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Comment: Really you expected better? (Score 1) 182

by updatelee (#44865273) Attached to: Getting Afghanistan Online

ok, so lets break down some issues.

30m people, 57% are over 15, so thats 17.1m

17.1m people, 28% over 15 are literate., so thats 4.8m

you have 4.8m people, 1.5m are on the internet, thats 32% of the population over 15 that can read are on the internet.

not bad really is it. Especially for an average income of $426/year, can you really expect better ?

UDL

Comment: Re:not surprising, since there are few docs (Score 1) 280

few reasons, some NDA do not allow you to share any work derived from information in the datasheets. ie no open source. Another problem Ive encountered is the fact that many chips are not designed by the company selling them, companies buy the orig company to gain their IP alone, and dont care about the actual chipset anymore.

The saa7160 was orig designed by Phillips, then NXP took it over, they then sold it to Triden Micro, they are now bankrupt and in receivership. So the datasheets are lost forever, anyone that signed an NDA in the past do not have the right to distribute them, and there is no way to get a person to get a datasheet.

The CX24132/CX24117 were orig designed by Conexant, then sold the NXP which promptly stopped production, NXP only releases datasheets to products they sell to encourage sales (often they only release them along with the purchase order). Those datasheets are lost forever as well.

NDA's have many downfalls, its not as cosy as you imply

UDL

Comment: Refresh rates and backlight PWM are unrelated (Score 1) 532

by updatelee (#44062779) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Does LED Backlight PWM Drive You Crazy?

You do realize that right? The refresh rate is how often new data is sent to the pixels on the screen. The backlight is the led's that surround the edges of the screen. They are unrelated.

Most PWM controllers use a few 10's of khz upto a a few using low 100's of khz. If you look up the ramp up current of led's you'll see they arent instant on/off either, so your point is really moot on two cases.

UDL

Comment: personal preference (Score 1) 312

by updatelee (#43061887) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

I used to develop software for a living now I just do it for fun.

I used to use a laptop as well because I was to and from the office alot, probably 40% office, 40% home, and 20% elsewhere. I only actually used the laptop keyboard/video/mouse when I wasnt at home or office though. The rest of the time It was defn far better to have a full sized quality keyboard/mouse and two monitors.

One screen was for the IDE and the other is where the application ran, I found it alot easier to debug with this setup. But its personal preference.

There are literally wall mounts everywhere now days, all screens are VESA compatible mounts now days. You can goto walmart and buy them even.

UDL

Comment: Re:Should Virginia settle with a "take back" offer (Score 1) 182

by updatelee (#43061845) Attached to: Cisco Looking To Make Things Right With West Virginia

I agree, I think its pretty good of Cisco to offer this, especially since it does appear as if they did nothing wrong.

Its kinda like saying you won an ebay auction and later realized you paid 2x more then you could have bought it new, or more to this case, realized after winning the auction that you bought the top of the line model and could have been ok buying the economy model. Not the sellers fault here, its the buyers.

Ive worked under contract for the Canadian gov and its the same way, they send you a list of work to be done and you bid on it the entire project as is or not at all. You cant submit a bid that has changes to the project. Sometimes the specifications of the job are done in house or sometimes they are contracted out. But once the specifications are written and sent to tender, they cant be changed. especially by the bidder.

So basically this isnt a failure at Cisco, this is either a failure of the gov doing their own in house assessment of their needs, or if it was farmed out, then that company failed the gov when writing the specifications of the project.

In my experience the most f*cked up projects seem to come about then the project specifications requirements gathering is farmed out. Man I did some weird projects that took a massive amount of time just todo the simplest task.

Comment: Or.... (Score 1) 107

by updatelee (#42999541) Attached to: 18 Carriers Sign Up for Firefox OS Phones

They could stop making OS's that require you to use specific programming languages and go back to the desktop model that lets you program in whatever language you want to.

I write apps in Linux in C as well as C++, but Ive also wrote a few apps in Python. Others use Perl, Cobol, pascal, Java, asm and many others.

UDL

Comment: I love Linux, I want Linux, but this isnt Linux (Score 3, Interesting) 148

by updatelee (#42947237) Attached to: Ubuntu For Tablets Announced

This is as Linux as Android is. Hell Android is probably more Linux this this.

I just dont understand why these mobile OS's keep wanting to force developers into a specific language. Android push's Java hard (ewe) sure you can use the NDK but from my perspective its not as straight forward as youd think. iOS push's Objective-C. and now Ubuntu mobile OS is pushing QML/Javascript/HTML5.

Sure you can make a webpage that does basic calculations or simple animations. But real raw data crunching within JS? seriously ? thats such a joke its not even funny. If all I wanted was a notepad, calender app, and a webbrowser then Id just continue using Android.

Show me a FFT JS implementation thats anywhere near as fast as C/C++. I write only in C/C++ and have zero interest in JS or Java, zero. Im not going to waste my time learning a new language that just anoy me.

Id love to see how JS interacts with low level stuff like gpio's, serial, usb etc. Oh there's a lib for that? what if there isnt... then what? wait out? thats not the point of open source, your supposed to be able todo whatever you want.

Linux imo is popular with developers because we can write whatever we want in whatever language we choose. Linux isnt supposed to force you into anything, why do all these linux mobile OS's feel the need todo so.

UDL

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