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Comment Re:Why didn't you just get an iPad? (Score 1) 96

I read mostly at day (inside or outside). E-ink rules for that. However i picked up a cool case for my Kobo with a nice attached light. It is great! Once you figure the angle to light the screen with no reflection, I can read for hours. Plus it protects the device.

If I was one read in the dark most of the time, then perhaps i would consider a TFT/LCD device. Also just to read stuff on the iPad seems excessively costly ..

I will wait and see. As suggested previously, its just a mater of convergence. Be nice to have it all.

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Comment Re:A new css M assedia type? (Score 0) 96

Hmm, this kind of reminds me of the first gen Cell Phone browsers, when you had to access WAP sites to get content. (I supported those buggers for years) Eventually smart sites would just redirect based on the browser. Then the "mobile browsers" got better. Seemed OK for a while.

I think it's a similar threshold to cross, once the hardware and content converge. So around that time, the content providers will have no choice but to comply, or vice versa. Not to mention the certain increase in mobile bandwidth and capabilities. Not everyone connects to any bandwidth worth mentioning today.

Try viewing web sites with a stock browser (of your choice, any OS) on a computer unless you add every darn proprietary thing, just not feasible or workable.
E-Ink, (I like it) great for text, especially on the new ones. Hey, these are readers, not really "web devices".... yet.

Now every darn web site (not an HTML comment, ahem) requires so many add-ons, it’s stupid; but your right in a certain way, we now have expectations that mobile browsing on any device should have the same experience as your computer per se, or whatever your expectations are.

Most e-Readers are just readers providing simple reading content, that's all; however they are evolving fast and the content providers will follow the flow. The current web access is there only to obtain content (just like ring tones, etc) IMHO. No one wants simple B/W web sites (wake up) :) E-ink is very cool and easy on the eye(s) for text.

If you want to browse the web on a device in your hand in color, with bells and whistles; meaning you want it all, then give it some time. Much more interesting to me is to see how this will develop in terms of what we get/want. Really this is the big question, which I am certain will soon to be analyzed here and elsewhere soon.

Comment Re:Daily (Score 1) 266

I know lots of people using HDD's as a backup solution today. Backing up data to a single HDD is easy sure, however since it is the HDD that always fails, it seems to be just asking for trouble. The old axiom: there are two kinds of HDD's, those they have failed and those that will fail, still holds true.

Backup to your HDD or RAID Array if you require real time access, then for safe keeping to DVD, or your tape drive if you can afford a nice one.


Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee Screenshot-sm 2058

Dthief writes "From MSNBC: 'Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn't paid a $75 fee. Gene Cranick of Obion County and his family lost all of their possessions in the Sept. 29 fire, along with three dogs and a cat. "They could have been saved if they had put water on it, but they didn't do it," Cranick told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. The fire started when the Cranicks' grandson was burning trash near the family home. As it grew out of control, the Cranicks called 911, but the fire department from the nearby city of South Fulton would not respond.'"
The Courts

Court Rules Against Woman Who Didn't Like Search Results 173

The Seventh Circuit Court has ruled that Beverly Stayart can't sue Yahoo! because she did not like what she saw on the results page after searching for her name. Stayart claimed that her "internet presence" was damaged by Yahoo! because results for a search of her name showed listings which included pharmaceuticals and adult oriented websites. The court disagreed. From the article: "Stayart had sued under Section 43(a) of the federal Lanham Act, which prohibits false advertising, false implications of endorsement, and so on. Her problem was that a Lanham Act claim requires a showing that the plaintiff has a 'commercial interest' to protect, and Stayart did not have a commercial interest in her own name."

Comment Re:Great Blazing Colors (Score 1) 702

It is also interesting to note (IIRC) that 'red' is one of the hardest colors to determine distance. This means that, yes while we see it and register it quickly; it is difficult to determine how far away the light it is (distance) based on luminance.

This was determined some years ago during studies regarding red automobile brake lights and traffic lights, and no i don't have time to reference this, so maybe someone else will review.

MIT Plans To Convert Cell Phone Users Into Podcasters 90

robyn217 writes "A new research project at MIT's Media Lab, entitled RadioActive, aims to turn every cell phone or PDA carrying member of the public into a podcaster, and every mobile device into a virtual podcasting studio. The project defines a large-scale asynchronous audio messaging system in which voice messages can be threaded like text in a discussion forum (like on Slashdot) as a method of 'discussion-on-demand.'"

Wireless Data Plans Reviewed 105

prostoalex writes "The New York Times Technology section runs a review of available wireless data plans that provide a PCMCIA card for wireless Internet connections. Cingular BroadbandConnect seems to have won the comparison as far as quality, but the service is only available in 16 major metropolitan areas. Sprint Mobile Broadband has wider coverage for $80 a month. Verizon Wireless sells BroadbandAccess for $80 a month or $60 if you decide to commit to a 2-year contract, and this one has the widest coverage of 181 metropolitan areas."

Tech Workers of the World Unite? 1254

okidokedork writes "Wired News reports on the lack of unions in the IT workplace. If you could join a union in your workplace, would you?" From the article: "The rich get richer, the shareholder is valued more than the employee, jobs are eliminated in the name of bottom-line efficiency (remember when they called firing people 'right-sizing'?) and the gulf between the rich and the working class grows wider every year. You see this libertarian ethos everywhere, but nowhere more clearly than in the technology sector, where the number of union jobs can be counted on one hand. Tech is the Wild West as far as the job market goes and the robber barons on top of the pile aim to keep it that way. They'll offshore your job to save a few bucks or lay you off at the first sign of a slump, but they're the first to scream, 'You're stifling innovation!' at any attempt to control the industry or provide job security for the people who do the actual work."

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