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Comment: Re:good. (Score 1) 365

by mehtajr (#32818444) Attached to: Working Toward a Universal Power Brick For Laptops

DisplayPort has much higher bandwidth than DVI or HDMI (over four times single-link DVI and 1.7 times HDMI). DVI already can only drive a 30 inch display with a dual-link connection. DisplayPort doesn't have that problem. I imagine now that there's been a big push to get mobile screens up toward 300ppi resolution, there will be a push to do the same on laptop and desktop displays. Eventually, you'll need the bandwidth to deal with the extra pixels on large screens.

Pushing for higher bandwidth connectors is a good thing. Otherwise, we'll trade VGA for DVI as the obsolete technology that won't ever die.


Android and the Linux Kernel Community 354

Posted by timothy
from the cathedral-in-the-bazaar dept.
An anonymous reader links to Greg Kroah-Hartman's explanation of a rift (hopefully mendable) in the development culture of Google's Linux-based Android OS and the Linux kernel itself. "As the Android kernel code is now gone from the Linux kernel, as of the 2.6.33 kernel release, I'm starting to get a lot of questions about what happened, and what to do next with regards to Android. So here's my opinion on the whole matter ..."

Comment: Re:Bad summary (Score 2, Interesting) 260

by mehtajr (#28375311) Attached to: Opera Unite is a Hail Mary

Opera's made a very good living on their Mobile version, but I think they're in major trouble there now, thanks to WebKit. WebKit is a very good browser core, and it's free and open source (plus, it doesn't hurt that it lets mobile phone makers imitate Safari on the iPhone, since they're all based on the same core).

Look at the players that have adopted WebKit-- Apple, Motorola, Nokia, Palm, and Google for Android. In two years, it's taken somewhere between 50%-60% of the mobile browser marketâ" about half of that appears to be iPhone/iPod Touch.

Opera's problem is that, even if a "new smartphone takes over," if it comes from Palm, Nokia, or runs Android, it's going to have a WebKit-based browser on it, not Opera.

Comment: How does this bolster anything? (Score 1) 76

by mehtajr (#28322455) Attached to: Dell Makes $3 Million From Twitter Sales
$3 million in revenue from Twitter in the last two years, versus what I count as roughly $100 billion in revenue over the past two years for Dell. That's not enough to qualify as a drop in the bucket. If I were Dell, I would laugh in Twitter's face if they demanded money-- they'd probably generate just as many sales by slipping fliers under people's windshields in parking lots.

Computers will not be perfected until they can compute how much more than the estimate the job will cost.