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Comment Re:Spectrum? (Score 1) 128

Wouldn't the most sensible approach be to carve out the physical area the spectrum occupies into different three-dimensional "slices" then?

Consider a more focused triangulation of the individual handsets, to the point where you can get within a meter or so of accuracy. Use low bandwidth, non-hogging links to determine a phone's location, and then migrate the data channel to a number of dedicated antennas that are dynamically aimed at a handset. Boost the power and constrain the FoV to what's appropriate for a device at a given distance, and hand off between focusable antennas on the same tower as the target moves.

Literally just shoot people with high-bandwidth spectrum they can have all to themselves.

Comment Re:iTunes (Score 1) 519

So there obviously is a proper way to do this, but how does it work?

Shouldn't the service sit idle, waiting for an announcement from the USB stack about a device plug-in event, check if it's an iSomething, and then signal over to the user mode application that iTunes should launch? Isn't this what Filter drivers are for? Couldn't they stick that filter between the iSomething and the USB root hub?

Comment Re:No iTunes for the Windows Store (Score 2, Informative) 519

I do not work for Microsoft and as an owner of an iPod, which requires iTunes to transfer music from my computer onto the device, I can tell you that the Windows version of iTunes is probably the shittiest piece of software ever written.

I actually thought that iTunes was just absolutely awful because it was iTunes. And then I got a Mac.

Turns out that iTunes (while it's still a feature-overpacked piece of trash) is really only this terrible on Windows. On OS X, it just sucks because it's crowded and confusing, but it does run pretty well.

Comment Re:why does your phone need software running on yo (Score 4, Funny) 519

Well, you can't just have people willy-nilly adding files to the filesystem of the device they've purchased. We should be considerate and politely ask the device if it'll alter its filesystem on our behalf, and when it tells us to go blow donkeys for wanting r/w permission to /, we sit back and acknowledge Apple's wisdom and the groundbreaking intuition of their software!

It's kinda sad that the extremely sophisticated design of that communication isn't really there to facilitate advanced functions... it just facilitates advanced lockdown. You don't tell the device what to do; you tell it what you'd like, and then ask if that's okay. Given that, I applaud The Evad3rs for making iOS devices bend to their owners' will.

Comment Re:Keep it in memory (Score 1) 85

Perhaps it's necessary to write it out to the file system before you can transfer it to the GPU RAM, likely due to that tiny heap issue the guys above mentioned? So you'd need to write portions of it to RAM and flush it out to the GPU, tiny chunks at a time perhaps?

Normally works great, but... looks like someone screwed up, perhaps? Maybe a debug flag that renames the file extension instead of deleting the image got left on... We could speculate for hours, but if it wasn't an accident... that's pretty pathetic. Given how small the images are, it'd be trivial to "dd if=/dev/urandom of=/media/dongpic.jpg.nomedia count=filesize" or whatever, for every single one that comes in!

Comment Re:Going to hurt videos available at some point (Score 4, Insightful) 381

fine... open your wallet... takers are SOOOO annoying.

I fucking wish I could pay as little to watch a TV show or movie as a comparable set of ads would return in revenue for being in front of my eyeballs.

Instead, some dickhead thinks I should pay ~5-10 cents a minute to watch one episode of his TV show. Naturally, 1080p costs twice as much too.

Comment Re:How does firefox handle searches? (Score 1) 101

I've experienced what he's talking about, though I can't remember if it was with HTTPS Everywhere for Chrome or Firefox. I think that what happens is that the HTML (and maybe the JS) for a particular page come down over the HTTPS link, but for some reason, the CSS and/or various other pieces don't, and get pulled down over HTTP... or perhaps they fail entirely. Like they come from a CDN or something that doesn't do HTTPS but that shares a root DNS name that HTTPS Everywhere is programmed to re-write.

Anyway, the pages look like a website designed by a badger in 1996: Line after line of links at the top of the page corresponding to what would have been a site navigation bar. Stuff like that.

The funny part is that sometimes the content you were looking for never even shows up. You just get the outline of the page and the JS that was supposed to pull it all down never got to run :P

Comment Re:The amusing part (Score 1) 271

Mail is now the included client in Windows 8, and has dropped support for POP3, but added ActiveSync.

Oh thank the heavens.... POP3 is so terrible that I'd actually rather be shoehorned into something proprietary but near-universally supported. I really do hope that support for it starts disappearing, because I just want to smack anyone who thinks that suggesting "We support POP" is a good answer to the "How do I get email on device or application X" question.

Comment Re:I can assure you... (Score 1) 642

All the benchmarks and real life usage I have seen show Windows 8 to boot faster and be as fast as Windows 7 at worst. How is that more bloated?

"Bitch/whine/cry. Metro sucks, I don't have a touchscreen, Valve hates Windows, I'll never use it, cry cry cry."

That should be all the evidence you need. After all, if all these people are complaining about it as though Microsoft unloaded a dump truck full of Legos onto their bathroom floors, it must be terrible!

Windows has been a fairly lean, ever-evolving piece of tech for quite some time now, starting with Windows 2000. Any time anything changes, you'll find a subset of vocal assholes that'll go out of their way to flip their shit whenever given the chance (rumor has it that New Coke was actually better), and I personally just find it to be fucking annoying. They'll eventually shut up when the next thing to bitch about comes along.

I've used every iteration of Windows for pretty much its entire lifecycle as a flagship OS since Windows ME. They all worked just fine. XP was great. Vista was great. 7 was great. And Windows 8... Yup. Great.

There are things about every single iteration of the product that are improvements and drawbacks from previous versions. I could list them and whine like a bitch on the internet all day, but instead I just read up on how the new stuff works, learn how to use it effectively, and enjoy being more informed than the average, whiny troll.

I hate to be the one to tell you this, but it'll never get any better. People will never like what they don't understand, but it's very easy to read a single description and mock or hate something forever. Take the time to educate yourself of the differences in the old vs. the new. Actually justify your own opinions, and simply enjoy the fact that your opinion will be worth more than that of just about all the trolls put together.

Comment Re:Headers (Score 1) 562

I get the concept. I'm saying that the sales tactics and the excuses that are used for why everything is a big pile of lies and bullshit don't hold water. Unlike the pool. Furthermore, the fact that these practices are in place gives some implication that transfer-based fees and caps solve is one of instantaneous capacity---otherwise the carriers would be happy to make things unlimited again, but there's not enough capacity for it!---and that's a complete lie.

It's a profit-driven adjustment to the status quo designed to fuck over consumers everywhere, and has us paying attention to all the wrong things when it comes to our data connections. It doesn't matter how fast it "can" be. It matters whether or not I can actually use it for what I bought it for---the bandwidth---without being billed to absurdity for using it.

I'll bust out the calculator:
  • ((25 Mbps) * 1 month) / (1 gigabyte) = 8025.34
  • 8025.34 GB * $10 per GB = $80253

Okay, so at the "standard" $10/GB rate, it's an amazingly affordable eighty thousand dollars per month to actually get what I thought I had for $50. Great. But that's LTE! Cellular is expensive because of spectrum/costs/blah blah blah. What about a wired line? I think that's $10 per 100 GB, or $802 per month. Gotta love DSL. It's cheap!

These usage fees are obviously outrageous when you look at them, and it's no different from the wholesale fleecing of the public that was SMS pricing until... well shit, the cellular companies still break it off in you for SMS. They don't let you pay for a limited quantity anymore. It's all or nothing.

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