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Comment: Re:That's why I like the basic Kindle (Score 1) 418

by casper75 (#39249227) Attached to: The eBook Backlash

Your reasonging was true for me as well. I got the Nook Simple Touch for Christmas. It was exactly what I wanted- I can download a new book (instant gratification) but I'm not distracted by the ability to go on reddit/slashdot/facebook/whatever. I just read the book I wanted to read. The display is really nice and as you said, the battery lasts for a LONG time. It was a good choice.

Linux

2009, Year of the Linux Delusion 696

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the feed-the-trolls dept.
gadgetopia writes "An article has come out claiming (yet again) that 2009 will be the year of Linux, and bases this prediction on the fact that low-power ARM processors will be in netbooks which won't have enough power to run Windows, but then says these new netbooks will be geared to 'web only' applications which suits Linux perfectly. And, oh yeah, Palm might save Linux, too." The article goes on to skewer the year of Linux thing that seems to show up on pretty much every tech news site throughout December and January as lazy editors round out their year with softball trolling stories and "Year End Lists." We should compile a year-end list about this :)
The Courts

+ - Gaim threatened by AOL, changes name to Pidgin

Submitted by
Vorratt
Vorratt writes "Under threat of legal action by AOL, the instant messaging client Gaim is now ... Pidgin. This is also why there haven't been any non-beta releases in a while, apparently, and they "hope to have the final Pidgin 2.0.0 release late this week or early next." It's good to see that open-source projects and big, mean ol' corporations can still come to (reasonably) civil agreements with each other."
Biotech

+ - MIT shows how to shut down brain with light

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The MIT home-page story today is about a way to use light to shut down brain activity. "Scientists at the MIT Media Lab have invented a way to reversibly silence brain cells using pulses of yellow light, offering the prospect of controlling the haywire neuron activity that occurs in diseases such as epilepsy and Parkinson's disease." Read more at http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/brain-block.htm l (home page image at http://www.mit.edu/)"
The Internet

+ - computer geeks are the new schoolyard bullies

Submitted by
vaporland
vaporland writes "This story from Reuters states that computer geeks are the new schoolyard bullies. To quote the article:

'Bullies are no longer content to taunt their victims in the playground but are turning to cyberspace, according to Canadian researchers.
They are using e-mail, text messaging and social networking sites in new forms of victimization.
Cyber bullies are even forcing their girlfriends to undress in front of webcams and then sharing the images with others online.'

I for one welcome our new geek overlords — now if I could only find a way to get even with that towel-popping guy from my eighth grade gym class . . ."
Intel

+ - Intel Releases Information on Penryn, Nehalem

Submitted by
Justin Wheeler
Justin Wheeler writes "Intel has been slowly trickling information on their new Penryn cores (the next release after Merom/Conroe), as well as their upcoming Nehalem cores. From the articles: "At a press meeting today, Intel's Pat Gelsinger also made a number of high-level disclosures about the successor to Penryn, the 45nm Nehalem core. Unlike Penryn, which is a shrink/derivative of Core 2 Duo (Merom), Nehalem is architected from the ground up for 45nm. This is a major new design, and Gelsinger revealed some truly tantalizing details about it. Nehalem has its roots in the four-issue Core 2 Duo architecture, but the direction that it will take Intel is apparent in Gelsinger's insistence that, "we view Nehalem as the first true dynamically scalable microarchitecture." What Gelsinger means by this is that Nehalem is not only designed to take Intel up to eight cores on a single die, but those cores are meant to be mixed and matched with varied amounts of cache and different features in order to produce processors that are tailored to specific market segments.""
Businesses

XM And SIRIUS Radio Merging 301

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the monopoly-is-such-a-fun-game dept.
lenny6998 writes to tell us Yahoo! News is reporting that XM and Sirius Radio, the only two major players in the relatively new market of subscription satellite radio have announced a merger. "The two companies said in a statement that Mel Karmazin, the CEO of Sirius, would become chief executive of the new company while Gary Parsons, the chairman of XM, would remain in that role."

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