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Comment: Re:Phones getting too big .. (Score 1) 258

by khellendros1984 (#48265727) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?
I have 3.5", 4.7", and 5" phones. The UI on the smallest is too small to be useful. The screen on the 5" one is large enough that I can use the phone one-handed maybe 80% of the time. The 4.7" phone is just barely small enough to hold and use one-handed, while still having a nice screen size. The 5" is a step down in usability unless I use it 2-handed, which I don't like doing. For my 7" and 10" tablets, I prefer holding them in my lap, on a desk, or across a forearm, rather than just in my hands like a phone. Anything in between is too large for me to use 1-handed but too small to be treated like a pocket tablet (and also wouldn't fit into all of my pants).

Then again, I suppose that someone with larger hands than mine would have less of a problem with a 5.7" screen. I imagine that I'd get used to it, but that's not my preferred solution.

Comment: Re: Legality (Score 4, Insightful) 112

by khellendros1984 (#48226583) Attached to: AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads
The whole point of the story is that the Apple SIM gets locked by AT&T to their network. The SIM is part of the hardware that you purchased with the iPad. Therefore, the hardware that belongs to you (the SIM) gets locked. Implying that it doesn't matter because the rest of the device remains free to use elsewhere is missing the point.

If AT&T wants to lock a SIM to their service, then they should provide the customer a SIM, rather than disabling functionality in the SIM that the customer already has. Putting it in the contract gives them a right to do it, but it doesn't make it a less-scummy business practice.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 1) 81

by khellendros1984 (#48208295) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits
If you can get a 7" MIPI DSI screen with capacitive multi-touch for $5 on Ebay, people will get upset with the RPi foundation. The prototype that I've seen mentioned is supposed to be around $70, and as you've said, the drivers for CSI and DSI devices are in some part of the binary blob of system firmware. A matching screen seems to be $50-$60 on Ebay, though. So $70 might be overpriced, but at least it wouldn't be 10x overpriced.

Comment: Re:Ahh but (Score 4, Informative) 126

by khellendros1984 (#48197859) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices
I'm paying some god-awful amount of money for satellite every month (my wife handles the exact amount, but it comes out of my paycheck). It includes a DVR. Fairly often, I forget to record something that I could've recorded and watched legally. Streaming on Netflix? No. Hulu? No. The network's site? No. The satellite's On Demand service? No. Hmmm, sounds like it's torrent time, if I want to watch whatever it was. Of course, most of the time it's not worth the effort. I'll wait a few months for a rerun, or a few years for it to show up on Netflix, or something.

Comment: Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (Score 1) 555

by khellendros1984 (#48197725) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Please, when you want to get a new version of your graphics driver or update something too big (say KDE, Mate) you end up replacing the whole OS.

Graphics drivers tend to have minimum requirements, same as in Windows. Minimum kernel version, libc, etc? Minimum Windows release, DirectX version, etc. Using an open-source driver, my package manager grabs the new module, usually along with the current version of the kernel. With a closed-source driver, the installer compiles the interface module and copies the files to the right places. It's hardly replacing the whole OS, just the kernel in the worst case.

In replacing something large like the desktop environment, I haven't tried doing something like trying to get KDE 1.x running under a modern Linux, so I can't address it directly. I know two things though: it's more possible than getting the Windows 98 desktop working on a modern Windows.

setting targets for fan control, looking for voltage drops - linux never allowed me to read ANY of the half dozen or so voltage sensors built in any PC, it doesn't even acknowledge their presence.

YMMV, based on hardware support in the kernel, but lm-sensors supports a large list of drivers, including temperature, voltage, and fan speed sensors. I get readings on my machine, but I can't speak for yours, of course.

It would be good to have a low footprint Windows clone to do the low level tasks that are just impossible on linux.

More choice and more ways to do things is always good. I won't say that an actually-working Windows clone would be a bad thing. ReactOS didn't impress me, last time I tried to run it.

Comment: Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (Score 1) 555

by khellendros1984 (#48191477) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork
OK, cool. Keep that attitude, and maybe we can stop "usability" from getting in the way of actually getting things done. Lots of simple things are easier on Windows than on Linux. Problem is, when you want to do the unusual things, that's when it gets impossible. Linux? Of course it's possible. Spend enough time, and you can swap any part out for something you like more. There are a dozen ways to do most things, and you get to research and choose which one you like. I like that. Now, if I'm going to play a game...reboot into Windows. Lowest common denominator OS for a lowest common denominator activity, and it works beautifully for that (unless the dev used a 32-bit number to represent the RAM in your machine, and the game refuses to start with your -{big_number} amount of RAM).

Comment: Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (Score 1) 555

by khellendros1984 (#48191399) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

you can *not* do that with even two versions of the same linux distro a year apart from eachother.

Hyperbole. Of course you can, if you design the software to handle that. One of my employer's pieces of software is compiled on SLES10 (from 2006) and runs on current Linux distros without a hitch. Code from 5 years ago compiled with gcc 2.95, and I'm sure that I could have that running both on a Linux release from 2000 and one from 2014.

Now, if you've got a programmer that doesn't have that as their specific goal in how they compile and package the software, then there will be a problem. With non-commercial software that's distributed by the developer as source anyhow, what's the reason for them to take enough care in packaging it to support forward-compatibility? If their software is popular enough, they know it'll be recompiled for inclusion in every new distro's repository anyhow, so they won't focus on supporting the goal of wide compatibility of the binary.

Comment: Re:so... (Score 1) 158

by khellendros1984 (#48135539) Attached to: Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video
Netflix would be streaming a video that may take 4x the bandwidth and 4x the storage for them to keep around, so I'd be paying them to do more.

My ISP is being paid to transfer a capped volume of data to me at as close as possible to the speed that I'm paying for. If they increase that cap or increase my max transfer rate, then we can start talking about them getting paid more as well. Otherwise, it's not an equivalent comparison.

Comment: Re:If Minecraft is anything to go by (Score 4, Informative) 67

by khellendros1984 (#48118333) Attached to: Infinite Browser Universe Manyland Hits 8 Million Placed Blocks
It looks like you also draw the individual sprites that make up the blocks, so there might be a 2-block "creation" that's a motorcycle for your character to ride. It's all in 2D anyhow, so 80 blocks goes much further than if you had to account for a 3rd dimension.

Comment: Re:Humans are not only not the only intelligence (Score 3, Insightful) 152

by khellendros1984 (#48096075) Attached to: Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

All megafauna is intelligent or it wouldn't have made it this long.

All megafauna have a combination of adaptive traits for their environment, some of which may be traits that we'd categorize under "intelligence". Intelligence isn't a scalar value. We might be able to measure its components by providing tasks that measure the presence and efficiency of specific capabilities of the brain and call the geometric distance from the 0-point "intelligence", but different animals will fall within different places in that multi-dimensional space. Some animals will have better scores than humans, in some dimensions. I'd posit that humans would have the greatest geometric distance from "0", though.

Information is the inverse of entropy.