Blackberry? (Score: 1)

by in Mobile Devices I own/use on 2014-09-18 12:41 (#2SJK)

Blackberry is missing.

Re: Contradiction (Score: 1)

by in "Boycott Systemd" movement takes shape on 2014-09-09 05:07 (#2S6B)

Same thinking here. But it may be that they are "forced" into accepting it. For example GNOME 3.8 depends on systemd.
It will be interesting to see if/how long Slackware/Gentoo/etc hold on from the adoption...

Contradiction (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in "Boycott Systemd" movement takes shape on 2014-09-08 14:24 (#2S5K)

Interesting how more and more distros are adopting it but there is so much negativity and complaining wherever I look. Seems contradictory...

Interesting read of the reasoning for the adoption by debian:

Re: Not how I remember it... (Score: 1)

by in Lost lessons from the 8-bit BASIC era on 2014-09-05 03:07 (#2S2V)

I had a C64 with EEPROM cartridge which would load and start Turbo Tape as soon as I press F1 button. Loading a game after that would take 1-2 min max... If the tape was in the right position...

How does this compare to 32bit? (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in Intro to x86 64 bit programming on 2014-09-01 02:11 (#2RYD)

I would like to see side-by-side comparison with 32-bit version of the same program.
I am very rusty in assembly but I doubt it would look much different apart from the register names.
(64-bit uses prefix R instead of E for 32-bit, i.e. RAX instead of EAX and so on)

Anyone with more recent knowledge who can enlighten me?

Re: Can we get a little better performance? (Score: 1)

by in Calibre ebook reader/editor/creator reaches 2.0 milestone on 2014-08-24 12:22 (#414)

Can I ask what CPU?
Also how many books do you have in your library?

Re: Related: something else they have in common (Score: 1)

by in What do the Raspberry Pi and the Commodore 64 have in common? More than you think on 2014-08-23 08:05 (#40R)

While an excellent idea, note that Commodire Pi is at alpha stage, at best. Not quite usable at the moment. You may be better off with an emulator such as vice if you just want C64.

Or get RetroPie which supports:
  • Amiga (UAE4All)
  • Apple II (LinApple)
  • Apple Macintosh (Basilisk II)
  • Armstrad CPC (CPC4RPi)
  • Arcade (PiFBA, Mame4All-RPi)
  • Atari 800
  • Atari 2600 (RetroArch)
  • Atari ST/STE/TT/Falcon
  • C64 (VICE)
  • CaveStory (NXEngine)
  • Doom (RetroArch)
  • Duke Nukem 3D
  • Final Burn Alpha (RetroArch)
  • Game Boy Advance (gpSP)
  • Game Boy Color (RetroArch)
  • Game Gear (Osmose)
  • Intellivision (RetroArch)
  • MAME (RetroArch)
  • MAME (AdvMAME)
  • NeoGeo (GnGeo)
  • NeoGeo (Genesis-GX, RetroArch)
  • Sega Master System (Osmose)
  • Sega Megadrive/Genesis (DGEN, Picodrive)
  • Sega Mega-CD (Picodrive)
  • Sega 32X (Picodrive)
  • Nintendo Entertainment System (RetroArch)
  • N64 (Mupen64Plus-RPi)
  • PC Engine / Turbo Grafx 16 (RetroArch)
  • Playstation 1 (RetroArch)
  • ScummVM
  • Super Nintendo Entertainment System (RetroArch, PiSNES, SNES-Rpi)
  • Sinclair ZX Spectrum (Fuse)
  • PC / x86 (rpix86)
  • Z Machine emulator (Frotz)

Re: Improvements (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Six smartphone flops on 2014-08-17 14:04 (#3XS)

If it was a permanent brick, my apologies.

Keep in mind that it is quite "difficult" to brick a phone nowadays, especially if you are just rooting it. And I am talking about real unrecoverable bricking here. No boot loops, boot failures etc which are incorrectly called bricking. Most of recent phones have bootloaders and/or other recovery systems. I have fixed at least 10 phones so far that people claimed were permanently "bricked".

