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by arunphilip
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:52 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution
Replies: 65
Views: 2068

Re: Your Personal Smart Phone Evolution

For me, its been:
Nokia Lumia 720 - 1.5 years
Nokia Lumia 830 - 2.5 years
Samsung Galaxy S8+ - 0.5 years and going

Prior to that, feature phones were:
Nokia 6100 - 6.5 years
Nokia 5800 XpressMusic - 3.5 years
by arunphilip
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:49 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 189
Views: 17253

Re: Formula One 2017

Captain Ned wrote:
If only the first turn crashes would take out Hamilton.


If that did happen, it would have been a crash that knocked out every WDC on the grid!
by arunphilip
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: General Software
Topic: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??
Replies: 21
Views: 1556

Re: Good PDF Splitter/Combiner Software??

I've been using the CLI version of this on Linux for years. I see they now have a GUI version for Windows too (free version with limited functionality, or a "Pro" version for the whopping price of $3.99). Aside from the compression, it looks like the free version does what you need. User ...
by arunphilip
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula One 2017
Replies: 189
Views: 17253

Re: Formula One 2017

No mention of Vettel's red mist incident? :) At first glance, it did look like a brake check, until they showed a replay of Hamilton's onboard which showed him gradually and cleanly slowing down even from before corner entry. More than the penalty, Vettel's probably learning a better lesson from his...
by arunphilip
Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Dashcam for my Car - Buying Advice Needed
Replies: 19
Views: 1645

Re: Dashcam for my Car - Buying Advice Needed

[*]Wire in, or battery? I may decide to wire in if it lets me record anytime I'm in the car. Hard-wiring your dashcam is easy to do, and offers the convenience of starting/stopping the camera with your car (providing an appropriate fuse is tapped). I'd definitely recommend this. The 12V socket is p...
by arunphilip
Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 on a 16GB Tablet with 1GB RAM?
Replies: 45
Views: 4127

Re: Windows 10 on a 16GB Tablet with 1GB RAM?

I'm hoping 1280x800 is fine since 1280 is a highly compatible website width and 800p is enough vertical area to avoid any compatibility issues that I'm aware of. Arrives tomorrow so I guess I'll have fun poking about with it as a cheap toy. I've played with a 1280x800 8" Windows tablet at a st...
by arunphilip
Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:57 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Windows 10 on a 16GB Tablet with 1GB RAM?
Replies: 45
Views: 4127

Re: Windows 10 on a 16GB Tablet with 1GB RAM?

So, there are some ridiculous offers for Intel quad-core Atom tablets with 1GB RAM and an decent IPS screen and windows 10 for like £40 ($60). The problem is that they only have 16GB storage + SD expansion. Obviously Windows comes shipped in a working state on these 16GB eMMC drives, but does anyon...
by arunphilip
Sun Oct 02, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula 1 2016
Replies: 149
Views: 14165

Re: Formula 1 2016

Nico was quietly impressive today - spun by Vettel and dropped to the back of the field, worked his way through without any physical safety cars to bunch the pack up, and negated the 10s penalty with a 13s gap. I felt his overtake of Kimi wasn't the cleanest, but didn't see anything wrong with it. A...
by arunphilip
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: General Software
Topic: Noticed a Strange thing in Opera browser as it automatically had all of my browsing history from chrome!
Replies: 5
Views: 1953

Re: Noticed a Strange thing in Opera browser as it automatically had all of my browsing history from chrome!

Since version 15, Opera has been based on the Chromium codebase. Chromium is basically Chrome with the proprietary Google bits stripped out. OK, but does that mean they share the same user profiles, for the OP to have common history between his separate Chrome instance and his Opera instance? EDIT ...
by arunphilip
Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:36 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Stupid app store guidelines strike again
Replies: 24
Views: 2613

Re: Stupid app store guidelines strike again

I would suggest designing the feature to be enabled / disabled remotely without the need for a client update. Disable it during app review and enable it after it is released. Any chance you're a Volkswagen employee? :D No offence intended, just a cheeky reference to their emission management "...
by arunphilip
Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:07 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Stupid app store guidelines strike again
Replies: 24
Views: 2613

