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Comment Re: Too Bad the Screen is Crap (Score 3, Insightful) 535

Question: how old are you? :). I suspect there are more people with my issues than you give me credit for, although my point continues to be: the $2k for a system76 computer is not apples-to-apples to the $2400 MBP, and that the high-dpi screen, along with the software care that has gone into making it usable and functional across a wide variety of applications and actual "apparent" resolutions is quite valuable.

Comment Re: Too Bad the Screen is Crap (Score 1) 535

I agree - most of these comparisons miss the fact that the Retina display is sooo much better for the vast majority of things that most Linux users do with computers. Text-mode consoles and development are infinitely easier with high-dpi text; I've literally more than doubled the amount of time I can use a computer in a day without developing a headache by using higher-quality displays, and Linux support for these is a crapshoot at best. They aren't even available from system76, and if you find a vendor that does have them on Linux-compatible hardware, you're setting yourself up for dealing with difficult refresh rates, visual glitches, and apps that don't scale accurately.

I agree that these new Macs are overpriced for what you get, but to compare with anything that doesn't have a 200+ dpi display is _not_ a fair comparison.

Comment iPhone Users are Heavy Data Users (Score 3, Insightful) 353

I have wondered if ATT is a victim of their own success with 3G congestion. They largely sold the iPhone on the merits of all the cool data features and these users consume a lot of wireless data. 3G networks aren't designed to handle many concurrent heavy users. So I wonder, if Verizon gets the iPhone and folks make the switch, will the situation just naturally improve for ATT? Will Verizon suddenly feel the pain of all those heavy users?

Windows

Submission + - 'Craplets' Could Hurt Vista Launch

chromacat writes: Uncertified OEM installed applications could cause compatibility problems for Vista users — at least one senior Micrsoft official thinks so.

From the CBC article: "We call them craplets," the official said. The term is a contraction of the words "crap" and "applet."
Emulation (Games)

Submission + - Play GBA Games on Your Nintendo Wii

An anonymous reader writes: DCEmu have posted a tutorial that explains how to get Game Boy Advance games on your Nintendo Wii using an Action Replay disc with builtin Freeloader and also Datels Advance Game Port which plugs into a Gamecube Memory Card slot on the Nintendo Wii, using this tutorial will allow you to play all your GBA games and even homebrew if you have the hardware needed.
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Microsoft publishes free XBox development tools

prostoalex writes: "Microsoft announced the release of free XNA Game Studio Express tool for developing C# games that run on both Windows and XBox. They're also selling XNA Creators Club subscriptions, which, similar to MSDN subscriptions, offer access to sample code and additional documentation. Also, Microsoft is explicitly aiming towards uniting the Windows and XBox development platforms: "You will have to compile the game once for each platform. In this release simply create a separate project for each platform and then compile them both. Our goal is to allow as much code as possible to be shared between those two projects, allowing you to use the same source files in both projects, but platform-specific code will need to be conditionally-compiled.""
Software

BitTorrent, Inc. Acquires uTorrent 189

ColinPL writes "BitTorrent, Inc. has taken the next step — the acquisition of uTorrent. In a joint announcement made today, the two firms have publicly solidified the merger. 'Together, we are pleased to announce that BitTorrent, Inc. and uTorrent AB have decided to join forces ... BitTorrent has acquired uTorrent as it recognized the merits of uTorrent's exceptionally well-written codebase and robust user community. Bringing together uTorrent's efficient implementation and compelling UI with BitTorrent's expertise in networking protocols will significantly benefit the community with what we envision will be the best BitTorrent client.'"
Math

Professor Comes Up With a Way to Divide by Zero 1090

54mc writes "The BBC reports that Dr. James Anderson, of the University of Reading, has finally conquered the problem of dividing by zero. His new number, which he calls "nullity" solves the 1200 year old problem that niether Newton nor Pythagoras could solve, the problem of zero to the zero power. Story features video (Real Player only) of Dr. Anderson explaining the "simple" concept."

Comment AT&T Wireless and the rest of AT&T... (Score 2, Informative) 204

Cingular already bought AT&T Wireless. For SBC (40% owner of Cingular) to buy the remainder of AT&T would be a smart move on their part. It's my impression they're doing it for access to the marketshare rather than any infrastructure or technology they have. What SBC wants is more customers, this is a very direct way to do it.

I do wonder if this will mean SBC can sell local service beyond the 13 state region they are currently in?

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