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What's Next For Smartphone Innovation

fons Rimless screens (257 comments)

That's what I want. A full surface screen.

That could make your phone beautiful.

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Surface Struggles to Ship A Million Units

fons Re:The actual reason (375 comments)

I agree. Tablets fit with the changed computer behaviour.

Computers and laptops are made for a desk and for work. But when I come home from work, i don't want to work anymore. I want to use my computer as entertainment (facebook, newssites, youtube, ...). Also, I don't want to sit at a desk but comfortably on a couch.

My laptop/netbook is not ergonomic to use on the couch, and my phone is too small. So i use a tablet.

Tablets are here to stay. And they will become the remote (or hub or whatever) for your tv.

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Asks: SATA DVD Drives That Don't Suck for CD Ripping?

fons Re:Focus on correctness, not speed Mod up! (330 comments)

I wish I had mod points for you.

But honestly, thomasvs, when you come this late to the discussion, AND you have something this interesting to say, I think you are allowed to post it higher in the thread, even if it's not 100% on topic.

I mean, you're politically correct to post it here, but nobody will read it. Isn't that worse than posting SLIGHTLY off-topic higher up in the thread but where it can be an added value to people because they will read it?

more than 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

fons Thanks (1521 comments)

Slashdot has always been a beakon of good taste on the Internet.

It helps me stay grounded to the truly important stuff that matters in a chaotic world of information overload.

It helped me be confident about my own opinions.

Peter Van Hende
'Trendwatcher' for Belagcom

more than 3 years ago

OnLive To Launch In UK This Autumn

fons Re:This has to fail - i didn't notice the lag (67 comments)

Have you ever tried OnLive? It's incredibly good.
They do some very smart encoding of the video signal + they work together with ISP's so they have servers within the ISP's network.

We had a demo at the Telco operator I work at. We were super sceptical about real world preformance and our jaws dropped when we saw what OnLive could deliver. Pretty damn good. Not good enough for hard core gamers. But good enough for a casual user like me and 70% of the market.

Only bottleneck for the moment is their catalogue IMO.

more than 3 years ago

FCC Wants More Time To Craft Broadband Plan

fons Re:What can they actually do? (140 comments)

Here's what we have in Belgium:

- The government imposes every operator to have an affordable version of their broadband access. Mostly speed is limited to ADSL speeds of 5years ago and download caps only allow normal surfing/mailing. So most people can afford this.
- If you are unemployed or live on benefits you get this "light" broadband at cheaper prices.
- Once every few years the government will sponsor cheap PC/broadband bundles.

Off course these measures only work because every house is connected to a cable and/or ADSL network.

about 5 years ago

The Last GM Big-Block V-8 Rolls Off the Line

fons Re:At least 10 years too late. (525 comments)

In Europe we also have GM. They're called Opel/SAAB here.

All Opel/SAAB cars have modern competitive diesel engines. So apparently, GM DID invest in new tech.

The question is, why did they not sell those engines/cars in the US?

Maybe because US consumers were not interested? I'm not being arrogant here, that's a real question. I really don't understand.

more than 5 years ago

Google Releases Source To Chromium OS

fons Re:Having watch the video press conference... (664 comments)

90% of home users?

- What about music? All your music in the cloud? That'll be a nice upload
- What about video?

A LOT of basic home users use these things and I don't see it going in the cloud.

more than 5 years ago

French Deputies Moving Against Photoshopped Ads

fons Re:Aren't ALL photos modified these days? (512 comments)

This site has a great collection of photoshop disasters.


It's eye opening as to HOW MANY photo's are photoshopped.

And it's funny too!

more than 5 years ago

Panasonic's New LED Bulbs Shine For 19 Years

fons Re:Hope they put a capacitor in there (710 comments)

Seems an interesting comment, but I don't understand it.
Could you explain this to me?

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Bids $44.6 Billion For Yahoo

fons Re:Very odd (784 comments)

Didn't I read a story here a few days ago that the period of supervision of Microsoft for monopoly stuff has ended.

Would this have anything to do with the fact that they now bid on Yahoo?

more than 6 years ago



A compileable love story

fons fons writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fons (190526) writes "Who said nerds can't be romantic? This guy programmed a short love story. It reads like a well commented piece of code and you can compile it too. In the spirit of the season, it shows how beautiful love (and C) can be! So go ahead and 'make love', then run it. You might have to 'killall love' after running as it will consume 100% CPU. There seems to be a buffer overflow in the program, but you can't really valgrind love, can you ? You sort of have to trust it, as the author says. Patches accepted in the comments!"
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How to make money with free software...

fons fons writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fons writes "Dutch Python hacker/artist Stani took part in a contest organised by the Dutch Ministry Of Finance to design a 5 euro commemorative coin. And he won, using only free software: "The whole design was done for 100% with free software. The biggest part consists of custom software in Python, of course within the SPE editor. For the visual power I used PIL and pyCairo. From time to time also Gimp, Inkscape and Phatch helped quite a bit. All the developing and processing was done on GNU/Linux machines which were running Ubuntu/Debian. I would have loved to release the coin under the GPL, which could maybe solve the financial crisis. However for obvious reasons I was not allowed to do that.""
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Did you ever have sex in the office?

fons fons writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fons writes "Did you ever have sex in the office?
- No
- Solo sex in the toilet
- Sex with coworker(s) in copyroom
- Sex with coworker(s) in boardroom
- Sex with coworker(s) in CEO's office
- Invited partner to office for sex
- Watched CowboyNEal having sex"

fons fons writes  |  about 8 years ago

fons (190526) writes "A local bank in Brussels has equipped its new 142m high building with 4200 LED bars, turning the façade into an immense display. In front of the building they put a public console on which you can create a light-plan for the building. Once a composition is created it is displayed on the tower for a few minutes. Your artwork can be sent as an electronic postcard with a snapshot from the tower, taken from a distant location. It is also uploaded on the specific project website."


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