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Comment Re:Weird scaling -- Not. (Score 4, Insightful) 148

I find it interesting that this laptop more or less falls right in between your standard fare laptop and an Eee PC in terms of portability and raw power, but is the most expensive of the crop.

Using the base Vostro 1500 for the "average laptop" and the Eee PC 8G we have:

  • Eee PC - 7" display, 800Mhz Celeron, 8G storage, 1GB RAM @ $549
  • Wind - 10" display, 1.6Ghz Atom, 80GB storage, 1GB RAM @ $649
  • Vostro 1500 - 15.4" display, 1.6Ghz C2D, 120GB storage, 2GB RAM @ $499

I realize the comparison is odd since they all hit different intended markets, but it seems that something that is between the two in specs would be closer to either of the two in terms of price than it currently is.

Compared to the Vostro you're paying for the size reduction. I bet that Vostro is one of those fugly and heavy cheap dells. At 6.33lbs, you can have that Vostro lead brick. UGH! Never again for travel would I use something that heavy. Once you go 3lbs for travel, you NEVER go back.

Compared to the EEE, you are paying for the larger 10" screen & faster processor.

All in all, it makes perfect sense to me the price placement from your list.

Submission + - Microsoft and Turbolinux Extend Collaboration (techluver.com)

Tech.Luver writes: "Agreement addresses customer issues, furthers interoperability and R&D collaboration, and provides IP assurances to Turbolinux users. REDMOND, Wash., and TOKYO — Oct. 22, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. and Turbolinux, a leading Linux client and server distributor in Japan and China, have announced a business agreement that expands on their recent collaborations. The deal advances Linux-Microsoft Windows Server interoperability, furthers research and development collaboration, and provides IP assurances for Turbolinux users. A key customer component to the agreement is a collaborative "single sign-on" solution. According to a recent study released by SupportSoft Inc., a provider of technology problem resolution software provider, password problems — including the need to reset them — make up one out of every five calls received by corporate IT help desks. ( http://techluver.com/2007/10/22/microsoft-and-turbolinux-extend-broad-collaboration-agreement/ )"
Linux Business

Submission + - Seven areas where Linux could get better

Stony Stevenson writes: This article discusses seven areas that Linux needs to improve on because for Linux, there is no road map, per se. To give a glimpse of the process, here are seven areas of development worth watching, based on interviews with developers and kernel maintainers, and time on www.kernelnewbies.org. Not all are moving ahead smoothly, illustrating the stop-and-go path improvements must travel to get into the kernel.

Submission + - Apple says 250,000 iPhones Sold to Unlockers 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "Timothy D. Cook, Chief Operating Officer at Apple, disclosed during Apple's conference call to discuss their fourth quarter earnings that they estimate that 250,000 of the 1.4 Million iPhones that have been sold were bought by people intending to unlock the phone.

[The elasticity in demand with the price drop] enabled us to far surpass our expectation of hitting around a million units cumulatively by the end of the quarter. Some number of these were sold to people that have an intention to unlock and [while] we don't know precisely how many people are doing that, our current guess is there is probably 250,000 of the 1.4 million that we sold where people had bought them with the intention of doing that. Many of those happened after the price cut.
Apple knows how many iPhones have been sold and how many have been activated with ATT. The difference is the number that are unlocked."

Submission + - He died HOW???

hyades1 writes: UPI reports that the deputy mayor of New Delhi plummeted to his death during a tussle with aggressive monkeys. http://www.newsdaily.com/TopNews/UPI-1-20071022-20513500-bc-india-monkeys-crn.xml Deputy Mayor S.S. Bajwa was attacked by monkeys while standing on the balcony of his residence Saturday and fell to the ground during the ensuing struggle, CNN-IBN reports. Bajwa was taken to hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries. Here, for the first time anywhere, is solid, documented proof that spanking the monkey can kill you.

Submission + - Apple Doing Well on Macintosh Sales (cnn.com)

PhotoGuy writes: CNN Money/Fortune is reporting on a great quarter by Apple. For those of you who keep saying Apple is primarily an iPod company, and other products are secondary, should note that Macintosh sales accounted for 64% of the company's revenue (up 34%). Aside from straightening out those who dismiss Apple as not being focused on the Mac line, this provides some comfort to me; knowing how integral the Mac and OSX is to Apple's ongoing success certainly helps ensure its ongoing future and support.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Valve shuts down international versions in US

phildawg writes: "As of Friday, 10/19/2007, users of software involving steam have been shutdown and unable to play due to a "Wrong Territory" error. It appears a distributor in Asia was selling software against Valve's terms of sale agreement and Valve is now trying to rectify the situation. Basically, if your version of the game came from this distributor, the CD keys are no longer valid for play outside of that Territory. This seems to have hit eBay purchases the hardest. Unfortunately for many people over the past 3 years, these games all of a sudden just turned off Friday night at about 5pm. There has been little response from Valve and a 15 page thread has been deleted from their forum today as people who had purchased games for close to the full US retail price have been told to contact the store of purchase for a refund. Even for purchases that are 3 years old... Valve is reviewing each individual case, but before the thread was deleted, nobody reported success.

