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Comment Re:This is like GM removing the spare in trunk (Score 1) 862

I still see many, many people using the start menu where I work. Windows 7 made docking icons easier but it in no way removed the need for the Start menu.

This is appallingly retarded and it is going to come back to bite Microsoft in the ass when corporate users refuse to upgrade because their users are pissed off and lost with yet another irrational GUI change from MS after ribbons were introduced. Now, if only the main Linux distros weren't equally or even more retarded with bullshit like Unity or Gnome 3, then things would be great fro office workers who just need a simple GUI to do their work.


Is There a Hearing Aid Price Bubble? 698

An anonymous reader writes "The price of a pair of hearing aids in the U.S. ranges from $3,000 to $8,000. To the average American household, this is equivalent to 2-3 months of income! While the price itself seems exorbitant, what is even more grotesque is its continuous pace of growth: in the last decade the price of an average Behind the Ear hearing aid has more than doubled. To the present day, price points are not receding — even though most of its digital components have become increasingly commoditized. Is this a hearing aid price bubble?"

Comment Re:Apple != New Microsoft (Score 1) 325

I wouldn't be surprised if Apple wanted to make a TV, BUT, they will face a world of patent lawsuits if they do, because none of the makers of TVs will quickly forget how Apple is currently treating competitors.

Not only that, but all of them will be watching with eagle eyes for any possible way to return the favour to Apple in any way they can.

Comment On the Engadget Blog... (Score 5, Interesting) 325

This was posted there last night, and I was pretty surprised at the anger towards Apple in the comments (The comments there have since degenerated into an Apple Fanboi vs. the rest of the world "ur mom" catfight). But the general tone is clear: Apple could not have done more or better marketing for Samsung's devices. Apple is also royally hurting its own sacred brand with these type of actions, as the perception of Apple as the feisty underdog becomes one of an abusive monopoly similar to the way Microsoft has long been perceived.

Comment Styluses are making a comeback (Score 1) 279

Both the Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet and Samsung's just announced Note have styluses, and there is almost certainly a market for them, even if it's only a niche. Businesspeople who need to sketch processes and write notes, professionals who need to sketch ideas and students and artists who need to, well sketch have a definite need of Styluses.

The reason they didn't sell before is, as the OP says, because Windows was a horrible tablet OS, just as Windows mobile prior to 7 was a fucktastic mobile OS. We'll see if Android fits the bill better.

I'm betting that this time it will be better.

Comment Only in America (Score 1) 279

Texting, or SMS as it has been known in the rest of the world since the mid 90s, was almost universally popular long before the concept started to grow in the US. SMS had replaced email as the most popular communication medium for most younger people in Europe by 1999. This was long before smartphones were commonplace.

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