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Comment Re:This is why Pixels will fail (Score 5, Informative) 197

Here's an incomplete list of devices which our-Androided Google who used to say, "Nexus is the benchmark for Android at an affordable price". Nope, this is not a benchmark, this is pure greed which will fail just like Nexus 6 failed (it was introduced for $650 and proved to be wildly meh for people who wanted to buy a pure Android phablet).
  • OnePlus 3, $400
  • ZTE Axon 7, $400
  • Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro, $389

Comment This is why Pixels will fail (Score 4, Interesting) 197

The features you'll get:
  • The biggest bezel to dollar ratio in the industry
  • Insane prices only rivaled by Apple which actually has a premium status
  • Very strange nerdy names, much much worse than Nexus
  • Look too much like iPhone 5(s)

Now at the same price bracket as Note 7/SGS7 here's the list of features you will not get:

  • Wireless charging
  • Dual front speakers
  • Dual lens cameras
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Rapid laser focus/Dual Pixel autofocus
  • Hardware HDR
  • Dual SIM slot
  • SD card slot
  • Meaningful support of any kind: a phone line, brick and mortar stores to examine the device before buying, etc.

Updates to new major Android versions will be ceased just 24 months after the release. Google is out of their minds.

Comment Re:WebExtensions API (Score 5, Informative) 208

It's also a massive security problem, having no security model.

LMAO. Pretty much all Chrome extensions require access to "all websites" and your "entire browser history" which means they can gather all your browser information, including keystrokes, aka passwords.

So much security, my ass.

Comment Re:WebExtensions API (Score 4, Insightful) 208

Yeah, this update kills thousands thousands of add ons, whiles many others will stop working properly.

Next on their agenda is killing XUL off which means Firefox will become yet another Google Chrome with a tad better cache management.

It looks like Google Chrome, it acts like Google Chrome, it is Google Chrome. Now tell me, what the reason for Firefox existence? Once a unique web browser with unique add-ons (NoScipt, Firebug, DownThemAll, etc), soon only a shadow of itself.

Comment WTF? (Score 0) 54

I downvoted this news but it wasn't enough. Will ./ announce various spins of various distros every day from now on? This will surely make ./ more popular ... except not. People who use certain distros are usually subscribed to distrowatch or their distro news website, while all others simply don't care and won't switch anyways.

  Is it a slow news day or what?

Submission + - How DOOM Renders a Frame

An anonymous reader writes: While the original DOOM defined the FPS genre back in 1993, the 4th DOOM released last spring pushes back the boundaries of what is currently possible in term of graphics and performance.
Adrian Courrèges presents on his blog a breakdown of the rendering process of a frame of DOOM.
The game is one of the first to make use of the Vulkan API and implements several state-of-the-art rendering techniques to achieve a staggering amount of calculation in less than 16ms.

Submission + - Google's DeepMind developed a new speech synthesis AI algorithm called WaveNet

Artem Tashkinov writes: To this date the researches behind Google's DeepMind company have been creating the AI algorithms which could hardly be applied in real life aside from pure entertainment purposes, the Go game being the most recent example, however their most recent development, a speech synthesis AI algorithm called WaveNet beats the two existing methods of generating human speech by a long shot — at least 50% by Google's own estimates. The only problem with this new approach is that it's very computationally expensive. The results are even more impressive considering the fact that WaveNet allows to mimic breathing, mouth movements, intonation and other features of human's speech, and it can be easily trained to generate any voice using a very small sample database.

Comment Pointless (Score 2, Insightful) 203

Google initially built its reputation by offering vanilla Android at affordable prices and that made Nexus 4 and 5 hugely popular devices.

Then for some reasons they decided to compete with Samsung and other big players by offering the largely insipid (in terms of features) Nexus 6 and it's not like this phone tanked, but it was several times less popular than the preceding Nexuses.

With the Nexus 5x and 6p Google seemingly lost the remainder of common sense by offering them at the prices comparable to first tier smartphones like Galaxy S6 or Note 5.

Perhaps Google needs to return to its roots instead of offering barebone phones (no SD slot, no removable battery, no dual sim support, very basic camera setup) for very high prices, since we already have companies which out-android'ed Google: I'm talking about ZTE Axon 7 and OnePlus 3.

Comment Damn you Google (Score 2) 164

The Nexus 5 (2013), which packs in a Snapdragon 800 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and 5-inch full-HD display, won't be receiving Android Nougat update

iOS haters always say that you should only buy Google approved(tm) Android devices to stay up to day, and here it is, Google shitting on you. A perfect by today's standards device is no longer receiving updates because ... because nothing. An organization which earns billions of dollars every quarter cannot afford to maintain its older but perfectly capable devices.

Hopefully one day Android will become a true OS vs. what we have now: basically a heavily modified lego for each and every device. There's no Android OS which you can throw at a random ARM device and have it running with all the components functioning properly (camera, WiFi, 3G/4G, sensors, storage, etc.)

Comment Re: What does Netcraft say? (Score 0) 515

Android is not Linux/GNU.

The original poster was indeed right, and you're clearly trolling. But then there are too many Linux fanatics on ./ so I'm not surprised.

Google may replace the Linux kernel on all Androids on a whim and no one will bat an eye. So much for a billion Linux installations. Oh, and Google uses their own heavily patched version of the Linux kernel. Show me the phones running the vanilla Linux kernel. None? Great, now fuck off.

Comment Re:Did KDE survive KDE3-KDE4? (Score 1) 515

KDE(5) is indeed dead.

I'm still happily running KDE 3.5.10. I know it contains security vulnerabilities but I have JS completely disabled in KDE settings and I never use Konqueror to browse the web.

Every time when I try KDE 5 I face so many visual glitches and inconsistencies along with a few dozen of bugs, I give up right away. Besides I cannot understand why KDE 5 needs two versions of KDE and QT libraries. I mean I understand that some KDE components haven't been upgraded to KDE 5 frameworks or whatever their name is, but KDE 5 is ... TWO freaking years old.

And let me tell you this: plasma sucks big time. It's a crashing monstrosity with monstrous memory and disk requirements. For some reasons some KDE devs thought KDE would be useful as a platform for tablets but I don't know a single person on this planet who runs KDE on their tablets. So, now we have this semi-usable crashing shit instead of something lean and fast.

On my new PCs I happily use more or less dead XFCE (not actually dead but dormant) for the simple fact that it's still maintained and included in distros. Of course there's Trinity but speaking frankly I don't trust it. I'm not in a position to audit their code (I'm not a C++ programmer) and some of their design decisions are simply horrible - e.g. they renamed most QT/KDE classes and added their own prefixes without any reasons whatsoever. It's not like KDE3.5/QT3 are still developed and there could be any conflict.

I guess the real reason for the renaming was that TDE's core developer was afraid someone would start stealing his code to patch ages old KDE 3.5.10. The net result is that a dozen of people in the world use TDE and most distros shun it. Had they continued patching KDE3.5/QT3 to make them usable again on modern Linux distros, distros would have included them right away.

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