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Comment Re:NEVER (Score 1) 398

"you could use it anywhere you could use a scooter. " Try riding this car in a bazaar (typical Indian streets) 45 mph = 72kmph; which is much more than typical Indian street traffic (its somewhere around 50kmph). $10k = Too much for an average Indian, Tata nano costs around 3K and other budget sized cars cost around 5k, so this is definitely overpriced from Indian market's POV.
Iphone

Submission + - iPhone 5, iPad mini and Apple HDTV to make Apple a trillion-dollar company (bgr.com)

redkemper writes: Apple on Monday became the most valuable U.S. company in history — sort of. The company’s market capitalization surpassed the previous record of about $619 billion achieved by Microsoft in December 1999, though that figure balloons to $842.5 billion when accounting for inflation. According to Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, Apple will soon become the most valuable company of all time with or without inflation as its market cap sails to $1 trillion and beyond...

Submission + - Anonymous target UK government websites (bbc.co.uk)

Martin S. writes: "As Anonymous targets UK government websites in Assange protest and have little effect with the 10 Downing Street and the Home Office sites are still available at this time.

The Guardian, the British Publisher for WikiLeaks and one time ally for Assange increases its distance from him with some hard questions concerning inconvenient truths."

Security

Submission + - G4S and the London 2012 Olympic Game Security Crisis (ultimatesecurity-investigation.co.uk)

linzmcwilliams writes: "G4S will donate 2.5 million pounds to British military sports and welfare organisations after failing to provide enough security staff for the London 2012 Olympic Games but was it really their fault?

Firstly, no mention has yet been made of the direct connection between attempting to recruit and train staff for what is ostensibly temporary work, and the existing reliable benefit system for the unemployed.

It’s too easy to think there are thousands of unemployed out there who must be desperate for work. The reality is some of the unemployed are well catered for by a range of benefits. As such, any offer of work has to be worth it. If you tell an applicant it’s only temporary work, say for a couple of months, a significant percentage will say it’s not worth coming off benefits for.

Secondly, all Security Officers have to be licensed by the Security Industry Authority. To gain this licence they must undergo recognised training as well as a screening and vetting process and Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check. This process is usually paid for by the applicant themselves. In this scenario I imagine the contract G4S received from the Government will have included sufficient funds to pay for this process. The problem is these people were only ever going to receive temporary employment. As such, some of them, having been trained, vetted, CRB checked and licensed, will have applied for full time security jobs elsewhere.

Finally, having recruited staff for temporary work it is imperative that regular contact is maintained prior to their eventual deployment. Failure to maintain regular contact with newly recruited personnel will inevitably result in some of those staff not turning up as either it’s not worth coming off their benefits for, or they have found alternative full time employment.

G4S faced a logistical nightmare due to sheer numbers. Perhaps questions ought to be asked of Theresa May as to the validity of the decision to place such a large contractual obligation with only 1 main security supplier?"

Games

Submission + - Sleeping Dogs Review (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Sleeping Dogs is a good game all around. Excellent story, enjoyable fighting and amazing driving, make it the first open world game, of this type, that i have liked in a long time.
Security

Submission + - G4S and the 2012 Olympic Games (ultimatesecurity-investigation.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: G4S will donate 2.5 million pounds to British military sports and welfare organisations after failing to provide enough security staff for the London 2012 Olympic Games but was it really their fault?

Firstly, no mention has yet been made of the direct connection between attempting to recruit and train staff for what is ostensibly temporary work, and the existing reliable benefit system for the unemployed.

It’s too easy to think there are thousands of unemployed out there who must be desperate for work. The reality is some of the unemployed are well catered for by a range of benefits. As such, any offer of work has to be worth it. If you tell an applicant it’s only temporary work, say for a couple of months, a significant percentage will say it’s not worth coming off benefits for.

Secondly, all Security Officers have to be licensed by the Security Industry Authority. To gain this licence they must undergo recognised training as well as a screening and vetting process and Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check. This process is usually paid for by the applicant themselves. In this scenario I imagine the contract G4S received from the Government will have included sufficient funds to pay for this process. The problem is these people were only ever going to receive temporary employment. As such, some of them, having been trained, vetted, CRB checked and licensed, will have applied for full time security jobs elsewhere.

Finally, having recruited staff for temporary work it is imperative that regular contact is maintained prior to their eventual deployment. Failure to maintain regular contact with newly recruited personnel will inevitably result in some of those staff not turning up as either it’s not worth coming off their benefits for, or they have found alternative full time employment.

