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Comment: But it's already here!!! (Score 1) 121

by JazzyJ (#34540320) Attached to: The Future of Web Video At Stake In Comcast-NBC Regulatory Review

"It won't be long before video from the Internet is always within reach — whether it's on a smart phone, a tablet computer or a high-end television in your living room."

Umm.... I thought video from the internet already was always within reach? I can get to video from the internet via my smartphone, iPad, AND TV already!!!

Comment: Re:How about most mice/trackballs. (Score 1) 426

by JazzyJ (#33590624) Attached to: Left-Handed Gamers Getting Left Behind?

Logitech makes 'thumb marbles'...not trackballs... I don't care what they call 'em, not a single one of them are a full sized trackball.

Kensington's Expert Mouse trackball has always been ambidexterous and provides for switching the buttons in the drivers/companion software. Love these things. Have used 'em for well over a decade.

http://us.kensington.com/html/2200.html

In fact, -all- of kensington's trackballs are ambidexterous.

Comment: Re:How Does the Same Company Make iPods and iTunes (Score 5, Insightful) 390

by JazzyJ (#33466980) Attached to: Flawed iTunes Stands Out Among Apple's Products

Or, more simply put:

The products Apple make are the closest thing to 'appliances' you can get in the computer world.

Most people look at PCs as appliances, like a toaster or a TV. That's why they get frustrated and confused when something doesn't work like it always did - like a toaster. Most people don't understand just how mind-bendingly complex a PC and its OS is and that it just takes one of a brazillion things to go wrong and think we look like jerks because we cannot articulate why it doesn't work anymore. Apple's computers and consumer electronics are all about simplifying the user experence. To do that, it has to be limited, consistent and work the same way every time; otherwise you get the support nightmare that Windows PCs have been for a very long time.

Some people are fine with that... others aren't. The whole 'choice' argument against apple is sort of a red herring really. Your choices are: Apple and their appliance model or PC's and their DIY model. Pick one.

Yes

Comment: Am I supposed to look at a keyboard, or not? (Score 1) 77

by CanisMajor (#33264024) Attached to: Microsoft's Adaptive Touchscreen Keyboard

This is weird. If this is just a keyboard, and I should be focusing my attention on a monitor, then all the eye candy on the keyboard is really a fail. Switching keyboards on the fly is pretty cool, but then the upper screen should be chopped off and the keyboard made smaller.

BUT if there is no monitor, then I have 3/4 of a touchpad devoted to a keyboard, and I can't see a lot of my work above.

Even the Timex Sinclair had a better viewing area: typing area ratio. The keyboard takes two tasks and makes them harder.

Comment: WebOS can run CPU's other than ARM (Score 1) 170

by JazzyJ (#32157272) Attached to: HP's Slate To Be Replaced By WebOS Tablet?

No, they wouldn't have to go with ARM. WebOS is linux based, they'd just need to recompile the kernel and libraries, and include whatever drivers are needed for the slate hardware. Oh, and a boot loader, I guess. None of that takes long to do tho - Hell, they might have already done it.

In fact, the webOS sdk runs on a virtual x86 cpu with virtualbox. It's just a cross-compile of the kernel and libs with hardware drivers for the VirtualBox hardware.

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+ - SETI Inst Announces Availability of Telescope Data->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The SETI Institute, an interdisciplinary scientific organization that explores the nature of life throughout the universe, announced that starting today it will make large quantities of astronomical radio telescope data accessible to astronomers and other scientists as part of an effort to build a global community of searchers for evidence of extra-terrestrial intelligence. The radio telescope data will be made available through setiQuest"
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+ - Universities Ban iPads for wifi "malfunctions"->

Submitted by amitava
amitava (864755) writes "Some US universities, including Princeton, George Washington University has blocked a number of the new iPads for DHCP malfunction where the device stops renewing DHCP Lease and keeps using IP address.

Quote:
. Princeton University in New Jersey has blocked 20 percent of the iPads on campus because of "malfunctions that can affect the entire school's computer system."

In a report, Princeton said the iPad causes DHCP client malfunctions, which basically means the tablet causes interference for other devices using the school's wireless network. In order to prevent that interference, Princeton has been blocking the offending iPads.

EndQuote.
Source:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20100419/sc_livescience/universitiesbanipads

Read more about it
http://www.net.princeton.edu/announcements/ipad-iphoneos32-stops-renewing-lease-keeps-using-IP-address.html"

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Idle

The Neo-Geo Song 70

Posted by samzenpus
from the old-school dept.
At least 50% of my paychecks would be converted into tokens and put into one of many Neo-Geo machines at the arcade when I was in high school. It's good that my favorite old games finally have an anthem.

+ - Indie Developers Beat Huge Publishers In iPad Race

Submitted by andylim
andylim (1618383) writes "Two developers, one based in London, the other in Seattle, have managed to wrestle international publishers to the floor with a book that is over 145 years old. Alice for iPad is an interactive version of the classic Alice in Wonderland story. Over the past few weeks Alice for iPad has become the iPad's best-selling children's book to date. "So how did we, as if by magic, wrestle Disney and Marvel to the floor with a book that is over 145 years old? The answer seems to be the marriage between physics and storytelling. Alice uses cutting edge physics and accelerometer readings to create the effect that brings static illustrations to life. Ben is unique in being able to code this stuff, and I like drawing. I think Carroll would have loved it.""

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