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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Samsung pays MS $1 billion in royalties for using Android. wtf. on: October 06, 2014, 02:40:01 PM
So I've seen these stupid headlines now for a few days.  My first reaction: wtf.  Ok, so I know patents and lawsuits and technology is a good recipe for confusion of the dumbassest variety.  But what I can't seem to glean from any of the articles is what "features" is Microsoft collecting royalties on as it relates to Android?
The most reasonable explanation I found was on reddit:
Hilarious amount of butthurt and missinformed nonsense in this thread.

Let me give a little history lesson to those of you who were apparently born after 2010 and have no idea how mobile industry has developed:

    Microsoft has been in mobile bussiness since early 2000s, long before anyone heard about Android or iPhone, or in fact, long before average person had any idea what smartphone even is. They've developed hundreds of their own patents in that time.

    Google ripped of their patents when creating Android and started giving it away for free to hardware vendors.

    Google then went and bought Motorola for 12 fucking billion $ to have enough patent cushion to prevent them from being sued.

    Microsoft, in a brilliant move (you can have moral objections, but as far as business goes its a sheer stroke of genius), starts targeting Android-based hardware vendors with a lawsuit-protection racket.

    For every Android device out there, the vendors have to pay Microsoft. If vendors don't pay, they'll be sued. Rumours are, its 5-10$. Off every device. Think for a second just how much money they make of this. As such, MS doesn't bother with additionally suing Google, because that would ruin their little scheme.

    Google is helpless to stop it. While Motorola gave them a bit of a cushion, they can't sue Microsoft because they'd be ripped to shreds in open court battle.

    Vendors can't stop it because they're basically in the wrong. They're using Microsoft patented technology on their phones. You can't exactly hide that shit.

TL;DR - all of this happens because Google was trying to rush Android to the market and stolen bunch of key technologies in the process.

52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: October 03, 2014, 12:22:15 PM
I like the range of that guitar.  I've actually found that I enjoy playing simple mid-tempo solos on the piano in that range from middle-c to a couple octaves down.  Makes it sound funky.
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win9 will be FREE! on: October 01, 2014, 05:07:31 PM
Boy, I've cut down a lot on what news I follow over the years.  i think I may cut out a whole bunch of tech news.  These articles about new devices and new features and stuff are really making me  undecided.

So all this news about windows 10.  ok.  All they've really done is change the start button so it's now even bigger with tiles showing.  One programmer.  One day.  Let's say 10 programmers, one month.

What else?  built-in multiple desktops?  ok.  windows users have had third party tools forever, so who really cares?  I can't criticize it too much, of course, they are just addressing the (quite stupid) complaints of users who say windows has nothing while apple has all these great software built into the OS.

This move away from the windows third-party tools is still troubling to me.  It's making me keep an eye out on Linux. 
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: IDEA: a software that makes normal windows apps more touch friendly. on: September 30, 2014, 04:37:40 PM
Nod5, you just gave me several ideas.  Thanks!
I have been using TouchMe.  I like it, but it seems to be limited in the gesture types.  That is, they have a whole lot of gestures, but it felt like most of the very specific things I wanted to do were not really there.  There were ways to get CLOSE, but not exactly.  I probably need to play around with it more, maybe it's more capable than I think.  Combining it with AHK sounds like it should be able to do basically anything.  So I'll have to give that a try.
After using the tablet for a while, the things I'm craving custom gestures for are things like shortcuts to use while in fullscreen mode.  So, when I'm reading, I usually do it in fullscreen mode, there are no toolbars or anything showing.  But if i want the keyboard or to look something up real quick, I have to exit fullscreen, and tap whatever button i need.  So I'd like gestures to replace those.  I started doing it with Touchme's two finger swipe options.  It was ok.  it started interfering with other programs' two finger touch things, so i changed it to three fingers.  But three fingers didn't feel so good.

