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Comment: Re:Pretty stupid politicians (Score 1) 31

by drinkypoo (#49749487) Attached to: Security Researchers Wary of Wassenaar Rules

You probably can't even list the apps installed on your laptop, let alone want to uninstall and reinstall them later. You're not 'pretty stupid' for that, its normal.

Uh, what? I most certainly can list the apps installed on my laptop, in a variety of ways. What kind of moron are you that you can't?

Comment: What does that even mean (Score 1) 69

Less mass beneath my feet? That depends very much on how you measure "beneath", right? I'd argue that if your load is being distributed into something, it's beneath you. If I'm standing on a mountain which is sufficiently sharply pointed, then almost the entire mountain might be engaged in supporting my weight — cue fat jokes. But anything it's standing on is going to be the same thing, so wouldn't that make it more mass "beneath" my feet?

Anyway, I RTFA (my geek card is in the mail, it should be back at the processing facility shortly) and the article is all gushily excited that "thereâ(TM)s far more crust underneath the mountains than there is in the oceans!" Wait, was this a surprise to anyone? Mountains happen when earth gets shoved up into the air. They're not pimples.

So in short, the article comes to completely the opposite conclusion of the truth: they say that "if you wanted the least amount of mass beneath your feet, youâ(TM)d climb up to the peak of the highest mountain" when in fact, there is more mass beneath your feet if you stand on a mountain than if you stand on the seabed or in a valley, because of all the mass that by definition can't be beneath your feet if you're standing at a lower altitude.

Comment: Re:Windows? (Score 1) 89

by CastrTroy (#49745827) Attached to: Asus ZenFone 2 Performance Sneak Peek With Intel Z3580 Inside

Chrome is known to be a hog. There are numerous complaints about it even for those using the Surface Pro tablets with i3/i5/i7 processors. It doesn't get jittery, because the processor can handle it, but the battery life is severely reduced when using Chrome. You should probably switch to Firefox or IE for your browsing needs. Look into Metro IE. It's actually really nice when you're using the device as a tablet. Best touch browser I've ever used.

Comment: Re:Here's why it's better than an S6 or iPhone 6 (Score 2) 89

by CastrTroy (#49744753) Attached to: Asus ZenFone 2 Performance Sneak Peek With Intel Z3580 Inside

Exactly. I see no point in spending large amounts of money on the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S phones. In 2 years you will have to get a new one, either because it's obsolete, or they stop sending software updates, or the battery has stopped holding a full charge, or something has broken like the screen or one of the buttons (power, volume, etc). It's not really any fault of the device, it's just the reality of something you carry around with you all the time. Something is going to happen to the phone no matter how careful you are with it. I just got a new phone, and it was $200 US. I think that's a pretty decent price for a phone. I really can't justify spending much more than that on a device that has a lifespan of 2 years. The experience you get from a $200 phone isn't much different than a $700 phone in the current market. The only thing the $700 phone gets you is bragging rights.

Comment: Re:Windows? (Score 2) 89

by CastrTroy (#49744291) Attached to: Asus ZenFone 2 Performance Sneak Peek With Intel Z3580 Inside

At 2 GB of RAM, and a 2.3 GHz Atom Processor it has similar specs to the HP Stream 7. No idea how much storage is on it, but I don't really see any reason you couldn't run the full version of Windows if you wanted to. I think the only reason you couldn't is that Windows doesn't actually have software connecting to the GSM radio and making phone calls. Also, Android and Windows Phone OS have much better handling of low power modes. I don't think the battery would last very long running full Windows or Linux as the phone would probably be using a lot more battery. Perhaps Windows could work using something like its connected standby functionality.

Comment: Re:Cost (Score 2) 122

by mrchaotica (#49744237) Attached to: Pre-Orders Start For Neo900 Open Source Phone

If it's sufficiently isolated from the rest of the hardware (so that it can't snoop on RAM or anything like that, so it can't override any firewall, and so that when the OS says it's off it's off), that's good enough for me. If the modem can't access any data I don't want it to have in the first place, then I don't have to worry about what it's doing with it.

Comment: Re:Price (Score 0) 122

by CastrTroy (#49744153) Attached to: Pre-Orders Start For Neo900 Open Source Phone

Even 480 Euros ($533 US) is an insane price to ask for a phone. Especially one that currently has zero apps. I just got a Windows Phone (Blu Win HD LTE) which is currently priced at $200 US and I find it to be an amazing phone. Windows Phone is quite a good OS, and it's due for an update to Windows 10 when it comes out. Open source may be a nice idea, but I don't think a lot of people are going to want to pay that kind of premuim just to get it. I think the days of $500+ phones are numbered. I still don't know how people justify the $650+ price tag of the iPhone.

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