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Comment: Nokia missed being Ericsson by 7 years (Score 1) 54

by jphamlore (#47575057) Attached to: Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic
Nokia is 7 years too late trying to be the company Ericsson remade itself into in the 2000. The key blunder was Nokia's backing WiMAX, a technology that was horribly marketed as potentially cutting out the major telecoms, whereas Ericsson helped create LTE with Verizon by providing a solution for Verizon to upgrade from CDMA. It's surprising to me that the tech sites have not trumpeted perhaps history's greatest example of a company paying the price for failing to invest in the next generation of technology. Instead of building on its baseband expertise, Nokia tried to outsource it ignoring LTE. This destroyed its relationship with its fab partner TI who then pulled out of the mobile phone market leaving Nokia with no supplier for its then line of phones. Nokia was then left having to turn to Qualcomm ... only it had been involved in a massive legal battle with Qualcomm over IP which Nokia then had to settle for an immediate payment of the equivalent of billions of dollars.

One must remember in 2008 the tech press was reporting that it was Qualcomm that was on the ropes due to its IP steadily decreasing in value. But Qualcomm, whose CEO was a Ph.D. in EECS from Cal Berkeley, invested in developing their own ARM SoC as well as LTE baseband chips and bought AMD mobile graphics division for a complete smartphone solution. Meanwhile Nokia invested in neither a modern ARM SoC, unlike Apple and Qualcomm and Samsung, nor in LTE baseband chipsets, nor in foundry relationships unlike again Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung.

Nokia the phone company was a dead man walking in 2008 long before Elop got there.

Comment: Their code, their rules (Score 1) 475

by jphamlore (#47143433) Attached to: The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained
For those complaining that the TrueCrypt developers did not release the code under some other license such as the GPL: Their code, their rules. Given that some want to fork the code, obviously there is some expertise that was poured into the code that is not easily replicable. If they don't want to give away their expertise for free, it's their right.

Comment: Don't use climate change denial to stigmatize (Score 3, Insightful) 433

by jphamlore (#46743333) Attached to: UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate
One of the problems is that the "wrong stance" on climate change is just a reason to stigmatize people as being morally unworthy. We have reinvented the Pharisees versus everyone else. The Pharisees were actually reasonably moral people, virtuous and giving donations to charity. In fact the deniers of climate change are not doing a thing to prevent any major renewable energy project from proceeding in the world. There has been a massive build-out in solar panel and wind turbine manufacturing capacity, and there are multiple giant installations being constructed in solar concentration and in offshore wind farms. The technologically super-advanced Germany, regardless of political party, is firmly committed to its Energiewende that will increase that country's usage of renewables to 60% by 2050. Whatever obstacles there are to renewables, the climate change deniers are for practical purposes unimportant. Failure is not because of others, it lies in ourselves. Stop blaming, start fixing.

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