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Comment Re:Awful article (Score 1) 121

In Europe, EU commission passed a decree that we'll also have digital dividend. Frequencies between 790 and 862 MHz will be freed of TV and will be (in some countries already have been) sold for 4G mobile networks. It's a good thing that EC required that ... in some countries (mine included) those frequencies would have remained in (D)TV domain.

Comment Re:Since you asked... (Score 1) 600

Somewhat tangential, but are there dialects/programming languages in your locale that use semicolons to separate parameters in method invocations?

I wouldn't know. I'm not huge fan of CS translations and localizations, at least of those that go beyond proper localized output of data (numbers, dates). I've seen examples of actually translated programming language (Pascal to be exact) which made me sick. Which means that whenever I do programming I end up typing comma as parameter separator and dot as decimal separator. I hate using localized version of OS (Linux or Windows) that backfires me while using its calculator ...

Comment Re:Since you asked... (Score 1) 600

Also, the use of semicolons to separate function arguments is an annoying difference from Excel. Why not just use the same format? Was it patented? Most of the rest of the UI tries to be Excel-like... so why this difference?

Actually my Excel uses semicolons to separate function arguments. I always wonder why all examples in FAQs, Tutorials etc. insist on commas? Really: everybody that uses comma as decimal sign (think Germany and remember StarDivision) use semicolon as separator sign. I guess OOo devels just adopted it as default/only option not to mess with different locales.

Comment Re:Why should they? (Score 1) 442

Ah well I think I understand how things work over there.

arkane1234 said that "I'm not understanding how American's are gettign the short end of the stick.". It's not that Americans are not bitten by their cellular market and players thereof. It's that elsewhere the stick being used on customers backs is much longer and thus customers' backs hurt much more.

Comment Re:Why should they? (Score 1) 442

That's what AC above was trying to say: Americans can buy cheap phones and cheap subscription plans and they still complain.
The rest of the world buy the same devices quite more expensive (unsubsidized gadgets usually cost in Europe the same amount of money as in US while currency in Europe is currently slightly higer valued that the one in US) and also other details about subscription plans are mostly less user-friendly.
Space

Geomagnetic Storm In Progress 110

shogun writes "The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports a strong geomagnetic storm is in progress. The shuttle, ISS and GPS systems may be affected." They think this storm was caused by a weak solar flare on April 3rd. As you may expect, this has caused some unusually impressive northern lights since it started. What you may not expect is a photograph from Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi aboard the International Space Station showing the aurora from orbit. He apparently tweets a lot of pictures from space. He and his crewmates have taken over 100,000 pictures since coming aboard the ISS.
PlayStation (Games)

US Air Force Buying Another 2,200 PS3s 144

bleedingpegasus sends word that the US Air Force will be grabbing up 2,200 new PlayStation 3 consoles for research into supercomputing. They already have a cluster made from 336 of the old-style (non-Slim) consoles, which they've used for a variety of purposes, including "processing multiple radar images into higher resolution composite images (known as synthetic aperture radar image formation), high-def video processing, and 'neuromorphic computing.'" According to the Justification Review Document (DOC), "Once the hardware configuration is implemented, software code will be developed in-house for cluster implementation utilizing a Linux-based operating software."

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