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Comment: Answer: 9 out of 91 (Score 1) 214

9 out of 91 are actual scientist or their discipline *somehow* has something to do with science. All the others do not. Look, everybody is entitled to their opinion and advocate for a particular change within their community. But this isn't any different than, say, a (small) group of citizens advocating for something that affects their community. The real question is: What about the vast majority of other academics at Harvard whose field of expertize would be more insightful towards this goal? Why are they not on it? Answer: because energy policy is difficult, and cannot be trivialized. You only make it simple IF you think it's simple and you have no idea of the overall capabilities, policy, economics and scientific/technological opportunities available today.

Comment: It's not just about cost, but it's also about feat (Score 1) 409

by feranick (#46534161) Attached to: Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?
I agree that more sensible and truly free solutions like libreoffice offer the best compromise. But it's not only about freedom, it's also about features. If you do very light work, GDocs are OK. But anything a little more sophisticated than a simple letter or a basic spreadsheet are completely mishandled by GDocs (mostly in their mobile version). What I am saying is that while GDocs are very convenient, I end up using an actual suite (MS Office or Libreoffice) because of the full set of features that it provides. GDocs simply doesn't cut it. It would be about time for Google to get serious and provide a product that it's not just free but also capable to satisfy the needs of more advanced users. Libreoffice, under these circumstances, is the best option.

Comment: knowledge is what matters. (Score 2) 281

by feranick (#46500833) Attached to: Eric Schmidt On Why College Is Still Worth It
The article seem to imply, that real and best enterpreneaurs only make software companies. But actual innovation takes place in many other filelds. My point is that what makes the difference and is precursor to success is knoledge and ingenuity. While you can argue that the latter does not require formal education, for knowledge that might not be true. For a software company once you actually master the tools required, education is probably not always needed (although, it won't hurt or actually may be beneficial, see Jeff Bezos). The "kid coder" prototype is what made Zuckerberg and the likes. Other fields are much much different. How can you run a biotech company based on your own non formal education? Or a nanotech company? All of the companies where knowledge cannot be acquired simply by having a computer at your disposal, require some form of formal education. Look at any biotech management to see what I mean.

Comment: Lack of innovation on the low-end (Score 1) 205

by feranick (#46431207) Attached to: Firefox OS Will Become the Mobile OS To Beat
It's no secret that innovation in the low-end of the market is high on the priority of manufacturers. Margins are low, and in combination with carrier policies, it's much more profitable to focus on high end handsets. Low end one are few years ago tech, repackaged, with unoptimized software. Google itself has been guilty of pushing Android to perform well on the high end, neglecting the low-end. Gingerbread still lives because it is the last Android OS to perform somehow well on low-end hardware. Even Google Glass, heck, runs on Ice Cream Sandwich, because Jelly Beans is too heavy for it. KitKatt is supposed to bring a fresh approach to low-end devices, we will need to wait and see. But there are clear responsibilities in software and hardware makers if such low performing devices exists. So, just like it did on the desktop, I hope Firefox OS will provide the incentive for the "other" OSes to push the boundaries on the low-end.

Comment: The same was said of Firefox for Desktop... (Score 1) 205

by feranick (#46431123) Attached to: Firefox OS Will Become the Mobile OS To Beat
... That it will be the most widely used browser. It grew a lot early on, but other and in many cases better products came along. Firefox browser now is all but the leader. Given the identical marketing strategy is used for Firefox OS, I just don't see how it can only be conceived that it will become the Mobile OS to beat. Seriously, has the author ever seen one of the cheap android phones out of China?

Comment: Re:quickoffice is free and available to any Androi (Score 1) 178

by feranick (#45313091) Attached to: Google Attacks Microsoft Again: Android 4.4 Ships With Quickoffice
Really? If you go to the play store page for quickoffice, you will see that all that is required for Quickoffice to run is Android 2.2. BTW, I am not talking about the quickoffice viewer that comes with every android, but rather the editor. Check again here:

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown