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No Firefox For iOS, Says Mozilla's Product Head

tehniobium Re:Not Objective C (318 comments)

So, by that reasoning, Opera is written in Objective C, seen as it does have an iOS version?

Also, Firefox can hardly be said to be written in XUL, it's more than likely written in C/C++ and uses XUL internally for user interfaces.

about a year and a half ago
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No Firefox For iOS, Says Mozilla's Product Head

tehniobium Re:Dear EU (318 comments)

If the EU force Apple to have a browser ballot on iOS, I do believe Steve Jobs will be turning ever so violently in his grave :D

On a more serious note: couldn't the fact that Apple forces all apps to be purchased through their own app store just as well be seen as anti-competitive?

about a year and a half ago
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How Old Were You When You First Got a Cell Phone?

tehniobium Re:I'm old (330 comments)

I'm 23, some/most my friends got their phones when they where 12-ish, and as far as I could tell they mainly used them to harass/bully each other and play pranks. When I got my phone (around 14 I think) I hardly used it either, and to this date it is still more of a communication device as opposed to a social device to me.

What I am trying to say is that it hardly makes your son weird that he doesn't use his phone much, it probably mainly means that he isn't a bully himself, and if he is bullied, it's on facebook or in person.

about a year and a half ago
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Bitcoin Mining Reward About To Halve

tehniobium Re:Whoops (600 comments)

Two things:

Firstly, if they try to do this, the price of bitcoins will rise wildly as they do so (they cant buy them all at once, and as more bitcoins are taken out of circulation, they will presumably become more valuable). This means that everyone who has bitcoins will make money - nothing lost as far as i can tell.

Secondly, what's to prevent a second issuing - say "Bitcoin 2.0" - from occuring, and the whole thing from starting over? The technology still works, and all that would need to happen would be an announcement on the bitcoin website. I'm pretty sure the government would be concerned about this if they are going to pump a whole load of cash into buying all of them.

about a year and a half ago
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What Is Your Favorite Halloween Treat?

tehniobium Re:Salty liquorice (267 comments)

I wouldn't even call it an acquired taste - maybe it's genetic, certainly, I've loved strong salty liquorice all my life!

about 2 years ago
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Judge Rules Pi-Based Music Is Non-Copyrightable

tehniobium Re:Is PI Normal? (183 comments)

Haha, I hadn't thought about the simulation of the universe consequence, that's pretty remarkable actually!

more than 2 years ago
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Judge Rules Pi-Based Music Is Non-Copyrightable

tehniobium Re:Is PI Normal? (183 comments)

I know, but I figured i would explain only this consequence to my fellow slashdotters, as the more precise definition is a bit harder to understand :-)

more than 2 years ago
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Judge Rules Pi-Based Music Is Non-Copyrightable

tehniobium Re:Is PI Normal? (183 comments)

Way to take my joke seriously...

more than 2 years ago
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Judge Rules Pi-Based Music Is Non-Copyrightable

tehniobium Is PI Normal? (183 comments)

This means that is has just become VERY important for mathematicians to figure out whether PI is normal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normal_number)
(TL;DR version: a normal number is one in which every sequence of digits occurs)

You see, if every sequence occurs in PI, this actually means that no sequence is copyrightable, abolishing copyright right away :)

more than 2 years ago
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Programming Prodigy Arfa Karim Passes Away At 16

tehniobium Re:Certified Microsoft Professional (536 comments)

Just out of curiosity (and failed googling):

What is the source for: "the only apps she'd programmed were a calculator app and an app that sorted numbers."?

more than 2 years ago
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Timothy Lord Checks Out Keyboards & Tech At CES

tehniobium Re:nice (59 comments)

I thought the gell keyboard was by far the most clever product...I dont have a tablet, but something like that could make it more viable?

more than 2 years ago
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Timothy Lord Checks Out Keyboards & Tech At CES

tehniobium Re:All in One (59 comments)

It needs to be thinner / look more sexy. Also, those laser keyboard suck, as there is 0 tactile feedback.

I also think that some of the stuff it does is pointless, if they are really going for a mobile device (many of the ports, and maybe even the projector?, also it's too big and fat to be something you carry around), and on the other hand, some of it's features are pointless if it's NOT a mobile device (built in mouse/keyboard/touchscreen) - it does not look like a particularly handy device to hold, so the touchscreen seems like an unnecessary expense...

more than 2 years ago
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Mexican Cartel Beheads Another Blogger

tehniobium Re:If they're going to do this shit anyways (536 comments)

I'm pretty sure they would just (as they always have done) kill anybody non-zeta who tries to sell drugs.

Legal or not, the cartels would still be the ones selling drugs. In fact it would probably be easier for them, now that it's legal!

more than 2 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Panic About Closed Source MySQL Extensions

tehniobium Re:Poisoned chalice devalues forking... (171 comments)

This sounds like a rather week strategy to me. Presumably anything they can make proprietary extensions do will have an OSS alternative before too long. That having been said, anyone who uses these proprietary extensions knows that Oracle can make them expensive if they want to - so if that really is a problem, they just wont be used.

I do however share your concern that Oracle will stop at nothing to milk some money out of MySQL - and unlike OpenOffice.org, MySQL is used everywhere by a very large amount of people. I guess pretty much the only good thing is that PostgresSQL is a solid alternative.

more than 2 years ago
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IE 9 Beats Other Browsers at Blocking Malicious Content

tehniobium It has to be (235 comments)

Well IE9 HAS to be the best at "catching attacks aimed at making the user download Web-based malware".

That's because only the most stupid web user (read: the most stupid 50%) click banners which go "OMG YOU MUST MAKE YOU COMPUTER FAST AND NOT HAVE VIRUZES NAO!". And yes...they are using Internet Explorer, because quite frankly, they aren't smart enough to spot that Chrome/Firefox are better than IE.

about 3 years ago
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Are Google's Best Days Behind It?

tehniobium Re:Fun (283 comments)

This should be both +5 Funny and +5 insighful.

about 3 years ago
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Are Google's Best Days Behind It?

tehniobium Re:Yes (283 comments)

Remember that Google was founded in 1998. So its ~13 years old. I don't believe anyone is predicting that the online "buck" will move to China (or for that matter Russia) within the next 13 years. Sure it's moving, but it will be much longer before the spending power of an average Chinese person comes close to that of a "westerner".

My point is Revotron is probably right - those are not the markets that will propel Google to further greatness - at least not by short or medium term Google time.

about 3 years ago
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Is Free Software Ready For E-publishing?

tehniobium Re:through HTML (221 comments)

Once you practice a little bit with LaTeX (we're talking using it for a couple of weeks) there really is no headache.

In fact, the lack of headache from LaTeX is what makes it better than any WYSIWYG editor out there (LyX is good, but still a headache imo)

about 3 years ago
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I would soonest put my trust in a ...

tehniobium Re:Speak for yourself... (312 comments)

Why shouldn't a robo-plane be able to look out the window? If I was building one, I would add cameras various places on the exterior, and always cross reference all measurements before making a decision.

about 3 years ago

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Danish ISP to provide free music downloads

tehniobium tehniobium writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tehniobium writes "The danish ISP TDC (the largest ISP in Denmark) have announced that they will be offering free music downloads to large amounts of their broadband and mobile customers. They say their selection of music accounts for 70% of music bought in Denmark and includes three of the big four.

This could be the ultimate outbreak of common sense from both record companies and ISP's that we have been waiting for (and predicting) on slashdot and is a pleasant surprise after the first danish ISP shut of access to The Pirate Bay not so long ago

The article is in danish — view the first comment for an English translation."

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