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Estonian Economist Suggests Abandoning Cash

pmarini in an unrelated post (454 comments)

Estonian men and women are now lighting their cigars with worthless €100 notes... after their value was digitilised and stored in a bank for future use...

more than 4 years ago

Study Finds 0.3% of BitTorrent Files Definitely Legal

pmarini Re:Definitively 0.3 per cent (321 comments)

I would definitely want to know how they determined this... I could be making a legal backup copy to the cloud by using BitTorrent...
on a more serious side... "manually verified"? wtf does that mean? how can they possibly know whether the person/organisation/computer seeding or leeching the file has a propere license to do so? I'm pretty sure that they wouldn't have such information so are they assuming that everything that wasn't in public domain or free was actually infringing?
stupid studies...

more than 4 years ago

iPad Bait and Switch — No More Unlimited Data Plan

pmarini Re:Apple versus Microsoft (670 comments)

isn't the whole point of tethering to allow other devices, possibly laptops or other, that will actually use full-fledged websites with flash video and whatnot, therefore increasing the amount of data transfer, which is now being much limited with the new plan?? what were they thinking??

more than 4 years ago

H.264 and VP8 Compared

pmarini Re:For the patent FUDsters sure to follow.... (337 comments)

Creating a new object or technology costs a lot of money

You probably haven't heard of F/OSS yet... you kmow, community development where everyone does what they can and no one pays a dime?
you should research your statement a little longer bfore posting such insane ones...

more than 4 years ago

NASA To Try Powering Mars Rover "Spirit" Out of Sand Trap

pmarini Re:play it like golf (118 comments)

(this is serious) ask Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus what to do... my suggestion is to send some kind of impulse from an orbiting probe that would lift the whole "rover" - be it a mini-storm kind of thing or simply a wind-type blow, much like a golf player would do with a driver club from a sandpit...

maybe a disused concorde ?

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Takes Responsibility For GPL Violation

pmarini too bad (364 comments)

too bad that the IP stack or Mosaic were not released under GPL by BSD and NCSA... could you imagine Microsoft publishing the whole Windows XP code... "Internet Explorer cannot be disabled because it's an integral part of the operating system..."

more than 5 years ago

HD Video From The Edge of Space, On the Cheap

pmarini Re:"Edge of Space" is 100 km (205 comments)

in any case, a non-pressurised, non-heated box like that one would not make the instruments that it contains work above 3 km (10,000 ft), so that's a moot point as the experiment or its video is a fake one...

more than 5 years ago

HD Video From The Edge of Space, On the Cheap

pmarini Re:nothing lie the real thing (205 comments)

on top of that, was the box heated in some way? because I don't see how an off-the-shelf camcorder can still work at sub-zero temperature like those above 3km (10,000 ft) of altitude - see chart, good luck with proving me wrong !!

air temperature

this experiment is utter rubbish, or at least so are the claims

more than 5 years ago

HD Video From The Edge of Space, On the Cheap

pmarini nothing lie the real thing (205 comments)

it looks like a fake film to me... you can notice the horizon curvature even at 100 feet and when it's at the top you can't make a single continent out of the image... is that supposed to be how it looks from 32km heights ? I highly doubt it: if you've ever been on an airplane, you'll notice how big a river or a town looks from 3 or 4 km above the surface and that's how this film looks like, a good miscalculation factor of 10, in my opinion... so the maximum altitude would be 10,714 ft, not 107,145 ft !!

more than 5 years ago

Thanks For the ... Eight-Track, Uncle Alex

pmarini why a "physical" time machine? (633 comments)

you can avoid the "physical" issue by storing the media onto an online account:
- web space hosting these days is rather inexpensive, you will easily find something for less than $50/year
- this way you will only have to make sure that the file format is still readable in 16 years time (she's already 1yo)

more than 5 years ago

Linux-Friendly, Internet-Enabled HDTVs?

pmarini Re:My experiences (277 comments)

just a quickie on the wireless range.
i identified a few different technologies (?) which will give a varied range of control, as in:
- plain 27 MHz wireless devices can go up to 1.8 m (6 ft) - this frequency is reserved for "general use" in both the USA and Europe;
- then the 40 MHz ones that can go up to 3 m (10 ft), but it's a reserved frequency in Europe - for civilian radio-controlled (toy?) airplanes - so it's being slowly deprecated;
- and finally there are the 2.4 GHz ones for either 10 m (33 ft), 15 m (50 ft) or 30 m (100 ft) - not sure why the difference;

all of the above do not require line of sight (can work through walls), which is not true for IR (infrared) devices...

there is also a new generation of bluetooth devices that have various ranges, but a typical one is 10 m (33 ft), and sometime you'll find RF devices (for instance, audio headsets) that can really work from across the street sometime...

to conclude, my personal experience with a set of wireless mouse+keyboard connected to the same receiver: the mouse only works from 1 m (3 ft) away while the keyboard works well even from 4 m (13 ft) away... go figure!

