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Comment Re:Nothing new - Back in the Amiga days (Score 5, Informative) 72

Ok, but that's just to familiarize himself with the course - any game will do. F1 teams have now developed plug-ins for rFactor which are so true to life that the drivers are able to give feedback to the designers on new components, suspension and set-up before investing millions in actually making the things and flying them out to Spain or wherever to try them out on a race track for real. Combine this with the GIS data collected from the laser trucks and the simulator knows about every single bump and groove on the track down to the nearest milli-meter. It's really quite amazing - and keeps a fair few Phd boffins employed in interesting jobs for each of the big teams.

Nokia Releases Qt SDK For Mobile Development 76

An anonymous reader writes "Nokia has released its unified Qt-based SDK for cross-platform development for Symbian and MeeGo (plus Maemo) devices. The blurb reads: 'Today sees the release of the Nokia Qt SDK, a single easy-to-use software development kit (SDK) for Symbian and Meego application development. Developers can now develop, test, and deploy native applications for Nokia smartphones and mobile computers. The beta version of the SDK is available for download from today, ready for developers to kick off development for new devices, including the just-announced Nokia N8.'"

Comment Re:Breaking the law (Score 1) 457

If this exercise had been done with criminal intent it would be breaking the law.

Ok, so, I don't know much about the laws, but it is illegal, isn't it?

Well, apparentley not since the intent wasn't criminal. Which kind of makes you wonder why we have to extradite Gareth McKinnon since he was only trying to find out the truth about UFOs.

Comment Re:annoyed (Score 1) 294

You do realize that using a 'z' is the correct English usage and always has been? This is one area where our American cousins are actually more correct than we are. The usage of an 's' is commonly referred to as the 'Frenchified' version and is a dilution of the language due to cross-pollination with our Gallic neighbours. The misconception that the Frenchified usage is correct English has arisen since the Government adopted it for their official documents (in the 70s?). I can see the connexion, but read an early print of any of Tolkein's works and tell me how many instances you find. Use zeds.

Comment Dedicated distro (Score 1) 466

I don't know how transferable it is, but I purchased an Asus Aspire ONE for my better half at xmas and it came with a Linpus Distro which is a Netbook OS based on Fedora 8. Out of the bag it's a little locked down but after a few minutes of searching you can unlock the desktop and get an XFCE window manager and package-installer. Support for drivers is great - but then you'd expect that since it was the original OS that came with the Netbook.

Comment Re:Yet one more client (Score 2, Insightful) 220

I guess the selling points include that the presentation and interface will be very similar, users won't have to learn about and setup an IMAP interface or a new e-mail client like Thunderbird (easy for some, but less so for others) and you can spend 0% effort on house-keeping without having your in-box balloon to giant proportions. You'd assume the algorithm's pretty good, so there's a high chance you'll get what you need during the time you're disconnected. Maybe it's not for everyone, but I can certainly see some use in it. I just wish Google-Notebook would finally get the same Gears treatment!

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