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Comment: Re:Wow so negative here (Score 1) 207

by exomondo (#48935257) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Sure, it's faster for the programs you use often enough that you remember their name. That's maybe 20 out of the 200 programs I've installed.

If you don't know their name then are you just reading them all and hoping on jogs your memory?

I do know I filed them somewhere in Programs->XML tools (or one of a few categories I've set up and that make sense for me).

Easy, just go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs in Explorer just like you would on a Mac through Finder or on Linux through Nautilus, Konquerer or whatever. How exactly do you go about this on other platforms currently?

Comment: Re:Cost; exclusive applications (Score 1) 297

by exomondo (#48935227) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Actually, you can put Linux on the Surface Pro.

Yeah that's why I suggested it.

The problem is that there's drivers missing for a lot of things, and certain things just don't work.

Like what? The graphics, sound, networking, usb, etc... are all just standard Intel. Touchscreen input works out of the box too. The pen input on the Pro 1 & 2 is just wacom (official and non-official drivers exist).

To add to that, Linux still has some catching up to do in terms of high resolution displays so that things don't end up really tiny on the high resolution display.

Most definitely.

Comment: Re:Twice 8:9 (Score 1) 297

by exomondo (#48935175) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

An 80-column-wide window with a 6-pixel-wide font is 480xsomething inside the chrome, which means two 80-column-wide windows can comfortably fit side-by-side.

80 columns is not enough.

On Windows RT you also can't run a compiler and its output.

On a lot of things you can't run a compiler and its output.

Comment: Re:Windows Phone != Windows (Score 1) 297

by exomondo (#48935165) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

There's Instagram, Vine and Snapchat clients for Windows

...Phone.

No, i didn't write phone because I didn't mean phone. I said "clients", which you wrongly inferred to mean getting them from the service provider.

PrimeVine is an example for Vine.
Snapper is an example for snapchat.

These are not the only examples.

I have no smartphone. Is a smartphone still a luxury, or has it become a necessity?

As I said, you can run it in bluestacks or just get a cheap smartphone or communicate in one of the many other ways available. You're limited only by limitations you are inventing.

Is BlueStacks based on Google Play or AOSP?

Im not even going to bother to do a lmgtfy link.

Android distributions based on AOSP lack Google Play Store and thus cannot download Google Play Store-exclusive applications.

Right.

In any case, it appears that BlueStacks is something that "everyone's gonna have to install"

No, it doesn't. Maybe in the contrived case where you don't have a smartphone, refuse to get a smartphone yet want to run a smartphone app. If for whatever reason it doesnt work in bluestacks then get a cheap smartphone or dont use the app.

Comment: Re:Twice 8:9 (Score 1) 297

by exomondo (#48929859) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

The display in my Dell Inspiron mini 1012 is even "worse" at 1024x600, yet 120 dpi doesn't cause a problem for my use cases. If you hate 16:9, think of it as two 8:9 windows side by side. And side by side is something you can do on a netbook or x86 tablet that you can't do on tablets that run a phone OS.

Side by side is pretty useless when your windows are 512x300, especially when you can't do them "fullscreen" so you end up with a lot of wasted window chrome. On Windows RT you can split the windows and you don't end up with a bunch of useless chrome. On a lot of Samsung devices you can do multi-window setups as well.

Comment: Re:Cost; exclusive applications (Score 1) 297

by exomondo (#48929857) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

There's Instagram, Vine and Snapchat clients for Windows and even an official Instagram one in Beta. You can use the whatsapp web client on your device so long as you have the app on a smartphone to register.

And as I said you can run the Android apps in bluestacks.

Comment: Re:iPad is a luxury? (Score 1) 297

by exomondo (#48929627) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

How come an iPad is a luxury, but a $700 smart phone isn't?

I make perfectly fine phone calls on my old RAZR 3

It is to some degree, but it does a lot more than your RAZR and I think we're at the point where it is just being intentionally stupid to still consider a modern phone to be nothing more than a device to make phone calls.

