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Comment: All maximized all the time (Score 1) 92

by tepples (#48949161) Attached to: Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

Dell would be stupid to put Ubuntu on touchscreens. For those, they should use Android itself.

Window management in Android OS is designed to display a single application maximized. This works for 4 to 8 inch screens of phones and tablets, not so much for 13 inch or larger screens of laptops, where people expect to view applications side by side. Change this behavior and your customers will lose access to Google Play Store.

Comment: VAT isn't in US sticker prices (Score 1) 92

by tepples (#48949131) Attached to: Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

and me being in the UK probably means it'll either not appear on the UK dell site or be a dollar to pound conversion

Currently 1 GBP is worth about 1.50 USD. Sales tax is much higher in the UK and other EU countries than in the US, and included in the sticker price in the UK and other EU countries unlike in the US. This accounts for about 0.30 USD of the difference. The other 0.20 USD, if any, is probably shipping from North America and the increased warranty requirements of the EU.

Comment: Newer apps expect beefier hardware (Score 2) 378

by tepples (#48946845) Attached to: How, and Why, Apple Overtook Microsoft

iPhone 4s was a $600 phone. Now you can get a much better device for under $50.

A $50 phone doesn't help if the current versions of applications don't run well on a $50 phone. Sure, applications from roughly the iPhone 4s era would have run well, but these applications have since been replaced with newer versions that expect beefier hardware to be available. (See Wirth's law.)

Comment: Contra for Xbox Live Arcade (Score 1) 276

by tepples (#48941033) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

And if a game is exclusive on another platform doesn't that mean it's not on Microsoft's.

I had trouble understanding what you meant by this because the question-inverted word order doesn't appear to match the lack of a question mark. Did you mean "that doesn't mean..." or "doesn't that mean...?" So I'll try to reply to both interpretations:

Does being initially exclusive to Microsoft's platform (Windows) disqualify a game for a later release on Microsoft's other platform (Xbox One) once the game's developer eventually qualifies for the ID@Xbox program? If so, why should it?

The 1987 video game Contra by Konami was originally exclusive to a non-Microsoft arcade platform. In 1988 it was ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System, another non-Microsoft platform. Yet it got a port to Xbox Live Arcade on Xbox 360 in 2006. Did it get a pass because of the 1989 port to MSX2, a Japanese platform that shipped with Microsoft BASIC?

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