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Comment: Re:Wow... (Score 0) 225

by Tom90deg (#32288652) Attached to: Microsoft's New Attempt To Dominate Robotics

I always find it...funny, shall we say, that if MS does something like this, it's because they're want to "Attempt To Dominate Robotics." But you can bet that if Google released a set of tools that do the EXACT same thing, people would be cheering, celebrating how Google is dedicated to open source, and then ignore how the software is constantly data-mining. Give the MS bashing a rest. Not only is it no longer true, it's dangerous, as just focusing on Microsoft leaves Google and Apple free to do whatever they want without any kind of check.

Comment: Re:crazy hypocrites (Score 4, Interesting) 582

by Tom90deg (#31478714) Attached to: In Israel, Potential Organ Donors Could Jump the Queue

It's always very difficult when religion and medicine clash. If you're a doctor, chances are good that at some point, someone will refuse treatment because of their religious beliefs. Most of the time it's "Whatever, you'll be in pain for the next two weeks, but that's your choice." but it's gets much much harder if say, a little girl is brought in with a fever that's getting worse. "No problem, give her some basic meds, and she'll be good to go." you'd think, and then her parents show up and say, "You can't give her any medication." And you know that without it, the girl WILL die, or at best have severe brain damage. Try to explain this to the parents, and they just say, "It's our beliefs, no medicine can be given." And legally, you can't do anything, and if you DO give the girl medicaiton and save her life, you can and will be sued for malpractice.

I don't mind religion, so long as it doesn't harm anyone, but people who would actually think, "We would rather our child die then be given medicine." I just don't understand.

Comment: Re:My big question is... (Score 2, Insightful) 297

by Tom90deg (#30962948) Attached to: Amazon Pulls Book Publisher's Listings; Ebook Wars Underway?

Yes. I would be dumbstruck if they didn't. The ONLY reason they would leave it, is if every book on the Kindle app was the exact same price as the ones on the iBook, and even then, they'd only do it to not piss off the people who got books from Amazon, heh, and even then, I doubt they'd keep it for long.

Comment: Re:As compared to the iTunes skirmishes (Score 1) 297

by Tom90deg (#30962818) Attached to: Amazon Pulls Book Publisher's Listings; Ebook Wars Underway?

I disagree with point one, but then again, I've just talked with other techy people, I have no clue what this'll do in the open market, It could go for the same target as the Wii, and get that, Or it could not. Opinion seems rather meh on it.

As for point two, Yes. I have no doubt they'll do this, they won't budge from pricing if you used a big crowbar.

But! I think they will do something else also. Expect the Kindle App to get dropped from the App store and disabled on people's iPad's and maybe even iPhones because "It replicated functions done by Apple." That, I think will really annoy people. The people who are interested in the iBook function, most likely HAVE a ebook reader on their iPhone, probably Kindle App, and if you say, "Oh! We're removing it. You have to use ours. And your books won't cross over. And they'll cost 5 bucks more." People will be screaming for your blood. This will be interesting to watch unfold.

Comment: Public Attention (Score 4, Insightful) 304

by Tom90deg (#28916377) Attached to: Panel Recommends Space Science, Not Stunts

The problem with probes on Mars and the like, is just what the article said. A good space program that would advance science would take a huge ammount of money. The public is a very easily bored creature, just look what happened after Apollo 11. "Well, we made it to the moon! Wait, why are we going back? we DID that already."

The public is very cold on science for science's sake, you have to have photo ops. A trip to the moon would get interest going, get money flowing so they can DO the important stuff. You have to get the public on your side, and, sadly, there's no big Russian menace for the public to cry out, "We must beat them!" Quite a few people thought that once we beat the Russians to the Moon, well, that was fun, no need to go back. Hopefully people will realize how important the space program is, but something tells me that it won't be soon, and it won't be until we get something inspiring. Deep space voyages, while important, won't inspire anyone. Landing on the Moon or Mars? That will.

Comment: Re:Milky Way, hell... (Score 1) 612

by Tom90deg (#28269533) Attached to: One Fifth of World's Population Can't See Milky Way At Night

Wait wait wait...You mean to say they actually had a REASON for leaveing the lights on, and it's not a effort by the Man to remove the Milky Way from the night sky? MADNESS I say! And I for one will not hear of it!

They put those light on to make the sky black and featureless, and that's the only logical and sensible explanation.

Comment: Re:"Power Users"? I don't think so... (Score 1) 727

by Tom90deg (#28048965) Attached to: Ubuntu 9.04 For the Windows Power User

Gain the right to use GUI? I don't mean to be insightful, but in my opinion, it's that kind of attitude that is really holding Linux back. A user doesn't want to have to fight with a command line, learn commands and whatnot just to be able to use a GUI. Thinking like this is going to keep Linux to the people who want to use it, not convert anyone.

Comment: Re:dumb much? (Score 1) 461

by Tom90deg (#25422815) Attached to: A Brief History of Features Apple Has Killed

I'm no historian, but they both have logical backgrounds. QWERTY keyboards were designed with Typewriters in mind. The layout of the keys had to be spaced so that the arms of the typewriter would not get jammed when typing fast. Nowadays we use it because we always have, and any other layout wouldn't offer a big enough boost in speed to qualify for the change, not to mention that QWERTY is a standard.

As for Clockwise...I'm not positive, but isn't that the way the old sundials "turned"? They just used what they were used to, as there's no good reason to make it go counter-clockwise.

US Amazon.com Website Down For Over 1 Hour 228

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the there-goes-the-bottom-line dept.
CorporalKlinger writes "CNET News is reporting that Amazon's US website, Amazon.com, has been unreachable since 10:30 AM PDT today. As of posting, visiting www.amazon.com produces an 'Http/1.1 Service Unavailable' message. According to CNET, "Based on last quarter's revenue of $4.13 billion, a full-scale global outage would cost Amazon more than $31,000 per minute on average." Some of Amazon's international websites still appear to be working, and some pages on the US Amazon.com site load if accessed using HTTPS instead of HTTP."
The Almighty Buck

+ - ATT Playing Hardball with Apple? 1

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Ponca City, We Love You writes "There's some interesting speculation from Cringley on why AT&T chief executive Randall Stephenson let drop that a new version of Apple's iPhone will be introduced in 2008 that is capable of operating on faster 3G cellular networks. The announcement is sure to cut into Apple's Christmas sales and could also cost ATT a million new customers at least $1 billion in market cap for ATT, says Cringley. "It is no coincidence that Stephenson made his remarks in Silicon Valley, rather than in San Antonio or New York," says Cringley. "He came to the turf of his 'partner' and delivered a message that will hurt Apple as much as AT&T, a message that says AT&T doesn't really need Apple despite the iPhone's success." What may be troubling the relationship between AT&T and Apple is the upcoming auction for 700-MHz wireless spectrum and AT&T's discovery that Apple may be joining Google in bidding. AT&T thought its five-year "exclusive" iPhone agreement with Apple would have precluded such a bid, but that just shows how poorly Randall Stephenson understood Steve Jobs. "Stephenson took the dispute to the streets this way, showing he isn't intimidated by Jobs. It was a bold and rare response for big business and was definitely unexpected by Cupertino, which won't underestimate AT&T again," Cringley added."

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