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Comment Re:Imaginations are running wild here! (Score 1) 275

It seems likely Apple wouldn't intentionally break compatibility, even if at this point there's no Apple products using Atom. Wouldn't they want to keep their options open, just in case they decide they want to release an Atom machine sometime in the future? Maybe someday can figure out how to make a premium netbook that will make them enough money to be worthwhile.

Comment Who's on first? (Score 1) 94

I guess the real question is, what difference does it make in the long run whether ClariNet was "the first company to use the Internet as a commercial distribution mechanism," which nobody seems to be disputing, or "the first dot-com"? ClariNet was one of many Internet pioneers.

Being first is overrated anyway. Maybe those of us who were laid off after the Individual-Desktop Data merger could be considered the very first victims of the dot-com bust...

The Internet

Submission + - 20th anniversary of the dawn of the dot-com (http)

btempleton writes: ""It was 20 years ago today" when I posted to USENET the public launch of ClariNet, my electronic newspaper service delivered over the internet. By finding a way around the NSFNet acceptable use policy, ClariNet was the first business founded to use the internet as its platform for business, and the era of the "dot-com" had begun. For the anniversary I have written a history of the founding of ClariNet and early internet business which outlines how it all took place.

Readers may also enjoy the included anecdote about what I term "M5" reliability, where the news system was so robust that, like the M5 computer on Star Trek, even those authorized to do so were unable to shut it off and a story of the earliest large SF eBook effort. Extra, extra, read all about it."

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Using 1 computer for 2 people? 1

True Vox writes: "My fiance and I have recently taken interest in City of Heroes (she's currently got a character on my account). She's got a cute little net book, but nothing nearly powerful enough for a 5 year old MMORPG (let alone if we take interest in Champions Online! I am reticent to buy a new gaming computer simply for what amounts for a passing phase. Has anyone had any experience using one computer to to control two monitors (along with two keyboards, and two mice, or some other suitable control setup (one keyboard, mouse, and a 360 gamepad, perhaps?)). I have seen but one solution that MIGHT work, but not much information from users that I can find.

In short, does anyone have any experience with setups like this?"

Apple's Life After Steve Jobs 405

animusCollards writes "Slate ponders a post-Steve Jobs Apple, including possible successors, and the future is... boring. '..it's certainly true that Jobs' style is central to the company's brand and the fierce connection it forges with its customers. His product announcements prompt hundreds of millions of dollars worth of free press coverage and whip up greater and more loyal fans, generating ever-greater interest in the company. ... At some point, all that will end. Jobs will eventually leave the company. There are no obvious plans for succession; in addition to Schiller, observers finger Tim Cook, Apple's COO, and Scott Forstall, who helped develop Mac OS X and the iPhone's software, as contenders for the job. But Tuesday's keynote illustrated how difficult it will be for any of those guys to replace Jobs.'"
Television

Octopuses Have No Personalities and Enjoy HDTV 482

Whiteox writes about an Australian researcher named Renata Pronk, who has discovered that octopuses prefer HDTV. She recruited 32 gloomy octopuses from the waters of Chowder Bay. Previously, researchers have reported little success when showing video to octopuses. Miss Pronk's insight was that the octopus eye is so refined that it might see standard PAL video, at 25 fps, as a series of stills. She tried HDTV (50 fps) and her subjects reacted to the videos of a crab, another octopus, or a swinging bottle on the end of a string. A further discovery is that octopuses show no trait of individual personalities, even though they exhibit a high level of intelligence. It would certainly be possible to quibble about the definition of "personality" employed, and whether Miss Pronk had successfully measured it.
Portables (Apple)

Should Apple Open Source the iPhone? 379

An anonymous reader writes "Given the OpeniBoot project is just a breath away from getting Android onto the iPhone, maybe Apple should consider opening up the platform. This post has five reasons, but I think there are far more. Without open source, Apple will find itself in the same position as today's Microsoft in seven years."

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