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Fermi Lab May Have Discovered New Particle or Force

levell It has now been named.... (226 comments)

It shall henceforth be known as the pleaseExtendOurFunding-ion.

OK, I jest. On a more serious (but related) note, back in 2000, when the LEP at CERN was shutting down, there were possible "hints" of the Higgs' Boson and pleas to extend the running time (which were ultimately denied so that the LHC would not be delayed).

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle To Monetize Java VM

levell Re:mm (641 comments)

Given that Google is on the sharp end of Oracle monetizing Java, anyone else think they might start to push Google Go really hard? It's immature at the moment but it looks really nice and I think as it matures it could really catch on.

more than 4 years ago
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Digital Act Could Spur Creation of Pirate ISPs In UK

levell Am I naive to think it might get scrapped? (204 comments)

Hopefully public pressure (e.g. the ideas on the "Your Freedom" Government run website for suggesting laws to scrap: here and here) will cause the Digital Economy Act to be scrapped.

Aside from public pressure, there is also a possible review in the Lords so there are a few chinks of light in the sky.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple, RIM, Google All Bid On Palm

levell Patents? (117 comments)

I don't understand why Apple or Google (Or Nokia) would want Palm. At least if the main asset was WebOS - none of these companies would ditch the mobile OS they are backing in favour of it.

So my wild arsed guess is that Palm had enough patents that the various companies thought would be useful in the court battles that are just beginning. But at the price a company like Palm would fetch - the patents must be valuable!

It would fit with HP paying more - they get the patents and WebOS and they weren't previously backing a mobile OS.

more than 4 years ago
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Symbian, the Biggest Mobile OS No One Talks About

levell Re:Too bad Apple has so tightly controlled the app (423 comments)

My Rogers iPhone works just fine for tethering. All I have to do is turn Internet Tethering on in the preferences, then plug it into the sync cable. Leopard pops up a dialog box which says something like "Hey! New Ethernet Interface found; would you like to use it?" -- click Ok, disable any other active network interface (or tweak your routing table) and bam: you're surfing on 3G.

Hmm... you made that sound fairly complicated. A cable? This is the 21st century! With my phone (an N900 but it works with many other phones including Symbian ones), I enable the internet sharing via a little app on my phone (Joikuspot) and then my laptop sees a new wireless access point.

more than 4 years ago
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Symbian, the Biggest Mobile OS No One Talks About

levell Re:Not to mention (423 comments)

Well Symbian has Nokia behind it, and they aren't a small company.

But I'm not persuaded it's all about the companies backing it. The soon to be released, MeeGo phones have Nokia backing too (as well as Intel) but I'm much more excited about that than Symbian. Having a fairly standard Linux stack on my phone is something I love about my N900 and I'm looking forward to its successor.

more than 4 years ago
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Novell Reportedly Taking Bids From Up To 20 Companies

levell I hope this doesn't harm the Linux distro market (124 comments)

As a developer who works on (closed-source) enterprise software which runs on Linux (amongst other platforms) I'm nervous about Novell being sold. Though I develop on Fedora and primarily use RHEL for informal testing (we do formal testing on all the platforms we support) I'm glad that a solid, serious alternative to RHEL exists.

Obviously a sale of Novell doesn't necessarily imply any change for their Linux business (esp. as I understand it's one of their more profitable divisions) but it is likely (in the short term) to introduce some uncertainty.

The Linux market seems very healthy at the moment and I hope it continues to be at least a duopoly. Red Hat are a very cool company but I wouldn't like to see any company have a (virtual) monopoly in Enterprise Linux.

more than 4 years ago
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Standards Expert — "Microsoft Fails the Standards Test"

levell Re:Alex Brown gets heart broken (177 comments)

I think that you have to give Alex Brown a lot of credit for this article. He effectively "sided" with Microsoft in the massive controversy that was the OOXML standardisation. In that position many people would convince themselves they had done the right thing and turn a blind eye to Microsoft's failings.

That he's prepared to publicly do what he has make me have a little more respect for him and people like him (Rick Jelliffe) for the part they played in the mess that was the initial standardisation.

more than 4 years ago
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"Microsoft fails the Standards Test" - Alex Brown

levell Who would have thought it? (2 comments)

The fine article points out that Tim Bray was pretty accurate with his prediction of Microsoft's behaviour:

"I suppose they'll probably show up to the meetings and try to act interested, but it's going to be a sideline and nobody important will be there. What Microsoft really wanted was that ISO stamp of approval to use as a marketing tool. And just like your mother told you, when they get what they want and have their way with you, they're probably not gonna call you in the morning."

