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Comment Re:perfect for people who download porn (Score 1) 122

I am from a liberal country so I don't need to be neither anonymous nor a coward ;-)

I think you are all funny in this thread >8-D

As we all know, or at least those of us at a certain minimum age, porn has had a significant impact on the spread, and therefore development of technology, think VHS and DVD.
So, abundant storage at a low price will always be welcome, and porn probably still has an impact on that. I know that I like to keep my porn files locally stored so I can view them at my own discretion (pun intended :-)

I hope everyone will have a great New Year, and the Chinese in February.

Comment Re:Done to _gouge_ the customer better (Score 1) 379

Are those "four pillars of capitalism" your own creation or do they have some backing by others?

Outside this 'flowery speech', how do you:

1. Intend to be #1 in your market?
2. Crush all competition?
3. Provide the best service or goods for the least amount of money?
4. Generate as much profit as possible?

You may have seen too many movies like Wall Street or something?

Comment Re:Done to _gouge_ the customer better (Score 2) 379

you write:

It should be lawful to encrypt cartridges as a way of making more money, and it should be equally lawful for a customer to decrypt them as a way of saving money. THAT is how real capitalism would work.

Again, this has technically nothing per say to do with 'capitalism', but perhaps more with a regulated market.

A regulated market requires more rights to the consumers and in the last years, at least EU has put more emphasis on consumer's rights with measures against antitrust and mobile prices.

So, even if we have the right to decrypt Xerox cartridges it may not be so easy, as the technical barrier may be very high.

Therefore, to protect and help the consumer it should not be lawful to so actively work against the interests of the consumers.

Comment Re:Done to _gouge_ the customer better (Score 4, Interesting) 379

Well, capitalism as such is not the issue here, and the definition is as follows:

An economic system in which the means of production and distribution are privately or corporately owned and development occurs through the accumulation and reinvestment of profits gained in a free market.

So, a company has three major stakeholders (in no particular order):

1. Owners for which the company should make a profit.
2. Employees that should be taken care of so they can be efficient and make the company successful.
3. Customers that should be take care of so they want to purchase the products or services from the company, so it can be successful.

Xerox in this case seems to not fulfill #3. and for sure I will not purchase their products, or advice anyone else to do so.

Actually, I think it should be unlawful to make a business case where the actual cost isn't reflected in the price, which could be like this region based split or like printer companies selling the printer device cheap and the ink or toner very expensive.

At least the USA, Canada and EU should be able to make such rules as they have some concerns for the users and clout to enforce the rules.

I hope, but I may be dreaming ...

Comment Re: Nokia is a post it note in tech history (Score 1) 40


I am still using my N9 with MeeGo, and I still haven't found a better mobile platform.
It does have some problems as it hasn't been updated for a long time, many apps are not available and so on, but as a general mobile system, MeeGo is ahead of both iOS and Android.

To try out something else I have a BQ with Ubuntu, and it is fun just by being very different.
It works in general as a mobile, but the system is very rough and there aren't almost any apps.

I do hope Nokia will come back, and if they come out with a MeeGo based system, I will be the first to buy one!

Comment Re:Contract of Carriage (Score 1) 126

This is exactly why competition is so important!

Funny things is, it is equally important for the supplier as for the consumer.
If there is no or little competition in the market, the supplier don't know what their market _really_ want, because the consumers can't choose among (competing) products, and suddenly a game changer may appear, that will make it difficult for the supplier to change direction in time.

An example is Nokia.
Probably Nokia would have wanted a little more competition and a lesser market share before the iPhone appeared, as they might then have sooner realized where everything was going.
Then they might still be in business.

Comment Re:Browsers getting too complex (Score 1) 237

I agree.

The old UNIX paradigm of less is more and small is beautiful should be revisited with the browsers.

The integration today is too convoluted and overstepping too many borders.
If the modularity could be made stricter and communication between the modules be open and clear, then we could have all the functionality we want, but with less vulnerability to the whole system.

In OO language, we don't want any friends and we want to make sure that no data is exposed and all functions that provide functionality (get, set, do_something, whatever) are checked properly. And if that is planned and developed well, the attack vectors should be minimized.

When that is not possible in so many large projects, is it because the project gets out of control and it can't be replaced by something better?

Firefox is open source right? If it has gotten out of control, why can't the good pieces be carried over to something better, and the old Firefox be shut down?

Comment Taking it further (Score 2) 57

As they are now using techniques from DNA analysis, it could be interesting if they took it a bit further and looked for 'chromosomes'.

