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Comment: Re:Blackberry. (Score 1) 373

by damnbunni (#49552493) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

My experience with CyanogenMod is pretty negative, both on a Tmobile G2 (Desire Z) and Galaxy SII.

It wasn't too bad on the G2, though I had random app closes, but on the SII it's horrible. The dialer can't even make calls reliably. I switched that phone back to the stock ROM last week.

Comment: Blackberry. (Score 5, Insightful) 373

by damnbunni (#49552313) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

No, seriously. Blackberry OS 10.3 is pretty damn solid. I don't have any issues with system stuff crashing on my Q10.

I do have some apps crash, but that's the app developer's problem. Not much the OS vendor can do about that.

I initially got a Blackberry because I wanted a hardware keyboard, and couldn't find an Android with a good one. However, after using the Q10 for a while, I would hate to go back to Android even with a good keyboard - I really, really like the Hub and the way gestures work.

Blackberry's voice assistant isn't as flexible as Google's or Apple's, so that might be an issue for you. It works well within what it's designed to do, though.

Apps can be an issue. Usually for anything I want an app for there's one or two apps, probably paid, versus thirty free ones in the Google Play store. I can access the Amazon Appstore for Android (comes with the OS) and sideload Snap, which lets me use the Google Play store, but the phone lacks some Android services so a good chunk of apps don't work. The Android runtime's pretty solid, so the apps that don't need Play Services work well.

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.

We don't really understand it, so we'll give it to the programmers.