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Comment Re:i would like one (Score 1) 413

I would absolutely buy one if I had not recently bought a high-end notebook. In fact I am thinking about buying it anyways and selling the notebook.

Why?

All the reviews I've seen say it's a heavy, expensive, power-hungry tablet that makes a crappy, expensive laptop.

I was sort of interested/curious until I got Win8 running on bootcamp to try. It's a sad case of nice video, shame about the song.

Comment Re:Or... (Score 1) 318

Oh, I dunno. I kind of like having the choice of whether to stay in the walled garden or go outside every now and then at my discretion because I'd like to think that I know what I'm doing most of the time.

Absolutely, kind of like Amsterdam, it's always there if I want it. Similarly I know the Android garden of infinite delight is always there. And if I ever feel like bending over and getting reamed I'll leave the walled garden. Just knowing its possible makes me feel so much better.

(Tongue firmly in cheek)

Comment Re:Quick, someone trademark the term "Time Machine (Score 1) 211

1932, really... so 80 years later someone claims copyright on a science fiction concept almost as old as the phrase science fiction? Someone has balls.

They're claiming trademark, not copyright, which is why it's so odd that they used the DMCA for this. It's also strange that they would assert it against an author.

Thanks for the clarification and the extra info. ( I do know the difference between trademark and copyright, I just misread.)

Comment Re:Quick, someone trademark the term "Time Machine (Score 5, Informative) 211

Also relevant:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_marine#History

Read it quick before Games Workshop defaces the page!

I was going to say exactly the same thing, so rather than being completely redundant, here's the first two paragraphs:

The earliest known use of the term "space marine" was by Bob Olsen in his short story "Captain Brink of the Space Marines" (Amazing Stories, Volume 7, Number 8, November 1932), a light-hearted work whose title is a play on the song "Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines", and in which the protagonists were marines of the "Earth Republic Space Navy" on mission to rescue celebrity twins from aliens on Titan. Olsen published a novella sequel four years later, "The Space Marines and the Slavers" (Amazing Stories, Volume 10, Number 13, December 1936), featuring the same characters against Martian space pirates, and using a spaceship with active camouflage.[2]

A more widely known early example was E. E. Smith's Lensman series. While the first story, Triplanetary and most later sequels (Second Stage Lensmen, Children of the Lens and The Vortex Blaster) do not mention them, passing mentions of marines are made in Galactic Patrol[a] (Astounding Stories, September 1937–February 1938) and Gray Lensman[b][c] (Astounding Stories, October 1939–January 1940), and a more direct mention is made in First Lensman (1950): "Dronvire of Rigel Four in the lead, closely followed by Costigan, Northrop, Kinnison the Younger, and a platoon of armed and armored Space Marines!".

1932, really... so 80 years later someone claims copyright on a science fiction concept almost as old as the phrase science fiction? Someone has balls.

Comment Re:Why would someone not want to retire? (Score 4, Interesting) 215

Some people like to work. My step-grandpa is over 90 years old and he till does yard work in yard with covered in trees, takes care of chickens, and plants a garden. Up until a few years ago, he had a lot that he farmed corn on with his tractor. He doesn't do it because he has to. He does it because he likes to.

If I was him, I would take all that saved money and spend it traveling the world.

I guess he's doing what makes him happy and feel productive.

One of my mother's Aunts in the UK is 92 and still working half days as an accountant for a local, family owned, small business. She started working for the current owner's grandfather over 50 years ago and since they actually have a delivery service she gets chauffeured to work after lunch and back home in time for Tea. I bet she wouldn't know what to do with herself without the daily routine.

Amusingly her employer never computerized so she keeps the books the old fashioned way and they were recently audited, the "kids" from inland revenue had actually never seen manually kept books.

Comment Re:Android / dual-boot / X-windows? (Score 1) 112

I see why it's hard to run another distro natively. But why not run a small Linux inside a VM, and connect to it fullscreen with VNC or X? That would be almost as good, and shouldn't be that hard to do - the compilers already exist for the apps, and both VNC client and X11 client (technically, server) programs exist already.
If I were Samsung, I think I'd fund such a porting effort out of pique!

No corporation would touch it with a pole, it violates the terms of use for the device. So that leaves it up to the hackers / open community who spend their time on useless root hacks.

Comment Re:Android / dual-boot / X-windows? (Score 3, Interesting) 112

Is there any chance to put another OS on the iPad?
It would be a great way to get an Android tablet with a proper 4:3 display and good speakers. Or why not run X11 on it, and LOCAL applications (or VNC and a local install of android or a regular Linux).

Also, once jailbroken, is there a way to make the Music/Video/Photo apps recognise files that were loaded on using SSH rather than iTunes?

A) You need to crosscompile for the CPU, probably not that hard given the existing cross compilers, but still a non-trivial task.
B) You need drivers for the Apple hardware. Not impossible, but then neither was getting to the moon. Good luck pulling this off in an open source project where most of the developers would rather be hacking android, or doing the insane like trying to put KDE Plasma on a tablet.
C) You need to reflash the device. Not sure of the difficulty of this, not my field.

So short of a team of rocket-scientist quality linux gurus with money to burn on hardware I don't see it happening, not when there are more interesting things to do with Android.

(That said, I've had the same sort of fantasy for the past three years... sometimes I cry myself to sleep at night wishing Apple had learned from being too closed for so long... well not really, but you get the picture. N.B. While I'm typing this on my Mac with an iPad on the couch next to me, my Win7 game machine is humming away happily in the corner and without moving I can see three old laptops with various linux distributions lying around. I try not to be a zealot for any camp and I believe in using the best tool for the job. Apple builds some awesome hardware, but sometimes I think their heads are so far up their asses they have not seen the light of day in years.)

Comment Re:Yippee. (Score 2) 112

That must be why the PC market is in decline and the OS X market has been growing double-digit percentages since about 2005.

Until now: "The Company sold 4.1 million Macs, compared to 5.2 million in the year-ago quarter."

Meanwhile: "Apple also sold a record 22.9 million iPads during the quarter, compared to 15.4 million in the year-ago quarter."

Some are saying that Apple is cannabilizing the Mac market with sales of iPad. Note they sold four times as many iPads this quarter as Macs last quarter and five times as many than this quarter. The question is what will the ongoing trend be? I would imagine that eventually the tablet market will be semi-saturated so that most sales are upgrades, sort of like laptops are now. That's when things will get interesting.

Comment Re:It will mean nothing. (Score 1) 263

Uh, no. Most people care about having shiny baubles, and them being cheap. They may "claim" to care about privacy, but in practice, they give it up pretty freely.

You always said people don’t do what they believe in,
they just do what’s most convenient, then they repent.

And I always said, “Hang on to me, baby,
and let’s hope that the roof stays on”.

– Bob Dylan/Sam Shepard, “Brownsville Girl”

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