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Comment Too bad Edge doesn't support javascript (Score 1) 256

According to MS support page Edge doesn't support javascript. That's a bit of a downer ;)

"While Windows 10 does support JavaScript, the Microsoft Edge web browser does not. You cannot activate or enable the Java plug-in on the Edge browser. However, Windows 10 also includes Internet Explorer 11. If you encounter JavaScript content in Edge"

https://support.office.com/en-...

Comment Re:Mobile chips are the future of VR.. (Score 1) 38

Wireless is not as easy as it sounds. You need to send the sensor data to the computer and then send high resolution high frame rate video back to the HMD. That requires huge amounts of bandwidth, because compressing and decompressing the data would take time and consume resources on the wireless headset. If you end up having a power cord in the HMD, why not also put in a signal cable.

Any extra latency in the signal chain from motion to photons is also really bad. Currently you don't get that much boost from using two graphic cards, because the extra time needed to transmit data back and forth the primary and secondary card eats much of the benefit you get from having two graphic cards.

I agree that a fully integrated solution that doesn't suck is definitely at least a couple of generations away. It will be awesome though.

Comment Re:Aw, come on ... (Score 1) 372

You just need some old legacy system, which has gone through a few iterations of modifications. There can be a number of ways you end up handling data without knowing the type. It doesn't need to be SQL Injection, it can be CSV import through some generic plugin or what ever. Suddenly you're stuck with strings that look like numbers, text, json, xml or who knows what. At that point it's possible to decide, that if the string is "null" you convert it to actual null and be done with it. The data importer might even try to guess data types for you (I'm looking at you Excel).

Yeah, it's horrible and wrong and all that, but it still happens.

Comment Jolla - MWC 2015's Best tablet (Score 4, Interesting) 283

If you want something that stands out of the crowd, then you might want to take a look at the Jolla Tablet http://jolla.com/tablet/. It won the Best tablet award at this years Mobile World Congress. I've been using a Jolla smartphone and really like it. It doesn't spy on me, I can get root from the settings, it has a command line shell + SSH built in and it runs Linux.

Jolla's Sailfish OS is based on the Maemo/Meego line. They've built a really nice user interface on top of it and it's partly open source. The UI is based on swiping gestures, so it takes a few minutes to learn to use it, but after that it's really swift and nice. They also have an Android VM, so you can run Andoroid apps on it if you want. No Google Play store though, but I believe you can enable it yourself if you want. If you want apps outside the official store, you can add additional repositories to the phone.

Jolla also listens to its users. You can log in at http://together.jolla.com/ to leave bug reports, feature ideas and ask advice from the community and Jolla sailors. The OS gets regular updates which add features and squish bugs, so my phone is actually a lot better now than when I bought it. The specs are more modest than the current Android flagship models, but the OS is much lighter so doesn't need that much processing power to run well. The price tag is pretty nice too.

Have a look, try it out. They're just about to start shipping.

Comment Trust on system updates broken (Score 3, Insightful) 240

The thing that worries me it that there are now dozens of articles about which updates to remove to disable telemetry or the Windows 10 update nagbox. We've been saying that installing security updates is fundamental to keeping your computer secure. This goes against that. Do we really want to teach people to uninstall random updates based on shady blog articles?

Earlier I had all automatic update checkboxes checked, because I trusted that security updates are just that - security updates. From now on I'll be checking all the updates manually before installing, and I really hate to have to do that.

And before anybody recommends switch to Linux, I already use Linux as my main OS.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 392

As an added bonus they can only break into the homes of people living in the same country. If NSA wanted to break into European people's houses, they'd need to organize it with the local law enforcement, which requires a pretty strong case to begin with.

So the only people who suffer from this are the ones living in the same country as the runaway agency. Luckily they are also the same people who can do something about it.

Comment Re:"Issue on board" (Score 1) 752

So are you suggesting slaying the dragon - starting a war? Fairytales aside, I think it's a pretty bad idea to treat the whole Russia as a single entity. I find it hard to believe that the regular people in Russia are evil and out to get us westeners. They are just like you and me, with the difference that there's very little free journalism left and Internet use is more limited, so the message they hear from Ukraine is very different. If you were a leader and wanted to wage a war, which would you prefer - an unhappy population that hears just what you want to hear, or a happy population with access to all the sides of the story.

Now I must add, that we need to be as cautious about our sources outside Russia. Understanding is a three-edged sword: your side, my side and the truth somewhere in the middle.

Comment Paraglider, not parasail (Score 1) 26

It's a paraglider and not a parasail. Parasail is something you drag behind a boat or car to lift a passanger to air, but the passanger can't steer and the parasail can't function without the rope. Paraglider on the other hand is used to fly for long distances similar to hang gliders and sailplanes.

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