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Comment: Re:Cool (Score 2, Informative) 189 189

OK, from the top then :D

Traditional tablet PCs with WACOM styluses have existed for ages - over 10 years. They use an active digitizer (built into the screen) combined with an inductive stylus, which has a pressure-sensitive tip and does not require a battery. It's the same technology WACOM uses for its separate graphics tablets, which is why the pens are, in many cases, interchangeable - I can use the pen from my graphics tablet for my tablet PC (in this case, a Samsung ATIV Smart PC tablet), for instance. This technology is highly accurate, works across the entire system (due to presenting as a [PS2 or similar] pointing device) and is highly compatible with all existing software. Many Windows and Android devices come with this hardware built in... others (such as Microsoft for their Surface line) have switched to WACOM's main competitor for these products, N-Trig - even more accurate, but require batteries in the pens AFAIK.

iOS devices such as iPads have no such hardware built in - they have a "fat finger" capacitive touch display and no native palm rejection due to the fact that if you turn off the capacitive touchscreen, well, you lose all input - WACOM systems automatically turn off the capacitive touch when the stylus comes within a few centimeters of the digitizer screen, which incidentally also allows hovering over the screen with the stylus as a pointing device. The workaround palm rejection algorithms in these "let's use capacitive touch as a crutch for a stylus" devices and apps are almost always universally horrible. I'm hoping WACOM figured out something better for the product you mentioned, but I kinda doubt it.

The accuracy is also quite horrendous - with most iPad styluses, you wouldn't be much worse off using a hot-dog instead.

Hence the complicated workaround for iOS with Bluetooth (for the pressure sensitivity) and the very slow performance - take a look here for instance:

I dunno about you, but while the reviewer keeps talking about fast performance, I'd pretty much be pulling my hair out. That might be because of that Bamboo drawing app on the iPad though, and not because the Bluetooth connection is lagging (although that's a possibility too!).

Comment: Re:Cool (Score 2) 189 189

That's an edge case - a special product that doesn't work system-wide - and not a traditional WACOM stylus - the latter requires an active digitizer panel integrated in the screen, which iOS devices simply do not have. There's an entirely different level of accuracy involved, and the iOS version of the product only works with certain apps.

Traditional "real" WACOM styli work system-wide... everywhere you can use a pointing device. And they have absolute positioning on screen.

I am intrigued though - I wonder how the iOS version of the product works, since they're missing an elementary part of the system they usually use (the digitizer in the screen).

Comment: Re:Installs an extension... (Score 1) 76 76

While this does sound interesting (thank you for the tip, by the way - I may use this for other purposes), I'm not looking to move out of the Skype ecosystem because so many people I communicate with are already in it.

I just want to get rid of the Skype desktop application because it *sucks*. A webapp would be a welcome change.

Comment: Re: Best list of ISP monitoring SW / services? (Score 4, Interesting) 99 99

The problem with having a single such tool is that the ISPs will prioritize traffic generated by it, just like they do with etc.

How would you work around that without implementing measures that make the measurement of net neutrality related parameters impossible? VPN, for instance, would stop the ISP from prioritizing the measurement tool's data, but it would also prevent any of the potentially Net Neutrality threatening QoS/Blocking you're trying to measure in the first place. Any ideas?

Comment: Re:Original M3800 Model Linux User Here (Score 1) 133 133

Better than a Macbook Retina? Yes, yes it is.

Let me preface this by saying I'm typing this on a custom-built Win7 (& Win8.1/Win10/Ubuntu/ARCH/Debian if you include the dual boot and VMs) PC, I have a Win8.1 tablet on my nightstand and run Windows 7 and Debian on my laptop... but I kinda doubt that.

The MBPs have far far far (~100Wh vs. ~50Wh) Battery life, PCIe-based SSDs vs. (m)SATA, MagSafe... oh and they work OOTB in regards to a POSIX system. The only thing I'd consider genuinely *better* on the M3800 is the screen, and maye the non-backspace delete button :D

Comment: Re:Why connect EVERYTHING? (Score 1) 131 131

Have you ever been at the store and wondered if there was anything else you needed to replenish in your fridge? Wouldn't it be great to pull up a webcam view of the interior right at that moment? Or how about making sure your oven and stove and iron are off? Or getting a video call on your smartphone when someone rings your doorbell while you're not home?

These are just a few of the things that I personally would find useful or at least interesting - I'm sure other people have entirely different lists of things that would be useful or interesting to them. However, in order to allow all of us to do the things we want, we need to first connect, well, pretty much everything to the internet.

It needs to be well-planned and secure, of course... which is why I won't be installing any of this stuff unless I've vetted it myself first.

Mirrors should reflect a little before throwing back images. -- Jean Cocteau