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Comment: Re:About half (Score 1) 59

by Kjella (#49502115) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

Ooh, found my answer, "20 % of private cars are equipped with DAB radio." So 80% aren't. I think 80% of people are going to not like this once it happens.

That doesn't even begin to cover it, many people have an FM radio that they occasionally use for example at cabins or whatever, more than 80% will probably have to replace some radio. And note that they asked for "digital listeners" not "DAB listeners" meaning if you use your smartphone or tablet or PC to listen to radio, you get counted in favor of DAB even though you don't use DAB.

Actually this (Norwegian) is the truth, in 2014 about 64% of the population listened to radio daily and only 19% on DAB. There's no numbers for it but even less exclusively used DAB. I don't have a DAB radio. It sucks for any kind of battery-driven device, meaning just the kind of remote places and mobile appliances where you'd want radio. We'd do better just upgrading so we'd get 3G/4G coverage everywhere rather than DAB.

Nobody else is phasing out FM or even planning to phase out FM. This is just Norway going off on its own crusade urged on by commercial interests of 10+ new channels, fuck whether it makes sense to throw out millions of radios. On the bright side, I expect this to lead to a massive interest in building out 3G/4G coverage as ex-FMers give DAB the middle finger. Streaming with Spotify + offline playlists is likely to be the new "radio".

Comment: No "preferential" treatment of results. (Score 1) 110

by Jane Q. Public (#49501643) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?
Google has been ever-more pissing me off with its "sponsored" results in which I am almost never interested... I have to go further down the page to get the things I want.

Related to this: Google's recent proposal to post "truthy" results before others. Just no. I don't want or need a nanny-search. I'll judge the results for myself.

As far as I am concerned, results "filtered" or sorted according to Google's idea of "truth" is little more than a rather transparent effort toward censorship.

Comment: Re:privacy? (Score 1) 110

by Jane Q. Public (#49501603) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?
If there were millions of users, how much would it COST to keep it operational? Figure that out, then add some reasonable profit percentage. Win-win.

Do you think you could run an operation like that for around $3.5M a year, given 1M users? Great. Charge $5 per year per user. I'd pay it.

Comment: Re:Question still remains (Score 1) 91

by Jane Q. Public (#49501365) Attached to: Google Adds Handwriting Input To Android

And here's where you go straight off the rails. See, space curved there. In specifics, the PDA market went away, and was replaced by the smartphone market.

Nonsense. Palm had the Tungsten. It was a perfectly good color handheld, with color touchscreen as big as a modern smartphone. I used to play Bejeweled on my Tungsten and IMO it was just about as good as Bejeweled 3 is on the desktop now.

Then came the Treo... their smartphone. They reduced the size of the screen to 1/2 or even less of what it had been before, added chicklet-style keyboard ala Blackberry, and dropped the Graffiti written input.

In other words, they were trying to copy Blackberry. They dropped the things that made them truly unique: a full-size color touchscreen, and Graffiti.

Now, finally, we have smartphones that match or best the Tungsten's color screen in size and resolution. We could have had that many years ago, if Palm had simply added a phone to their existing device, and left the rest alone.

Comment: Re:Question still remains (Score 2) 91

by Jane Q. Public (#49499179) Attached to: Google Adds Handwriting Input To Android

I see, they have added it as yet another app in the app store, not open source, and I guess requiring to have google apps installed. I don't need shit like that.

Wow! We're back to what Palm did quite well 15 years ago! How wonderful!

Fact is, Palm had it made. The OS had shortcomings but they had a mini-computer in a handheld device, with adequate handwriting recognition.

They threw it all away to compete in the "mainstream" cell phone business, and producing "mainstream" cell phones, giving up all that made them unique at the time. What a waste.

Hint to future Palms: don't give up what you're good at, in order to compete in a market that is already doing all that other stuff, better.

Comment: Re: Typical Misdirection From White House (Score 1) 257

by Jane Q. Public (#49499139) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

I'll lose all my mod points I handed out, but does anyone think it a bit "creepy" when someone uses the term "our leader"? Seems a bit nationalistic.

I wouldn't even call it "nationalistic". This is America, in which the citizen is sovereign.

I don't know about anyone else, but Barack Obama is about the farthest thing from MY "leader". In my honest opinion he has been a tremendous lesson in how NOT to be a good example of leadership.

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 4, Insightful) 282

by Jane Q. Public (#49498217) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

You do realize that every plant manufactures its own pesticides, right?

You and the other earlier poster are missing the point. Or at the very least, a large part of it.

"Roundup-Ready" crops were supposed to REDUCE the use of pesticides. Instead, the practical effect is that it has ENABLED more use of glyphosate. As a real result, the use of glyphosate and the level of glyphosate in some food products has multiplied.

These are "perverse consequences". As another poster mentioned, there has been "voluntary" passing of the glyphosate-resistant gene to what are normally considered noxious weeds, meaning its widespread use is probably self-defeating, in exactly the same sense as over-use of antibiotics.

To say that GMO foods are "safe" therefore is naive at best.

"A car is just a big purse on wheels." -- Johanna Reynolds