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Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

aliquis Re:Now if only... (183 comments)

At least my bread was baked in my bread baking machine this morning.

(No it wasn't.)

2 days ago
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Court Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones In India

aliquis Re:Translation... (40 comments)

I make the assumption the phones communicate with the base stations and that there's standards and common ideas developed for the two.

And just because Ericsson don't make any phones any longer they don't necessarily have abandoned developing the technologies / hardware for the purpose (not that I know they do so, well, except their ARM chips.)

3 days ago
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Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

aliquis Re:Short sighted (228 comments)

"What, do you want a beginner version? Sure, we have it for 20 bucks and it can be turned on. And off. And you can press NumLock and make a LED blink. What, ya think it's too little? Well, you get what you pay... hahaha!"

Mac vs PC: Choose a Vista: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

3 days ago
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Court Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones In India

aliquis Re:Translation... (40 comments)

http://techmoran.com/will-huaw...
4 July 2013:
"Li Yingtao, the head of Huaweiâ(TM)s R&D has said that Huawei is in the plan to increase its investment on R&D and could outspend Swedish Ericsson, which is the worldâ(TM)s largest telecom equipment seller, this year."

"The company spent US$4.9 billion in 2012 on research and development, but it is looking to increase that in order to convince customers that it isnâ(TM)t just a vendor that competes on price, but also on quality."

"In terms of a percentage of revenues, Ericsson spent 14.4% of its revenues on research, compared to 13.7% by Huawei."

So likely over $5 billion for each company for just 2013?

3 days ago
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Court Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones In India

aliquis Re:Translation... (40 comments)

Source?

I don't know what the deal was at either time, saw nothing in the merge part at first (that was a 50/50% thing.)

When Sony bought out Ericsson from that they paid little over 1 billion for Ericsson 50% share part, they cross-licensed their patents and Sony got _FIVE_ crucial patents.

Ericsson still do radio communications / mobile phone network equipment. They likely still hold a bunch of mobile phone patents and chances are they have got new ones / the research and developments carries into phones to and not just the telephone company owned network part. Phones and the fixed antennas need to be able to communicate with each other.

Not that I know the details but I assume they are irrelevant when it comes to phone patents. ... especially since they went after Xiaomi for them ..

3 days ago
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Court Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones In India

aliquis Re:Translation... (40 comments)

Anyway. If Ericsson can sue successfully for it I would take that as them being able to and not having signed such a deal.

Both Ericsson and Nokia have real innovations, have made real products, have spend billions (?) in R&D and so on.

4 days ago
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Court Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones In India

aliquis Re:Translation... (40 comments)

+ otherwise.

As in if they wasn't depending on Chinese decision on the matter. And didn't made such a deal.

5 days ago
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Court Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones In India

aliquis Re:Translation... (40 comments)

[citation needed]

For both I guess.

Though the other I guess I can easily search for.

"particular, Chinese regulators are concerned Microsoft could use its patents to gain an edge in the local market. Over 80 percent of Chinese smartphones run Android, which Microsoft claims contains certain technologies on which it holds patents."
"In cases involving less important patents, Microsoft can seek a product ban if the vendor conducted "negotiations not in good faith," according to the ministry. Microsoft's promise on fundamental patents will last indefinitely; the promise on non-fundamental patents for eight years."

Concerns Microsoft and not Nokia.

And I guess it make some sense considering the position Nokias mobile phones where in relative where they were on the patents front.

Also it was something China asked for to accept it. I don't know to what extent they can enforce that but I guess there was a situation of accepting that or not. Not given Chinese companies would just be able to use it for nothing and not risk anything.

5 days ago
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Court Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones In India

aliquis Re:Translation... (40 comments)

Regardless of what have happened Ericsson have developed both the equipment and technology.

Xiaomi have used it without paying.

What is there to be upset about?

about a week ago
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Court Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones In India

aliquis Re:Translation... (40 comments)

I know?

But Ericsson has been or is a market leader in mobile phone equipment and has researched, spent and made developments as one.

Xiaomi is more or less irrelevant.

about a week ago
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Court Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones In India

aliquis Re:Translation... (40 comments)

My other post:

How are they trolling?
Swedish companies spend a lot on R&D.
We innovate a lot. The companies innovate a lot.
Sure they charge for their innovations. So what?
You're free to spend billions in R&D too.

R&D % of GDP PPP:
(Not all countries in the world - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...)

#1 South Korea 4.36%
#2 Israel 3.93%
#3 Japan 3.67%
#4 Sweden 3.3%
#5 Finland 3.1%
#6 USA 2.7%
#7 Austria 2.5%
#8 Denmark 2.4%
#9 Switzerland 2.3%
#10 Iceland 2.3%
#11 Germany 2.3%
#12 Taiwan 2.3%
#13 Singapore 2.2%
#14 China 1.97%

Saudi Arabia 0.25%
Etiopia 0.17%
Indonesia 0.07% .. so in case you wonder why the world is as it is with successful tech companies .. Maybe the amount of money they pour into R&D relate somewhat to that ...

about a week ago
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Court Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones In India

aliquis Re:Translation... (40 comments)

How are they trolling?

