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Comment: Re:Microsoft can't run on x86? (Score 1) 109

by symbolset (#46783177) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft
In addition to the UEFI requiring bootloaders signed by Microsoft, or security features turned off, there is the use of PowerVR graphics from Imagination Technologies (IT). For many years IT did not support the api documentation required to make a good open driver for these Intel devices. As Platforms there were several other parts of the reference platform that were Windows Only. Co-marketing dollars were applied to Windows devices only, and so on. You think we don't know about the myriad games Intel played?

Comment: Re:Microsoft can't run on x86? (Score 2) 109

by symbolset (#46772933) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft
It runs fine. It just doesn't sell. With 200 million tablets moving each year, Intel would like to own more of that space than Windows tablets can give them. It doesn't matter how well they make Windows run on a tablet if people won't buy tablets with Windows on in any significant number.

Comment: Re:Drivers, its all about the drivers (Score 1) 109

by symbolset (#46772887) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft
No, Intel were using Imagination Technologies' (IT) GPUs for their low power chips, and IT was not giving up the hardware specs for open-source drivers that could be used with the Linux kernel that lies under Android. GP is exactly correct. I hear IT is beginning to come to their senses, but this issue is a big part of how we got to where we are today. You are also right that they didn't change fast enough.

Comment: Re:ARM is the new Intel (Score 1) 109

by symbolset (#46772727) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft
Try a Nexus 7 2013. It has all the performance and power you need with all day battery life and a glorious high-def display for only $229, or less on sale. This was the target last fall, and Intel doesn't have a chip in this class. Soon maybe, but then they will probably try to tie it to Windows again and fail utterly. This Christmas you need this and QHD to make a splash.

Comment: Re:Smaller magnets (Score 1) 98

by symbolset (#46771533) Attached to: Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation
You arrange small rare earth magnets in a checkerboard pattern. Now your hoverboard wants to tear itself apart, but at least you can get hover with electromagnets in the surface. A low latency link between pressure sensors on the surface and the electromagnet controls does the rest.

+ - Problems with Windows XP caused by Microsoft.

Submitted by Futurepower(R)
Futurepower(R) (558542) writes "We are seeing 4 kinds of problems with Windows XP today at 2 remote locations:

1) One kind of problem is similar to the one in this April 7, 2014 story about computers in Australia: Pop-ups irritate Windows XP's remaining users. Microsoft Security Essentials on computers in the United States give pop-up messages about the MSE service being stopped.

2) Computers are requiring far longer to start, perhaps 12 to 15 minutes. Then the MSE pop-up appears.

3) Microsoft Security Essentials now calls into question whether XP is genuine. These are all computers that have run without issues for several years. The customer bought licenses when Windows XP was first released.

4) We have seen problems with the Windows XP operating system detecting a key stuck down when no keys were pressed on the keyboard. That is a software problem, not a keyboard hardware problem. It causes the system to be un-responsive because the key being detected is not one actually pressed, but is actually a key combination. Again, that is happening on computers that have been trouble-free for years. That problem began happening after a Windows update.

Microsoft said it would support MSE on Windows XP for another year. See the Microsoft article, Microsoft antimalware support for Windows XP. Apparently that support is not happening in the normal way."

Comment: Re:ARM is the new Intel (Score 1) 109

by symbolset (#46770927) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

Intel can do fine. They make some amazing tablet platforms. They just need to stop deliberately making them incompatible with the sort of software people want to use, defeaturing the platform to prevent competition with their other products, and providing price incentives that encourage a gimped final product. It is not that difficult.

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