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Comment: Re:They talk very big (Score 1) 62

Nowadays, a quadcore CPU + GPU with LCD controller + LTE/CDMA/HSPA/EDGE/GSM modem + a/b/g/n/ac-Wifi + Bluetooth + GPS/Glonass/Galileo + FM radio + camera controller + Dual-SIM and SD card interface is a 3-chip solution (e.g. MT9565 platform). Mind those chips plus RAM and Flash should be placed directly together, not via contacts to pluggable modules.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 180

by hvdh (#46374615) Attached to: Your Next Car's Electronics Will Likely Be Connected By Ethernet

Except for the one master, all slave devices on the Ethercat bus need special Ethercat controllers.
You cannot hook up regular Ethernet controllers there, and hooking up a modern
car media player/navigation/controls embedded PC with Ethernet won't work.
I think that's one of the goals when moving to Ethernet.

Comment: Re:US Metric System (Score 2) 1387

When you go to the grocery store [..] I'll bet calculating cost/gram or cost/liter is as much of a challenge in Metric countries as cost/ounce is in the US.

Sorry to interrupt you here, but at least in Germany, shops must state the price per kg or liter on the price tag.

Comment: Re:Hey Guys (Score 1) 547

by hvdh (#42024873) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

That's because Germans are still reluctant to embrace that Credit Card thingie and without that you have to carry cash to a shop.

Germans (actually all Europeans) don't need credit cards because with EC/Maestro cards, they already have something better: free card and transactions for customers, and just 0.3% transaction fee for merchants. Payment is online with PIN against your bank account. AmEx and others don't offer free cards (here) and seem to take 3-5% transaction fee.

Comment: Re:Sign of the times (Score 1) 252

by hvdh (#41851143) Attached to: Apple Delays Simpler and Cleaner iTunes 'to Get It Right'

Other vendors can do better.

Apple iPod: Just copying audio files to the device doesn't work, special software has to be used, which also updates the index. File and directory names are lost, replaced by has values.

Philips GoGear: You can copy audio files on/off it with any file manager. Directory and file names are preserved. When file system content has been changed, on detach, the device updates the index itself. So you can add/remove tracks with any file manager and the device still can use an index database.

Possessions increase to fill the space available for their storage. -- Ryan