Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You
I'll be impressed with Google's solution once they leave the comforts of California and drive day to day on the snow and ice of places like Minnesota, Montana and so on.
I'm sure they will master it someday but until then, Googles solution is incomplete.
ARM Based Server Cluster Benchmarked
While the page with benchmark data includes an intel v ARM comparison, when it came to the power consumption charts there was no intel data to be found. None.
If one of the major themes of the product is power consumption, wouldn't it stand to reason that Intel numbers to compare would be critical as part of the review?
Ubuntu Will Soon Ship On 5% of New PCs
So let's assume for a moment and this is true and there really were 8-10 million pre-installs of ubuntu on new hardware. If true, this should be detectable and show up in the form of ubuntu boxes running on the network and their users surfing the web. After all 8-10 million is a little under yearly mac sales. Sure maybe not all ubuntu installs will be on the network, but a significant percentage SHOULD be...
But it doesn't add up. Consider:
Apr 2012 Mac 6.5%, Linux 1%
Linux ranges from 0.7% to 2.9% Apple's OSX 6.3% to 14.04%
Certainly this kind of measurement is far less then perfect, but what strikes me is that if as Canonical asserts they are seeing these kind of install numbers for Ubuntu and if one were to add in Debian, RedHat and so on, yet still in the counting of web clients OSX is being seen in the wild several multiples more often than all Linux installs together, it would strongly suggest to me that the Linux numbers quoted are at best incorrect. We know how many new Macs are sold every quarter since Apple shares those numbers.
It's not the year of the Linux Desktop as much as we might all want it to be. Sadly Windows AND OSX are kicking Linux's butt when it comes down to number of users.
Third-Generation Apple TV Lands With a Thud
or more simply put:
Asking if Apple is responsible for the "revolutionary" devices like the iPad, iPod, iPhone vs the first devices in the class is like suggesting George Washington wasn't responsible for a good portion of the American revolution but instead it was all some guy in a bar who was bitching about the British before everyone else was.
Why 2012 Will Be the Year of the Android Tablet
I thought 2012 was the year of the Linux Desktop!
Galaxy Tab 10.1 Vs. iPad 2 Review
If you're someone that wants to get into the device, and do plenty of your own modifications then sure get an android based tablet that fits into your desired price/feature range. You'll be glad you did and have lots of fun.
If you want to use a tablet and not fiddle with it then I'd recommend getting an iPad. It "just works" and there's plenty of great software.
Apple Agrees To Pay Licensing Fees To Nokia
You are of course assuming that only Motorola, HTC and Samsung make Android devices. I didn't make any claims wrt those companies and what they have or haven't licensed. You're right, not all makers of Android devices are in trouble unless say the Oracle case goes bad.
Rather my point is that if you make an Android device and you don't have your license agreements in place, that's not exactly a warm cozy place to be. Nokia wants (and needs) their licensing revenue.
Apple Agrees To Pay Licensing Fees To Nokia
Now with Apple and Nokia making up, users of Android are likely in for it next. Consider Apple has more than enough money to make Nokia go away and settle this suit. Apple almost makes more money in this space this all the mobile handset makers combined. This does imply that while the Android makers ship plenty of devices, (more than apple) they don't make a great deal of profit at it.
Nokia is in need of money. A lot of money. So they went after Apple and Apple gave them what they wanted and needed. Apple while no friend of Nokia is slaughtering them in the market... course so is everyone else.
However the next competitors to Nokia are the Android handset makers. Nokia needs more money, so I don't doubt we'll see more lawsuits but now aimed at Android.
Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?
So we have a Windows columnist suggesting that Apple is going to kill off OSX?
Sure it could happen.
This is akin to Microsoft killing off Windows.
Sure it could happen.
Monkeys might flight out of my butt.
100 P2P Users Upload 75% of Content
Hmm so a mere 100 people are responsible for most that is uploaded to BT sites.... their names?
Al De Boner
Huge Jackman ...
Have these people never seen the movie Sparticus?
Careful What You Post, the FBI Has More of These
Thus far as reported these people are innocent and that it was perhaps a posting to a website or other innocent thing that they did so it's unreasonable for the FBI to take any interest into these people.
