Data Hogs: the Monsters Carriers Created
Most of the new gen phones run far more efficient on WiFi than on 3G or HSDPA. If the carriers just spend a few bucks on a campaign promoting it, then their problem will be solved. Most smartphone owners have WiFi at home and quite a large percentage have a guest network at their work. If you run WiFi at these two locations, it is to improve your own battery life and the suggested mobile data limits are all of a sudden acceptable.
Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?
Take out the platters. Cool them in liquid nitrogen and shatter them with a hammer. That aught to get the pieces nice and small. Watch out for the shards, though! They'll bem mighty sharp.
App Enables Surfing Over SMS/MMS Through T-Mobile
The joke is that the current smartphones are much more efficient running on wifi than on 3G http://www.teksocial.com/socialblog/2010/11/14/better-battery-life-smartphone-data-3g-vs-wifi.html . So if you have wifi access at work and at home, then you only use the battery hungry 3G when you are really mobile. Leaving the wifi on permanently is the simplest way to save battery and limit the load on the data plan. If T-Mobile now just start a marketing campaign communicating this to the people, then the whole (S | M) & MS is a moot point.
How Do You Keep Up With Science Developments?
Two mags with nice info.
Apollo 11 Flag Swatch Goes Unsold At L.A. Auction
that came off the same roll of fabric. This little bit is also just a bit of that roll that stayed behind. Sure, it has a sig, but it could just as well be another flag that was signed. Guess it is worth what a fool will pay for it.
Is There a Formula For a Hit Song?
Without an input variable on how much money was spent convincing the masses that it is music one should listen to, it lacks the full measurement. There is most certainly a large percentage of the measurement showing just this. By the sounds of it, this algorithm can help me pick out songs I don't want to listen to ;)
40GB of Data That Costs the Same As a House
With a standard 160 char SMS consuming 140 bytes (7 bit GSM encoding) and at a rate of 20ct per SMS on some Prepaid tariff plans, you are looking at an excess of 61 million for 40GB.
The last time I switched my usual GUI:
Well, at work I use Gnome. My home desktop runs KDE4.6.2. My laptop runs XFCE. My MythTV runs EvilWM. KDE was changed from 4.5 to 4.6. quite recently. This is a funny poll
Nokia Announces Qt 5 Plans
The deal between Microsoft an Nokia has been a big topic with many opinions. The opinion that
Microsoft actually needed a strong hardware platform for their OS more than Nokia needed Win Mobile
for their phones is a strong contender for me. Maybe having a say in keeping Qt open is a clear
signal that this is also truly the case. It could very well be that Nokia was keen for the
partnering but is not ready to sell their soul and cut off all options for the future.
BSA 2010 Piracy Report: $58.8 Billion
Often people use pirated software for personal use or the occasional tinkering. Many of these will buy a licensed copy if they use it for commercial purposes. These pirated copies contribute to the level of obsequiousness of the software and to what extent a person will advise a licensed copy to his corporation when he has experience with the software on a personal level. Many of these unlicensed copies will be replaced by a lesser capable free software alternative if push comes to shove.
The End of the "Age of Speed"
The loss of these edges of technology that is in no way sustainable is something we would have to accept, I guess. At least the advances in human powered vehicles are still going strong. Pushing the limits what a person can attain by wasting less. Approaching 130km/h with only a human as power source is a huge achievement and an exceptional advancement over the speeds traveled 30-40 years ago (concorde/ SR-71 days). Even road going cycles capable like the ones built by velomobiel.nl give common folk the capabilities to travel at super human speeds of more than 30% what is possible with a regular racer.
I communicate with my parents ...
;) Gotta see how much it deviates!
Experimental Batteries Charge In Minutes
It might be caused by a bias in what I read, but I thought the electric vehicle had 2 other more serious problems. The first problem was the resources required in their production. Many of the materials used in EV is causing shortages in these resources. The second problem is that the electricity network is not designed to handle the extra distribution involved in a mass scale up of EVs. Batteries that charge quicker puts more load on the network when for instance people get home on a work day.
Richard Stallman: Cell Phones Are 'Stalin's Dream'
They are so handy. I guess the best tools of evil sucker the users in with their unmissable features.
DraftSight 2D CAD For Linux Beta Available
Your discomfort is understandable. Even such, I am very glad that QCad now has an alternative. QCad has no active development on the free version and still runs on KDE3. It is my weapon of choice when doing 2D CAD work. Whether DraftSight will replace it, is still an open point and the final choice is not as important as the fact that I have a choice. For doing electrical circuits in Linux one has very little choice but using Eagle. Also a commercial product. It is a very decent package and most definitely made my life a lot simpler. I'd love to have everything FOSS for my work and home environment, but often need goes ahead of want.
What really went wrong at the LSE
Voting this one up is difficult. It would've been nice to include this one, but unfortunately there is very little context in the post to give it any worth on its own. Even the acronym LSE is never written out as "London Stock Exchange" for any clarity. A bit more background/context is most surely required.
What Would You Do With Open.org?
If money generation and "open" was to be combined, I'd say P0rn. But in this case, it is a useless contribution from the peanut gallery...
Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers
My machine is unfortunately using Via chips. I've noticed that sometimes the network card will lock up. The only way of regaining network is actually powering down. A warm restart will not kick the chip back to life. Only a complete powerdown will do the trick.
UK Government Wants to Spring Ahead Two Hours
That is indeed a possible reason for the change. Tinkering with time conversion algorithms were in the past also attributed to the economy stimulus it would give the IT sector. That being said, I've read some British press that they want to move to the CET, since that is their main trading zone. A switch which I think will not have the economic effect they might hope for. Countries trading with the UK know there is a time difference and make sure that they handle any issues within the time window. Switching it in bits and bobs, however, is like the joke about the country that decided to change the side the cars drive on. As an experiment they started by switching the trucks to the other side of the road...
Intel CEO: Nokia Should Have Gone With Android
The press round the whole move of Nokia to M$ is very focussed on Nokia's choice. It could also be that Microsoft chose Nokia as an attempt to obtain share with a reputable hardware vendor to gain some share in a segment that they clearly see themselves losing this time round. Who is the bigger party here? Who needs this most? Sure, Nokia is also falling around on its feet and had an eight count a few times in the last decade, but from the way I see it, this is a deal driven squarely by Microsoft.
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