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Comment: Troubles of the PC vendors (Score 2) 110

by Turmio (#45925967) Attached to: Dell Joins Steam Machine Initiative With Alienware System
I guess that in order to please the shareholders and ultimately survive in the business it's absolutely essential for the traditional PC vendors such as Dell to be innovative and seek and try out any possible new revenue streams, markets, and business models due to the terrible shape of the industry... Five years ago the idea of starting to build and offer Linux based gaming boxes probably would've raisen rather unintentionally hilarious sentiments among the senior product management people of a PC vendor if someone would've dared to suggest something like that.

Comment: Re:Warfare with China is inevitable. (Score 1) 94

by Turmio (#42136403) Attached to: California Software Maker's Fortunes Track Dispute With Chinese Gov't

I beg to offer a different perspective. During the Cold War era the economies of the super powers we're independent of each other. Actually they were actively rivaling each other. The relationship between The US and China is quite some different. They are economically so interlinked and in bed with each other that starting a war would mean literal suicide for both nations as we know them currently. Suicide by not nuking each other (China doesn't have the capability to nuke the whole North American continent, they would've to settle "only" nuking the US allies South Korea and Japan out of this world while the US could certainly nuke China off the map) but by causing internal revolt by the people in both countries.

In the US the people would not be able to enjoy the relatively comfortable lifestyle based on consumerism that has lasted for last 70 years or so anymore as it's all based on global import of goods, China leading the pack of exporters of course. Government that deprived the people from this privilege would soon be thrown out by democratic process if the nation is strong enough internally that it can function by its most deeply rooted ideals even during really serious war time (China would be quite a different beast to beat than Saddam or a few thousand bearded men living in the barren mountains) or if not, then by force. In China internal revolt is maybe more difficult due to the authority-respecting/fearing mindset of the people established by authoritarian governmental mechanisms that have been in place in a form or another for thousands years there. But maybe crushing of the humble Chinese dream (i.e. moving from the countryside to the ever expanding megacities of the coastal area in order to seek better life), that is completely facilitated by the fact that China acts as the factory of the cheap goods for the world, something would happen. And that something would certainly not be in the interest of the current ruling dynasty of the long chain of dynasties that have been ruling China like forever.

So if the economical ties would be cut down by the war, both societies would probably either just collapse as nothing would work as it used to be, or better, leaders who would end the madness would gain the power. But no-one would know what would be the end result of this global turmoil. Global, because we're all in the same global economical boat. The world is quite a different place now than in the 70's. It's much smaller and balanced. Like it or not, The US is not the same super power it used to be when the world was very polarized as The US and USSR were trying to divide the world into two factions ruled by the said true super powers. The economical downward spiral of The US, the rise of China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and other big emerging countries, re-rise of the Russia led by the Putin's mob clan and the unification and even federalization process on-going in Europe means that we've become much more converged globally as instead of two superior powers compared to others we have a number of more equal powers with significant global influence (economically and politically, not militarily, The US is the only nation left with true military presence globally, too bad they can't afford to put it in use anymore in any significant campaigns even if needed).

Why China is arming then? To counter the strategic shift in The US policies, of course. It's no secret that The US is shifting its military focus from the Atlantic side of its home continent to the Pacific side, and at the other shore, there's China. In fact they've been very open about it. And why wouldn't they? If the global economical balance is shifting from West to East, the troops should follow of course. The flow of goods must be secured. How ever, it doesn't mean that the armadas with ever increasing weight in steel and number of guns and missiles patroling the same waters have to encounter each other in an inevitable hot war. The troops are there to secure that no power is dominating too much. It's a pissing contest, basically.

Nukes are not holding the status quo anymore, trade links and economy is.

Comment: Re:Hmm. $50 (Score 1) 403

by Turmio (#42135381) Attached to: Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version
Just a small note, no need to convert the iso image to a bootable HD image that can be dd'ed on the USB device anymore. You can skip that step as the latest Ubuntu ISO images employ a clever hack that enables the image to be bootable straight away off the USB stick as is, just dd the ISO and you're good to go...

