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Comment Needs an Official App (Score 1) 172

I use a Google Voice number exclusively, and I'd be thrilled to have any kind of usable first-party iOS app. There are about 500 apps that will let me check my voicemail and initiate a callback-call from a cellphone or landline, but as far as I know, Talkatone is the only one that does actual in-app VoIP, and I'd club a seal for a crisp, clean Google version... or at least some more options.

Comment Web Controlled Power Switch (Score 1) 284

Plug the switch into a web controlled power switch:

Eight power jacks that can be independently controlled over your network. You can control access to the entire device or individual sockets with multiple users and passwords, and they have built-in scripting functionality that shut off sockets based on the time, power-cycle if a repeating ping test ever fails to get a response, and other options I haven't bothered to look into. A real party. I think they're about $100.

Comment Re:show me hello world on my own pc or STFU (Score 3, Interesting) 240

I'm not worried about it, or complaining about the difficulty of installing it, as I'm aware that I'm currently not the target audience (although the Apache comment was hyperbole). Just wondering if I had missed anything, or if the current situation really was "build xwayland or gtfo." It sounds like the answer is, "build xwayland or gtfo."

Comment Re:show me hello world on my own pc or STFU (Score 1) 240

As the only other human I've seen mention Wayland on the Raspberry Pi, I'm forced to funnel my questions to you. I apologize. I tried to install it months ago using the huge pile of instructions at It didn't work. When they put the actual install package up, I ran that, and it sort-of worked. I have to run export somethingorother_path=/tmp/ && weston to run it every time. That's all fine.

I don't NEED it, but I'm excited to try it. And now here I am without a file manager, or really anything at all that runs under Weston. They all complain about needing an X display. Do I really have to install X11-under-Weston using their other huge page of instructions to do anything interesting? Because if I do, I'm guessing it won't work... Is there a repo, or are they any package around that I can install just to have some fun, and take it for a legitimate non-X11 spin?

I barely got Apache installed properly. I wish the Raspberry Pi Foundation would just release a Weston Testng Fun Times Image I could flash.

Submission + - ReactOS 0.3.15 Released (

Beardydog writes: From the bulletin, "The ReactOS project is proud to announce the release of version 0.3.15. A culmination of over a year of development, 0.3.15 incorporates several architectural enhancements to create a more compatible and conformant implementation of the NT architecture. Perhaps the most user visible enhancement is initial support for USB devices, both storage and input."

Comment Re:For the same reason floppies are out (Score 1) 392

When a cable company says no one has signed up for its $200 top-tier, everyone laughs. When Apple says nobody is using its $50 HDMI cable, it's because HDMI from a tablet-computer is "ancient." I would love to plug my iPad into all my various screens, but I'm not going to pay $50 for the privilege.

This is not the same as Apple selling an external floppy drive after removing floppies from its systems. The HDMI adapter has always been separate. The floppies weren't limited to 768k disks because of USB limitations, either. A consumer with one of these cables has payed the same price for a substantially worse product than they got before. According the the article, it's even being sold with false information.

"The Lightning Digital AV Adapter supports mirroring of what is displayed on your device screen — including apps, presentations, websites, slideshows, and more — to your HDMI-equipped TV, display, projector, or other compatible display in up to 1080p HD."

They specifically mention 1080p video in the next paragraph, so maybe when you have an existing 1080p video on your device, they dump it straight the chip in the cable for playback over HDMI, and that one instance is where they satisfy their "up to" claim. I don't know. But it sucks. The only person it doesn't suck for is someone who doesn't use it, and therefore has no dog in the fight.

Comment Re:That's quite a price tag (Score 1) 53

I went HMD hang-gliding at the Seattle Science Center in the 90s. It was super-heavy, lagged like 300ms, looked like Avara, and was over in about fifteen seconds, so the person behind me could be underwhelmed. I don't think it was even stereo, but I could be wrong. That said, I would sacrifice and infant for an Oculus Rift.

Comment Re:Regardless... (Score 0) 112

2. visual differences have nothing to do with input lag. Your rendering and input loops should be able to run at different speeds without any visual or input artifacts.

It has everything to do with input lag. If I move my mouse just under half-a-frame (monitor frame) before the monitor refreshes, then the monitor gives me a frame it started rendering just OVER half-frame before the refresh, I get to wait another full frame before my mouse movement is reflected in-game. If the GPU produces frames significantly faster, the frames you see reflect a much more current game-state.

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