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Comment: regions covered by the research (Score 1) 569

by meketrefi (#45276217) Attached to: Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?
That research done by the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute clearly does not cover Brazil. Even the highest prices, like the one practiced by Comcast in Chattanooga, TN, sound like common-place in Brazil. It is no wonder The Economist's "Big Mac Index" lists us among the six most expensive. It seems we will get the most expensive PS4 in the world. Taxes here are a bitch.

Comment: Amazon could be given more support to PDF files (Score 1) 273

by meketrefi (#28987853) Attached to: Sony Takes Aim At Amazon's Kindle

What pisses me off is that Amazon is gradually adding simple features to the Kindle DX when it could have provided it all from the start.

Things like highlighting, adding notes, browsing bookmarks, reading out-loud... wait until Kindle DX 2nd generation and you will understand! Just add those features and I won't need printed editions anymore (except for reference books)!

Comment: I like the ribbon - but it needs explanation (Score 1) 617

by meketrefi (#28966813) Attached to: Preview the Office 2007 Ribbon-Like UI Floated For OpenOffice.Org

I think the ribbon is actually a great idea and a great way of organizing buttons - provided that someone tell you that you are supposed to be moving your eyes across each block of button's name on the bottom, NOT LOOKING AT THE BUTTONS THEMSELVES! As - I believe - most people would find it counter-intuitive to look to the bottom of the ribbon (button-group name) first instead of the top (actual buttons), it was probably very unfortunate to position them that way.

Also, I use to think a ribbon should carry mostly buttons with icons, but looking at that Open Office ribbon with text-only buttons - hmm, it may work fine...

Comment: Teach a natural language instead! (Score 1) 634

by meketrefi (#28821431) Attached to: The Best First Language For a Young Programmer
Nonsense. Just teach the kids some German, telling them to put ( ) in front of all verbs, to use adverbs as parameters inside those brackets, to make assignments by writing this_noun=this_adjective and, finally, tell them that you actually get the bugs out of idiomatic expressions badly-positioned in silly arrays.

EFF Urges Pressure On Google Over Book Search 37

Posted by kdawson
from the get-outa-my-mind dept.
angry tapir writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is urging its supporters to pressure Google to build significant privacy protections into its Book Search service. The EFF suggests that the service gives Google access to new personal information: what people are searching for in out-of-print and out-of-copyright books. The EFF posted its concerns with Google Book Search on its blog, with EFF designer/activist Hugh D'Andrade saying the search product could infringe on 'privacy of thought.' Google, in a responding blog post, said it will protect user privacy, though it can't yet say how — the service hasn't been designed yet, nor approved."
Utilities (Apple)

+ - By BBC: Apps 'to be as big as internet'

Submitted by meketrefi
meketrefi (1590185) writes "BBC News published the following today:

"""The market for mobile applications, or apps, will become "as big as the internet", peaking at 10 million apps in 2020, a leading online store says.

However, GetJar say, the developer community will decline drastically as each developer makes less money.

According to the Symbian Foundation, newly in the developer market, apps will become more personal and practical as their numbers grow.

The comments were made at the MobileBeat conference in San Francisco.

"Apps will be as big if not bigger than the internet," according to Ilja Laurs, chief executive of GetJar, a leading independent application store.

"They will peak at around 100,000 by the end of the year. That will be a tipping point and after that there will be a gradual fall in the rate of development.

"The full blossom will come in ten years and mobile apps will become as popular as websites are today with consumers," Mr Laurs told BBC News."""

Full article:"

+ - HTML tags for academic printing

Submitted by meketrefi
meketrefi (1590185) writes "It's been quite a while since I got interested in the idea of using html (instead of .doc. or .odf) as a standard for saving documents — including the more official ones like academic papers. The problem is using HTML to create pages with a stable size that would deal with bibliographical references, page breaks, different printers, etc.

Does anyone think it is possible to develop a decent tag like "div", but called "page" specially for this? Something that would make no use of CSS?
Maybe something with attributes as follows:

{page size="A4" borders="2.5cm,2.5cm,2cm,2cm" page_numbering="bottomleft,startfrom0"} — You get the idea... { /page}

I guess you would not be able to tell when the page would be full, so the browser would have to be in charge of breaking the content into multiple pages when needed. Bibliographical references would probably need a special tag as well, positioned inside the tag..."

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