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Comment Re:This must be an ad for something! (Score 4, Informative) 253

I've read the linked news. The 8000 convenience stores is a fake number. They say that somebody intended to partner with an existing paying network (for paying cell phone prepaid schemes). I assure you there are no 8000 stores here selling bitcoin. I bet there aren't 8000 people here knowing about bitcoin either. =)

Comment Re:A decade behind the rest (Score 5, Informative) 77

No. OpenStreetMap is more a data backend and its website is more oriented toward mappers than to regular users (although that is slowly changing). Routing services using OSM have been available for quite some time. OpenStreetMap is already ahead Google in many places where Google has broken and partial information.

Comment Sad (Score 5, Insightful) 165

I'm form Argentina and it saddens me that this post comments will fall among these categories:

  • Peple saying "don't cry for me XXX".
  • Argentines explaining that Argentina is the worst country, worse than the worst.
  • Uninformed right-wing people talking about Cuba, communism.

Even the summary is wrong! That 35% is not a tax, just a pre-payment of the income tax that you can recover.

All hope is lost.

Comment Meh... (Score 4, Interesting) 205

Just for reading the summary I can say this looks fishy. The latest Anroid release 4.4 was mainly dedicated to make Android run on smaller devices, adding tools to debug memory footprint, adding compresion of pages, sharing of things, etc. Google claims that now Android can run on a 512 MB device (which is fairly low end right now). And with ever decreasing memory prices is hard to imagine there's a place for a "lower than lower end" OS.

The "being open" reason is also not good enough. As a technology (i.e. removing Google services) Android is 100% free software. And the reason some telcos might want Firefox OS is to have a more closed environment which they can control.

Maybe Firefox could have been working to create its own Android fork, replacing Google service with Firefox services. That would be, IMO, much cooler.


Viruses Boost Performance of Lithium-Air Battery Used In Electric Cars 66

rtoz writes "MIT researchers have found that adding genetically modified viruses to the production of nanowires will boost the performance of lithium-air battery used in electric cars. The key to their work was to increase the surface area of the wire, thus increasing the area where electrochemical activity takes place during charging or discharging of the battery (abstract). The increase in surface area produced by their method can provide a big advantage in lithium-air batteries' rate of charging and discharging. Unlike conventional fabrication methods, which involve energy-intensive high temperatures and hazardous chemicals, this process can be carried out at room temperature using a water-based process."

Comment Re:This has to be put in context (Score 1) 170

Don't lie, please. It gets tired.

You had said "shady law", now you talk about its merits. Now you recognize an "irregular adoption", but you had previously said "no evidence"... Let's stop this conversation... It's useless... ok? =/

The only reason you got modded up it's because you sounded interesting. Don't take advantage of people now knowing about Argentina to get karma.. =)

Comment Re:This has to be put in context (Score 1) 170

Just writing to point out the parent comment has loads of false information.

Some examples:

The new media law (which he chooses to describe as "shady") only puts anti-trust measures we didn't have here in Argentina. It has been praised by UN free speech "UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression" Frank La Rue and by the NGO "Reporters Without Borders".

The bit about Ernestina Herrera's sons are also false. That's an old issue form before the government, and it has already been proved that the adoption was irregular. The media conglomerate owned by her has been blocking and stopping justics for more than 10 years. What the parent comment refers to is that the real parents have not been found yet (the "desaparecidos" (missing) bank is very incomplete, this is an ingoing thing). In any case, this is handled by courts, not by the government,

It's not honest to start a comment pretending to be "over the dispute", and then dump such biased bits of information...

Comment Facebook's demands (Score 4, Informative) 130

The TOS "advertising providers" have to comply with are very very strict. I doubt Google will agree to things like these:

[...] upon request, the Advertising Provider agrees to provide Facebook the names of and contact information for any employees and/or contractors and to specify those employees and/or contractors involved in designing, targeting, serving advertising related products/services, or otherwise providing any services covered by this Agreement.

And Facebook would be able to "audit" Google for anything covered in the agreement:

Facebook reserves the right to audit the Advertising Provider for compliance with these terms.

And if anything goes wrong, Facebook already had decided the verdict of the trial:

The Advertising Provider agrees that any violation of these terms may result in an immediate ban from the Facebook Platform and all Facebook websites, products and services. The Advertising Provider acknowledges and agrees that a breach or threatened breach by the Advertising Provider of these terms would cause irreparable injury, that money damages would be an inadequate remedy,

If it has syntax, it isn't user friendly.