I never trusted download.com, and so never used it. I always assumed that they were bundling crapware in with the downloads, because that website was so hideous, it looked like a fly by night operation.
Bring back ftp.cdrom.com
Last I checked, Android was just another distribution of Linux, much like your precious Nokia. While I'd love to have a C-based userland, it's still Linux on arm.
I have an older phone, but I'm still running a recent kernel (2.6.35) on armv71. Busybox and so on are there, it's only real problem is as I said a lack of C in the userland. It's not hard to get extra tools on there, although I'd love to see Portage. With distcc, it would even be pretty quick to compile and install new software.
What makes your Nokia so much better? The way I see it, it's like arguing what is better, ubuntu or fedora. Both are Linux, just with different UI wrappers.
I haven't played since the beta, but is spotting still broken? Komarin was one of the worst maps for that, whoever got impatient and moved first lost.
Also, are the Russian tanks still better than everything else? The KV for instance got either the solid 107mm or the hilarious 152mm, while the equal tiered Pz4 got the 75L/70 (which wasn't a bad gun, but it's no 107mm), and the T1 heavy was even worse, with that peashooter 76mm.
And then things like the T29 being too competitive with the IS, so it got nerfed multiple times. Or the Russian TDs having an effective camo rating of at 50m, while the German TDs couldn't even hide in a bush from 500m away.
Our Siemens PBX switches run on OS/2. Thankfully it is 2.1, but still pretty bad.
Unfortunately, they are looking at replacing them with Cisco VOIP, which is hilariously insecure. I'd rather have those non-network attached OS/2 boxes than a VOIP product from a company known for their terrible software. And of course the expense of replacing every single phone in the company (~5k phones) with a new Cisco VOIP phone.
The best rules are always off strip, because they need to attract customers. Things like max ratio bet on craps changes wildly depending upon strip/off-strip, and even between places on-strip like MGM vs Belaggio.
You missed option 3, which is scam it. It's the proper pvp way of doing it anyway.
You can do the same thing for $500 with a generic white-box, or probably a little less if you assemble it yourself. Why pay extra for commodity parts if you aren't going to use the one thing that differentiates it from it's competitors?
And for the matter, why use BSD? It died, haven't you heard?
The funniest thing about the shit we export, is that you guys drink it. Then again, crap like Heineken is popular here, so I guess everyone exports the shit for others to drink.
High res screen? Since when is 1280x800 a high resolution on a 14" laptop? Or worse, 1440x900 on a 15"? My 3 year old HP is running 1920x1200 on a 15". That's the *minimum* resolution needed to be considered high resolution.
And the keyboards, holy christ are they shitty. I'm glad for you that you enjoy them, but I'll stick with a non-chiclet keyboard thank you very much.
I'll agree with you on the case however, I wish this one wasn't a metal/plastic hybrid, and a solid metal case. It doesn't flex much, but even a little bit of flex makes me worry.
I tried it for about 9 days before giving up in disgust because they broke the most commonly used shortcuts I use, and there is no way to fix it. Well, I could fix it by patching and re-compiling it myself, but I stopped building Firefox from source ~6 years ago and have no desire to restart.
malda had it right about the ipod. It was lame, but he didn't count on the marketing machine at Apple, or the incredible loyalty Apple fans had. Remember, that first version of it only worked with OSX, so the only people buying it already were sucking at Job's teat. Take a rabid fanbase that will buy anything and everything a company puts out (and then proselytize about it incessantly), and a marketing department that could sell sand in the Sahara, and you have an instant success. Once the hype built up to a critical mass (and Apple added Windows support), it quickly became the market leader, and the rest is history.
It was still lame however, especially compared to the competition.
Yes, you can disable auto-loading. It's actually turned off by default when you roll your kernel, it's just that all the major distros enable it.
All the old USB drives were like that. I have a 32MB one sitting here on my desk with a write-enable switch on it. About the time they started coming out with the 64-128MB drives is when they stopped putting those switches on them.
The early small ones (4-16MB) were considered to be larger floppies. Floppies had the little tab on them to prevent writing, so the USB drives did too. Once they started becoming more popular, and the capacities started rising, the manufacturers realized they were being used more as a supplement to storage than as a traditional floppy disk. So they started removing the write switch. There are still some made today with that switch, but they are really expensive (considered a premium feature, so they can charge 50% more).
It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.