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Comment: Re:Norway (Score 1) 386

by logru (#46759239) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?
Actually, starting this year, by law, the company you work for has to support electronically picking up your tax bracket directly from the government. Citizens no longer need to to worry about their tax card, however you can still inspect it online. I would also say that most people don't have to make any changes to your filings, it's more relevant checking the information that goes into your tax-card, especially if you expect a change of income or debts as it effects your tax rate/bracket. Furthermore, you are no longer required to (digitally) sign your tax returns. If you make no change or objection it is assumed that you're happy with them.

Comment: Re:Incredibly stupid (Score 1) 313

by logru (#42573319) Attached to: Learn Basic Programming So You Aren't At the Mercy of Programmers
I'm sorry, but being able to put air in my tires and refill the oil on my car does not mean that I know anything about mechanics. And that's pretty much all that I need to know to be able to own a car. If I don't even own a car, just operate one occasionally I probably need to know even less.

Comment: Re:broaden your horizons :P (Score 1) 313

by logru (#42573317) Attached to: Learn Basic Programming So You Aren't At the Mercy of Programmers
Well it's a good thing I did not say that you had to become a world class expert then. Knowing enough to being able to do what you want in every field may be a little more than you think then. There is a lot of difference between basic fields and sciences. Would you say that all fields of knowledge have the same level of requirements to understand them? PS: Good for you. how's you knowledge about creating and maintaining fish ponds or basic elevator maintenance?

Comment: Incredibly stupid (Score 1, Interesting) 313

by logru (#42572935) Attached to: Learn Basic Programming So You Aren't At the Mercy of Programmers
By the same token you should also know a little about raising pigs as you won't be held a****** farmer, or mechanic, and lets not forget those a****** astrophysicists, clearly everybody should be able to calculate the amount of redshift from a distant star. In todays society we need to specialize and not everyone can learn a little of everything.

Comment: Re:Oh, it's Sony (Score 5, Insightful) 129

by logru (#35941672) Attached to: Sony's New Android-based Dual Screen Tablets
I would just like to add a +1 to this, and would have loved to see a poll on the number of people who would just never buy a Sony device. After owning a Sony laptop (why do I want that memoryshtick shit and why is everything on it non-standard?), a minidisc recorder (why can I only upload to it, not even download stuff I recorded myself?), seen the crazy that was the rootkit (thankfully didn't happen to me) I vowed never to buy their crap again. The playstation nonsense proved that it was a good idea and I can't see it ever change. Friends don't let friends buy Sony.

Sony's New Android-based Dual Screen Tablets 129

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-got-double-vision dept.
trawg writes "Sony has officially announced a new line of 'Sony tablets.' There are two models, both offering 3G/4G and Wi-Fi running Android 3.0 — one is a typical tablet with a 9.4-inch screen and the other is an 'unprecedented dual screen' type. Digital content is a big focus: music, books and first generation PlayStation titles will all be available (subject to the usual region restrictions for content)."

+ - Norwegian artist publishes 100 songs for free

Submitted by logru
logru (909550) writes "According to Tønsberg Blad the Norwegian artist Alexander Vinter, going by the pseudonym "Vinter in Hollywood", is fed up with the music industry and releases his last three months of work for free. "- I'm fed up with the recording industry. There are too many people to get past and all records have to be 16 tracks or less. I published 100." The entire set of 100 tracks which Vinter calls a mixtape is has been uploaded complete with cover art, playlists and extra bonus art here. Even though Vinter does not appear to have discounted using traditional music distribution as a means to earn money off of his creations he appears to be so prolific that he would rather give away his unpublished efforts that having it bit rot in his studio."

Zune HD Unveiled, Set For Fall Release 410

Posted by Soulskill
from the for-sufficiently-small-values-of-h dept.
Several readers have written to mention that Microsoft has confirmed and unveiled the Zune HD. It has a "3.3-inch, 480 x 272 OLED capacitive touchscreen display, built-in HD Radio receiver, HD output," and it makes use of multi-touch input. More details will be forthcoming at E3, including how the device interacts with Xbox Live. Reader johnjaydk notes a PCWorld article that asks whether the Zune HD will be capable of competing with the iPod Touch. Quoting: "... the real competition between the Zune HD and the iPod Touch will come down to software. The new Zune will be based on a custom version of Windows CE, while the iPod Touch runs on the already popular iPhone platform, for which thousands of applications are available."
Role Playing (Games)

+ - Vendetta Online adds "Dynamic Warfare" gam 1

Submitted by Incarnate-VO
Incarnate-VO (1307775) writes "With the Friday night release, Linux-friendly space MMO Vendetta Online has launched Dynamic Warfare: a new long-term battle and large-scale warfare mechanic designed to permit factional conquest of geographical areas. In this first-generation implementation, players and NPCs of the Itani and Serco Nations vie for weekly control of 177 sectors within a critical solar system (Deneb). Several different battles may be running concurrently at any time, with a variety of different battle scales ranging from epic conflicts of capship fleets to small fighter-only engagements. The diversity of scale allows both varied gameplay styles and accessibility to players on older computing hardware."

Brazilian Pirates Hijack US Military Satellites 359

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the because-they-can dept.
blantonl writes "Brazilians all over the country are using modified amateur radio equipment to communicate with each other using US Military communications satellites — effectively creating their own CB radio network on the backs of the US Military. Recent efforts to crack down have resulted in arrests of some of the users, however the behavior still continues today."

Norwegian Broadcasting Sets Up Its Own Tracker 187

Posted by timothy
from the some-things-are-neutral dept.
eirikso writes with an interesting story from Norway; the state broadcaster there has decided to put up some of its content on BitTorrent. "The tracker is based on the same OpenTracker software that the Pirate Bay has been using for the last couple of years. By using BitTorrent we can reach our audience with full quality, unencrypted media files. Experience from our early tests show that if we're the best provider of our own content we also gain control of it."

+ - Amazon DRM-Less Music Store goes Beta 2

Submitted by LowSNR
LowSNR (1138511) writes "Amazon this morning moved their DRM-Free music store into open beta. According to the release, "Since all our digital music downloads are DRM-free, you can play them on anything that plays mp3s including PCs, Macs(TM), iPods(TM), Zunes(TM), Zens(TM), iPhones(TM), RAZRs(TM), and BlackBerrys. Plus, our Amazon MP3 Downloader application makes it easy to add your downloads to iTunes(TM) and Windows Media Player(TM), so you can sync up your devices or burn your music to CD hassle-free." Not to mention Linux."
The Courts

+ - Enderle Explains His Motivations Over SCO Affair->

Submitted by
CmdrGravy writes "Anyone following the SCO saga from the beginning will probably be familiar with the writing of Rob Enderle who was in the early days a key supporter of SCOs claims. Now that SCO is heading swiftly towards bankruptcy and their claims have been completely debunked Rob has offered an explanation, if not an apology, of his involvement in this sorry affair.

You can read Robs explanation here yourselves.

What he seems to be saying is that his primary motivation for supporting SCO is a dislike of Linux supporters who attacked one of his articles written at about the same time as the SCO saga kicked off. Despite having some doubts about SCOs claims he felt he needed to stick up for them because on the one hand he though Linux supporters were a bunch of criminals and on the other he thought Groklaw was misleading people and misrepresenting the facts surrounding the case.

Whats missing from the article is any apology at all from Mr Enderle for failing to research his subject and calling the result so wrongly or any apology to Groklaw who were clearly not misrepresenting anything and predicted the actual result of the case perfectly."

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