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7 posts • joined 5 Dec 2007

Boffins: Ordinary lightbulbs can be made efficient, cheaply

Ethan Grammatikidis
Coat

*engages brain, makes connection*

Oh huh, I just realised the same laser technique could be applied to halogens, and likely should as the operation of a normal bulb would rapidly burn away the efficient layer. Hmm now... we could be looking at better than 80% saving between the 2 techniques. That's more like it.

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Ethan Grammatikidis
Paris Hilton

*sigh*

You describe a >50% improvement where halogens are already on the order of a 66% and energy savers are nearer 87%.

Paris because >90% of the population of the country are energy airheads.

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Software copyright inspection powers used for first time

Ethan Grammatikidis
Linux

Can only benefit FOSS

If copyright continues to be enforced harshly, I'm sure many businesses would find the GPL limitations well worth the hassle -- most of what they would be interacting with would be LGPL libraries anyway... Sometimes I wonder if GPL fears are inflated, how many businesses could actually have to hack GPL code and distribute their modifications in-house anyway?

Anyway, there is a balance of risk - a choice businesses must make when choosing software. Harsh copyright enforcement swings that balance in favour of OSS. I expect a great many more businesses will find OSS the more reasonable option. A portion of those businesses will find it acceptable to contribute to OSS projects.

There are still OSS projects that need contribution to come up to the same standard as commercial equivalents, and there's always room for improvement in any software. If this kind of action spreads worldwide perhaps it could lead to a tipping point, where commerce can no longer compete in the software field except in niche applications.

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Apple is Fisher-Price of sound quality, says Neil Young

Ethan Grammatikidis
Thumb Up

Declining standards

Maybe he's motivated by a precipitous decline in standards on Apple's side. I have a clamshell iBook (2001-ish), and the audio output is frankly wonderful. It makes the Sound Blaster Live in my main comp sound like mere onboard audio. A pity the old clamshell can't handle modern codecs.

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Ethan Grammatikidis
Flame

AUGH!

Separate to my other comment, the number of people I want to HIT in this thread is... well, I don't usually want to hit anyone. What on this planet possibly gives so many people the right to ground their statements in the fantasy that if they can't hear something, no-one else possibly could either?

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Spinning, flashing Linux logo droid comes to UK

Ethan Grammatikidis
Alien

DnD Makefiles?

I don't think the shiny and mighty IDEs of Windows stoop so low as to use Makefiles.

I would suggest that it might be compiled with cygwin, but I suspect the dongle requires a kernel module for True Incompatibility.

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Nigerian keyboard firm sues One Laptop per Child

Ethan Grammatikidis
Alien

ye gods...

This layout goes back way further than the Atari ST, to the European release of the IBM XT if not PC itself. Part of it is virtually identical to the British PC layout. I would be very surprised if a number of keyboard layouts 'historically' used in Nigeria itself were actually identical. Certainly there must have been keyboards featuring similar concepts in the country for decades if computers were used to produce or label anything for shipment to the neighboring French-speaking countries.

Perhaps the Lagos company is 'merely' looking for publicity. I wonder if OLPC ever will see any legal papers from it.

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