G4S faced a logistical nightmare due to sheer numbers. Perhaps questions ought to be asked of Theresa May as to the validity of the decision to place such a large contractual obligation with only 1 main security supplier?

Submission + - RichStyle Library: HTML5/CSS3 Framework for Web and Desktop (richstyle.org)

Anas R. writes: "Have you ever thought of using HTML as MS-Word and office-applications alternative? HTML is known as a web technology, more than being known as a file format. Its used for web applications, not in desktop environment.

There are still several limitations intercept the way to make this vision true.

Portability seems like the most important limitations. A rich HTML file cant be stored in one single file. Images, CSSs, and JavaScript files will be stored as independent files in a subdirectory.
Security (password-protection) is the second limitation. You cant protect an HTML file by a password.
Finally, HTML and CSS still not mature enough for printing media. You cant set and format page numbers and page margins in the current browsers and layout engines, although there are standards for such requirements in CSS3 drafts.
As a simple solution for the first two limitations, compressing the HTML file and all its extra files in an archive file would be the right idea.

However, RichStyles main mission is to handle the first limitation by providing HTML with best-practice CSS and JavaScript files, and even shared images/icons, as shared files in your desktop.

In practice, RichStyle library will add a template file called Web-Template.web to Nautiluss context menu, assigned with those shared CSS files.
Shared images (icons) are actually stored in a font consists of the standard Unicode 6.0 icons required for documents and web pages. Whilst, context images might be inserted in the HTML file itself as a base64 image.

Last but not least, printing issue is actually just a a matter of time. Actually, CSS specifications promise with what I can call it all-in-one file format! With CSS you are supposed to be able -in the near future- to read the same document in different views for different media, with no need to reproduce it for each media. A view for web pages, another for printing media (papers), a third one for projector, and so on.

RichStyle is a project of utilizing HTML in both web and desktop environments in the same time.

More about RichStyle project is here: http://richstyle.org./"

Technology

Submission + - What are the risks of buying "grey market" technology? (bit.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: The Australian government has been running an inquiry into why technology is so much more expensive to buy down under than in the US. In response to the price difference, many consumers are turning to the Internet to buy tech that is imported through unofficial channels at cheaper prices from the US. Not to miss out on sales, some retailers are starting to setup special websites that sell this way too. The so-called “grey market” can save you cash, but could it cost you more in the long run? This article looks at some of the potential problems for people buying technology this way.
Software

Submission + - Windows 8 gets Personal Use License for homebuilt PC (geek.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has never really acknowledged or supported those among us who choose to build their own PCs. Windows licensing is usually offered in three forms: full retail product license, retail upgrade license, and OEM license. If you want to build your own machine at the moment, Microsoft expects you to buy a full retail copy of Windows.

With Windows 8 that all changes and Microsoft has decided to actively support individuals who want to build their own machines or run Windows 8 as a virtual machine. That support comes in the form of a new license option called the Personal Use License for System Builder (PULSB).

With PULSB, Microsoft is dumping the full retail license used in previous versions. Instead it is offering a version of Windows 8 to be installed as the main operating system on a single system meant for personal use, or in a virtual machine running on an existing PC (running any legal OS such as Windows 7, Mac OS X, or your favorite flavor of Linux).

Comment Re:Notes from part time developer (Score 1) 345

IMO, the android app market is huge, and there are apps that make revenue via ads. No better IDE ? - That's personal. I've found eclipse to be more lightweight than VS, but YMMV. Currently, windows phones are not that commonplace for an average developer to make money, and as a average phone user, I'd prefer android/ios anytime over wp due to app availability - so its a chicken and hen problem.
Ubuntu

Submission + - Windows 8 Catastrophe Pushed Valve To Linux (muktware.com)

sfcrazy writes: Gabe Newell, Valve co-founder and Managing Director, doesn't hold very high opinion of Microsoft's Windows 8. He calls it "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space" during a videogame conference Casual Connect in Seattle. Linux distribution Ubuntu's popularity and young user base may actually help these companies in finding the right audience they are looking for. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is also working on enhancing the user experience by introducing technologies like HUD and Web Apps.

Comment Its only for profits (Score 1) 1

How come something be catastrophic when it hasn't been sold yet ? The reason behind this move is to make money, not turn gamers into linux addicts. This is because graphic drivers have evolved in Linux and other players are jumping in to sell their software via app stores. This move is unlike id softwares' decision to open up their old games for free.

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