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Comment: Re:Quit whaling on Jimmy (Score 1) 113

by dsparil (#47656775) Attached to: Wikipedia Gets Critical Reception from UK Press at Wikimania 2014
In my experience most of the terribleness comes from users deeming themselves the keeper of the article and revert every change that isn't made by them even simple typo fixes, mistyped links or formatting errors. It's even possible to automate this using functionality built in to Wikipedia. Higher level users gain access to a feature called Rollback that undos all the changes made by the last editor. I've read that some people set up scripts that automatically rollback every change except those made by them.

Comment: Re:Clever? (Score 1) 229

There's also the small difference of LTE being hundreds of times faster than EDGE in practice. We've gone from EDGE speeds in the tens of kilobytes per second to LTE speeds in single megabytes or even tens of megabytes per second. The telecom companies in the US overcharge like crazy, but I doubt AT&T can provide unlimited LTE at any cost let alone a reasonable one.

Comment: Re:Politcal Games (Score 1) 172

by dsparil (#42519417) Attached to: Rejection of Reality: Apple Denies <em>Endgame:Syria</em>
The interesting thing is the word solely. Hypothetically, if this app had covered several modern conflicts around the globe rather than specifically Syria it would not have been banned. I get the feeling Apple is trying curb apps that are overtly or covertly racist and there's always going to be legitimate apps that are afoul. On the other hand, the guidelines did originally suggest writing a book if you had some political viewpoint to express.
Linux

Celebrating 20 Years of Linux 193

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the dirty-gnu-hippies dept.
dmbkiwi writes "2011 is the 20th anniversary of the first release of the Linux kernel by Linus Torvalds. Since that time, the Linux kernel, together with the GNU tools and a whole host of software has been developed by enthusiasts and professional programmers into an operating system that runs on tiny embedded systems right up to the world's fastest supercomputers." The Linux Foundation is hosting a celebratory gala at this year's LinuxCon.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 3, Informative) 304

by dsparil (#32832076) Attached to: Pixel Inventor Goes Back To the Drawing Board
Pixel was completely misused in the article. He's working an image scaling algorithm for photos. That isn't saying that it's not noteworthy, interesting or important; it looks like it works great and I'm not aware of anything that produces results that good on photos. There is the Hqx family of filters, but those were designed for emulators and aren't meant to be used with more than 256 colors.
Nintendo

Next Nintendo Handheld To Be Powered By NVIDIA's Tegra Chipset 216

Posted by Soulskill
from the tegra-his-arms-wide dept.
Vigile writes "When you sell over 100 million handheld gaming systems, everyone wants to be involved in your success; just ask Nintendo. As a company with many different obstacles in its path, NVIDIA could definitely use the boost in revenues that would come from partnering with a company like Nintendo on a handheld system, and it looks like the Tegra processor will make that happen. The NVIDIA Tegra processor is an SoC that runs a set of ARM cores, a GeForce-based graphics core and an HD video processor capable of 1080p output that would definitely give the current Nintendo DS/DSi systems a performance boost in line with the Sony PSP. The 'Nintendo TS,' as it has been dubbed, will apparently be ready for a late winter 2010 release and should put a spark in the mobile gaming market and give Nintendo's developers the power to bring higher quality games to the platform."

Comment: Re:screenshots? (Score 2, Informative) 871

by dsparil (#27703973) Attached to: Ubuntu 9.04 Is As Slick As Win7, Mac OS X
MNG is the "official" animated version. APNG was rejected as an official extension. However, APNG is backwards compatible with PNG, a static image is displayed instead of an animated one in browsers that don't support it, and it also supported by more browsers. Firefox 3+ and Opera 9.5+ support APNG, but only Konqueror currently supports MNG out of the box.
Cellphones

Microsoft Tag, Smartphone-Scannable Barcodes 258

Posted by kdawson
from the cue-cat-lives dept.
dhavleak writes "Microsoft Research has come up with Microsoft Tag: '...just aim your camera phone at a Tag and instantly access mobile content, videos, music, contact information, maps, social networks, promotions, and more. Nothing to type, no browsers to launch!' Device support is fairly extensive (iPhone, WinMo, BlackBerry and more), and tag scanning appears to work quickly and reliably from different distances and angles. Long Zheng has an overview on his site. The Tag is similar to a barcode, but has obvious visual differences — colored vs. black and white, and triangles vs. squares or lines. The technology looks interesting, but will it get the adoption necessary to be successful? What applications do you see for such technology?"

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