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Comment: Re:Nice conspiracy theory, but... (Score 1) 514

by thx2001r (#35928004) Attached to: The Real Reason Apple Is Suing Samsung

That is a strange argument I hear over and over again. By sales volume, Apple is something like the #3 PC manufacturer. Apple's competition is NOT the Windows platform (THAT is the platform their competition is on). If it were, Apple would sell their OS to pre-load onto any manufacturer's computer (to compete with the Windows Platform). Apple competes on hardware sales and it is pretty clear that they choose to compete ONLY where the high profit margin is. Many PC companies choose to compete where the volume is (budget, low profit margin PCs) AS WELL AS where the high margin is: lowering their overall profit margin but boosting their volume/revenue numbers. Apple may even be the #1 PC manufacturer when it comes to profit margin (per unit and quite likely as an aggregate number).

Back to cell phones... Do you think Samsung looks at its (cell phone) competitors' numbers and says "WE" (the "we" being all manufacturers selling cell phones on the Android platform, AKA, Samsung's competition) are beating iPhone? Maybe to the press, they smile and say so but where it counts they look at sales numbers (for their competing smartphones) and compare those to their own. In the only important (to a business) end-game, revenue (for the splashy numbers to show the stock market) and profit (to succeed), are the only ways to compare to competition.


Prescription Handguns For the Elderly and Disabled 1093

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-two-bullets-and-call-me-in-the-morning dept.
Repton writes "Thanks to the Second Amendment, even the elderly have the right to keep and bear arms. The problem is that many of the guns out there are a bit unwieldy for an older person to handle. However, the inventors of the Palm Pistol are planning to change all that with a weapon that is ideal for both the elderly and the physically disabled. In a statement submitted to Medgadget, the manufacturer, Constitution Arms, has revealed the following: 'We thought you might be interested to learn that the FDA has completed its "Device/Not a Device" determination and concluded the handgun will be listed as a Class I Medical Device.' Physicians will be able to prescribe the Palm Pistol for qualified patients who may seek reimbursement through Medicare or private health insurance companies."

Comment: Brief Overview (Score 2, Informative) 292

by skinfitz (#23668595) Attached to: Covert BT Phorm Trial Report Leaked
Interesting - whole system runs on RHEL (told you it was evil..) and multiple Squid processes. Adds some latency into browsing (obviously...) Old system dropped javascript tags into URLs but later version did not (resulting in some users having some javascript appearing in their forum posts - like that guy on the motorbike phorum if anyone remembers that incident) Apple.com among the 'download target' sites (page 49) but surprisingly due to Evil, not Microsoft or Google.

+ - Driving to shops better for planet then walking?

Submitted by apodyopsis
apodyopsis writes: The Times Online has done some research into uses of carbon, and come up with some startling research.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/a rticle2195538.ece

from TFA:

"The climate could benefit if people avoided exercise, ate less and became couch potatoes. Provided, of course, they remembered to switch off the TV rather than leaving it on standby."

+ - Car powered by AA batteries runs at 76 miles/hr

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: After the first AA battery powered airplane, Panasonic Japan has developed a car which is powered by 168 AA batteries or normal pencil cells. In test runs the car touched speeds upto 122 km/hr (76 miles) thus entering into Guniness book of records. The car is shaped like an aircraft but has no wings, it is 3.3 meters long and has a F1 car styled cabin. The body is made from aramide honeycomb which is also used in bulletproof vests.
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+ - id Software gets Steamed->

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gaanagaa writes: "Valve to share its Steam platform with video game publisher id Software. The deal will distribute a range of the company's popular game franchises on Valve's Steam network. Games can be purchased for download individually or in collections, including the id Superpack which includes every id game on Steam. Starting today, Steam users can download full versions of the complete Doom series and Quake I — III, including mission packs, as well as a collection of retro classics."
Link to Original Source

+ - Microsoft Photosynth technology/NASA announcement->

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft Live Labs is announcing a collaboration with NASA using Photosynth technology to create 3-D environments of space shuttle Endeavour and surrounding buildings at Kennedy Space Center in Florida prior to the shuttle's launch next week. For the first time, viewers can experience unprecedented views of shuttle Endeavour on the launch pad, the interior and surrounding area of the Vehicle Assembly Building, and the return of previous flight Shuttle Atlantis atop a 747. Photosynth is able to capture the depth and complexity of the shuttle's structure, providing exclusive images to viewers around the world enabling the unique ability to explore this NASA mission. Photosynth is an innovative imaging technology that uses hundreds of standard digital camera images to construct a 3-D environment. Similar to a 3-D gaming experience, viewers can zoom in to see greater detail or zoom out for a more expansive view. Viewers can experience this innovative technology of the four shuttle Endeavour collections at: http://media.live.com/photosynth/NASA/default/htm, and view a video demo at: http://labs.live.com/photosynth/video.html beginning Sunday August 5 at 9:01 pm PDT. For more information on Microsoft Live Labs and Photosynth technology go to http://live.labs.com/
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+ - Vista Strongly Recommended Against by BECTA

Submitted by Dracul
Dracul writes: BECTA — the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency — have just released a report which analyses whether Vista should be adopted by UK schools

The recommendations of the report basically say it all:

The enhancements in Vista add value but do not justify its early deployment in the educational environment Early deployment [of Vista] is considered high risk and strongly recommended against
I expect higher education world wide is going to try to adopt a similar position. It will be interesting to see how hard Micro$oft fights back. The report estimates that upgrading would cost the UK schools £167 million — universities are going to be spending billions on this...

Comment: Re:How about some more *durable* flash drives? (Score 1) 305

by thx2001r (#16015634) Attached to: 16GB Flash USB Dongle
Our department just ordered usb thumbdrives for all of us from Newegg (Kingmax 1GB). These things are pretty nifty (size of a piece of Trident chewing gum... the whole thing is the usb connector). We wanted something ultra durable and something that would actually fit on a keychain (and no caps to lose) and we read reviews about how people ran these through washing machines so we gave them a try.

They've been pretty good and durable so far (about a month) and were on the cheap (under $20 a piece) but they are so little some people have lost them (make sure to loop it onto your keychain with a proper metal loop, not the included crap) and, you can put it in the usb port upside down (it fits but doesn't mount) so sometimes you have to flip it over and plug it back in again. Sorry to sound like I'm selling one of these... I'm just excited to finally have a thumbdrive small enough to put on a keychain and not have it be bigger than any of my keys.

Apple's Growing Pains 375

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the because-pcs-are-perfect dept.
Tyler Too writes "Is Apple having an unusually large number of quality control problems since its switch to Intel? Ars Technica runs down the litany of problems MacBook and MacBook Pro users have experienced since their launch. From the article: 'Is Apple's quality control slipping through the cracks with this Intel transition? Given the volume of available evidence that has appeared in such a short timeframe, it's simply impossible to say that Apple isn't having problems.'"

Ubuntu to Bring About Red Hat's Demise? 435

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the straight-from-the-tea-leaves dept.
Tony Mobily has written a thought-provoking editorial for Free Software Magazine that makes the bold prediction of Red Hat's eventual demise at the hands of Mark Shuttleworth and Ubuntu. Calling on memories of Red Hat alienating their desktop user base to focus on their corporate customers and making money, Mobily states that many of those alienated desktop users are also system administrators who now feel more comfortable with Ubuntu and will make the choice to use Ubuntu Server over Red Hat now and in the future.

BASIC is the Computer Science equivalent of `Scientific Creationism'.