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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

davidshenba Re:yws but what does the service cost ?? (83 comments)

To be exact, the phone is without contract and Indian pre-paid mobile services costs around $2 a month for average users.

5 days ago
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Indian Supreme Court Denies Novartis Cancer Drug Patent

davidshenba Re:Innovation (288 comments)

To disgrace the people of an entire nation based on evil ideas like patent shows from what background you are from and how civilized you are.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?

davidshenba Misleading Titile (505 comments)

//On the other hand the OS support date is reset with any never version of the OS, so a Windows Phone 8.5 or 9 update in November 2013 would bring along its own 18 month of security updates. Microsoft has already promised all current Windows Phone 8 handsets will receive the next major version of the operating system.// - From the article. Why the title is so misleading?

about a year and a half ago
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No Firefox For iOS, Says Mozilla's Product Head

davidshenba Re:Dear EU (318 comments)

Does that mean that no other App is allowed to open or save documents, and all content you create is gone once you turn the device off?

No

Or does every other program simply implement this functionality in a different way that letting the user directly access the filesystem, and the browser simply lacks this different way?

No, it is a restriction that only images, videos and other "allowed" files can be accessed.

I.e, can I take a photo on an iDevice, look at it, and then it disappears when I turn the device off? Or can I take a photo, attach that photo to an e-mail, and send it to someone, but when "someone" is a person on a social networking site, rather than a person in my address book, I can't send him the photo, because the browser lacks functionality that the e-mail client has?

Why you assume all uploads are just to send a photo to someone? Can't it be uploading a photo to a job search site? or, uploading a pdf to a file sharing site? Oh! Apple hates sharing ;-)

about a year and a half ago
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No Firefox For iOS, Says Mozilla's Product Head

davidshenba Re:Dear EU (318 comments)

You fail to answer this one

no matter what one uses or hates, there should be freedom to choose!

Don't just tell me why it doesn't work on Apple and how to fix it. Just tell me why can't I run a Gecko based browser?

unless you jailbreak, which is trivial and easier than complaining about lack of filesystem access in a /. post

why can't you just buy an Android device which is cheaper, more customizable, trivial and easier than spending money on fancy iToys and defending them here?

about a year and a half ago
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No Firefox For iOS, Says Mozilla's Product Head

davidshenba Re:Dear EU (318 comments)

Oh, are all of them also up in arms about iOS only having webkit-based browsers? No? Then your statement is irrellivant to GP's (rhetorical) question.

Few of them complained about the lack of "upload" button in Safari for iPhone and switched to Android back in 2011. I know it is due to restrictions on apps to read filesystem of the device, but why they don't allow their own browser to do that? Again, I am asking, no matter what one uses or hates, there should be freedom to choose!

about a year and a half ago
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No Firefox For iOS, Says Mozilla's Product Head

davidshenba Re:Dear EU (318 comments)

Lot of my friends who use Android have Firefox installed. Some of them use "Opera Mini" (not Opera Mobile), which reduces the data consumption. That said, it is silly to argue over how many actually make use of freedom against is there freedom at all!

about a year and a half ago
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HTML5 Storage Bug Can Fill Your Hard Drive

davidshenba Re:So What's The Point (199 comments)

Is the size cap on the file size on disk or on actual file size?

about a year and a half ago
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GNOME 3: Beauty To the Bone?

davidshenba I don't understand! (647 comments)

I have Fedora (Gnome) and openSuse (KDE) at home. At work I use XP and Windows 7. But still I can't understand what is the difference!

more than 2 years ago

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$33 Firefox Phone Launched in India

davidshenba davidshenba writes  |  about a week ago

davidshenba (2536122) writes "Intex and Mozilla have launched Cloud FX, a smartphone powered by Mozilla's Firefox OS. The phone has a 1 GHz processor, 2 Megapixel camera, dual SIM, 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen. Though the phone has limited features, initial reviews say that the build quality is good for the price range. With a price tag of $33 (2000 INR), and local languages support the new Firefox phone is hitting the Indian market of nearly 1 billion mobile users."
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Breathable Clothing with Hagfish Slime

davidshenba davidshenba writes  |  about a year and a half ago

davidshenba (2536122) writes "Scientists are looking in to hagfish slime or similar proteins as a replacement for synthetic fibers like nylon and spandex, thus providing a natural and renewable alternative. Though farming hagfish is currently not possible as very little is known about their breeding, research is on the way to produce similar proteins in lab. Previously spider web was researched for the same purpose but due its larger proteins, it is hard to produce artificially."
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Microsoft shares samples for Kinect game gadget

davidshenba davidshenba writes  |  about a year and a half ago

davidshenba (2536122) writes "In a move to catch the attraction of developer community, Microsoft has released the Kinect for Windows samples under Apache License 2.0. According to the new blog dedicated to Kinect Development community, the code will be hosted in a Git repository and they are looking for improvements in the code from community. The code can be found at Codeplex"
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Super Material Can Stop Speeding Bullet

davidshenba davidshenba writes  |  about 2 years ago

davidshenba (2536122) writes "Researchers at a Rice University lab are researching technology that that could potentially stop a 9-millimeter bullet and seal the entryway behind it. When penetrated by a tiny projectile at a high velocity, the material melted into a liquid that stopped the fast-moving object and actually sealed the hole it made. During their research, they found an excellent model material called a polystyrene-polydimethylsiloxane diblock-copolymer. Using two different methods, the team was eventually able to cross-section the structure to determine the depth of the bullets, and according to their study, the layers showed the ability to deform without breaking."
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Incurable Tuberculosis Cases Reported in India

davidshenba davidshenba writes  |  more than 2 years ago

davidshenba (2536122) writes "Many drug resistant varieties of Tuberculosis have been reported in recent years. But this time, there seems to be no cure for the disease. Indian doctors from heavily populated city of Mumbai claim that 12 of the patients had incurable variant of Tuberculosis, out of which three had already died. As they come from crowded slum areas, it is feared that actual numbers of infections may be even higher."
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Samsung Unveils Voice Controlled TV

davidshenba davidshenba writes  |  more than 2 years ago

davidshenba (2536122) writes "Samsung has overtaken Apple in unveiling a voice controlled TV during The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The TV, reported to run on a dual-core processor can multitask between regular TV, native apps and a web browser. [http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/waiting_for_siri_tv_yJ29I3B3TQV2LPASmH3fhN] It also has a built-in camera, which is used for face detection.[http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/09/technology/samsung_voice_tv/] Samsung says that the television has the ability to be upgraded with latest hardware."
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Spiderman web closer to reality

davidshenba davidshenba writes  |  more than 2 years ago

davidshenba (2536122) writes "US researchers have created silkworms that are genetically modified to spin much stronger silk. In weight-for-weight terms, spider silk is stronger than steel. Still, there are a lot of different ways the results could potentially be improved. Additional transgenic constructs might increase the percentage of engineered protein in the silk; knocking out some of the silkworm's native genes might do the same."
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