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Comment: Different expectations makes gratification harder (Score 3, Insightful) 510

by mhamel (#36556206) Attached to: Learning Programming In a Post-BASIC World

When I was a kid, the computer i programmed for (trs-80), was one of the first computer I ever saw. There were not that many programs for it. So it was easy to get excited about almost nothing.

Now all the kids have been exposed to all sort of technologies. They'll never get excited by very simple things like I have been. The thing to remember is that it will never be has rewarding has it was at the time for such simple things and no language is going to change that.

Comment: XMPP has social network (Score 1) 266

by mhamel (#34330988) Attached to: Open-Source Social Network Diaspora Goes Live

I was reading about all that and wondered.. XMPP is distributed, you can accept peoples, see there picture and status. For sure you can chat and create private rooms to share a chat. There is not much missing. Maybe a wall and pictures. So I typed "XMPP has social network" on google. I have tonnes of responses.

Maybe that's what google wave was trying to be. But google wave was too complicated. It offered too much and nobody except google had an implementation.

Any thoughts about this?

I found http://onesocialweb.org/. That is maybe what I was looking for.

Music

RIAA Accounting — How Labels Avoid Paying Musicians 495

Posted by kdawson
from the hypocrisy-part-deux dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Last week, we discussed Techdirt's tale of 'Hollywood Accounting,' which showed how movies like Harry Potter still officially 'lose' money with some simple accounting tricks. This week Techdirt is taking on RIAA accounting and demonstrating why most musicians — even multi-platinum recording stars — may never see a dime from their album sales. 'They make you a "loan" and then take the first 63% of any dollar you make, get to automatically increase the size of the "loan" by simply adding in all sorts of crazy expenses (did the exec bring in pizza at the recording session? that gets added on), and then tries to get the loan repaid out of what meager pittance they've left for you. Oh, and after all of that, the record label still owns the copyrights.' The average musician on a major record deal 'gets' about $23 per $1,000 made... and that $23 still never gets paid because it has to go to 'recouping' the loan... even though the label is taking $630 out of that $1,000, and not counting it towards the advance. Remember all this the next time a record label says they're trying to protect musicians' revenue."

Comment: living in the rest of the worl (Canada here) (Score 1) 145

by mhamel (#31966606) Attached to: Google Backpedals On Turn-By-Turn GPS For iPhone

for example, when turn by turn navigation came out for android, it was US only for a while. A hack existed to enable it in the rest of the world, but that was soon stopped by google. Only later did it get released for the rest of the world.

reading your post I thought that turn by turn was finaly working so I rushed to my G1.. but sadely I still have a "road not available" message. But the good news is that the hacked application (google maps brut) is still working like a charm. :-D

Comment: Re:Depends (Score 1) 250

by mhamel (#31307290) Attached to: UK Bill Would Outlaw Open Wi-Fi

No reason I can think of, except to limit free speech/protest and give the government even more control over public policy (i.e. push their one true agenda).

Your imagination seems limited ;-) I'll begin to say that I don't agree with the reason I'll give but it's easy to imagine it's the main point.

They want to be capable to trace illegal activities the best they can. Open access points are more anonymous. So illegal activities can't be tracked easily there. If somebody steal a bank through an open access point, it's easy to say that it could be made harder.

Where I mostly do not agree is what is considered illegal activity. It's probably to protect big copyright owners. And I don't think peoples not doing any money while sharing data should convinced of wrongdoing. But that's another matter.

Comment: great argument for free software (Score 2, Interesting) 1006

by mhamel (#30088684) Attached to: Software Piracy At the Workplace?

Offer a solution. If you go to your boss's office and tell him he is a thief he's not going to be happy. But if you get in there and offer a free alternative it should be a good way of bringing things up.

Openoffice can do the job if everybody switch together. 7-zip is a good replacement for winzip. I'm pretty sure lot's of software has free (like in open source) alternative. Try, you'll see where it lead you. :-)

Comment: Android already conver that market (Score 5, Informative) 108

by mhamel (#29514515) Attached to: Intel To Challenge Android With Moblin For Mobile Devices

It's like the 80s and the begining of windows all over again but for mobile devices. The question is what will be the OS that can use the most software. Right now there are: IPhone OS which is very closed. Windows mobile also very closed and not sexy. Android which is open and has lots of backing by lot's of different builders. Many other smaller options. Moblin look very open too but.. when it will show up, Android should already available from every cellular providers.

What is funny in that mobile war is the position of Apple. Pretty much like when the first Mac came by at the begining of the 80s. They have a great product. But they are too closed. So it's going to be everybody against them. They can't win. Dell, HTC, Lenovo, Motorola, Philips, Samsung, Sony Ericson (on the open side this time) , and many others already have android phones.

I predict that soon when you'll want to build a mobile application, it will have to run on Android first. That way it will be available to everybody. The rest will be second thought. Just like the market for computer right OS now with windows. But this time the winner will be the open platform because it's been early in the market and the manufacturer will simply find it easier then going for windows mobile.

Google

Google Wave Reviewed 365

Posted by samzenpus
from the what's-the-skinny dept.
Michael_Curator writes "Developers are finally getting their hands on the developer preview of Google's Wave, which means we can finally get some first-hand accounts of what it's really like to use, unfiltered by Google's own programmers. Ben Rometsch, a developer with U.K. Web development firm Solid State, blogged that, it's 'probably the most advanced application in a browser that I've seen.' Wave is like giant Web page onto which users can drag and drop any kind of object, including instant messaging and IRC [Internet Relay Client] clients, e-mail, and wikis, as well as gadgets like maps and video. All conversations, work product and applications are stored on remote servers — presumably forever. 'It's like real time email. On crack,' he wrote. And unlike the typically minimalist Google UI, 'It feels a lot more like a desktop application that just so happens to live in your browser.'" User molex333 has already written a Slashdot app and shares his initial reactions here.

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