Re: Improvements (Score: 1)

by in Six smartphone flops on 2014-08-17 00:09 (#3X1)

Factory non-rooted phones are beneficial for 99% of users. They are too dumb to know what it means and it would just be a security hole.

If you want your phone rooted, do it yourself and stop whingeing. It is not that difficult.

Re: Improvements (Score: 1)

by in Six smartphone flops on 2014-08-17 00:00 (#3X0)

OK, how about nexus + xprivacy.
Rooting nexus is a game, connect USB cable, run software, reboot, done.

Re: Improvements (Score: 1)

by in Six smartphone flops on 2014-08-16 08:46 (#3WM)

Google nexus + cm11 + xprivacy

Perfect for trying out stuff (Score: 1)

by in Friday Distro: LinuxBBQ on 2014-08-16 02:54 (#3WH)

Sounds like a perfect way to try out various software. It is all already there, you just need to run it.

Phones (Score: 1)

by in Six smartphone flops on 2014-08-15 23:32 (#3WG)

And to list them here:
1. Microsoft Kin (May to July 2010)
2. HP Veer 4G (May to August 2011)
3. HTC ChaCha/Status (June - August 2011)
4. Nokia N9 (September 2011 - July 2012 last update)
5. HTC First (April to May 2013)
6. Nokia X (Feb 2014, discontinued announcement in July 2014)

Re: Not working (Score: 1)

by in Monday poll: what window manager or environments do you use in the course of a month? on 2014-08-12 07:38 (#3TE)

Using Palemoon 24.6.2 (x64) on Debian. Still getting the same message.
Same with Chromium 35.0.1916.153 Debian jessie/sid (274914).
And the same with FF 30 on winXP.
Same on my Android browser.

What I did:
1. On main page click 43 votes just below the pool on the right hand side.
2. Tick Windows + KDE and click Vote (other combinations do not work either)
Following link from the article has the same result.

Interestingly the number of votes seems to be going up or down (???) after it fails to submit vote. Especially if I tick several boxes the vote counter can decrease??? Could it be that the system checks that I already voted and subtracts my new votes?

If it works for other people, could it be my account???

Not working (Score: 1)

by in Monday poll: what window manager or environments do you use in the course of a month? on 2014-08-11 23:25 (#3TB)

When I try to vote I get:
poll not found - date [2014-08-12] title [in-any-given-month-i-use-as-interface]

xprivacy (Score: 1)

by in Google Play hides app permission changes in automatic updates on 2014-08-11 00:14 (#2SN)

I use xprivacy to have control about every permission.

What is next... (Score: 2, Interesting)

by in AMD to enter SSD market on 2014-08-08 07:16 (#2S5)

So far they have CPU, GPU, RAM and now HD as well. Next is probably AMD motherboard and then we can have a complete AMD computer...

Re: Just Great (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in XBMC is being renamed to Kodi on 2014-08-03 02:06 (#2RT)

It is just a name change. Your post sounds like they are removing features which they are not.Also entertainment centre is more fitting than media centre. I doubt many people are using XBMC to read textbooks or news for example. I don't mean news ticker but properly sitting in front of your TV and reading news on it. There are much better ways for doing that.

Re: Now what? (Score: 1)

by in LibreOffice 4.3 gets good marks for useful improvements on 2014-08-01 05:24 (#2R5)

You are possibly right. I can imagine that the main feature of the next version will be the ribbon to make it look like recent MS Office.

Re: No idea (Score: 2, Insightful)

by in My next big purchase will be: on 2014-07-29 12:08 (#2PP)

Same so I'll probably buy/replace whatever breaks first.

Re: I'm offended! (Score: 1)

by in Bruce Byfield: KDE5 Plasma is the best desktop on 2014-07-26 01:30 (#2NF)

In a way you are right but again you are a minority. Most of us reading this are. Most of users will never find the extended toolbar or will never install the extension. Most of users will not even know those things exist. Most of users will not go searching for extensions.On the other hand I have seen people accidentally clicking a button in Excel and finding a function which saved them lots of time. Not only they used it again but they told other people in the office and soon everyone was using this. If this option was hidden, they would have never found it.The main purpose of dumbing down of interfaces is to sell it to the masses who otherwise would find it too complicated and would never used it. Everyone else loses but we have already bought into the product so we don't matter.Sorry about one long paragraph but I am typing this on my phone and when I click preview all newlines disappear.

