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1.5 Million Pages of Ancient Manuscripts Online

Picardo85 Re:Copyright (79 comments)

The way copyright works right now with Life+70 years is quite out of control too.

about a year ago

AMD Continues To Pressure NVIDIA With Lower Cost Radeon R9 270 and BF4 Bundle

Picardo85 Re:Unfortunate Card Naming (142 comments)

Well if your computer isn't complete crap that's about the information they will need.

But tbh, I built an A10 APU-machine for a friend recently and you can get a GPU matching the performance of that machine for $100 and that will basically run any game out today at decent quality. Add another $50 or so to that and you'll be up in the performance of nextgen console hardware and beyond that you're leaving them well behind.

Generally speaking though, as you said, people will do more than well with a $200 GPU today.

about a year ago

Massachusetts Enacts 6.25% Sales Tax On "Prewritten" Software Consulting

Picardo85 Re:Elsewhere (364 comments)

Yeah, Finland for example, has between 10% and 14% VAT on all food, food services, services and culture (simply put) and 24% on products. The US should enact national VAT standards in three levels like Finland for example, IMO.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Deliver a Print Magazine Online, While Avoiding Piracy?

Picardo85 The approach a small newspaper in my country has (298 comments)

taken is to give the digital edition away for free for regular subscribers... but let's skip the subscription model here and propose a solution for a distribution model that might be nice and add value for customers.

Their digital distribution, for PC, Android and IOS is in the form of something that looks like the regular newspaper. Looks really good and it's zoomable and stuff like that. It's completely readable as such. But to add to that they've also put raw text posts for easy reading if you click on the articles. This adds extra value and convenience for their customers. You can check them out at www.hbl.fi The site is however in swedish, but it's possible to google translate it with good quality :)

Unfortunately they've done quite a few restrictions on their website. You can still read the online articles as a non subscriber, but they've restricted the commenting to be just for the subscribers which has decreased the amount of comments significantly. You can't even read the comments w/o being a subscriber afaik.

about a year and a half ago

DARPA Develops Non-GPS Navigation Chip

Picardo85 There are at least two companies in Finland ... (84 comments)

who are working on different solutions to indoor navigation too (IPS)

One of them is IndoorAtlas who are working on using disruption of earth's geomagnetic field from buildings for navigation and the other one is the turku based company Walkbase who are using wifi for IPS.

It may not be the same but there are a bunch of companies around the world working on indoor navigation without the need for GPS in general

about 2 years ago

Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

Picardo85 Well this is happening in Sweden ... (978 comments)

The swedish gaming journalism website FZ has started informing their users how the ad-blocking is hurting their business.
And I do think that most gamers who frequent that said site have started unblocking ads on said site so that they can continue to enjoy the reviews and other content on the site.

However, I don't think that this is a solution for EVERY site, but it might be a solution for sites with a large steady user base.

about 2 years ago

If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

Picardo85 Re:Do you guys really make that much? (660 comments)

Ok, call this a random act of kindness if you like.
I can't offer you a job in the electrical engineering sector but I am able to guide you in the right direction.
The energy sector of Finland, if you are willing to move from the US, is booming. The two major clusters are in the Vaasa area and in the Helsinki area.
Notable companies in these locations are Wärtsilä, ABB, Vacon, The Switch, Citec, and Vaasa Engineering group. Except these larger players we've got a totalt of around 100 companies active in the sector.
A more comprehensive list is avaliable (focusing on the Vaasa region) here unfortunately in swedish since I couldn't find it in english.

more than 2 years ago

Dell's Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

Picardo85 In response to the higher price (403 comments)

Alright, so they've put Ubuntu, a free OS with free applications on their computer instead of Windows. So why is it more expensive then you ask?

Well the simple explanation would actually be because it doesn't have Windows. With Windows you get the so called bloatware or trialware which is included with the installation at in almost 100% of the cases.

The software in question is there as marketing from the companies who've created that software and they pay DELL and other OEMs for the opportunity to have it installed on their machines. Hence if the operating system doesn't support their products and they can't be installed it means that they won't buy this "ad space" and that in turn leads to DELL losing out on money.

That is the simple answer to why OSS laptops are more expensive than Windows laptops

more than 2 years ago

NASA To Encrypt All of Its Laptops

Picardo85 *face palm* (226 comments)

Jesus, the small company I worked for (400 employees or so) had all but the desktop machines encrypted many years ago. I can't remember what they used before the built in windows encryption, but at least they had something there.

