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Comment Re:MS is an oil tanker (Score 1) 376

Microsoft has been pissing off their customers in a fun product called Vista. Using your tanker analogy, Microsoft has a huge gaping hole on the side of the ship. Its not going to stop them, it will slow them over time but its them bleeding customers.

People are starting to look for alternatives. I couldn't believe it when I saw 2 friends of mine, who have next to no technical knowledge purchased a laptop and installed Ubuntu on it. I almost fell out of my chair when I saw it.

There are also lots of people switching to Mac or wanting to switch to Mac. Lets face it, Apple is more expensive because they don't have a low end machine. They don't want to fork out the money right now, so they are just waiting. Will they switch ? No idea, but the ones who have made the switch haven't been happier. Hell, I am one of them.

There are alternatives and many people are eye balling them. If Microsoft drops the ball on Windows 7, that hole in the side of the tanker is only going to get bigger. Don't get me wrong, I totally agree that it would take a major event for that hole to sink the ship.

Comment Anyone suprised ?? (Score 1) 314

Besides the obvious economy being in the crapper, why would someone spend $36 for a Bluray at Best Buy when you can get the same Bluray from Amazon for $22. Pretty much anything you buy at Best Buy amazon has for far less. A few months back, I looked at 500GB drives at Best Buy. They wanted like $250 for it, when I purchased it at Newegg for $150. Amazon had the same price, however I will buy from someone else before I go to Amazon. I really can't stand their CEO so I try to avoid them. But, when push comes to shove, I will buy from them.

Maybe this economy will get some brick and mortar stores to re-think their pricing strategy.
 

Software

Submission + - Company Sells Open-Source Software As Its Own (zabbix.com) 4

teknopurge writes: "After using the software for years I was shocked to find that one of my favorite open-source projects, Zabbix, had its code stolen, rebranded and sold for profit as Firescope. Touting thier product as "revolutionary", Firescope has apparently copied the Zabbix repository and themed the interface without adhering to the GPL that Zabbix is distributed with. Is this not the worst fear of every open source project?"
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - Apple Tops Innovative Company List

SnapperHead writes: "Businessweek compiled their 2007 list of the 50 most innovative companies.

Apple leads the pack for the third year in a row. As our first-place innovator for the third year in a row, Apple reigns again. The iPod creator is a master of superb product, store, and experience design. Now that it's invading the living room and the cell-phone market, will it continue the winning streak?

The list was compiled based on volunteer surveys sent to executives of the 1,500 largest global corporations.

Meanwhile, it was recently revealed by Forbes that despite an official $1/year salary, Apple's Steve Jobs is the highest compensated CEO in America this year at $646 million."

Exploding Robots May Scout Hazardous Asteroids 120

An anonymous reader writes to mention NewScientist is reporting that a small force of robots designed to explode could help reveal an asteroid's inner structure. This could in turn allow scientists a better understanding of how to divert a rogue asteroid on a collision course with Earth. From the article: "The main spacecraft would stay a few dozen kilometers away, perhaps nudging the probes towards the asteroid using springs. Once on the surface, the protective spherical shell of each probe would open to allow the probe to scan the surface nearby. To reduce complexity and costs, the probes lack solar panels and run on battery power, limiting their lifetime to a few days. But each probe could still cover a lot of ground in that time, as they could be fitted with small thrusters to let them hop across the surface. Eventually the probes could detonate onboard explosives, sacrificing themselves for science one by one. Probes that had not yet detonated would listen for any seismic waves sent rippling out from the explosion, and the main spacecraft could observe the craters left behind. That would tell scientists about the asteroid's strength and internal structure."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Why do we use x86 CPUs?

bluefoxlucid writes: With Apple having now switched to x86 CPUs, I've been wondering for a while why we use the x86 architecture at all. The Power architecture was known for its better performance per clock; and still other RISC architectures such as the various ARM models provide very high performance per clock as well as reduced power usage, opening some potential for low-power laptops. Compilers can also deal with optimization in RISC architectures more easily, since the instruction set is smaller and the possible scheduling arrangements are thus reduced greatly. With Just-in-Time compilation, legacy x86 programs could be painlessly run on ARM/PPC by translating them dynamically at run time, similar to how CIL and Java work. So really, what do you all think about our choice of primary CPU architecture? Are x86 and x86_64 a good choice; or should we have shot for PPC64 or a 64-bit ARM solution?
Sony

