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Comment: Re:Angry (Score 1) 403

by pantherace (#44141387) Attached to: You Will Get DirectX 11.2 Only With Windows 8.1

If he means to finish booting and stop being slow, then he's justified in blaming Windows 7.

I did a comparison between it and the current distro of Kubuntu at the time it came out. I was initially amazed that it matched Kubuntu's time to desktop, at about 1:30 (+/- 15 seconds), then noticed it was slow, and kept hammering the hard drive until about 5:00. Kubuntu was done hitting the hard drive and being slow at the 1:30.

That was a new boot, without anything on it. Due to the fragmentation on the file system, it takes a lot longer to boot now (I have not recently measured it multiple times, but >2:30). Kubuntu takes a bit longer, but less time (+30 seconds perhaps)

Mind you that was a Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, with I think 4GB of RAM and a fast hard drive (not an SSD) a few years ago.

Comment: Re:But can you play Crysis on it? (Score 2) 286

by pantherace (#43880143) Attached to: 4K Computer Monitors Are Coming (But Still Pricey)

AA is a hack because of insufficient resolution.

Tell me, which is better: playing on an old SVGA 800x600 with 4x AA, or playing on 1600x1200 with no AA?

Or higher AA, but I'm willing to bet, with a quarter the AA setting, that 1600x1200, will look better than that 800x600. I'd bet 3200x2400 would look even better.

More resolution is better than more AA. More AA is better than nothing, but it's still a hack.

Comment: Re:More elaborate schemes? (Score 1) 308

by pantherace (#41429855) Attached to: Advertisers Never Intended To Honor DNT

Because aside from Konqueror, I don't know of a browser which makes this easy to do.

Unless I've missed something, I haven't seen another browser which prompts you about the cookie, can have accept/reject and one of this cookie or the entire domain (as well as all cookies) in a nice window.

Mind you, it's a pain for a short time before you get those lists setup, but after that, it's great in the cases you do go to a new site and want to allow it. Every other browser I've seen requires editing a configuration dialog/file to change that. Which even though I can do, frankly, it's too obnoxious to do. I stick with noscript and abp. When I want to really be secure, I use a different browser with a completely different and more secure setup.

Comment: Re:WTF. (Score 1) 616

by pantherace (#41209697) Attached to: Torvalds Takes Issue With De Icaza's Linux Desktop Claims

Frankly, having taught some basic computer classes, while not absolute, I would suggest that in general, that some of the things that come with being elderly, and young, do play HIGHLY into the general computer competency.

When I taught classes with both old and young people, anyone under about 25, even if they claimed ignorance, had been exposed and generally only required a very small push to direct them to what they wanted to do. They understood the basics of operating especially a GUI. They've grown up with it in our culture. They have been exposed to concepts.

Contrast this with people who while smart, were older, especially if over 40. They simply often times lacked the familiarity, so something as basic as say, selecting a particular object on a menu took a lot of work to figure out what was going on. Repeat this for the many common GUI interfaces... and that familiarity meant that in general, being elderly does have a strong correlation with what's perceived as illiteracy.

I've also been the one doing tech support for PhDs. Really smart people... who haven't been exposed to things. One of the people I helped with things did projects on Quantum computing. One of the few people I know who impresses me with raw intelligence. Generally, though the experience was with things like Fortran (which works much faster than people think).

So it's nothing inherent about being elderly/young, except for the times they were exposed to, which clearly does have an effect on computer literacy. There are of course exceptions.

There are also things like my opinion, that in general, a younger person generally doesn't understand the way computers work as well as an older person with equivalent education for their time. This is due to the rise of things like Object Oriented Programming, Java, etc. Consequence of the times they are in.

Comment: Re:An inherent limitation of the form factor? (Score 4, Interesting) 197

by pantherace (#40733791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Scripting-Friendly Smartphones?

It's not an inherent limitation of the device.

It's that the keyboards almost universally are horrible for it, because they are designed for things like natural speaking. Their processing of symbols is subpar.

The same is true of most small bluetooth keyboards, or built in keyboards. Frankly, my Zaurus SL-5500 from 2003 has a better keyboard on a mobile than almost anything that's come since. (And in fact, the only things I can think of that rival it that I have encountered, are also Zaurus devices.)

I have found one that I don't think sucks so far, it's "hacker's keyboard" on android. (Most important things it has that seemingly every other keyboard lacks are tab and arrow keys... easily accessible. It has some limitations though, and you'll almost certainly want to enable portrait 5-line keyboard) Though I usually use it more with my table as opposed to with my phone, though it does work there just fine, I use the phone more for email/texting/etc, so having a keyboard (swype) which is better for those things as default means the other isn't used as much.

Comment: Re:any Apple fanboy want to support this lawsuit? (Score 1) 465

by pantherace (#35864002) Attached to: Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Phones and Tablets

I'm sorry, but having used a Zaurus (my SL-C1000 recently died) there is little difference in the UI from Apple's, and the first ones appeared about 2003 (Actually probably a bit sooner, considering the SL-5500 I grabbed has a Rom 3.13 build date of Jul 2 2003, and I got one as a birthday present, which wouldn't have occurred in 2003 yet.):

The dock actually isn't that new, the only thing that's 'new' about it is bringing it on screen vs dedicated buttons. (And even on the Zaurus, with I think the 3.1 rom, the button's actions could be changed, so even configurable isn't anything new.

There are very very minor differences:
Tabs are smaller, and accessed via swiping the screen vs taping the icon.

There weren't any universal graphical icons at the bottom on Qtopia. However, there were universal physical buttons. (see above)

Lack of a universal way to get to the icons, via the start menu-like construct in the lower left of Qtopia, granted, that bar holds the notifications and similar, and has been moved to the top of the screen of both of the two new UIs under discussion.

Hardware: Stylus & finger vs finger-only. While it allows for a few things like multi-touch, capacitive touch screens suck in a lot of ways, and now resistive touch screens are starting to support multi-touch.

Hardware: Multiple-touches. that does give a bit of difference, but considering it's mostly used in photos and maps, wouldn't I wouldn't have interacted much with the Zaurus/Qtopia equivalents, as I didn't have any GPS equipment.

Also note, that most of these are present in (Original) Palms, which would push them back further in time, but I didn't use Palm much. The Palm also had the hardware buttons like the dock. (Actually had some in the touch sensitive area around the graffiti area)

Having something like the dock on screen is simply a consequence of reducing physical buttons.

After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done.

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