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Comment: Re:FM Radio in disaster (Score 1) 350

The Emergency Broadcast System was turned off in 1997, so of course cell phones don't have to support it.

They do support its replacement, the Emergency Alert System. That sends messages out as cellular alerts as well as the myriad of broadcast options, so your cell phone would get them anyway, even if you didn't have the FM app running.

Cell phones also support the CMAS, which distributes the same sorts of warnings as the EAS, plus a couple more. (Amber Alerts, for instance.)

Comment: Darn you, Google! (Score 1) 109

by damnbunni (#49421001) Attached to: Google Rolls Out VP9 Encoding For YouTube

Dangit. Just when I get YouTube working well on my Amiga using HTML5 and H.264. But it pushes the CPU right to the edge. I haven't got a snowball's chance with VP9.

Not on an 800 MHz 603e equivalent, anyway.

*shakes tiny fist*

(My especially weird hobby hardware aside, the CPU requirement increase does kinda suck.)

Comment: Re:oh who cares... (Score 1) 225

by damnbunni (#49215115) Attached to: Another Upscaled Console Game: Battlefield Hardline

Nintendo's WiiU exclusives do tend to run at a solid 60fps at 1080p.

However, in large part that's because of the art design. The models and textures used are simply easier for the hardware to handle.

When you throw something like Bayonetta at it, the WiiU starts to chug in spots.

You can see that at work in other situations, too. World of Warcraft kept its models simple for a long time to keep performance up. But because the models and textures they used suited their art direction, it wasn't glaringly obvious.

(Some older MMOs still give my rig fits, and I pull 80+ FPS in Shadow of Mordor with all the options all the way up. Go to Bree in Lord of the Rings Online? Frames tank. Way too much reflection!)

Comment: I was hoping for a new Shield Portable. (Score 2) 116

by damnbunni (#49180971) Attached to: NVIDIA Announces SHIELD Game Console

And the Shield Portable has been discontinued.

Which is a real shame, because all my friends that see mine want one - I bring it to work, and the general reaction is 'Whoa, what IS that?' followed by 'Does it run emulators?' and 'Where can I get it?' - to which the answer is now 'Ebay, for more than double the MSRP. If you're lucky.'

I really hope they make a Portable 2. The thing really is great for playing all sorts of games on.

Comment: Read the MVNO plan really carefully. (Score 3, Informative) 100

by damnbunni (#49042309) Attached to: Starting This Week, Wireless Carriers Must Unlock Your Phone

Before switching from a prepaid carrier to an MVNO, make sure you read the MVNO's plan closely.

Some don't allow roaming at all, or only allow a minimal amount (like say, 25 megs of data). Some don't allow tethering/hotspot use, or charge an extra fee for it. Some shut off data when you hit the cap instead of throttling.

You can save money with an MVNO, but make sure you're actually getting the services you need.

Comment: Re:Did I miss windows verson 9? (Score 1) 570

by damnbunni (#48870597) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

64 bit Windows 8 will run 32 bit Windows 95/98 software just fine.

It's the 16 bit Windows 3.1 era stuff it craps out on.

(Okay, there is some 16 bit Win9x software. But most of what I have is 32 bit. The obnoxious exceptions are game installers. TIE Fighter for Windows? 32 bit. TIE Fighter's installer program? 16 bit.)

Comment: Re: a better question (Score 1) 592

by damnbunni (#48849135) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?

Actually, it was only supported when the GUEST was OS X Server in 10.6 and earlier. And it's only supported when the host is -some- form of Mac.

This is why Apple still sells MacOS 10.6 Server; so people can buy a version that will run in a VM that has Rosetta, for PPC apps.

(They charge about twenty bucks for it, and you need to call them and give the part number. But they have it.)

Me, I use OS X on my Mac because the ways that it sucks piss me off less than the ways Windows sucks or the ways Linux sucks.

They all suck. They just suck in different ways.

Comment: Re:Floppy bad reputation undeserved (Score 4, Informative) 252

by damnbunni (#48729665) Attached to: US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

Did you know that for $30 you can get a floppy-to-USB device?

It's the size of a floppy drive, installs in a floppy bay, plugs up to the floppy and power connectors, and provides a USB port, a couple of buttons, and a numeric display.

You plug in a USB stick, use the buttons to select which diskette image you want to use, and it presents it to the host machine like a floppy disk.

You often see them advertised for Roland keyboards, but they should work with most floppy applications.

Comment: Re:Where do they get floppy DRIVES?! (Score 1) 252

by damnbunni (#48729625) Attached to: US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks

You can still get motherboards with floppy connectors, though you have to shop around a bit.

Usually not 'gamer class' boards, but some workstation and server boards have 'em.

Alternately, you can use an IDE or SCSI floppy drive, though those are getting hard to find too. (And they're all old.)

Comment: Re: Plain text e-mail... (Score 1) 141

by damnbunni (#48688501) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Companies With Poor SSL Practices?

And I know people who use IMs on their PC but not their phone. An IM doesn't necessarily get read any faster than an email.

None of the IMs I've used will actually tell me a message is read. It'll let me know if it fails to deliver, but that doesn't mean Jim is actually at his desk and saw it.

I wasn't claiming there aren't uses for IMs.

My claim was that email isn't useless.

Not everyone's use case is the same as yours.

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