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Comment: Re:That scene from Pirates of Silicon Valley (Score 1) 161

by skingers6894 (#47482917) Attached to: Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

Don't think so, those competitors did not have the insight to hook it up to a great online store and articulate a groundbreaking desktop digital hub strategy like Apple.

Besides we were talking about Microsoft and Apple, not "generic music player no one has since heard of" vs Apple.

Comment: Ywn2Own (Score 3, Insightful) 492

by skingers6894 (#35441566) Attached to: Safari/MacBook First To Fall At Pwn2Own 2011

Every year headlines claim platforms "pwned" in seconds but it's misleading and sensationalist.

The exploits are researched and practiced over days or weeks, rehearsed and simply repeated on the day. Yes it's bad, yes it demonstrates insecurity but the headlines imply that some guy just sits down at a fresh machine, sight unseen, decides to have a go at hacking it and within seconds it's done.

Of course the exploits take seconds to run - they are running them on computers - they are fast.

I'm sure they get faster every year.

Comment: Re:So what's new? (Score 1) 595

by skingers6894 (#32402500) Attached to: Why Apple Is So Sticky

That's a valid point.

Having said that though, current generation Macs can run almost all Windows productivity software and older games at near native speed with parallels or vmware. Alternatively you can actually boot into Windows to run everything at native speeds via bootcamp.

I don't expect to see either the ability to run a virtual iPhone or have the option to boot up as an iPhone on any other phone anytime soon.

Comment: Re:322 Tbit/sec until....... (Score 1) 281

by skingers6894 (#31436080) Attached to: Cisco Introduces a 322 Tbit/sec. Router

The difference is that Cisco actually announced line cards (14x10GE, 20x10GE, 1x100GE) that work on 140G slots, and Juniper just announced that it has "silicon" that can do 250G per slot. That reeks of an announcement that was meant to overhang the market while Juniper gets the equipment to upstage today's announcement from Cisco.

Well Juniper "announcing" 100GE cards would kind of be redundant since they already have them up and running on the Verizon network...

Comment: Re:322 Tbit/sec until....... (Score 1) 281

by skingers6894 (#31422716) Attached to: Cisco Introduces a 322 Tbit/sec. Router

and still puts other routers to shame.

Well not really, Juniper announced 250G (as opposed to the 140G Cisco just announced) full duplex per slot for the T Series last month to be available in a similar time frame.

So while it's "bigger" by virtue of the fact that Cisco offer a 16 Slot version and Juniper only offers an 8 (yeah "just" the 4 Terabits per chassis" it's hardly "put to shame".

Comment: Re:what a bunch of idiots (Score 1) 650

by skingers6894 (#31266042) Attached to: Use Open Source? Then You're a Pirate!

Without strong copyright law protecting the rights of creators, the GPL could not exist, depending as it does on copyright enforcement to effect its clauses..

Hmm an interesting thought but I suspect if copyright law did not exist then we would not have bothered to have a GPL.

It seems to me that "they" use licenses to ensure the bastards (us) pay for all "their" hard work. On the other hand it seems "we" use licenses to ensure that the bastards (they) don't profit from "our" hard work.


Why the First Cowboy To Draw Always Gets Shot 398

Posted by timothy
from the more-guns-less-crime dept.
cremeglace writes "Have you ever noticed that the first cowboy to draw his gun in a Hollywood Western is invariably the one to get shot? Nobel-winning physicist Niels Bohr did, once arranging mock duels to test the validity of this cinematic curiosity. Researchers have now confirmed that people indeed move faster if they are reacting, rather than acting first."

Why Time Flies By As You Get Older 252

Posted by kdawson
from the like-a-banana dept.
Ant notes a piece up on WBUR Boston addressing theories to explain the universal human experience that time seems to pass faster as you get older. Here's the 9-minute audio (MP3). Several explanations are tried out: that brains lay down more information for novel experiences; that the "clock" for nerve impulses in aging brains runs slower; and that each interval of time represents a diminishing fraction of life as we age.

Has Apple Created the Perfect Board Game Platform? 531

Posted by kdawson
from the triple-word-score dept.
andylim writes " is running an interesting piece about how Apple has created a 'Jumanji (board game) platform.' The 9.7-inch multi-touch screen is perfect for playing board games at home, and you could use Wi-Fi or 3G to play against other people when you're on your own. What would be really interesting is if you could pair the iPad with iPhones, 'Imagine a Scrabble iPad game that used iPhones as letter holders. You could hold up your iPhone so that no one else could see your letters and when you were ready to make a word on the Scrabble iPad board, you could slide them on to the board by flicking the word tiles off your iPhone.' Now that would be cool."

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