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Comment: Re:We need a whitebox mobile device. (Score 1) 76

by _xeno_ (#48205499) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

You mean something like Project Ara? (Actually, Project Ara's website sucks, try the Wikipedia page on it instead.)

People are working on a modular cell phone. Not open hardware, necessarily, but something which you can upgrade piecemeal. I don't think anyone's managed to create a real marketable solution, but - well, there are companies working on it.

Comment: Re:First taste of Mac OS X (Score 1) 303

by _xeno_ (#48199771) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

As far as I can tell, chflags nohidden does nothing to "." files as far as Finder is concerned.

I can hide other files in Finder using chflags hidden and it hides them immediately (and they then reappear immediately using chflags nohidden) but "." files and directories remain hidden. (This is using Mavericks as IT hasn't approved Yosemite yet.)

Comment: Re:Boston (Score 2) 173

I live in an apartment complex outside of Boston. FIOS is already wired down the street I live on. When I asked Verizon about FIOS, they told me that in order to offer it in my building, the building owners would have to pay to wire it and they'd have to get half the units in the building to sign up ahead of time.

Needless to say, I'm still on Comcast.

Comment: Re:Where is the list? (Score 3, Informative) 173

Right here, the list is located on the side of that page. I have JavaScript disabled as well, but I still found it in the menu at the top of each page.

Anyway, the full list:

Ammon, ID
Auburn, IN
Austin, TX
Boston, MA
Centennial, CO
Champaign, IL
Chattanooga, TN
Clarksville, TN
Jackson, TN
Kansas City, KS
Kansas City, MO
Lafayette, LA
Leverett, MA
Louisville, KY
Montrose, CO
Morristown, TN
Mount Vernon, WA
Palo Alto, CA
Ponca City, OK
Portland, OR
Raleigh, NC
Rockport, ME
San Antonio, TX
Sandy, OR
Santa Cruz County, CA
Santa Monica, CA
South Portland, ME
Urbana, IL
Westminster, MD
Wilson, NC
Winthrop, MN

Comment: Re:Using a Java plugin to play audio files... (Score 1) 74

by _xeno_ (#48175935) Attached to: New Music Discovered In Donkey Kong For Arcade

And, bringing it right back around to video games, Ogg Vorbis is apparently used in a ton of video game engines. Something about it not requiring a license and being better at looping than MP3s. I'm unclear on the technical merits, but apparently there are still technical merits that make it a good choice for video games above and beyond the "no license fee" thing.

I know that the Unreal Engine started using Vorbis a long time ago, and from their API docs, it looks like they still do, along with Opus.

Comment: Re:Using a Java plugin to play audio files... (Score 2) 74

by _xeno_ (#48174339) Attached to: New Music Discovered In Donkey Kong For Arcade

If you View Source, you'll see that they do, in fact, use an <audio> tag. They also have a JavaScript library that replaces it with an HTML GUI. I guess if it detects your browser is old enough to not support HTML5, it goes with a Java applet instead.

So... update your browser?

Comment: Re:First taste of Mac OS X (Score 1) 303

by _xeno_ (#48169823) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Compared to Dolphin, I find Finder far too limited, especially the inability to show hidden files. I've got no idea why there is no such menu toggle built into it. What are Apple afraid of? This is especially annoying when I have to look for .m2 and .git files. Sure, I can use the command line, but it's not as intuitive.

Others have pointed out the hidden preference to change this, but since that's incredibly unintuitive and very annoying, I'll offer a different method.

If you only want to descend into a hidden directory that you know exists, you can use Shift-Command-G and enter the path directly. This will open the Finder window inside that path. You won't see any hidden files (other than the specific directory you're in) but it's the "quick and easy" way of entering hidden directories.

But I agree, there really, really should be a toggle somewhere to show hidden files. It shouldn't be all or nothing. When I need to see hidden files, I need to see them, but having my home folder filled with...

$ ls -d1 ~/.* | wc -l
38

38 little folders I generally don't need to see is incredibly obnoxious. I'd absolutely love to be able to toggle hidden folders on and off. The "hidden setting" method involves completely restarting Finder.

Comment: Re:First taste of Mac OS X (Score 2) 303

by _xeno_ (#48169685) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

Green plus: Only maximizes windows in Yosemite. Schizophrenic behavior is gone.

The review disagrees. In windows that don't support full screen, the green + still does whatever it is that it does, and if for some reason you want to do that on windows with real fullscreen support, you can Option-click the green dot.

Which means that in Yosemite, clicking on the green dot will either take you into fullscreen mode or do who even knows when it's a plus and not a pair of arrows. I'm not sure that's really an improvement if you want to remove "schizophrenic behavior."

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 0, Troll) 303

by _xeno_ (#48168943) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

They're making it possible to make and receive phone calls on the desktop.

According to the article, they've ported iOS-specific APIs back to the desktop, including things like their version of Androids Intents (that they call "extensions"). However, since they come from iOS, they only work with apps that are sold through the App Store.

They added the notifications pane from iOS (stolen from Android, natch) to the desktop. It's now literally identical, other than swiping in from the side rather than the top.

They're changing a bunch of apps to more closely mimic the cellphone UI. According to the review itself, this is resulting in UIs with excessive whitespace due to the lack of space on iOS devices compared to a desktop. (The examples the review uses are the maps app and Safari.)

So, yes, they're slowly iOS-ifying Mac OS X. I guess they learned they need to "boil the frog" from Microsoft: if they add the changes in slowly enough, people won't even notice their desktop OS is now slowly becoming a mobile OS.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 0, Troll) 303

by _xeno_ (#48168639) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

From what I can tell, Apple is going whole-hog in the "whole lot worse" category.

You know how people (rightly) shit on Microsoft for going the whole "let's bring Windows Phone to the desktop!" thing they did with Windows 8?

From what I can see of Yosemite, Apple is doing the same thing with Mac OS X. So congrats, Apple users, you can now experience the same joy that is the phone-ification of the desktop that Windows users got with Windows 8.

Comment: Re:Not an April Fools joke? (Score 2, Funny) 164

by _xeno_ (#48162337) Attached to: For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Goat Simulator's actually quite a lot of fun. Maybe not $10 worth of fun, but if you want something that's fun to screw around with for an hour or so, it's actually quite fun.

Especially when you find out you can combine powers like "summon minions," the jetpack, and the black hole.

Comment: Re: Apple Pay (Score -1) 353

by _xeno_ (#48161851) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

How? The way Apple described it was like "in-app purchases for physical items" - you pay using your Apple Account, but instead of just doing in-app purchases, you can now order physical goods from stores. How are they kept out of the loop when they're the one inherently validating and performing the transaction?!

Comment: Re:iOS 8.1? Already? (Score 1) 353

by _xeno_ (#48161743) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

The way I understand it is that this isn't "really" a x.1 version, it's "8.1" because it's the version that adds Apple Pay and support for the new iPads.

Basically iOS 8.0 was released missing features that the couldn't finish in time for launch, and 8.1 will be the originally intended 8.0 with all the features iOS 8 was supposed to have from the get-go.

Which, uh, really doesn't instill much confidence either, now that I think about it.

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