The point here is that if you have say an iPhone then an iPad isn't really going to get you anything you couldn't do on your phone aside from it being perhaps a little more convenient to do it on a larger screen.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 578

by exomondo (#48928921) Attached to: Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

Right, but if every phone was upgraded to the version it is technically able to be upgraded to by the hardware vendors, then I doubt there would be very many phones still running android 4.3 (that people were still using).

Well that's a pretty key point, is there any evidence to support that? Also it isn't just 4.3, this vulnerability is anything prior to 4.4.

I suppose this is true of PCs and windows updates as well, but there is enough consumer demand that Microsoft continues to release patches

Like I said, if it doesn't say "hey, here's an update" they won't care, Windows does that, Android does not. Android's approach to updates is a new operating system version rather than a patch.

Comment: Re:Wow so negative here (Score 1) 207

by exomondo (#48928875) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

Search is a great feature! Having a mouse and clicking around a GUI browsing for files was the most gimmicky, mouth-breather way of launching programs that added nothing for users. If you want something then just type it, it's faster than hunting through and clicking ever-expanding menus trying to reveal what you're looking for. Not only that but I don't need to rely on different operating systems having all the items in the same place, for example if I need mouse settings I just search for it and whether it's Windows 7, Windows 8 or OS X it gives me all the mouse-related items. I can do it with programs too so I don't need to worry that somebody may have organized their programs or files differently to me if I use their computer.

This also works on phones, I know where I put Safari on my iPhone but I don't know where it is on somebody elses so instead of hunting for it the more efficient way is to search. I could just browse for it but search is quicker.

Power users can go further than search and do things like scripts that copy lnk files from the start menu folder (yes it is what drives the start screen in Windows 8 too) to a directory that you add to your PATH variable so you can just launch any applications directly from the command line without having to remember where they are. This is great for when you have to work on a different system where things aren't where you expect them to be.

You can still put things in sensibly named and organised layouts if you prefer, and you can create shortcuts to things you need and place them in the most appropriate locations. I'm not sure where you get the idea that you cannot do that anymore.

Comment: Re:Not that great of a preview (Score 1) 207

by exomondo (#48928097) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

I don't wish to be "stuck" with Win10 as it's going subscription after a year free.

Where did you get that information from? I saw they are going to charge for it after the first year and that they will obviously charge OEMs for it so they can make money but I didn't see anything about "subscription".

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 578

by exomondo (#48927715) Attached to: Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

How long should they realistically keep doing this? I know it is common to support some hardware for decades, but people just don't keep cell phones that long.

Well if you look at the usage of versions prior to 4.4 it is most of the Android userbase. I don't think there's a hard and fast rule on how long but given that most people are still using earlier versions I think it's pretty clear there needs to be some support.

Continually patching older releases may provide some short term good (if the hardware vendors are even willing to push those patches), but it also allows hardware vendors a convenient way to skirt their responsibility to port newer android versions to their phones.

Well really this is a special case anyway, the problem has been mostly resolved in recent Android versions where this is all moved into the Google Play app/services so Google can update these things directly. Webview specifically has been moved there in later versions.

Maybe this would work. But I still think a consumer demand based approach could work just as well or even better.

I doubt it, most people would have no idea about vulnerabilities such as this or that there is a new version of Android for their phones. If it doesn't say "hey, here's an update" most people don't know or care.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 578

That fact does remain, but what I am arguing is that the real problem is the hardware vendors not google.

That's a fair position to take but in my opinion Google should see the situation and adapt to it by patching the older version especially since many of those phones do lack the capability to run 4.4 (though some may be able to skip 4.4 and run 5.0).

Until the hardware vendors change their ways, I think the most reasonable advice is "Don't buy phones with locked bootloaders, and preferably buy nexus phones from the google play store".

Even an unlocked bootloader isn't going to help you if you don't have a compatible system image, the binary drivers of one version don't necessarily work with the next because of the instability of the kernel ABI.

What Google should do is force a support requirement through the OHA.

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