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Comment Re:Forced to include in EU? (Score 1) 292

Apple has a monopoly on their own platform. It is a nice gamble of Opera, if Apple accepts it then they are on the Iphone platform. If it is rejected, then it will be a landmark case on how the EU will react.
The EU will eventually come with rules anyway. If a company creates an app for the Iphone and Apple decides to create a similar app and removes the competing app, then it is a matter of time before such a company will ask the EU to put up rules against such behavior. This does not only apply to Apple, but for each company that runs an app store.

Comment Re:Show some evidence (Score 1) 745

Android applications are writen in Java, with the shortcomings this brings with it (anybody want to write a game and see how the GC kills the framerate by processing stuff that has nothing to do with your application? it's *really* fun)

When I look at the game Armadillo Roll for Android, I must say that the frame rate is no problem. I was actually quite surprised that my HTC Hero could produce such graphics.

Comment Re:Failure to appear in court... (Score 1) 255

But it is still strange that Brein gets TPB banned in the Netherlands with the argument that TPB is convicted in Sweden, while the site is still up and running in Sweden. If TPB is allowed in Sweden to run the site until their appeal of the case, I would say that in the rest of the EU the site keeps running as well.

I wonder if TPB wins their appeal in Sweden, whether this Dutch conviction needs to trashed.

Comment Re:Other studies tell the same story (Score 1) 326

Something says you only read 1 line from the parliamentary report on copyright. One of the end proposals of the parliamentary copyright committee is that the industry switches to a licensing system and that customers buy a license for usage and download the media in whatever format the customer wants. If that system gets adopted, then the government ants to start punishing illegal downloading (thus without license of usage). The group also argued with such a system the levy on blank media will be abolished.

Why am I responding to an AC? Well I did read the report and it was not bad. The committee actually has a good idea about the problem. However getting the proposals to work, both technically and juridically is something that they have to work on.

Comment Re:Okay, enough already (Score 1) 484

You are a bit off with your example.

The EC would start protesting if BMW sells its cars to customers and with buying the car the customer also has to buy the BMW maps, bags, or whatever item they can but their brand on. Only BMW would not present it this way, you just pay more for the car and get the rest for "free".

The EC has ruled that a browser is a separate part and therefore you should separately buy the OS and the browser.

Submission + - Avionics 101: What equipment do aircrafts carry? (blogspot.com)

santix writes: This days after Air France Flight 447's incident there has been a lot of speculation regarding how, in the actual days, an airliner managed to disappear without a trace. This brought into topic facts about the equipment carried by aircrafts which would be vital in an emergency situation. This is a review about some of those pieces of equipment.

Submission + - Lucky Thirteen on the ISS

Hugh Pickens writes: "Things may get a little tight in space as seven shuttle astronauts blast off from Florida on June 13 to join up with six colleagues already on the International Space Station (ISS) bringing the ISS contingent to thirteen, the largest number of individuals on the platform ever at one time. The 13 spacefarers represent seven from the US, two each from Russia and Canada, and one each from Europe and Japan. "I don't know what it's going to be like," says Endeavour commander Mark Polansky, a veteran of two prior spaceflights. "We know it's going to be challenging with 13 people aboard." During five spacewalks, an external platform will be added to the lab which will enable those experiments to be performed that require materials to be exposed to the harsh environment of space and astronauts also have to fit equipment to the exterior of the platform such as batteries and a spare space-to-ground antenna. "It's like having your family descend on you for the holidays, right? And they're going to stay for a very long time. And they come, and they're bringing all their stuff," said Mike Moses, chairman of NASA's Mission Management Team at the Kennedy Space Center. Senior NASA official Bill Gerstenmaier has offered assurances that the space station has the capacity to play host to 13 astronauts at once, but he acknowledged: "It's a very complex and challenging mission for the team.""
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Submission + - SouthEast LinuxFest This Weekend (southeastlinuxfest.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The first ever SouthEast LinuxFest takes place this weekend in Clemson, SC. The SouthEast LinuxFest is a community event for anyone who wants to learn more about Linux and Free & Open Source software. It is part educational conference, and part social gathering. Like Linux itself, it is shared with attendees of all skill levels to communicate tips, ideas, and to benefit all who use Linux/Free and Open Source Software. LinuxFest is the place to learn, to make new friends, to network with new business partners, and most importantly, to have fun!

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