Swedish companies spend a lot on R&D.

We innovate a lot. The companies innovate a lot.

Sure they charge for their innovations. So what?

You're free to spend billions in R&D too.

about a week ago
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Court Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones In India

aliquis Re:Translation... (40 comments)

Meanwhile the history of Xiaomi:

2010 Founded, make custom Android ROM.
2011 Launches a phone.

Sell phones, smart TVs, routers and is looking to launch a tablet.

So.. Chances are Ericsson have innovated more over the years and spent more on R&D and made more money and ..

about a week ago
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Court Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones In India

aliquis Re:Translation... (40 comments)

Ericsson is 138 years old.

1876 They started with telegraphs.
1877 Showed of the telephone.
1878 Started repairing telephones.
1881 Started making telephone equipment.
1882 Made a wall-mounted telephone.
1896 They produced over 25 000 telephones.
1907 They started to produce telephones in New York.
1909 Set up telephone station in Mexico.
1918 Merged with SAT.
1923 Televerket pick their 500 switch.
1932 Kreuger buys a controlling stake of Ericsson and sell it to biggest competitor ITT.
1946 They start some funds.
1950 They start going international.
1956 They make their first mobile phone!! And a phone where everything is in the handle.
1970 Ericsson and Televerket join each other in developing switching equipment.
1976 AXE station.
1977 Computer controlled AXE.
1978 Ericsson and Philips receives a large order from Saudi Arabia.
1982 Ericsson Information Systems was launched and their PC.
1992 World leader in mobile phones with over 100 000 employees.
1996 Radio communication large share of their business area, mobile system and telephones grow by 50 percent.
2000 Ericsson response - Emergency assistance.
2001 Cell division merge with Sony.
2003 Returns to profits.
2006 "Ericsson received the Best Access Technology recognition for its VDSL2 solution for fixed broadband access at the Broad World Forum."

Why should the company be free?

about a week ago
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Court Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones In India

aliquis Re:Translation... (40 comments)

Guess it's unmannerly to call you stupid.
So I'll call you yellow instead.

No yellow.

Ericsson has a business where they make money.
Some of the money will reach to the owners of the company.

As such people are interested in owning the company to get hold of that money. And because of that to get ownership of a part of the company cost money.

P/E for for Ericsson was 23.25.
For Apple 17.67.
For Google 27.16.
For Nokia 59.84.
For Facebook 74.47.

Facebook purchased WhatApp for 16 billion USD. I don't know what people thought it was work but 16 billion isn't something I would sneeze at.

As for Facebook valuation you can say what you want.
But the reality is that they ARE making money. And they are increasing the amounts they make quickly.

I don't know how much you've actually looked into it. Guess you may make your statement out of the IPO relative what the stock traded at later.

IPO price of Facebook was $38 18 May 2012.
In August 2012 it traded at around $18.
Mid July 2013 at $26.
And then it lifted to $54 in mid October 2013 and to $70 early march 2014.

Currently (15 min delay?) valued at $78.45 with a recent peak just above $80.

It was priced very high relative profits and yeah it did fall from $38 to $18. But it's up at $78 now at a better price relative their currents profits. So profits will have risen a lot over these 2.5 years.

You're free to argue it should be worth nothing. But considering they make billions that would be pretty stupid and I for sure would take a chunk of Facebook if it was given to me for free. (Currently valued at 216.79 billion.)

about a week ago
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Court Bans Sale of Xiaomi Smartphones In India

aliquis Re:Translation... (40 comments)

*Ehum*

Ericsson value: 40 billion USD
Nokia value: 30 billion USD
Sony: 23.6 billion USD
Motorola Solutions (sold network part to Nokia): 15.6 billion USD.
(All stocks counted using Google finance?)

Ericsson P/E: 23.18
Nokia P/E: 60.30
Motorola Solutions P/E: 26.80

It's true Nokia was the biggest of them all in phones. It's true Ericsson started to make phones with Sony and later let them take over all of it.

And as for Nokias phone business I guess we all kinda know where they are now and how much wealth that generated lately ..

I assume Ericsson or Huawei are the largest players in the Network field.

Ericsson may have lost its phone business to Sony:
31 Oct 2014:
"PlayStation profits up but Sony on course for £1.2 billion loss", metro.co.uk
Ericsson seem to be the more healthy company ..

31 Juli wsj.com:
"But Sony's mobile-phone unit, which a year ago had been the company's most profitable electronics division, posted an operating loss amid sagging sales."

Not that I've looked into it a lot. But I'm not sure you're giving Ericsson enough credit.

https://www.google.com/finance...
Says 3.7 billion for Huawei but I don't know whatever it's all the stocks and if it's of any use.
Likely not:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...
Says $3.46 billion in profit 2013.

about a week ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

aliquis Re:Remember guys... (73 comments)

I don't think I've ever seen that.

And it's definitely not the regular scenario of Mantle vs DirectX.

Heck. With a good processor (evil minds would say not an AMD one) I've seen Mantle benchmark LOWER.

Lame to post as AC.

