The Zenbook has one major flaw: the screen is TN instead of IPS (MacBook Air), and costs more.
For the price difference you can actually buy a Window7 to install on the MacBook, so in the end, you pay the same for a better screen.
I read somewhere Asus will release Zenbooks with IPS - those might change things.
In any case, always do a side-by-side comparison at a store before buying.
Some months ago I was on the brink of buying an Asus Zenbook, but ended up with a MBA because of the screen.
On paper the Zenbook looked great, but in the store I noticed the screen was TN and looked dismal compared to the IPS of the Apple.
I'm a Windows guy, but the Zenbook suddenly felt cheap, and I wanted to go back home with a light laptop.
So I bought the MBA, slapped WIn7 on it and been very happy with it since.
(kept OSX in a tiny partition for support/backup, and installed 3rd party drivers for functionality not available from vanilla Boot Camp).
Seconded. The NDS XL would be easier to grab, see, and use (it comes with a bigger stylus).
And it's cheaper than an iPad...
A simple fall is not the same as a projectile from a kid's tantrum. To be fair though, it survived several other accidents like that before. This one must have been an unlucky landing right on the screen; the phone had a protective cover that would have cushioned any other angle of impact.
The iPhone has a glass screen that is very prone to cracking. I imagine it's a case of form over function, since glass looks nicer than plastic. It's not so pretty if ever the phone falls on a hard surface flat on the screen. This means an iPhone won't survive the ninja powers of a 2-year old who managed to grab your phone when you least expected it, to use as a hand grenade...
Also, for some stupid reason the screen was designed in such a way that changing it means also replacing the digitizer (the touch pad - glued to it) so you end up paying quite a pretty penny for repairs (between 1/3 and 1/2 of the price of the phone!).
One feature that I don't see mentioned in this discussion is the ability to read graphics files out of
I know the whole thing is probably not to be taken too seriously, but looking at the paper I would say there are at least a couple of shaky assumptions.
First he's defining a rate of people who live in London. That ignores people moving in or out, or even people willing to move closer. So the figure should be higher I think.
Then he mentions he will only find 5% of "physically attractive" candidates. In other words, he is limiting himself outside of 2 times the standard deviation of the population. That's a really sample of the population. In other words, guy's too picky
He should try lottery or SETI@Home next. From TFA:
But in the end Backus defied the odds. Asylum reported that Backus has a girlfriend of about six months. "She's from London," he told the Web site. "And she meets all my criteria."
Good for him, but not very good for his theory...
Actually that's a great point. If pixel resolution can be made fine enough, why bother with one big LCD panel + active glasses, when you could just stream to a couple of small displays in front of your eyes?
Some of those already exist (they can also serve as portable DVD players), but they're quite pricey. I guess once there is a lot of 3D media available, those players they will become more common. They can't be too difficult to manufacture to existing small LCD resolutions (perhaps not full HD but good enough for SD).
The comic in question is "Cold Equator" (Froid Equateur) from Enki BIlal. He's French comic book artist and filmmaker of Serbian origins.
At least in the World Chess Boxing organization website, they give proper credit to the guy (with photos and all).
The comic is very good too, part of the Nikopol trilogy. Check it out.
I for one welcome our no evil doing overlords.
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