13 posts • joined Thursday 14th June 2007 12:02 GMT
They're offering money for the TOP apps?
Kinda says it all, doesn't it? The top-selling apps should be making good money just by virtue of being - wait for it - the top-selling apps. So clearly the only way to make money from Palm's app store is for Palm to pay you itself. Is it any wonder that mobile developers are staying away in droves?
As a mobile dev myself, the only viable opportunities right now are iPhone (for current installed user base) and Android (for growth potential). My time is too valuable to invest in Palm's shaky future.
You give too much credit to the Sauber F1...
...regenerative braking has been commonplace on EVs for a loooooong time.
I like the specs on this one, but for me it bears a strong resemblance to GM's ill-fated EV1. 2-seat, decent range, decent acceleration, lease only... Let's just hope BMW has enough sense to keep this incarnation alive. Virtually EVERY family's second car should be electric.
Gas plant startup
Another blindingly obvious point here. Given the article claims the UK could run off pumped storage hydro (like Dinorwig, or the Tanygrisiau station I can see from where I'm sitting) for 1-2 days, surely that's enough time to start any gas turbine plant nice and gradual-like? So you don't need to forecast the wind days, or even hours in advance. Pumped storage hydro can ramp up in seconds, so they tell me, and could clearly cover the time it takes to spin up the gas turbines.
Combine that with the other options for storage, plus better use of intermittent power (as other commenters have pointed out), and there's little doubt that we can happily use the output of all the windmills we can build.
The article said it best - people know MP3 works everywhere. "Plays For Sure", to coin a phrase. They don't know that about ANY other codec.
Besides, the losses in a 256kbps MP3 are inaudible to 99.999% of the public. Probably more in a true double-blind test, certainly for the bulk of music being recorded and sold today by the major labels.
Sure, a lossless codec would be better - but better to have DRM-free MP3s than what's been available up until now, DRM'ed *and* lossy. One step at a time.
Ran into this myself
on Monday at businessweek.com - a real, mainstream magazine site. Banner ad popped up the warning described in the article and automatically redirected me to malware-scan dot com (note: DO NOT VISIT THIS URL). I immediately shut the browser window and thought, "Was it really Business Week that just spammed me?" So I tried their site again, and this time had no trouble - which I now understand to be the intermittency of the attack, also described here by El Reg.
So yes, let's be careful out there.
Shows why they're in second place
Right now, a MS Live search for "firefox" does turn up the FF download page - but not until the 4th result. The first result, perversely enough, is from MSDN.
OTOH, a Google search for "internet explorer" returns the MS download page for IE as the first result.
Kinda says it all, don't it, about whose interests each search engine puts first.
Volts are easy
...I can generate lots of them just walking across a carpet. So forgive me if I'm not too impressed by 2.5 volts from a postage stamp.
What about amps? Better yet, what about watt-hours and power densities? Those are what will get my attention - and what they'll need before they can claim to power anything, from a phone to a car.
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