As a post-communist Eastern European, integrating in the American fabric was an instant feat, but the German fabric needed some serious readjusting.
I'm genuinely curious as to why. Care to elaborate?
We just don't have any good idea as to how to tell when it's going to happen.
What if we did, or if we could "trigger" the earthquake to happen (even if it would still be an ~8+)? I wonder what the "total cost" would be to prepare everyone, evacuate, etc. as compared to it "randomly happening"?
I mean according to your post, it IS going to happen and the longer it waits to do so, the larger it will be. Could it even be possible to "beat the earthquake to the punch" by say setting off explosives (even nuclear if necessary) in strategic areas so as to force it to happen?
So again, even if we could do it, would it be worth it? Could we get all of the nearby residents to buy into the concept? The end result will be catastrophic either way, but even if you completely ignore the "cost of life" factor (I for one don't want to have to come up with a dollar figure), would the cost to coordinate the effort be justified?
Anyway, sorry for the (potentially) off-topic post but the thought popped into my head and just wanted to see what others thought about both whether it would be possible and also if it would be worth it.
I haven't found a better or faster browser for a mobile device yet
Tried microB (the default browser) on the N900?
FWIW, I'm also really liking Opeara Mobile 10 (on the n900) as well. I particularly like it in portrait mode as it scales very well horizontally and you are able to see a considerable amount vertically.
I don't think either one is "perfect" as I use both depending on what I'm trying to do. I'm finding Opera a little faster to render at the expense of a little stability (and no flash, which I'm ok with). MicroB is rock solid and renders everything just like on a desktop browser (including flash), and I can use it to access all of my online banking.
Conclusion, we aren't there yet, but getting closer. I doubt there will ever be (or should be) "one true" browser as competition is good and everyone is going to have personal needs/preferences. Also, froyo looks interesting...but I think the carriers are going to make it or break it (at least for the non-custom rom crowd).
People tend to gravitate towards problems that they think they can solve--and ignore the problems they don't understand or don't want to deal with.
I think that should have read
Engineers tend to gravitate towards problems that they think they can solve--and ignore the problems they don't understand or don't want to deal with.
The same general pool of artists is popular on Last.fm as is popular on radio.
So are you suggesting that because popular music is...popular that it is inherently "bad music" and that once anything becomes "popular" that it was due to the "uninformed masses"? Yes, there is horrible music being created and promoted that gets to the top, but do you have an inherent dislike for something just because it reaches a certain level of notoriety?
Arguably, bundling turn-by-turn navigation software in Android is similar bundling IE in Windows (enter the MS anti-trust suits) but it's a tough argument to make when the whole lot is open-source.
Could you please show me where the code (and subsequent api call documentation) to recreate turn-by-turn navigation on a non-android platform are publicly available/accessible? I'd love to port this to maemo, but you'll find that Android the OS is open-source, but many of the apps that make it valuable are still closed and controlled by Google. I don't necessarily have a problem with this, but I think many people (wrongly) assume that just because Android is open-source they can tinker with not only the core OS, but all of the applications as well. The Android Market is NOT like a traditional linux repository where you "install" your apps from.
But the people who want him to fight the case can't afford his fees
I think you underestimate the power of large groups. If someone can rally enough people around a (worthy) cause...enough to donate $5 here, $20 there and the occasional $100-$1000 then large sums are not as unreachable as you would think.
That however depends on someone actually taking the lead and being able to get people to rally around said cause...