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Comment Re:yep... (Score 1) 778

1. Voice commands will work really poorly in crowded places. I'm trying to picture how I'd use voice commands reliably in Denver airport.

2. Any sort of holographic projection thing is going to require something to project on. For privacy reasons you'll often want something you can hold up to your face, and there are many surfaces that would be impolite to use for a holographic keyboard. If you have something you're holding up to your face, now you have to hold the watch steady relative to it... you'd be better off with a detachable LCD screen. At which point you might as well put the phone hardware in the LCD screen instead.

3. Again, ergonomic factors dictate that a watch is not more convenient than a phone for making calls. My watch has one button on the front and four out of the way on the sides. More buttons on the front would make it harder to use (it is typically pressed blind, sometimes while wearing gloves, usually while very tired and out of breath, and for my purposes I need fairly precise timing). A phone needs... a numeric keypad! A device with an effective keypad and be easy to talk into, something good enough that I'd prefer it to my landline, would have to be big. You could have a Bluetooth thing that looks like a phone or a headset or something... but, again, you might as well just make that the phone instead. If you get a call on your watch-phone and don't have a headset with you, what can you do about it? You just get a ring, and maybe you can listen to the message.


Submission + - The Man Behind the Netbook Craze 1

theodp writes: A few years ago rivals mocked Asus chairman Jonney Shih. When it hit stores in the fall of 2007, Shih's $399 EeePC was derided by rivals as a low-power plaything. Millions of netbooks later, Shih is having the last laugh, having created what has become a $10 billion category in two years. Before Asus (from Pegasus, the mythical Greek horse), Shih was a top R&D engineer during the startup days of Acer.

Comment Re:Worst move ever, (Score 1) 463

Really, that's funny because who is it that implements software that the manufacturer didn't think of or didn't want to spend time on? It's kind of an odd statement to make, because having a thriving enthusiast community is something which sells an awful lot of units. People tend to be pretty jaded about certain things like marketing, having enthusiasts to make the recommendations and help out new owners is a pretty significant resource to have.

Comment 4 MSR-initiated products off the top of my head (Score 4, Informative) 580

- Parallel Extensions to .NET
- Surface
- Photosynth
- WorldWide Telescope

I don't know if Parallel Extensions is worth $8 billion, but it's a huge deal and the cornerstone of the ManyCore/Multicore work MS is doing. It's pretty freaking cool. (And the Mono folks have already implemented it...)

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Submission + - Windows Dual-boots its Way onto a Linux Stage (

CWmike writes: "Windows may never boot Linux from its dominant role in high-performance computing, but Microsoft's dual-boot strategy is making some inroads. IBM said it has built what may be the largest Windows/Linux HPC dual-boot system yet for a university research group in Sweden. IBM will today detail a blade system running 5,376 Intel Xeon quad-core processors; each chip runs at 2.5 GHz and uses 50 watts. lthough most HPC applications run on Linux, some researchers do their work on Windows-based workstations, "and [this] makes it a really easy step to go from there to a server that has Windows," said Joseph. The dual-boot strategy opens the HPC for both kinds of operating system users. "It's really a home run fit for a lot of folks," he said."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - iPhone's Ironic Bill

Dr. Eggman writes: Bills have begun rolling in from AT&T for those lucky iPhone users. Ars Technica reports on the ironically antithetic nature of these bills. For a device prized for its intuitive, elegant, and minimalist style, its bill leaves one with quite the opposite impression. The bills from AT&T, can reach around 52 pages long with both sides utilized, filled with every minutiae of vague details possible. "I had some data use that, under the To/From heading, AT&T has helpfully listed as "Data Transfer." The Type of file? "Data." My total charge? $0.00. " Imagining a minor phone book of logs like this certainly makes it hard to picture the pretty green apple it's coming from, maybe AT&T should take a page from Apple?

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