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Comment: just a record passed around like a cheap whore (Score 3, Insightful) 6

by Bill Wong (#35786006) Attached to: Brazil Builds World's Largest Lego Tower

The first Lego tower was built in London in 1988, since then Toronto, Moscow, Sydney, Tokyo and Munich have been among the cities which have held the title.

That's a pretty fucking ingenious scam Lego's got going there. Each year, go to a new city and ask "wouldn't you like to have the world record for the world's largest lego tower?". And sales go through the roof in the host country until it's time to move the record onto the next country...

Comment: Re:Enough already (Score 2, Informative) 243

by Bill Wong (#34011966) Attached to: The World's Smallest Full HD Display

HDMI 1.4 can do 4096x2160 at 24p, which is great for film, but not so good for computer displays, which you will probably want at 60 fps. Displayport can do 3840x2160 at 60p incidentally, and probably higher than that I would bet. I wonder what the next revision of the HDMI spec will bump HDMI up to...

Comment: Re:A Libertarian World (Score 1) 2058

by Bill Wong (#33812686) Attached to: Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee
Again, IANAL, but, from wiki:

A contract is voidable if the innocent party can prove that it had no other practical choice (as opposed to legal choice) but to agree to the contract.

In the above hypothetical scenario of someone who's house is burning down, there is no pratical choice but to accept whatever demands the fire department makes. Someone could always find another doctor.

Comment: keep the existing setup and virtualize it (Score 2, Insightful) 655

by Bill Wong (#27468737) Attached to: How Do I Provide a Workstation To Last 15 Years?

keep the existing setup and virtualize it (vmware is nice, but, xen is free)
upgrade the vm host hardware as needed or as necessary, instead of upgrading a machine that should really be left alone.

1) minimal effort needed on your part
2) your dad doesn't need to learn new software as it is exactly the same, and all the data is retained
3) hardware upgrades are transparent to the client vm (hopefully)

(but, don't forget to routinely backup the data on the vm like any other machine though)


Ballmer Pleads For Openness To Compete With Apple 532

Posted by Soulskill
from the outside-looking-in dept.
mjasay writes "At the Mobile World Congress, Steve Ballmer took aim at Apple's closed iPhone ecosystem with an ironic plea for openness: 'Openness is central because it's the foundation of choice.' Ballmer has apparently forgotten his company's own efforts to vertically integrate hardware and software (Zune, XBox), its history of vertically integrating software (tying SharePoint into Office, IE, SQL Server, Active Directory, etc.), as well as years of illegally tying Windows to Internet Explorer that only the US Justice Department could undo. Indeed, Microsoft's effect on the browser market has pushed Mozilla to get involved in a recent European Commission action against the software giant, with Mozilla's Mitchell Baker recently declaring that 'A number of illegal activities were also involved in creating IE's market dominance,' now requiring government intervention to open up the browser market to fair competition. Putting aside Microsoft's own tainted reputation in the field of openness, is Ballmer right? Should Apple open up its iPhone platform to outside competition, both in terms of hardware and software?"

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."