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Comment: Re:Slaves of Dubai (Score 2) 262

by red crab (#47421931) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen
How was this modded as Insightful? There's some difference, a lot of it in fact, in driving a Porsche for someone else and actually owning and driving it. This is a step backward in economic equality, but its like that in most of the parts of the world now these days, not just Dubai, so no use whining about it.

Comment: Re:see where your taxes go (Score 1) 322

by red crab (#46738795) Attached to: IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches
The linked article states that out of $30 million they have in hand, they would be paying 11.6m to M$, and the remaining 18.4m to upgrade the oldest of the PCs running XP. If they were to upgrade all 58,000 systems at once, $317 per PC will be needed on average, which equals to 18m anyway. The numbers are clearly wrong here.

Comment: Re:Seems pretty different, not a gesture (Score 1) 408

by red crab (#46691019) Attached to: Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

The iphone was also the first major phone to consist exclusively of a touch screen. Prior to that, other phones had hardware buttons to lock and unlock.

The touchscreen wasn't a novel idea anyway. No phone manufacturer ever thought of making a touchscreen based hand-held device prior to Apple as it was believed (and very correctly too) that it was inherently difficult to operate a 3.5" touch display. It was the app store that outweighed the negatives of iPhone touchscreen , and remember that Apple was already riding on the success of iPod at the time iPhone was released. iPhone clicked and other phone-makers simply followed suit; but that does not mean that touchscreens are more convenient than keypads.

Comment: Re:Still trying to wrap my head... (Score 1) 51

by red crab (#46609949) Attached to: oVirt 3.4 Means Management, VMs Can Live On the Same Machine
AIX Workload Partitions and Solaris Zones already implement that concept, but its more about application mobility rather than optimal performance. It makes sense usually to have your own box when you need more control of your environment. And anyway the resources are dynamically allotted; so its unlikely that your web server box would be holding on to its 32 GB of allocated memory even when its not heavily loaded.

Comment: Re:Quality, Too (Score 1) 287

by red crab (#46158717) Attached to: Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers
So thats' more about poor aesthetics than quality. You will almost never see the quality of any electronics manufacturer going doing down as such, given the frequent advances in technology that are so freely accessible. Its very unlikely that they would be cutting cost on components to maintain their profits.

Comment: Re: More reprsentative stats please (Score 1) 390

by red crab (#46118319) Attached to: IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share
And you are sure that your insurance company will certainly pay them when (and if) you die. The fine lines in the every policy document ensures that they (the insurance companies) keep your money in most of the cases, and part with it only after making a handsome profit. Insurance is as such might have been a good thing, is the insurance companies were honest.

Comment: Re:Betteridge's law of headlines (Score 1) 321

by red crab (#45816433) Attached to: Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

It's laughable that nerds who spend countless hours installing Linux distros and tweaking and compiling software are overwhelmed by the few steps it takes to virtually eliminate the Metro interface.

If I have paid for it, it should work for me out of the box; the way I want it to. Linux is free, so I don't mind spending hours to tweak it.

Comment: Re:Slashdot being a prime example of bad (Score 1) 382

by red crab (#45773405) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?
I don't know why the OP has been modded funny, but its correct that mobile version of Slashdot is too heavy on resources. I cannot browse it on my 2" (240x320) display low-cost Samsung phone on a 2G network. Saying this because I can browse BBC News, Reuters and Wikipedia comfortably on this very phone. And yes, its equally annoying that iPad won't allow you to open the regular version of any site even if you wanted to; not just Slashdot.

Comment: Re:Holy Biased Presentation Batman! (Score 1) 466

by red crab (#45637415) Attached to: US Issues 30-Year Eagle-Killing Permits To Wind Industry
True, better kill or maim them by windmills rather than by say, air pollution. We rule the earth, its for us to decide which other species should inhabit it. Let not these wretched birds come in the way of our noble purpose of installing windmills, and in a sense we are doing this for their betterment anyway.

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