Not all "support specialists" are "Bob" in the callcenter talking to lusers about downloading the internet. Even medium-sized companies often have an internal support department. From some I've seen firsthand, $28 is doing pretty well, but not so well as to be in "pipe dream" territory.
Those laptops are likely going to be something like 50% of laptops sold by 2015 or so.
Having actually used touchscreen laptops (as opposed to tablets), I question that assertion. They've been saying that since touchscreens entered the consumer market, and it always comes down to the same problem: ape-arm. Even more, now that tablets exist to fill the "touchscreen media consumption" niche, touchscreen laptops don't even have a real use case anymore.
but the foundation is still solvent and the OPW program is very successful and will continue to be
That remains to be seen. And even if they're solvent, the budgetary crisis will at least cut down on the damage they can do for awhile.
. I don't think there is much play in the x86 space but on the right hardware Gnome 3 will be far far better than stuff like XFCE.
You can keep saying that, but you acknowledged yourself that they lost the battle for the "right hardware," but they haven't cut their losses and gone back to a position that makes sense. Instead, they've stuck their fingers in their ears and screamed "lalalala" while people continue to make excuses for them, and just keep compounding their mistake.
Then that just underlines thier incompetence even more clearly, since approximately 0% of the "growing phone/tablet market" has any interest in any linux that's not twisted into Android, and they released a "usable" (and I use that word very charitably) desktop installation before any tablet release.
For a product that still hasn't found much marketshare, go where the growth is made sense.
Except that desktop machines are the wrong place to put touch-friendly interfaces, and GNOME is a desktop machine project. They're entirely different use cases, and what they're doing is precisely backwards.
Except the story was poorly written. They aren't having a donation problem they are having a cash flow problem because their women's programming initiatives are too successful.
Who cares? I'm just glad they're failing (that's what schadenfreude is).
Ultimately we need a good quality touch enabled desktop / tablet OS for Unix far more than we needed a slightly improved keyboard and mouse experience
"Touch-enabled interface is more important than keyboard/mouse for a desktop?" You're one of those UX bullshit artists, aren't you?
That's the kind of thinking that's got me soaking in the schadenfreude from this story.
That's the big difference. The big corporate sites who would have been negatively impacted by SOPA (Google, e.g.) carried those protests. The fact that blocking the law turned out better for actual people was really just a happy accident.
. If you are simply storing and sharing files with a select few then Google drive gives you 15 GB which is a huge amount of storage in comparison
Unfortunately, a big part of the objection to Rice is the fear of DB becoming even more hostile to the concept of user privacy. Extra space aside, google isn't a particularly viable alternative.
It strikes me that 500 years, practically the blink of an eye, might not be quite sufficient to determine trends on geological scales...
Wacky global warming deniers are not skeptics, they are credulous fools.
There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of skepticism from the other side of the AGW "debate", for that matter.
So I guess there's no science to be had here, just political dick-waving.
I find the implication that coal miners are somehow too dumb to learn anything else mildly offensive.
Where, exactly, was that implied, outside of a few AC d-bags that you're not posting a reply to? The point is that Zuck's a dipshit, and his Patrick Starr "problem solving"("Take all the miners, and teach them to code") is imbecilic.
You believe one ambiguous clause about Kissinger is the hint that clarifies that Colbert's position on Snowden is sarcastic, that is, the opposite of what Colbert actually is saying.
Well, that, and having an even passing familiarity with his work for the past 8 years...
Nah, Dennis miller is a conservative former comedian. Back when he was still doing comedy, it was pretty centrist, with the social aspect leaning a bit to the left.
After 9/11 made him shit his pants, he started being conservative, and stopped being a comedian, opting to move his "big words and obscure references" style into punditry, where it works about as well as you might expect.
Ever heard of the Sunk Cost fallacy?
The one that's not actually any sort of "fallacy" and certainly has no bearing on replacing hardware that still serves its purpose?
Even if you're right about the software, it makes more sense to wait until one of those "must have" packages goes 64-bit only in "a year or two", since the new hardware will be more current than doing it now for the sake of, as a poster above put it so well, "ooh, shiny!"