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+ - Android 4.0 confirmed for Gingerbread devices->

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An anonymous reader writes "Google's own Gabe Cohen and Matias Duarte have both confirmed that Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is coming to the Nexus S, Nexus One, and most Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) devices. It's now a question of when that will happen. As many Android device owners know, Google releasing a new version of the OS doesn't mean you'll get it soon on your device. It can takes weeks or even months to filter down."
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Comment: Re:This judge mostly gets it (Score 2) 173

by dr.newton (#36845038) Attached to: Google: Sun Offered To License Java For $100M

Agreed! I was surprised to see that the judge used those words, as I thought the question to be answered by a Sun employee not on Oracle's payroll was not "is fragmentation bad?", but rather "did Android fragment Java?"

From earlier in TFA:

Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's former CEO...testified that Android did not fragment the Java platform.

Comment: Re:Build a mouse brain first. (Score 1) 116

by dr.newton (#36684136) Attached to: A Million Node Supercomputer

Even if they fail to produce anything interesting, that in itself will be an interesting result.

There are likely a number of assumptions about intelligence as an emergent behaviour of non-quantum physical phenomena that could be invalidated by the failure of this experiment.

"Brains can't work according to such-and-such a principle, because if that were true, Furber would've succeeded."

Comment: Re:Evil overlord's minions demand more evil. (Score 1) 580

by dr.newton (#36388266) Attached to: Silverlight Developers Rally Against Windows 8

Built-in adaptive bitrate streaming probably made their lives a lot easier when developing a client. That's why so much video delivery is done through Silverlight - it's either that, HLS, or WebM.

However, it looks like HLS is the way of the future. Used (and developed?) mostly by Apple until recently, it's got some advantages (uses HTTP, so benefits from existing caching solutions and is accessible through firewalls), and Google supports it in Android 3.0 and later. Other companies that need to do over-the-top video delivery are also jumping on the bandwagon.

It looks like MS sees the writing on the wall.

Comment: For once, not Sony (Score 2) 190

by dr.newton (#36081178) Attached to: The Psychology of Steam Wallet & Microsoft Points

Sony actually doesn't have a similar system. There are two differences:

1. If your purchase is over $5, you can opt to be charged exactly the amount of your purchase.
2. I see prices in my local currency.

Back in the day when I thought Sony were trying to be the good guys with the PS3 (allowed linux without a fight, let us plug in regular USB peripherals, supported SD and CF cards, supported user-upgradeable hard disks) this was one of the things that made me glad I had bought one.

Seems things have changed a lot in 4 years, but they don't make it difficult to get to a zero balance in my PSN account (when I can access it at all ;) ).

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+ - Quake moved Japan coast 8 ft; shifted Earth's ax->

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SoyQueSoy
SoyQueSoy writes "CNN is reporting that the powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami on Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) according to Kenneth Hudnut, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Also, the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy estimated the 8.9-magnitude quake shifted the planet on its axis by nearly 4 inches (10 centimeters)."

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+ - Nuclear Emergency Declared at 2 Plants in Japan 2

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "CBC reports that Japan has declared a state of emergency and called for mass evacuations near two nuclear power plants following cooling systems failures that led to radiation escaping from a reactor at one location. The emergency declarations, which include five reactors at the two plants, followed Friday's 8.9-magnitude earthquake off the country's northeast coast. In a troubling announcement, Japan Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency official Ryohei Shiomi said a monitoring device outside the plant detected radiation that is eight times higher than normal and an evacuation zone has been expanded from three kilometres around the plant to 10 kilometres."

Comment: Re:Multi-year headstart (Score 1) 424

by dr.newton (#35212100) Attached to: Nokia Shareholders Fight Back

By your logic, Apple is silly to go with iOS against market leader symbian with multi-year head start. Or android for that matter.

Your analogy is only apt if you think MeeGo represents as much of an improvement over iOS and Android as they offered over Symbian when they were first released.

Do you believe this? If so, why?

The person who's taking you to lunch has no intention of paying.

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