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Comment: Re:Why is the hardware so complex/expensive? (Score 1) 217

I also wonder how this could fail so misearably.

As a hobby photographer/nerd I created my own unit that seems to do pretty much the same as this one. It's got a motion detector, lightening detector, sound activated trigger, datalogger, tempsensor, variable timer for timelapses/shutter contro, bluetooth interface to control from a computer and "fairly long range" 868mhz wireless shutter control.

Comment: pretty close to cashless over here (Score 1) 753

by tantrum (#47446909) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

The last number I saw published here in Norway said that cash only accounted for about 5% of the daily transaction volume, debit cards are used in 80% of purchases. Published statistics also say that cash is more expensive to handle than electronic transactions.

I can't remember using cash a single time during the last few months.

Comment: Norway (Score 1) 386

by tantrum (#46757207) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Here in Norway, the company you work for pays your taxes for you based on a personal tax card. The personal tax-card is distributed electronically from the government to every citizen based on last years income.

When we get our tax return forms, all debts, interests, banksavings, stocks and property is already filled out. Most people only have to make small changes.

Everything you need to change in the forms, are available online.

If you own taxes or you've paid too much through the year, the final balace must be cleared by june.

Seems like the system you guys got over the pond is vastly overcomplicated.


Firefox OS 1.1 Released, Mozilla Prepares For 2nd Round of Device Launches 76

Posted by Soulskill
from the onward-and-upward dept.
SmartAboutThings writes "Mozilla has officially introduced the first update to its mobile Firefox OS. The very first update to Firefox OS adds some important new features, performance improvements and additional language support. Some of the most important changes include MMS support, Push Notifications API, Contact Management enhancements, Firefox browser downloads, Keyboard improvements and much more. In a separate announcement, Mozilla also said that new launches of Firefox OS smartphones will begin soon with more devices and in more markets around the world."

Comment: Re:"They were bound to fail" (Score 1) 375

by tantrum (#44990911) Attached to: Students Hack School-Issued iPads Within One Week


While I think that giving out tablets for school use seems like a daft idea, this is the best possible result. Lots of kids doing their own research into how they can make a device suit their needs.

Might even se some kids learning programming as well... The one item that had the most influence on my careerchoice was probably my HP48 that I spent a great deal of time programming and generally tinkering with.

Comment: phase 1 trials (Score 1) 185

by tantrum (#44839257) Attached to: Promising Vaccine Candidate Could Lead To a Definitive Cure For HIV

Several companies are starting their phase 3 trials about now. I've invested in one of them. If they are successfull I'll retire, but I mostly invested just to make sure someone is working on it.

It takes time to move from "killing viruses in a jar" to actually making something that removes the viruses from people without killing them at the same time.

Comment: Didn't even know it started (Score 1) 443

by tantrum (#44550569) Attached to: Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

I didn't even know that the show had started up again, before I noticed a new episode automatically downloaded from a RSS feed.

I have access to the show through my cable subscription, but I rarely use my tv for watching stuff. Afterall my computer has a 30" screen, surround speakers and a darker room. I sometimes use my PVR to record stuff from tv, but I rarely turn it on to watch whatever I've recorded.

When you have practically unlimited storage space at home, you sort of like to keep whatever you download as well, just in the rare chance you'll ever want to see it again (or share it with someone).

Torrents are much better than streaming, and the selection of things to watch is MUCH greater than any online service I've found. It's not about the money for me, much more so about the convenience.

Elegance and truth are inversely related. -- Becker's Razor