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Comment: Re: never heard of this jMonkeyEngine (Score 1) 184

Look around. Almost the entire world disagrees with you. Maybe there's a reason?

Sure there is: Almost the entire world doesn't have a clue about computers or information security. I'm quite proud that they disagree with me in almost every aspect.

Why do you think so many linux fanatics still dual-boot?

Because Windows can't do somethings right, of course. Isn't it nice to have options?

Look, if you suddently realized you are not able to cope with maintaining your Linux desktop anymore, so you had to ditch it after so many years, it's your decision. Relationships eventually go sour, but you don't need to spill bitterness on every opportunity to make sure everybody sides with you. Move along and be happy. Forget and forgive. Nobody you blame you for switching to the "easier", "prettier" side. You have the right to.

Yes, it is not for the average dummy (and that's why it's not for "almost the entire world", which is the same thing). But there are some who see better value on Linux, and DO NOT chose Linux JUST because Windows costs money. And yes, there are nice things which come out of Open Source.

Comment: Re: never heard of this jMonkeyEngine (Score 1) 184

"However, you had the option to refuse to activate Windows and get a refund. "

no, I hadn't.

"Or you could have bought a Mac."

or I could buy a Dell and dual-boot linux, since somethings at that time still required Windows (for example our home banking)

"Printer support under linux is still a crapshoot."

works perfectly with my networked, wireless HP

"Not having to pay for licensed copies of software is a big selling point in both business and private use."

Yes, and if the free alternative perfectly solves your problem, what's wrong with that? (besides not disliking what you dislike)

" the paid alternatives are much much better."

Good for you; "better" is a matter of opinion. Everyone is entitled to one. For me, "better" is something that does the job and gives me no headaches for the minimum cost in time&money. If that's being "cheap", there you have it.

enough food for you

Comment: Re: never heard of this jMonkeyEngine (Score 1) 184

Dang, just realized I originally replied to a Troll.

Ok, you won. All Linux users are cheap. I only keep using Linux not because it is safer, easier to maintain (for me), needs less hardware power to run, does not turn the GUI upside down on every release, nor because it does everything my wife needs done. It's because I don't want to pay for Windows (no, wait, it came with Windows from Dell, no option to refuse it - darn, I didn't NEED Linux!)

Few home users would be able to maintain Windows sane for almost 10 years without the help of someone with higher expertise (oh, right, not being cheap, they should scrap their PC and buy a fresh one with a clean Windows once a year).

My wife doesn't know what distro fragmentation is. There are too many religions; that's no reason for going jihad nor being atheist (it's one of the reasons for being agnostic though, which is quite different).

The only "tool" my wife (and lots of users) care about is a browser. Crome and Firefox are pretty good "clones" of their windows counterpars. She browses the web, does webmail, youtube and lots of home banking. She doesn't want Windows although she has a license paid for.

People are different, and have different needs. "I'm tired and disappointed with Linux/Open Source because of this and that" are civilized arguments. "Nothing nice can come from Open Source" and "Linux users are cheap" means I'm wasting time feeding trolls. Bye.

Comment: Re: never heard of this jMonkeyEngine (Score 1) 184

So?
I was answering to "I mean who is gonna care about jumping through the hoops and dealing with the bullshit of a Linux desktop if they can get the latest Windows for $20 or even free?", meaning that most people who "jump through the hoops" do not do it because Linux is free and Windows is not, which the comment implied. If it is 1% or 90% was not the point. The reason for doing it was.
Yes, Linux fares better in servers - I have 5 of them at work, and my wife would never have switched, nor have been able to keep Linux up and running if she hadn't married a Unix sysadmin, but the point is, those (1, 0.1, 0.001%, I don't care) who choose Linux mostly do not do it because of the price.
If you, or most people, got dissapointed because your distros are not going where you wanted them to go, too bad (really, I do think it is bad. I loved Symbian, but it was killed by bad decisions).
Yet some people have true reasons for using Linux on the desktop, and implying that they are just being cheap is kind of dull.

Comment: Re: never heard of this jMonkeyEngine (Score 2) 184

Even on the desktop I doubt that lots of people choose Linux because of the price of the OS.
It's security, flexibility, stability, availability of free tools, etc.
Most hardware come with Windows preinstalled, yet some people choose to wipe it out or dual-boot Linux although their Windows is already paid for.
My (not computer person) wifehas been using Linux for more than 10 years at home, and she is amused when relatives complain about their troubles with ad/malware, bsods, forced upgrades that render the computer unbootable, etc. She does not want Windows, even if she's paid to have it.

Comment: Re: heres another lie. (Score 1) 237

by jsveiga (#49102499) Attached to: Ten Lies T-Mobile Told Me About My Data Plan

Annoyingly, restricting background data isn't available when you select the "Android OS" "app", so the only way to really stop a (non rooted) Android phone to silently eat up your data plan is to completely disable cellular data. Whenever you need it, enable it - knowing that while you are using it, "Android OS" is doing its thing too.
I miss how Symbian respected the fact that you were the one paying for the service, no hacking required.

