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Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 221

Germany is a nett exporter of electricity, and is exporting more than ever before. German solar PV in the south is reportedly greatly aiding the French, who are being asked to conserve power in the middle of winter. http://www.renewablesinternational.net/german-power-exports-to-france-increasing/150/537/33036/

Comment: Re:People want cheaper tablets (Score 1) 657

by pointybits (#40864913) Attached to: Why the Tablet Market is Really the iPad Market
It's simple accounting. Google makes money off Android whether they sell a tablet that contains it or not. Apple, on the other hand, has to pay their development costs through device sales. Similarly the overhead of Apple store real estate and employee costs has to be paid for by device sales, where else do you think their revenue per employee comes from?

Comment: Re:People want cheaper tablets (Score 1) 657

by pointybits (#40863465) Attached to: Why the Tablet Market is Really the iPad Market

Google's overheads for this product are much, much lower than Apple's. No glitzy stores, free operating system, minimal hardware development costs, and either direct sales or channel sales of the higher-margin 16GB product only.

So, it seems likely that Google is making a profit, just not a massive one, and this is likely to increase as components get cheaper. The Kindle Fire's cost of manufacture is down to $139 now, so they are no longer subsidizing either.

Comment: Re:People want cheaper tablets (Score 3, Informative) 657

by pointybits (#40862679) Attached to: Why the Tablet Market is Really the iPad Market

Thats not the point of the article. Its because Google and Amazon are subsidizing the cost of their tablets so much that the consumers are expecting other manufactures to do so.

Google aren't subsidizing anything at these prices. According to Forbes, "The $199 Nexus 7 8 GB variant costs exactly $151.75 to build while the $249 Nexus 7 16 GB variant costs $159.25. This implies gross margins of nearly 25% to 35% for the device, which are closer to what Apple makes on each iPad." Apple's gross margin on the "new iPad" is around 20%.

Comment: Re:I read it on Firefox (Score 2) 507

by pointybits (#38414532) Attached to: Chrome 15 Overtakes IE 8 For Top Browser Spot

Chrome not being able to bookmark all tabs to a folder is a serious deficiency that prevents me from saving sets of links that are the result of possibly lengthy research. Another constant annoyance is Chrome saving all files to Downloads instead of giving me the option to open.

Bookmarking all tabs is right-click on any tab, Bookmark All Tabs. Prompt for download location is a setting in Tools, Options, Under the Hood.

Comment: Re:Ack! (Score 1) 177

by pointybits (#37112746) Attached to: Samsung Hires Steve 'Cyanogen' Kondik
The Samsung Galaxy S has had Bluetooth HID support for keyboard and mouse since Android 2.2. I've been using it with Bluetooth SPP since version 2.1, but it has a quirk where it won't connect to a serial device with class of service = 0, not sure if they've fixed that yet.

The Galaxy S doesn't use the Bluez stack, it uses some Broadcom closed-source code instead. It doesn't support L2CAP so you can't use Wiimotes.

Comment: Re:Really, Flash Destroyer the best example? (Score 2) 48

by pointybits (#36645452) Attached to: Dangerous Prototypes: Open Source Hardware Seeding
A good digital scope costs hundreds if not thousands of dollars, so as a hobbyist I can't really justify that, but a $30 Logic Shrimp is just fine. I'm using it instead of a scope to do basic viewing of suspect or undocumented signals. When some pulse-width code driving a servo on a PIC32 wasn't working, for example, it was a useful check on exactly what was being generated.

Comment: Re:Samsung Support (Score 3, Insightful) 161

by pointybits (#35196628) Attached to: Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II
According to this all the other Australian carriers already have it. Some European phones have an official version 2.2.1 upgrade now, which is a huge performance improvement. You can flash custom ROMs with this as a base. Also Cyanogenmod 7 for SGS, based on Gingerbread, is in alpha testing.

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