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Jolla Mobile Set To Launch It’s Sailfish OS Today, Signs Deal with Finnish Telco

November 21st, 2012 11:37 admin View Comments

Cellphones

New submitter zzats writes “The Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Jolla, started by ex-Nokia Meego engineers, is showing it’s Linux-based Sailfish OS for the public for the first time today. The first keynote speech aired at 9:15 GMT, with an UI-focused presentation starting later, 15:00 GMT. In addition to using the OS on their own devices, Jolla is planning to license it to third party manufacturers. The company has previously stated their initial focus for creating an ecosystem is in the Chinese market.” sfcrazy adds: “Jolla has signed a deal with Finland’s 3rd largest mobile operator DNA to market the MeeGo based smartphones in the Finnish market.”

Source: Jolla Mobile Set To Launch It’s Sailfish OS Today, Signs Deal with Finnish Telco

NetFlix Caught Stealing DivX Subtiles From Finnish Pirates

October 21st, 2012 10:26 admin View Comments

Piracy

An anonymous reader writes with word that NetFlix recently opened its streaming service in Finland and was promptly caught stealing movie subtitles from a local DivX community site. How were they caught? NetFlix failed to remove references to the pirate site in the subtitles.

Source: NetFlix Caught Stealing DivX Subtiles From Finnish Pirates

NetFlix Caught Stealing DivX Subtitles From Finnish Pirates

October 21st, 2012 10:26 admin View Comments

Piracy

An anonymous reader writes with word that NetFlix recently opened its streaming service in Finland and was promptly caught stealing movie subtitles from a local DivX community site. How were they caught? NetFlix failed to remove references to the pirate site in the subtitles.

Source: NetFlix Caught Stealing DivX Subtitles From Finnish Pirates

Finnish Bureaucracy Takes Issue With Crowdfunded Textbook

September 8th, 2012 09:30 admin View Comments

Books

linjaaho writes “Senja Larsen, who runs popular Facebook study group Senja teaches you Swedish, collected $14,161 via Kickstarter‘s crowd funding service. The project caught much media attention in Finland (TV and all major newspapers), since it is the first crowdfunded book project in this country, and among the first Finnish crowdfunded projects. (Previous ones include the movie Iron Sky, the role-playing game Myrskyn Sankarit, and the Wishbone headphone wire manager). Now, after successfully collecting the funds for the book (and after the book has been edited and printed), the National Police Board of Finland has asked Senja to submit a statement [PDF; Finnish] concerning using crowdfunding to finance a project [PDF; Finnish] and the terminology used. It is possible that all the funding collected must be returned. The main problem is that direct translations of terminology at Kickstarter, such as ‘bounty’ and ‘support,’ are interpreted to mean collecting money without giving anything back, and this kind of operation requires a permit which can be only given to associations, not to private persons, and it takes long to apply for such permit.”

Source: Finnish Bureaucracy Takes Issue With Crowdfunded Textbook

Finland Hosts Mobile Phone Throwing Championships

August 19th, 2012 08:04 admin View Comments

Handhelds

hypnosec writes “In this year’s annual mobile-phone throwing contest held in Finland Ere Karjalainen has smashed the world record by throwing his phone 101.46 meters. The event, being held every year since 2000 in the town of Savonlinna, saw quite a few mobile-phone throwers participate. 2nd place went to Jeremy Gallop, a South African who managed to throw his phone 94.67 meters. Contest organizers are of the opinion that users can vent their anger on their phones and that this offers a unique opportunity to ‘pay back all the frustrations and disappointments caused by this modern equipment.’”

Source: Finland Hosts Mobile Phone Throwing Championships

F-Secure Report: Another SCADA Attack in Iran — This Time With AC/DC

July 24th, 2012 07:46 admin View Comments

The Military

An anonymous reader writes “F-Secure antivirus company of Finland has reported receiving e-mails from an Iranian nuclear scientist, who says Persian uranium-235 isotope refining efforts have just been hit with yet another cyber strike. (Stuxnet, Duqu and Flamer-Skywiper being the previous iterations of the same Operation Project Olympic attack plan.) Last month, President Obama’s staff has admitted to the New York Times that there is a joint Israel-U.S. cybermilitary operation was behind the mishaps Iranians have recently been suffering with their UF6 gas refining centrifuge systems in the Natanz and Fordo plants. This time, the unverified e-mail claims, a new Metasploit-based malware owns iranian VPNs, causes fault in the nuclear plants’ Siemens-based industrial control systems, and randomly starts to play AC/DC’s ‘Thunderstruck’ aloud via the infected computers’ speakers.”

Source: F-Secure Report: Another SCADA Attack in Iran — This Time With AC/DC

Indoor Navigation On Your Smartphone, Using the Earth’s Magnetic Field

July 9th, 2012 07:58 admin View Comments

Software

MrSeb writes “Researchers from the University of Oulu in Finland has created an indoor navigation system (IPS) that uses the Earth’s innate magnetic field to ascertain your position — just like a homing pigeon or spiny lobster. According to IndoorAtlas, the company spun off by the university to market and sell the tech, its system has an accuracy of between 0.1 and 2 meters. The Finnish IPS technology is ingenious in its simplicity: Basically, every square inch of Earth emits a magnetic field — and this field is then modulated by man-made concrete and steel structures. With a magnetometer (compass), which every modern smartphone has, you can first create a magnetic field map — and then use that map to navigate the shopping mall, underground garage, airport, etc. Compared to most other IPSes, which require thousands of WiFi or Bluetooth base stations to achieve comparable accuracy, IndoorAtlas’ infrastructure-free approach sounds rather awesome.”

