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Samsung Focusing On Phone Software

Tellarin Re:Fork Meego! (124 comments)

I definitely agree with this. Having more focus, Meego would get great pretty quickly. If Nokia's N9 progress from PR1 to the current version is any indication... And it was only half-Meego.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Any Smart Phones Made Under Worker-Friendly Conditions?

Tellarin Re:Japanese phones (371 comments)

I can tell you that there is a world of difference between production lines for Nokia and LG/Samsung. Nokia is much more worker-friendly overall, from R&D to manufacturing.
However, Nokia does use components produced by others (Chinese and Korean companies among them) that don't necessarily follow the same procedures. Nonetheless, Nokia tries to influence work environment on these, both from people and ecological points of view (to varying degrees of success, of course).

Full disclosure: I do work on projects for Nokia, so take my view with whatever amount of salt you fell appropriate.

more than 2 years ago
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Local Currencies To Replace Dollar For 5 Countries' Dealings

Tellarin Re:Bad News for USD (519 comments)

> ...
> Think about it, who ever wanted a loan of Brazilian Reales?
> ...

Nobody, of course. But if it was in Brazilian Reais, I'd want one. Provided the interest is low enough. ;-)

more than 3 years ago
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Wikipedia Wants More Contributions From Academics

Tellarin Never going to happen (385 comments)

Egos and charlatans aside, real academics with actual know-how/expertise on given areas are simply not going to use Wikipedia.

Not for any reason except that much of what they'd write would be reverted by some random i-know-more-than-you joe, or some of the entrenched biased "editors".

I love the Wikipedia idea and I still like the site a lot as a whole, but I no longer contribute much mainly because of this. Especially on the non-English wikis.

more than 3 years ago
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Creative Commons Responds To ASCAP Letter

Tellarin Re:The funniest thing... (161 comments)

I'd rather have them die in a fire. Especially if it's one that will get them nominated to the Darwin Award. :)

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox With H.264 HTML 5 Support = Wild Fox

Tellarin Re:End of Firefox? (477 comments)

Very valid point. If I'm not mistaken these are called method patents (and are specially common in Germany).

Sorry if I indirectly implied a dichotomy, my point was that the Wild Fox guy was talking about software patents, while the replier was talking about other kinds as well.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox With H.264 HTML 5 Support = Wild Fox

Tellarin Re:End of Firefox? (477 comments)

But these count hardware patents, not only software patents. Remember that both are wildly different beasts.

The guy proposing Wild Fox is focused on going around software patents. It would be pretty hard to add hardware to Firefox. :)

more than 4 years ago
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NZ Draft Bill Rules Out Software Patents

Tellarin Re:Someone seeing sense at last i see (194 comments)

Hey, not the Americas, just the US.

Brazil and most of South America have no concept of software patents.

In Brazil specifically, the law says that mechanism to protect software is the same as literary works, i.e. copyright. Business methods are also not patentable in Brazil.

Mexican law also states that software (computer programs) are not inventions and thus, not subject to patents.

In 2009 Canada also rejected software and business methods patents. As far as I know, this has not changed. Please correct me if I'm wrong here.

more than 4 years ago
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Cell Phone Data Predicts Movement Patterns

Tellarin Re:This was done last year (93 comments)

Just wait till DHS notices all this illegal border crossing...

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla's VP of Engineering On H.264

Tellarin Re:Vorbis and MKV (675 comments)

The new "unified" ISDB-T standard (Japanese/Brazilian digital tv) also uses H.264.

more than 4 years ago
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The FBI Wants To Know About Your IT Skills

Tellarin Re:Am I missing something? (211 comments)

From the little info that is available, the problem seems to be exactly the direct affiliation with the FBI.

ACM is just a professional organization, and they'd like to know the profiles of their members. ACM doesn't have other goals but tho help their members (at least officially).
The same applies to IEEE and others.

In this case, an external entity (the FBI) is asking for this info from members of another entity, which does not specify clearly their purpose or the nature of their relationship with the FBI.
It is only natural for people to think this is weird.

more than 4 years ago
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China Luring Scientists Back Home

Tellarin Re:Finnish education system (292 comments)

Oddly, the same also kind of applies to the system in Cuba.

Interesting correlation...

more than 4 years ago
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China Luring Scientists Back Home

Tellarin Re:I think the worse problem is the other way arou (292 comments)

I agree with you and I also know people that have this happen to them, so they are now doing research in other countries.

What I think is interesting is that US policy always (officially) favours an open market and competition. But in this area (grad-school-educated people) they have these weird protectionist rules. It is not as if the US even has a lot of unemployed PhDs laying around to begin with...

more than 4 years ago
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China Luring Scientists Back Home

Tellarin Re:What inducement would it take? (292 comments)

Sorry for replying to myself, but it should say "Only in very few places outside southeast Asia..." on the part about Chinese food.

more than 4 years ago
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China Luring Scientists Back Home

Tellarin Re:still some issues for china's progress (292 comments)

It is definitely very common to find this "memorizing-stuff-is-education" in developing countries. Brazil for example, used to be very much like this in the 80s. Even Richard Feynman complained about it when he taught in Brazil for a year. It is still somewhat like that, but has improved. My experience with China (and Singapore, for that matter) is that the issue is more of a "no challenge allowed", so students don't have a say and have to do exactly what is asked of them. Maybe due to this, most students from Asia are less autonomous, needing more guidance to pursue solutions to problems.

From the educational systems I know something about, the "copy culture" is not so specific to countries. I'd say it is more of a global thing, with occasional countries where it seem to happen more often.

My impression from the US is that there is a lack of interest in students to really study hard, and this is amplified by policies that keep lowering the bar. But the US still has the best options for grad school. I'd say that on average they are better than most in Europe.

Overall I think basic education is the biggest influence in determining students behaviour at grad school. In this sense, northern europe seems to take a great lead (specially the Finnish system), as well as Cuba (at least basic education they do right if not much else). I've also heard good things about Canada, but have no experience in this regard.

more than 4 years ago
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China Luring Scientists Back Home

Tellarin Re:What inducement would it take? (292 comments)

While I'm not Chinese or Asian, I completely agree with him.

The thing I miss the most from living in Asia is the food. Only in very few places outside Asia have I found "good Chinese food", and all of those were places run by immigrants (where people in the kitchen didn't even speak English). I also heard the same from Indian and Nepalese friends.

So I guess food can really be a strong drive in going back. Stronger than most people would think.

more than 4 years ago
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Nexus One Name Irks Philip K. Dick's Estate

Tellarin Re:Obligatory comment on copyright (506 comments)

I don't know if she is good in bed. But the name "Isa Dick" kind of summarizes the whole thing about this possible lawsuit in my opinion.

more than 4 years ago

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