The Opensource Embracers.
Just to niggle those at the company who don't like it, and nod to the Embrace, Extend, Extinguish cycle ...
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Please LG, don't screw us over like samsung did with the accessories for the galaxy nexus.
Give us official car & desk docks at a reasonable price with the launch of the device, or quickly after.
Samsung was several months. In fact, I'm not sure that everything they promised has been release yet.
The last couple of nexus phones have had no SD card and only 16GB of storage. It's kind of what they do.
I'd like a larger option, personally.
Also, the styling of the device looks really poor and uninspiring.
However, at £280 for a quad core phone with an IPS screen, 2G ram and wireless charging ... I might well be tempted ...
Nice to see you've read that article with such a high degree of comprehension. But apparently missed the significance of one of the key phrases
"So then, the question is, why do people deny this? ... if your answer to that question is, "oh, because they're stupid" -- well, you're wrong."
The point of the article is that motivated reasoning is the cause of a lot of the mismatch between what certain people say - and that it certainly occurs in all areas and that no-one is immune. But science is itself an attempt to get over that hurdle by measuring against reality and having an open debate over the actual data.
The reason I linked Chris Mooney is that Lewis' article attempted to counter "The Arctic is melting" message with a "The Antarctic is growing" message, even though that message is partial and inappropriate in this context, and I believe anyone who actually looks at the data and pulls this argument out of it is deliberately blinding themselves. Hence, reliance on it appears to come from motivated reasoning.
Of course, the chances are that Lewis' did not look at the data, but simply repeated what he's heard from other sources that he liked the sound of. This is what most of us do, certainly it's what I do, as I don't have the time or inclination to actually look at the data myself and try to parse it.
If climate science really is such a mess, you should be able to pick up a bounty here by showing it:
Contrary points of view are all very well, but to quote Jeff:
"But Antarctic sea ice is growing!
It's a sure thing that when Arctic sea ice hits new record lows, global warming contrarians will attempt to draw attention away from the Arctic by talking about sea ice around Antarctica.
This analysis is highly misleading, as it ignores the fact that Antarctica has actually been warming in recent years. In fact, the oceans surrounding Antarctica have warmed faster than the global trend, and there has been accelerated melting of ocean-terminating Antarctic glaciers in recent years as a result of warmer waters eating away the glaciers. There is great concern among scientists about the stability of two glaciers in West Antarctica (the Pine Island and Thwaites Glaciers) due the increase in ocean temperatures. These glaciers may suffer rapid retreats that will contribute significantly to global sea level rise. "
This article appears to tie in well with the "smart idiot" effect:
Microsoft wont say what patents android allegedly infringes, so any attempt to stop infringing is impossible.
Software patents have an appalling track record for being obvious stuff. Bill Gates said as much in his 1980's memo to get more patents, something along the line of "Just think of what's coming along the line and patent it, it doesn't have to be groundbreaking". The whole patent licensing issue is on extremely bad terms from microsoft.
I've never been particularly happy with LoveFilm as a streaming service. Mainly due to movie availability, quality of the interface, etc.
However, until now, I've always wanted them to succeed.
But moving from something doomed but ubiquitous to something that's doomed and nowhere, well, screw them, we're cancelling. It's just easier to torrent the bastard things.
We might stream on demand from android market. Unless I root my xoom. Hmm, torrents just look better and better.
Yet Spotify still feels like it's working quite nicely ...
It's certainly a tradition of carriers to royally f*ck up the phones they sell. If it's not blocking off voip apps and removing mapping features on an 'upgrade' it's putting dodgy 'improvements' on the phone that they then can't be bothered to upgrade to the latest baseline when it comes out.
Very happy with my nexus one, brought sim free from the google store. No carriers or phone manufacturers to get in the way with their 'improvements' and break it.
To counter this report I'll like to James Hamilton's blog:
HPC has a history of people saying 'never' and then jumping ship faster than ever imagined.
Worries about algorithms and data always have been bumf. Also, it's possible that HPC in the could may open the field of HPC to _more_ people, established players are not the only possible beneficiaries.
Yeah, works great for updating firefox, flash, java, chrome, air, notepad++, spotify, openoffice, and all games.
Oh wait, I mean they all implement their own updates triggered by background tasks or on startup ...
Windows - for when you want to manage a hundred different ways of updating your apps.
Performance is only one part of the reason for the compile it yourself approach.
The other part is to provide a true continuous release process customized to your needs, rather than the periodical big bangs provided by binary distros.
A binary package may have to provide separate versions of a package, "Ubuntu 9.04, 9.10, 10.0.4" each compiled for the specific version of the platform you're targetting. This is one of the main reasons that they have major bumps - so that everything can be built on the same compiler, libc, etc.
In gentoo, the whole system continouously evolves onwards as new packages are released. There's no need to package for a specific version of the platform, set your dependencies accordingly and it will keep everything in trim.
