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Comment: Re:Quite (Score 1) 225

by lordbeejee (#48196367) Attached to: Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'
Can you show me to stats which support your point that their user base is dropping (implied by: "they'll find their user base dropping away even further") In server environments I see a lot of companies increasing the amount of ubuntu installs. I can't speak for dekstop installations from professional experience but there is no metric I can find that shows it going down (only place I know can check are the steam stats, but thats just a subsection of linux users) and non-technical users mostly only know Ubuntu as far as linux goes.

Comment: Re:only partially agree (Score 1) 157

by lordbeejee (#43535915) Attached to: Hands-Free Or Voice-Activated Texting Not Safer
Handsfree for me is not "fiddling with the phone". Unless you are talking about a headset but that's not really handsfree since you need to put in the earpiece and get your hands of the steeringwheel to actually take the call. So first you need to define handsfree to be able to compare. Why would a phonecall be handsfree if you need to use your hands?

Comment: Re:fiber is fragile (Score 2) 242

by lordbeejee (#43519739) Attached to: USB SuperSpeed Power Spec To Leap From 10W To 100W

This 100w power standard is pretty stupid, though. We're talking power levels where fires will definitely be possible from damaged USB cables.

As opposed to all of the current laptop chargers, AC power cords, DC converter bricks, etc out there now?

Those cables are built for that power, do you want to carry around usb cables that thick for every device that uses usb? Unless there is a way for the chipset to identify the cable (no high power if the cable is a type that's thinner than a certain size) it could be a risk.
You can't trust users to decide sensibly if the thin cable would be safe to charge your laptop if the connector is the same as the thick cable that came with the laptop. Lots of people reason that if it fits, it should work.

Comment: Re:Hope it's going in the new Mac Pro (Score 1) 176

by lordbeejee (#43211743) Attached to: Next-Gen Intel Chip Brings Big Gains For Floating-Point Apps

Not really. The laptops really are great hardware regardless of which OS you run on it. Unless of course you are one of those people with an irrational hatred of all things Apple.

Same specced other brand laptop gets close to half the price of macbooks so it's not always irrational hatred, some people have limited funds.

Comment: Re:other countries have laws that phones must be u (Score 1) 203

by lordbeejee (#43159435) Attached to: US Government May Not Be Able To Fix Cell Phone Unlocking Problem

Are there no phones for sale in regular electronic shops in the US? Over here we have some carriers with locked phones in combination with longterm contracts but most people just buy the manufacturer labeled phones (these are pretty clean installs with the usually manufacturer skins) since the "subsidised phones" are just expensive loans.

Comment: Re:can I buy an intel video card yet? (Score 2) 102

by lordbeejee (#42942951) Attached to: Lots of Changes for Intel Graphics Coming in Linux 3.9

I just go to software sources and select in the additional drivers tab whether I want the old, current or experimental drivers and video updates are transparant from that point. Since switching my gaming machine to experimental drivers (beta nvidia i think) I didn't have any problems, drivers are always latest beta. The machines at work just run the default nvidia ubuntu driver but they are all nvidia ion based, the most work they do in 3d is google earth, desktop accell is not that hard. :)

I guess the ease of install is probably more Ubuntu than nvidia (don't know if other distro's have it this easy).
Are there many distro's that still require manual installation of the nv driver?


Transparent Transistors Printed On Paper 51

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from the next-step-dispoable-eink dept.
MTorrice writes "To make light-weight, inexpensive electronics using renewable materials, scientists have turned to a technology that is almost 2,000 years old: paper. Researchers fabricated organic transistors on a transparent, exceptionally smooth type of paper called nanopaper. This material has cellulose fibers that are only 10 nm in diameter. The nanopaper transistors are about 84% transparent, and their performance decreases only slightly when bent."

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