Re: Stupid app store guidelines strike again

At least in this case, one competitor is equally stuck on this. At any rate, there have to be exemptions. Would a letter from the superintendent/head of the school district help clarify? Also, going back to the original rejection, you mentioned that Apple's wording was: Your app includes a referenc...
by arunphilip
Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:40 am
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Stupid app store guidelines strike again
Replies: 24
Views: 2613

Re: Stupid app store guidelines strike again

This information is not IP nor does it give a competitive edge, it is the vendors vs. Apple, so I shouldn't see why the others would hesitate in sharing any info they have. Err... if one vendor has figured out a way around it and another one hasn't, how is that NOT a competitive edge for the one wh...
by arunphilip
Sun Sep 25, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Apple Sanctuary
Topic: Stupid app store guidelines strike again
Replies: 24
Views: 2613

Re: Stupid app store guidelines strike again

Are there similar apps (by vendors other than yourself) on the App Store that you can compare to see how they've gone about it? And, through your professional circles would you be able to reach out to them to understand how they've addressed this issue (or to confirm if they've just been lucky till ...
by arunphilip
Sun Sep 25, 2016 1:55 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: What is the bottleneck when starting games and applications?
Replies: 4
Views: 1117

Re: What is the bottleneck when starting games and applications?

I would describe it as the interface & translation between storage and memory that is the bottleneck that we see today in the post-SSD world: ⋅  Interface : SSDs still run through the Southbridge chipset and CPU to access RAM. NVMe still runs through the Northbridge logic on the CPU. H...
by arunphilip
Fri Sep 16, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: General Hardware
Topic: Blue screen problem
Replies: 1
Views: 762

Re: Blue screen problem

Recently, my computer  got a couple blue screens, few days later, my computer start completely freezing within 5-10 mins of use, any reason to why this could be happening? What was the error name and driver name listed in the blue screen? Googling that might help. Also, any recent changes in hardwa...
by arunphilip
Thu Sep 08, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula 1 2016
Replies: 149
Views: 14165

Re: Formula 1 2016

If anyone was ever in doubt, this F1 Fanatic article illustrates how Formula 1 is a business with an associated sport, and not the other way around.
by arunphilip
Wed Sep 07, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tesla Model S Totaled Due To Battery Malfuntion
Replies: 109
Views: 4228

Re: Tesla Model S Totaled Due To Battery Malfuntion

On the topic of Teslas and batteries catching fire, earlier today, a Tesla Model S went off the road and hit a tree, in the Netherlands. In the impact, the battery pack separated from the car and caught fire. Apparently, the powdered fire extinguishers used by the emergency personnel didn't help, an...
by arunphilip
Sun Sep 04, 2016 10:29 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula 1 2016
Replies: 149
Views: 14165

Re: Formula 1 2016

Alonso in a McLaren/Honda pulls off fastest lap Alonso pitted to grab fresh tires with three laps to go so it is a rather misleading time. The sad thing is that it is McLaren's first fastest lap in 24 years.  :cry: Its Honda's first fastest lap in 24 years, not McLaren's. I'm sure McLaren has had i...
by arunphilip
Wed Aug 31, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula 1 2016
Replies: 149
Views: 14165

Re: Formula 1 2016

Unfortunately it's not the first time Vettel has ignored 2 cars to the side of him either.  He just seems to think cars will disappear if his front wheels are even the slightest bit ahead of them (it was Raikkonen he hit this other time too, although at least they weren't teammates at that point) I...
by arunphilip
Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:59 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula 1 2016
Replies: 149
Views: 14165

Re: Formula 1 2016

I feel like I missed something. Why was Rosberg getting booed on the podium??? I presume it was Verstappen's fans, for running him off in Germany some weeks ago. I guess... Verstappen didn't exactly run a clean race himself today though Indeed. I was surprised that his blocking of Kimi's overtake w...
by arunphilip
Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:01 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula 1 2016
Replies: 149
Views: 14165

Re: Formula 1 2016

TwistedKestrel wrote:
I feel like I missed something. Why was Rosberg getting booed on the podium???

