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Comment: Re:This is in fact an entirely reasonable proposal (Score 1) 312

by nickos (#27828407) Attached to: UK Possibly Exploring "Google Tax"

Well, the BBC operates web sites. Clearly, anyone who uses any sort of web site should be obliged to subscribe, or at least pay something, to the BBC. Therefore, we are going to have a tax on Internet use, some or all of whose proceeds will go to the BBC, for it to operate its public service web sites.

I know you think you were joking, but a couple of years ago it was announced that the TV licence for DR (Danmark's Radio - the Danish equivalent of the BBC which is responsible for some radio stations, TV channels and websites just like the BBC) would become a "media licence", and it would be extended from radio and TV owners to anyone who owned a device with an internet connection (including mobile phones).

So, in Denmark if you have an internet connection you're paying for DR, whether you access their content or not.

Why on earth are states involved in producing media anyway? They don't make newsapers after all (although the USSR had Pravda).

Comment: Re:Windows 7 should go back to home and pro setup (Score 1) 864

by nickos (#26510881) Attached to: Windows 7's Media Hype Having the Opposite Effect As Vista's

dump the retail/OEM distinction too

That's not going to happen unless governments use anti-monopolist legislation to force Microsoft's hand. In the past Microsoft has used the threat of forcing OEMs to pay for the retail version of Windows to prevent them from selling dual-boot systems.

Comment: Re:Where exactly is child porn legal to host (Score 2, Informative) 309

by nickos (#26469789) Attached to: Germany Legislates For Mandatory Web Filters

Comment: Re:Saving emails (Score 3, Insightful) 115

by nickos (#26398299) Attached to: UK Email Retention Plan Technically Flawed

Sweden regarded free? You must be joking.

All emails and phone calls are monitored in the name of national security
Sweden is second from bottom in the EU when it comes to protecting its citizens' private integrity

This is what happens when a government realises it's large imported religious fundamentalist population has ideas that run counter to their modern progressive ones. See also: the UK

Communications

Google Announces "Open Phone" Coalition, No gPhone [Updated] 225

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the well-isn't-that-special dept.
Ponca City, We Love You writes "USA Today has an advance story on Google's plans to announce a new operating system, geared specifically for cellphones with partners that include Sprint, Motorola, Samsung and Japanese wireless giant NTT DoCoMo. Although details won't be released until later today the new G-system will be based on Linux overlaid with Java and Google hopes to have a branded device ready for worldwide shipment by spring. Mobile Web browsing is notoriously slow and Google plans to change that by providing easy access to the Internet at PC-type speeds. Google plans to basically give away the software developer tools, used by programmers to write new applications. "If you're a developer, you'll be able to develop (applications) for the new Google Phone very quickly," said Morgan Gillis of the LiMo Foundation. AT&T and Verizon Wireless are noticeably absent from the coalition not wanting to support a device that favors Google over other providers. Sprint, the No. 3 carrier, supports the coalition, but it hasn't formally agreed to make the Google Phone available to its 54 million subscribers." Update 1727 GMT by SM: It's official, Google is releasing the mobile "Android" OS in place of the Google branded mobile phone that many expected.
Programming

+ - Elastic tabstops can now be used with spaces

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An anonymous reader writes "Remember elastic tabstops? Well, it seems that they've just been added to Gedit along with the ability to import and export files which use spaces to align columns. To see a screencast of it in action or download it, visit nickgravgaard.com/elastictabstops/#gedit

Now that this can inter-operate with the code standard I use at work (4 spaces) I just have to get Gedit running on my Windows machine..."

Optimus Maximus gets price and date->

From feed by engfeed

Filed under: Displays, Peripherals

After some OLED display supply issues and a few setbacks, it looks like Lebedev and company have finally settled on a launch date and price for the king of keyboard, the Optimus Maximus. Hold your breath, it'll be due late November (the 30th, to be specific) for $1536 US ("Shakespeare's birthday"). Bad news, we know, but the worst news is still to come: only 200 keyboards per month for November and December, and 400 keyboards are scheduled to be made next January. (On second thought, at over $1500 apiece, maybe that's not so few keyboards.) Ok, exhale, it's going to be alright.

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Operating Systems

+ - macbookinux: the first Mac specialized penguin

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aiop631
aiop631 writes "A new project is under way to develop a Linux distribution designed especially for Macbooks: MacBook Linux. This distributions will have advanced Linux technologies built-in like Compiz, OpenOffice and KOffice for office tools, development tools like GCC and Java, and server technologies like Apache and Bind to turn your machine into a server. A powerful package management system similar to that of OS X will be available (yes, no dependency hell). The first stable release date is aimed for later this summer. This is part of a broader project to develop a Linux distribution family for Intel-powered Macs — that is, 3 Linux distributions specialized for MacBooks, MacBook Pros and Mac Pros."
Portables (Apple)

+ - Australian MacBook bursts into flames

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Currawong
Currawong writes "MacTalk Australia reports that one of its users has had their MacBook burst into flames, awaking in the middle of the night to find the MacBook, along with some magazines adjacent to where the MacBook was sitting, alight. His housemate stated that, "she heard it hissing like a steam valve, then smoke started pouring out of it and a couple of seconds later, a very large flash fire started." The owner stated that available charge in the battery of the 11 month old MacBook had become suddenly poor in the 3 weeks leading up to the fire, the day of the fire almost completely failing to work properly at all. Apple last year issued a recall of over 1 million batteries after issues with Sony manufactured batteries caught fire in Dell laptops. Since contacting Apple Australia, they have offered to replace the MacBook with a MacBook Pro and possibly compensate the owner for the damage caused, once they have determined the cause of the fire."
Portables (Apple)

+ - Another Macbook Fire

Submitted by dsgfh
dsgfh (517540) writes "Unfortunately for apple, another Macbook has gone up in flames over the weekend. Apparently not part of the original battery recall, the machine in question was in standby mode on a bookcase, plugged in to charge when it ignited at 3 in the morning. http://www.betanews.com/article/Apple_MacBook_Fire _Poses_New_Safety_Questions/1173715199 BTW... where's the Fire Breathing Batteries topic when I submit a story?"

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