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Comment The problem is not locked vs unlocked (Score 4, Insightful) 442

It's popular to talk about why 'unlocked' phones, but I would wager that the vast majority of unlocked phone buyers do not care that the phone is unlocked. It's irrelevant. We're not planning to switch networks. It's the contract that is the problem. Locked phones are fine as long as they're off contract. And off contract is exactly where cell companies don't want their customers to be.

Comment Re:Consider color balance, sub-pixel anti-aliasing (Score 2, Insightful) 1140

What monitor type are you using? Remember that most PC monitors are TN type, which have terrible vertical viewing angles. You don't normally notice vertical angles -- until you turn it sideways and discover massive color shifts. IPS screens (Dell has a whole line now) are vastly better.

Comment Re:CK12.org - Probability and Stastics - nice book (Score 1) 169

Classic Sun style move. There are plenty of open source textbook efforts out there. Instead of contributing to them, start a new effort, pull a bunch of media hype, and generally sabotage everyone else without even acknowledging them -- all while providing mediocre results. Sun did it for twenty years and I guess it's a McNealy signature.

Comment Re:It's the principle of the thing and more. (Score 1) 757

This tech is already in the Xbox 360, and has been from the day it launched. It's used slightly differently, mainly to prevent firmware downgrades. But it seems likely that hardware fuses are quietly tripped when you mod the console so that MS can do their mass bannings. So claims that users will accidentally trip it are perhaps far-fetched.

Comment Re:Not for me (Score 1) 122

I have a Google account and a Google Apps account. The extent to which these two work varies, with Google Docs failing miserably about a third of the time. It gets supremely confused by this and invariably tries to access Apps with my public Google account.

Comment Re:32b? (Score 1) 756

Actually, quite a few companies ship laptops in this configuration. It allows them to advertise the 4 GB, and very nearly none of their audience will ever be wise to it. The last time I saw this was with a machine purchased literally two weeks ago. It's now happily churning along with Win7 x64, no functionality missing.

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