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Big, Beautiful Boxes From Computer History

KokorHekkus Re:From the advent of the personal computer (238 comments)

Also, check out the keyboard on this beast! Not QUERTY. Not DVORAK. Who thought that would be a good idea?

That's a french Minitel terminal (their videotex system, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minitel). The telephone company gave people free terminals if they would forgo printed telephone books. Remeber, this was the early 80:s so there must have been enough people with less than stellar keyboard skills who'd rather peck away on a ABC-keyboard than hunt around on a AZERTY-keyboard if given the choice. But I'm pretty certain that most terminals had the french standard AZERTY keyboard (here's the Minitel 1 http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/Minitel_1.JPG )

more than 5 years ago

Kodak Kills Kodachrome

KokorHekkus Re:Well There Goes Archival Color Photography (399 comments)

I seriously doubt that. Unless they've been stored in sub-zero conditions, I guarantee you that your film has faded over the last twenty years. I suggest you read Henry Wilhelm's "The Permanence and Care of Color Photographs", the definitive work on traditional photographic permanence.

And the book is available for free download here: http://www.wilhelm-research.com/book_toc.html

more than 5 years ago

Supreme Court To Review "Business Method" Patents

KokorHekkus Re:Civilised world (181 comments)

In the long term: yes. In the short term: no.

I'll reiterate something I've posted before: If the US patent system diverges far enough from the global average of rights when it comes to patents then the US market will become too expensive to both develop for and enter into. So anyone who knows how to game the system better will be given a competetive advantage. If you need to engage in market conditions that differ to much from the global average then that market becomes a high risk one. The result could easily be that there is some additonal protection for companies that are only based in the US. For multinationals and foreign companies it will become too risky to enter into and that will lead them looking to the global market as their primary market and the US as a secondary market because of the inherent risks.

I don't think any economy is going to prosper in the long run by excluding actual innovation. They will end up with second-generation inventions.

more than 5 years ago

Pirate Bay Trial Ends In Jail Sentences

KokorHekkus Re:Is there any more information on the verdict? (1870 comments)

I think I know what the answer probably is, that it really was about political pressure or bribery, but I'd like to give Swedish courts the benefit of the doubt first and see the reasoning behind the decision. Does the Swedish legal system make this sort of thing available?

I'd say it's very improbable that it's polital pressure or bribery behind the verdict since Sweden is one of the least corrupt countries in the world (according to Transparency International) and judges aren't elected, they are civil servants. I think the reason is that the court isn't familiar enough with these new developments and might be lacking the ability to comprehend them. After all, there's a reason they're sitting in the first judicial instance and not judging in the appeals court.

The full court opionion is probably already out but it will take some time for people to read and analyze it. So keep your eyes open for more information.

more than 5 years ago

Swedish Tax Office Targets Webcam Strippers

KokorHekkus Re:Is this worth it? (384 comments)

I'm guessing it will be worth it mostly because I think your basic assumption of how they're going to do it is incorrect.

I think they will apply the same methods as when they did decide to crack down on large scale internet auction sellers. Basically they identified people selling a large quantities of identical stuff (anything from electronics to beauty products). Some of them were indeed brick and mortar merchant doing at bit of unreported side trading or just people running an unregistered online business. So I think it goes: identify persons behind the business (in this case stripping), audit those people and if necessary take them to court. If you work as an online stripper with unexplained cash you'll probably need a pretty good explanation where the money came from if you want to avoid backtaxes.

I doubt they will spend more than 1 man-year on this projekt. And the people doing the work will be Tax Office agents so I think they'll be more effective than police officers in this case.

more than 5 years ago

Miscalculation Invalidates LHC Safety Assurances

KokorHekkus Why I'm not worried (684 comments)

The LHC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lhc) has a collison energy of in the TeV scale (tera = 10^12)

The Pierre Auger Observatory (http://www.auger.org/observatory/) records one 10^19 eV hit per km^2 a year, just on earth. If that hasn't turned up any major anomalies in our solar system or even in the major mass centers in our close vicinity over the billions of years it's been happening then I would like an explantion why.

about 6 years ago

Firm Seeks To Ban Mobile Companies' Imports To US

KokorHekkus This is bad for the US... in the long run. (137 comments)

If the US patent system diverges far enough from the global average rights of patents then the US market will become too expensive to both develop for and enter into. Of course the US market is a major one but if the worldwide market share is bigger it means that the risks in the US (submarine patents etc) are not worth spending your money on primarily. So it will protect the US companies on their home turf. But multinational companpanies, even US based, will be looking at the US as a secondary market because of the risks.

about 6 years ago

Intel's First SSD Blows Doors Off Competition

KokorHekkus Re:One test they never run - FRAGMENTATION (282 comments)

Since SSD don't really have "sectors", do they fragment files the same way as HDD?

Also, what would the defrag speeds be?

SSD don't have seek times so all blocks have the same access times which means that fragmentation isn't an issue.

more than 6 years ago


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