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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

havana9 Re:What does unwind mean?? (149 comments)

They aren't intereste to sell Wind branded phones. Even if the Italian phone company now sell Lumia phones. Maybe they had some disaagrement, I don't know.

2 days ago

Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

havana9 Re:I think the strategy should be obvious (149 comments)

I think the Noka brand will be used for tyres for consumer products and for consulting and business products. Microsoft likes that the phones will be branded "Microsoft", because Apple phones are branded "Apple".

2 days ago

Radar Changing the Face of Cycling

havana9 Re:Useless (235 comments)

So you think that the favorite pattime for drivers is hit-and-run cyclist? It's not true: it's way better to hit-and-run the moms with a stroller.
The real effect to put a bright light on a bike, instead of no lights at all or some puny single-lamp lights, is that having bigger lights makes the cyclist more visible.

about a month ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

havana9 Re:My Anecdotal Evidence (455 comments)

You are looking at this from the wrong point of view. The way you should be looking at is, if you ALSO had the option of calling up Ford or GM or whoever your car maker was directly, and asking THEM if they could beat the dealer's price

If you want a Fiat and are in Turin the number to call is 011-004-2000. The price they make are a bit lower in respect of other car dealer, especially on cars in the park lot, but they're not the market killers you could think: i suppose that the mak up goes in the Fiat shareholders pockets instead of the car dealers pocket.

about a month and a half ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

havana9 Re:We should have a choice (455 comments)

And where exactly do you live that you are buying your VCR directly from Sony or Toshiba

I actually bought Philips TV sets, VCR, lamps, fridges, dishwashes and hairdryers directly from Philips. I only had to drive to their facory outlet near thei warehouse. The price were lower than the special offer in supermarket, and sometimes you could buy refurbished products at very low prices. Unfortunately they closed the warehouse and the outled a couple of year ago.

about a month and a half ago

Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

havana9 Re:Cisco and Self-interest (337 comments)

This network paradigm it's soo 1994 with ATM and QOS and service classes.

about a month and a half ago

Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

havana9 Re:What About Electricity? (337 comments)

Does the electric company get to decide which devices will be shut down first? Can they shut down your devices before they shut down your neighbor's, because ?

Actually yes. For industrial uses there are there are different categories of avaliability: high availability, standard and interruptible. An interruprible contract means that the electic company could disconnect the transformer serving your factory if the power demand is too high. Conversely high availability contracts will be disconnected last: normally they have also ne transformaer in stand by in the case the main one fails. By the way if yuo have a 100 kW contract you'll get more power than a 10 kW contract...

about a month and a half ago

Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

havana9 Re:Here's the Scoop (340 comments)

I think that some content provider will goo in a free to air mode. This in obvious on terrestrial television and also on satellite TV: if you're getting money from advertising being FTA will make tour channel more interesting for advertisers than ona in a pay tv bundle because more people will watch it. Maybe for CATV the dynamics are different, or the fact that in USA there's not TV licensing is limiting the number of FTA or FTV channels.
Italy,France, Austria have a choice of free to view/free to air channels, not to mention UK and Germany that transmit a lot o free to air channels on satellites.

about 3 months ago

The Koch Brothers Attack On Solar Energy

havana9 Daitarn 3 (769 comments)

They're annoyed by Daitarn 3 solar attack because they're meganoids and the monster of the week is always defeated with solar energy with the homungous robot that Haran Banjo stolen to them.

about 3 months ago

Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches

havana9 Re:Maybe they should ask corded phone manufacturer (399 comments)

You could buy a watch that doesn't require a battery for less than £ 50 with a design made in the '60s. The main advantage of a watch is that the power compsumtion is very low compared to a smartwatch, the functions are limited to keep the time and there's non need to have connectivity or software updates.

about 3 months ago

How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

havana9 Next iPhone testimonials will be... (195 comments)

Joanna Lumley and David McCallum. Yes the new iPhone 6 will have a steel case too.

about 3 months ago

Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

havana9 Re:Hardware requirements (641 comments)

I have an EPROM programmer thah works only under DOS, connected via the parallel port. My computer first partition is a 2GB fat16 one with DOS installed exactly fot this purpose. when i have to burn a prom, I copy the .HEX file on the dos partition, reboot and do the work.

about 4 months ago

Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

havana9 Why put in landfill and not recycle? (440 comments)

I don't know why the jars have to be thrown away in a landfill and not recycled. You could transform it in soap, for instance, and glass or iron jars could be easily recycled. Or if the transformation in soap isn't feasible you could also do the old fashioned way: mix it with manure, or throw in a sewer processing facilty. Actually is the same thing, because the organic sewer waste on some plant is dried and sold as fertilizer.

about 4 months ago

Google Funds San Francisco Bus Rides For Poor

havana9 Re:Stop the emotion, use logic next time. (362 comments)

Running a bus one-way from a neighborhood to a single employer is not going to be a profitable public transit line. Even if Google paid SamTrans what they pay for their private bus, it wouldn't cover SamTrans' costs. Public transit is more expensive than private transit.

I don't understand. Here in Italy, public bus companies (city owned) can also offer charter bus routes for special events and are making special bus routes for factories, that is, they are running only in entrance and exit hours, and sometimes, you must begin or end the travel at the factory terminus.
There are also privately-owned bus companies that make the same arrangments, and have also a public transportation license, so they also run normal public transportation coaches.

about 5 months ago

TSA: Confiscating Aluminum Foil and Watching Out For Solar Powered Bombs

havana9 Re:This is why I take the train now (289 comments)

Another big advantage is that if the train engine fails it's a mild nuisance, especially if the train crew manages to coast to the nearest station, so you can wait in the nearby restaurant while a spare engine arrives. Been there, done that.

about 5 months ago

A New Car UI

havana9 Please! (237 comments)

Please, do a new UI with style, with real wood like this The problem is the forced integration betwen car related systems and car "radio". In the Lancia Fulvia, car radio, clock, heating and engine control are totally separate systems both physically and on the user interface. If you need to change the radio station or engage the fast idle on the carbureator, you'll use two completly different knobs. Next the integration makes difficult to mount a car radio with a sensible user interface, they still make 'em.

about 5 months ago

World's Smallest FM Radio Transmitter Created With Graphene

havana9 Finally! (60 comments)

We can broadcast the world's saddest song on the world's smallest violin with the smallest FM transmitter!

about 8 months ago

Galileo Navigation System Gets Go-Ahead From EU Parliament

havana9 Re:What it will be used for... (178 comments)

I have a better idea, that could also give a reward for more efficient cars.
Raise the taxes on fuel. Simple and effective. For lorries and buses, european legislation requires from the eighties that they're equipped with a tachigraph that will record the mileage and the peak speed.

about 8 months ago

Google and Microsoft To Block Child-Abuse Search Terms

havana9 Re:Just the Start? (308 comments)

There were 'official' photographers? I remember that on similar events the presence of a professional photographer implied that unofficial photographers weren't allowed, and one had to buy the official image. If I know in advance that there's a ban on phones, I'll buy a black and white 35 mm film and take my old '70s mechanical camera and its giant and noisy flash lamp. Just for trolling.

about 8 months ago

Apple Developing Curve Screen iPhones and Improved Sensors

havana9 Curved screens are so '90s (243 comments)

I remember curved CRT monitors and TV set. When flat screen CRT appeared was a welcome innovation. Why on phones we have to go back in ergonomy only for the novelty factor? What next? iPhones will be equipped with vertical and horizontal hold knobs and only for US and Japan a Tint Knob?

about 9 months ago


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