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Comment: Re:Wiped my Grub though. (Score 1) 214

by SpinyManiac (#48930381) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Why in the holy fuck would anyone install a preview build of any OS in anything other than a VM?

Maybe they don't care about the hardware?

I pulled a laptop from the junk pile at work and installed it on that. It runs OK on a 2008 vintage laptop, but I wouldn't want to use for anything serious.

Comment: Re:I have your conversion right here... (Score 1) 860

by SpinyManiac (#46417867) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires
I have a better idea. How about the Application Compatibility Toolkit? That is the right link, it's including with some other junk in true Microsoft style.

The component you're looking for is the Compatibility Administrator Tool. It saves its fixes to a database, so you can use it across a network if you're an admin.

If you need instructions, look here.

I used it to fix some vital software - Dungeon Keeper. :)

Comment: Re:For the most part (Score 2) 197

by SpinyManiac (#43245697) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electrostatic Contamination?

Canned air? I use 120 psi from an air compressor. I wonder if the fan is rated for 10,000 rpm.
And if you're blowing air into a vent without taking the device apart, all you're really doing is distributing the dust evenly inside the case.. and you're not going to get at everything.

You know that when DC motors spin they generate electricity, right? ...and your fan motor is connected to your motherboard.

You know that when DC motors spin they generate electricity, right? ...and your fan motor is connected to your motherboard.

PC fans use brushless motors, which don't do that.

Comment: Re:Smithsonian (Score 1) 267

Unless, after launching, it continued to fly under its own power. At that point we can safely call it a plane.

From what I can see, that would make it a sustainer motor glider.

The Wright brothers, Whitehead, Santos Dumont and Pearse were all significant, but I don't think any of them could truly claim to have invented the aeroplane.

Comment: Re:It's called the key (Score 3, Insightful) 1176

by SpinyManiac (#42907685) Attached to: Driver Trapped In Speeding Car At 125 Mph

What TFA is missing is that Renault Lagunas don't have an ignition key, they have an electronic card and a start button.

From what other posters are saying, it seems there's no way to turn the engine off while the vehicle is moving. I can see Renault getting some flak for that design decision, if it's true.

Comment: Re:How do we work this (Score 1) 988

by SpinyManiac (#37792126) Attached to: Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

I'll let you off because you said you're generalising, but some of the Windows Mobile 5 phones had no keyboard, just a few buttons. Of course they had resistive touchscreens and no multi-touch, but what would you expect in 2003ish?
The did expose the file system, but it was in a "you shouldn't be looking at this" kind of way, even though you had to use it. It was certainly pointing the way, even if it was a kludge.
I doubt there was another product using multi-touch before the iPhone, but I know better than to make claims like that on Slashdot. ;)

Comment: Re:Duh - Slab based multi touch phone (Score 2) 988

by SpinyManiac (#37791776) Attached to: Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

Apart from multi-touch, there were plenty. They were mostly made by HTC and sold with the carrier's name on them.
They typically ran Windows Mobile 5 and you could install anything you liked on them, without the carrier's permission.
I even wrote the odd app for them for internal use at my job.

They were big and chunky, I can't say I liked them. But they prove you wrong, don't they?

Comment: Not again! (Score 1) 524

by SpinyManiac (#36945418) Attached to: Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs. iPad 2 Review

Do we always have to have car analogies?

You've obviously never heard of the way the Honda/Acura NSX completly outshone the Ferarri 348. Also, the F430 has one of the ugliest interiors I've seen in a such an expensive car - is that part of the complete package?

How much of that applies to Apple is another matter, but don't think for a moment that they are in an unassailable position. There is no such thing.

Comment: Re:Whatever (Score 1) 204

by SpinyManiac (#36893188) Attached to: Microsoft Betting on Bing for Mobile Search
Bing maps is useless on my Android phone. It's damn near impossible to tap the icons without the map panning instead.

I want to use Bing maps for one reason. You get Ordnance Survey maps in the UK. Google maps can't compete with the national mapping agency.

The interface makes it a win for Google, at least until Microsoft release the Bing app in the UK.

The greatest productive force is human selfishness. -- Robert Heinlein