Linked by David Adams on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 16:36 UTC, submitted by Amy Bennett
Windows As of today, Microsoft won't allow manufacturers to install XP on new netbooks," says blogger Kevin Fogarty. "That doesn't mean corporate customers who special-order hardware with XP won't be able to get it, or even that its market share ( 60 percent!) will drop any time soon.... It just means XP has taken the first babystep toward obsolescence and the long (really long, considering its market share) slide down toward the pit of minor operating systems like the MacOS X (4.39 percent) , Java ME (.95 percent) and "Other" (which I think is an alternative spelling for "Linux" (.85 percent).
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RE: Maybe an overdue step
by Neolander on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 17:48 UTC in reply to "Maybe an overdue step"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

Having frequented OSNews for a while, I have come to the observation that, with the exception of the One-Laptop-Per-Child initiative, none of the major Linux distributions currently available have been conceived primarly for netbook/netpad devices.

What about Ubuntu Netbook Remix ? I've seen it at work, it's not bad for a netbook with limited screen estate... In my opinion, the problem is more of an application problem.

Maybe, there should have been a "One-Cell-Phone-Per-Child" initiative which would have introduced us to the user-interface in an indirect fashion.

*shivers* No, just no. Especially considering that childs' brains are much more sensitive to microwave than us. Not to mention the psychological aspects of the thing. Childs owning cellphones should not be encouraged in any way.

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RE[2]: Maybe an overdue step
by Drumhellar on Fri 22nd Oct 2010 21:54 in reply to "RE: Maybe an overdue step"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Especially considering that childs' brains are much more sensitive to microwave than us.


The transmitters on cell phones are far, far to weak to affect soft tissues.

Microwaves are non-ionizing radiation. They are not powerful enough to remove electrons from atoms. This means that they do not change the structure of molecules. All they can do is add a little bit of heat, which is quickly removed by blood circulation.

There is no science that supports the idea that cell phones are at all dangerous (unless you're on the phone while driving, but then, you deserve to crash in to a pole), only ignorance of science and fear or new technologies, which is far more damaging to a child's mind.

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RE[3]: Maybe an overdue step
by Neolander on Sat 23rd Oct 2010 10:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Maybe an overdue step"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

The transmitters on cell phones are far, far to weak to affect soft tissues.

Microwaves are non-ionizing radiation. They are not powerful enough to remove electrons from atoms. This means that they do not change the structure of molecules. All they can do is add a little bit of heat, which is quickly removed by blood circulation.

Ultraviolet rays are not ionizing either, theoretically speaking, and still they are proven to cause skin cancer. Physically, I suppose it works by breaking molecules, which have lower binding energies that the ones involved in atoms.

Or, if "ionizing" is defined by getting an electron from the ground state to outside of the atom, the problem may be that a powerful flux of low-energy photons could make electrons successively jump in states of higher and higher energy. Need a precise definition of the term.

There is no science that supports the idea that cell phones are at all dangerous (unless you're on the phone while driving, but then, you deserve to crash in to a pole), only ignorance of science and fear or new technologies, which is far more damaging to a child's mind.

Until recently, there was no trustworthy analysis of cellphone dangerosity either, if you go this way (all of those had a phone carrier or manufacturer in their sources of funding). This statu quo has been lasting for some time.
On the other hand, recently, some Israeli researchers seem to have found some statistical evidence :
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/02/080214144349.htm

Could not find the article I originally read about that, which was more detailed, but if I remember well the exposure times involved were rather heavy (45min calling/day). On the other hand, since childs' skulls are a less efficient barrier against electromagnetic waves (seen that on news brodcast, but I suppose finding a source wouldn't be too hard), they are more vulnerable, so the dangerosity level for them is unknown.

Edited 2010-10-23 10:26 UTC

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BlueofRainbow Member since:
2009-01-06

I observed that my mention of a "One-Cell-Phone-Per-Child" concept forked into a discussion of the hazards (imaginary or real) of microwave radiation on mamals.

My comment was in an analogy of the approach taken by Apple with the iPad interface being essentially derived from the earlier introduced iPhone one. Essentially, had the OLPC initiative introduced the interface via a non-computing device, this could have lead to more positive acceptance. Familiarity with the interface would have been gained without a background of all the pre-conceptions we now have about using a computing device.

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