It's not as automated as it could be, and is definitely not for the faint of heart, but there's payoff's too.
It's another option in your choice of how to run your shop.
After all, there's been allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against him leading to his arrest. Wouldn't this show up on the CRB check?
What if someone else lodges a false complaint? Especially if they know that doing so would bolster the case against him. "Arrested twice, huh?"
What about that american visa waiver question - he's been arrested for moral terpitude, so presumably he can't get the waiver online ... does he now have to carry documentation to determine his innocence in the matter?
One advantage I find with this phone is that it's completely stand-alone, you don't need any software at all on your computer for day to day usage. Even upgrading the firmware can be done entirely on the phone itself.
By using web based apps, like facebook and google mail/talk, everything is just automatically sync'd with what you see on your computer.
It does work best if you use a google account to sync everything up. Also, the failover mode is awesome, especially if you allow google to backup everything - if you reset your phone, or get a replacement, everything is re-installed and restored automatically on the handset once you log back in to your google account. (SD card contents may be the exception here).
One downside I've found is that the touch screen can be slow: you can't play musical instruments like drums or keyboard on this phone and have any rythym - even tho the apps exist to let you. And typing can be a problem as it occasionally chooses keys completely unrelated to where you pressed. This isn't always a problem, my phone tends to go through spurts of this.
All in all, an excellent attempt, and the first gadget I actually use on a daily basis for ages.
Eric Raymond posted about exactly this just recently:
How smartphones will disrupt PC's: http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=1759
Basically, in a few years if you add a keyboard and monitor to your smartphone you'll have a platform that's good for 90% of the uses of a PC, with useable interfaces, but with the advantages that you can just unplug it and use it as a normal phone as you do now.
Lets face it. Nexus One, 1Ghz processor, 4Gb hard disk, 0.25Gb RAM. This was a reasonable PC not long ago. It runs googleearth, java apps and web browsers just fine.
I'm sure it's not too hard to attach a bluetooth keyboard to a device like this, and if it could power a full sized display, we're pretty much there.
The catch is natural lock in - MS are pretty worried about rivals such as open source kits which are available for free, especially in this economy. This way they can pretty much eliminate the "free" aspect of the competition, and after three years (eternity for a startup) you've got the choice of paying them some actual money or porting everything to another system. After three years of development, the latter's not likely.
Also it's designed for companies that offer web design for other customers. So the customers have their website on an MS stack, if they want to take their business elsewhere, it'll have to be someone else who's on an MS stack, or face a more expensive rewrite.
It's a fairly genious marketing ploy. Everything gets based on the MS stack, which as we all know is fantastically interoperable with everything else out there.
I still think that reducing posted speed limits by 1mph would be more cost effective than this without particularly affecting travel times. For the same reason that advertisers usually take a penny off the price, (29) gets you thinking 20-something, (30) gets you thinking 30-something.
That's a fine theory, and testable - ie, do ants regularly go jab their mandibles into a high leaf when they're ill? I suspect people who study this may have already considered it ...
Actually I'm not sure why it would make sense that the ants, when feeling ill, would of their own volition position themselves high above other ants and let the disease bearing agents rain down on their kin.
Personally I'll at least listen to the people who care about being right on this.
It looks like the eula's only on the website, but I downloaded the installer through a direct link to the exe and was completely unaware that it existed.
Also the eula wasn't shown during the install.
So they don't have an agreement from me on this copyright, and presumably many others - so it's a worthless document.
Still, I've uninstalled it on principle, pending proper clarification, can't be having that, even if it is supposed to be for promotion of the browser (no you can't use my confidential company data in your screenshot).
Ah, so is this the flatlanding that Wilber goes on about, when the "externals" are the only realities considered, and the internal "models" thrown away or considered worthless?
It doesn't strike me that you can follow one line or the other and be balanced, throwing out models for facts alone seems like a dry and possibly ethically challenged viewpoint, as bad a throwing out facts and just living in a world of arbitrary models.
And other models, like spiral dynamics, that see individual people developing through stages. As people develop, God takes on different forms, a personal God that's out there and looking down is actually one of the lower levels, but the higher levels aren't too well populated yet ...
Higher levels require higher intelligence (well, cognition, almost but not quite the same), but higher intelligence alone isn't enough.
Not sure how much there is to it, but it sounds good.
"There are NO absolutes" ... that's right, absolutely NO absolutes - absolutely stated :)
I'm all for what these guys are doing, whether adding names to source is right or wrong, I don't really care, point is they've found what they think is an indicator of poisonous people. Find it, take it out, move on. If you disagree with their policy, then here's a hint - the test is actually _how_ you disagree, and looking at these comments is quite an education in that respect.
There's a lot of projects which have to deal with poisonous people, and gentoo is one where a lot of damage has been caused by them.
There's definitely a balancing act to keep talent without bogging down on politics, but having seen the results of a lot of people's unchecked vitriol, I think I'm glad that at least some people are finding ways to keep a tab on these things.