still figuring it out.  I also would like to come up with alternatives for the taskbar.  I'm experimenting with LBC and truelaunchbar so far.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: posts on facebook on: September 30, 2014, 04:28:50 PM
Similar to what app says
Why I’m unfriending you on Facebook
I've gone back and forth on this.  I do want to completely stop using facebook, but it's also the main way a lot of people i know keep in touch.  Ultimately, I may not mind keeping in touch in this fashion, no offense to anyone.  But it is nice to check in and see the pics now and then.
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software for planning wood bookcases/cabinets/tables etc? on: September 30, 2014, 11:57:50 AM
good choice, sketchup is the best for this sort of thing.
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / IDEA: a software that makes normal windows apps more touch friendly. on: September 25, 2014, 04:53:50 PM
I don't know if something like this is even possible, but I'll be interested in the discussion.

SO after using a windows tablet for a while, I now understand the main complaint. The problem when you are using windows in desktop mode with a touch interface, is basically the size of the touchable things.  THey are too small, and this is mainly where all the complaints are.  The only difference between normal programs and windows "apps" is that the apps are running in full screen, and instead of the menu bar and other normal desktop elements, those options have been designed into more touch-friendly elements...big buttons, large text, etc.  Unfortunately, the apps are lame and useless.  With windows, most people just want to use their normal windows programs.

But the frustration is that it's not so easy to touch the tiny things.  Now, we can wait for the developers to convert all their interfaces to touch-friendly apps, but this will take years.  Maybe there's some way to just make the standard toolbars and menu bars bigger.  I got the idea from programs like Actual Window Manager and other things that add stuff to toolbars and can add features to standard windows.  So maybe there's a way to just make stuff bigger.

An example is mouser's screenshot captor.  I'm using it, and i have the windows settings for icons and stuff set to larger than normal.  However, the buttons in SSC are still tiny because the tablet resolution is so high.  The text is ok, but things are scrunched.

Anyway, this is really the main issue with the windows interface, and I'm curious how this will progress.  I love the fact that the windows desktop is now as portable as an ipad or android.  Windows programs are very powerful...that's why there are so many buttons and menu items, etc.  Ipad/android can't do anything...you only have a button or two, how many features can you really have?  That's why these tablets are not very powerful right now.  On the other hand, they are smooth and very easy to use.  This is the dilemma.  Big buttons, big text == fewer options.  Lots of buttons, lots of text == tinier elements that are hard to touch.

58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: new blackberry passport runs android apps "without delay" on: September 24, 2014, 04:06:32 PM
I just read the above line.

You wrote it too smiley (no link?)
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / new blackberry passport runs android apps "without delay" on: September 24, 2014, 03:40:26 PM
I just read the above line.  That's pretty amazing, if the new square shaped phone can do android seamlessly.  That's all.
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: September 23, 2014, 03:16:51 PM
since you asked nicely...

 Kiss wish it were longer
Me too!  Thanks.   Sad
I'm working on it.
Here's a full one:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVNCSLEGyWA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVNCSLEGyWA</a>

Here's a tribute to a friend:

I think that's all I have.
61  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PrintableCal 100% Discount Giveaway on September 22 on: September 22, 2014, 09:27:32 PM
its a really interesting idea, i like this.
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: September 22, 2014, 05:54:58 PM
since you asked nicely...
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg5rxDuEUw8" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sg5rxDuEUw8</a>
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: September 22, 2014, 09:51:41 AM
Dark Knight rises was a great movie!  When the comic came out when i was a kid, it was a big deal.  It's the best comic-to-animated adaptation I have seen, it is remarkably faithful to the book.  Very fun to watch.
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: September 21, 2014, 10:06:03 PM
I'm rewatching "The Puffy Chair", an indie movie by the Duplass brothers -- who I think are geniuses.  One of my favorites.

([url=http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=34481.msg353274#msg353274]see attachment in previous post)[/i][/url]

oh my god, mouser.  I think you're right, these guys are geniuses.  this movie was so good, it feels like it has been made by some 80 year old master, good god.
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What is the logic of bezier curves? (for Illustrator pen tool) on: September 19, 2014, 11:50:50 AM
Hey! Looky what I found!
A game to help you master the pen tool.
By Mark MacKay.

