bogaboga writes "You might be wondering why this American institution PBS, doesn't have a compelling Android footprint. I was wondering too; until they provided the answer. I have read their missive and I am left wondering whether they didin't find support for various screen sizes on Android developer website. Are their concerns legit? What company has developed Android applications that are a beauty to work with on various screen sizes? How can we debunk this stereotype about Android?" top
Ars technica has a writeup on this issue. In standing up for the status-quo, Jimmy Wales, the founder, puts up some defense saying in part "...Wikimedia Foundation has a relatively small staff (23 members) and all its content is free. Donations help the organization cover the increasing cost of bandwidth and help improve the site's software..."
In the same piece, it's reported that Wikipedia's own volunteer administrators and editors have had a strong negative reaction to the donation banners since they do all the work for free already, and wonder what is up with its increasing budget.
bogaboga writes "CNET reports that a U.S. patent application number 20080319910, published on Christmas Day, by Microsoft details the software giant's vision of a situation where a "standard model" of PC is given away or heavily subsidized by someone in the supply chain.
The end user then pays to use the computer, with charges based on both the length of usage time and the performance levels utilized, along with a "one-time charge."
Microsoft notes in the application, that the end user could end up paying more for the computer, compared with the one-off cost entailed in the existing PC business model, but argues the user would benefit by having a PC with an extended "useful life."
Here is my take: I wonder what EULA would come with this, but can certainly say that I will not bite because I always leave my PCs on and I am not a fan of ongoing scheduled payments to companies." Link to Original Source top
bogaboga writes "TG Daily reports that Microsoft quietly released the first update to its IE8 beta 2 to its closest partners last week. This new version only scores a dismal 12/100 on the Acid 3 test, though the score improves significantly if one leaves the [browser] window open for at least a minute. It is marked as "Release Candidate 1". What do Slashdotters think about this release?" Link to Original Source top
bogaboga writes "I am intimately involved in setting up a Debian based email system in a remote area where we'll be using solar energy to power our computers. When I took on the position of System Administrator, the blue print had been for a traditional Debian based "white box" as a server. With the advantages of flash based Solid State Drives (SSDs), I am inclined to replace the white box server with this type of notebook. I have read over the internet that these notebooks are more versatile and have between 25% to 30% better performance over hard drive based systems in various tests. Needless to say, if adopted, we will save on space, power, and have the advantage of a less noisy environment. I have also seen a video that appears to support these claims.
I'd like to know from slashdotters whether anyone has worked with such a system and whether it would be able to handle the workload involving receiving about 450 emails and sending about 200 on a daily basis. It will be doing some basic file storage as a samba server too. I have not yet selected which notebook to use and would very much appreciate some advice on this issue as well."