAM, Chrome easily tops 3-400MB with some tabs open. Today RAM are so cheap you should just buy more of it.

more than 2 years ago
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Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding

ripdajacker Re:Alternatives? (356 comments)

I think it was initially speed. I remember yum being very slow in the first few versions, but that was a long time ago. The second and probably real issue is habit.
I guess they are functionally the same.

In the end it's taste. Fedora has always been more FOSS oriented, OpenSUSE has had its ups and downs in terms of package repositories. Ubuntu seemed like the easier choice back in the day (i.e. binary drivers, closed source codecs etc).

more than 2 years ago
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Tapeheads and the Quiet Return of VHS

ripdajacker Re:LOL! (446 comments)

There's no such thing as lossless digital audio. Sound being essentially a mathematical function where the points consist of irrational numbers, you would need infinite resolution to capture the analog sound.

Granted you can crank the sampling rate to 96khz and you'll probably have a hard time hearing the difference, but the two recordings will still be inherently different. Analog will always win in terms of resolution, at least in theory. Digital recordings will always have this limit.

more than 2 years ago
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Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding

ripdajacker Re:Ubuntu is the New Mac (356 comments)

I've noticed the exact same thing. Streamlining the interface surely isn't a bad thing, but giving up choice for eye candy just seems so... unlike linux.

Given that OS X is streamlined as hell, and all applications use the same gui library, they have a very consistent look and feel. Linux applications have a hard time achieving that since there's GTK and Qt as the two big contenders.

What I am trying to say is that the idea is a good one, but the execution has yet to prove its worth.

more than 2 years ago
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Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding

ripdajacker Re:Alternatives? (356 comments)

OpenSUSE packages KDE very nicely, fedora I haven't had running for some versions now, but last I checked (11 I think) it was working fine. Both better than Kubuntu, but both have yum instead of apt-get, and that's what kept me om ubuntu-based distros.

Debians packaging is as vanilla as it gets, so it's not that bad. There are some issues, afaik, with default file handlers and such, but nothing some tweaking won't fix.

more than 2 years ago
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The Headaches of Cross-Platform Mobile Development

ripdajacker Different paradigms (197 comments)

I've done a few ports from iOS to Android, and the problem most certainly has been that my customers did not use Android phones.

The navigation bar for one is a thing Android does not need. The tabs in the bottom, well let's just say it took some hacking to make it work.

Someone should make an overview of the platforms for business managers etc.

The ports would be easy if the ui was redesigned to fit Android better, but then again, it's just business as usual. As a startup we have a hard time complaining that much to our only customer.

more than 2 years ago
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PS4: What Sony Should and Shouldn't Do

ripdajacker Re:Future of Nintendo (406 comments)

You would buy them because they don't have 3rd generation motion controls and an integrated tablet for touchscreen gaming.

The major turnoff with the Wii, at least for me, is and has always been the motion controls. They are simply too slow and not precise enough for "hardcore" gaming such as FPS. Even the Xbox/PS3 controllers suck at this, and the mouse/keyboard combination will never be beat in that sense.

What consoles offer is simplicity. While the Wii and probably the WiiU will be a social console, but for me Nintendo (insert name) will be the only system I don't have lying around.

I don't believe we've "hit the plateau" of graphics. The only reason for your sub-$100 is able to play those games is because of the Xbox and PS3 (and Wii at times), because their hardware is archaic. My $300 card from 1½ years ago can outperform both PS3 and Xbox 360's graphics chip by a landslide.

The economy argument is valid to a point. Considering that many games are built on licensed engines, I think this will greatly reduce the development costs. If the said engine has uber 1337 graphics, then all games get those features.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Announces ReFS, a New Filesystem For Windows 8

ripdajacker Why not EXT (459 comments)

I don't get why they don't go with EXT4 or something in that fashion.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Overclocking Over?

ripdajacker Re:Maybe, maybe not... (405 comments)

I think you're right. I've overclocked my i5 750 from 2.66 to 3.15, and the speed increase is.. well hard to spot. In benchmarks I certainly see it. It was much easier to do than in the good old days where it was jumper settings.

I think the gist of it, at least for me, is that there's fun in it anymore. I have relatively high end gear, at least at time of purchase, and it all basically guides you to overclocking. It's not as bad ass as it used to be.

This may be a bit biased since I now have much larger sum of disposable income compared to when I was overclocking.

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome 15 Overtakes IE 8 For Top Browser Spot

ripdajacker Re:Firefox still rules (507 comments)

I find the syncing feature in chrome the selling point. I had used firefox for years, but since they went to 4.0 the change was just too much.

Memory usage shouldn't really be a benchmark in modern browsers, sa RAM is basically free.
Memory leaks should, of course, be considered in the tests.

The advantages chrome gives me is speed on my laptop, the chrome-to-phone extension and ReadItLater.
All probably replicable on Firefox, but in the end it's just a piece of software. Just like KDE vs. GNOME, or MS Office vs OpenOffice.

about 3 years ago
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How HP and Open Source Can Save WebOS

ripdajacker Re:Time versus money (86 comments)

Any good open source project has corporate backing. Look at Firefox, Linux, whatever.

Without funding you don't get the dirty work done, because nobody wants to investigate that tedious race condition when they can be implementing some new fancy feature.

about 3 years ago
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KDE Releases Plasma Active Two

ripdajacker Re:Where KDE should have been 5 years ago (49 comments)

KDE should have called 4.0 for 4.0 alpha, and focused all their energy on making it stable across platforms. The 3.5xx versions were power hungry, but innovated in so many other aspects.

Their focus seems to be diffused. They spread themselves too thin even though the GNOME 3 issues people are having is the greatest opportunity they've had in years. Bad management I say, that's all.

about 3 years ago
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The Condescending UI

ripdajacker Re:Doesn't everyone run in classic? (980 comments)

I run Windows Basic, because the transparency kinda pisses me off. I chose basic over classic because you can use arrow keys while holding ALT+TAB.

As for TFA, the writer has a point. For my linux machines I have chosen Trinity (re-incarnation of KDE 3.5), which looks like a cartoon drawing of todays desktops, but has all the functionality one could want.

OS X (not to mention the rest of the iProducts) is much worse in condescending than MS Office is. The OS assumes you are a retarded chimp, and the filemanager is inconfigurable (what's with the automatic unzip???).

I think this is a general development that is partly caused by our parents and grandparents all going online, not to mention every kid from the age of 7-8 and upward. In the old days there were only geeks and computers were seen as tools, today they are seen as a medium of expression through which users can punish developers by requesting retarded UI changes.

about 3 years ago
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Repurposing Anti-Spam Tools For Detecting Mutations In HIV

ripdajacker Look the other way (67 comments)

Maybe they should look at viruses and the immune system when designing spam filters.

about 3 years ago

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Duke Nukem Forever coming in 2011

ripdajacker ripdajacker writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ripdajacker (1167101) writes "After more than a decade of waiting, rumors and false starts, the most famous vaporware in gaming history is finally coming out.
Yesterday's rumor that Duke Nukem Forever — possibly the most delayed game of all time — was actually finished has been confirmed today at PAX Prime in Seattle. Gearbox Software, maker of Borderlands, apparently took over the development in 2009 following the demise of 3D Realms, and is said to be in the process of polishing the game."

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