Daily Archives: April 26, 2014

iFive Mini 3GS To Use MIUI

Over at 5Fans forum, members are being recruited to beta test a ROM with Xiaomi’s MIUI [Google Translate and Google Translate].


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Black Box, Episode 1


I watched the entire first episode, annoyed all the way through it.

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“Given how long it’s taken for me to reconcile my nature, I can’t figure I’d forego it on your account, Marty.” — Matthew McConaughey as Detective Rustin Spencer “Rust” Cohl, True Detective

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Even Near-Death, Google+ People Still Don’t Get It!

A Personal Reflection On Google+

The fight over real names, which was a constant area of discussion for the company during my time there, is a case in point. Google’s desire for privacy and choice was in direct contradiction to its need for real names to get the data it wanted. Google+ was not the only social network that required real names, but it was the hardest to avoid thanks to its integration across Google’s product portfolios. Frankly, the issue always got more publicity than it should have (really, there were so few people who actually cared about this issue based on user feedback), but it was a telling issue that Google just couldn’t think outside of its voracious appetite for data.

This guy is going to be in trouble no matter where he works.

He has the Big Data mindset.

Saying “so few” people cared is to mistake popularity for importance.

The human race is not pushed forward by the many. It’s pushed forward by the few.

Out of the tens of thousands of NSA employees and contractors, there’s been only one Edward Snowden.

Because only he came forward, does that mean “so few” people care about what the NSA has done (and is probably still doing)? Because only he came forward to blow the whistle, does that dismiss the importance of what he did?

What about Deep Throat and the Watergate scandal? Because only he cared, it didn’t matter?

If this guy can’t understand why the hell anonymity matters, why Google’s push for Real Names was so idiotic, he shouldn’t be in the business of handling any user information.

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Refurbed Dell Venue 8 Pro Cheap On eBay

The listing:


Oddly, it’s being sold by a company that seems to specialize in sports items!

It’s a nice tablet, does extremely well at the Google Books PDF test, but I just can’t stand Windows 8.x so being offered one even for free wouldn’t interest me.

Previously here:

Google Books PDF Death Match: Dell Venue 8 Pro
Dell Venue 8 Pro: Windows And Android
Fondle: Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Tablet
Video: Dell Venue 8 Pro


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Teclast X98 3G Android Tablet Running Windows 8.1

The Teclast X98 3G is an Android tablet with a 9.7-inch Retina-class screen, Intel Bay Trail-T 64-bit CPU, 2GBs of RAM and 32GBs of internal storage. It’s Teclast’s new flagship tablet. And while they still won’t disclose which CPU it’s using, most sites are saying it’s the Z3740D.

Since the CPU is based on the Intel X86 architecture, people have wondered if it can also run Windows. Yes, it can. That’s one of the selling points Intel is using in China: Its CPUs can be used with either Android or Windows, which can reduce development time and costs in many ways.

What’s particularly significant about the Teclast X98 3G running Windows is that it has a screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio. It looks like a past-generation iPad.


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