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Comment: Re:Unfortunate Card Naming (Score 1) 142

Well if your computer isn't complete crap that's about the information they will need.

But tbh, I built an A10 APU-machine for a friend recently and you can get a GPU matching the performance of that machine for $100 and that will basically run any game out today at decent quality. Add another $50 or so to that and you'll be up in the performance of nextgen console hardware and beyond that you're leaving them well behind.

Generally speaking though, as you said, people will do more than well with a $200 GPU today.

Comment: The approach a small newspaper in my country has (Score 1) 298

taken is to give the digital edition away for free for regular subscribers... but let's skip the subscription model here and propose a solution for a distribution model that might be nice and add value for customers.

Their digital distribution, for PC, Android and IOS is in the form of something that looks like the regular newspaper. Looks really good and it's zoomable and stuff like that. It's completely readable as such. But to add to that they've also put raw text posts for easy reading if you click on the articles. This adds extra value and convenience for their customers. You can check them out at The site is however in swedish, but it's possible to google translate it with good quality :)

Unfortunately they've done quite a few restrictions on their website. You can still read the online articles as a non subscriber, but they've restricted the commenting to be just for the subscribers which has decreased the amount of comments significantly. You can't even read the comments w/o being a subscriber afaik.

Comment: There are at least two companies in Finland ... (Score 1) 84

by Picardo85 (#43434397) Attached to: DARPA Develops Non-GPS Navigation Chip
who are working on different solutions to indoor navigation too (IPS)

One of them is IndoorAtlas who are working on using disruption of earth's geomagnetic field from buildings for navigation and the other one is the turku based company Walkbase who are using wifi for IPS.

It may not be the same but there are a bunch of companies around the world working on indoor navigation without the need for GPS in general

Comment: Well this is happening in Sweden ... (Score 4, Interesting) 978

by Picardo85 (#43130005) Attached to: Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads
The swedish gaming journalism website FZ has started informing their users how the ad-blocking is hurting their business.
And I do think that most gamers who frequent that said site have started unblocking ads on said site so that they can continue to enjoy the reviews and other content on the site.

However, I don't think that this is a solution for EVERY site, but it might be a solution for sites with a large steady user base.

Comment: Re:Do you guys really make that much? (Score 1) 660

by Picardo85 (#42201797) Attached to: If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?
Ok, call this a random act of kindness if you like.
I can't offer you a job in the electrical engineering sector but I am able to guide you in the right direction.
The energy sector of Finland, if you are willing to move from the US, is booming. The two major clusters are in the Vaasa area and in the Helsinki area.
Notable companies in these locations are Wärtsilä, ABB, Vacon, The Switch, Citec, and Vaasa Engineering group. Except these larger players we've got a totalt of around 100 companies active in the sector.
A more comprehensive list is avaliable (focusing on the Vaasa region) here unfortunately in swedish since I couldn't find it in english.

Comment: In response to the higher price (Score 4, Insightful) 403

by Picardo85 (#42131769) Attached to: Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version
Alright, so they've put Ubuntu, a free OS with free applications on their computer instead of Windows. So why is it more expensive then you ask?

Well the simple explanation would actually be because it doesn't have Windows. With Windows you get the so called bloatware or trialware which is included with the installation at in almost 100% of the cases.

The software in question is there as marketing from the companies who've created that software and they pay DELL and other OEMs for the opportunity to have it installed on their machines. Hence if the operating system doesn't support their products and they can't be installed it means that they won't buy this "ad space" and that in turn leads to DELL losing out on money.

That is the simple answer to why OSS laptops are more expensive than Windows laptops

Comment: *face palm* (Score 2) 226

by Picardo85 (#41992085) Attached to: NASA To Encrypt All of Its Laptops
Jesus, the small company I worked for (400 employees or so) had all but the desktop machines encrypted many years ago. I can't remember what they used before the built in windows encryption, but at least they had something there.

It's insane to hear that large companies don't have their machines encrypted though it's a mouseclick away for their IT-dept while prepping the computer for deployment.

*face palm*

+ - TweetMeme Shuts Down ->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "With less than a week's notice TweetMeme is to shut completely on October 1st and the green Retweet button which was used by half a million websites has already disappeared. Although existing buttons have been replaced on users' websites by Twitter's own button which has similar functionality, the counts have been reset to zero, wiping out any trace of their popularity. Twitter is imposing conditions to deter third-party developers from building or maintaining consumer-facing products and while TweetMeme could have continued for a while, why bother once you know your days are numbered? This is presumably the first of many shutdowns."
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