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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro / Pixel 7a

    Why did Google remove the IR camera + face unlock they had in Pixel 4? It seems it was as good or better than FaceID? Is it just the usual Google indecision?
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro / Pixel 7a

    in what way? I just looked up specs, 6t has a 6.4" screen, was that too big?
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro / Pixel 7a

    no, I like the extra size, honestly would've like the 7 Pro but it costs too much. do you keep 'always on display' on? I had to turn it off as it was causing about 15-20% more battery drain over a day. Without the AOD do you need to hit power button and then use the front screen fp sensor...
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro / Pixel 7a

    Another option is just to get the refurb Pixel 5 (for ~$130) and keep that !! I'm sure it will be a decent upgrade and it will still get Android 14 this year at least. How big is an upgrade from P5->P7 (not counting size, I don't mind larger screen) ? Is it worth the $160 for upgrade to P7? I...
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    Pixel 7 / Pixel 7 Pro / Pixel 7a

    I'm using a 2 XL I bought a few years ago, honestly the phone still runs great but it has had no updates since 2020. I saw that Google is offering a $320 credit for Pixel 5, and I saw a great deal on a refurb P5 on ebay which I can use. How big of an upgrade will this be? I'm considering it...
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    Looking for help for new pc - whats the best value in desktop pc's today?

    I used to build my own pc's like most enthusiasts, it was a fun hobby. Then I got busy with life and moved all gaming to consoles, ~5 years I got a Dell XPS on one of their really good sales (which end up costing almost less than parts) and its still running great, but I'm looking to upgrade. I...
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    Next Gen Consoles

    Sony is not a software company. It works out in their favor for most of their product lines - I don't wany yet another skin for Android etc or like their tv's like mentioned ^. My guess is the team who built the software API for PS5 is different and backcompat was not a design goal due to time...
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    Next Gen Consoles

    Who knows at this point, its not really upto them. Honestly a new game console is pretty far down on list of things I'm worried about - lots of people will be losing their jobs, economy is tanking, and of curse your health.
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    Next Gen Consoles

    I don't expect PS3 emulation. PS3 played PS2 games by basically including a PS2 inside fat PS3, no one wants that. MS did herculean efforts to emulate OG Xbox and 360 on XB1. Sony doesn't have technical expertise or resources for that. But all PS4 games should work day 1, none of this 'top 100...
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    Next Gen Consoles

    Sony put more effort into faking that audience than they have into BC. Seriously, its a video loop of another audience with suspiciously real humans superimposed onto Cerny in an empty room. Why bother??
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    Next Gen Consoles

    What I don't get it is - both current and next gen are basically identical machines - Jaguar cpu to Zen 2, new AMD RDNA 2 gpu, with a difference in CU/memory etc based on individual choices, but its still the same sysem. Why then is Xbox 100% backward compatible but PS5 isn't? That's a HUGE...
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    New PS4 owner

    Can someone answer my qns about PS+ and PSNow? Does anyone have PS Now and is it worth it?
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    New PS4 owner

    Waiting for good deal on God of War. Is it just me or is that the same name of the original game? I never played Dark Souls but I remember reading its pretty hard and you keep dying.
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    New PS4 owner

    I liked PGR, Midnight Club, Burnout, early NFS games, as well as more hardcore racers like Forza/F1/rFactor. I don't like biker or rally. What the hell happened to this genre, did everyone give up?
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    New PS4 owner

    All those are still on - console at Best Buy Horizon and Uncharted at Gamestop Last of Us at PSN store Is Bloodborne hard? What other games would you recommend?
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    New PS4 owner

    The $199 deal was too good to pass up. So whats next? Planning on getting the $40 PS+ for 1 year as well. Is Playstation Now worth it? How many PS4 games do they have vs PS3/2? Its also on sale for $80. I also got Horizon Zero Dawn and Uncharted Legacy Collection for $10 each, and Last of US...
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    Windows 10 problem with multiple displays

    ^ Thanks, will try that. Noticed one more thing - I get a notification 'Display Port topology changed' which is probably why Windows is doing this (resetting everything) and may not be a problem for everyone.
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    Windows 10 problem with multiple displays

    Sorry, I meant the actual windows (which monitor, size, fullscreen status) and not just desktop icons. e.g. if I have 10 windows open when I sleep/undock and when I resume they should be back where they were.
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    Windows 10 problem with multiple displays

    I use my laptop with a docking station and 2 monitors - it is connected via DP. I arrange all my windows the way the I want them, but if I undock and connect again, or even sometimes when I sleep and resume, it forgets the layout and all the windows are either back on the laptop or randomly...
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    Windows 10 won't let me run Management console, even though I'm an admin

    Sorry for very late reply. Nothing is resolved. I am going to reinstall/refresh my Windows when I have time.
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    Windows 10 won't let me run Management console, even though I'm an admin

    This kind of stuff happens in Linux too. My Arch install broke, I've seen it with Ubuntu too. The difference is the fix there is usually 'sudo xxxxx yyy zzzz' in terminal vs some gui in Windows, but you still have to google and hope someone found a solution. Its no different really.
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    Windows 10 won't let me run Management console, even though I'm an admin

    I saw on another similar thread that people are reinstalling Windows, creating new users etc. I just reinstalled Windows 10 fresh a month ago! (thread here as well). I don't want to do any of that, and I'm using a hotmail account anyway so I can't create new users, not to mention thats going to...
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    Windows 10 won't let me run Management console, even though I'm an admin

    What the hell ??! I'm an admin for gods sake. This just started happening. I also get a UAC prompt when running task manager!
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    Linux froze completely - how do you get of it?