Traverso (Score: 1)

by in New roundup of Linux audio-editing tools on 2014-07-16 12:57 (#2H2)

Thank you. I have not heard of Traverso before.

By the way, Audacity has found its uses in quite unexpected places... for example to analyse signals captured by SDR (Software Defined Radio).

Re: Woo hoo! (Score: 1)

by in New Raspberry Pi B+ announced on 2014-07-15 07:09 (#2GR)

Regarding the price point, remember that the components hardly changed in this upgrade. The main change is the layout and they added few extra connectors or replaced them. I doubt the new power supply increased the cost much, if at all. The SoC and memory are the same and their price went down since the original release.
So, I would have been surprised if the price changed much considering they are non-profit organisation.

By the way, the model B+ is already for sale at Element14 or similar stores. Also the old revision B disappeared overnight, I thought they will be getting rid of the old stock at discounted price???

Re: Woo hoo! (Score: 1)

by in New Raspberry Pi B+ announced on 2014-07-14 15:16 (#2GM)

Yes, it is good to see that someone listened to the user feedback.

Re: Horrible summary (Score: 1)

by in Move over, Raspberry Pi: Here's the HummingBoard on 2014-07-08 13:22 (#2C9)

Well said regarding giving Zafiro a break. I am too used complaining about editors on the other and the old site. My apologies to him/her.

Regarding your comment about upgrading CPU/RAM, in lots of cases it would be much easier to upgrade parts than a whole device. I have a RasPi running as a control device for machinery. Swapping it for anything not 100% compatible would mean lots of work. It would be much easier to put a RAM stick inside.

- Why do you think so many people run their RasPis overclocked? Because the CPU is slow as a dog.
- Why do you think they released a new revision with 512MB RAM? Because I cannot even upgrade packages on my 256MB model without having a swap partition on the SD card.
If I could I would add RAM straight away, I would not wait several years. And if the replacement RAM was standard, me and lost of other people would have piles of old RAM kicking around. Free upgrade.

And the maker does not agree with you.
1. They CPU/RAM is upgradable. If they agreed with you why would they offer this?
2. They are simply selling three different models. The difference is not only the CPU/RAM but also addition of USB ports, PCI express, SATA etc.
3. I am guessing that the upgrade parts/modules are coming. Otherwise having upgradable parts does not make sense (unless they are standard off-the-shelf components).

Horrible summary (Score: 1)

by in Move over, Raspberry Pi: Here's the HummingBoard on 2014-07-07 13:32 (#2C5)

I can't believe that the summary mentions only powered USB ports as an advantage to the RasPi. This is probably the least exciting difference.
And the useless sales pitch does not help much.

How about mentioning faster CPU to start with and then swappable CPU/RAM, optional Gbit Ethernet, mSATA, PCI express... and that it fits in the same cases as RasPi.

Old and incorrect (Score: 1)

by in Amazon AWS continues to use TrueCrypt despite project's demise on 2014-06-16 11:46 (#241)

This news is several days old and also not true any more, as posted on several "other" news sites.

"Amazon / AWS sent out the following email:
Dear Amazon S3 Customer,
Amazon S3 now supports server side encryption with customer-provided keys (SSE-C), a new encryption option for Amazon S3. When using SSE-C, Amazon S3 encrypts your objects with the custom encryption keys that you provide. Since Amazon S3 performs the encryption for you, you get the benefits of using your encryption keys without the cost of writing or executing your own encryption code.
Until now, in order to use your own encryption keys, you needed to encrypt your data client-side prior to uploading them to Amazon S3. With SSE-C, you now have the option to securely store your data using keys that you manage, without having to build client-side encryption infrastructure.
To use SSE-C, simply include your custom encryption key in your upload request, and Amazon S3 encrypts the object using that key and securely stores the encrypted data at rest. Similarly, to retrieve an encrypted object, provide your custom encryption key, and Amazon S3 decrypts the object as part of the retrieval. Amazon S3 doesn't store your encryption key anywhere; the key is immediately discarded after S3 completes your requests.
You can learn how to use SSE-C today by visiting "Using SSE with Customer-provided Keys" in the Amazon S3 Developer Guide.
The Amazon S3 Team"