More relevant though is that similar development are being done in DirectX 12 and new version(s?) of OpenGL.

So it's in the future for both. But Mantle isn't necessarily the future for either.

about a week ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

aliquis Re:Modern board games (171 comments)

I wouldn't go as far as saying "social disabilities are common" in at least our game Group.

But I'd definitely say it happens.

I doubt you'd be the only one :)

about two weeks ago
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Preferred Type of Game?

aliquis Re:Modern board games (171 comments)

Honestly I wonder if it's not more likely in that direction rather than the opposite.

Or maybe it's about the same.

Back as a kid I wanted boardgames and I wanted to play boardgames. But there was little chance for both.

I've played quite a bit of video games but on PC WC II, C&C, Quake in school and later only Warcraft III and the World of Warcraft beta so not much.

I've bought lots of games but don't really play them.

With board games instead I regard them as inferior because they play slowly, are more limited in scale and variation, require more book keeping, of course people need to get the rules and such.

But still I've played more of it. Which I guess is because of the social factor.

Now I must say that if I had the chance to play video games together with someone chances are I'd pick that. And yeah, for single player of course I'd pick an electronic one there too.

So maybe video games wins, except kinda all boardgames are social events and very many video games are single player experiences and that doesn't interest me as much because they don't give me what I crave more I guess. .. so. That was a shitty answer =P

As for action games I have no solid recommendation. I bought an Infinity Operation: Icestorm starter. It's a very limited set (in options) but such a game or something like Warhammer 40k or so I guess cover the action bases for many.

Real-time will have similar problems too. Like. Escape! would be real-time, and Space Alert would be real time. And maybe those could be something?

Feel free to check Summoner Wars, Duel of Ages II, Battlelore and such for "dudes on a map fighting each other."

Check Chaos in the old World for something a little different (or Twilight Imperium III on bigger scale.)

Euro games there has already been some suggestions for. I guess for someone who have an interest in Civ and such maybe Caverna or something such is a better start.

A small game such as Coup or possibly Bang! The bullet or something such I could recommend for more or less anyone.

Coup isn't all that strategic but it has the lying / hidden identity part I like in all boardgames (Battlestar Galactica have a traitor mechanic and have a decent game around it.)
In coup you'll have 0-2 identities which are also your 2 lifes to start with. At your turn you can take the action of any of your identities, or actions available to everyone, OR any action you want if you act like you have that identity. Someone can question that though and if they are right then too bad for you. However if they are wrong too bad for them so people don't really want to question things too much... But will they really allow you to get away with anything?

Bang do the same, also very simple and with a few roles where you claim to be this and that but also show it with your actions. It's longer though and have a few other things thrown in / which happen too.

IMHO Coup is a much cleaner game and I'd recommend it higher because of that.

Quantum is pretty cool too. It's a "space struggle" kind of game. But very simplified. But still somewhat satisfying. Check it out :) .. All on boardgamegeek :) (aliquis there.)

about two weeks ago

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Sony-Ericsson Xperia X3 on November the third?

aliquis aliquis writes  |  more than 5 years ago

aliquis writes "Looks like Sony-Ericsson is ready to release their first Android phone on the third november. It's rumored to have a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 8 megapixel camera and WVGA screen. With Android 2 just getting finished can we assume this will be an Android 2 device to? And will it 1-UP the Sholes/Droid or not?"
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Nintendo DSi software will be region locked :(

aliquis aliquis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aliquis writes "Though eventually not a big issue in the end depending on what Nintendo makes of it, the DSi will be the first Nintendo portable to have region lock for its software.

However its only for DSi titles, who knows if it's obliged for all DSi specific software and also maybe it will only be used when it makes sense for the additional services."

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Nintendo announces DSi

aliquis aliquis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

aliquis writes "So the rumors where true, Nintendo has announced the DSi as a successor for the DS lite. DSi includes two cameras, expanded screens, SD card slot and on-board memor with music playback function and a DS-specific download service, finally it also comes with a web browser. The screens have only increased from 3" to 3.25" but the whole unit has become even smaller! Release in Japan on the 1st November for ¥18,900 or around $ 179.
DS fanboy had the news."

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Sweden votes yes for "FRA-lagen."

aliquis aliquis writes  |  more than 5 years ago

aliquis writes "The voting for the new swedish wiretapping law was supposed to be at 09.00 local time but happened this evening instead after a petition for reconsideration.

The result? 143 votes for and 138 votes against, one person didn't vote.
I was said that if four persons changed their mind it would get voted down, so I guess one in the blue camp did vote no.

It's covered at Svenska Dagbladet in swedish and at The Local in english."

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aliquis aliquis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

aliquis writes "Etrian Odyssey (website uses flash), a nethack/MUD-without-the-MU like game for Nintendo DS was released may the 16th.

The game features classic labyrinth RPG style gaming with over 125 monsters designed by Shin Nagasawa (Final Fantasy IX), nine characters of which you build a party of five, and a map on the lower screen where you draw the looks of the labyrinth using the stylus while you explore it.

Too bad it doesn't seem to contain any multiplayer support :(, graphical MUD on the DS (or any system) would be so sweet."

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