    I have Arch Linux (via Antergos) KDE on my laptop, ita a fresh install. It froze completely today, I was just browsing. I could move my cursor but nothing was responding, no alt-tab etc. I remembered Linux has multiple terminals so I did Ctrl-Alt-F2 and had a new prompt. In it I logged in using...
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    Google and Microsoft are you listening?

    Can you finally implement dark mode now that Apple is going to do it? I have no idea why MS and Google both have such an aversion to dark themes - MS has grudgingly added it in Windows 10 modern apps/dialog, Google loves showing a dark theme in preview builds but never in the final product...
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    One of the reasons Apple is worth the money...

    Every company fixes stuff when its under warranty, what the hell is special about Apple then? I bought a refurb laptop from Acer for <$300, right about a year later it failed. It took all of 5min on the phone (or maybe it was online chat, I forgot) and they sent me prepaid shipping box, 2 weeks...
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    Questions about Arch Linux

    Thanks for your detailed post naib, I will try to understand. As an end user and not an expert I'm not in a position to try Gentoo, maybe some day. I will just say that many of the criticisms applied to systemd can probably be applied to the Liniux kernel itself, and from what I've read Linus is...
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    Azure vs AWS - What is your experience?

    I don't know that its widely adopted. It is definitely extremely slow and has seen almost no improvements. A deploy takes 5-10min, and a lot of settings are still not exposed in console.
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    Windows 10 is crazy.

    This is paranoia at its finest. What makes you think you ISP isn't scraping everything? Even TOR isn't safe. So stop using the Internet?
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    Questions about Arch Linux

    AFAIK there was no way using init scripts to schedule services based on dependencies, e.g. A depends on B, C depends on D, and use that info to decide start order etc. Also cgroups were not used which provide a hard kernel isolation of resources and guarantees and bad processes can be killed...
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    Azure vs AWS - What is your experience?

    I am using the UI and not CloudFormation stacks etc. I am in a small team of 2 and have to do lot so maybe in future. There is no doubt that GCE console and integration is ahead of AWS. Also AWS services that aren't popular are pretty bad - e.g. Elastic Beanstalk, CodeStar, CodeBuild etc are all...
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    Azure vs AWS - What is your experience?

    AWS is like what the web used to be in in the 90s - primitive UIs, a terrible console, zero integration between services, services they offer are not as performant or feature rich. GoogleCloud or Azure is like the modern web - there is simply no comparison in the user/developer experience. The...
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    Questions about Arch Linux

    Some of this stuff is over my head, no idea what DKMS is but I remember seeing that term before. "I just booted into run mod 3" this is the kind of stuff that scares me. Its easy for you as an experienced user to say "Its not a major issue" :) but I never had to do anything like this in...
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    Windows 10 is crazy.

    You can get a cheap cloud server for self hosting services. If you distrust cloud email like gmail/outlook, do you also not use other Google/Facebook etc services? Not use Android/iOS? Because if you do then its a bit pointless to worry about email?
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    Questions about Arch Linux

    The AUR version is often just a script file to download the code and build it locally, plus some dependency checks etc. Often there are 2 packages in AUR, e.g. ABC and ABC-git. The 2nd one is just like getting the latest code yourself but its all automated and managed by the system. Best of both...
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    Questions about Arch Linux

    Has anyone used OpenSuse Tumbleweed? I read they have an automated system to build and test (OBS - https://build.opensuse.org/) which is available for anyone to use. Sounds like a very useful thing. btw I'm really thankful for the discussion in this thread. I've personally tried multiple Linux...
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    Questions about Arch Linux

    Totally disagree. Gnome is clearly copying MacOS. Bloated by what definition? It uses less resources as confirmed by every possible tool and review. KDE != Windows. If taskbar + system tray + system menu == Windows, then XFCE is Windows too. But you love XFCE, makes no sense. And btw KDE...
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    Questions about Arch Linux

    I agree with you - compile from source is old method and using package managers shouldn't be needed anymore. I think that is the goal of all the package manager systems. With AUR they allow a way to compile from source which appears transparent to the user. I agree its better if its an actual...
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    Questions about Arch Linux

    Gnome is run by dictators who force their vision of computing on everyone else and if it doesnt align with your usage, screw you. e.g. removing system tray, not allowing binaries to be executed, tons of other featues they remove because 'its not needed'. Absolute bs. Files/Nautilus is now worse...
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