Re: Why are the numbers so low? (Score: 1)

by in What topics would we like to see here? on 2014-06-13 04:36 (#239)

I don't know how and why you would have 200%. That makes no sense at all. We are talking about percentages and not about individual votes.

The votes are normalised so that the total is 100%. The sum of 99% that you see is probably the rounding error. 14% of the total votes is "operating systems'.

This is what you would expect and this is the usual way of representing similar data.

Re: BS. This is a great thing. (Score: 1)

by in Watching a Smart TV? It's watching you, too. on 2014-05-11 05:39 (#1GX)

Or even better, my Toshiba TV can play files served by DLNA server over the WiFi. No need to mess with the USB sticks. And it does not have cameras, microphones etc.

I block it's Internet access at the firewall though... just in case...

Interesting (Score: 1)

by in DRAM Manufacturers Settle in Price Fixing Class Action Suit on 2014-04-04 13:56 (#ZB)

"No documentation is required to file a claim."
What is to stop people filing false claims?

Re: articles aren't really what I hoped for (Score: 3, Interesting)

by in Autism Rate Rises in US, May Begin In Utero on 2014-03-29 12:40 (#VW)

Keep in mind that SN and |. are still quite new and still searching for the direction. Things may improve or may get worse.

One of the problems I see is that people try to avoid cross-posting stories. Two times I decided not to post a story as I was not sure if people will found it interesting and also because it has appeared on /.

I personally think that we need more stories covering a wider range of topics as everybody can pick and chose what to read.

I liked your comment as, if people listen, it may have a positive effect on the stories. I also would like to see more "Stuff that matters".

However, if you look at the bottom of the page:
Pipedot: News for nerds, without the corporate slant.

Re: A different theory (Score: 1)

by in Autism Rate Rises in US, May Begin In Utero on 2014-03-29 04:37 (#VS)

I don't think anybody can claim that Autism is not on the increase or decrease, or even being steady.

We know that rate of Autism is going up and at the same time our diagnosis is improving. While linked, there is no evidence that the two are moving at the same rate.

Re: Off Topic (Score: 1)

by in Autism Rate Rises in US, May Begin In Utero on 2014-03-29 02:16 (#VR)

Most of people read both sites but the comments will be different.
I think cross-submission is OK as long as it is marked as such (like this one was). Saves us reading the summary twice.

Huawei (Score: 1)

by in NSA Spied on Chinese Government and Huawei on 2014-03-23 12:26 (#RQ)

And Snowden confirms what everybody was suspecting. Again.

And a bit of conspiracy theory, perhaps they found something when they targeted Huawei which resulted in US government restrictions on Huawei gear???

Re: fragmentation at its finest (Score: 5, Informative)

by in Mozilla pulls the plug on Win8 version of Firefox, citing lack of demand on 2014-03-18 11:47 (#N3)

It is not the Windows version that is getting dropped. It is a specialised version that plays better with Metro.

Scientology is taking over (Score: 2)

by in How America Celebrates Pi Day on 2014-03-15 04:03 (#JQ)

"What's more, Albert Einstein was born on this day."

Interesting useless fact. So was L. Ron Hubbard, amongst millions of other people.
Perhaps Scientologists are celebrating the Pi Day?

Re: My challenge (Score: 2, Informative)

by in Preschoolers Better At Figuring Out How Gadgets Work Than College Students on 2014-03-15 03:44 (#JN)

I would say that the brain gets "moulded" in certain ways as we get older, mainly through the environment we are growing up in.
Kids can figure out gadgets quicker as they are not following patterns that we have set in our heads.