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Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 2) 352

by newsdee (#47885477) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

I don't think "Windows Phone 8.1" and "Windows 8.1" are really the same though? If they truly released the full OS on a phone it would be fantastic, but in my old experience from the Windows CE days, you get a watered down version of an OS which does not truly compare. So it feels misleading that they call it the same. Now I could be wrong and maybe they've managed to bring some compatibility, which would definitely be interesting.

Comment: Re:My old PSP fat is awesome. (Score 1) 85

by newsdee (#47169475) Attached to: Sony Winding Down the PSP

(reposting as I accidentally sent AC)

There are several Linux/Android based handhelds which are exactly this. It started with the GP32 and GP2X (later Wiz / Canoo) and they gained quite a following. Today the alternatives are the NVidia Shield (bulky, but has Android on a powerful GPU) , and the planned successor of the OpenPandora (this one didn't do well due to production issues).

Problem with the above was snobs saying their PSP/NDS could do all that. Kind of true, but the difference is these are completely open platforms. No dedicated (good) first-party games though.

Comment: Re:There is a site that might be helpfull (Score 1) 732

by newsdee (#40127391) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

The Zenbook has one major flaw: the screen is TN instead of IPS (MacBook Air), and costs more.
For the price difference you can actually buy a Window7 to install on the MacBook, so in the end, you pay the same for a better screen.

I read somewhere Asus will release Zenbooks with IPS - those might change things.
In any case, always do a side-by-side comparison at a store before buying.

Comment: Re:Buy a Macbook Pro, even for Windows/Linux (Score 1) 732

by newsdee (#40127249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

Some months ago I was on the brink of buying an Asus Zenbook, but ended up with a MBA because of the screen.

On paper the Zenbook looked great, but in the store I noticed the screen was TN and looked dismal compared to the IPS of the Apple.
I'm a Windows guy, but the Zenbook suddenly felt cheap, and I wanted to go back home with a light laptop.

So I bought the MBA, slapped WIn7 on it and been very happy with it since.
(kept OSX in a tiny partition for support/backup, and installed 3rd party drivers for functionality not available from vanilla Boot Camp).

Comment: how much damage can an iPhone take (Score 1) 422

by newsdee (#31292834) Attached to: What Has Your Phone Survived?

The iPhone has a glass screen that is very prone to cracking. I imagine it's a case of form over function, since glass looks nicer than plastic. It's not so pretty if ever the phone falls on a hard surface flat on the screen. This means an iPhone won't survive the ninja powers of a 2-year old who managed to grab your phone when you least expected it, to use as a hand grenade...

Also, for some stupid reason the screen was designed in such a way that changing it means also replacing the digitizer (the touch pad - glued to it) so you end up paying quite a pretty penny for repairs (between 1/3 and 1/2 of the price of the phone!).

Comment: comics reader (Score 1) 684

by newsdee (#31142408) Attached to: It's 2010; What's the Best E-Reader?

One feature that I don't see mentioned in this discussion is the ability to read graphics files out of .zip or .cbz archives. The standard e-reader screen (6-7 inches) is not very good for Letter or A4 sized color comics, but works very well for black & white manga. As far as I know, only the iRiver kindle can read .zip and .cbz for this purpose, but there are probably other readers out there with the same ability?

Comment: Looking at the criteria he used... (Score 1) 538

by newsdee (#30758870) Attached to: Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes

I know the whole thing is probably not to be taken too seriously, but looking at the paper I would say there are at least a couple of shaky assumptions.

First he's defining a rate of people who live in London. That ignores people moving in or out, or even people willing to move closer. So the figure should be higher I think.

Then he mentions he will only find 5% of "physically attractive" candidates. In other words, he is limiting himself outside of 2 times the standard deviation of the population. That's a really sample of the population. In other words, guy's too picky :-)

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