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Comment: Happy that costumer pressure has an effect (Score 3, Insightful) 294

by iampiti (#46696119) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware
It's probably the refusal of many corporations to upgrade to Windows 8 that got Microsoft to make these changes but it's still a win for everyone.
When designing Windows 8 the new Start screen looked a perfect plan to get the masses to buy apps through their store and thus getting more revenue from Windows. It'd also get them used to the UI shared by Windows Phone which would surely get the fledging smartphone platform many more users.
So when so many people refused to use Win 8 they must've thought "If we backtrack a bit we'll get many people to change to Windows 8, if we don't, we'll get fewer". It's also good to see that Microsoft no longer has near infinite power on the PC world. I'm currently starting to fear Google much more (they know so much about us...) but that's another topic

Comment: Re:Ugly Stuff (Score 1) 392

by iampiti (#46382051) Attached to: Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon
I'd mod you up but since I don't have points ... I totally agree with you: I'll pay you some money and let me do whatever I want with my computer and stay the hell out of it. I bought Windows 7 and it's perfect for me. This giving away Windows in exchange for using Bing looks like the Google strategy: They want to hook us on their services and make the money through other means. It also looks like they're desperate in putting Windows 8 in the hands of people

Comment: Onyx M92 (Score 1) 134

by iampiti (#46255405) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: E-ink Reader For Academic Papers?
This is a 9.7 (1200x825 px) inch e-ink reader. Supports most PDFs perfectly. It allows you to hightlight text and to scribble on them. You can then save the annotated version to a standard PDF that can be opened with the annotations and all on a PC with Adobe Reader or similar.
The hardware is somewhat old at this point and there's supossedly going to be a refresh in the near future (m96) with Android. They're supossedly even sponsoring a contest to develop e-ink optimized Android applications.
Warning: This is a exclusively reading device: It does have wifi and a browser but it's rubbish and many websites do not work well. They're also a bit fragile (specially the screen) so they must be treated carefully.
More info:
Official website (the chinese version has much more info than the English one): http://www.onyx-international....

Comment: Re:Hope it works... (Score 1) 12

I'd like to see this succeed too but I'm not counting on it. For starters, it's going to be really difficult to make the blocks with the connectors to connect to other blocks and everything and that the result is not an ugly, bulky phone. Make no mistake, looks are important in the smartphone market. In addition, don't count either on having a microSD holder module: Motorola is now part of Google and the big G is pushing hard for the cloud and against microSD cards. To sum up, an interesting idea that I'd like to see realized but I'm not optimistic about it.

Comment: Re:Apple made the same mistake (Score 1) 390

by iampiti (#45310115) Attached to: Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%
Well, the original Galaxy Ace is a pretty bad phone. Samsung cut too many corners in that one. The original premise still stands, though. No, the 150€ (we're talking off-contract prices) Android phone is not as good as an iPhone, but 300-400€ Android phones are.
What's more, the 200€ -current, 2013- Android phones are not as powerful as the latest iPhone but can really do the same things albeit a little slower.

Comment: Re:The most valuable part of some sites (Score 2) 276

by iampiti (#44924939) Attached to: Comments About Comments
Of course there's a lot of horrible comments, but that's a given on any site and there's not much you can do about it. In addition, moderation is no silver bullet and can both easily miss good comments and bury good ones because they don't coincide with the majority opinion. My point still stands: There're some great comments and opinions here.

Nondeterminism means never having to say you are wrong.