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Comment: Re:Will it run Windows 8? (Score 1) 158

by enec (#43022563) Attached to: Pixel Picture Clearer? Google Ports Office-Substitute To Chrome OS, Browser

Windows 8's handling of HiDPI displays still leaves a lot to wish for. There is still just one "right" DPI setting, the "normal" scaling and anything other than that causes small artifacts on some apps due to the text being scaled up but some other elements not. It gets even worse if you connect an external monitor that has a lower pixel density and thus should use a lower DPI setting. You can't set different DPI's for different displays so one of them ends up looking ugly and just a bit off.

This is something that OSX does great. I have a Macbook Pro with the 220 ppi Retina display and a 27" Thunderbolt display. They use different DPI values and the transition is seamless even when dragging windows from one screen to the other. If I boot to Windows one display becomes basically useless. Either everything is way too small on the Retina display or everything is way too big on the external monitor.

But anyways, the Pixel is a normal x86 machine so I'd imagine it should be possible to install other operating systems on it.

Comment: Re:How long until the PS4 is irrelevant? (Score 1) 587

by enec (#42964523) Attached to: Sony Announces the PS4

The high requirements to emulate a PS3 or Xbox 360 stem from the fact that they are entirely different CPU architectures, so you need to translate the instructions in software, which requires loads of processing power. The PS4 was announced to use the x86 architecture with AMD's Jaguar CPUs so there would not be a need to emulate anything in software, you could run the same code natively on your PC. So in the case of the PS4 you don't need a 16Ghz processor.

The only potentially troublesome thing is the shared GDDR5 memory between the GPU and the CPU which is something you won't find in a normal PC.

Comment: Not much to do (Score 5, Informative) 459

by enec (#35272714) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?

Most ISPs block outgoing port 25 because 99.99% of that traffic is viruses or otherwise malicious computers trying to send spam. Even more mail services block all dynamic pools used by major ISPs because of the same reason.

Just invest a few bucks a month into a cheap hosted VPS behind a static IP where you can run the server.

Comment: Re:Samsung Support (Score 1) 161

by enec (#35200912) Attached to: Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II

I agree. I'm a (very dissatisfied) owner of a Samsung Galaxy Spica. When I bought it it shipped with Android 1.5, but Samsung promised to deliver 2.1 "soon".

In the end it took something like three months of "any day now", and they didn't offer the chance to upgrade OTA. When I installed Samsung New PC Studio (a complete rip-off of Nokia's PC suite btw, with the exception that Nokia's suite works) to update, I first had to struggle a few hours to get the software to recognize my phone at all. When it finally did, I had to select the "update" option for the phone half a dozen times until the software managed to connect and realize that there was an update out for my phone.

After the software started updating and put my phone in some sort of recovery mode, the computer would helpfully tell me that my phone had been disconnected and an unknown, malfunctioning USB device had been plugged in. Needless to say the PC studio software didn't ever finish updating, it thought the phone was unplugged as well and usually crashed.

I tried to update using different operating systems, different computers, different versions of their PC suite, different data cables, et cetera. Finally I gave up and took the phone to Samsung after sales service. The fsckers kept my phone for three weeks, and when I finally got to pick it up they said they had updated the OS to Android 2.1... Guess what? It was still on 1.5, and all they had done was reset the phone to factory defaults. Something I could've done in two minutes.

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+ - Google acknowledges Nexus S failure on long calls->

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alx5000 writes "Not that long after Apple's iPhone 4 Antennagate, it's now Google's turn to remind us how smartphones are increasingly more "smart" and less "phone": a failure on the new Nexus S makes the phone reboot mid-call mostly during calls longer that 3 minutes, but even during shorter ones. If this turns to be a software problem, things could get hairy, with Gingerbread for the rest of Android terminals just around the corner."
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