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Comment Re:Sony? (Score 1) 283

More importantly, the different Sony divisions (Movies, laptop, portable, camera etc) are really distinct and different business entities. That's how the rootkit got to be implemented in the first place: not much from-the-top controll.

So, yeah, screw the laptop division, but their phones and tablets are great and supporting them might mean more from that division get promoted up and bring along their values to the whole.

Comment Re:Sony? (Score 2) 283

Whilst I do agree with the Sony hate due to the rootkits and erstwhile proprietary storage media ... that is their laptop and storage division. Their phones and tablets are top-quality (after you uninstall the bloatware).

The hardware is topnotch: the z4 tablet? Wow. It weighs something like a thin square of plywood, yet feels sturdy. The one and only problem I have with it is that it feels so light that I want to break it over my knee, just to see what it would feel like :-) I'm not a violent person: you'll understand what I mean as soon as you hold one of these light wonders in your hands.

Comment Re:I feel you... (Score 1) 283

Sure, mate.

First of all, the iphone 4s (released quite late 2011, by the way) is very slow, to the point of unusability, especially if you upgraded to ios8. We support it because we must. However a measly cheapass Samsung SIII mini, released around the same time can be trivially (yeah, even for non-technical users) be upgraded to the latest android version on Cyonagen and runs surprisingly smoothly.

With minimal effort (yeah, yeah, 'most people can't/won't do that!' ... actually, a surprisingly large group of people do have friends who do that for them, as I can tell from the various app figures the Google Play console gives) a crap phone released at the same time runs much better than the Apple flagship.

The ipad2? What. Are. You. Smoking? That one-time flagship device is un-usable except for single tabbed webbrowsing.

Comment Lenovo ain't so special (and way too spyware-y) (Score 1) 79

Recently got an Alienware 15 with the highest specs. At first I thought the battery life was a bit crap, but that was to be expected with the highest end i7 and a gtx980m.

Put it in low battery mode and I get 9 hours of internet/office/video use.

And I get a great keyboard.

So, suck it, Lenovo, with your spyware.

Comment I've done this YEARS ago (Score 2) 105

Come on. I have used this exact same method on a Windows Mobile 5 device (HTC Touch HD) waaaay back when, using the accelerometer and gravity to determine how my screen was moving and moving a virtual object in virtual space and showing that on my phone's screen.

Not only that, but it's a rather OBVIOUS solution to a problem. Whatever happened to the "non-obvious" requirement?

Comment Re:Lots of missing software ... (Score 1) 421

"The UI on phones and tablets aren't designed to help us find one app among dozens"

I agreed with that. So the first app I made was AppGrouper for Windows Mobile, back then. It's a single icon on your homescreen which launches a panel with categories of your favourite apps. You can swipe between your categories (favs, communications, graphics, whatever you want to call them) and launch the app. You make your own categories and add your own selection of apps to them. It makes for very easy and quick launching of your most used apps.
It's also the first app I made for Android (look for AppGrouper by LifeBoatSoft on Google Play), and by far the most used app on my phone.

There's even a free, old version which you can find on the forums of XDA-Developers.

Comment Re:Can this be used for prank phone calls? (Score -1) 68

You really missed the boat on that. Before 2010's "Truth in Caller ID" act, and during the heyday of fly-by-night mom-and-pop VoIP telcos, you could call pretty much anybody, pretending to be anybody, and more or less get away with it. These days I whould just be content with listening to old Longmont Potion Castle LPs.

Comment More GPL'd software to run on your Nao (Score 2) 26

Shameless plug time!

I'm a student at Bowdoin College, and the current lead developer of the motion engine we run on our Naos to compete in the RoboCup Standard Platform League. The idea of the SPL league is that all teams use the same hardware (the Nao) so that the entire competition is about the software. My team, the Northern Bites has written our own omni-directional motion engine, vision system and behavior stack (the latter two in C++/ASM, the behaviors in Python). We recently hosted the US Open up at Bowdoin, and we're headed to Istanbul in early July for the world championships.

The Aldebaran guys rock, and the Nao is an extremely cool platform for bipedal research (it runs a stripped down version of Debian).

If you're interested, here's our public GitHub and YouTube


Scientists Find Tears Are the Anti-Viagra 207

An anonymous reader writes "The male test subjects didn't know what they were smelling, they were just given little vials of clear liquid and told to sniff. But when those vials contained a woman's tears (collected while she watched a sad movie), the men rated pictures of women's faces as less sexually attractive, and their saliva contained less testosterone. Is this proof that humans make and respond to pheromones? The researcher behind the study doesn't use that controversial word, but he says his findings do prove that tears contain meaningful chemical messages."

Cedega Being Replaced By GameTree Linux 124

An anonymous reader writes "TransGaming Cedega, the software forked from Wine that allows running Windows games under Linux, is being discontinued and replaced by GameTree Linux. This new software is also free. From the new website: 'TransGaming is pleased to announce the continued development of Cedega Technology under the GameTree Developer Program. This repositioning of the technology that powered the Cedega Gaming Service will allow the entire Linux community to gain free access going forward. Cedega is a cross-platform enablement technology that allows for Windows-native games to be executed on both the Linux desktop and embedded Linux platforms.'"

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