745 posts • joined 16 Apr 2018
Re: An opening is here
For the next Steve Jobs (RIP) or William Gates of long ago to market a new operating system that works.
I've thought about this long and deep.
You have a very small problem: Computers aren't the fancy calculators that MS-DOS (aka CP/M clone) / Apple I OS ran on.
They're much more complex.
On the upside, you have Google's Fuchsia, An operating system with really nice underpinnings, to power smartwatch and smart PC equally.
But that's a whole damn company working on it. And not any company. It's Google.
Apple has a LOT more sensors/lenses than those Androids with the teardrop notch or hole.
Not necessarily a reason for a notch. Could've been placed at the top of the screen, like the top of the Galaxy S8 and above.
Given that EVERY Android phone still has a "chin" which Apple eliminated
The Xiaomi Mi Mix line eliminates the bezel in favor of a "chin" as you call it, so it's definitely possible to do the opposite.
Heck there are people who bemoan the loss of bezels, for reasons I can't possibly fathom.
I'm strictly not one of them, but those who do say that they make the palm of the hand cover a lot of precious screen estate. These bezels are ugly though. Back to form vs. function?
"no consumer could reasonably be misled into thinking Vitamin Water was a healthy beverage"
"Vitamin" -> $RELIABLE_HEALTH_INFO_SOURCE said that this is good
"Water" -> Intuitively known as good
"Vitamin Water" -> "no consumer could be reasonably misled" et cetera?
How can their statement make sense to a person who never tried the beverage nor knows that the parent company is a megacorp?
"Actually... the power button for my new Samsung U28H75x monitor is on the back, on a joystick."
Our 2012 Samsung TV uses the same system as well, except that the damned joystick is on the back but pointing downwards.
The damned stick is close to breaking.
And they do break, according to others' experience.
And yeah, we also yank the damned plug as well xD
Another way this could've worked out
BOFH et PFY would lock up the Boss in the basement, with only a cig lighter, rope, gum, rotten dill pickles, and a computer screen.
The screen is actually a dumb terminal connected to the lock.
It runs an Eliza program that asks questions like, "How long did this happen? (Being locked up that is)", " How did this come about?", "What's on the lunch menu?", et cetera.
When the terminal's stress detector detects a Boss banging either screen or door or low aldosterone, it would offer a solution of paying the BOFH fund.
, I am slightly underwhelmed by this semi-annual BOFH post, I would've hoped for at least 3 casualties, a cattle prod, a slippery staircase, an open window, the HALON going off, and some pieces of carpet being dragged.
It's good to change the routine. It all follows the same pattern.
I've been trying to reach Simon Travaglia through several means (Facebook, Twitter, emails) ... but to no avail. I have got some ideas myself for future BOFH stories.
A remake of BOFH: Servers under Siege for modern times is also in order!
To be honest, this statement has a little truth to it though.
I bought my Google Pixel XL used through eBay a few weeks ago for $150.
It cost $700 just two years ago.
But then again, I simultaneously got the aforementioned iPhone 7 from the same seller for $210, and that also cost $700 two years ago.
Both were in mint condition.
Most Android makers give up on support no later than the end of production of the hardware.
This, and all this.
This is because SoC vendors (ahem, Qualcomm) don't bother updating their proprietary drivers across Android version changes.
OEMs use them as a (perfectly valid) excuse to their greed.
Well, it's better than SoC "vendors" who don't bother releasing drivers (ahem, MediaTek).
So we gotta improvise.
Refurbished iPhones are a bargain - but then again that's really just an admission that while there *is* a market for long in the tooth iPhones this will only get you a modest percentage of the next shiny if you're a frequent upgrader.
I bought an iPhone 7 on eBay for $210.(for my younger brother, nah, can't be seen using iPhones in public ^_^)
How exactly is it different than an iPhone 8, other than the glass back and moving poop emoji?
And it wouldn't be any different than the iPhone X gang had Samsung not upped the ante and produced a curved-display phone.
TL;DR - Apple is no longer innovating, which justifies older flagship bargains!
Are they both running the latest Android system -- WITHOUT modding/jailbreaking? Because, as noted in the article, the Apple 6 is. The ability to keep up with security/functionality updates is a big issue for some of us.
Why did you arbitrarily exclude rooting and installing a 7.1.2 custom ROM?
You are of El Reg's readership. The standard is higher here.
And the next 7nm laptop processor will be designed by In, er, AM, um, Qualcomm: The 64-bit Arm Snapdragon 8CX
They will ensure Android will support the chipset, and that means Linux will.
Whoa, hold your horses here!
Who said that Android support means Linux support?
Qualcomm's Android Linux kernel drivers are proprietary junk tied to Android userspace AND a particular version of the Linux kernel, which is why major Linux kernel versions for one device rarely get upgraded to the next.
It makes them money to sell devices, not maintain older ones.
Re: The sad truth about self-driving cars
The only way to make safe driverless vehicles would be to put them on special lanes, perhaps specifically designed to avoid sharp angles; possibly with a system to keep them on trajectory at all times, like, some manner of metal railing? We could even mitigate the risk of collisions by having a bunch of them physically attached to each other. Oh, and then we could cut costs by devoting the propulsion function to a specialized unit. I think I'm on to something there, I'd better patent the idea before the Internet steals it!
Have a good one for this. This.
OM5G... Qualcomm teases next Snapdragon chip for phones: The 855 with a fingerprint Sonic Screwdriver, er, Sensor
Re: FUCK YOU MICROSOFT
Yes, like touch screens have worked so flawlessly with the built in Linux driver support
This isn't an issue of Linux kernel drivers. It's an issue with userspace.
There simply isn't a window manager/desktop environment yet out there that supports touch properly.
The drivers are there. Half these are connected on an internal USB bus anyhow. And even i2c is picking up in terms of support.
Re: FUCK YOU MICROSOFT!!!!!!!
'And all those exclamation marks, you notice? Five? A sure sign of someone who wears his underpants on his head.'
Terry Pratchett, Maskerade.
I know that my choice of title was rather rash, but have you bothered to read beyond the exclamation marks that gave you the knee jerk reflex?
FUCK YOU MICROSOFT!!!!!!!
Modern Drivers (also known as Universal Windows Drivers) are single driver packages designed to run over multiple PC types.
I'm NOT taking this.
The conspiracy theorist in me is screaming, "MICROSOFT IS KILLING LEGACY DEVICES!!!!!".
And the rational guy in me is, oddly, nodding in agreement.
Re: Why use a revision control system?
If you're making several versions on the same day and the earlier one worked but later was borked?
If I'm not commenting my changes in the file itself, I'd do this:
... up to five past revisions per file per backup period.
I'm not going to commend every single config change on the config file itself.
Wasting an extra two minutes' worth of:
# note to self: this fixes the ________ issue by doing _______ and ________.
would save twenty minutes trying to decipher what you've done that day on midnight when your eyes were seeing that each line of config file somehow has two blurry, redundant versions over and under it.