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Comment: Re:Wrong (Score 1) 184

by Tokerat (#43282395) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Getting Apps To Use Phones' Full Power?
Battery life is an issue. I'm sure there are optimizations, at least on some devices, which reduce power partially or completely to unused RAM to save on battery life...don't you need to send a refresh signal each clock pulse to keep RAM from losing what is currently stored? Seems like a waste to use the power on memory which isn't currently occupied, which in turn helps the phone operate longer. Also, minimizing bandwidth useage keeps your app (and your OS) in a favorable light with carriers. Of course, the solution is to run full tilt when on charger+WiFi, and leave the optimizations for when they're actually needed. The only difficulty I see with that scheme is end-user confusion and frustration ("it works from home but it's terrible when I am on the move. Must be my carrier's fault!") - might be worth it if it could somehow be effectively communicated to the users; and by user, I mean anyone, not just the tech savy.

Comment: This is true. (Score 3, Interesting) 285

by Tokerat (#39783259) Attached to: One In Five Macs Holds Malware — For Windows
I've run Macs most of my life, and recently backed up the entire contents of a machine to a Windows box with the space needed for the backup; close to a million files (app bundles contribute largely to this number), about 120 common-use files had various infections that Norton picked up.
The Media

+ - NBC Apologizes For Editing Zimmerman 911 Call

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Washington Post reports that NBC has completed its investigation into the “Today” show’s mishandling of the police dispatcher’s conversation with George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case with a finding of error, plus an apology. The apology addresses the “Today” show’s failure to accurately abridge the conversation between Zimmerman and the dispatcher in this high-profile case. This is how the program portrayed a segment of that conversation: Zimmerman: "This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black" Here what was actually said: Zimmerman: "This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about." Dispatcher: "OK, and this guy — is he black, white or Hispanic?" Zimmerman: "He looks black." In an appearance on Fox News’s “Hannity,” Brent Bozell, president of the conservative Media Research Center, called this omission on the part of ”Today” an “all-out falsehood” — not just a distortion or misrepresentation. "On the good front, [NBC] acknowledges the mistake and apologizes to viewers for the bad editing. It’s a forthright correction and spares us any excuses about the faulty portrayal. On the bad front, the statement is skimpy on the details on just how the mistake unfolded," writes Erik Wemple. "In light of all that’s happened, Zimmerman may be a tough person for a news network to apologize to, but that’s just the point: Apologies are hard.""

Comment: Re:Things you can't do on Windows or Linux (Score 1) 584

by Tokerat (#37940792) Attached to: Apple To Require Sandboxing For Mac App Store Apps

Would develop* the death of android would not prompt an exodus to apple but to wp7, most people who own an android specifically chose not to go apple cause of apple bs, and while microsoft has their share, it's not nearly as bad.

Not sure if trolololol

The reason most people who got Android got one was because their carrier didn't offer an iPhone. Most of the world outside your WoW guild doesn't give a crap one way or another about "Apple's BS"

Comment: My reason: Price (Score 1) 1162

by Tokerat (#35869688) Attached to: Why Has Blu-ray Failed To Catch Hold?
I already own a TV that doesn't do HD. I already have a DVD player. The economy is crap, and I have no money. I can't afford $1000+ for a new TV, $400+ for a Blu-Ray player (even a PS3), and whatever it would cost for a good surround sound system right now. It's not that I don't *want* Blu-Ray, it's that I have no means to upgrade at this time. Hopefully it lives long enough to allow me to make the switch eventullally, because I have seen whatt it can do, and I am actually impressed; the problem is purely financial.

Comment: Re:He'd have screwed it up. (Score 1) 307

by Tokerat (#35331174) Attached to: How Sun Bought Apple Computer (Almost)
Taken from

The idea was to connect hypertext with the Internet and personal computers, thereby having a single information network to help CERN physicists share all the computer-stored information at the laboratory. Hypertext would enable users to browse easily between texts on web pages using links. The first examples were developed on NeXT computers.

Comment: Re:He'd have screwed it up. (Score 1) 307

by Tokerat (#35331076) Attached to: How Sun Bought Apple Computer (Almost)

Apple's real genius was, as usual, to figure out how to fix other people's broken and half-completed ideas, put it into a pretty box, and market it up the wazoo.

FTFY. Apple doesn't usually completely think of something out of the blue. However, Apple does think of all the reasons no one wants a product, why the market isn't flocking to something. They get it. Then, they create something that doesn't have any of the issues that caused the previous attempts to fail. As stated in an earlier post, the iPad: No pen, great battery, UI is appropriate and responsible. It just comes naturally to everyone, you don't have to think about using it when you're using it (for most things, anyway). Perhaps if Palm had been just a little better, if Microsoft had actually designed a proper interface for a tablet, etc. then Apple wouldn't have gained any ground in the markets they're in. Apple is great at cashing in on all the mistakes their competitors inevitably make due to incompetence, marketing/corporate trying to do the designing and/or insisting on sub-par component suppliers. Stop making mistakes and you'll stop Apple.

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