OpenVZ (Virtuozzo) and Linux-VServer used to be the big names in virtualization. Now Linux has LXC in the mainline kernel. Virtualization with Xen and KVM are nice. But when you want to run Linux in virtualized guests you get a much better performance with para virtualization.
But my ex-boss told me that I can and should hire 9 highly educated (we'll, highly degree'd) software engineers in China for every guy I laid in the US.
Every guy you laid in the US? I'm not sure the topic here is supposed to be sexual experience?
In forty years, the world will be almost entirely identical to this one. In 1960, the world expected flying cars and jetpacks and bases on the moon and mars by 2000 and other than the internet, the world of 2000 was pretty much the world of 1960. The world of 2050 is going to pretty much be the world of 2011.
Speak for yourself - in the (European, seaside) village where my mother was raised, mass electrical power distribution first appeared in 1961. I assure you that their world of 1960 was quite significantly different to their world of 2000.
The locations of the jamming signals are known to company executives — around the capital, Tripoli — but nobody can do anything.
Uh, I don't think "nobody can do anything" is really true here. Remember the 1999 bombing of FR Yugoslavia? Although, hopefully this time they wouldn't be ten years late to the party and yet still manage to cause 500 civilian casualties on the ground. Nevertheless, if you ask those protesters in Libya, they might find this risk an acceptable compromise compared to what's going on there now.
I would also like to point out that these things are much more likely to break down the more frequently you change them.
I think that sums it up best . .
OTOH, if people changed these things more frequently, things in general would become less likely to break down, because everyone would become more accustomed to it. We would then be able to relegate those people who allow it to break down to the same caste we today relegate the "what do you mean someone can insert random SQL in my obviously numeric GET parameter?!" people. They would still exist, but nobody would really pay attention to their screams
From my perspective (and I'm no Apple user at all), essentially 90% of the design principles of ALL modern smartphones -- the clear focus on touch, the "physical" UI, the focus on detail, scrolling without scrollbars, zoom&pan, end-to-end integration of hardware and software -- can be traced back to the iPhone 1. This is not something that "design by committee" would normally come up with. I would think that very few people within Apple are directly responsible for these things [...]
Yes, well, all that is something "design by movie" could come up with. Minority Report - 2002 -> five years -> iPhone - 2007 Clearly the fact that they achieved these features in an attractive format and with a bearable price tag is an important milestone. But let's not get too excited about these ideas being devoid of design by committee, because it doesn't really take a wizard to figure out that emulating a human-to-machine interface that was successfully shown all over the big screens, all over the world - is a potentially very profitable idea.
Port the Android UI over the Symbian kernel. Much as I like Linux as a kernel for a phone it sucks.
Have you actually tried using a Symbian kernel in a similar setting? I used a Nokia E72, and its OS behavior seems worse than what I see on a Froyo phone - the whole thing rebooting without warning is pretty much a regular occurence with non-trivial use. And that's with a much smaller app selection. I honestly can't imagine it would magically improve if subjected to the breadth of apps from the Android Market (which is a major part of "Android UI" the way most people use it).
2010 was no doubt the year of the smartphone, but it feels like the market is bordering on saturation. There are just soooo many devices out there.
Yeah, look what the proliferation of PCs in 1990s did to the computer market. [...] Wait, what?
Dammit, you can't claim saturation *at least* until everyone has at least a handful of them.
If / when Mubarak is taken down, The Muslim Brotherhood will slowly take over, not a pro-Western, pro-freedom movement of the people. We in the West (especially in the US) have this pollyannaish belief that once a tin-pot dictator is overthrown, said country will instantly and permanently become Switzerland or California. This 'Cairo Spring' may well turn out to be a long, cold winter for all the Mid-East and Israel specifically (re-encirclement).
To continue on your line of thinking, the response to this is - fine, let's not be naive, let's simply allow for a long cold winter. If people over there want that, let them have it. That's democracy - if the majority decides that the country should jump off a cliff, that's what the country should do. Foreign powers propping up dictators for their own interests usually only delays the winter, in one form or another.
The only things that draw me personally to Android is the thought that I have control over the software because, of the last 3 phones I've bought I've been forced into it because of outdated software. (p800 Symbian UIQ went outdated, K750i SonyEricson software outdated, c900 poor warranty service, n95 s60v3 not too outdated yet but I'm sure will be soon and nothing can do about it).
You do have control over the software! A vendor-locked-down Android phone compared to a normal phones such as those you described is basically what a branded PC on a restricted AD domain is compared to a consumer electronics appliance such as a TV. You can obtain root access, detach from the vendor, and then tinker with it endlessly, and there's Google and a bunch of other people online who provide various tools for it.
As it happens, I used a K750i and a N95 myself, and I can tell you from personal experience that an Android phone is a completely different cup of tea from those.
The OP stated that AMD processors are left and right implying that he believes they are common and perhaps even hold a majority marketshare.
Actually, I don't think that was the point. The point is that when you make anything by the million, it's not obvious why you'd nevertheless post a loss. (It's possibly to occupy a relatively small part of a market and still make a decent living. Indeed, it's also possible to do that and make a lot of money - see Apple.) I guess the answer to this naive question would be - RTFA
"Unexplained things [...on a Motorola Defy running Android...]"
And this is exactly why I ended up with an iPhone.
It started simply enough, I bought a Motorola Q. [...] it ran Windows Mobile [...]
This lead me to upgrade to a HTC Mogul, [...] running Windows Mobile. [...]
Next came the BlackBerry Curve. [...]
Enter the iPhone. [...]
But the GP was complaining about an Android phone. If you didn't use that, rather you used WM and BB, how is your iPhone experience relevant to his? He could just as easily switch to a better Android phone, rather than go through all of these hoops to get to an iPhone
Do you also own Apple stock by any chance?
Yes, exactly. The reason they call them weasel words is because you can tack on such a statement on practically anything and make it sound vaguely authoritative without actual corroboration.
"Geographers find a new way to determine that the earth is round. They also found it was 40,000 km at the equator, which renews questioning by some whether we can actually be sure they can keep doing the experiments that debunk the flat earth theory."
Amusing, isn't it?
Anyway, since the issue here is advertizing, I'd guess these "some" might actually be just your typical astroturfers employed by the various ad-related businesses, who would just love to get a chance at advertising at such a large and popular site, simply because it could make them big money. The incessant desire to monetize all those hits is not based on a genuine concern for the well-being of Wikipedia, but on plain old self-interest.