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[#] 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.

[#] 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.

[#] Fri Feb 27 2009 16:26:10 EST from rod @ Uncensored

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Yeah, really. I wonder if we will be able to get a copy of this OS.
Watch it turn out to be the best OS ever and grab a huge market share from M$.

[#] Sat Feb 28 2009 10:18:12 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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You already have it. They're just customizing a Linux for Cuban users.

I look forward to sitting on my patio, smoking a fine Cuban cigar, flipping open my Linux-based laptop computer and using it to read about how Microsoft continues to slide into irrelevance.

(I've already got the patio and the laptop running Linux, so if anyone wants to bring over a few of those cigars we can work on the rest. Might want to wait until we have some nice spring weather though.)

[#] Sat Feb 28 2009 12:13:39 EST from rod @ Uncensored

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I understand that it will be a custom flavor of linux; I just want all the kitschy cuban propogand that will be in it. Maybe some Kim Jong Il-esque wallpaper? sunbiombochino/Nampo18%20(Dique%20del%20Mar%20del%20Oeste)b.jpg

It's going to be good either way.

[#] Sat Feb 28 2009 16:19:59 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I bet communists are *really* turned off by the phrase 'My Computer' and 'My Network'.

So, I guess they'd have to change it to something like 'The People's Computer' and 'The People's Network'.

[#] Sat Feb 28 2009 16:24:59 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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For that matter, even I am turned off by the "My Computer" icon. It encourages people to think that way, even if the computer actually belongs to the company they work for. That leads to "it's MY computer and I can do what I want with it" which then leads to them doing stupid things that someone else has to clean up.

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