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Comment Ergonomics (Score 1) 454 454

If you're going to buy a computer anyway, why not a laptop?

Working on a laptop, you have three choices.

  1. You can have your head bent over to look at the screen, which is terrible for your neck
  2. You can have your laptop on a stand and type with your hands way up instead of the natural position you should type in
  3. You can buy an external monitor or keyboard to correct these issues

That's just one reason not to buy a laptop if you don't need it. The cost difference is another big one that others have already addressed here.

Comment Must...follow...instructions (Score 1) 699 699

Her lawyers claim Google is liable because it did not warn her that the route would not offer a safe place for a pedestrian to walk

But I bet she could see that as soon as she got to the road. Maybe that was the time to make the ridiculous decision to disobey Google's instructions and walk down another nearby road.

Comment Convenience? (Score 5, Insightful) 462 462

Isn't the point of online banking that it is convenient? And easy? For me, booting from a Live CD may be a piece of cake, but for a lot of people, it's far from that.

Even if it is a great idea, 98% of the population won't latch on to something like this, and the 2% who might are probably already running linux

Comment Innovator's Dilemma (Score 1) 646 646

This is the Innovator's Dilemma. Spinning mechanical hard disks will continue to get larger and larger, but they will be far above the requirements of most users. Some people will want a 4 TB hard drive for their laptop, but for most people 500 GB is more than enough. SSDs will get larger and cheaper until they fit the average consumer's taste. Also, SSDs are faster and more energy efficient, so they will be providing additional benefits on top of size. Thus, my bet is that SSDs will probably move to replace spinning hard disks over the next 5-10 years.

"Facts are stupid things." -- President Ronald Reagan (a blooper from his speeach at the '88 GOP convention)