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KDE Developers Discuss Merging Libraries With Qt

koiransuklaa Re:Probably a non-starter due to copyright assignm (196 comments)

Currently Qt requires copyright assignment (as I understand it) for code to become part of Qt proper. This is going to be a non-starter for a lot of open source folk. As I understand it,this was one of the biggest issues with the OpenOffice.org project in terms of community health, and one of the main drivers for LibreOffice

It's not just the copyright assignment: it's also the fact that Qt is now controlled by a huge organization (much like OO.o is). Nokias goals for Qt may already be quite different to KDEs goals for kdelibs, and if something is certain it's that corporate interests change. We cannot tell what Nokia wants to do with Qt next year, or in in five years.

about 4 years ago
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USB 'Dead Drops'

koiransuklaa Re:Sounds great! (322 comments)

The world is different nowadays: there are hundreds of millions of mobile phones and embedded home devices sold every year that use USB mass storage: Any new FS solution needs to take those into account or it will just be forgotten as everyone stays on FAT32.

about 4 years ago
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Oracle Claims Google 'Directly Copied' Our Java Code

koiransuklaa Re:Here we go again (SCO) (675 comments)

It's highly unlikely that Google made this mistake; they were well aware of the legal ramifications. Google set out to do a clean room implementation of Java...

Android was originally developed by Android Inc, not Google.

about 4 years ago
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In the Face of Android, Why Should Nokia Stick With MeeGo?

koiransuklaa Re:I think Nokia understand phones by now (336 comments)

Nokia manufactures and sells phones for every phone market and protocol and have delivered at least a third of the worlds mobile phones for years and years. These days they sell about 500 million phones a year. Their logistics, manufacturing and sub contracting is phenomenally successful compared to the competition and often operates on totally different scales.

There have been lots of news lately about Nokias problems but the tech blogs often forget to mention that financially they're not doing that bad -- In a technology manufacturing business any financial changes are just always radical so it's easy to make headlines like "Y/Y profit down 90%!". Many of these journalists forget to mention that the Nokia devices division profit is still calculated in billions: EUR 3-6 billion every year these past few years. 2010 will fit in that bracket as well.

So... In light of the above I'd like to ask you this: If Nokia in your opinion does not understand mobile phones, who does? I hope to see something more substantive than number of blog comments to back the argument up.

about 4 years ago
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Chatbot Suzette Wins 20th Annual Loebner Prize, Fools One Judge

koiransuklaa Re:Fooled? (257 comments)

You forgte the humans do not have the task of "passing the Turing test" -- if you asked me to prepend everything with #, I'd probably ask "why would I do that?"

about 4 years ago
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Chatbot Suzette Wins 20th Annual Loebner Prize, Fools One Judge

koiransuklaa Re:not so chatty bot (257 comments)

You are not in a position to look down on ACs, number 108.

I assure you I won't run that code.

about 4 years ago
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Google Admits To Collecting Emails and Passwords

koiransuklaa Re:Data collection qua Google (157 comments)

How do you 'accidently' collect complete emails ? If you are looking for routers then you collect router information. Collecting the payload (data) has to be actually programmed in. So if I write code to collect router names - it would require extreme incompetence on the planning part to collect payload.

There is no "collecting the payload", they just dumped everything moving in the network to disk.

When you want to catch as much data points as you can while driving by, just dumping the data stream is the most effective way -- processing can happen later.

more than 4 years ago
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How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

koiransuklaa Re:Headline Is So Very Wrong (1193 comments)

When Ireland no longer feels its JUST or RIGHT they will change their laws.

And how would they go about changing the law? I would assume that happens by public discussion about what is right -- exactly the thing that's happening here.

You just keep telling everyone we can't have this conversation, so it's a little confusing :)

more than 4 years ago
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How Google Avoided Paying $60 Billion In Taxes

koiransuklaa Re:Headline Is So Very Wrong (1193 comments)

Look, everyone agrees this is legal. Many are just saying it's not right -- not for people who claim to do no evil at least.

You are looking at the technical details of the tax evasion and concluded that it's perfectly legal, while others are stopping to think "that shouldn't be how it works..."

