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Comment Re:Thought... (Score 1) 359

Sorry, I never meant to suggest that anyone use Windows. Personally, I feel it's a terrible choice (running Fedora Linux myself here)

But, it is a bit hard to discuss the evolution of tablets today without bringing it into the discussion.

Comment Re:Thought... (Score 3, Interesting) 359

I don't think it works that way any more.

Tablets used to be defined by the entry method. They generally had pens or styluses for user control, and a few very specialized ones had touchscreens.

Now, Tablet OS's are almost always appstore based (iOS, Android, Blackberry Tablet OS, Windows RT, etc.). With this new generation of device, it seems the OS frequently is used to determine whether it is classified as a laptop or a tablet.

I don't really know how Windows 8 fits in. Clearly MS thinks that software developers will be happy that they only need to make one version of their software, but it's just not going to work that way. For example, you can run Photoshop on Windows 8, but can only run Photoshop Express (flash-based) on Windows RT.

There are devices now with semi-permanent keyboards running Windows 8, which I would definitely put in the "Laptop" category. MS Surface tablets with Intel CPUs and Windows 8 don't seem that much different. Sure, they can run things from the appstore, but they can run traditional third party desktop programs also.

Comment Re:Stop complaining about DRM (Score 1) 67

Um, you do realize you posted this to Slashdot, right? Linux support always matters here.

The last time I posted something from my own website to slashdot, my webserver logs showed a solid 40% representation of Linux-based browsers.

If you post article here that says "you can view this for free in your browser!", then linux support most definitely matters.

Comment Re:Try an E-mail multiplier (Score 1) 211

But, if you get spam at one of those addresses with added periods, there is no way to turn it off.

And, unless you have a really large email address, it's going to be hard to keep track of more than about 20 or 30 different variations. I just checked, and I currently have 650 disposable addresses. I easily can tell what each address is for, based on what words are in the address.

Submission + - All backscatter X-ray scanners to be removed from U.S. airports! (

uigrad_2000 writes: "If this scoop from Arstechnica is accurate, then we are about to see the end of backscatter X-rays in airports in the U.S. Interestingly, it is not because a congressional committee found them to be unsafe, but because the manufacturer (Rapiscan Systems) failed to provide updated software by a previously agreed upon date."

Submission + - Mistery solved: researchers explain why flu comes in the winter 1

ggrocca writes: Using human mucus as a testbed for how well influenza virus thrives in different humidity conditions, researchers at Virginia Tech found that the virus survived best if humidity is below 50%, a tipical indoor situation during the winter in temperate climates due to artificial heating. The virus begins to find itself at home again only when humidity reaches almost 100%. Unsurprisingly, the latter finding explains flu spikes during rainy season in tropical climates. Full paper on PLOS ONE:

Comment It's all about the MegaPixels (Score 4, Informative) 266

I was confused about how these were categorized. Eventually, I came to realize the categories are essentially by size. How lame.

VGA, SVGA, WSVGA = 300kP, 468.75 kP, 600kP

XGA, XGA+, WXGA = 768kP, 972kP, 960kP

HD+, UXGA, WSXGA+ = 1406.25kP, 1875kP, ~1723kP

QWXGA, WQHD, WQXGA = 2304kP, 3600kP, 4000kP

I'm using "kP" (kiloPixel) as 1024 pixels.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.