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Submitted by pmarini
pmarini (989354) writes "There are many websites that provide web usage statistics, but this one seems the most accurate as it provides data by country and region, therefore making it possible to easily compare and relate to each local situation.
Based on this website, Internet Explorer has lost the absolute "reign" on the interwebs by staying below 50% for most of the month of September (it's the 20th today)... good news everyone... :-)"

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Comment: Re:Definitively 0.3 per cent (Score 1) 321

by pmarini (#33012850) Attached to: Study Finds 0.3% of BitTorrent Files Definitely Legal
I would definitely want to know how they determined this... I could be making a legal backup copy to the cloud by using BitTorrent...
on a more serious side... "manually verified"? wtf does that mean? how can they possibly know whether the person/organisation/computer seeding or leeching the file has a propere license to do so? I'm pretty sure that they wouldn't have such information so are they assuming that everything that wasn't in public domain or free was actually infringing?
stupid studies...

Comment: Re:Apple versus Microsoft (Score 1) 670

by pmarini (#32429998) Attached to: iPad Bait and Switch — No More Unlimited Data Plan
isn't the whole point of tethering to allow other devices, possibly laptops or other, that will actually use full-fledged websites with flash video and whatnot, therefore increasing the amount of data transfer, which is now being much limited with the new plan?? what were they thinking??

Comment: Re:play it like golf (Score 1) 118

by pmarini (#30096554) Attached to: NASA To Try Powering Mars Rover "Spirit" Out of Sand Trap

(this is serious) ask Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus what to do... my suggestion is to send some kind of impulse from an orbiting probe that would lift the whole "rover" - be it a mini-storm kind of thing or simply a wind-type blow, much like a golf player would do with a driver club from a sandpit...

maybe a disused concorde ?

Comment: Re:nothing lie the real thing (Score 1) 205

by pmarini (#29526205) Attached to: HD Video From The Edge of Space, On the Cheap
on top of that, was the box heated in some way? because I don't see how an off-the-shelf camcorder can still work at sub-zero temperature like those above 3km (10,000 ft) of altitude - see chart, good luck with proving me wrong !!

air temperature

this experiment is utter rubbish, or at least so are the claims

Comment: nothing lie the real thing (Score 1) 205

by pmarini (#29526181) Attached to: HD Video From The Edge of Space, On the Cheap
it looks like a fake film to me... you can notice the horizon curvature even at 100 feet and when it's at the top you can't make a single continent out of the image... is that supposed to be how it looks from 32km heights ? I highly doubt it: if you've ever been on an airplane, you'll notice how big a river or a town looks from 3 or 4 km above the surface and that's how this film looks like, a good miscalculation factor of 10, in my opinion... so the maximum altitude would be 10,714 ft, not 107,145 ft !!

Comment: why a "physical" time machine? (Score 1) 633

by pmarini (#29184705) Attached to: Thanks For the ... Eight-Track, Uncle Alex
you can avoid the "physical" issue by storing the media onto an online account:
- web space hosting these days is rather inexpensive, you will easily find something for less than $50/year
- this way you will only have to make sure that the file format is still readable in 16 years time (she's already 1yo)

Comment: Re:My experiences (Score 1) 277

by pmarini (#29001235) Attached to: Linux-Friendly, Internet-Enabled HDTVs?
just a quickie on the wireless range.
i identified a few different technologies (?) which will give a varied range of control, as in:
- plain 27 MHz wireless devices can go up to 1.8 m (6 ft) - this frequency is reserved for "general use" in both the USA and Europe;
- then the 40 MHz ones that can go up to 3 m (10 ft), but it's a reserved frequency in Europe - for civilian radio-controlled (toy?) airplanes - so it's being slowly deprecated;
- and finally there are the 2.4 GHz ones for either 10 m (33 ft), 15 m (50 ft) or 30 m (100 ft) - not sure why the difference;

all of the above do not require line of sight (can work through walls), which is not true for IR (infrared) devices...

there is also a new generation of bluetooth devices that have various ranges, but a typical one is 10 m (33 ft), and sometime you'll find RF devices (for instance, audio headsets) that can really work from across the street sometime...

to conclude, my personal experience with a set of wireless mouse+keyboard connected to the same receiver: the mouse only works from 1 m (3 ft) away while the keyboard works well even from 4 m (13 ft) away... go figure!

Comment: Re:Xtend, Mbrace, Litigate? (Score 1) 357

by pmarini (#28982927) Attached to: Microsoft Patents XML Word Processing Documents
so they've patented the extention, fine by me, that seems doable or at least is copyrightable (as improvements).
now, the issue that I have is that they've been granted a patent on their specific method to store/abuse a text-processing document in XML, but what about other methods that do similar things?
the Patent Office should stop granting patents that it doesn't understand...

How many hardware guys does it take to change a light bulb? "Well the diagnostics say it's fine buddy, so it's a software problem."

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