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Comment: Windows on 32 GB? (Score 1) 418

by tepples (#48043869) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Or, just join the rest of us in 2014, get an SSD and don't worry about it.

Windows itself takes the majority of the 32 GB SSD that comes with a Windows 8.1 tablet such as a Transformer Book, Aspire Switch, or older Surface Pro. I imagine that most people don't want to have to manually shuffle data between such a small internal SSD and an external HDD.

Comment: DRM in game servers (Score 1) 418

by tepples (#48043849) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

Your server isn't getting games installed on it, which put all kinds of settings in the registry, then removed later when the game is old and tired, leaving behind cruft (including DRM bullsit) in the registry.

You'd be surprised at how many games have the same digital restrictions management BS in the game's dedicated server app that they have on the client.

Comment: Shake the bad bits out of the cable (Score 1) 418

by tepples (#48043797) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?
The one kernel of truth in your joke is that sometimes you do have to reorient the Wi-Fi AP to improve signal coverage. And sometimes you have to unplug and reseat cables in order to get devices into an operable state. One phone rep recommended disconnecting the USB line and "shaking the bad bits out".

Comment: OS-provided structured sharing mechanisms (Score 1) 418

by tepples (#48043755) Attached to: Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

and you can say good buy to.

your email app from being able to see any office files.

When you drag from the file manager or Office to your e-mail program, the operating system would make a read-only view of the file in the e-mail program's space.

no more flash , java , quicktime and more on the web.

Three words: good fcuking riddance.

adobe apps can't work with each other

Having been published under the same private key (that of Adobe Systems) would let them run in the same sandbox, if the model you envision is anything like the model of Android.

no more visual pinball working with pinmame (at least both are open source and can have both join to one app)

They could join through more structured data sharing mechanisms, such as local sockets set up by firing an intent.

IDE / codeing apps may be come hard to do.

Console gamers and iOS fans would say "good riddance". But they could work the same way AIDE does on Android.

No more NV or ATI driver apps

Again, having been published under the same private key (that of NVIDIA or AMD) would let them run in the same sandbox.

games can't have mods or map editors.

Console gamers and iOS fans would say "good riddance", as I described in another article, because modding helps cheating. But a mod could be installable through the same share mechanism I mentioned above.

Comment: Re:If you live outside T-Mobile's coverage (Score 1) 173

by tepples (#48043229) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

Sprint most certainly will activate a phone not purchased from them, as long as it's a CDMA phone they support

I was under the impression that Sprint supports only the exact makes and models that it sells. If I bought a CDMA2000 phone without carrier branding, do you think Sprint would just sell me a CSIM to plug in?

Comment: Re:Some content should be avoided... (Score 1) 163

by tepples (#48031847) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement
That was written prior to October 1998, when the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 was signed into law. Besides, that applies only to the underlying musical work (as embodied in sheet music and the like), not to any sound recordings thereof. Sound recordings fixed prior to 1972 are covered under state copyright until 2067.

Comment: Transformer Book (Score 1) 181

by tepples (#48031763) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

I'm so glad the netbook concept is dead.

I disagree.

Who wants a cheap Windows laptop anyways?

I do. I carry a 10" laptop while I commute to and from work on the bus because it fits in a bag that doesn't scream "steal me" the way a full-size laptop bag does. It's a four-year-old Dell Inspiron mini 1012 with 1-core 2-thread Atom N450 CPU and 1 GB RAM that runs Xubuntu. But once its second battery pack loses its ability to hold a reasonable charge, I'm looking at replacing it with an ASUS Transformer Book (quad-core Atom, 2 GB RAM) running Windows 8.1 + Classic Shell.

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