Exactly. People don't realize that. I believe that the probability that I can loose my information is much higher at my home. Considering many sides, I encrypt what is really important and store at DropBox, Google Drive. My email is all at Gmail. It's even difficult to me to find information at my millions of emails stored at Gmail. Can you imagine for someone trying to steel my information?
The debate longer term effect of the windows phone debacle is beginning. The Register points out that that they've never seen "a civilian someone who isn't an analyst, journalist or Nokia industry partner carrying a Lumia in the wild" leaving the phones the preserve of anoraks and basement dwellers. The commentators on Ahonen's blog put this as a repeat of the OS2 debacle, with the likelihood of developers who have heavily committed to WP8 beginning to go bankrupt soon. Whichever way it goes, it's pretty clear that Microsoft's brand has become toxic and that Nokia's captain has driven the ship onto the rocks, set it on fire, but has no plan allow any of the passengers to abandon ship."
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All this commotion started last week in Poland, after Polish NGOs shared the news about the date of signing. According to some estimates, about 1 million people protested against ACTA in all major (and many smaller) Polish cities during the last week. There finally is a comprehensive English summary (mirror) of what happened in Poland and where it stands for now."
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Anyone can change to another operator. This is competition and open market.
The problem is that there are only a few with the power to change something, and they are working in a cartelized way... as it happens these days. Operators get the information to work in a cartel way from market researches. They get all they need to operate fixing prices and offer, and protect themselves. The margins are absurd and operators are making a lot of money.
Unfortunately, dumb consumers who got satisfied with the miracle of telecom, don't understand and don't have enough power to fight. Thing about it: There is no free phone. This is a cartel like way to deceive it's customers, like many other things. I hope other technologies like White Space "Super WIFI" can give the consumers some power to battle. Also, there should be organizations working as Internet providers, idenpendently.
Think about it: Services operators, of all kinds, got the advantages of disruptive technology evolution without giving consumers. The regulated market (licensed frequencies) slows competition and we are more and more on their hands.
Why not non profits for Internet, etc? Why not cooperative Internet? Hmm.... with IPv6 and users talking with each other directly, without the need for a service like Skype? Many things should be re-thought. A few people can understand how things works. Well... would like to discuss this with people aware of this situation.
I mentioned in another comment: Nokia Communicator had it, I guess in 1999... first Nokia with Symbian. And Nokia 7650 had it too, in 2002 (I got an early prototype in my hands in 2001). All these UI components, including sliding components, were in an early Nokia tablet... don't remember the name.
Nokia 7650 with Symbian 6.1 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_7650) in 2002 had it... I remember it was one the first things I tried. It was amazing... But the Nokia Communicator had it even before.
Hi. Based on a friend's investigation, Ruckus Wireless has a very compelling solution for distributed, planned wireless.
I agree with some comments that nowadays, the only hotspots I get good connections are the very well planned ones. Places where a WIFI hotspot has been installed usually gets overloaded and doesn't work well.
No.... plain GPS receivers doesn't work in buildings, in the woods. But if there is data network, then things change.
The new wave in LBS is merging A-GPS with social location information and other data.
Mobile phones have A-GPS (Assisted GPS) and other technologies, like Cell ID based locations and WIFI Hotspots information. By merging all this information, "positioning systems" that are not simply GPS anymore are getting much better.
A-GPS gathers Almanaque and Ephemeris data from the network, "making a weak signal stronger".
Cell ID (from the operators' cell phone antennas, BTSs) and WIFI help in between buildings, inside places by applying algorithms using simple techniques.
By gathering this information and crossing it, right now there can be pretty good results.
I'm using a Nokia E63 WITHOUT a GPS receiver. With the help from Nokia location based servers (supl.nokia.com) , I get pretty accurate location information without a GPS.
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Yes, you're both correct. Humans suck in almost everything. When they go right, humans are good creating meta-whatever, but never good in being precise. This is stupid public workers (or hired to stupid people) boring work, and would end up wrong.
Computers are great. Humans made mistakes.