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[#] Tue Feb 24 2009 17:42:20 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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while the first touch tone switched landlines arived in the late 80'ies over here in germany (until then it was that funny beeping you just could see in US movies... ;-) the last analog cellphone network, the C-Net went offline in 2k (see http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-Netz , it has a nice charts of the network lives)

After the Re-Uniting of BRD and GDR the GDR parts of the country got a 'modern fiber optic network' which is the reason why you at best can get ISDN speed internet in some parts of Berlin until today. (no, they won't give you DSL, and if you're out of luck, cable TV doesn't offer internet in your area and you're in the German Capital and all you will get is lousy ISDN with 128K if you utilize both channes..Pricing is not verry attractive for that these days, you know?

And, yes, the US should convert to 230 V like france did a while ago. And, they should abandon all plugs and cabling system at the same time. If some european with deeper knowledge about electric wiring enters the US, everything looks as if it was for a model train.  And... you won't be able to buy light switches that use less than 85% of their surface to operate them.

On those electric whater heaters without tanks... Your experience may vary. The problem about them is, that most of them control their thrust by the speed the whater flows through them. It works nice with conventional showers, its working acceptable. If you have one of those more modern ones that don't waste that much whater by reducing the throughput, you may end up with cold whater or whater not able to decide whether it shal freeze or cook you switching state every 10 seconds.

If you buy those verry expansive ones ith digital temparature control you're fine in all cases.

and... M$... Probably a question of lubbying, right? As I mentioned recently, many europeans would measure that sort of lobying as corruption.



[#] Tue Feb 24 2009 21:49:02 EST from rod @ Uncensored

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I thought we were bashing M$ in here? We going to bash USA too? i'm ok with
that, I just like to know the score...

Frankly, I don't know where you hillbillies live, but I've had digital cellphone
service for over 8 years. And that's without me roaming in to either digital
roam or analog. I've lived in the sticks off the gulf and I now live on the
north east coast. Always in a digital cell.

What everyone should REALLY be waiting for is a real damned upstream, not this
2Mbit crap. I want to bring my servers home so I can serve whatever I want
and not have to doll out a bunch of cash every month. I want VMWare boxes
running at home that I can VPN in to and use anywhere that has a wifi, but I
also want a good upstream so I can mirror my stuff out on the net.

Linux might be able to save us, but linux needs to get it's ass in gear. We need
more linux games, more linux market saturation
and more understanding of linux
by ol' joe six pack. The average joe is a moron (and 50% of people are
dumber...) so we need to dumb down linux while retaining the advanced
functionality we all enjoy. We'd all like to think we don't need joe, but we
need his money to get what we want.

I'm expecting netbooks to help us with this, but hopefully vendors won't sell
crappy, underpowered machines with a bloated linux OS on it because people are
going to get a bad taste in their mouths and go back to windows.

/rant

[#] Wed Feb 25 2009 03:00:43 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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dell netbooks: 1/3rd linux, no bigger return rate than windows.

so, i'd say at least 10% of all netbooks could run linux, which finaly are hard figures of linux sales we've been waiting for so long.



[#] Wed Feb 25 2009 05:57:46 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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if you have a look at this article http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=2098 you know why the server market isn't declining as the client market does...they put their realy best staff at it and gave them certain decision space instead of installing another set of hamster-wheels.



[#] Wed Feb 25 2009 09:55:56 EST from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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I had a CDMA phone in 1999, it's not that new. Digital AMPS was around 10 years or so before that. Since the USA rolled out widespread analog cell service before everyone else, others had a chance to see what happened here and to make better decisions, it's the normal early adopter problem. Analog (AMPS) cellular was developed in the 1970's by Motorola, it became available in the early 80's. So at that time digital was not practical. When they first started designing AMPS, microprocessors were still somewhat a novelty and ones that could compress audio non-existent. But even the AMPS cellular standard used digital signalling (pretty fast 10K baud at a time when 300 and 1200 baud were common bitrates, actually I think 1200 baud was only workable over a 4 wire circuit at that time) and was an impressive system. I had an analog cellphone in my car from the mid 80's to the early-mid 90's, it worked well. The sound quality was better than you usually get now on digital phones. Where Europe got it right and the USA got it wrong is in standardizing on a single digital system. The USA standardized the analog system but let the digital systems compete indefinitely leading to the chaos we have today. While I am generally FOR competition (if a company thinks they have a better idea and that people will prefer what they have to the other guy, why shouldn't they be allowed to sell it??) I think that where limited resources such as radio spectrum are conerned there needs to be a little bit of structure. Much as the MAC layer provides different protocols, on the same wire, cell carriers should have been required to standardize on the lowest layers to share spectrum and cell towers.

