So really, how is this new d-pad supposed to fix that?
It might be, you know, better? The purely aesthetic change does not rule out functional changes as well.
That being said, the way they are rolling it out (play and charge only, not part of system bundles) doesn't inspire a lot of confidence in me. I'll wait for some reviews, thank you very much.
Stats: I couldn't find a 2010 "Matrix XR". There's a "Matrix XRS". Heck, let's just assume that they mean the most efficient 2010 Matrix, which is a manual base model that gets 26/32mpg. The 2010 Prius gets 51/48mpg.
The average age of a vehicle on the road in the US today is over 9.5 years and rising.
While I agree in large part with your numbers you should keep in mind that this is a Canadian study. As such, the Matrix XR is trivial to find on the Toyota Canada website and stats about US cars may or may not be applicable.
Rule-of-thumb: If you can partake in a pub discussion with 3 or more reasonably educated native speakers, you're fluent in that language if no one needs to clarify a word or repeat a sentence.
Your rule should probably scale in some fashion with alcohol consumption, especially if it involves a pub.
You - and I'm not picking on you in particular, but on a number of claims in this thread - almost certainly don't. To speak a language fluently you need to immerse yourself in a world of its speakers regularly, and you will not become fluent in a language if you have to go out of your way to speak it.
It is a fallback when you don't have sufficient immersion in a language to know what something means, and you cannot use it to contradict a majority of speakers. People who think English is something you learn from a dictionary can't really speak English at all.
(Where does this leave French? In denial, as always.)
Just to confirm:
1. Subject is using 'fluently' in a non-textbook way, which is bad.
2. You define 'fluent' as not relying on textbook definitions for things in language.
3. You don't see the contradiction here?
Let it die already, fast, the sooner we can all go back to enjoying weird little games in baggies, and maybe find something interesting to play as a result.
I'm not sure why you seem to think that these things are mutually exclusive, but there are plenty of great and/or weird games out there, you just have to look for them.
Someone will find a way around this very quickly
It's not even clear if this information is real. TFA links to a forum post which doesn't seem to actually contain a source of the information (the OP states it's a mix of "hard information" and "conjecture"). Said forum post then links to the eFUSE wikipedia article, which lists Droid X as having an implementation of eFUSE. However, if you look at the Droid X wikipedia page linked to from there, you'll see the original mobilecrunch.com is what is cited for the eFUSE inclusion bit.
I'm not saying there is something fishy going on, but this could easily not be true.
My thoughts exactly. Probably straight prerendered video.
Keep in mind that the video in the article is over a year old (E3 2009). Presumably, the demo that happened at TED this year was more sophisticated - it's unfortunate that there doesn't seem to be video of that yet.
I mean, why not just do them? Or is this more of a move relating to the stock market? Maybe its better phrased "This announcement will make our stock more competitive". I guess I just don't understand the motivation.
The Microsoft mentality is oriented towards the corporate world. These kinds of customers require product roadmaps to plan budgets, purchasing decisions, upgrade paths, etc etc. The Apple mentality, however, is oriented towards the consumer. Consumers don't tend to plan all that well and will buy things compulsively, so new products have to be available to ship as soon as they are announced.
In any case, one of the reasons why MS seems to falter in the consumer device market, or at least when competing with Apple, is that they still seem to announce things as part of a corporate roadmap, rather than impressing people with an Apple-like 'one more thing' reveal.
You mean to tell me you have to wait for an invitation to a paid for product that's ad-supported? What are they thinking?
That they are Apple?
That certainly helps with the Slurpee sales, but it's not at all uncommon to see people walking around with a "Big Gulp" in the middle of winter - it ends up being almost a machismo thing to head to 7/11 on the coldest days of the year just you can walk around in -40 weather (-50 with the windchill), drinking slushies.
Guilty as charged
The reason, though, is because slurpees are delicious. Also, please never say "slushie" again.
For the rest of us, the adults this is not a problem.
We are secure enough to play with the wii and rich enough to own more than one console.
Huh? I own a 360 and PS3, and enjoy Mario, Zelda et all (I have a DS too), but have no interest in motion control.
But I would feel a little silly as a grown man playing a Mario or Kirby game with a wiimote.
Seriously, in my dream alternate universe, Nintendo didn't make the Wii (I do like the DS though) and instead we had Mario and Zelda for Xbox/PS3. Of course, they make a ton of money on the Wii, so that's not happening anytime soon.
Seconded! Sitting through crappy reality shows about fat people losing weight is neigh torture.
Sounds like those fat people might actually be horses.