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Submission + - Did Steve Jobs Pick The Wrong Tablet Size?

An anonymous reader writes: During the 2010 Christmas shopping season, Steve Jobs famously dissed the 7 inch tablets being rolled out by competitors, including Samsung's Galaxy, as being "tweeners: too big to compete with a smartphone and too small to compete with the [9.7 inch diagonal] iPad", adding that "the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA — dead on arrival." A year later Jobs was dead, and the iPad Mini, with a 7.9 inch diagonal screen, was rolled out under his successor Tim Cook in October, 2012. Looking at industry-wide tablet sales numbers for January 2013, which show that the iPad Mini surprisingly outsold its larger sibling by a substantial margin (as did 7 inch Android tablets from competitors), Motley Fool's Evan Niu thinks that the 7.9 inch form factor was the correct size all alone, contrary to Jobs' pronoucements (which of course was partly marketing bluster — but he chose the larger size in the first place). Of course the Mini is cheaper, but not by much — $329 vs. $399 for the larger iPad, for the baseline model with WiFi only and 16KB storage. Had Apple introduced the iPad with the smaller size to begin with, Niu argues, competitors would have faced a much difficult task grabbing market share. While the Mini is currently available only with "Super VGA" resolution (1024x768), rumors are afloat that Minis with the Retina display (2048x1536) are close to production.
Data Storage

Submission + - Power fails pooch flash SSD data (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Flash SSDs are non-volatile, right? So how could power failures screw your data? Several ways, according to a ZDNet post that summarizes a paper presented at last month's FAST 13 conference. The U of Minn & HP Labs researchers tested 15 SSDs using an automated power fault injection testbed and found that 13 lost data.
Open Source

Aquaria Goes Open Source 58

A post on the Wolfire blog yesterday announced that the source code for Aquaria has now been released. Aquaria, an action-adventure, underwater sidescroller from Bit Blot, was part of the Humble Indie Bundle, which was so successful that the developers of four games pledged to release them as open source. This marks the final release, following Lugaru, Gish, and Penumbra: Overture. The source code is available from a Mercurial repository.

Comment Re:Will it really matter? (Score 1) 276

If it gets us off Oil, I'm all in favor of more "embedded taxes" being imposed. Imagine not having to give a flying carpet ride about the Middle East and the tax savings / spending that would provide... Wot.

Comment Re:Time value of money (Score 2, Insightful) 541

It can and has been argued that the Fed's "printing" of money is simply replacing the money that was lost in the economy. This additional cash has a negligible impact on the total availability of money in the economy, therefore has caused little inflationary pressure and at least in the near term will not.

The egregious aspect is that the average Joe lost a bundle in 401K's and other investments, but only a little bit of the Tarp, or the extra cash being printed is being trickled down to them. By and large it's going to the banks and Wall Street entities, to keep them solvent. They were the main culprits, guided by greed, that lead to the economic melt down, and they got a bail out and the average person is financing it through their economic losses.

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