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Comment: Re:Surely ironic (Score 2) 275

Why satire? Given the current smartphone - is the prediction far off? Sure, the screen can do graphics *and* text, the keyboard is usually on-screen, and the removable storage is flash instead of floppy - but the basics are all there.

Plus, everyone is saying that the smartwatch is the 'future of wearable computing' - if true, the Byte prediction will be even closer to the truth.

Comment: Re:Betteridge's Law sez "Nope." (Score 4, Insightful) 157

by sunderland56 (#46750177) Attached to: Will This Flying Car Get Crowdfunded?

They had me until "Silicon Valley".

They aren't building a computer - they are building a car first, an airplane second, with some computer bits inside it. So why choose some of the world's most expensive real estate? Why put your engineering far, far away from any place you could test the flying capabilities?

Comment: Re:If you can learn to put a beer down while drivi (Score 1) 184

by sunderland56 (#46739435) Attached to: The Case For a Safer Smartphone

In several states (Colorado, Connecticut, for example) it is perfectly legal to drink a beer while driving.

Sadly, of course, there are many people who cannot drive safely even if they are not eating/drinking/phoning/etc - they are just bad drivers. And if they cause an accident, it will get written up in the papers as "lost control of their vehicle" and they will generally not be charged with anything. That needs to change too.

Comment: Re:Politcs vs. Science (Score 5, Insightful) 291

by sunderland56 (#46642107) Attached to: NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

This. NASA is not a political body and should not act like one.

If an anti-science President gets elected in 2016, will the world refuse to stop working with the USA? If they did, wouldn't we be upset?

Russia didn't refuse to work with the USA when America invaded Iraq, did they?

Comment: Re:Eh..... (Score 3, Interesting) 153

* Apple has Boot Camp because they have to allow Dual Booting in order to lure in the majority of computer users

Most users who want to use Windows software on a Mac will use some virtual solution like Parallels; then they can run Windows and MacOSX software at the same time, without waiting 5 minutes for a reboot.

Really, I think someone deep inside Apple did it as a prank. It is great fun to hang out at Starbucks, and watch the reaction of all the other MacBook users when they suddenly realize that you are running Windows.... on a MacBook.... heads have been known to explode.

* Of course Apple provides the Windows drivers for Apple's own machines; every vendor that supports Windows has always had to do so.

There are enough drivers built in to a standard Windows distribution to allow most common hardware to just run, no special vendor drivers needed.

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