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Comment: Re:You can't do that! (Score 1) 206

by Bigfield (#40915401) Attached to: Thin Mini-ITX Platform Enables DIY iMacs

Slightly offtopic, but a little education isn't harmful...

Again, there is no such thing as Scandanavia. There is Scandinavia which is a peninsula, not a country. Countries in Scandinavian peninsula include Norway and Sweden. Some would include Denmark into Scandinavia but it really isn't part of the peninsula. It is a part of scandinavian region though.

Comment: Re:Loudness Is Silly (Score 1) 576

by Bigfield (#40816485) Attached to: Study Finds New Pop Music <em>Does</em> All Sound the Same

Sorry, let's try again

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don't know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

Comment: Re:Loudness Is Silly (Score 1) 576

by Bigfield (#40816459) Attached to: Study Finds New Pop Music <em>Does</em> All Sound the Same

Sorry all, can't resist. Here's another example of loudness war ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088258/quotes ):

Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...
Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
Marty DiBergi: I don't know.
Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. Wha
Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.

Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Unveils it's own Surface tablets-> 1

Submitted by Necroloth
Necroloth (1512791) writes "Microsoft has unveiled Surface — its own-brand family of tablets.

It aims to challenge the iPad with a device that can run standard applications such as its own Office programs and Photoshop.

However other hardware makers are likely to feel aggrieved by the news as Microsoft can offer a competitive price as it doesn't need to pay itself a licence for the Windows 8 software which other manufacturers will have to do.

The devices have 10.6 inch (26.9cm) displays, built-in kickstands and are housed in magnesium cases — which the company described as the first of their kind.

The ARM-based tablets are 9.3mm (0.4 inches) thick — slightly less than the iPad — and run the Windows RT version of the new system. The Verge reported that the chipset will be built by Nvidia.

The versions using Intel's x86 technology run Windows 8 Pro and are 13.5mm (0.5 inches) thick.

A variety of accompanying covers can be attached using built-in magnets. They double as keyboards with trackpads. One version is flat while the other offers keys that can be depressed.

The devices are also designed to work with a pen accessory using what the firm dubbed "digital ink". When the stylus is held close to the screen of the tablet it ignores touch-input from the users' hands."

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Comment: Vaccination or not (Score 1) 1007

by Bigfield (#39672599) Attached to: Lack of Vaccination Sends Babies In Oregon To the Hospital

With every vaccine there are side effects; sometimes minor and sometimes major. Depending on the disease it may be worthwhile to do the vaccinations or not.

It may be a good idea to vaccinate against whooping cough but sometimes the disease itself is easier on you than the vaccinations. This was the case for example in Finland and Sweden with the swine flu vaccinations. Of those who got swine flu less than 0.02% died. That would be around less 10 deaths in Finland. Of these people none were really healthy in the first place. They were in the risk group so basically they would have died anyway of common cold, flu etc. In this case it happened to be the swine flu. BUT regarding the vaccinations: Pandemrix and Arepanrix vaccines contained immunologic adjuvant that triggered narcolepsy on several dozen (a hundred?) children. These children have the narcolepsy for the rest of their lives. Narcolepsy of course occurs also naturally but it has been clearly proven that the vaccine (or the adjuvant) multiplied the narcolepsy cases 4 to 9 fold! That is statistically significant. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandemrix . There is also speculation regarding the connection of other autoimmune diseases and vaccines. But these are more or less speculation still.

During the swine flu outbreak the government and the health officials here in Finland basically said that you are crazy if you don't take the A(H1N1) vaccine! People should _think_ if taking a particular vaccine is better than suffering the disease. Mandating the vaccinations by law is stupid but I guess in the US people like laws and lawyers... ;-)

Comment: Yes, Google is dumping! But is it unfair? (Score 1) 238

by Bigfield (#38913863) Attached to: French Court Calls Free Google Maps Unfair Competition

You are basically right. Google is practically using a classical dumping strategy here. Well, almost, when the product or service is dumped there usually is a certain price tag but considerably lower price than that of the competitors. Now the price is zero.

The end product is offered for free for consumers although Google certainly has expenses on the map service. This is therefore unfair competion and the end result will be monopoly. On the other hand Google also has an advantage in its service that it may couple advertising into it as well as other free and non-free services.

So, is the unfairness in price or in that the product or service is better than the competitor's products or service?

Comment: Something has happened to US mags (CUJ, ESC...) (Score 1) 562

by Bigfield (#38862937) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does Europe Have Better Magazines Than the US?

US has had some very good programming and embedded systems related magazines like C/C++ User's Journal, Dr.Dobbs and Embedded Systems Programming. Ten years ago there were many good articles on each of these magazines and in every issue. I found the magazines to be of great quality. I was a fresh engineer and I enjoyed each and every issue very much. All of them had excellent people writing to them like Herb Sutter, Michael Barr, Jack Crenshaw and many others.

But then there was steady decline: paper quality, number of pages, quality articles all went down slowly but steadily.

And now the situation is:
- Dr.Dobbs had its final issue on 2009. They still publish it in pdf format. Website is there: http://drdobbs.com/ .Not _quite_ the same.
- C/C++ User's Journal was discontinued on 2006. The own website is gone, but Dr.Dobbs hosts old content and some new articles at: http://drdobbs.com/cpp . Again, not quite the same.
- Embedded Systems Programming is now named Embedded Systems Design. Most of the editors still write to the mag. The website is alive and well on http://www.eetimes.com/design/embedded . This has somehow managed to maintain most of its quality.

But for the UK or euro alternatives: There is practically none I know of. So the situation in this field is quite bad.

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