Comment: Re:Nein. (Score 1) 388

by Turmio (#41877887) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Samba4 a Viable Alternative To Active Directory?
You're now talking Samba3 here. Samba4 is a different kind of a beast. It fully implements everything (protocols, services) that when packaged together is then called AD by Microsoft. At least that's what it aiming at, some stuff is not ready and many things might be broken. So you should be able to use a Linux server running Samba4 as a drop-in replacement for a Windows server that implements AD. All those AD enabled gadgets shouldn't know a difference and just work as is.

Comment: Re:Motives of Stephen Elop? (Score 1) 329

by Turmio (#35191334) Attached to: Nokia Gives Some Hints On the Future of Qt
Here in Finland the same question has been raised in media since yesterday. The official response from Nokia is that due to Finnish insider trading laws, Elop has not been able to neither sell existing Microsoft shares nor buy new Nokia shares because his evident participation in the planning of the partnership between companies and that he'll be buying Nokia shares when it's possible for him to do that legally. I don't know if this is bullshit or not...

Comment: Summary is terribly wrong... (Score 2) 256

by Turmio (#35065216) Attached to: Android Passes Symbian As Most-Shipped Mobile Platform
Nokia shipped 123.7 million phones in 2010 Q4. Out of them smart phones were the quoted 31 million. So the summary should say that Android overtakes Symbian in the smart phone segment, not all mobile phones. Those over 90 million phones are cheaper models running S40 etc. That makes Symbian still the most-shipped mobile platform.
Sources:
http://www.intomobile.com/2011/01/27/nokia-q4-2010-sales-up-profits-down/
http://www.nokia.com/press/press-releases/showpressrelease?newsid=1482864

Comment: Wow, this is just too advanced... (Score 1) 187

by Turmio (#31530586) Attached to: Coming Soon, Smartphone-Based Banking
We've been doing smartphone based banking over over 10 years now.. Nordea (Swedish/Finnish bank) launched mobile on-line banking service in January 2000. Granted, you didn't call handsets "smart phones" and they weren't as shiny as iPhone (Nokia 7110 for instance) and the service was (and is, I guess the service is still running) based on WAP instead of HTTP over TCP/IP but still it was smartphone based banking of the time. Source: Nordea Annual Report 2000, page 4. Personally, I've been doing all my personal daily banking needs (wire transfers, paying of bills, checking the balance and so on) using Nordea's online bank since 1997 (then called Merita). The site hasn't changed that much for over 10 years now except for minor layout face lifts and addition of services, and that's great. I've been using the same simple service meant for desktop browsers with phone browsers for many years. This stuff really shouldn't be very exiting..

Comment: screen(1) (Score 2, Informative) 302

by Turmio (#28767207) Attached to: Collaborative Software For Pair Programming?
Setup a publically accessible Linux box at your school. Load the development server with a selection of text editors to experiment, Sun Java JDK and screen (if using Ubuntu, everything is installable by running just one apt-get(1) command). Give each pair a shared account on the machine. Have them connect to the development server using what ever SSH client they please (Terminal.app + command line ssh on Macs, what ever GUI terminal emulator on Linux clients + command line ssh or Putty for Windows clients). First one to log in starts a screen(1) session. Second one will attach to the session by running screen -x. Now they both share the console session in real time. Both can type input and the other one will see the updates immediately. Have them write code using any Unix text editor such as vim or emacs (or pico or jed or what ever for wussies).

Summa summarum.
  • It can't get more text based than this.
  • Connection will be perfectly usable over a low-bandwidth link (though you should have reasonable latency, say 100ms or less, for jerk-free operation).
  • Minimal requirements at student's end
  • Having to work on text-based command line may sound a bit kinky at first if the student's are not familiar with it, but hey, you need not to be a long-bearded Unix weirdo in order to set up and use this kind of system. It's really simple when you think about it and let your prejudice go and spend 15 minutes learning the basics first.
  • Definitely free as in beer and freedom!

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