Like the FBI has broadcast to the public all the information they know about these people and what their connections are which has gained them interest by the FBI.
What's the chances that the folks be watched when confronted or approached by the media are going to loudly proclaim something to the effect "DIE AMERICANS! The streets will flow with the blood of the ... " .. you get my point. Not likely.
So I appreciate that one is innocent until proven guilty but I think you also have to acknowledge that certainly 3 letter organizations are going to follow leads and check into people to keep the country safe. That's their job. It's not necessarily evil nor is necessarily good either but that's how these things work in this day and age of bat-shit crazy terrorism.
iOS Update May Tackle iPhone 4's Antenna Problems
I have one and thus far comparing it to my 3Gs, reception seems to be markedly better. I'm in a fairly rural area on the edge of AT&T service. I just don't see what the fuss is about.
Will Adobe Sue Apple Over Flash?
Yeah ... that Java .. the one that promised to compile once and run everywhere....
It sucked. Least the user interfaces always did. There was never a native look to it. You could always tell you were staring at a Java app.
So, in a way, I'm kinda with Apple on this one. Cross - FOO to iPhone direct... no. C# -> XCode -> iPhone which uses the native interfaces. Yes.
Will Your Answers To the Census Stay Private?
Census data is akin to medical records. You want your person information to remain confidential generally speaking but aggregated together, it's not hard to argue that such data could be used to benefit research and therefore benefit mankind. However confidentiality to one's family is probably less important. For example if your family has a history of heart conditions, you'd rather like to know that, even if Grandpa so and so never told you.
Having access to census data when trying to even research your family tree is critical. While genealogy isn't as much of a benefit to mankind as medicine, it at least means something to me at a personal level. I'm very very glad that old census records are available.
I completely agree that census data just like medical records is open to abuse. Profiling of any race is just plain wrong and the government should never have allowed that and those that did it should have been caught and prosecuted.
Google vs. China — Who's Got the Most To Lose?
There's a small part of me that would like to see other companies follow in the footsteps of Google. Get out of China. Just leave.
This is a poor example but I can't help using it. Remember South Africa? There was a time when quite a number of companies just didn't do business there given how that government was (not) working for it's people. I'd like to think this helped change things for the better in South Africa.
It's not that I want to force my idea / style of government onto the people of China, but .. well .. besides North Korea and Cuba are there any other communistic states left? Would any people as a whole choose to convert to a communistic system. I'm thinking no.
And in a way, walking away from China as a whole, send a bit of a wake up call to the Chinese that, "O by the way, we care about how people are treated. We care about freedom." They need to too. When people in a place such as China can see how things are elsewhere in the world, it can and should plant the seed for change for the better for China. Probably overly optimistic on my part but hey, it's something.
Great grand internet firewalls need to go. Speech needs to be free.
IBM Stops Disclosing US Headcount Data
If this data is so critical, it's not like the US government doesn't have it. How do you know this?
You know those things called W-2 tax forms? Remember ... the US government gets a copy of those which has the employer ID on it. The data is there.
So if the US government would like a nice break down of all employers and employees .. there ya go. Crunch away on the IRS data base.
Apple's iPhone Developer License Agreement Revealed
If you were to take the Apple agreement and compare it to many a confidentiality agreement or similar agreements when two companies are working together you'd find the language etc etc etc are pretty much the same.
But alas that kind of reality check doesn't make good inflammatory "news" nor get the slashdot crowd up in arms to advance someone else's agenda.
DirecTV Sued By Washington State
We've had equally "interesting" experiences ....
1) We upgraded one of our boxes to the DirecTV DVR ... cost us a few hundred dollars as I recall... only to find out that unlike our own receiver(s) this upgrade wasn't owned by us but leased with a monthly charge for the lease no less. So I called them up indicating I wanted my old hardware back and to come and get the new box. They never returned the old hardware claiming, "well we're not sure where that went, would you like a movie channel free for a month?"
