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Comment Re:"hate cold", but Norway is Tesla's biggest mark (Score 1) 212

It's rather quite simple, but you have several contributing factors other than electric cars being quite nice.

- Tesla tend to deliver in batches to different markets, so they get some real good months in the statistics.

- Added benefit for electric cars, like free parking in some areas(e.g privately regulated parking). And being alowed to drive in bus lanes(With heavy comuting from wealthy areas, you get many who can afford a Tesla to get an edge in the morning trafic).

- No general road tax and free pasing of toll roads.Norway have lots of those.

- No tax when buying one. Basicly you get it nerly at halve price compared to a gas car.

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 4, Insightful) 420

What country have you worked in where workers are more empowered to make decisions, and trusted to act independently?

Obviusly you have newer worked in scandinavia. From experience it seems the Americans tend to go for more bureaucracy and shuffle all requred descissions up in the system. And you often get the impression it's more important to cover your own ass, than get things done.

Comment Re:Not a market back then (Score 1) 272

Microsoft had tablets before they became popular, too, but they didn't kick off the tablet craze.

They did not become popular, but the major factor for that was simply price. Those tablet was ridicolusly expesive, they cost 3-10 times a similary specced laptop(CPU/RAM/Disk). What was sold, was geared to special user scenarious suporting dedicated use cases. Not general consumer use.

Had affordable devices been avalible, the form factor would have had much more success earlier. Wich again would have led to better touch UI, by evolution. The market side would have ended up close to todays levels, but not with the expolsive growth. But a 5-10 years head start would have evened that out.

Comment Re:The future could be all in the fabs (Score 1) 111

For anything designed the last 5 years it's more than likely that those pesky old 8051s have been replaced by ARMs, Coretex M0s, M3s and M4s

Actually, its not. For many applications, this would require rewriting of the software stack, for a chip with roughly the same die size and possibly less funcionality. 8051 is a microcontroller, not a microprocessor.

And that is exactly what those ARMs are, they are microcontrollers. It's several years since the ARM microcontrollers started to dip below the $1 pricetag becoming a valid cometitior in most microcontroller designs. Those cheap ARMs have more or less taken over the market for 16 bit micros, and are doing heavy inroadds in the typical 8bit martkets. If you have started a microcontroller based design the last 5-10 years and not included one or more ARM microcontrollers in the evaluation process, you have not done it right.

Comment Re:The future could be all in the fabs (Score 1) 111

I would bet you have more 8051 microcontrollers running *today* than the whole sum of their desktop chips, including the low power, embedded/hardened lines.

Perhaps, depending on the age distributon of the equipment. For anything designed the last 5 years it's more than likely that those pesky old 8051s have been replaced by ARMs, Coretex M0s, M3s and M4s. So a more accurate statement should be"I would bet you have more ARM microcontrollers running *today* than the whole sum of their desktop chips, including the low power, embedded/hardened lines.

Comment Re:Anonymous Coward to FTC: (Score 1) 76

Well, what Microsoft is saying here is that FTC might not know how long the data needs to kept for things to work.

If this is the case, the software is completely broken and need to be redesigned or scraped.

Besides from a user point of view Microsoft does not provide any services where where storing of privacy data are needed at all(Apply to Google too). Obviously this does not include a regular customer database, as this is not what the FCC discuss in this case and such databases have already some regulation in place. What FCC discuss in this case is user profiling/spying.

Comment Re:Flamebait, not (Score 3, Informative) 374

Uhm, no. That is not correct RTFA. As it is, the Banshee developers elected to disable the store by default, preferring it to Canonicals split deal. The Banshee developers decided that requiring the users to manually activate the store, but giving GNOME a 100% cut was preferable. Canonical asked the developers to choose from 2 options, but when their choice was not what Canonical wanted they simply did the opposite anyway.

Comment Re:Arduino programming language (Score 2) 224

Lots of interesting stuff out there in the world of micro-controllers, and now lot of it get available at reasonable prices. Not only as those dreaded $999 development kits.

If you look for something more powerful the STM32VLDISCOVERY http://www.st.com/internet/evalboard/product/250863.jsp, is a nice alternative at about $10. You get a modern and powerful ARM Coretex M3 with 128 KB Flash and 8 KB RAM. With lots of nice peripherals included.

Comment Re:Sold Stolen Property to Highest Bidder (Score 1) 404

The owner then has 90 days to claim the property. Id. 2080.2. If the true owner fails to do so and the property is worth more than $250, then the police publish a notice, and 7 days after that ownership of the property vests in the person who found it,

Funny thing is, that if he had done that and delivered the phone to a local police station. It would more likely than not have been tossed into a lost and found bin, and become legally his after those 90 days. The phone was already disabled and contained no owner name, and barring the police officer receiving it being a hardcore Apple fan identifying it as a prototype, there was no obvious way to identify the owner. It would be handled like any other found phone, the police registering it and logging the name of the person turning it in. They would not care or bother with any further investigation as they have much more important task to handle. Combined with Apples taste for secrecy, it's not likely they would send people to surrounding police stations asking for the phone.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 853

Seriously, how does this further harm the guy who lost it

Depend on Apples reaction on him loosing the device in the first place, but it's fairly likely he does not work there anymore. Then it's rather harmful.

Not too cool trying to get a new job known as the guy who lost a secret prototype of his former employers in a bar. Not exactly something to highlight on your resume.

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