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Comment Seal of quality? (Score 1) 570

Don't you have any independent seals of quality in the US?
In Europe seals of quality exist, which guarantee that 100% of the donation is transferred to the relief projects. This way you could be sure, that no money is wasted.

Another possibility is to directly donate food or clothes.

Comment Re:Macular degeneration? (Score 1) 46

According to this study, reading requires approximately a field of 3 by 5 degrees. With the retinal implant used (38x40 pixels) a field of view of 11 x 11 degrees was restored.
I do not think that the number of electrodes is the limiting factor. I guess the size of the electrodes and therefore the resolution achieved is really important. Another thing is that the contrast has to be sufficient to be able to detect things.

Comment Re:Wonder how much Apple paid the EU regulators... (Score 5, Informative) 45

Motorola Problems (opposite of Solutions) is a US company. Google is a US company.

Why is the EU even getting involved at all? This has nothing to do with them, other than the fact that some of their lobbyists see Apple dollars and that hamstringing this merger would help keep Apple with the upper hand in this patent polka that all the phone companies are forced to play.

Maybe the EU should look at other things like banks, and their problems.

Google has officially asked the EU regulation commission on its statement to the merger.
Even though the commission could not stop them from merging, there could be serious consequences after the merger in the EU member states.
So it is in Google's best interest, to get an OK by the EU.

Comment Re:And still Linux is badly supported (Score 2) 111

And still Linux version is ancient. 2.something beta that is badly outdated compared to Windows version. Sad... :( I must find something else that I could use instead.

To be honest I like the current skype version of linux more than the newest windows version. I can video chat, call and write messages. My webcam is supported an works well.
Who needs all that facebook connect crap, games, ...

Skype on windows for me definitely crashed more often than on linux.

Comment Re:Consumers (Score 1) 39

I for one would think that online shops which are open 24/7 are worse for people suffering from shopping addiction. An online shops seems much more tempting than a physical store which is even closed. If you are dependent on shopping, simply getting information about a product will not satisfy your needs.
Android

Submission + - Chrome on Android 50% faster than Safari on Iphone (blaze.io)

jperl writes: Testing by blaze software has shown that Chrome on Android performed much faster on 45.000 web pages than IPhone's Safari. Chrome performed better in 84% of the webpages, with an median loading time of 2.144 seconds, resulting in being 52% faster than Safari. Another suprising result was that iPhone 4.3 and Android 2.3 did not perform much faster than previous versions.

The study was done primarily on iPhone 4 and Google Nexus S. The websites used were those of the Fortune 1000 companies.

Meanwhile Apple has also released a statement explaining the gap in performance: http://www.blaze.io/business/embeded-browser-vs-native-browser/

Privacy

Daniel Ellsberg On WikiLeaks, Google and Facebook 87

angry tapir writes "The Silicon Valley companies that store our personal data have a growing responsibility to protect it from government snooping, according to Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers. Discussing the growing role of Internet companies in the public sphere, Ellsberg said companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter need to take a stand and push back on excessive requests for personal data." Ellsberg spoke as part of a panel at an event from the Churchill Club, which included Clay Shirky, Jonathan Zittrain and others discussing the WikiLeaks situation.

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