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Comment: Re:3 years? (Score 1) 166

by crimson30 (#25909697) Attached to: Fujitsu Offers Free Laptop Upgrades For Life

I bought the laptop I'm using right now, a Lifebook P2120, in late 2002.

It works great for common tasks... checking e-mail with outlook, web browsing with k-meleon, movies with windvd, torrenting with utorrent; all on top of win2k. I occasionally use it for website work (building, not hosting): apache, php and mysql work great, of course, and photoshop works fine. The big downside would be that all the linux distros I've tried (about 7 or 8 on this machine) are quirky or slow, so I've stuck with windows... which means I have to bother with typical windows annoyances and reinstalls every year or two.

For games (mtgo client), video editing (premiere) or watching downloaded movies that don't play well on the P2120, I reach over and grab my Lifebook P1620. I don't use the P1620 primarily because I prefer the ergonomics of the P2120 (to any laptop).

I'm still waiting for ANYBODY to make another laptop like the Lifebook P2120.

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 2, Insightful) 1601

by crimson30 (#25713795) Attached to: Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

Really? To the rest of the world (or at least western Europe), even 'left wing' American newspapers appear hilariously conservative.

Are you saying it's all backwards? In the rest of the world is...

gun control conservative and anti-gun control liberal?
socialization conservative and privitization liberal?
abortion conservative and pro-life liberal?

...or are you saying that in the rest of the world, they are that much more extreme? And how would you get more extreme? If you are pro-life... you're pro-life. How do you get MORE pro-life? If you're for taking away everyone's guns... how do you get more extreme? What's more extreme than social healthcare, social security, etc... 95% tax on the rich?

Is your view not issue based?

I keep hearing this same sentiment from Europeans and I just don't get it. Can you please elaborate and provide examples.

Biotech

UK Approves Human-Pig Embryo Stem-Cell Harvest 139

Posted by timothy
from the but-I-know-plenty-of-half-pig-humans dept.
An anonymous reader writes "British biologists have received government approval to create the world's first human stem cells from hybrid embryos, part pig, part human. The Warwick Medical School team, led by Justin St. John of the Clinical Sciences Research Institute, was granted the country's third animal-human embryo license from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, which goes into effect today (July 1)." The above link requires (free) registration; the Telegraph's coverage does not.
GUI

Moving Toward a Single Linux UI? 441

Posted by timothy
from the everything-that-rises dept.
Anonymous writes "With the releases of Fedora 9, Hardy Heron and OpenSuSE 11 so close together, it's looking more than ever like an evolution to a common interface for major Linux distributions. Here's a compilation of screen shots and descriptions that make it appear to be the case. Would this be a good thing or a bad thing?" There are plenty of other options out there, of course, even considering only Linux distros that are based on Gnome and KDE, and plenty of wilder (or at least less common) desktops to choose from besides.
Businesses

BSA's Tactics and Motives Questioned 237

Posted by kdawson
from the shakedown-artist-is-still-an-artist dept.
_Hellfire_ sends us over to Baseline Magazine for a longish article entitled After 20 Years, Critics Question the BSA's Real Motives, which paints the Business Software Alliance in the same colors as the RIAA. "A recent Associated Press story highlighted the fact that 90 percent of the $13 million collected by the BSA in 2006 came from small businesses. Since 1993 the group has collected an estimated $89 million in damages from businesses on behalf of its members, every penny of which it keeps. 'I don't know of a business where you can get away with raiding a customer with armed marshals and expect them to continue to do business with you...' said [Sterling] Ball, who shifted his company to open source software after the raid."
Games

What's the Best Game Console of All Time? 479

Posted by Zonk
from the duh-obviously-the-fairchild dept.
The C|Net Crave blog has up an article exploring the history of console gaming, and wonders aloud about the pecking order of the various systems. "Gaming is so subjective that there is no single "greatest" system ever. It might sound like a cop-out, but it really depends on what standards you're using and what generation you grew up in. I loved the SNES, and would personally call it the greatest system of all time. However, the NES and PlayStation could both easily be called the best, based on the standards they set and the advances they presented to gaming." The Guardian follows up this piece, noting that the article's rose-colored recollections of the SNES days may not be entirely accurate. Subjective or not, it's a good question: which consoles have a valid place in history and which ones should be forgotten?
Communications

The World's Languages Are Fast Becoming Extinct 939

Posted by kdawson
from the culture-drain dept.
Ant sends news of a report, released a couple of weeks back by the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages in Oregon, on the alarming rate of extinction of the world's languages. While half of all languages have gone extinct in the last 500 years, the half-life is dropping: half of the 7,000 languages spoken today won't exist by the year 2100. The NY Times adds this perspective: "83 languages with 'global' influence are spoken and written by 80 percent of the world population. Most of the others face extinction at a rate, the researchers said, that exceeds that of birds, mammals, fish and plants."
Wireless Networking

Does 802.11n Spell the 'End of Ethernet'? 404

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the not-bloody-likely dept.
alphadogg writes "Is the advent of the 802.11n wireless standard the 'end of Ethernet'... at least in terms of client access to the LAN? That's the provocative title, and thesis, of a new report in which the author began looking into the question when he heard a growing number of clients asking whether it was time to discontinue wired LAN deployments for connecting clients. Would 11n, the next generation high-throughput Wi-Fi, make the RJ45 connector in the office wall as obsolete as gaslights?"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Canadian Bureaucrats Don't "Think Different" 427

Posted by kdawson
from the sense-of-design dept.
owlgorithm writes "Apple's new store in Montreal has three parking meters on the street in front of it. The city is in the middle of a campaign to reduce downtown parking. In Apple's ever-conscientious attempt to improve design, they offered to reimburse the city for the parking meters and their revenue if the city would remove them. Answer: Non — because 'We've never done it before, so we can't.'"
Education

Alex the African Grey Parrot Dies 242

Posted by kdawson
from the teaching-us-how-to-communicate dept.
grrlscientist writes "Yesterday, I received the devastating news that Alex the African Grey parrot, who was both a study subject and colleague to Irene Pepperberg, died unexpectedly at 31 years of age. 'Even though Alex was a research animal, he was much more than that. This species of parrot generally lives to be 50-60 years old, so Alex was only middle-aged when he died. According to some reports I have read, it is possible that Alex might have succumbed to Aspergillosis, a fungal infection of the lungs that he has battled in the past. However, the cause of death will not be known until after a necropsy has been completed... Alex's veterinarian is returning from vacation to personally conduct this necrospy.'"

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