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Comment: not a weak projector, think big-screen laptop (Score 1) 44

I assume the projector can't light up a screen as well as the big ones, but a small shift in thinking makes me wonder if this has some use: if you do business travel, would this make a good large-screen laptop? With the bonus of being able to project for small groups? Would you need to bring some kind of screen to project on for daily use? or would a cube wall work?
the only disadvantage I see for this use is no battery, but I usually plug in anyway if it's available (and it usually is). Still need a keyboard but with the size, not much added to the travel bad for a small one, and more ergonomic (lot of people do carry keyboards nowadays anyway with a laptop because of ergo concerns).

Comment: Re:Hell Yes! (Score 1) 251

by fikx (#47072305) Attached to: It's Time For the <em>Descent</em> Games Return
the space orb was much better, ask my old roommate from college days. He hated mine since I could keep the crosshair on him while not pausing in flying through a chamber...nothing like casually navigating a complex room and just taking him out in passing while heading on...
OK, time to dig up some old discs now...
the space orb may be the other controller you're thinking of: although it has 6 buttons at least, can't remember if there are more than that.

Comment: 3 likely scenios with built in solutions (Score 1) 189

by fikx (#47029777) Attached to: Understanding an AI's Timescale
1) AI will be emergent and the communication/interaction method will emerge as well
2) AI will be designed with the interaction/communication method part of the design
3) AI will be simulated and likely be slower than real time since the real world is already running flat-out as fast as it can and simulating a real "thing" will always have at least a lag and most likely a slower clock speed than real life...that makes the problem backwards from what the summary talks about and easier from our point of view...might be frustrating to the simulated person if they notice, but easy enough for us to buffer and playback the slow responses

Did I miss any?

Comment: Re:Oh just feking wonderful... (Score 1) 279

by fikx (#46494503) Attached to: U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration
The phone system technical details that allow different systems to connect are one thing. Governing a world-wide existing system is another. Not too mention policy over content (which is essentially what DNS dips into BTW) which IS the big concern in Internet governance..
Phone and internet are not the same thing , especially in this case.

Comment: Re:Google more restrictive than Microsoft (Score 1) 194

by fikx (#46440697) Attached to: Google Blocking Asus's Android-Windows "Duet"?
More restrictive? Let someone put MS Office on Android and see what happens...
Of course Google won't like it: This is about the app market. MS would LOVE products like this since it gives Windows users an instant app library. But this is about the market place for Google. To compare apples to apples, see what MS does when their lock-in titles are ported to another platform (breaking the lock-in)...
Not that Google is handling this right, but apples to apples and all that...

Comment: great, just like DTV (Score 1) 218

by fikx (#46135177) Attached to: FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital
Goody, I can look forward to another round of converter boxes and government coupons. Sounds like fun.
I do wonder if things like text messages will finally work with home phones...Then I realize the real motivation: AT&T and others are looking at an opportunity to sell more hardware and services. Oh, and a chance to crack open existing regulations and insert cracks and wedges for them to cut service and/or make more money of existing stuff.
Adding value is not an option.

Comment: trying to move on with S3 (Score 1) 303

by fikx (#46076401) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?
I'm currently giving a try at leaving my beloved n900 behind with an S3. The hack-ability of the n900 was fun to have but it wasn't something I relied on. I actually like the n900 as a good phone. The real motivation was to move to more modern hardware ( better radio, better battery life, some extra CPU , etc.) but the biggest reason was to be on a supported platform. Any apps or such that come out are either Apple or Android. Things like work apps and latest apps of any type were off-limits on the n900. But, so far the S3 doesn't quite hit the same buttons as the n900 on just plain smartphone usability. The s3 was a compromise for price vs functionality, given I was going to loose features no matter what I paid (why pay for the top-of-the-line when it's still not as good as I have now?).
Things I liked in the n900 that are missing: Landscape mode as default (I prefer this, Android has it as a late add-on so not supported everywhere). Hardware keyboard (just no getting past how useful that is). Cover for the camera lens (protects it form scratches in a pocket or pouch). Instant access to camera (tied to the above cover, flip it open and camera starts automatically. great convenience). The plugin nature of the contacts app (you can download additions to it to increase the kinds of contacts details it can handle without jumping to another app) Sound worked better (android seems to get confused when jumping between earphones, speaker, Bluetooth when routing sounds. Alerts can go to speakers even when earphone plugged in, system sounds don't always go through Bluetooth when it's connected, can't reliably make it silent since some things will override that), and mostly just being able to change something if I didn't like it. I guess that's a vote on the hack-ability of the n900 but I did the minimum just tweaking things that I didn't like. Another more "fuzzy" thing is just better interface: seems like I'm having to do more clicks to get anywhere in Android. The N900 seemed well thought out and very consistent across the whole phone. Oh, and what is the issue with not including text notes by default? As a PDA veteran, taking text notes is a must for a portable device, yet seems like it's been forgotten except for add-on in most modern devices. And I like the X based interface...can't count how many times I forwarded an app to the phone in a pinch to get to something on my PC. I'll miss that
Things I have now: better connection to towers. seemed like the n900 was having more trouble talking to towers as time went on with more drops, less bars on average, etc. Supported platform: can buy accessories and find software more easily. I am supported with work and other apps. Much better battery life, although I had no issues plugging the n900 in each night, but it's still nice to get 2 days on a charge. One of the nicer things is support for MMS built in: the n900 had an app for it but it maintained separate menus and interface from regular messaging. That was another work related convenience that pushed me.
So, I'm making myself do without some things just to get the few important (mostly work related) features I consider critical for future.

Mediocrity finds safety in standardization. -- Frederick Crane