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Comment: Re:It's not Google's fault. It's Mozilla's. (Score 1) 129

by Hal_Porter (#47906759) Attached to: Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Nobody forced Mozilla to make the stupid decisions that they did. In fact, a lot of Firefox users very vocally said, "No! We don't like that!" time and time again, release after release. But Mozilla didn't want to listen. Mozilla did everything in their power to ruin the Firefox experience. And now the entire web has to suffer.

Opera did the same thing. I still like Opera 12.x. But I prefer Chrome to the newer, Chromium based, versions of Opera. And the problem is that Opera 12.x is doomed in the long run.

+ - Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play->

Submitted by Hal_Porter
Hal_Porter (817932) writes "

Microsoft tested Picco in two group of interns and a family. All groups found the device amusing, but also reported that Picco and Picclets were useless for any functional or meaningful communication. Subjects, did, however, feel that the appearance of Picclets made the workplace feel a little more intimate.

“Two studies of the device at work demonstrated how crafting was an expression of intimacy when the device was used to connect the workplace to the home, and a way of demonstrating skill and humor to a broad audience when messages were sent amongst co-workers,” the paper reports. It also says Picco helped to personalise workspaces, but some testers felt left out because they were either lousy artists or couldn't make clever messages. As the paper puts it, “the level of skill needed to produce these messages became a barrier to entry for some co-workers.”

I'm making a note here — Great Success"
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Comment: Re:How? (Score 1) 46

by Hal_Porter (#47257813) Attached to: Huawei, Vodafone Test Out Hybrid System That Combines LTE and GSM

It seems like it's based on dynamically allocating spectrum between GSM and LTE

However, using a technology called GL DSS (GSM-LTE Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) Vodafone and Huawei have shown a way to allow GSM and LTE to coexist.

In a traditional mobile network, operators allocate each technology an exclusive set of frequencies. For example, many operators, including Vodafone, currently hold 20MHz of spectrum at 1.8GHz, of which 10MHz is used for LTE and the rest for GSM traffic.

GL DSS lets Huawei's SRC (Single Radio Controller) give GSM a higher priority during periods of heavy traffic, ensuring that voice calls get though unharmed. But the SRC can also provide more room for LTE when users aren't making calls, allowing for better throughput, the vendor said on Tuesday.

There's a paper on it (or at least a similar idea) here

It's interesting because it seems like GSM will live on for low bandwidth machine to machine applications even though most of the spectrum has been converted to LTE. So if you've got an embedded system with a GSM modem, there's no need to worry that the carriers will cut off the signal in order to get more LTE bandwidth.

Comment: Re:But that's not all Snowden did... (Score 0) 348

by Hal_Porter (#47102129) Attached to: Why Snowden Did Right

You presume that U.S. citizens are the only ones whose rights matter. Don't feel badâ"many of us U.S. citizens think the same way. But you will find if you talk to citizens of other countries, like Germany and Canada and France, that they also care about these issues, and care that the NSA, GCHQ and others have spied on them.

Totally dude. If only Alan Turing had done some whistle blowing on how the privacy of German U boat captains was being violated the world would be a much better place.

Comment: Re:Dump kernel to serial printer (Score 1) 175

by Hal_Porter (#46677221) Attached to: Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

You could sound the message out in Frequency Shift Keying.


1200 baud is 120 characters per second. So you could dump an uncompressed 80x24 screen of text in 16 seconds. You'd just repeat the dump over and over again.

Software on a mobile phone would capture the FSK and submit it as a bug report.

Perhaps a less whimsical way to do it would be to write to a dump file and submit when the system reboots. E.g. the kernel could keep enough of the Bios alive so that it could switch back to real mode and use int 13h to write to reserved bit of the disk.

Comment: Re:Space travel (Score 1) 357

by Hal_Porter (#46603627) Attached to: Gunshot Victims To Be Part of "Suspended Animation" Trials

Or a bank of frozen ova and sperm. Or DNA sequences stored on a flash drive. Humans have 98% of their DNA in common, so you would only need to store the 2% of diffs. If properly compressed, all the genetic diversity of the entire human population of the earth would probably fit in a few terabytes.

You could save space if you only brought the DNA common in countries that developed into industrialized democracies too - Western Europe, East Asia and the North America.

Comment: Re: Orwellian? George Orwell was a Socialist. (Score 1) 110

He also thought that the USSR was totalitarian and not socialist. In 1945 he voted for the Labour Party which was democratic socialist. Labour was a party that grew out of the unions and whatever you can say about Labour there were definitely not about turning the workers into serfs.

Which is the point really - the USSR did the opposite of what democratic socialists like Orwell wanted and called it socialism.

The trouble with being punctual is that people think you have nothing more important to do.