Submission + - New Sony Blu-ray Player, Disc Incompatible

An anonymous reader writes: In a continued comedy errors, Sony last week released 'The Descent' on Blu-ray disc, but consumers who gave the swanky new disc a spin in the same company's standalone Blu-ray player (Sony's BDP-S1) were met with only a blank screen. The disc comes with the format's first-ever supplements authored in the BD-Java environment, enabling whiz-bang extras such as picture-in-picture video commentary. But early adopters who bought the $1,000 Sony player have discovered that the BDP-S1 doesn't yet support BD-Java, making the disc incompatible. Sony promises a firmware upgrade for the player sometime early this year (ironically, the comparitively less expensive PlayStation 3 plays back the disc just fine).

An Overview of Virtualization 119

IndioMan writes to point us to an overview of virtualization — its history, an analysis of the techniques used over the years, and a survey of Linux virtualization projects. From the article: "Virtualization is the new big thing, if 'new' can include something over four decades old. It has been used historically in a number of contexts, but a primary focus now is in the virtualization of servers and operating systems. Much like Linux, virtualization provides many options for performance, portability, and flexibility."
Patents

Nobel Laureate Attacks Medical Intellectual Property 449

An anonymous reader writes "Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, who was fired by the World Bank blasted drug patents in an editorial in the British Medical Journal titled 'Scrooge and intellectual property rights.' 'Knowledge is like a candle, when one candle lights another it does not diminish its light.' In medicine, patents cost lives. The US patent for turmeric didn't stimulate research, and restricted access by the Indian poor who actually discovered it hundreds of years ago. 'These rights were intended to reduce access to generic medicines and they succeeded.' Billions of people, who live on $2-3 a day, could no longer afford the drugs they needed. Drug companies spend more on advertising and marketing than on research. A few scientists beat the human genome project and patented breast cancer genes; so now the cost of testing women for breast cancer is 'enormous.'"
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Inside Apple's iPhone

DECS writes: Despite CNET's wild claims, Apple's market position and recent performance show the company has the ability, capacity, and interest in shaking up the mobile phone industry, something that service providers, manufacturers, and consumers desperately need. Here's why. Inside Apple's iPhone
Emulation (Games)

Submission + - Sonys Official PSone Emulator Cracked

Croakyvoice writes: PSP Hackers have cracked Sonys protection of its PSOne Emulator for the PSP, the emulator requires you to download the Game to your PS3 then to your PSP, but now with a new Custom Firmware released and a small converting tool you can now play any Playstation game on the PSP at full speed.
The Courts

Submission + - Piracy Suit Being Dropped Against NY Mom

mikesd81 writes: "The Associated Press writes about the recording industry is giving up its lawsuit against Patti Santangelo, a mother of five who became the best-known defendant in the industry's battle against music piracy. However, two of her children are still being sued. From the article: "The five companies suing Santangelo, of Wappingers Falls, filed a motion Tuesday in federal court in White Plains asking Judge Colleen McMahon to dismiss the case. Their lead counsel, Richard Gabriel, wrote in court papers that the record companies still believe they could win damages against Santangelo but their preference was to "pursue defendant's children.""

Santangelo's lawyer, Jordan Glass, said the dismissal bid "shows defendants can stand up to powerful plaintiffs." He noted, however, that the companies were seeking a dismissal "without prejudice," meaning they could bring the action again, "so I'm not sure what that's worth." The companies, backed by the RIAA, has sued over 18,000 people. When Santangelo, 42, was sued last year, she said she had never downloaded music and was unaware of her children doing it. If children download, she said, file-sharing programs like Kazaa should be blamed, not the parents. The judge called her an "Internet-illiterate parent, who does not know Kazaa from kazoo." Last month, the record companies filed lawsuits against Santangelo's 20-year-old daughter, Michelle, and 16-year-old son, Robert, saying they had downloaded and distributed more than 1,000 recordings. The companies said that the daughter had acknowledged downloading songs on the family computer — which Glass denied — and that the son had been implicated in statements from his best friend. The suit against the children seeks unspecified damages."

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