Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?
The Jolla keyboard mentioned by the parent is only being made in a batch of 100 to start with so may not be an option for everyone...
Fermi Lab May Have Discovered New Particle or Force
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).
Oracle To Monetize Java VM
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.
Digital Act Could Spur Creation of Pirate ISPs In UK
Hopefully public pressure (e.g. the ideas on the "Your Freedom"
Government run website for suggesting laws to scrap:
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.
Apple, RIM, Google All Bid On Palm
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
It would fit with HP paying more - they get the patents and WebOS and they
weren't previously backing a mobile OS.
Parasite Correlated With World Cup Success
I think this XKCD cartoon about correlation vs. causation is one of my favourite.
Symbian, the Biggest Mobile OS No One Talks About
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.
Symbian, the Biggest Mobile OS No One Talks About
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.
UK Gov't Spending Details Now Online
The Guardian newspaper have already built an interesting
for exploring the data.
Novell Reportedly Taking Bids From Up To 20 Companies
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.
Standards Expert — "Microsoft Fails the Standards Test"
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.
"Microsoft fails the Standards Test" - Alex Brown
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.
Who Should Own Your Smartphone?
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
Key Web App Standard Approaches Consensus
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.
New Chrome Beta Adds Privacy Controls, Translation Option
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.
New Type of Dinosaur Unearthed
Recent reports also note that the Nokiasuarus Maemonicus has been evolving in a new strain: Meegoasaurus Rex which prefers open spaces
Google Releases the SDK For Version 1.6 of Android
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
Senate Sources Say CTO Confirmation a Done Deal
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
ODF Alliance have welcomed the appointment,
host of other people
so I'm hopeful that it will turn out to be a good thing
Trademarks Considered Harmful To Open Source
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.
OpenOffice 3.1 Released
Fedora 11, which is due to be released in about 3 weeks, will have OO3.1
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