I don't know squat about your "investments" but I bow to your 4 digit slashdot ID.
I now have two years worth of data that showing a clear 10% drop in mileage for my Nissan Altima using E10. Its almost a break even to buy the more expensive ethanol free "high test" at my local BP station.
If there was valid prior art, do you not think RIM's lawyers would have looked for it and used it ?
These patent cases tend to be very technically complex and turn on very fine details of exact wording. Armchair lawyer's commenting in these threads should probably stick to their day jobs.
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I've got mod points tonight but I'm going to post instead. Take a look at this link http://craphound.com/makers/ for an interesting scifi spin on what the OP is thinking about. Free download available - its a good read.
you sometimes get what you pay for.
The problem isn't just the iPad. It's the whole question of tablet computing. Touch works on phone because it frees up space. It means you can get a decent size screen because you're not sacrificing space for the UI. But it is a compromise (albeit an acceptable one).
Once you go beyond pocket size, you're into competing with laptops. I know people think they'll walk around like Picard, but walking and touching a screen doesn't work like that.
For me, even the "sitting in front of a PC using Slashdot" doesn't work. A laptop gives me a hinge and a keyboard. I neither have to hold it up, nor crick my neck.
It's common for people to think 'average' and 'mean' are synonyms, but they are not.
Except that the iPhone was technically shit, apart from its nice interface. Technically I think the iPad looks like a nice device again simply for the interface. I couldn't really see myself using it because I'd be taking 10 times longer to post to slashdot in my evenings like I'm doing just now.. but for simple browsing, facebook use, media viewing and maybe some light gaming I can see the iPad being pretty popular. There are a lot of wealthy casual users out there. Not saying it will be a great success, but Apple are gaining a lot of momentum and halo effect business with the iPod and iPhone. I wouldn't bet against it anyway.
Despite knowing myself that I would never have a use for it, I still want one just because it's the sort of device I've always wanted to have since seeing datapads on TNG. A jailbroken iPad would be one fun geek toy.
fun all done
Slackware has a huge installed base and is maintained by one man - the founder Patrick Volkerding. When his health failed several years ago, there was a lot of concern but things seem to have been pretty good since then.
How does their slashdot number figure into it ? Some of us with slightly lower numbers are goofs too.