It's insane to hear that large companies don't have their machines encrypted though it's a mouseclick away for their IT-dept while prepping the computer for deployment.

*face palm*

more than 2 years ago

How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025

Picardo85 Re:the easiest way (717 comments)

Well you can always change the light fixture on the car to red instead. That's not really an issue. Yes, I know you were trying to be funny.

more than 2 years ago

How We'll Get To 54.5 Mpg By 2025

Picardo85 the easiest way (717 comments)

Start importing cars made for the european market. We have loads of those cars here.

more than 2 years ago

Why American Internet Service Is Slow and Expensive

Picardo85 People are talking about population density (351 comments)

Speaking as a Finn I find this ridiculous. We have a population density of 16/km2 or 41/sq mi for you who go by the imperial system, that is 201st in the world. The United states has 33.7/km2 or 87.4/sq mi.

In Finland we, in contrary to Sweden, have the industry building out the networks for their own money. Very little is subsidized unlike in Sweden. Still we are able to have really good internet connections. Currently we pay around 30-50euro/month for 24 / 2mbit ADSL (depending on where you live and ISP) in most places where fiber isn't avaliable but fibre is in general being expanded in most population centers and then some local areas such as small municipalities build their own fiber networks.

Where you can get access to fiber you pay the same for a significantly faster connection. I know for example that in my appartment building I would get 250mbit for 50/euro month.

As a matter of fact we are aiming at being able to provide 100mbit to everyone by 2015 source from the finnish broadcasting company

It doesn't matter how you reason, there's absolutely no reason what so ever that the major population centers in the US wouldn't have high speed internet access for affordable prices except the telco cartels.

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Pollutes To Avoid Fines

Picardo85 Slashdot becoming a tabloid page? (295 comments)

Pollutes? Well that's a really extrem term. The used up energy to no end. But that's not directly pollution. With headlines like this it feels like slashdot is becoming a tabloid.

Most of us here at slashdot know that energy is produced anyway and we are fairly unable to store it. If anything we're unable to store it in any efficient way. If it is like the first post here says too, that it was produced with hydro-power, then where's the problem?

more than 2 years ago

Zuckerberg: Betting On HTML5 Was Facebook's Biggest Mistake

Picardo85 Re:Correction... (290 comments)

Hardly, the IPO was an amazing success for facebook. They managed to sell the company for twice the current market price! Anyone who had facebook shares before the IPO (which is who facebook was doing the IPO for) did rather well out of the deal.

Actually they managed to sell the company at ten times the market price. The estimated value of the company according to valuation terms used in finance would have been $10bn and the company sold for over $100bn. The valuation is made on the basis of the profits a company is making and market price is a max of 10 times that so Facebook was a huge bubble when it had its IPO at 100 times the profits of the previous year. That said, the early stakeholders in FB made a great deal when the IPO was done.

more than 2 years ago

Sources Say ITU Has Approved Ultra-High Definition TV Standard

Picardo85 What about the computer screens? (341 comments)

Ok, so we have a Full HD standard at the moment which is pretty much the same quality as a better computer monitor from a generic brand. Why are the computer manufacturers lagging so far behind? Ok, Apple has launched their retina displays which do have a really good resolution but where's the rest of the industry? I myself have two laptops and they've both got pretty much the same resolution even though it's been six years between the times I bought them. IT-industry, get your heads out of your asses and start pushing out those really HD monitors already, this includes for both desktops and laptops!

more than 2 years ago

'Frothy Gunk' From Deepwater Horizon Spill Harming Coral

Picardo85 Re:BP is spreading santorum (149 comments)

damn you, you beat me to the Santorum reference. :D

more than 2 years ago

ESL — a CRT-Based Replacement For CFL Lights Without the Mercury

Picardo85 What is the point of all this for us? (348 comments)

I can't really see the point at all in why we in the nordic countries would need to change at all ... its stupid as shit since we need to heat our homes 8 months of the year anyway.

So what if they incandescent light-bulbs only produce light from 5% of the energy used. The rest go to heat ... to heat our homes ... which we would have done anyway. The rest of the year we don't use lights indoor that much since we've 18-24h sunlight here anyway.

more than 2 years ago



Possible cure for tinnitus found

Picardo85 Picardo85 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Picardo85 (1408929) writes "A lot of people around the western world are suffering from tinnitus caused by different enviromental factors such as loud music, loud background noise at work or using earphones or some other of probably uncountable factors. Now researchers seem to have been able to find a way to remove the tinnitus by "re-tuning" the brain so that it doesn't create that phantom sound any more."
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