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Comment: Re:There is a site that might be helpfull (Score 1) 732

by newsdee (#40127391) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

The Zenbook has one major flaw: the screen is TN instead of IPS (MacBook Air), and costs more.
For the price difference you can actually buy a Window7 to install on the MacBook, so in the end, you pay the same for a better screen.

I read somewhere Asus will release Zenbooks with IPS - those might change things.
In any case, always do a side-by-side comparison at a store before buying.

Comment: Re:Buy a Macbook Pro, even for Windows/Linux (Score 1) 732

by newsdee (#40127249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

Some months ago I was on the brink of buying an Asus Zenbook, but ended up with a MBA because of the screen.

On paper the Zenbook looked great, but in the store I noticed the screen was TN and looked dismal compared to the IPS of the Apple.
I'm a Windows guy, but the Zenbook suddenly felt cheap, and I wanted to go back home with a light laptop.

So I bought the MBA, slapped WIn7 on it and been very happy with it since.
(kept OSX in a tiny partition for support/backup, and installed 3rd party drivers for functionality not available from vanilla Boot Camp).

Comment: how much damage can an iPhone take (Score 1) 422

by newsdee (#31292834) Attached to: What Has Your Phone Survived?

The iPhone has a glass screen that is very prone to cracking. I imagine it's a case of form over function, since glass looks nicer than plastic. It's not so pretty if ever the phone falls on a hard surface flat on the screen. This means an iPhone won't survive the ninja powers of a 2-year old who managed to grab your phone when you least expected it, to use as a hand grenade...

Also, for some stupid reason the screen was designed in such a way that changing it means also replacing the digitizer (the touch pad - glued to it) so you end up paying quite a pretty penny for repairs (between 1/3 and 1/2 of the price of the phone!).

Comment: comics reader (Score 1) 684

by newsdee (#31142408) Attached to: It's 2010; What's the Best E-Reader?

One feature that I don't see mentioned in this discussion is the ability to read graphics files out of .zip or .cbz archives. The standard e-reader screen (6-7 inches) is not very good for Letter or A4 sized color comics, but works very well for black & white manga. As far as I know, only the iRiver kindle can read .zip and .cbz for this purpose, but there are probably other readers out there with the same ability?

Comment: Looking at the criteria he used... (Score 1) 538

by newsdee (#30758870) Attached to: Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes

I know the whole thing is probably not to be taken too seriously, but looking at the paper I would say there are at least a couple of shaky assumptions.

First he's defining a rate of people who live in London. That ignores people moving in or out, or even people willing to move closer. So the figure should be higher I think.

Then he mentions he will only find 5% of "physically attractive" candidates. In other words, he is limiting himself outside of 2 times the standard deviation of the population. That's a really sample of the population. In other words, guy's too picky :-)

Comment: Re:Active glasses? (Score 1) 419

by newsdee (#30704260) Attached to: Hot Or Not — 3D TV

Actually that's a great point. If pixel resolution can be made fine enough, why bother with one big LCD panel + active glasses, when you could just stream to a couple of small displays in front of your eyes?

Some of those already exist (they can also serve as portable DVD players), but they're quite pricey. I guess once there is a lot of 3D media available, those players they will become more common. They can't be too difficult to manufacture to existing small LCD resolutions (perhaps not full HD but good enough for SD).

Comment: "Serbian Comic" (Score 1) 36

by newsdee (#29853525) Attached to: Chessboxing Storming the Athletic World

The comic in question is "Cold Equator" (Froid Equateur) from Enki BIlal. He's French comic book artist and filmmaker of Serbian origins.

At least in the World Chess Boxing organization website, they give proper credit to the guy (with photos and all).

The comic is very good too, part of the Nikopol trilogy. Check it out.


Next-Gen Mars Rover In Danger of Cancellation 210

Posted by timothy
from the infinite-possibilities-finite-taxpayers dept.
OriginalArlen writes "NASA's next-generation rover, the nuclear-powered, laser-equipped Mars Science Laboratory is reported to be at a serious risk of cancellation due to budget and schedule overruns, including non-delivery of vital parts by a subcontractor. Costs are running over $2B so far, and the already thin schedule of Mars missions planned for the next decade — with budget ring-fenced for an outer-planets flagship mission — is in danger of further cuts."

Comment: Re:X86 under $100 (Score 1) 354

by newsdee (#25189165) Attached to: Designing The Ultimate Netbook

You'd want X86 for backwards compatibility, unless you can emulate (DosBox) or simulate (Wine), then I agree it's irrelevant. The former works great already, but the latter still has some time to go (but gets better every year).

Btw there are already a few interesting hardware products done in ARM, check the GP2X Wiz and the OpenPandora (although those are geared more towards gaming than general-purpose computing).

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