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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

Calinous Re:"Going beyond" hardware (149 comments)

Solutions matters over hardware/benchmarks if only you have the solutions. Unfortunately, looks like the competition is in a better position regarding solutions (and benchmarks). Even if 512MB of RAM might make Windows Phone itself work better than its competitors (just maybe), add applications written in mind with the 1GB of RAM of mostly anything else on the market and your device will suffer.

2 days ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

Calinous Re:still the vision of 9 years ago. (149 comments)

Vodafone Romania has them in store, so I'd assume they are selling enough of them. If you have specific software that runs on them, it's cheaper to buy new Blackberry phones than to rewrite the software ("traveling" salesmen, on field insurance agents maybe - even though the later seems to be replaced by netbooks). Maybe if security restrictions don't allow yet other phones?

2 days ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

Calinous Re:I think the strategy should be obvious (149 comments)

Nokia historically had fantastic hardware, and in Europe they had huge mindshare. I've been to a Vodafone store, and the young lady in Customer Service (very young) knew about the Nokia 6310 and said many people coming to the store were nostalgic about that model. If the 6310 would have been still selling, I would have bought one without a second thought - in many ways they are better than current smartphones (HUGE effective battery life in standby, on the order of a couple of weeks. Great signal in most circumstances, including "middle of nowhere" places - compared to most of their competitors. Decent preloaded applications. Deterministic and very good performance - my LG Optimus Sol suffers greatly here, sometime it will launch a call at 10+ seconds after clicking on the green phone button, and it always took at least a couple of seconds to disconnect a phone call)
      Remember that at the time, there were no "premium" Windows phones - nothing to compete against the iPhone's milled Aluminum case, or against some or another premium Android devices.

2 days ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

Calinous Re:Sigh, that's another waste of time then. (149 comments)

Microsoft now controls the hardware and OS (like in Surface, the devices part of Nokia they acquired not too long ago). Nokia had both Symbian and a hardware unit. Samsung has Bada (I think it's called), Tizen. Blackberry also had hardware and software. There was also Palm, Inc. Which was also part of HP...

2 days ago
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MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures

Calinous Re:Definition of a successful intercept... (454 comments)

They wanted to create wild fires - unfortunately, and without the Japanese knowing, it was the wettest summer of the century (or one of the wettest) in USA.

about a week ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Calinous Re:user error (710 comments)

"I do leave my computer on 24/7. However, being I moved to an area that is predominantly powered with clean energy, it's likely my computer use has far less environmental impact than your limited use"

There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere.
There is a single energy market, and to waste it anywhere is to waste it everywhere.

about two weeks ago
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People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

Calinous Re: user error (710 comments)

If you're British, you have a larger gallon. And you're driving a smaller diesel engine, as opposed to a larger gasoline engine for Dayze!Confused. And his car is 7 years older, which might also impact fuel efficiency (both by age and by technology level).

about two weeks ago
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Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

Calinous Re:They avoid epileptic frequencies, right? (235 comments)

If I remember correctly, it's forbidden in Romania to use intermittent (red) lights (that is, if you're not the police).
      I still use them on my bicycle... but they're illegal.

about a month ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

Calinous Re:waste of time (380 comments)

With one mention: the roundabout offers much better chances of going from the side road - even in that extreme case - than not having a roundabout (and no semaphores). I know, I've used to exit from a side road to a major road, and after the roundabout was set up, it was so much easier (you have to yield to only one direction of traffic, not to both)

about a month ago
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SpaceX Delays Falcon 9 Launch To Tuesday

Calinous Re:Another another delay? (43 comments)

Delays don't matter much if the launch is a success.

about a month ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

Calinous Re:What about the independents? (153 comments)

If you have a contract with guaranteed time with a local, you keep that contract of pay early termination fees.

about a month and a half ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

Calinous Re:Units! (176 comments)

Romania has started Metrification about 150 years ago... but I'm still referring to mountain bike wheels as "of 26 by 1.9" (inches that is).

about a month and a half ago
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Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

Calinous Re:Sexual selection by the opposite sex. (190 comments)

"with far less wear and tear to your body and fatigue from the work than a regular person would receive" ...
      Body building is quite a drag on your body - it's especially very hard on the spine.

about 1 month ago
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Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

Calinous Re:Sexual selection by the opposite sex. (190 comments)

Road work. Construction work. Farm work. Even being a garbage man (on trucks without motorized loading) takes a bit of strength and stamina. Working in a tire changing shop. Ambulance men, medical assistants (the ones that carry the patients on stretchers). Policemen (when they need to immobilize uncooperative persons). Loggers (wood cutting industry).

about 1 month ago
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Mysterious Disease May Be Carried by the Wind

Calinous Re:Traced? Perhaps. (72 comments)

Teeths appear no earlier than 6 months, and usually at about one year of age.

about 2 months ago
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Airbus E-Fan Electric Aircraft Makes First Flight

Calinous Re:Flight time 1 hour (160 comments)

Not to mention that the aircraft doesn't have to carry consumed fuel, while it has to carry consumed batteries. And in some cases, aircrafts take off with near empty fuel tanks but with overweight loads and refuel once airborne.

about 2 months ago
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BMW Unveils the Solar Charging Carport of the Future

Calinous Re:How long? (165 comments)

Assuming a slanted roof (oriented to south), you'd get at most 3500W from the device. In an 8-hour day, with some 60% total efficiency, you'd get some 17 kWh. That would be enough for the i3 I think.
      This thing would be advantageous if it would keep the car in the shade during summer, and clear of snow in the winter. A garage would be better, though. And maybe setting the solar panels on the house is either too expensive, impossible, ...

about 3 months ago
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First Arrest In Japan For 3D-Printed Guns

Calinous Re:Cue "freedom" NRA nuts in 3.. 2.. 1... (274 comments)

If the "toy guns" are perfectly able to shoot one effective bullet (even while disintegrating themselves after that), then I'm not considering them toy guns. By the way, I think a 3D plastic gun was able to shoot 8 bullets before being too damaged to function (a 3D plastic rifle fired 14 rounds)
      And where would you draw the line between toy guns and "real" guns? 3D printed in plastic = toy. 3D printed in plastic with one metal part? With two metal parts? With multiple metal parts? Handmade on a lathe?

about 3 months ago

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