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Comment: Re: Copper? (Score 1) 347

by whisking (#43894647) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Old Copper Pair Technology?

I still come across areas that isn't even 1G permeated where people live in clusters of five.

1G network would be NMT in Norway and according to wikipedia it was closed at the end 2004 there, so no wonder there is no 1G connectivity. Anyway Norway is quite challenging for good cell phone coverage, sparsely populated and those mountains...

Comment: Re:Boggles mind to think about how they squandered (Score 1) 440

by whisking (#39529141) Attached to: RIM Firing (Nearly) Everybody

Yes, I googled, and it's surprisingly difficult to find longer term graphs about the market share development, but this shows 2007 to 2011. And yeah I was wrong, RIM is a bit over 10% somewhere in the beginning of that time frame.

I also know where your confusion comes (or maybe mine). I thought we were talking about worldwide market share, you only about USA, where RIM really was somewhere close to 40% at some point.

Comment: Re:Boggles mind to think about how they squandered (Score 1) 440

by whisking (#39522275) Attached to: RIM Firing (Nearly) Everybody

They basically had huge, fat, margins, essentially no competition in the smartphone arena, for almost five years ...

RIM has always been a tiny phone manufacturer. Did they ever get to two digit market share even with smartphones? A random page with 2006 smartphone market shares, puts Nokia at 50.2% and RIM at 8.3%. Next year to that iPhone was released and it has been steady downward trend for both of those manufacturers...


KDE SC 4.7 May Use OpenGL 3 For Compositing 187

Posted by timothy
from the that's-software-compilation-to-you dept.
An anonymous reader writes "KDE SC 4.5 is about to be released and KDE SC 4.6 is being discussed. However, Martin Graesslin has revealed some details about what they are planning for KDE 4.7. According to Martin's blog post, they are looking at OpenGL 3.0 to provide the compositing effects in KDE SC 4.7. OpenGL 3.0 provides support for frame buffer objects, hardware instancing, vertex array objects, and sRGB framebuffers."

Google Found Guilty of Australian Privacy Breach 105

Posted by timothy
from the so-so-really-very-sorry dept.
schliz writes "The Australian Privacy Commissioner has found Google guilty of breaching the country's Privacy Act when it collected unsecured WiFi payload data with its Street View vehicles. While the Commissioner could not penalize the company, Google agreed to publish an apology on its Australian blog, and work more closely with her during the next three years. Globally, Google is said to have collected some 600 GB of data transmitted over public WiFi networks. In May, the company put its high-definition Australian Street View plans on hold to audit its processes."

Comment: Unsurprising (Score 5, Interesting) 325

by whisking (#32043146) Attached to: Microsoft Tips the Scale In Favor of HTML 5
It is quite unsurprising they will support only h.264. They are a licensor in the h.264 patent pool (just like Apple) so it does not cost them anything and they actually get money when somebody licenses it, so it makes sense to endorse its use. If something else (theora, vp8,...) will actually win the html5 video format war, they can always add the support later. Obviously I am joking about this part :)

Comment: Re:It's not the government's business... (Score 1) 134

by whisking (#31856358) Attached to: Data Centers Push Back On US Efficiency Rules

By the way, at least here in Finland high taxes were not originally added to fuel (and new cars) because of covering externalities, but to control trade balance. All fuel and cars were imported, and there was a fear that trade deficit would follow unless imports were not kept low by keeping the prices artificially high to consumers.

Of course after having high taxes on fuel they cannot be easily decreased, because then the government would have to raise other taxes or reduce spending... But it is nice that there is now another reason to keep fuel taxes high.

Comment: Re:They're giving 'em away free (Score 2, Informative) 311

by whisking (#27950029) Attached to: Flash Drive Roundup

I'm probably gonna use one as a swap on my new i7 Core desktop.

Didn't you notice from the review how incredibly slow flash drives are for small random writes? And that's what matters for swap, as pages in memory are 4KiB. Fastest of the tested drives was getting 0.1MB/s at that block size. Of course in practice swap writing will not be completely random, so maybe the actual performance is not that much worse than a normal harddrive...

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