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Patents XML Word Processing Documents

pmarini Re:Xtend, Mbrace, Litigate? (357 comments)

so they've patented the extention, fine by me, that seems doable or at least is copyrightable (as improvements).
now, the issue that I have is that they've been granted a patent on their specific method to store/abuse a text-processing document in XML, but what about other methods that do similar things?
the Patent Office should stop granting patents that it doesn't understand...

more than 5 years ago

Large Hadron Collider Struggling

pmarini Re:All (371 comments)

this one too, unless someone from outer space is trying to keep us away from making a hole in their universe...

more than 5 years ago

Psychopaths Have Brain Structure Abnormality

pmarini Look, you have 6 fingers! (438 comments)

therefore you must be a thief, as the control group only has 5 fingers...
evidence in trials? no, thanks!

more than 5 years ago

First Ever Criminal Arrest For Domain Name Theft

pmarini Re:A slightly different way to resolve this (294 comments)

it's funny to notice that it's exactly like this that the Mafia started... providing state-like "services" from "alternate" sources... and then the people became "addicted" to them... and now it lives on... from within :-)

more than 5 years ago

First Ever Criminal Arrest For Domain Name Theft

pmarini Re:Rebuttal (294 comments)

it's the Pentium @ 90MHz with the floating point error in the firmware... :-)

more than 5 years ago

First Ever Criminal Arrest For Domain Name Theft

pmarini Re:Come on... (294 comments)

more like misappropriation than theft then...

more than 5 years ago

First Ever Criminal Arrest For Domain Name Theft

pmarini Re:Oh, Those Dumb Police Officers! (294 comments)

except that sometime they arrest you instead of the one who broke-in... (like Obama's friend...)

more than 5 years ago

First Ever Criminal Arrest For Domain Name Theft

pmarini Where's the FBI? (294 comments)

How is a local enforcement officer involved in a case of trademark/licensing/brand/virtualspace?

Isn't this something that would have FBI jurisdiction, if anything - unless the "crime" requires the help of the Interpol/Europol...

- How is this a theft? (I'm sure that Cisco didn't accuse Apple of "theft" for the iPhone name...)
- How is this relevant in the XXI century? Surely it would take another couple of centuries before judges and juries would know anything about digital technologies... (no offence, but while I can understand the crime of falsifying financial transactions, I don't see a "theft" here... more like a joyride instead...)

Have fun, the night is still joung!

more than 5 years ago

Bill Gates Remembers 1979

pmarini Re:revisionist crap (310 comments)

peeking at your wisdom, what's your estimate for the number of microcomputers in the USA at the time (1979) ?
somehow I feel that Microsoft didn't have any branch or customer abroad on that year, and in any case I don't think that there were those many [mini|micro|main] computers back then... so how does Gizmodo explain so many BASIC sold?

more than 5 years ago



Internet Explorer below 50% worldwide; its'a first

pmarini pmarini writes  |  more than 4 years ago

pmarini (989354) writes "There are many websites that provide web usage statistics, but this one seems the most accurate as it provides data by country and region, therefore making it possible to easily compare and relate to each local situation.
Based on this website, Internet Explorer has lost the absolute "reign" on the interwebs by staying below 50% for most of the month of September (it's the 20th today)... good news everyone... :-)"

Link to Original Source

pmarini pmarini writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pmarini (989354) writes "I was wondering what would be the initial target for DELL when they decided to go ahead and sell Linux computers (please don't call them PC, I'd rather call them AT-compatible then...) Based on a few articles that I found on the Web, shipment of computers in 2006 was about 200 million units (desktop + laptops) and recent figures show that DELL has a 16-17% of the market share worldwide, which accounts for about 32-34 million units. That means that since Linux has a market share of 3%, they should be more than happy if they sell their share of 1 million Linux computers in the next 12 months which amounts to about 80 thousand per month. Easy!"



Silent censoring by Slashdot

pmarini pmarini writes  |  more than 5 years ago In the last few days, I've been posting a number of replies to articles but apparently Slashdot has decided that they are not worth displaying because when I go back and reload the page they are not there anymore, even after giving it some time in case there is an automatic moderation overlord that might need some time to "approve" them...
Anyone care to comment or explain?


Indirect linking to (alleged) harmful content, removed in Au

pmarini pmarini writes  |  more than 5 years ago It would appear that censorship in Australia has married the anti-"fair use" campaign by the *RIAA...
I wonder if by reporting the issue that would also be considered indirect linking to the harmful content (well, supposed harmful...)
I also wonder how they can make sure that the intermediate links are still active and thus bring to the offending page without breaking the chain at some point - maybe they use some sort of link-checker for HTML websites? - otherwise it wouldn't be offending anymore, right?


