The right question is: How do we erase this scourge forever, including all of the compromised bot-infested Windows machines around the world?
Amazon's streaming service is flaky with linux. The issue is DRM which for some reson is not supported in the linux version of the flash player.
Amazon video works fine under Ubuntu. Use Firefox, not Chrome.
From the FAQ
Why can't I watch videos on my Chrome browser in Linux?
The Flash Player Plugin in Chrome removed support for Digital Rights Management (DRM) in Linux as part of the upgrade from 11.3 to 11.4. This upgrade was bundled with the latest Chrome 22 update for Linux. If you applied the Chrome update, you are no longer able to watch DRM-protected content, such as movies and TV episodes. Trailers are unaffected as they do not use DRM. To get around this issue, you can use a different browser, such as Firefox. For information on Chrome and the Flash Player plug-in, see: https://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=108086.
Wikivoyage is largely a fork of Wikitravel, which has been around for years, but is under the control of a private business.
(2) if it exists, it violates causality;
That would seem to be a problem, but maybe it contains its own solution.
I want my mail and calendar wherever I am. So why keep multiple copies of gigabytes of mail on multiple machines.
Somebody should invent IMAP.
Absentee voting already works this way pretty much everywhere in the United States:
First, you have to already be registered, so the notion that nonexistent people are suddenly able to vote is nonsense.
Second, you must file a request to get the absentee ballot. In most states you do not have to show any form of ID to do so, but your name is checked against the registration records before any ballot is provided.
Third, you fill out the ballot form, sign it, and mail it in. Note that the signature means your ballot is not really "secret."
Fourth, the forms are checked against the registration rolls again when they are counted, and signatures also may be checked (usually a sampling are spot-checked). In many places, absentee votes are counted AFTER the live votes and they may even be skipped if the number of absentee votes would not change the outcome of the election. If a voter has voted at his or her precinct, and an absentee ballot from the "same" voter shows up, that's an obvious case of fraud and the ballot is set aside.
There is no reason to imagine that email makes this any less secure than the snail mail system.
How does this compete with netbooks, such as an Acer Aspire with Windows 7 Home Edition for under $238?
I just checked Acer's website and the range of list prices for Aspire models is $349.99 through $1,299.99.
This is absolutely right. $249 LIST is a breakthrough price, even though some people are too thick to see that. Occasionally you'll find an 11.6 Acer on clearance or special in that price range (and if you do, BUY IT and install Linux), but over $300 is more typical.
The 11.6 size is a sweet spot. I have an Acer 1410 and my wife has an AO725, both running Ubuntu. It's rare that either of us does anything that couldn't be done with the Chromebook -- except for moving photos from an SD card to a hard drive. I know it's simple to plug either into a Chromebook. What I don't know is whether the ChromeOS UI plays nicely with external storage.
No. You probably can install a Kindle reader app, but you can't watch Amazon video on a rooted device.
But as a Kindle Fire user and a veteran of much smartphone hacking
Standards are well accepted on the Internet...
Tell me sir, what flavors of html and css your browser support? Which versions it supporys correctly? What addations to those standards ithas made for its own use?
SLS (SoftLanding Systems), the very first Linux distro, downloaded at 1200bps from Sunsite. Recompiled the kernel every week from alpha sources. Ran it on a '386, then upgraded to a fire-breakthing 33-mhz '486.
Then RedHat on a Pentium.
Then Mandrake when I couldn't get RedHat to run on a particular box.
Then Android. Does that count?
I've been a Linux user for a few years now and while I've seen great strides made in desktop aesthetics and usability, I still can't with a pure conscious say that any of the DEs are as good as or better than what comes on Windows or OSX. Windows is without a doubt snappier and the taskbar has a lot of nifty and intuitive features.....
I know YMMV, but my experience has been exactly the opposite. Every time I boot my wife's Acer laptop into Windows 7, I'm just appalled at how spongy the UI feels, how slow it is to load programs, and how truly awful the fonts look. I suppose I could get used to it if it was my only option, but I find nothing "intuitive" about anything in the system, and anything I remember from the XP era just gets me into trouble.
As quickly as possible, I get back to the safety, security, performance and -- yes -- usability of Ubuntu.
I'm not pleased by Unity, but I am able to restore and reconfigure Ubuntu to a proper working desktop that acts mostly like Gnome 2. I'll be keeping an eye on the Gnome Remix. It may become a future option.
Oh, I can beat that. Sort of.
I followed Tmobile's advice on Tmobile's website, followed the link to LG's website to upgrade the OS. The upgrade failed and locked the phone in "upgrade" mode. I managed to roll back and found myself having a phone with no baseband (software radio), so it's not a phone.
And I can no longer flash anything. At all. So basically I have an Android equivalent of an iPod.
Out of warranty. Insured, but I know what insurance means: "Give us another $130 and we'll find a reconditioned phone to ship to you."
I bought a $30 crap phone from Amazon and said to hell with it.
Amazon's Silk browser, used in the Kindle Fire, implements SPDY and a reverse proxy cache in the Amazon cloud that is supposedly capable of predictive retrieval and caching. While it occasionally is faster than HTTP, on the whole it doesn't seem to mesh well with my browsing habits and I've disabled the so-called "accelerated page loading" on my KF. Judging from comments in the Amazon forums, my experience is not unusual.
... For the general public, it will be a site where they can view upcoming events, filter them by type, date etc. and view details of events they're interested in. There will also be an admin section
There is no earthly reason any of this requires writing code. This isn't 1999, people.
No, I'm serious. there are somethings computers can do and some they can't. You can't tell a computer to watch news come in and output a newscast.
Voice recognition -> extracting facts from text -> story generation. All three are currently functional processes (varying degrees of quality). Having C3PO observe an arbitrary event, "understand" by inferring meaning (mathematics, probability, context database) and generate a report is not nearly so far out of reach as we might imagine. It is currently out of reach because each step introduces error rates that would result in hilarious crap, so the short-term R&D focus tends to be on domains of information where data is already encoded (such as sports and business information).
In the near term, I think the interesting opportunity is likely to be machine intelligence aiding humans in the process of reporting and analyzing. Some of this is already going on in lab situations; I've seen a system at Northwestern University "read" a brief political story and quickly connect the actors and actions with data about political contributions and connections.
Since all of this is based on machine learning, the interaction with human journalists has the potential to make the AI smarter over time, sort of how Google Translate has mutated from hilarity to utility in just a few years.