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Comment Re:Why bother (Score 2, Insightful) 190

As an owner of a PS3, an Xbox 360, and a Tivo HD, I think the Tivo solution is the most viable.

The PS3 and the Xbox are game systems that can play TV. They are not 24/7 appliances like a DVR. A Tivo is on all the time, and everyone I know is familiar with how to use it.

If you're not a gamer, you will not be purchasing a game system to watch online Movies.

Comment Tried it Out Last Night (Score 2, Informative) 190

I tried out the Netflix player on my Tivo HD last night. The picture was very clear on my HDTV, and the sound was pretty good. People want to complain about the selection, but they do have a lot of TV series available for instant viewing. I like the Tivo interface better than the Xbox 360 application. Overall, I'm very impressed, its yet another reason why Tivo is still the best DVR option available.

Comment this is not competing with the diy market (Score 4, Informative) 249

So far the comments on this thread consist of "I could hack together some system for x% of the Sun price."

The goal of this product is to compete with Netapp. If you've ever experienced Netapp licensing/pricing, this Sun solution is a bargain. People seem to be forgetting that this is a storage appliance.

Microsoft

Microsoft-Novell Takes Open-Source to China 63

Bibek Paudel writes "In a move to tap the growing market of free and open source-softwares in developing economies, Microsoft and Novell have announced they were expanding their alliance into the Chinese market. Microsoft and Novell believe big enterprises in China are willing to pay to have the US firms keep hybrid systems updated and running and for assurances that there is permission to use patented software involved. The companies are marketing 'supported Linux' in which they take a fee to maintain software systems blending the open-source programs with Microsoft products such as Vista, Office, Excel and Outlook.The longtime US computer software rivals unveiled their alliance in late 2006, saying their engineers were 'building a bridge' between Microsoft's proprietary software and Novell programs based on the Linux operating system. Sunday was the first time the firms publicly targeted a specific country with their effort."
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Richard Stallman is looking for a wife (stallman.org)

Teran McKinney writes: "Richard Stallman, the father of GNU, has dramatically changed this world with the free software movement, and is largely responsible for Linux and open source as we know it. Without him, open source would probably not be nearly as far along, and would not likely have nearly the legal protection that it does. Many people look up to him, and he has helped create more competition in the software marketplace which is benefical for both proprietary and open source software users. I'm sure that a few females would be happy to find out that he is looking for a wife. Hint: I think he would be more impressed if you used his PGP key."
Space

Submission + - Reagan's Order to Launch the Challenger

Baldrson writes: "Of his new book "Challenger Revealed: An Insider's Account of How the Reagan Administration Caused the Greatest Tragedy of the Space Age", author Richard C. Cook, NASA analyst, says: "...the (Presidential) Commission claimed there was no political pressure from outside NASA to launch Challenger, which my book shows conclusively to be false." Others have documented the role of the four Morton Thiokol engineers who opposed the launch of the Challenge, but this is the first book to focus on the choice facing the administration of NASA. Either, 1) Defy their chain of command going all the way to the White House on the eve of a State of the Union Address or 2) Throw a pair of dice claiming it won't come up 7 dead astronauts."
User Journal

Journal Journal: www.alexvalentine.org/blog 2

After setting up my own blog, my original intention was to cross post on Slashdot. Unfortunately, intentions and results are not always on target, so this will probably be my last /. journal entry. I will still be reading /. and /. journals but I'm going to stick with my blog for now. Its a shame /. didn't put more effort in to the journal feature, there was so much promise when i
Politics

Journal Journal: Private Investment Accounts and Social Security 1

Today, president Bush outlined some of the initiatives he will push in his second term. In keeping with the last four years, he started out by saying that he was going to unite the nation and then proceeded to lay out some far right initiatives for the next four years.

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