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Comment Re: Nokia is a post it note in tech history (Score 1) 40 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) 126 126

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) 237 237

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 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 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) 289 289

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) 248 248

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) 421 421

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) 231 231

"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.

Comment Re:Yup (Score 3, Interesting) 282 282

The right to play the content on any device I see fit? At any time?

When I have bought a tune or a video the producer shouldn't care where I play it as along as it is for myself or my household. Your rights stops at my front door.

And I am still not trying to convince anyone to pay a TV license for materials and I don't "fire up iPlayer and get the fucking video". So now you want to combine the consumers usage with a specific device?

I just want to be able to purchase a CD or DVD with music or video content on it. As simple as that.

Comment Re:Yup (Score 2, Interesting) 282 282

And did I write that I wanted the rights of the producer erased and leave the content provider in the cold? Please show me how you read that into it? (atarashii meagane katta ho ga ii kamoshirenai?).

It is a digital world, and the producer side, or what seems to be the defenders of the content producers have amalgamated too much political backing, actually leaving the consumers out in the cold, and I would like to move the balance the other way, even just a little.

And I am not trying to convince anyone to pay a TV license fee or any other fee. Where did I write that?
Actually, I just want content producers to concentrate on doing that, produce content and make it available on reasonable terms.

Today, too often some content is either not available or not on reasonable terms if it is.

Comment Re:Yup (Score 3, Interesting) 282 282

No, it is about taking rights away from the consumer, in an attempt to enforce and manage the rights of the producer.

Unfortunately, it is often not really enforceable making people that attempts to use their fair-use rights into criminals, but still not providing the sought after control of the producers.

So, it is a loose-loose situation.

A great deal of re-thinking of the situation ought to be done.

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