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Comment: Re:Define safe? (Score 1) 191

by rod (#40235455) Attached to: I assume that my data stored online is ...

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?

Microsoft

+ - Eliop blames salesmen for Windows fail as N9 outse->

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An anonymous reader writes "Steven Eliop of Nokia has firmly placed the blame for the failure of Windows Phone on mobile phone shops which aren't pushing it.. because, as the register points out their sales staff "want their commission" and so only show phones they think might sell. Exact details of the level of Window's failure are being covered up by both Microsoft and Nokia who refuse to state details; sales figures to operators are stated at one million whilst the majority of those seem to be in inventory in shops or operator warehouses and neither Microsoft nor Nokia will give numbers of activations. The best available seem to be maximum Lumia sales estimates from Tomi Ahonen, a former Nokia Executive and the only analyst to correctly predict Nokia's market share fall for the end of 2011. Nokia's Lumia sold around 600,000 phones in 2011 (again including the large proportion in warehouses). One of the worst signs for WP8 is that Nokia's N9; despite being crippled without marketing and often selling at full price compared to the almost fully subsidised Lumia phones; is selling better than Nokia's windows phones and has sold 1.5M or more phones to end users. Interestingly, if the Nokia N9 had been available in all markets it might have sold almost 5M units and pushed Nokia into profit. Overall the story seems to be that involvement with Windows.

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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EU

+ - ACTA protests continue; summary of situation in Po->

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rysiek
rysiek writes "Few days ago, Poland (along with many other European countries) signed ACTA, which sparked paneuropean protests (map).

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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Comment: Competition as answer.But do we have enough power? (Score 1) 562

by rod (#38532614) Attached to: Verizon Adds $2 Charge For Paying Your Bill Online

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.

Comment: Planned WIFI deployment and Ruckus Wireless (Score 1) 300

by rod (#37164614) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Wi-Fi Solution For a Hotel?

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.

Math

First Self-Replicating Creature Spawned In Conway's Game of Life 241

Posted by Soulskill
from the emergent-gameplay dept.
Calopteryx writes "New Scientist has a story on a self-replicating entity which inhabits the mathematical universe known as the Game of Life. 'Dubbed Gemini, [Andrew Wade's] creature is made of two sets of identical structures, which sit at either end of the instruction tape. Each is a fraction of the size of the tape's length but, made up of two constructor arms and one "destructor," play a key role. Gemini's initial state contains three of these structures, plus a fourth that is incomplete. As the simulation progresses the incomplete structure begins to grow, while the structure at the start of the tape is demolished. The original Gemini continues to disassemble as the new one emerges, until after nearly 34 million generations, new life is born.'"
Image

Anti-Speed Camera Activist Buys Police Department's Web Domain 680

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-bought-the-law dept.
Brian McCrary just bought a website to complain about a $90 speeding ticket he received from the Bluff City PD — the Bluff City Police Department site. The department let its domain expire and McCrary was quick to pick it up. From the article: "Brian McCrary found the perfect venue to gripe about a $90 speeding ticket when he went to the Bluff City Police Department's website, saw that its domain name was about to expire, and bought it right out from under the city's nose. Now that McCrary is the proud owner of the site, bluffcitypd.com, the Gray, Tenn., computer network designer has been using it to post links about speed cameras — like the one on US Highway 11E that caught him — and how people don't like them."

Comment: Re:Lame.... Not that lame anymore (Score 1) 43

by rod (#31306568) Attached to: Gaming With GPS On Your Smartphone

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.

I'm a geek. I like sports :-)

Earth

Breaking the Squid Barrier 126

Posted by timothy
from the calimari-for-the-5000 dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Steve O'Shea of Auckland, New Zealand is attempting to break the record for keeping deep sea squid alive in captivity, with the goal of being able to raise a giant squid one day. Right now, he's raising the broad squid, sepioteuthis australis, from egg masses found in seaweed. This is a lot harder than it sounds, because the squid he's studying grow rapidly and eat only live prey, making it hard for them to keep the squid from becoming prey themselves. If his research works out, you might one day be able to visit an aquarium and see giant squid."
PHP

Eight PHP IDEs Compared 206

Posted by timothy
from the colonic-extraction dept.
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Rick Grehen provides an in-depth comparative review of eight PHP IDEs: ActiveState's Komodo IDE, CodeLobster PHP Edition, Eclipse PHP Development Tools (PDT), MPSoftware's phpDesigner, NetBeans IDE for PHP, NuSphere's PhpED, WaterProof's PHPEdit, and Zend Studio. 'All of these PHP toolkits offer strong support for the other languages and environments (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SQL database) that a PHP developer encounters. The key differences we discovered were in the tools they provide (HTML inspector, SQL management system) for various tasks, the quality of their documentation, and general ease-of-use,' Grehen writes.'"
PlayStation (Games)

PlayStation Network Expanding To Involve Other Devices 63

Posted by Soulskill
from the making-toasters-smarter dept.
At CES, Sony's Kaz Hirai confirmed that the company will build out its PlayStation Network for use with other devices, such as televisions, Blu-ray players, and PCs. Quoting: "... the expansion starts next month with the availability of the PSN video store on these other devices, and Hirai explained they are constructing a mechanism to create a single user ID across the entire network (if you have a PSN account, it's good to go on any other applicable Sony device, and if you create one on another device, it'll work on PSN). And finally, Hirai also announced the formation of a new Sony division — called Sony Network Entertainment, Inc. — to drive this expansion of the PSN service into a Sony-wide network."
Education

Ocean-Crossing Dragonflies Discovered 95

Posted by samzenpus
from the incredible-journey dept.
grrlscientist writes "While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little dragonfly called the Globe Skimmer, Pantala flavescens, only to discover that it had the longest migratory journey of any insect in the world."

Small is beautiful.

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