2) Our bill suddenly shows a "2nd" leased receiver charge... Do we have a 2nd receiver that is leased? No. As I indicated before I always bought our own hardware with the exception of the "upgrade" fiasco. Never mind this other supposedly leased receiver isn't even hooked up... took them the better part of an hour to finally get it. Granted I probably will be hooking that one back up again (and HR10-250) since the MPEG 4 tivo receiver STILL isn't out yet and their HD DVR really really sucks.
And hey while I'm bending your ear... the other thing that makes me see red is wrt their NFL sunday ticket. So I like football and the team I follow isn't always on the local channels since we're in a different market. Now everybody everywhere is shooting NFL football in HD. You think DirecTV Sunday Ticket would show you the game in HD? HA! Fork over another $99 on top of the already astronomical NFL Sunday Ticket price. Now I could understand the extra price back the "good ol days" before the switch over but we're well past that.
Pretty sad state of affairs....
Comparing the Freedoms Offered By Maemo and Android
There's a number of options out there. I'm going to speak as a developer for this reply.
Nobody and I mean nobody that allows development on their device is really and truly operating as an open source project. Them's the facts of the matter. There is definitely a sliding scale of open here with lots of gray areas here and there. Take the iPhone, at least as a dev you get access to early release software prior to release. For android can you go and find the 2.0 SDK anywhere? Nope. So much for Verizon's claims about 'droid being 'open'.
Be it Android, PalmOS, iPhone, Maemo, Moblin, whatever do any of these projects have open mailing lists setting directions of the project? Nope. Everyone of them get's an EPIC FAIL in my book for openness. Granted all of them at least allow you to develop apps. If you're someone making a living making apps, then that's going to be 'good enough'. As a developer you just nee to pick the ecosystem that makes the most sense to you.
However if you're a traditional open source developer looking to participate, the bad news is, "sorry" ... no one is really catering to that in my opinion. But is that kind of "cold" treatment really something that has ever stopped open source developers? Let's not forget that a Maemo, Android, Moblin, Palm's WebOS all include open source packages at least does mean that they have to continue to get their code from the community. Granted they can effectively fork and port their patches forward time and again, but you'd hope over time they'll learn... get involved with the community, work with the community .. be open... time will tell. Least across the board things have come a long way and we're not saddled with a 90% windows (mobile) market share. Competition between OSes for cell phones sure makes for exciting times.
DirecTV's New HD-DVR
Now that this box is out is seems that many a DirecTV customer (including myself) is weighing their options and it seems to be coming down to two things:
1) Switch to cable and *HAVE* a choice of series 3 Tivo / build a Myth, etc....
2) Stick with DirecTV on hardware that's dictated to the customer, offered by a company with a less than stellar reputation for customer satisfaction.
Hmm is it any surprise that #1 seems to be the popular choice?
Looking at it deeper, when customers of DirecTV who have Tivo systems have been utilizing the programming, Tivo is effectively the interface to the TV for them now. It is well put together. It works. It's intuitive. Universally they like the interface. Even my non-technical wife is the same, and way back when we sunset our series 1 tivo I was told spot on, the only acceptable upgrade was something with Tivo, so getting an HR10-250 was a no brainer. (o darn!)
But as time went forward and the features of the series 2 Tivo have been kept out of DirecTV Tivo offerings, my displeasure with DirecTV has risen. I've always found it amazing that direcTV never enabled any of the home media capabilities even tho the Tivo hardware in our direcTV box could have done it. Customers begging for it, begging to pay for it even ... and they say no?
When it comes down to it, one can get the same programming as DirecTV over cable. The cable companies on account of the FCC and the cable card standard effectively have to play nice with the Series 3 Tivo or other hardware. The cable card standard has enabled choice.
DirecTV ... well if they are effectively going to force folks away from the well loved Tivo enabled hardware and only allow people to use the "one true hardware" that comes down to them from DirecTV, then they are going to force me and many others away as customers. As with many things it's about choice. The world of cable has choice, DirecTV does not. No Tivo choice, then it really starts to add up to a great big 'screw'em' sort of result for DirecTV as they switch over to MPEG4 and sunset their older hardware.
Companies that take this sort of brutal approach and ignore their customers like that just don't survive for long in today's world. It's another great example of open vs closed, and yet again, open wins.