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Comment: Re:It never ceases to amaze me... (Score 1) 345

by stereoroid (#46907621) Attached to: Why Microsoft Shouldn't Patch the XP Internet Explorer Flaw

I deal with this kind of user regularly, some of them being in (shall we say) advanced years. They aren't interested in the computer for its own sake at all, it's basically an appliance to them. It may as well be a washing machine or a toaster, and they simply aren't willing or able to handle any more complexity than that. Some modern TVs are too much e.g. the idea of multiple source inputs is beyond comprehension to these users. I'm not exaggerating.

Now think of what it means to install Linux. First you have to get the PC ready for it. If I was new to Linux, I would want to do it on a 2nd PC, say a cheap laptop - rather than just blow away a working system. OK, so you have to create a boot disk ... and it's game over. The pinball machine just went in to Tilt.

Now picture these users behind the wheel of a car, on a road near you ... oil? Whassat? The "check engine" light came on, so I checked the engine, and it was still there ...

Comment: Re:People actually liked the controller? (Score 1) 92

by MobileTatsu-NJG (#45954849) Attached to: Behind the Scenes of Wii U Software Development

Replying to undo accidental negative mod. I might as well explain myself: I wanted to mark this as insightful because I recently came into possession of one of these consoles and have found the controller to be quite comfortable. For me the big feature of it is the audio coming from the controller itself. Yeah, the speakers aren't as good as those on my TV, but the stereo separation from a source that close is great!

Nintendo really did do something great with the controller, here. Pity the software library is still catching up.

My apologies for my pulldown-clumsiness, Sockatume.

Comment: Someone didn't read the screen, methinks. (Score 5, Informative) 210

by stereoroid (#44911289) Attached to: LinkedIn Accused of Hacking Customers' E-Mails To Slurp Up Contacts

I know LinkedIn offers to read your existing email accounts for contacts, so that you can connect to them, but you can just ignore that. It isn't mandatory, but if you don't read what it says on screen, you might think it is. So I'm more inclined to suspect that's what happened: the complainant entered his email address and password when prompted, and now thinks he's been hacked.

Comment: Re:Just goes to show. . . (Score 1) 256

by repvik (#42773197) Attached to: Mars Rover Curiosity: Less Brainpower Than Apple's iPhone 5

Yes, you could write a stopwatch app which runs on the bare metal, without relying on anything but the hardware (OK, and the part of the BIOS which starts the bootloader, unless you want to re-flash the BIOS). However that would be more complicated than you think. You'd have to initialize all the hardware yourself and handle everything on the lowest level.

The BIOS initializes all that is needed for a text-mode stopwatch. It would really not be hard to write in asm.

Doing a GUI stopwatch on the bare metal would be no more complicated than doing a text stopwatch on the bare metal ("CLI" wouldn't exactly apply then, because without some operating system, there would not be a command line to begin with, unless you'd take the unnecessary complication of additionally writing a CLI to run your stopwatch from). Just the data structures to be copied into video RAM would be a bit bigger. But then, the mouse handling code would probably be much simpler than the keyboard handling code you'd need for the text version.

While USB keyboards work in compatibility mode - requiring no USB driver, the same is not true for a mouse. That would require USB drivers. That in it self would be far more complex than writing a text-mode stopwatch.


+ - XBMC Hardware-accelerated Android-build available

Submitted by repvik
repvik (96666) writes "Yesterday, Ricardo Cerqueira posted this on Google+:
"As I mentioned in a comment for another post, +XBMC is currently undergoing extensive work for native video acceleration in Android. I was about to post my own build (which works on the Nexus Q's OMAP4), when I noticed they have just posted a build based on the same patchset (it's theirs, after all :) Great job, guys!)

So... . I've tested this build on Qualcomm S4, OMAP4, Exynos4, and Tegra3, all of them on CM10.1, and got accelerated video on all. Go get it :)"

I've tested it, and it looks great!"

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