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Comment Happy with my Shield TV (Score 1) 66

I've had the basic Shield TV for a good while now and personally I'm really happy with it. I only use it for media-playback, I am not interested in the slightest in Android-games, but for playback it's really hard to beat: Kodi works like a charm, the box supports audio-passthrough for a huge range of codecs for my surround-sound setup, HDMI CEC works like a peach, and unlike those cheap, Chinaman Android-boxes, the Netflix-app is the real Android TV-version instead of the mobile-one and supports 4K HDR and surround-sound, whereas those Chinaman-boxes lack the Widevine-license and can only play Netflix at 720p. Also, the whole UI of the box is useable without needing a mouse or mouse-emulation anywhere, and thus is comfortable to use from the couch or whatever.

Sure, the box was expensive when I bought it, but I haven't regretted it.

Comment Re:Don't get the Gnome hate (Score 4, Insightful) 176

Meh. I like clean and uncluttered UIs that don't require much (if any) tweaking myself, but GNOME 3.x-series is just terrible in how clunky they've made it and how much useful stuff they've removed from it. Personally, Cinnamon is my current favourite, though it's terribly buggy and not well-supported at all under either Ubuntu or Debian. KDE is way too far into the "everything and the kitchen sink" - mentality, GNOME is way too far into the "back to the stone-ages," and I just find myself wishing Cinnamon got more love than it does now.

Then again, Linux on the desktop sucks in general, like e.g. I just found out that neither Chromium or Firefox, for example, still support H/W-accelerated playback of video -- this has been on the TODO-list for a decade already. Something like that affects battery-life on portable devices and can make all the difference between whether one can play higher-resolution Youtube-videos or not on a budget-laptop, for example.

Comment Re:District Heating Systems (Score 1) 181

How much heat do the current processors produce compared to a coal power plant when build as compactly as electrically possible?

A miniscule fraction. As far as I am aware, there are plenty of different ways the water is heated up for district heating systems and the amounts of water being heated up, but we're generally talking about megawatt- or gigawatt-ranges -- you'd need tens to hundreds of thousands of these CPUs running to match the thermal output.

Comment Re:What do they do during the summer? (Score 2) 181

That's what I was thinking. It's not like they can just turn the machines off during summer-times, their whole cloud-computing platform would be basically rendered useless during summer if they did. They could turn the machines off during business-hours, but again, that'd bring the platform's uptime down drastically, and it wouldn't solve the heating-problem at all, as it takes a long time for big buildings to cool down.

I don't see how this would make much sense in an office-building, but I suppose it could be somewhat useful for storage-spaces, where it doesn't matter if it gets a little toasty during summers, but you don't want temperatures to drop below, say, +10C during winters.

Comment Re:Fuck Huawei (Score 1) 77

Perhaps you should have done 5 minutes of Googling and you would have found the answers yourself.

If *you* had spent 5 minutes of Googling, you'd have known that those B006 and B007 refer to the installed ROM version, not H/W-revision. Also, it is available both for LTE and non-LTE-versions, as even this ( http://tabletmonkeys.com/andro... ) article here mentions with the quote Huawei now says that the update from Android 5.1 to Android 6.0 will begin its roll out at precisely 12:00 on November 7, with a 1.27GB update, for the Wi-Fi and 4G models of Huawei MediaPad M2 8.0 The LTE-versions are called M2-801L and M2-802L, which can easily be verified with a quick Google that they have, indeed, received the update a long time ago already.

Next time don't be so quick in being condescending when you're wrong.

Comment Re:Fuck Huawei (Score 1) 77

It's not the only one. The one I have is the 16GB/2GB-model of the Mediapad M2 8.0 ( http://www.gsmarena.com/huawei... ) The hardware is the same on both the 16GB/2GB and 32GB/3GB-models, except for the amount of RAM and storage, and between the LTE and non-LTE models the only difference is that the latter has no LTE -- it's still the same SoC, and all these models have received the Marshmallow-update elsewhere in Europe, but not here.

Comment Re:Fuck Huawei (Score 1) 77

Nope, it's exact same hardware. Also, they said they have no plans of providing the update at all -- validation or no validation, they're not going to bother. Elsewhere in Europe they received the update at the beginning of the year, so Huawei's already had plenty of time to work on it, too.

Comment Fuck Huawei (Score 3, Interesting) 77

I got a Huawei-tablet when it was new, since it had perfectly good specs for my needs and it wasn't outrageously expensive (1920x1200 IPS display, 2GB RAM, SD-card slot, stereo speakers, and it even has LTE-support) The hardware is still plenty good, but the tablet itself has only gotten ONE update in the couple of years that I've owned it now, and it's still stuck on Android Lollipop 5.1. The tablet has received an update to Android Marshmallow elsewhere in Europe, but when I asked their support for when the update arrives to the Nordic countries the support literally answered that they have absolutely no plans, whatsoever, to provide the update! They have all the software and everything already, they'd just need to bother doing the text-translations, but they rather leave people on an outdated Android-version and completely abandon the devices rather than spend some time and money on supplying a Nordic-version of the update!

I would not recommend anyone spend money on a company this shitty; you'll never know if they'll abandon your devices next!

Comment Re:Anyone tried Firefox on Android recently? (Score 1) 317

I've been using Firefox on Android for a long time and I am very happy with it. I use Firefox on the desktop too, so I get tab-syncing and all that, plus I get adblock and a couple of other nice addons (I haven't used Chrome, but I don't think it supports addons on Android) and so on. Also, personally, I don't find it "too slow" to use, especially with an adblocker.

Comment Re:What the hell is Plex? (Score 1) 158

I didn't say anything about the devices not being able to play the content, I was talking about *streaming* the content; I don't have to manually copy files to my phone before-hand, I can just pick and play whatever I like, whenever I like and stream it, and this is where transcoding a 20GB-file down is useful.

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