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Comment: Re:The first 3G non-phone (Score 1) 330

by QJimbo (#36366446) Attached to: Nintendo Announces New Console: Wii U

Up here in Canada, Rogers and other providers offer Data Sharing plans and allow you to add a device to your plan for $10 a month and get a data-only SIM card for them. I'm sure the same thing is available down in the US.

And even if that doesn't work for you many modern smartphones can act as WiFi Hotspots, though this does considerably reduce the battery life of the phone.

Comment: Re:RiscOS features (Score 1) 662

by QJimbo (#36256592) Attached to: Computer De-Evolution: Awesome Features We've Lost

Definitely! Drag and drop saving was fantastic. I brought it up over at the Haiku (BeOS Clone) forums suggestion box and there was some interesting discussion about it: http://www.haiku-os.org/community/forum/very_overlooked_yet_powerful_usability_feature_drag_and_drop_file_saving

I also miss BBC Basic, great for children who want to start programming. With Windows there's nothing like that built in, asides from maybe Powershell but I've not tried it extensively.

Comment: Read about this around 8 years ago... (Score 1) 204

by QJimbo (#35980110) Attached to: 80% Improvement In Solar Cell Efficiency

I read about this in a New Scientist Magazine a looong time ago. They blasted silicon with a laser to produce small cones on the surface, which sounds exactly like the "3-D nanocone-based solar cell platform" described here.

Like someone else said, when it hits the market, then I'm interested about hearing about this.

Comment: The end of accessible programming? (Score 1) 709

by QJimbo (#34695018) Attached to: Why Teach Programming With BASIC?

First programming language I ever learned was BBC Basic on an Acorn Archimedes computer. A fantastic language which was easy to pick up and start working with.

I feel very, very fortunate that I caught the tail end of the time where easy programming environments were bundled with computers, since learning those concepts at an early age is what has allowed me to learn the other languages I do now.

Surely it must be harder for this generation to really start programming, at least on the desktop, without such accessible environments?

Comment: It's happened already with Chip and Pin (Score 1) 146

by QJimbo (#33140500) Attached to: Malicious Hardware Hacking May Be the Next Frontier

A couple of years ago there was a news story about how Chip and Pin devices had been hacked in the factory to send information overseas:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/3173346/Chip-and-pin-scam-has-netted-millions-from-British-shoppers.html

This definitely falls into Villasenor's "shipping data out" category.

There was also a story recently of someone convicted of modifying these devices.

Comment: Surely this is a moot point? (Score 1, Informative) 337

by QJimbo (#32312244) Attached to: H.264 and VP8 Compared

The analysis over at Dark Shikari's blog was conclusive in saying that VP8 is basically a poor mans H.264, borrowing bits of H.264s specifications and ultimately not quite as smart, so the comparison points in the article aren't that surprising. The quality point is moot however anyway, since it's pretty obvious that VP8 uses so much from H.264 that it's very likely of falling victim to the patent pool.

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