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Comment: Re:I am not surprised (Score 1) 445

by adam1101 (#30652710) Attached to: Android Phone Demand Up 250%, iPhone Down
Free offline maps for the iPhone are basically a crap shoot, since it relies on availability of free mapping data out there. For instance, when I was looking for a map of Amsterdam a few months ago, the only freeware one was very course and covered just a small part of the city.

In this department they have nothing on Nokia, who offer free offline maps for all their Symbian (and many S40) phones, which works in conjunction with GPS if you have one in your phone. It's very complete and detailed (because they bought NAVTEQ a few years back). And it's all centralized under Ovi Maps, so it's much easier to find than individual map apps for each city (the same kind of advantage that's often touted for a centralized app store).

Comment: Re:Price? (Score 3, Informative) 272

by adam1101 (#28241209) Attached to: ARM-Powered Linux Laptops Unveiled At Computex

And many people that don't care about "using their old programs or data" because they never owned a computer before.

They will care about being able to use existing Chinese apps and games, which are pretty much all Windows-only. I don't know if you've actually been in China, but Windows is even more entrenched there than it is in the West.

For them Linux is perfect (they won't have to pirate MS Office.)

For them Windows is much better, because all the Chinese software that everybody around them is already using will work, and they don't give a hoot about piracy. In fact, lots of them don't even have a concept of "software piracy". Software is just something you copy from someone else, or buy from the street vendor for a dollar.

Comment: A different side of the story (Score 5, Informative) 876

by adam1101 (#26865877) Attached to: High Tech Misery In China
From the perspective of a journalist who spend some time with some of these workers: http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/23/book-qa-chinese-workers/

I think Americans - and many urban Chinese, too - tend to see the factory workers as passive victims, motivated by poverty and desperation. Spending time with these young women taught me the opposite: They are resourceful and ambitious, full of plans to improve their lot and change their fates, willing to challenge their bosses and quit their jobs for better ones, and willing to take night classes to improve themselves. When you ask these migrant workers why they came to the city, they will tell you that their families are poor, but they also talk about the opportunity and adventure of urban life. They may have very little power in our eyes, but in their own they are the leading actors in their own dramas and not victims of circumstance.

Comment: SP2 or not SP2, that's the question (Score 1) 424

by adam1101 (#24193221) Attached to: Estimating the Time-To-Own of an Unpatched Windows PC
A stock install pre-SP2 XP is easy to own in a few minutes without user interaction, because there are vulnerabilities in some of the services that listen on the network. That it is not news, that's ancient history. Whether it's owned on average in 4 minutes or 16 is pretty much irrelevant.

Stock SP2 has a built in firewall. If that's exploitable without user intervention (installing apps also counts, as they might disable it, or at least open more ports in it), that would be big news. But I can't really find the configuration details of the "unpatched Windows PC" in the articles.

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