[#] Wed Feb 25 2009 16:34:31 EST from Harbard @ Uncensored

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Wed Feb 25 2009 03:00:43 AM EST from dothebart <>

dell netbooks: 1/3rd linux, no bigger return rate than windows.

so, i'd say at least 10% of all netbooks could run linux, which finaly are hard figures of linux sales we've been waiting for so long.



100% could run Linux...if the manufacturers would develop some hardware drivers  OR release the code.  They are a million geeks out there willing to do the work for them.



[#] Wed Feb 25 2009 18:35:32 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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its  about consumers bying a or b.

and, you can see, if they have a choice around 30% decide pro linx.



[#] Wed Feb 25 2009 22:00:07 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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100% of netbooks would run Linux if people bought netbooks to use them as netbooks. Unfortunately there are a lot of morons out there who insist on turning them into underpowered laptops.

[#] Thu Feb 26 2009 04:28:16 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Tomtom, maker of car navigation systems based on linux was sued for patent infrigment by M$:

US-Patente 6,175,789 (Vehicle computer system with open platform architecture), 7,054,745 (Method and system for generating driving directions), 6,704,032 (Methods and arrangements for interacting with controllable objects within a graphical user interface environment using various input mechanisms), 7,117,286 (Portable computing device-integrated appliance), 6,202,008 (Vehicle computer system with wireless internet connectivity), 5,579,517 (Common name space for long and short filenames), 5,758,352 (Common name space for long and short filenames) und 6,256,642 (Method and system for file system management using a flash-erasable, programmable, read-only memory).



[#] Thu Feb 26 2009 13:10:14 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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This is a sneaky way of validating their "Linux patent infringements" through the back door. They're going to name a couple of Microsoft patents allegedly violated through TomTom's use of Linux, counting on TomTom to settle out of court. Then they'll consider the patents validated.

Among the patents being cited is the infamous "long file name" patent.

[#] Thu Feb 26 2009 13:21:52 EST from dothebart @ Uncensored

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is it that different from the rockridge iso9660 extension?



[#] Thu Feb 26 2009 14:22:46 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Yes, this is a patent on the VFAT filesystem, where they use metadata to map a long filename into an 8.3 namespace. It's relevant to TomTom because VFAT is still the predominant filesystem used for flash memory devices. Microsoft would *love* to get VFAT removed from Linux and/or charge a royalty for its use.

[#] Thu Feb 26 2009 18:16:00 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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What are they going to do about all the devices that read SD cards, but aren't Linux? Hell, I've got TomTom on my Palm Treo 680, on an SD card...are they going to tell TomTom that they're not allowed to read VFAT on those cards, too?

[#] Fri Feb 27 2009 00:32:32 EST from Nite*Star @ Uncensored

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Heh, even Communists know better than to use M$:

Cuba Declares War on Windows

In an effort to rid every computer in the country of the American-designed Windows OS, the Cuban government has banned the software and created its own Linux-based operating system.

http://tinyurl.com/cu78zy

[#] Fri Feb 27 2009 08:52:52 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Some of those things have to do with raw size.... All of Europe is

Yeah, it's not fair to compare. Better to compare to africa. Whos' doing better?

[#] Fri Feb 27 2009 08:54:06 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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As for instant hot water heaters - they suck. Every shower I've taken

in Europe has been luke-warm at best.

I've taken decent showers in euopre although it was warm enough, it certainly wasn't scalding, and there was nowhere near the 90psi water pressure I get at my house.
And THAT they do with electricity. Brilliant move there.

And the plumbing. I have to admit I know more about british plumbing than the rest of europe, but it's pretty dumb what they have going on there.

[#] Fri Feb 27 2009 09:04:43 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Heh, even Communists know better than to use M$:

Well if anybody knows anything about a monopolistic system, it's a communist government.

[#] Fri Feb 27 2009 11:31:35 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I applaud the forward-thinking brilliance of our Cuban neighbors.

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