I'm guessing there are a few more people around here who might not have been surprised by Microsoft's approach to the standard.

more than 4 years ago
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Who Should Own Your Smartphone?

levell It can be a blurry line (129 comments)

Even though I own my own smartphone, where I work (a very large IT company) there is an increasingly lengthy list of requirements and checks for any device connected to the corporate network.

I value my choice and don't want my employer to get me a phone but if I use it for work it is an increasing amount of hassle

more than 4 years ago
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Key Web App Standard Approaches Consensus

levell Golden age of the web set to continue (143 comments)

Personally the new web technology that I'm most keen to get my hands on is the pushState/replaceState stuff that is going to be in the next release of Firefox after 3.6. It makes it much easier to deal with forward/back in AJAX web apps

More on topic, it is good to see Microsoft looking to implement new web technologies again.... if they implement much of HTML5 and they seem to be doing that now and this new Indexed DB stuff it looks like the Golden Age of the web will continue for some time.

more than 4 years ago
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New Chrome Beta Adds Privacy Controls, Translation Option

levell A bright future for the web... (181 comments)

And Opera 10.50 has just been released too, the first version of Opera with <Video> tag support.

With Chrome, Safari and Firefox all evolving quickly, the future of the web is looking good. I just wish they would all support an open, royalty-free codec.

more than 4 years ago
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New Type of Dinosaur Unearthed

levell Re:in related news (160 comments)

Recent reports also note that the Nokiasuarus Maemonicus has been evolving in a new strain: Meegoasaurus Rex which prefers open spaces

more than 4 years ago
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Google Releases the SDK For Version 1.6 of Android

levell I'd rather have an N900 (69 comments)

Android (and Palm's new WebOS) phones seem fairly cool but I'd rather use a phone that had more of the normal Linux userland. The FreeRunner still has lots of very rough edges but the new Nokia N900 with Maemo 5 looks really mouth-watering

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more than 5 years ago
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Senate Sources Say CTO Confirmation a Done Deal

levell ODF? (111 comments)

As a Brit, this appointment won't affect me directly. But indirectly US Government policy has an important global effect. I'll be watching closely to see whether ODF becomes widely used as a document format by the US Federal Government.

The ODF Alliance have welcomed the appointment, as have Tim O'Reilly and a host of other people so I'm hopeful that it will turn out to be a good thing

more than 5 years ago
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Trademarks Considered Harmful To Open Source

levell Trademarks helps some of OSS best organisations (226 comments)

I disagree with the whole underlying point of the article. I think Mozilla should be able to stop someone taking their source, adding a whole bunch of unstable "improvements" as patches and calling it Firefox. It would damage a brand that is one of the best brands that FOSS currently has. It doesn't stop people getting the browser, if they don't Mozilla's restrictions they could call it, say, EarthHorse.

The article throws around terms like "restricted distribution" and "severely limiting all activity" but gives examples like CentOS where CentOS and Red Hat exist happily together but with Red Hat still able to build up a brand with some protections.

The article ends "just like patents and traditional copyright, it's totally incompatible with the spirit and ethos of open source software.". People here may not like the length that copyright lasts for but the GPL relies on the fundamental idea of copyright. Similarly there may be some issues with trademarks but if so they need patching not a whole sale revolution as this article seems to suggest.

more than 5 years ago

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"Microsoft fails the Standards Test" - Alex Brown

levell levell writes  |  more than 4 years ago

levell (538346) writes "Alex Brown, Convenor of the Ballot Resolution Meeting on OOXML has written an interesting blog entry saying that MS Office 2010 still writes documents in the transitional variants of OOXML (meant for legacy documents rather than the strict variants that was intended for future documents). Mr. Brown also says that defects are also being fixed very slowly and that "Looking at the text, I reckon it is more like 95% that remains to be done, as it is still lousy with defects.". It's an insightful look at what has happened with OOXML since ISO approved it from someone who was not opposed to the standard."
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levell levell writes  |  more than 7 years ago

levell writes "The schedule for the OpenMoko Open source, Linux based Neo1973 smart phone was posted to the community mailing list by Sean Moss-Pultz this morning. On Feb 11, free phones will be sent to key community developers and the community websites/wiki/bug tracker will be available. Then on March 11 ("official developer launch") we'll be able to buy an OpenMoko for $350 (+p&p) (worldwide from openmoko.com). After allowing some time for innovative, slick software to be created there will be a "Mass market launch" at which point Sean hopes that "your mom and dad will want one too"."
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levell levell writes  |  more than 7 years ago

levell writes "Fluendo has just announced that their shop selling licensed codecs (including WMV, WMA, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4) for linux is now open.

Christian Schaller's blog entry contains more information, including that "The idea is that a purchase of the codecs gives you a year of updates, after which you can buy an discounted update to continue getting updated codecs and bundles.""

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