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Onda V975w: Windows Graphics Memory Adjustment

The graphics card of the Onda V975w — as well as Teclast X98 3G, Teclast X98 Air, and Windows tablets coming out of China from Ramos, Colorfly, Pipo, and others — shares a part of the internal memory. On tablets with 2GBs of RAM, 512MBs are allocated for graphics.

For those users who don’t plan to run large games, that allocation is a waste and could lead to situations where the tablet crashes due to insufficient RAM.

The following instructions to recover more RAM for programs was adapted from a post at ZOL [Google Translate].

Anyone in the market for a Windows tablet from China would do well to Bookmark this post for future reference.

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The Apple Rat In Your Pocket, Part Two

Apple Confirms “Back Doors”; Downplays Their Severity

Now lets talk about file relay. Apple is being completely misleading by claiming that file relay is only for copying diagnostic data. If, by diagnostic data, you mean the user’s complete photo album, their SMS, Notes, Address Book, GeoLocation data, screenshots of the last thing they were looking at, and a ton of other personal data – then sure… but this data is far too personal in nature to ever be needed for diagnostics. In fact, diagnostics is almost the complete opposite of this kind of data. And once again, the user is never prompted to give their permission to dump all of this data, or notified in any way on-screen. Apple insists AppleCare gets your consent, but this must be a verbal consent, as it is certainly not a technological consent. What’s more, if this service really were just for diagnostic use, you’d think that it would respect backup encryption, so that everything coming off the phone is encrypted with the user’s backup password. When I take my laptop to Apple for repairs, I have to provide the password. But Apple apparently has admitted to the mechanics behind file relay, which skip around backup encryption, to get to much the same data. In addition to this, it can be dumped wirelessly, without the user’s knowledge. So why does this need to be the case? It doesn’t. File relay is far too sloppy with personal data, and serves up a lot more than “diagnostics” data.

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The Apple Rat In Your Pocket

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The Silicants

The tech utopia nobody wants: why the world nerds are creating will be awful

The backlash against Glass is the implied rejection of the kind of casual sociopathy which leads a person to become a surveillance camera, to put a computer between themselves and their every interaction with other people. The philosophy of Glass is inward looking. It improves the life of the wearer at the expense of those around them.


A simple fact remains: there is something intrinsically repellant about a world in which our food, jobs and personal relationships are replaced by digital proxies in the name of ultra-efficient disruption. The geeks, with their ready willingness to abandon social norms, are pulling us toward a utopia nobody wants.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me throughout.

Silicon Valley is a very, very sick culture populated not by human beings, but by a new digital deviant hybrid species: Silicants.

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Our Jules Verne Ant-Like Future
Babylon Lives Again

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Here We Go Again: How Murdoch’s Offer For Time Warner Fucks Hollywood

Back in 1983, some 90% of the U.S. media was controlled by 50 companies. I thought Hollywood had it bad enough when studios started gobbling up networks, and cable companies started taking over studios and networks. Now 90% of media is controlled by 5 companies — Comcast, Viacom, CBS, Walt Disney, Time Warner and 21st Century Fox.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.


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Diogenes And The Finger


Wikipedia: The Finger

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VAO, ICs, And Our Global Frequency Future

People don’t want to read.

They just want information when they want it.

I see it at this blog too. People ask questions that have answers in past posts. But they don’t want to read or search. They just want to know.

All of the stuff I write that surrounds the information they want? It’s noise.

There’s really no amount of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) that can connect people with what they really want.

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China Rising

I want to put this here for the future. To rub in the face of all the people who give me shit for paying attention to China.

Google Translate title and link: Historic breakthrough! Qualcomm Snapdragon processor will be referred to SMIC foundry

July 3, 2014, together with SMIC Qualcomm announced that they will work closely with the 28-nanometer process technology and wafer fabrication services, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor manufactured in China, for the whole of China’s semiconductor industry, which is a historic moment.

China is ground zero for the battle to determine CPU supremacy. Rockchip, Allwinner, MediaTek, and others are engaged in all-out war to win as the dominant CPU in mobile devices (which includes set-top boxes).

Even Intel has realized that China can determine whether or not they will stay in business, by seeking as many partners as possible in Shenzhen.

It’s way too early to see how this will play out. One misstep by any of them could mean instant irrelevance. Plus, none of them know what Americans are up to in their own labs (Apple does its own CPUs now and HP — that pathetic wreck of a once-great company — is betting on The Machine with memristors). And then there’s Nvidia, which needs to stay in the game because Xiaomi has anointed them in mobile with the MiPad.

In the short-term, we users will benefit as CPUs become more power-stingy, more powerful, and devices from Chinese companies get better with lower prices.


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I Don’t Play Games, But WTF


If 1Pad is to believed, just the description of this game is absolutely guaranteed fun mayhem [Google Translate]:

“Blood Bowl” is basically to play football with the role Warhammer game, players can choose players in humans, orcs, dwarves, magic mouse purgatory, elves, Chaos Legion and other six races, all twelve games per team.

Human and orcs and dwarves and elves?!1? As a team? LMAO!

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Lei Jun’s Tablet Manifesto

Earlier today: Lei Jun’s MiPad Challenge.

In Comments, DPyro gave me a link to an OCR of the graphic-embedded text. It turns out it was incomplete. Fortunately, 1Pad did the entire text [Google Translate]. That’s the version I’ve used as the basis to turn Google Translate into sensible English.

I’ve attempted to preserve his meaning while avoiding the mechanistic language of Google Translate. There’s a few places open to better interpretations — man, can Google Translate mangle things! — but I did my best and hope that I’ve brought across the spirit of his statement. I need to note that this shouldn’t be considered my writing. It’s based on the constraints of Google Translate.

For anyone interested in Xiaomi, you can’t get a better glimpse of it than this.

All of the text past this sentence is from Xiaomi.

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