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Comment: Re:Apple may outlive Acer - But will they make PCs (Score 1) 417

by Sark666 (#49542799) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

IBM needed three years to make it in house, but they only gave themselves one due to the apple threat. Because of this they had to use off the shelf components with the only thing proprietary being the bios. Compaq reverse engineered and the rest is history.

In doing this IBM.created the standard pc buy I often wondered if IBM did have the time how different the picture would be.

Comment: Re:Been there, done that. (Score 2) 52

by Sark666 (#49514867) Attached to: Colors Help Set Body's Internal Clock

To back this further, see the episode the nature of things called lights out!

One I interesting bit they noticed nurses working night shifts had a higher rate of breast cancer. This was suspected to be related to their prolonged elevated melatonin due to too long light exposure. Their solution was to give them glasses filtering out blue light while working.

Comment: Re:Not their fault (Score 1) 259

by Sark666 (#46848411) Attached to: Hulu Blocks VPN Users

I always kind of wished this wasn't possible. Has it always been possible? Meaning sites like http://ip-to-country.webhostin... that track this stuff, how do they know some new isp has this block of ip addresses and is from country X? Was this possible in say 1997?

For ex. if a brand new small local isp springs up is there ever a window where their block of ip addresses is not yet geo-located yet?

Comment: How does slashdot feel about 3d printed guns? (Score 1) 225

by Sark666 (#43153783) Attached to: Wants To Be the Google of 3D-Printable Guns

I've read numerous slashdot posts on freedom to do what someone wants with hardware they have bought, or hacking the device to expand its capabilities or do something with it that wasn't intended. I'm not much of a tinkerer myself but I always agreed with freedom to do whatever you want with what you own. So how do people feel about this? How could it possibly be prevented?

This isn't even a hack; instead of print these parts it's simply print these which so happen to assemble into a firearm.

When I first heard of 3d printing I was really impressed and thought of lots of practical applications for this new tech but for some reason I never thought of weapons. Once I heard of that I thought that this crosses a line. I certainly don't want it where someone can just go home and print a gun. And then I read about ammo being printed:

This is the first time a new tech that could very well become commonplace in the home has given me pause.

And short of making 3d printers illegal, what could be done even if desired?

Comment: Re:Really?!! Shocking!! (Score 1) 91

by Sark666 (#41017971) Attached to: Use Google's Nexus 7 Tablet As a VoIP Phone, For Free

You mention bluetooth. I have tried several voip apps (sip applications) even voice note takers to see if bluetooth recording works. You know how many worked so far? None. Others told me bluetooth recording works with grooveip but I haven't been able to test that as I'm in Canada. I wanted to try android's built in sip dialer but that's disabled in Nexus 7. So if you can name any app besides grooveip that works with bluetooth recording, I'd certainly like to hear it. And I tried my own and borrowed 3 other bluetooth headsets from friend's and the same with all of them.

On a side note, another really disappointing thing about bluetooth with android is audio sync. It's fine with movie's that play back via hardware acceleration but any other movie or games and it's way out of sync. This is supposedly true of most/all android devices and not just the nexus 7. I can re-encode movies(which is a pain) but if I want to play a game I need to swtich to my wired headset. I initially read that this is an issue with bluetooth itself, but my friend's playbook and ipad have perfect sync with bluetooth in games.

So I would deal with the battery issues you mention if I could just find one single app that actually works with bluetooth recording.

Comment: Re:Twins! (Score 3, Insightful) 69

by Sark666 (#40836085) Attached to: Google Delays Nexus Q Launch, Pre-Orders Get It Free

Even with revisions I kind of want this product to fail. I recently purchased a nexus 7 which is a fantastic tablet but the earlier prototype had an sd slot and hdmi port. I suspect as others do, these features were taken out not as a cost cutting measure, but to steer you towards the Q.

If users have a nexus 7 with hdmi out most would say good enough and be happy with that. The nexus Q has more ports for audiophiles but the vast majority will be happy simply using hdmi to the hd display and then to whatever audio system they have for that.

And with hdmi, I could browse the web on a large screen, run games, apps etc. With this it's just stream content from your play purchases (no local content) and oh you can have a friend come over and queue (queue get it? see how smart they are?) their content that they have from the play store.

So it's pluses are neat queuing functionality and additional audio ports

it's cons are: no local content. can't run games, apps to your tv. and it's 300 bucks.

Scratch that. I don't kind of want it to fail, I hope it bombs. Reason being if it's a success less and less tablets will have hdmi in the future.

Again the nexus 7 is an amazing tablet, I just wish I had the version that wasn't downgraded for the validity of this device.

Comment: Re:Vale Linux (Score 2) 167

by Sark666 (#40652799) Attached to: Valve Continues Recruiting Top Linux Talent

The only motive where this makes sense to me is because of a dedicated platform using linux. Valve's a great company, but I don't think they'd port to linux just cause 'it's a good thing' to quote John Carmack on his motives for having linux versions of past games. Sadly, even id doesn't do that anymore. What other motive could there be? it's not like the linux market share is growing.

What might make more sense is port steam and these games to android and sell them on the market, but that goes against valve's vision of using steam or something other means of distribution.

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