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Comment Re:Banned from PSN... (Score 5, Insightful) 322

First of all, this is just used for pirating purposes. In fact that's the only thing the hack allows, so drop the homebrew bullshit.

Pardon? I have no interest in either pirating OR homebrew. I just want to load the games that I bought onto the console to improve load times, avoid disc damage from handling, and keep all my games available at all times. What's the point of a 250GB drive it all I have on it are dinky PSN games?

Comment Re:I guess I'm stupid, too. (Score 1) 1268

The actual notation for anyone beyond pre-algebra is x, and that renders just fine in text.

The use of parentheses here is needlessly confusing - I didn't take it to mean "variable" at first or even second glance. Had the "answer" not been shown, I still wouldn't know what they were asking for with such tortured symbology.

Comment Re:Developers Bitch (Score 3, Insightful) 335

Such reporting wasn't disallowed until very recently. There was a very good reason for it as well - developers then got that data back so they could tell how many people were still on old OS versions, what the uptake was on a new OS, and could plan their features and releases accordingly.

The only reason Apple got upset is it revealed prototype OS versions in their lab as a side effect.

Comment Re:Developers Bitch (Score 2, Interesting) 335

The tethering app wasn't discovered because it was extremely difficult to trigger - it required very specific network settings, a multi-step setup process, and tapping different colors in a specific pattern just to enable the tether. Very different from discovering an app is sending your data off wholesale.

The hidden tethering app is only going to be discovered via thorough code decompilation and analysis. Sending chunks of data to a random server for no appreciable purpose can be found easily via tcpdump.

Comment Re:Unfortunately (Score 4, Insightful) 335

Amazing what a gets a +5 Informative these days. Adding links?

The first example was due to a developer "hacking" accounts (i.e., guessing passwords).
The second example is the same story as the first, from a different source.
The final example is the only one that holds any water. And that allowing crap apps through, not malicious ones.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 646

I was also surprised to find that I strongly preferred glossy screens. Yes, there are more reflections, but working indoors - and even with a window right next to me - I really don't see any. Sure, if I actively look, my eyes refocus and I see my lamp in the corner behind me, but it hasn't been anywhere near the problem I was afraid it might be. And this is switching from four years on a matte MacBook Pro to a new glossy MacBook Pro.

Unless you're going to be outdoors a lot, I'd go glossy. Sorry the submitters particular environment doesn't work, but I don't think it will be an issue for the majority of folks.

Comment Re:I hope they figure out a magsafe type solution (Score 1) 365

Don't stop at standardizing the connector - you need to specify wattage as well. Perhaps multiple classes so as not to burden netbooks and low power systems with adapters designed for 17" desktop replacements.

I found out the hard way that you can't use Apple's older 60W adapters with the new Core i5/i7 MacBook Pro's, which come with 85W adapters (the reverse works fine and is fully supported). It used to be it would work, but charge very slowly - a fine tradeoff. Now with the new i5/i7's it confuses the hell out of the system management controller, and makes the system act as if it has no battery at all - it sleeps immediately if the AC is removed, even if the battery is fully charged. I found that out when I packed my wife's MacBook AC adapter by mistake - which is visually indistinguishable from the new 85W adapter.

Comment Re:Because people like it the way it is (Score 1) 466

What I find amusing is the people going into length explanations about why a background image is such a terrible thing

  • Most of the default backgrounds made the text unreadable - even white, since the text stayed white with a light gray outline.
  • It made the page much larger and slower to load, which is still important for people on metered and unstable (i.e. cellular) connections.
  • It was impossible to turn off without signing into a Google account.
  • It added nothing in terms of usability, functionality - or anything, really.

For a company that famously limits the number of words on the front page and benches the time results take, this is a very disturbing departure.

Comment Re:Mac OS X (Score 3, Insightful) 467

And Firefox wouldn't work? If the machine still works for what you need to do, then you don't need to upgrade for the sake of upgrading. If it doesn't meet your needs anymore, then why complain about upgrading?

Vendor support doesn't dictate what use you can get out of a machine. I have friends who are still running OS 9 (eek) on a G3, because it does what they need it to.

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