The Living Fractal writes: "I am in the market for a new mobile phone. With
coming out, which do you, the Slashdot readers, consider the best of them all? Are there phones yet to be released which someone looking to get a new phone should wait for? And finally, what are the pros and cons of smartphones/PDAs vs. simple "talk only" cell phones?"
The Living Fractal writes: "Over at AnandTech Marcus Yam's news blog details the advances NEC Electronics, in association with Elpida Memory and Oki Electric, has achieved regarding new ways of producing memory modules. The companies recently announced the use of a three dimensional stacking technique which has enabled them to create a 1-terabit (128 gigabyte) module in a very small package (each of the eight chips are a mere 50 micrometers thick). Samsung is reportedly developing the same technology for flash applications. While this is only an incremental advance and not revolutionary it is nice to know that portable media devices like cell phones and music players will soon hold more than enough data to contain one's entire library, and then some.
Does this spell an end to iPods, Zunes and all other portable music players? Or are cell phones not yet ubiquitous enough to wave goodbye to portable music players quite yet? Are the predictions of an Apple iPhone really that far away? Will Microsoft release a "Phune"? All good quesions which hopefully will be answered soon."
The Living Fractal writes: "Yahoo! Business has an article about workplace socializing. Apparently, those who drink alcohol and socialize make more money on average. From the article:
"Regular drinkers make 10% to 14% more money than those who do not drink, according to the study, conducted by the Journal of Labor Research, published quarterly by the Department of Economics at George Mason University, and the Reason Foundation, a Los Angeles-based think tank."
This article spawns a few questions. Do those "regular drinkers" end up spending that extra 10-14% on booze? Who here is a social drinker? And have you noticed this in your workplace?"