The falling giant is begging for attention

pmarini pmarini writes  |  more than 5 years ago The software giant is finally admitting its defeat: "Where do you want to go today?" seems more of an answer to themselves than a slogan for the community of paying customers...
(They already admitted defeat a while ago in the hardware department)
Here's a list of what "good" competition brings to the users:
OOXML Microsoft is adding full support for OpenDocument (ODF) file format to their Office suite of business productivity software with SP2, were not for the competition (already 10% of the market) that they are receiving from OpenOffice.org (now owned by Oracle).
Windows 7 for netbooks
Who would have thought that an OS that normally retails in the few hundred dollars would be able to be included in computers of roughly the same cost? (these days netbooks tend to be more on the $400-$500 range than the original $200 for the EEE PC 701, but anyway...)
Try before you buy
Vista was in beta for 1 year, and Windows 7 release candidate will also be free to use until 1st June 2010. You have to admit, it's a pretty big win for users (due to competition from Apple MacOS X and GNU/Linux), even though corporate ones always had it the easy way.

Where do you think the industry could be if in the last 20 years Microsoft would have not been allowed to persevere in its illegal activities? (remind yourself of the court proceedings before proclaiming them innocent...)


World police - whe're is your privacy now ?

pmarini pmarini writes  |  more than 5 years ago It would appear that there isn't right to privacy anymore on "the tubes": FBI spyware

The software's primary utility appears to be in tracking down suspects that use proxy servers or anonymizing websites to cover their tracks.

Why on Earth a US court would have jurisdiction to authorise access on computers of people leaving abroad or using third-countries proxies is beyond me...


Prediction: Firefox 3.5 most used browser by end of summer

pmarini pmarini writes  |  more than 5 years ago [original post from 19th April 2009]

Seeing the recent trends of:
- Firefox users quickly upgrading to the latest version
- Internet Explorer users stuck with company policies and the likes

I can easily predict the prompt jump of Firefox 3.5 to the top spot in all of the 5 continents (or 6 continents, depending on how many fingers there are in your hands) as the single most used browser version, followed by Internet Explorer 7 & 8 and a few monsters still using version 6. Do not also forget the growing share of Safari users, already over 5%, as iPhone and iPod Touch users account for 50% of mobile Web access...

Long live the king

(btw, that would be summer in the northern emisphere... those in latin America, Africa & Oceania will have to wait until Christmas)

[update on 9th September 2009]
The prediction is well underway, with Europe as the first continent where it happens: http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser_version-eu-daily-20090810-20090908

[update on 23rd November 2009]
The day that it happened: on 22nd November 2009, Firefox 3.5 was the most used browser version worldwide !!! http://gs.statcounter.com/#browser_version-ww-daily-20091105-20091122


Most computer attacks now originate from the USA

pmarini pmarini writes  |  more than 5 years ago The USA finally took the top spot in a category no one would want to be: the country where most Internet attacks are coming from: link


Expedia (ex Microsoft) moving from .NET Framework to Java

pmarini pmarini writes  |  more than 5 years ago today I was browsing some job offers and I came across one where Expedia is looking for software developers and in the job description it specifically mentions they are required for the migration of all their software written in C# towards a new worldwide platform to be written in Java
guess that shows when and why businesses choose what in the first place...


Need not apply

pmarini pmarini writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Yesterday I was applying for a job and one of the first pages in the application had a big title saying:
Resume Upload
at which I thought "gee, I haven't started yet and already it asks me to resume the upload of a file ?!"
while instead it was attempting to mean "upload of your resume" (which is another word for CV)...


Microsoft is now its own competition

pmarini pmarini writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Microsoft is now competing with its own products:
- IE 7 has just passed the 50% mark of the total IE share (remind yourself that it's a mandatory update so users must *explicitly* prevent its installation) and they're almost ready to roll IE 8
- Vista has barely passed the 10% mark (don't believe their hype, many have plainly got Vista OEM/Corporate but installed and used XP on their computer) and Windows 7 is already on the xmas shopping list


The real (job)market share of Linux

pmarini pmarini writes  |  more than 5 years ago Funny what I found on the homepage of a job board (link) today:

- adverts mentioning the keyword "Windows" = 4202
- adverts mentioning the keyword "Linux" = 1555
- adverts mentioning the keyword "UNIX" = 2301

- adverts mentioning the keyword "SQL Server" = 4344
- adverts mentioning the keyword "SQL" = 7206
- adverts mentioning the keyword "Oracle" = 3378

- adverts mentioning the keyword ".NET" = 3100
- adverts mentioning the keyword "Java" = 3346

This might not be the year of Linux or Open Source (yet) but it's definetely not the year of Microsoft...

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