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air

koiransuklaa Re:Anyone else noticing the CPU situation? (827 comments)

Sorry, I don't think I made outrageous claims that would require credentials... You were the one who originally implied that battery life, battery life and battery life are the important reasons for going with C2D. I just noted that a LV Core i7 uses less power than a C2D.

Spelling out my point: battery life is important, but that does not explain why they went with C2D.

If you want me to guess, I can do it though: Apple wanted to do a cheap laptop so they decided to go with worse battery life and less performance. I think this is just fine, by the way: Lenovo has some fine examples of the opposite choice in their X series but those are bloody expensive.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air

koiransuklaa Re:MacBook Air "Reinstall Drive" (827 comments)

Most OEMs puth that inside the computer (a recovery partition), that's even more handy for 99.9% cases. The SSD/Flash price is probably the limiting factor for Apple so they decided to make lemonade out of lemons.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air

koiransuklaa Re:Anyone else noticing the CPU situation? (827 comments)

Tying those points together: C2D isn't very good at power management. A low voltage Core i7 is more powerful and uses less power.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air

koiransuklaa Re:Is there really a market for this? (827 comments)

There are probably quite a few linux users reading this thread, just thinking "how on earth did it take these guys so long?". A central repository is an excellent idea with lots of benefits for all kinds of users.

Also, I definitely don't see many people saying they "can't stand the idea", I see people being worried that Apple will screw it up.

more than 4 years ago
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Desktop Linux Is Dead

koiransuklaa Re:Not dead on my desktop (1348 comments)

I can close the lid of my laptop and it goes to sleep, open it and it wakes up. I don't have to write wpa-supplicant files by hand, worry about wireless drivers, or anything else. I can watch my DVDs, I can watch internet videos if I want to

Random (and especially cheap) hardware may still have problems, but seriously: buy good hardware and you get all that with linux -- at least that's my experience. My last three X-series Thinkpads have all done the above without any tweaking...

more than 4 years ago
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Leaked Letter — BSA Pressures Europe To Kill Open Standards

koiransuklaa Re:Repugnant (156 comments)

micro-USB will be a EU standard in January and it seems this is not just a dead-letter law: All major phone manufacturers have already agreed to go along. EU is a market of half a billion people so in practice this _will_ be a global standard, unless some other major market area starts to actively fight this by standardizing on something else.

more than 4 years ago
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Can Apps Really Damage a Cellular Network?

koiransuklaa Re:SURE.... (309 comments)

Apple desktop OS worldwide usage share is growing quickly? That's interesting, if you have any data to back that up, please share.

I remember all the apple sites reporting on "30% growth in market share" earlier this year but when you try to look at the actual data, it doesn't seem to be anywhere to be found... If you have anything more reliable than fansite headlines about worldwide usage share changes, I'd like to see them.

more than 4 years ago
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'Back To the Mac' Media Event On October 20th

koiransuklaa Re:Jailbreak (349 comments)

Mini server pricing is a joke though. I was just in a Apple store and checked the price tag as I'd really like one. It was ~1200€ (that's about $1600). So yeah, you can get OS X server on low end hardware. You just need to pay high end price for it :)

more than 4 years ago
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Software Evolution Storylines, Inspired By XKCD

koiransuklaa Re:inspiration (136 comments)

Oh wow, I hadn't even noticed the orcs and men. Oops... I still say that's a minor feature in the xkcd map.

Minard's work is awesome because the other data sources cleverly tie into the army size changes: like I said, it's about pointing out patterns that otherwise would require quite a lot of text. I don't see Xkcd doing that (or even trying to).

more than 4 years ago
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Why You See 'Free Public WiFi' In So Many Places

koiransuklaa Re:Free Wifi in France (260 comments)

3. Access to this network is actually free if you have any other Free subscriptions.

Huh? Those subscriptions are advertized as including this wireless service and the price is naturally included in the subscription price. How on earth can you call that free?

I see this state of mind from a lot of people, but I just can't understand the thought process... Maybe it has something to do with the fact that non-subscribers can use an alternative method of payment and subscribers think "I don't need to use my credit card to pay, so I'm getting it free!"

more than 4 years ago

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