Source: Indoor Navigation On Your Smartphone, Using the Earth’s Magnetic Field

Indoor Navigation On Your Smartphone, Using the Earth’s Magnetic Field

July 9th, 2012 07:58 admin View Comments

Software

MrSeb writes “Researchers from the University of Oulu in Finland has created an indoor navigation system (IPS) that uses the Earth’s innate magnetic field to ascertain your position — just like a homing pigeon or spiny lobster. According to IndoorAtlas, the company spun off by the university to market and sell the tech, its system has an accuracy of between 0.1 and 2 meters. The Finnish IPS technology is ingenious in its simplicity: Basically, every square inch of Earth emits a magnetic field — and this field is then modulated by man-made concrete and steel structures. With a magnetometer (compass), which every modern smartphone has, you can first create a magnetic field map — and then use that map to navigate the shopping mall, underground garage, airport, etc. Compared to most other IPSes, which require thousands of WiFi or Bluetooth base stations to achieve comparable accuracy, IndoorAtlas’ infrastructure-free approach sounds rather awesome.”

Source: Indoor Navigation On Your Smartphone, Using the Earth’s Magnetic Field

Linus Torvalds’ Obscene Rant Highlights Linux’s Hardware Woes

June 18th, 2012 06:17 admin View Comments

In an expletive-laced video, Linux creator Linus Torvalds blasts hardware vendor Nvidia as “the single worst company we have ever dealt with,” in response to a question on Nvidia driver support in the Linux operating system.

The statement, posted to YouTube and making the rounds over the weekend, was made during an interview and audience Q&A session at Finland’s Aalto University, where Torvalds visited last week after co-receiving the prestigious Millennium Technology Award.

Responding to an audience member’s laments about Nvidia’s lack of support for Linux, Torvalds enthusiastically agreed with her concerns.

“I know exactly what you’re talking about, and I’m very happy to say that it’s the exception rather than the rule. And I’m also happy to very publicly point out that Nvidia has been one of the worst trouble spots we’ve had with hardware manufacturers. And that is really sad because Nvidia tries to sell chips - a lot of chips – into the Android market, and Nvidia has been the single worst company we have ever dealt with.

“So Nvidia? Fuck you!” Torvalds concluded, extending the middle-finger gesture right at the camera recording the event. To laughter and applause.

Nvidia’s reputation within the Linux community has never been well-regarded. Although the graphics processing started providing Linux support for its devices as early as 1999, that support has often been haphazard in execution and never open, as the Linux development community would prefer.

In order for any particular hardware device to run on an operating system like Linux, Windows or Mac OS X, a hardware manufacturer must provide driver software that will enable developers to make their code communicate with the device. Because of its huge market share, Microsoft has very rarely had issues with hardware vendors not supplying drivers. Apple doesn’t have the problem because it controls the core hardware that runs OS X.

Linux’s Longstanding Driver Issues

But Linux has always had problems with getting hardware vendors to provide proper – or sometimes any – driver support for their hardware, which Torvalds went on to detail after dinging Nvidia:

“Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that other companies are perfect, either. We have had companies that just don’t care. We’ve had companies that felt that Linux wasn’t a big enough market. We’ve had situations like that,” Torvalds told the crowded university classroom.

And those situations are plentiful. Gigabyte, for instance, once publicly responded that users running Linux on one of its motherboards and having problems with a certain power regression features should just quit Linux and install Windows instead.

That same forum on the Phoronix website recently posed the open question “Where Are the Biggest Problems With Linux?” and many of the responses still cite hardware driver difficulties as serious concerns.

In the case of Nvidia, the company does provide Linux drivers, but they are often maligned as broken. Emphasizing intellectual property and contractual concerns, Nvidia has released only the binary executable versions of these drivers, which makes it much harder to solve compatibility issues between driver and operating system.

This rankles Linux developers, who would prefer the actual driver source code in order to design better interfaces between OS and hardware.

It is not clear if the gap between Nvidia and Linux will be closed anytime soon. There are indications that the desktop market may be shrinking, and Linux’s market share on the desktop has always been very small. Given Torvalds’ public treatment of Nvidia, it would not be terribly surprising to see the vendor simply wash its hands of Linux.

Servers to the Rescue?

What may prevent that is Nvidia’s line of GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) for accelerated servers. Linux is still very large in the server market, and Nvidia might not want to cut itself off from that revenue stream just because of Torvalds’ incendiary remarks.

Indeed, it is Linux’s strong presence in the server and cloud space that keeps hardware vendors interested in the operating system. Makers of desktop-specific hardware, on the other hand, may hear Torvalds’ remarks and start to rethink their own commitments to Linux on the desktop. If that happens, we might see a lot more angry rants from Mr. Torvalds.

Source: Linus Torvalds’ Obscene Rant Highlights Linux’s Hardware Woes

Torvalds Slams NVIDIA’s Linux Support

June 17th, 2012 06:48 admin View Comments

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New submitter jppiiroinen writes “Linus Torvalds received the Millennium prize last week for his work on Linux operating system. He was already in Finland, so Aalto University arranged a talk session with him (video). During the Q&A, a person asks why NVIDIA does not play well with Linux. Torvalds explained shortly that NVIDIA has been one of the worst companies to work with Linux project — which makes it even worse that NVIDIA ships a high number of chips for Android devices (which use Linux inside). Torvalds even summarized that (‘Nvidia, f*** you!’) in a playful manner. What has been your experience on NVIDIA drivers with Linux?”

Source: Torvalds Slams NVIDIA’s Linux Support

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