What if they expanded the actual tune analysis to the whole tune, and not just 30sec, and searched for parts of tunes that had been used in later tunes, or close enough to be thought of as heavy inspiration?

A segment could then evolve, and perhaps even leap from one style to another, and after a few generations sound totally different from the original, but by this it could be traced back to where it came from.

I think it is common knowledge that blues evolved to jazz and then to rock, but it could be interesting to know in more detail where styles came from, and perhaps where some popular tunes had their actual roots.

Comment Re:Why not in the US? (Score 2) 82

You are wrong on all accounts, but that is perhaps the reason you are posting anonymously?

I don't know about Ireland, but as I am from Denmark, I know about the reason here.

Trust me, they don't get a tax break here, because no one does. Everything in Denmark revolves around 'paying taxes', even when a previous liberal government said they would halt the taxes, they didn't.
The reason, or one of the reasons, they chose Denmark was that we are a power-wise green country, and we can get a lot of power from surrounding countries if necessary. Last year 39% of electricity in Denmark came from windmills, and Sweden and Norway has a lot of waterpower that may be used on a not so windy day.
As a backup, German power is available, and they also have windmills.

The size of the data center will be 160,000m and they talk about a couple of hundred workers there.
That may not sound like much, but the effects on the local community could be large, as that may require people to stay there with families, requiring schools, public bus and train transportation, local shops, perhaps an upgraded local airport.
It may attract other domestic and foreign companies to put up a site in the neighborhood, because if Apple can do it, why not someone else?

So, it could eventually become thousands of people that are affected in a positive way by such a center.

The EU is always treating all companies the same, regardless of where they come from. And we do that because EU is still a rather loose organization of very distinct and independent countries.
You know, Fiat and Chrysler would be treated equal, oh sorry, Fiat bought Chrysler, so of course ;-)
Please let me know what EU based company has been able to do, that a US company was penalized for?

Comment Earth not _turning_ slower, but already is slower (Score 0) 289

As far as I understand, the problem is not that Earth is slowing down, but that the speed is slower than our present standard of time.

Therefore the sentence in the fine article above:

        "in order to cope with Earth's rotation slowing down a bit"

is not correct.

The reason is not that Earth is slowing down, but that it already is slower, but actually quite stable (at least for now, that is).

Comment Like Nokia N9 (Score 3, Interesting) 248

It looks in many ways like what I have on my Nokia N9 with MeeGo Harmattan. The Linux for mobiles that was doomed before it was finished.

The swipe functionality is really great and one reason I still love it, even though it does have its own set of problems, which is mostly because it didn't get the time to mature. When I for example sometimes have to for many seconds and up to minutes before something happens, doesn't make me a happy camper.

Another good part is the keyboard designs, which is very clear with the Japanese keyboard on the N9. Pres one key and swiping up, down, left or right gives you other options. Thereby you can have larger initial buttons, but with several options popping up, and when you learn the keyboard it is really fast for such a small screen/keyboard.

Again, the swipe functionality is a great way to interact with a touch screen device, and is a step in the right direction from just having pinch-to-zoom.

Comment Not 200 lm/W (Score 1) 421

I looked at the data sheet of the Cree XLamp MK-R and even though they state "Delivering up to 200 Lumens per Watt" in the header, looking closer the best I found was nominal 147.25 lm/W and top luminance bin = 157.51 lm/W (which I wonder if I can order and at what price?).

Forward voltage is 11.7V at 700mA = 8.19W

The highest lumen output I found was 1206lm at 5700K and 6500K at a CRI of 65, which makes an efficiency of:

1206lm / 8.19W = 147.25 lm/W

If you can live with such a low CRI and cold white then that isn't bad, but not even the best.

I have seen 150 lm/W from other manufacturers at 5000K and CRI 70, which is a more natural white and slightly better CRI and perhaps even with a better R9 (Red), but the Cree data sheet doesn't state the individual values of R1 to R14, it is difficult at this point to compare.

What is however very good of this Cree LED is the thermal resistance at 1.7 C/W. Together with the max. junction temp at 150C it provides a component that is very well suited for high power and high luminance lamps.

An interesting development, but not the 200 lm/W I was hoping to see.

Comment Re:How about a real open protocol? (Score 1) 231

"I would rather see an open standard become supported or used by Skype/Microsoft."

Yes, I agree, and with the knowledge of the history of Microsoft I would have to add:

"I would like to see the extinction of World hunger, end of all wars and a beautiful woman to all men, and vice versa, but ..."

that is not going to happen until Hell freezes over!

Or Microsoft runs out of money.

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