Your comment has a je ne sais quoi.
No, I am je ne sais quoi. His comment had none of me, I assure you.
As for the EPA using secret science, this is an utter load of bull-shit. All of EPA's studies are on-line and publically available. Here is a link to the searchable database containing the superfund site Records of Decision: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/c...
This is another manufactured crisis like the "war" on Christmas attempting to make people on the left (or anyone who doesn't agree with them) into demons. Assholes.
10% of the market?
I concur. Last quarter MS said Surface sales doubled, but they haven't given any solid numbers and last quarter they had a $0.9 billion write-off in order to dump their old inventory. One estimate suggests that sales can't be more than 1 million at best, more likely something like 850k. Now, compare that to Apple's 14.1 million units over the same quarter and that Apple is something like 30% of the tablet market, you realize that any projections of MS Surface capturing any substantial part of the market are just silly.
On the bright side, I did just see my first Surface being used in the wild recently. Granted, we didn't actually use it for anything, but I finally did meet someone who bought one. Maybe MS can do what they did with Xbox and just continue dumping money into it until they out-subidize their competitors (a.k.a. stereotypical monopolist behavior).
We do have to remind ourselves that security needs to be proportionate to risk.
Exactly. You can make your phone the most secure thing in the world, requiring a randomized string of alphanumerics umpteen characters long that you recite from memory, but you've also made it utterly impractical to use.
One thing I noticed about this method is that they didn't get their fingerprints from the iphone itself, on the site they got them from a glass bottle. There's a lot of residue from fingerprints on my screen and a lot of potential fingerprints, but some of them are smudged from where I moved my finger, but I'd like to see if someone can use prints from an actual phone, everything else requires that the attacker have physical access to places you've been, but by far the most likely scenario where this will be useful will be to keep people out if I leave my phone somewhere unintentionally.
I couldn't care less about expandability, long ago I figured out that rather than upgrade my machines later in life, I just "upgrade" them when purchasing them and then don't worry about it for five years or so until the purchase (incidentally, is it just me or is lifetime of PCs getting longer?).
So why the abysmal sales of the Surface Pro? My guess would also be the price point, Apple has a low price point ($499 for retina display, but the ipad 2 is only $399) that you can expand the storage in it to get high storage (up to 128 Gb at $799 with cellular is $929) or the cellular stuff. MS put out the RT at a low price point too ($349) with the Pro as its higher end model (64 Gb for $899, 128 Gb for $999). So the MS low end is lower than the ipad and the high end is higher.
Could it be that the RT is too limited in terms of what you can do with it, and that Apple got people to buy ipads because they made all their apps for the iphone immediately available on the ipad, so people knew what they were getting?
It all depends on how the acts are portrayed. When they blew up Alderaan, all the characters were horrified, except for the evil people we the audience were supposed to see as evil. As TFA points out, when they dismember or mutilate a droid, everyone, even people we the audience are supposed to interpret as the good guys, sometimes laugh or make light of it. See the difference? If they showed someone having remorse for the number of deactivated droids in the droid wars, it wouldn't be a problem. The author's point is also that the droids do suffer when bad things happen to them, they're not necessarily the unfeeling machines of today. In fairness to Lucas, in ROTJ at one point he does show some droids being tortured, but it was being done by people we were supposed to see as evil (Jabba and his henchmen).
Apple is definitely having an idea shortage.
. Dude, whatever. You keep you glasses and your kinect, I'll take the new mac pro and we'll see who gets more accomplished. The inventions you are describing are very innovative and clever, but they are not a phone or tablet that will end up in every home, they are not a device that will replace computers. They are in essence toys with a limited marketshare.