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Comment: Re:... and other services (Score 3, Interesting) 66

by Guspaz (#48024881) Attached to: CloudFlare Announces Free SSL Support For All Customers

Have some irony:


Tracing route to []
over a maximum of 30 hops:

    1 <1 ms <1 ms 1 ms
    2 10 ms 39 ms 14 ms 10.245.x.x
    3 11 ms 13 ms 10 ms 10.170.x.x
    4 10 ms 8 ms 17 ms []
    5 16 ms 15 ms 16 ms []
    6 22 ms 17 ms 23 ms []
    7 17 ms 16 ms 15 ms []

Trace complete.

Comment: Re:No USB charging? Nonstandard cable? (Score 1) 189

by Guspaz (#47988811) Attached to: BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

That may say more about a problem with the Targus thing you're using than anything else. My iPhone 4S running iOS 8 is still charging fine plugged into my Windows PC or my various battery packs... but the fact that you're using your BlackBerry's charger just goes to show that it can charge off regular USB without issue.

Now, it's definitely true that Apple went a non-standard route for high-power USB charging (charging over USB at amperages in excess of the half amp standard of USB 2), but the worst case scenario there is that it will charge slower, not that it won't charge at all, and the point becomes moot when most accessories (like decent battery packs) support both Apple's high-power standard and USB-IF's own. I think I paid $20 for my Anker battery pack, and my giant NewTrent one was pretty cheap considering it's got a battery of a size you might expect to find in a laptop. Both work fine with Apple devices.

Comment: Re:Awful awful timing of launch (Score 3, Interesting) 189

by Guspaz (#47986171) Attached to: BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

What I'm aware of us that everybody is repeating the same tiny handful of stories/reports of bent iPhone 6 Plus phones over and over again, so it's not clear if the negative press represents a real problem, or just a handful of defective phones that has raised an uproar. They're still selling like gangbusters, and it'll probably take at least a few days or weeks before we can find out if "bendgate" is the result of defective units or an actual design flaw.

The Blackberry Passport, for its part, is ridiculously wide, roughly equivalent to a six-inch tablet (it's half an inch wider than the 5.7" Galaxy Note 4). The form factor will probably relegate it to niche status.

Comment: Re:Six Missoins Each (Score 5, Interesting) 188

Speaking as a fellow non-American, I'm thrilled. The better SpaceX does, the lower their costs will be, and the more likely that the CSA (Canadian Space Agency) will be able to afford their services.

The CSA's annual budget is only around half a billion dollars per year, around 25% per-capita what the US spends on NASA. That wouldn't have even been enough to afford a shuttle flight. But with SpaceX's pricing, Canada can afford to launch our own stuff via private industry. We've already used SpaceX to launch a satellite (CASSIOPE) much cheaper than the alternatives, and if SpaceX hits their manned spaceflight target of $20 million a seat, Canada could actually afford to do its own manned launch with SpaceX. As in, a flight with only Canadian astronauts would actually be something that our meagre budget could afford. And we can always use more Chris Hadfields :)

Basically, the better SpaceX does, the more Canada can do with its limited space budget. Exciting times!

Comment: Re:Six Missoins Each (Score 5, Insightful) 188

They both got essentially the same contract, the dollar value represents what the companies bid for it, rather than establishing a first/second place.

Basically, the both won an equal contract. On the one hand, it sucks for SpaceX that they get less money to do the same thing, but on the other hand, it will put quite a feather in their cap to be able to demonstrate concretely that they can live up to their claims of doing it for less, which will give them a huge edge in the next round of contracts. Next time they can say "Look, we did everything just as well as Boeing, but we cost you a ton less. This time you should give us most of the flights."

Comment: Re:An end to XBox? (Score 2) 330

by Guspaz (#47908783) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

I once checked out the TV section of a Yodobashi Camera (and if you're ever in Japan, you really must visit a Yodobashi Camera, it's like every store of the floor is the size one or two BestBuy stores, except there's half a dozen floors or more). The brands of TVs on offer was very different from what you'd see outside of Japan. In most of the world, Korean brands like Samsung and LG are quite popular, but in that TV section (of what are probably the largest electronics stores in Japan), there was not a single non-Japanese television brand to be seen. Not a single Samsung or LG television was available.

Comment: Re:Why not all apps at once? (Score 1) 133

by Guspaz (#47893889) Attached to: Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

- The difference is irrelevant, the apps are stored as platform-independent bytecode that (as of the next Android release) is then converted to machine code by ART or done on-the-fly by Dalvik itself. As a result, so long as Dalvik or ART supports the processor architecture, the application doesn't need to.

- As long as the ARM app doesn't use NEON (which I believe Intel's Houdini emulator doesn't support), it shouldn't have any problems running the ARM code on the x86 devices. In fact, you're likely to have better compatibility running emulated on x86 than you are natively on some older ARM devices.

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