Pretty neat, huh?

from random wanderings around the blasted heath

Yes!  This is perfect and very awesome! 
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Outline 4D >>50% off sale<< (only $50) on: September 18, 2014, 05:25:08 PM

Outline 4D has a 50% sale going on right, so the price goes down from $100 to $50.  Good deal if you ask me!  Pointed out here by 40hz, it might be my preferred tool for organizing just about any multi-layered idea/outline, but it's mainly intended for screenwriting I guess.
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: bluetooth: folder browsing possible? on: September 17, 2014, 03:02:05 PM
Your best alternative, and also the easiest, is to get a cheap 3G WiFi router and just not bother to put a SIM in it.
Instant portable WiFi HotSpot - I do this all the time with the added bonus of being able to use a SIM from whatever country I'm in to give internet access to my phone, tablet, and netbook.

Something like the TP-LINK TL-MR3020 which can usually be picked up for less than AU$30.

However, if all you want is a simple, cheap way to connect all your devices when there isn't a ready-made WiFi or mobile network available, a portable WiFi router is probably your best bet.

* I should point out that the TP-LINK TL-MR3020 requires an external 3G USB modem if you want that feature - I use a ZTE MF60 (integrated 3G modem).
I never considered this!  brilliant, thanks!
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for calendar software on: September 17, 2014, 10:20:28 AM
IIRC rainlendar has (or used to have) a pretty active community - plenty of skins available already so maybe something suitable already exists

But I have no reason to waste time looking for (or making) the perfect skin, when eM Client is exactly what I wanted, out of the box.  smiley
OT: I've been using em client for a couple weeks now.  It's nice, very nice.  It can definitely give the Bat a run for its money.
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is there a forum for technology, devices, physics, electronics, sensors, etc? on: September 12, 2014, 10:04:15 AM
nah, it's not that easy, you need to have experience of a forum that is live, populated by knowledgeable helpful people, etc
I'm just kidding, man.  This is a good place for stuff like that.  DC is my first goto.
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is there a forum for technology, devices, physics, electronics, sensors, etc? on: September 12, 2014, 09:24:01 AM
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / rant! new features on: September 11, 2014, 11:01:42 AM
New features coming!  amazing!  After several months of development and beta testing with our millions of users, billions of dollar revenue, and the best resources available on earth, we are introducing the following NEW features:  (omg can't wait)
--We are changing the default wallpaper from the orion constellation to an image of arizona wildlife.
--Our icons are now hexagonal instead of the traditional octagon shape.
--We are getting rid of the microUSB connector for safety reasons, and replacing it with a magnetized rubiks-style connector.
--Users can change their profile photos.
--The display has an improved 551 ppi vs the original pathetic 487 ppi.
--Remember that rounded corner on the bottom left?  It's straight now.  We're considering straightening the others by 2019.
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: consumables business on: September 10, 2014, 12:55:03 PM
Food & Sex...the only 2 businesses that will be around long after we no longer are.
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Delayed Write Failed" — on FIVE computers at a time? on: September 09, 2014, 08:58:09 AM
yksyks...what country are you in?
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech/Science News + Some Other Things (From Around The Web) on: September 07, 2014, 01:28:42 AM

75  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Please help me find that utility - "Something" To TXT ? on: September 04, 2014, 02:58:54 PM
Hi guys, before many years i have use a tiny free utility that creates a text file from any windows file.

Man, I used to love that thing ... I think it was called F-note (short for file note). It was just a context menu item that showed up for all files that would put an empty text file with the same name in the same location as target file.

AbteriX's solution looks like a hit, as it will produce the same result.
I remember getting a virus that did this (on a work computer!) way back in 2000.  We went in the computer and noticed that every single audio file had a txt file created.  What a pain that was!
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