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Comment Get away from the hardware (Score 1) 355

They should focus on their core competency: software. Expand existing business-oriented product-lines to iOS, Android, and Linux, in addition to Windows. There-in lies the revenue. Trying to compete with entrenched hardware manufacturers like Sony and Samsung is a loser's game.

Comment Re:So basically surfing net while taking notes (Score 1) 313

Or maybe Pit Bulls are just more dangerous:

As a result of a perceived increase in pit bull injuries, all children who presented to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia during 1989 for evaluation of dog bite injuries were prospectively studied...Significantly more pit bull injuries (94% vs 43%, P http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/88/1/55.short

Comment Re:Atari VCS, anyone? (Score 1) 587

I started with an Atari 800 (8 kb) and a cassette drive, although I learned to program on paper a couple years before that with http://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Digital-Computers-Self-learning-Microcomputer/dp/B002E6HIAI a Radio Shack circuitry/logic/programming reference. I'm up to 12 GB now, and my GIS software often pushes the limits.

Comment Re:So why did that prick lay off miners? (Score 3, Informative) 341

China and the US have similar reserves of coal (about a quarter of the world's supply each.) Coal is a PITA to transport compared to natural gas (weight vs. energy). There's lot's of natural gas in the Arctic http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petroleum_exploration_in_the_Arctic, which is probably why China is building icebreakers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Xue_Long. When their second one is built, they will have as many active as the U.S., which *is* an Arctic nation http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_Council with corresponding mineral rights http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Convention_on_the_Law_of_the_Sea.

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