Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).


Comment: Re:I have a solution (Score 1) 412

by ThoughtMonster (#38558376) Attached to: What Could Have Been In the Public Domain Today, But Isn't

Choose to not give a fuck about copyright, or use those works that should be in the public domain and don't give a fuck about anyone else's hangups.

It's not about the stuff that's already available to the public, it's about the stuff shelved in some store-room, waiting to see the light of day. Not many will go through the immense effort of digitizing such media if there is no incentive (monetary or otherwise) in doing so. I'm guessing a lot of unreleased stuff is irrevocably lost because of such issues with copyright.

Comment: Pretty standard, really. (Score 1) 396

There already exist both commercial and non-commercial anti-virus applications that run on Linux (Wikipedia has a list) which mainly target Windows viruses passing through corporate networks. Some anti-virus solutions target native viruses (virii?), but most are quickly obsoleted via updates anyways. I suspect this is what the Dept. of Education is asking for, and it's not unreasonable.

Comment: Re:Shocking (Score 3, Informative) 479

by ThoughtMonster (#35173144) Attached to: Nokia and Microsoft Make Smartphone Alliance

This whole thing is even more crazy if you take in account that Nokia shelled out more than $400 million for two assets (Symbian and Qt/Trolltech) which are now pushed into irrelevance. Nokia even open-sourced the entire Symbian operating system under the EPL, a huge move unlike what has been done by any company, only to dissolve the Symbian foundation after Mr. Elop joined the company.

What's more, Symbian and Windows phone are not perfect replacements. As some other posters have noted, the hardware requirements for Windows Phone are egregiously high, whilst Symbian is known to be frugal with hardware requirements because it was built from the ground-up to be an operating system for low-power devices. The user-interfaces are radically different.

The main issue with Symbian is that it was hard to develop for. This was supposed to be resolved with Qt, but now what? Nobody will develop for a platform that's going to eventually die.

Comment: Shocking (Score 4, Informative) 479

by ThoughtMonster (#35172766) Attached to: Nokia and Microsoft Make Smartphone Alliance

This is a good read on the whole matter. Writing's a bit crude in some parts but raises some good points.

These charts also illustrate the point. Nokia is alienating both its development community and its customers. Qt is put on the sidelines. Who's going to develop for a dying platform? A lot of people I know buy Symbian because of the generally familiar UI, which is similar to the Series 40 phones. Windows Phone is radically different.


Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it. -- Perlis's Programming Proverb #58, SIGPLAN Notices, Sept. 1982