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Comment Re:We are getting one (Score 2) 381

I've got an iPad 2, and I've got a Kindle Fire on the way for exactly this reason. I found that 90% of my time on the iPad is just using it to check message boards, or look up info on IMDB while watching TV. So a 7" tablet that lighter is a perfect replacement for what I'm using it for. For all those saying "Why not a netbook"? Because a tablet is smaller, or for basic browsing a touch screen is a lot easier to use than a stupid tracpad.

Comment Re:Or Not (Score 1) 588

The problem with learning a language in school is that you quickly forget it if you don't use it. I know many Canadians from the western provinces in Canada who can't speak a lick of French despite it being taught from an early age in school and being printed on most consumer products. Why? Because everyone around them speaks English and they quickly forget. What's the point in learning Chinese or German in high school if you quickly forget it due to lack of use? And as someone who has traveled outside the US, I've found very little opportunity to speak the local language beyond ordering at a restaurant or asking for directions. Usually the people I'm doing business with speak English better than I speak their language, so choose to converse in English when talking with me for expediency and clarity.

Comment Re:Flicker comes back (Score 1) 419

I was at CES yesterday and sat through the presentation by Panasonic. There technology works using those expensive "active" 3D display glasses. For those that don't know, basically they alternate flashing each eye an image on the screen. They kept hyping up how awesome it would be to watch football in 3D, and showed use a 3D video of a football game. It was kinda neat, but anything that was moving fast (Such as arms/legs after the ball was snapped) turned into a flashing semitransparent mess. I'm assuming this is because they are alternative which eye is seeing the picture, and in the time it takes to switch eyes, fast moving objects have changed position. And for systems that are smart enough to show images to both eyes at the same time, I'm curious how they will handle motion blur. That has always seemed to be a problem with 3D displays, as the eye wants to get the moving object in focus, however since the source is blurred they can't, which leads to eye strain.

Comment Re:Great hardware specs (Score 1) 323

What a about tool costs and production time? Even if Plastic and Aluminum are the same cost (and I don't know that they are) they use different production techniques. Plastic is made with molds, whereas I believe with Aluminum you have to cut it out of a block, which might take longer, and also leaves you with a lot of "left over" scraps that will have to be recycled before they can be used again.

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