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Comment: Re:Nexus S (Score 1) 203

by Samah (#35582748) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Android For Development?

The nexus one can do pinch-to-zoom so of course it supports multitouch.

The hardware on the Nexus One was not designed with multitouch in mind. There was a firmware hack released that changes the way it reads the touchscreen hardware, such that it can "sort of" detect two touches. This hack fails when X and Y axes align, and it often loses track of which coordinates belong to which touch. Pinch zoom works because you're not generally pinching exactly down the axes.

Comment: Re:Nexus S (Score 1) 203

by Samah (#35580742) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Android For Development?

And quite a lot crapper. shitty touch sensor and GPU on Nexus One really let it down

Indeed, and this is the reason I'm graveyarding my N1 for a Desire HD. Developing multitouch games on a quasi-multitouch device is unfortunately unacceptable. The 3G reception on the N1 is also abysmal.
http://androidandme.com/2010/03/news/is-multitouch-broken-on-the-nexus-one/
(Link seems to be down at the moment)

Music

Sony, Universal Hope To Beat Piracy With 'Instant Pop' 369

Posted by timothy
from the trying-to-quote-get-with-it-unquote dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The Guardian reports that Britain's two biggest record labels, Sony and Universal, plan to beat music piracy by making new singles available for sale on the day they first hit the airwaves hoping the effort will encourage young people to buy songs they can listen to immediately rather than copying from radio broadcasts online. Songs used to receive up to six weeks radio airplay before they were released for sale, a practice known as 'setting up' a record. 'What we were finding under the old system was the searches for songs on Google or iTunes were peaking two weeks before they actually became available to buy, meaning that the public was bored of — or had already pirated — new singles,' says David Joseph. Sony, which will start the 'on air, on sale' policy simultaneously with Universal next month, agreed that the old approach was no longer relevant in an age where, according to a spokesman for the music major, 'people want instant gratification.'"

Comment: Re:The Bad Keyboard Trend Continues (Score 1) 332

by Samah (#34785362) Attached to: Will Touch Screens Kill the Keyboard?

Then, everyone moved to the quiet keyboards that use the rubber sheet and the dielectric, and it had less of a tactical response.

They provided me with one of those at work and they're just plain awful to code with. I ended up ordering one of these:
http://www.geek.com/articles/games/review-filco-majestouch-keyboard-2010045/
Mechanical with Cherry MX brown keyswitches. Sooooo nice for coding and general typing.

Patents

Zynga and Blizzard Sued Over Game Patent 179

Posted by Soulskill
from the swinging-for-the-fences dept.
eldavojohn writes "Thinking about developing a game involving a 'database driven online distributed tournament system?' Well, you had better talk to Walker Digital or risk a lawsuit, because Walker Digital claims to have patented that 'invention' back in 2002. The patent in question has resulted in some legal matters for the makers of 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 and 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: World at War, Blur, Wolfenstein, DJ Hero 2, Golden Eye 007, World of Warcraft and its expansions, Mafia Wars, and many others.' Walker Digital (parent company of Priceline.com) said it's not sure how much damages are going to be, and requested that through discovery in the court. If you think Walker Digital is not a patent troll, check out their lawsuit from two months ago against Facebook for using privacy controls Walker Digital claims to have patented. It would seem that any online competitive game that uses a database to select and reward contestants in a tournament could potentially fall under this patent — of course, those with the deepest coffers will be cherrypicked first."

Comment: Re:decent touch screen keyboard? (Score 1) 112

by Samah (#34381064) Attached to: Microsoft Patents Shape-Shifting Display

Not much good for an ATM though if you have someone waiting in line.

"Please enter your PIN."
*user types PIN...*
"1...5...7...9"
"You have $500,000 in your account."
*user gets mugged*

Not saying that it would be stupid enough to speak your PIN as you type it, but I wouldn't like random strangers knowing how much money I have in my account.

Open Source

Where Do I Go Now That Oracle Owns OpenOffice.org? 510

Posted by timothy
from the why-do-you-hate-america dept.
eldavojohn writes "So I noted that there was better support for my processor in the latest BIOS for my mainboard. After downloading the update, there was a .doc file containing flashing instructions. No matter, I have OpenOffice.org installed on this machine and just opened it up. And, as should be no surprise, there was an Oracle logo splash screen while OpenOffice.org 3.2 started up. At my job, I've had a less than favorable history with Oracle that I'm not going to get into — rather let's just say I never want anything to do with them again. Including installing any of their software on my machine. So I'm facing a dilemma. I've looked into the forked LIbreOffice but that's still in beta and I'm a little wary of depending on that. Has anyone used LibreOffice (it's installing as I type this) extensively? Does it handle complex Powerpoint files okay? Is there some alternative out there that I'm completely overlooking for open source? Can anyone convince me that there's no reason to fear the Oracle OpenOffice.org? Will it remain the de facto standard? Will it eventually lock me into a commitment with Oracle? If you get by without one of these heavyweight monster editors, what do you use and how do you handle doc, ppt, (etc.) extensions?"

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