With this business philosophy, one could have regional offices that collect this knowledge and store documents of it in little cannisters. When someone in one region needs to access the knowledge from a different region, they could send a request and have that cannister (with the relevant document inside) sent along a pneumatic piping system, just like at the bank teller window. One could call this business The National Tube Service, or simply The Tubes(tm).
On 12/12/12, the wheels were set in motion for the 12/21/12 Apocalypse.
A chain reaction of low-orbit and geostationary satellite collisions cause flaming satellite debris to rain down from the sky in a cataclysmic event. Now that Twinkies have been phased out, not even cockroaches have survived.
I've had several collections of 'throwaway' computers, with my last 486 and P100 going to that big recycling heap in the sky a few years back.
Right now, I've got nothing super old, but I've been keeping an AMD K6-II alive through the ages. It was my first IBM-compatible machine (after a C= plus/4) and I still use it regularly as a development box (Debian Stable in console mode all around. vi, gcc, perl, ssh, ftp, lynx. What more do you need?).
It is fortunate to have 2(!) USB ports on an add-in interface, so I can still plug a MS Ergo 4000 keyboard and modern optical mouse. Most of the hardware is original and all works, but the three things I've had to replace periodically are the optical drives (several), cpu fan (twice) and memory (twice). Up until about 5 years ago, compatible parts were plentiful from old computers, but I haven't seen the right sized fan or any SDRAM for the picking in ages, and it's now getting harder and harder to find IDE anything, even used.
I still enjoy the hell out of my i5 (and other smatterings of computers lying about) but I'll be sad when I have to put the ol K6 down.
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He speaks of compromising a $300 billion industry
Just because there is some 'industry' where some arbitrarily large amount of money is exchanged, it doesn't mean it has any right to exist at all.
This is different, but about as justifiable as the "too big to fail" arguments of yore.
"The Cloud" is only good as secondary backup if you don't care that it becomes public.
Encrypt it all you want. Access to your data is the hardest hurdle and by using the could you give it away.
But.. but.. but... smartphones and virtualization and...and...and...free community wireless internet over dark fiber!!!
(Yes, I'm just being silly. Having a slow day at work and the free coffee sucks)
Further proof that tablets and the Cloud(tm) are the paradigm shift into the new memesphere. Nobody needs big, bulky Iron from folks like IBM, HP, EMC, etc.
We'll do it all now on clustered iPads! With Retina Displays! Surfing the web is dead, now we're Hangliding in The Cloud(tm)!!!!
Perhaps Linux needs a minimalist leader. Throw everything out. Then step by step, bring back features and see what works, and what doesn't. In the process make sure that everything has a consistent look and feel.
Believe it or not, that used to be Ubuntu. Back 8 or 10 years ago, there were all these distributions that offered 'choice!' by loading the biggest Gnome or KDE desktop crammed to the gills with EVERY and I mean EVERY app that was available. Stable, beta, working or not. You opened a panel and there were 17 calculators to choose from, 23 IRC clients, about 15 web browsers, 7 different terminal apps... you get the idea. Most of it was half-broken shit.
The beauty of Ubuntu in the beginning (I thought) was that they cut out all of that. You got a nice, slick installer that installed Debian Unstable (which we'd all known for years was fine for everyday use) with a slick graphical installer. You booted up to a nicely themed Gnome desktop with only the best ONE of each type of application installed. They were smart about choosing what apps to include by default, and I felt that their choices resonated very closely with experienced linux users who generally all agreed on the best app for a particular usage. The whole Debian repository was mirrored and available, but you didn't have to dig through a bunch of crap to find the stuff that you most likely would have chosen to install yourself. Configs were all clicky-clicky, but all your fave debian cli tools like aptitude still worked as expected.
I really thought that Ubuntu was going to become the polished distro that brought Year Of The Linux Desktop(tm) from fantasy to reality. I still think that they had a real chance to pull that off. (At least up until about 8.0, then it started to get weird).
My $0.02 plus tax.
We're talking about Sweden, Finland and Russia.
40 years is a metric century.
So first Facebook's algorithm hides my posts from my friends for reasons known only to Facebook.
Now Facebook is testing the option so I can pay so that my posts they hid will actually show to my friends.
In a way, I really hope Facebook goes through with this, maybe it'll be the straw that finally breaks the camels back and we can get a new social network that actually cares about its users.
While I agree that the new features are silly and a thinly veiled attempt at capitalizing upon the public, shall we all remember that when we post things on Facebook, we are voluntarily using a free service on the Internet? At any point we are all free to delete our account, ignore the parts we don't like, or otherwise not participate in it as a social networking site.
Shit, we may even decide to go outside, into the Big Blue Room and talk to actual people, face to face!
Enjoy your 30's buddy
You ain't ever gonna get that back
Unfortunately I'm all too aware of this.
Or, you know, actually worked a job.
Where did the idea come from that students should just play during the 20-30 working hours a week that they're not in class?
20-30? I wish. For me it's more like 40-60. And after talking to many of my fellow classmates, I'm fortunate. At least I don't have children.
I've enjoyed this community off and on since the late 1990s, yet I'm submitting as AC because I'm embarrassed of my situation. When I was 11, I scraped up enough money to buy a used Commodore 16 for the sole purpose of learning to program BASIC. Some years later (mid 1990s), I got into Linux, and dabbled a little bit in C, Perl and even some basic shell scripting. I didn't get too far into it before my working life (and believe it or not, women) ate up all my time. Programming is one of those things that I'm always interested in, but never had the time for. In a few years, I will finish my degree and start a new career (going into Medicine, not IT). I've decided that once I'm done with school, I will *make* the time to finally get into programming. Problem is, I'll be a few years past my 40th birthday at that point. I'm not interested in programming for career purposes (personal entertainment, mainly- just want to model some of this microbiology, physiology, molecular physics and such, as well as write some simple games and program some microcontrollers) yet I am afraid that since I'm getting into this late (the stuff as a pre-teen is so long ago it doesn't count anymore) that I'll never be effective at it. I know the brain changes as you get older, but has anyone else ever started programming at such a late stage in life? Can you still be effective and decent at it, or am I going to be staring at my vi session like my grandfather used to stare at his TV remote in total bewilderment? Is there any hope for non-geeks like myself that want to play in your world? Thanks and bacon planks."
When the smart mobile phone manufacturers have their own platform architecture" open garden", the boundaryless competition make innovation becomes more difficult. You'll find out, when choosing to become infinite time, means the conversion cost is very low, at the same time," open" means you have, the opponent will have. With hundreds of millions of fans of apple in software application not to beat their competitors the opportunity. According to the market research company Distimo released the latest research report, the United States is still the Apple App Store mobile application software downloads the largest market, as Chinese downloads from the app store and income growth, the app store's income continues to maintain steady growth.
Although using the Android system mobile phone number is still in rapid growth, Android system now account for mobile intelligent mobile phone market share of 53%, Android Market income is not the Apple App store high income. Because of this, such as Samsung, Motorola mobile phone using the Android system the company is looking for new growth point.
If so, then the Apple's competitors, how to create new opportunities? The answer is going to create a new market, further subdivided market and develop unique products function Apple accessories, and the breakthrough is still in hardware. For example, recent Samsung"
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