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Will Tablets Kill Off e-Readers? 333

Nerval's Lobster writes "Are e-readers doomed? A research note earlier this week from IHS iSuppli suggested that, after years of solid growth, the e-book reader market was 'on an alarmingly precipitous decline' thanks to the rise of tablets. The firm suggested that e-reader sales had declined from 23.2 million units in 2011 to 14.9 million this year — around 36 percent, in other words. The note blames tablets: 'Single-task devices like the ebook are being replaced without remorse in the lives of consumers by their multifunction equivalents, in this case by media tablets.' Even Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the reigning champs of the e-reader marketplace, have increasingly embraced full-color tablets as the best medium for selling their digital products. Backed by enormous cloud-based libraries that offer far more than just e-books, these devices are altogether more versatile than grayscale e-readers, provided their users want to do more than just read plain text."

Comment Re:Thunderbird works (Score 1) 464

For my part, I suffered through the nasty port of Kmail to Akonadi, which was a truly awful experience, but I got through it with my folders intact and it's finally back to a state resembling usability, though not nearly as fast or solid as the original. The Kmail user interface is still the best going, and one day I might actually see some benefit from the new database backend, instead of just pain, races and nonsensical warnings.

Personally, I never did get the newer Kmail working adequately, and am compiling the last 1.x version (from KDE 4.4 or so) and using that. That worked perfectly well up to KDE 4.8. Once KDE 4.9 was released, the profiles stopped working. Previously, you could have separate inbox, sent-mail, servers, etc for different email addresses, and when you sent from each email address, it used the correct sent-folder, etc. Now, it all defaults to local folders. So I don't know what to do next. Dig into the code, I guess, and try to hack it again. Why can't they just leave working programs alone???

Comment Re:8-bit to 64 (Score 1) 338

They also have Luma/Chroma inputs, which is also what the C64/C128 can output. And those two signals together are basically an S-video connector. The C64 did it before S-video was even a standard. I'm actually looking for such an Amiga monitor for my C128-D, to use L/C in 40-column mode, and the digital RGB in 128 80-column mode. Yes, I probably need another hobby :)

Comment Re:I knew cisco was expensive (Score 5, Informative) 220

I have to completely agree with this. I've been involved with several large-scale RFPs, and this is exactly how it goes. The only thing I'd add is that like clockwork, any party that doesn't win threatens to sue someone. It happens every time. They must be teaching this in business school or something. I've never seen a more childish group of people.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 349

Not sure if you're being serious or not, but if so, no wonder the the current business world is so screwed up. It seems to be just a childish high-school popularity contest all over again. And IME, many business-people are the most childish, vindictive people I've ever met.


Stress-Testing Software For Deep Space 87

kenekaplan writes "NASA has used VxWorks for several deep space missions, including Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. When the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) needs to run stress tests or simulations for upgrades and fixes to the OS, Wind River's Mike Deliman gets the call. In a recent interview, Deliman, a senior member of the technical staff at Wind River, which is owned by Intel, gave a peek at the legacy technology under Curiosity's hood and recalled the emergency call he got when an earlier Mars mission hit a software snag after liftoff."

US Agricultural Economists Say Bacon Shortage Is Hogwash 137

PolygamousRanchKid writes "The economics of the current drought are likely to nose up prices for bacon and other pork products next year, by as much as 10 percent. But U.S. agricultural economists are dismissing reports of a global bacon shortage that lent sizzle to headlines and Twitter feeds last week. Simply put, the talk of scarcity is hogwash. 'Use of the word 'shortage' caused visions of (1970s-style) gasoline lines in a lot of people's heads, and that's not the case,' said Steve Meyer, president of Iowa-based Paragon Economics and a consultant to the National Pork Producers Council and National Pork Board. 'If the definition of shortage is that you can't find it on the shelves, then no, the concern is not valid. If the concern is higher cost for it, then yes.'"

Comment Re:Do unto others (Score 2, Insightful) 480

Isn't this how most business people think? IME, I've never in my life encountered a group of people who are so prejudiced toward those that actually do the work. And the further one is removed from actually getting their hands 'dirty' and doing something, the more they're praised. No wonder society is so screwed up.

Comment Re:What they are actually reporting an Issue. (Score 2) 320

I know it's almost impossible for Windows' fans to understand, but sometimes dealing with things not working is still better than dealing with problems in Windows. At least with the former there's a chance that (a) someone will fix it, or (b) you can learn to fix it yourself. That just isn't an option in Windows. If there's a bug and it's closed-source, there's nothing you can do about it.

Now, I understand how someone using Windows without any problems (if that is even possible) would think that all Linux users are masochists, but personally I cannot stand running Windows, and I feel my blood pressure rise any time I'm forced to. I'll deal with Linux issues any day.

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