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Microsoft's Mundie Sees a Future In Spatial Computing

shd666 Rainbows End (89 comments)

This article brings Vernor Vinge's

Rainbows End

to my mind. It's a science fiction book set out in the near future where people use personal gear to operate in a virtual reality that is globally connected. The spatial web seems to have many similarities to it. A good read, I recommend!

more than 5 years ago

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VS1053 - a chip for open audio formats

shd666 shd666 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

shd666 writes "VLSI Solution announced VS1053, the first Open for all parties chip for decoding open and standardized audio formats. Supported formats include MP3, Ogg Vorgis, WMA, AAC, Midi, WAV and others. Full VS1053 programming specifications are available for any party that wants adopt the chip for mass market products. The chip is targeted for low power applications. The product is based on a 16-bit DSP whereas most products use a 32-bit DSP that is less power efficient. VS1053 uses a fraction of power for playing Ogg Vorbis sound compared to its competitors. This is the first product to support real-time Ogg Vorbis encoding to enable low bandwidth transmission of speech and sound for interactive applications."
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Internet Dismantling State Church in Finland

shd666 shd666 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Agnostic (451529) writes "The Freethinkers of Tampere, who advocate separation of state and church in Finland, created a web site in 2003 to assist people in resigning from the church. The Web site became a big success, as 80% of all resignations in 2006 went through the web site. This article covers the decline of Finnish state church and its current status. Resigning from the church is as easy as filling one web form, and hence resignation rates have been increasing rapidly for several years. Finnish state church has many privileges set in law, including that every company has to pay taxes for the church. It can collect membership taxes through state officials, and avoids paying several taxes."
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Internet Secularizing Finland

shd666 shd666 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Agnostic writes "The Finnish State Church enjoys special privileges written into law, including taxing companies and citizens, and so forth. This article will argue for separation of state and church in Finland. This article is a continuation for an earlier article published in Slashdot. The membership decline of the State Church has become more rapid in 2007 due to an Internet site helping citizens to resign from the church. This was made possible by a law passed in 2004 that allows a citizen to resign from the state church by sending just one email. This year, 61% of all resignees are under 30 years old, which implies a dim future for the church if the trend continues."
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