"You have never experienced Shakespeare until you have read him in the original Klingon."
Isn't RT just a crippled Windows 8.x, compiled for Tegra 4? Would the product do any better if they upgraded to full Windows, allowed desktop applications (recompiled for ARM) and opened the boot-loader?
The current model seems too restricted, when for a couple of hundred more you could buy the Surface 2 Pro, albeit with half the battery life.
You'd still have the product differentiation problem of 'this won't run applications compiled for a (x86-64) desktop'.
Compatibility with Android should be *much* higher than with wine. They have the source code for a start... They both target Linus' kernel. They're both based around OpenGL (ES) for drawing.
I imagine he applied live updates to the flash storage via Ksplice, or similar. As we saw in 'The Bells of Saint John', he's quite the hacker and could write kernel modules to augment the hardware.
PI is irrational
22/7... It all goes back to the Babylonian representation of time when there were only 22 hours in a day and thus 154 hours a week. Then some bright spark asked 'Wouldn't it be nice if there were a couple of extra hours in the day', and so the 24/7 paradigm was born. Some thought this change was irrational (c.f. daylight saving), so a formal definition of circumference = pi x diameter was adopted.
I've taken a night train across Canada. Insomniacs, infants and phone users were courteous enough to venture to the refreshments lounge, where they were screening the BTTF trilogy.
On buses and cattle-class planes there's generally no common area to rest away from one's seat.
Your assumption is that a government service should 'break even'.
Were prices set in line with costs
- Jane Q Public would complain that sending Christmas cards to her umpteen her grandchildren was too expensive
- Andrew J Executive would complain that the cost of doing postal business was too high and thus hurts the broader economy
A user-pays system unsubsidised by taxation, anyone?
sucrose tastes better too.
Would specific cultivars of trees burn more efficiently - thus to plant lower emission trees?
Google make money off Google Play.
Amazon and BB10 having their own app stores would cut into revenue. It has very little to do with 'bastardized versions' and more about that checkbox that warns against installing software from non-official, i.e. non-Google, sources.
Hence the dream of Firefox OS as an alternative funding model.
All that 'useless stuff no one would ever need in a desktop browser, why would you ever code something like that in JS' type functionality we see in the firefox builds is to support writing phone apps, with the goal of securing funding from the telcos of Brazil and other emerging markets.
Well, potentially, because you want a consistent experience across devices, via settings, bookmarks, history etc via Firefox Sync.
I've never used it personally (tin-foil hat...)
Blame Uncle Rupert for that one. Having the NBN would diminish News Corp's foxtel business if folks could stream 4K content from online services such as netflix.
I read an article once where someone had won an award for founding a website - can't remember which.
It basically amounted to backpackers taking your stuff on their next flight with the possibility of a reward on the other end. e.g. sending a parcel of warm clothes for winter and having the recipient pick up the traveller from the airport as a thank you. Of course it relies on the trust of said backpacker!
e.g. A package by canadian airmail (mostly of sentimental junk) cost me about $CA60 to Australia and took 7 weeks. A traveller flying to Melbourne from Vancouver would have had it delivered in a day and a half.
Anyone know if the site still exists?