Comment: Re: The new power supplies may be sensitve to EMP (Score 1) 192

by jsveiga (#49011709) Attached to: Xenon Flashes Can Make New Raspberry Pi 2 Freeze and Reboot

In the US, in medieval times, cell phones used TDMA (IS136) or CDMA (IS95/2000).
TDMA is time-division multiplex, which means the phone radio would turn on and off on a fixed cadence to allow for other phones to share the same frequency channel. At the start of a call (either to or from the cell phone), the cell network still doesn't know how attenuated the phone signal will arrive, so typically the first communication bursts from the phone would be sent with much more power than the subsequent ones, when the cell could tell the phone "whoa, you can lower your voice, I can hear you very well" (power control).
That was why the phones would interfere with other devices just when a call was about to start (before the phone rings, the cell and the network have already established comms).
Europe was right, and everybody went GSM, which then added WCDMA (UMTS, LTE, "3G", "4G").
GSM is also a TDMA technology, so when your phone is in GSM mode, it may also create the same tick-tick-tick-brrrrrz interference for the same reasons.

Comment: Re: Gray-market Nintendo smuggling (Score 2) 111

by jsveiga (#48786477) Attached to: Nintendo Puts Business In Brazil On Hiatus

There are a lot of shades of gray.
For years, Sony ignored Brazil in regards to the Playstation market. There was no PS2 nor PS3 officially sold nor supported by Sony in the country, no way to select Brazil when creating a PSN account, no Sony warranty nor repair centers, Nothing.
Nevertheless, nobody cared, and most people didn't even notice (until they tried to register a PSN account and had to resource to hacks to be able to register one as being in the US and makw Sony accept a Brazilian international credit card).
The consoles could be purchased by several "channels", from black to almost white gray market: From smugglers, by going to the US an bringing one, from legit stores who would legally import them directly and even provided a 1-year warranty, etc.
Sony did not spend a dime with the market. They would't even answer support questions from Brazilian customers, although there was a lot of money coming in from the indirect sales of the consoles, game sales, and PSN purchases.
After Brazil was finally "recognized" by Sony, soon US PSN accounts would no longer accept Brazilian international credit cards via the "hack". Makes one wonder if the well-known hacks (merely using a US city with the same ZIP code of your Brazilian city would work, for example) was tolerated before so Sony could get the profits without the burden of officially supporting the customers.
Maybe Nintendo just wants to save money with the same business model.

Comment: it is so much more than that!! (Score 4, Funny) 231

by jsveiga (#41367623) Attached to: Apple iPad 2 As Fast As the Cray-2 Supercomputer

It has been demonstrated that the ipad 2 is lighter than an Apple II.

The ipad 2 user interface has been tested and proven much better than the Zilog Z80's.

On a blind test, the ipad's screen resolution has been voted subjectively better than the MSX's!

And an independent research confirmed that it has more available apps than the HP41C!

In a random test with a control group, 3 out of 5 teenagers prefer the ipad when offered the option of an ipad or a Newton, and 2 out of 4 girls prefer the ipad over Justin "Beaver".

Oh my God, the ipad is really the best thing in the whole universe! No, it has been demonstrated that it is better than 5 universes put together with whipped cream and strawberries on top!!

PlayStation (Games)

+ - Sony PlayStation Network Down for a 'Day or Two'->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sony said Thursday that its PlayStation Network, the online service that connects Sony's game consoles like the PlayStation 3, may be out for a "full day or two" due to an unexpected and unexplained outage.
Sony first confirmed the outage at 5:50 PM Wednesday night, when Patrick Seybold, the senior director of corporate communications and social media, reported that "We're aware certain functions of PlayStation Network are down," Seybold said. "We will report back here as soon as we can with more information."
At 9:34 AM on Thursday, Seybold added the latest information, which will be grim news for PlayStation players.
"While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we're able to get the service completely back up and running," Seybold added. "Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we'll update you again as soon as we can."
The PlayStation Network is used to deliver downloadable games, movies, music, and other services to consumers who own a PlayStation 3 console. But the network also serves as the infrastructure for multiplayer games, meaning that gamers won't be able to play a multiplayer game like "Call of Duty" until Sony fixes the outage.
Reports also said that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe had posted its suspicions about a hacking attempt, but by press time, the European PlayStation blog had been apparently edited to mimic the U.S. version.
"As you are no doubt aware, the current emergency outage is continuing this afternoon and all Sony Online Network services remain unavailable," Sony Computer Entertainment Europe PS blog manager James Gallagher posted today. "Our support teams are investigating the cause of the problem, including the possibility of targeted behavior by an outside party. If the reported Network problems are indeed caused by such acts, we would like to once again thank our customers who have borne the brunt of the attack through interrupted service."
The outage apparently is not the work of Anonymous, the industry hacker group that had turned its ire to Sony, announcing a worldwide protest in the wake of Sony's litigation against George Hotz, which was eventually settled, but not before Hotz vowed to join the boycott as well.
"ATTENTION: For everyone coming here complaining about the PSN or inquiring about it, We Do Not Know What Happened," a member of the group posted on its Facebook page. "This is not the work of Anonymous."

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Comment: A sad sad day (Score 1) 1

by jsveiga (#35172118) Attached to: Nokia and Microsoft form cell phone partnership

Nobody expected Symbian to survive much longer anymore, but going Microsoft was the dumbest option.

The largest hardware market share with the worst possible OS. Could only come from an American mindset CEO: "Hey, look! An ultra fast way to make the Windows Mobile market share go up and get fat bonuses quick! Let's show these fancy Europeans how a real OS should be!"

Why didn't they go Android then?

Nokia fanboys (like myself) are there for the intrinsic cool factor of a Nokia phone (no matter if cold numbers point to better hardware or more modern OSs out there). They just needed to keep the flame alive sprinkling some edgy tech here and there, no need to sell their souls to the devil. Apple lives up on coolness alone.

What a way to completely "finnish" up with the coolness...

Joao S Veiga

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