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Comment: Re:People who want them, have them (Score 1) 692

by elrond2003 (#37217646) Attached to: Acer CEO Declares a Tablets Bubble

Tablets were never going to sell like they were forever. We're approaching the point where most people who want them, already have them.

As I read the reports, most of the tablet sales for non iPad devices were filling the channel. The reports always described sell-in, no-one ever reported sell-thru rates, except Apple, for which they were 150% or so. When all you are doing is stuffing the channel and no-one is buying, the sell-in rate will drop like a stone once all of the stores have their stock. Later at the fire sale the sell out will be dramatic but your profit is a large negative number. That story describes the so-called tablets. Perhaps in the future there will be competition for the iPad, but it isn't here yet. And yes the iPad is a very useful tool for lots of people, that's why there are stories every week about some company or other buying thousands for some project. It is not a replacement for a MACPro, but then again, it was never intended to be one.

And as for the argument that you could do it all with a netbook/notebook/desktop/??? yes and you could probably also use a pencil and paper for most of it and your imagination for the rest, but would you? And would you want to?

My netbook was a fine computer but could not replace the macbookpro on trips. The iPad has.

Piracy

Sony Gets Nasty With PSBreak Buyers 246

Posted by Soulskill
from the give-it-a-rest dept.
YokimaSun writes "The war between hackers and Sony over the PlayStation 3 has now taken an even more sinister turn, with Sony going after not just shops but actual buyers of the PSBreak dongle, threatening them with fines of many thousands of Euros and forcing them to sign cease-and-desist letters. It seems Sony will use any means necessary to thwart both homebrew and piracy on the PS3."
Censorship

China Says US Uses Facebook To Spread Political Unrest 274

Posted by kdawson
from the yeah-and-if-you-don't-watch-out-we'll-twitter-too dept.
crimeandpunishment writes "A Chinese government-backed think tank says the US and other western governments use Facebook and other social networking sites to spread political unrest. Their report says, 'We must pay attention to the potential risks and threats to state security as the popularity of social-networking sites continues to grow,' and calls for increased scrutiny of the sites."
Medicine

Cutting Umbilical Cord Early Eliminates Stem Cells 139

Posted by timothy
from the just-leave-it-on-a-few-years dept.
GeneralSoh writes "Delaying clamping the umbilical cord at birth may have far-reaching benefits for your baby, according to researchers at the University of South Florida's Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair — and should be delayed for at least a few minutes longer after birth. This new recommendation published in the most recent Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine (14:3) notes that delaying clamping the umbilical cord allows more umbilical cord blood and crucial stem cells to transfer from mama to baby."
Government

Bill To Ban All Salt In Restaurant Cooking 794

Posted by timothy
from the too-stupid-to-live-as-long-as-possible dept.
lord_rotorooter writes "Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, introduced a bill that would ruin restaurant food and baked goods as we know them. The measure (if passed) would ban the use of all forms of salt in the preparation and cooking of food for all restaurants or bakeries. While the use of too much salt can contribute to health problems, the complete banning of salt would have negative impacts on food chemistry. Not only does salt enhance flavor, it controls bacteria, slows yeast activity and strengthens dough by tightening gluten. Salt also inhibits the growth of microbes that spoil cheese."

Comment: one not necessarily tinfoil-hat theory (Score 1) 640

by elrond2003 (#30109042) Attached to: Psystar Crushed In Court
There is one way to get access to a sizable ROI based on this scheme. What PSYSTAR is/was doing is buying an UPGRADE license and installing it on a new computer. What if they succeded and then started to buy Windows/office upgrades distros, cracking the install codes and selling machines with this software installed. A full windows/office install (Home premium W7 plus Office Pro) is about $600 the upgrades are about $350, split the difference and you have a pretty good markup on a $400 worth of hardware system.

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