Circuit City ran the Orange box on sale for 37.99 with free shipping. People were purchasing the game for 32-36 dollars off eBay. These were not significant savings. These games generally shipped from Thailand, Australia, and some actually purchased these games while visiting the countries. All have been told, contact the store for a return. Since when do you crack down on customers instead of the distributor?

The following is a 24 page thread where people initially found a great deal they thought at only 26 dollars (please remember that on eBay, people paid on avg only a few dollars less, and this does not just affect US residents but also Australian, and for some these were actually purchased from Brick and Mortar retailers in Australia since it is relatively close to Thailand and they were using the distributor most likely unbeknown to them.)

Operating Systems

Submission + - What are your normal re-installs after a reformat?

Joshua W Ferguson writes: "I own a MacBook and am reformatting, afterwards I am going to use Bootcamp and get Windows on this machine too. Do you guys have any suggestions about what I software programs I should install afterwards? Developing environments (I'm going to need something for java and VB.NET), games, random helpful programs, I'm just looking to see anything that might be useful, helpful, or fun for either OS."

Submission + - Facebook Faces Another Lawsuit

jboitnott writes: Facebook is having to deal with another lawsuit. This one is from an Indiana lady who says the company has made too much money off of text messages sent to people whose numbers used to belong to other customers. NBC11 Facebook Lawsuit Story

Submission + - Management Software?

An anonymous reader writes: I work for a growing IT shop with around 35 employees. We currently use half a dozen different programs to manage our helpdesk, billing, scheduling, and client relations. We're tired of the mess and are now looking for a piece of software that allows us to manage as much as possible in one system. Management insists whatever we go with is backed by service and support contracts, so a lot of open source options are out. I've looked at dozens of "all-in-one" CRM and ERP packages (and so far the leading choices are the Allbase Suite and Service CEO), but I don't know what to look for. Can anybody recommend a flexible system or point out some features I should look for?

Submission + - replace a freeway bridge in one night (canada.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In Ottawa tonight a freeway bridge is being ripped out and replaced in one night. A replacement section of the bridge was built in a nearby park, and will be hauled in place with heavy lift equipment, with a projected downtime for the major freeway of less than 24 hours. There is a webcam to watch the progress.

Space Hotel to Open in 2012 137

blackdefiance writes "The New York Times is reporting that firm plans for the first hotel in space are now in the works. Slated for a 2012 opening, 'Galactic Suite' will cost about $4 million for a three-day stay. 'They may have solved the issue of how to take a shower in weightlessness -- the guests will enter a spa room in which bubbles of water will float around. When guests are not admiring the view from their portholes they will take part in scientific experiments on space travel. Galactic Suite began as a hobby for former aerospace engineer Claramunt, until a space enthusiast decided to make the science fiction fantasy a reality by fronting most of the $3 billion needed to build the hotel. An American company intent on colonizing Mars, which sees Galaxy Suite as a first step, has since come on board, and private investors from Japan, the United States and the United Arab Emirates are in talks.'"

Submission + - AT&T Censors Anti-Bush Pearl Jam Lyrics (rollingstone.com)

feed_me_cereal writes: While performing at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vetter inserted the lyrics "George Bush, leave this world alone" and "George Bush, find yourself another home" into a rendition of "Daughter" sang to the tune of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall". Those lyrics were censored out of the Lollapalooza webcast from AT&T's "Blue Room". AT&T denies willful culpability, citing this incident as a "mistake". One wonders what implications this will have in the net neutrality debate.

Humanity's Genetic Diversity on the Decline 285

jd writes "In a study covering five different periods of history, from 300 AD to the present day, and geographically spread across much of Europe, scientists have extracted the mitochondrial DNA from a sizable number of individuals in an effort to examine changes in diversity. The results, published in the Royal Society journal is intriguing to say the least. 1700 years ago, three out of every four individuals belonged to a different haplotype. In modern Europe, the number is only one in three. The researchers blame a combination of plague, selection of dominant lineages and culturally-inflicted distortions. The researchers say more work needs to be done, but are unclear if this involves archaeology or experiments involving skewing the data in the local female population."

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