I presume it was Verstappen's fans, for running him off in Germany some weeks ago.
by arunphilip
Sun Aug 28, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula 1 2016
Replies: 149
Views: 14165

Re: Formula 1 2016

While that was a nice race, particularly with Hamilton and Alonso able to make their way forward very impressively, I came away disappointed. If only we'd had a nice and open fight - with Nico, Verstappen, Räikkönen, Vettel and Ricciardo all slugging it out on such a beautiful track, it would have b...
by arunphilip
Sat Aug 27, 2016 11:50 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula 1 2016
Replies: 149
Views: 14165

Re: Formula 1 2016

I disagree with extending penalties into the next race though. Even without intending any trickery an engine might blow up during the race itself, not being able to finish the race is enough of a penalty without taking an extra 20 place grid penalty on the next one. My idea is if a driver has more ...
by arunphilip
Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:21 pm
Forum: TR Sports
Topic: Formula 1 2016
Replies: 149
Views: 14165

Re: Formula 1 2016

I actually preferred the rule that converted unused grid penalties into a race penalty, and wish they hadn't done away with it. Either that, or they should "tag" grid drops to the components in question. So if Hamilton has taken on 10 new components this weekend, each of them get tagged wi...
by arunphilip
Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:48 am
Forum: The Back Porch
Topic: Tesla Model S Totaled Due To Battery Malfuntion
Replies: 109
Views: 4228

Re: Tesla Model S Totaled Due To Battery Explosion

Here's Ars' coverage: http://arstechnica.com/cars/2016/08/tesla-model-s-france-battery-fire/ They've mentioned that previous fires were caused by the battery pack being punctured, and that Tesla has since added protection to prevent that. Given that such protection was in place, and that this vehicl...
by arunphilip
Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:21 pm
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Anniversary Update
Replies: 66
Views: 6066

Re: Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Everything's OK alarm <image removed from reply> That change was made because apparently Microsoft's customer focus studies found that the utterly non-intrusive Windows Defender meant that some people thought they were not protected against viruses and malware out of the box with Windows 10. So the...
by arunphilip
Thu Aug 11, 2016 2:04 am
Forum: Overclocking, Tweaking, & Cooling
Topic: 50°c difference between CPU and coolant? [i7, Corsair 115]
Replies: 28
Views: 5361

Re: 50°c difference between CPU and coolant? [i7, Corsair 11

My point is that it shouldn't matter where you measure in a loop at all, as the in loop temperature should be consistent within a very small window. If there is an in loop delta, something is wrong. OT - I've never used an LC setup, so pardon the naïve question. If the difference in temperature is ...
by arunphilip
Thu Aug 11, 2016 1:59 am
Forum: Processors
Topic: budget CPU review
Replies: 41
Views: 2439

Re: budget CPU review

I know many with such disposable income that equate cost with quality. And that's where Tech Report's performance vs. cost graphs make it much more apparent and easier to find the sweet spot for our individual needs. I always mentally draw a 45 degree line and see where the reviewed product and its...
by arunphilip
Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:57 am
Forum: Windows
Topic: Windows 10 Retail not on CD anymore, just USB stick?
Replies: 29
Views: 1746

Re: Windows 10 Retail not on CD anymore, just USB stick?

Computers have supported booting off USB from the early 2000s. I suspect it is roughly aligned to the time when USB 2.0 came into play. I know that starting from my 2004 Dell laptop onwards, all my computers have supported booting from USB. From Vista's release in 2006 onwards, the Windows setup fil...
by arunphilip
Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Mobile Tech
Topic: Why are Android Updates so Difficult?
Replies: 26
Views: 2060

Re: Why are Android Updates so Difficult?

I think that part of the reason why Ars is being hard on Lenovo for this is that Lenovo bought Motorola from Google and is shifting the brand away from what had briefly made Motorola Android phones so attractive: good hardware, good price, regular OS updates/upgrades (I think the company policy was...