* Posts by Darkimmortal

18 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Apr 2011

Intel claims it’s halved laptop display power slurpage


Not again...

Their existing display 'power saving' is a difficult-to-disable software contrast destroyer that makes laptop displays look awful and saves absolutely no power.

Let's see if they can top that stupidity!

Hardened Linux stalwarts Grsecurity pull the pin after legal fight


Re: Name names?

The rumours point to a subsidiary of Intel.

Can't say I'm surprised, with their history of asshole business practice.

Want to remotely control a car? $20 in parts, some oily fingers, and you're in command


Re: Not every car

VW has probably the most complex implementation of CAN bus - it's pretty ridiculous what is possible on VW cars with the right software and cables.

But you're entirely wrong about it being VW exclusive. It's on pretty much 100% of recent cars: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAN_bus

You like iPads, you like things called 'Air'. You will LOVE this puppy


Not even particularly impressive stats either - the Sony Xperia Tablet Z was released 6 months earlier and is 0.6mm thinner. And on top of that it's waterproof and has a micro SD slot.

iPhone rises, Android slips in US, UK


Re: I wonder if it's straightforward role reversal

Making the casing from metal is not a very smart move in a device with one or two large panels of glass

Samsung are right to use plastic. The galaxy s i9000 for example is ridiculously shatter resistant

Huawei Ascend P6: Skinny smartphone that's not just bare bones


Re: The important bit.

From experience with the ascend g300, huawei's software engineers are seemingly far more competent than those of e.g. samsung. Updates notwithstanding, they ship a good ROM with intelligent minor changes.

Nvidia buys Portland Group for compiler smarts


Compiler smarts?

Great, maybe now they'll stop compiling PhysX with absolutely no optimisation or cpu extensions to make the GPU mode look better and sell more cards.

Chromecast: You'll pop me in for HOT STREAMS of JOY, hopes Google



You're not entirely correct, my mid-range Sony TV is from 2009-ish and even features a full PS3-imitation XMB, yet its smart TV features extend no further than DLNA and some useless widgets. No fancy streaming services whatsoever, even with the latest firmware, but crucially it does offer CEC.

Chinese police probe iPhone user's death by electrocution


>While charging

Tenner says she was using a cheap knock-off charger.

Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro gets laptop-level price


Issues: heat yes, fan no. Even my monitor has a fan in it (s23a750d)

Samsung SSD 840 series storage review


Re: The Thing They Never Tell You

Only a worry for anything with a Sandforce controller in it

Skype IDs hijackable by ANY FOOL who knows your email address


Or you should use a catch-all like everyone else

Global notebook sales tank in recent months


Hardware refreshes

Plenty of minor improvements and fixes due for Windows 8, at least going by Sony's lineup.

Sony Vaio T13 Ultrabook review


USB 2.0

Because, like with the VGA port, Sony realise there is still a huge number of devices on the market that go horribly wrong when plugged into a USB 3 port. And in a scenario unique to Sony's laptops, the reverse is true too (I'm looking at you, Fiio E17).

Crucial v4 256GB budget SSD review

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Re: Surely SSD purchasing goes like this:

This. I got my 256GB 830 for only £140 from Amazon when they fucked up the pricing of the 7mm notebook bundle version. Amazing drive.

Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 Android media player


Voodoo Sound

If this has the same WM8994 DAC as the original Galaxy S phone and Voodoo Sound is supported, it will be the best MP3 player on the market for sound quality and headphone power output.


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Folder playlists

Folder playlists are the main reason I bought this app. The sqlite database they are based on is trivial to edit (you can just do it in-app if you're not automating things of course) and, most importantly, doesn't reset itself like the stock android m3u playlists from media scanner on boot.

And the interface is really second to none. The only other music player with a theme that doesn't look distinctly outdated and horrible is the Samsung TouchWiz player, and it leaves a lot to be desired in pretty much every other area.