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Comment Story misleading and sensationalist (Score 5, Informative) 234

TFA and the original source (press release from Forum Nokia, ) reveal that:

Over the past weeks we have been evaluating our Symbian roadmap and now feel confident we will have a strong portfolio of new products during our transition period - i.e. 2011 and 2012.

And further ..

Iâ(TM)ve been asked many times how long we will support Symbian and Iâ(TM)m sure for many of you it feels we have been avoiding the question. The truth is, it is very difficult to provide a single answer. We hope to bring devices based on Windows Phone to market as quickly as possible, but Windows Phone will not have all language and all localization capabilities from day one. [...] That is why we cannot give you the date when Symbian will no longer be supported.

Finally it is stated:

What I can promise you is that we will not just abandon Symbian users or developers. As a very minimum, we have a legal obligation, varying in length between countries, to support users for a period of time after the last product has been sold.

So there's nothing saying that Nokia will suddenly stop supporting Symbian in 2012. It'll just fade out gradually, and even they don't admit knowing when it will fade out completely.

Comment Re:Yes, as I've said many times.... (Score 1) 456

Uhm, Wine does not work that way. It does not allow access to hardware level any more than any other user-space application gets, there is simply a emulation layer for D3D implemented that "translates" the API to OpenGL. Windows software using OpenGL, on the other hand, gets a much thinner wrapper to pass OGL calls to native OGL.

Comment Re:Nvidia (Score 1) 456

This won't be an issue anytime soon, as I see it. I doubt Wayland will be _really_ ready for prime-time until, say, 5 years from now on. And Nvidia may just seem disinterested outwards, it is entirely possible they are simply just considering the issue internally and do not want to make any verbal commitments, as is typical for companies.

Comment Re:Symbian sure try hard to prevent you developing (Score 1) 423

I remember the "process", or rather the pain, of using Symbian SDK being on about the same level nearly 9 years ago. Which is exactly why Symbian is shit, and how Nokia in general sucks -- they've had a headstart of 10 years to make Symbian development experience better, but it's still the same piece of pigeon poop it was nearly decade ago.

Google and Apple have done better in way lesser time, and seemingly had the sense to avoid at least some of Symbian's mistakes (albeit they seem to have problems of their own, of course), but Nokia hasn't had the sensibility to improve their primary platform. I guess they finally did admit Symbian's inferiority by the partial move to Maemo/Meego.

I'm not even going to start with the often confusing mess that Symbian platform itself is...

Comment Re:Better solution: read only media (Score 3, Insightful) 264

And what about those BIOS/EFI[1] firmware-based hypervisor rootkits? If someone is able to gain root access in a given system that is somehow "vulnerable" in such way that a permanent EFI (or similar) rootkit can installed, then you'll be fucked even with the read-only media and all.

Speaking of which, I don't understand why manufacturers are so eagerly adding all this new intelligence into the firmware. What do we need it for anyway? IMO it would be so much simpler from security perspective, if the OS would be at the bottom of it all. Added complexity adds new possibilities for exploitation.


The Internet

Submission + - French 3 strikes law returns with judicial oversig->

suraj.sun writes: French "3 strikes" law returns, now with judicial oversight!

The French Senate has once again approved a reworked version of the country's controversial "three strikes" bill designed to appease the Constitutional Council. Instead of a state-appointed agency cutting off those accused of being repeat offenders, judges will have the final say over punishment.

The approval comes exactly one month after the country's Constitutional Council ripped apart the previous version of the Création et Internet law.

Bring in the judges

Not content to let the idea die, President Nicolas Sarkozy's administration reworked the law in hopes of making it amenable to the Council--instead of HADOPI deciding on its own to cut off users on the third strike, it will now report offenders to the courts. A judge can then choose to ban the user from the Internet, fine him or her 300,000 (according to the AFP), or hand over a two-year prison sentence.

Those who are merely providing an Internet connection to dirty pirates can be fined 1,500 and/or receive a month-long temp ban from the online world. (A group of French hackers has already begun to work on software that cracks the passwords on locked WiFi networks so that there's an element of plausible deniability when law enforcement tries to go after home network owners.)

The Senate approved this version of the bill with a vote of 189-142 this week, sending it to the National Assembly for final passage.

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Comment Typical user behaviour, asking for "impossible" (Score 1) 382

So, as usual, they are asking for an solution that is impossible to implement, at least in any meaningfully reliable way. I mean, how does one sanely "detect" child pornography or any other illegal content to begin with?

Despite these insurmountable odds, I am fairly certain that there will be a long line of companies willing to try and do some half-assed gadgets, because there will be lots of money involved.

Wireless Networking

Submission + - Virtual sticky notes make cell phones more useful->

BobB-nw writes: Engineers at Duke University have come up with a system for one day exploiting cell phones worldwide so that mobile users can easily learn from each other about everything from art exhibits to traffic jams. "Every mobile phone can act as a telescope lens providing real-time information about its environment to any of the 3 billion mobile phones worldwide," said Romit Roy Choudhury, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, in a statement. The engineers have created an application that they call micro-blogging that enables cell phone users to enter site-specific information ("virtual sticky notes"), such as comments or photos or videos to a central server that other cell phone users can tap. Time and location can be logged as well, and attached to the other information.
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Submission + - Online chat with Hu Jintao 1

samsamsamj writes: A Danwei piece reported the event, also reported here, and here.

This guy noted the significance that when talking about the media's role, for the first time China's leadership juxtaposed the importance of "aligning to the correct steering" and "reflecting the people's opinions". But as usual, this largely fell on the deaf ears to the western people and their media, as one Danwei comment depicted, "he says *absolutely nothing of any meaning whatsoever*".

Contrary to the western belief that a non-democratic government must be out of touch and against its people, China's government is quite popular among its own people and generally considered nimble and competent. Lord Malloch Brown, UK's Foreign Office Minister for Africa, Asia, and UN, asked here: "How come a government which does not subject itself to electoral test, always impresses one as being more in touch with public opinion and public concerns than many governments that do go to the polls every five years?"

I think this may also be the question the slashdotters ask themselves. What do you know and do not know about China? How many of the beliefs you accepted as commonsense are not as indisputable as you think?

Submission + - The Positronic Brain, is it just around the corner->

chyllaxyn writes: "Exciton-Based Computing.
Leonid Butov, a professor of physics at UCSD, and his colleagues at UCSD and UC Santa Barbara have built several exciton-based transistors that could be the basis of a new type of computer.
Particles called excitons that emit a flash of light as they decay could be used for a new form of computing better suited to fast communication,
Circuits Eliminate A 'Speed Trap' Between Computing And Communication Signals at Science Daily"

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