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Comment Waste of time (Score 2) 195

Alternately, Falcone is considering ways to appeal the FCC's decision or even swap spectrum with the Department of Defense.

Seriously? I know they're understandably upset that the satellite bands they purchased can't be used for terrestrial, but come on guys, this is just a waste of time.

You know what wouldn't be a waste of time? Creating the satellite based network their original proposal had.

Comment Microsoft & Apple (Score 1) 463

If this is anything like their previous relationships, it won't end well.

Remember those early versions of OS X? The ones that shipped with IE 5 as the default (and only) web browser. Any self respecting person would immediately uninstall IE after downloading Mozilla/Opera/Netscape because IE 5 was horrible.

I think we should give Microsoft a chance to show that they've changed, but if history is any indication, this agreement will likely end up causing user frustration and resentment.

Comment Re:Ok ? (Score 2, Funny) 253

The other problem is, does this truly cushion the blow, taking the energy into the crashbag and causing the pedestrian to be more likely to remain on the stopped vehicle, or is it more elastic, imparting acceleration back into the poor pedestrian in time for them to slide off the car

I'd be interested in hearing what the force threshold for such a device is. Right now I see this as yet another expensive thing to replace when you accidentally bump the front of your car while moving your trash can, a football hitting the front of your car, etc.

Realistically, I think that if they set it high enough so that an unintentional bump won't set it off, if you, as a pedestrian, get hit by said car, you're pretty much done for anyway.

Comment Re:wait a minute here... (Score 1) 346

Wait a minute here.... I read this story and I thought, well hey, a company tried to force on everyone a product that wasn't desirable for the consumer, waited a long time to deliver that product, and has a history of making some products that don't do so well, so is in deep trouble financially and might go under. Seemed pretty reasonable to me, isn't that how capitalism is supposed to work? If you don't make products that people want to buy, aren't you supposed to do poorly?

Gee, I was just thinking the same thing about GM and Chrysler, but of course they're a different story... somehow they're still in business. Capitalism at work, I suppose...

But then I remembered this is an April Fools joke.

Continually throwing money at companies that don't make products that consumers want or have the funds to purchase right now is no joke in my opinion. My children are going to be paying for our choices for many years to come, and they may not even have General Motors around to show for it.

Hypothetically, if we used Microsoft and Apple as an example for the car industry. What if Apple had a sudden upsurge in market share? Is that because they make a product that consumers want? Just because Apple's market share is increasing doesn't mean that they have a better product, it just means that consumers are choosing them more over the competition. Even though the Mac generally cost more than the average PC does, Apple still manages to make inroads in their market share.

Consider the automotive world. GM and Toyota, while the market shares are vastly more proportional, the same sort of logic applies. Why is GM doing so badly compared to other car manufacturers? I'd have to say that the reasons for Apple and Toyota's increased market share are the same, despite their completely different industries, and that reason is innovation. GM has this marvelous idea for a hybrid, the Volt. Oh, did I say marvelous? I meant horrible. The Volt will go a stunning 60 miles before the gas motor kicks in, and when it does, kiss your good gas mileage goodbye. Compare that to the Toyota Prius, already on the market, affordable, and it gets over 45MPG on average. Doesn't even seem like a comparison to me.

Comment Re:THE FACTS (Score 1) 559

maxtorman: Thank you for your insightful explanations into this matter. You've helped restore my faith in Seagate from a PR perspective and I'm still open to buying Seagate hard drives in the future.

Now, in saying that, I'd like to know something about a certain SMART reading I'm getting off my 7200.11 500GB drive.
Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000f 118 099 006 Pre-fail Always - 169917319

Now this drive has 6295 Power On Hours, and has been in my PC for 9 months now, no problems so far. It actually outperforms all my other drives, including a Western Digital Caviar 500GB drive by a wide margin, so kudos on that.

However, I am slightly worried by this value that smartctl is reporting, as NONE of my other drives have a Raw Read Error Rate higher than 0. Nine months in, nothings wrong, still I can't help but feel that this number is going to come back and haunt me. Luckily I have a 7200.10 that's free that I am now backing up my data to. Despite this value, the drive still passes SMART testing, so it obviously hasn't passed the threshold yet.

So, my question is this, is my drive on a road to premature failure? Should I contact Seagate support over this issue, or wait until the drive becomes unusable? Does this number have any significance, or is it a known issue that I can ignore?

Comment Re:Its VIA! (Score 1) 259

If you absolutely must have a Linux tablet PC get a Nokia N800. Fits in your pocket, runs Maemo, lots of online community support and they can be had for under $200.

As a Nokia N800 owner, I can tell you that it is without a doubt one of the worst mobile devices you can own. Having owned one since mid-2007, I can tell you that I would *not* have bought it had I known it was so bad.

It has MANY faults that place it well below the competition in terms of usefulness:

- The integrated media player is so bad it's astounding that Nokia doesn't feel bad for just including it. It doesn't support many formats, and it's horrid at playing any file with a decent bit-rate.

- Diablo, which is the update to OS2008 and was supposed to solve all problems is even more of a pain than 2008 and 2007 were. The horrible mozilla based browser on my N800 won't even START anymore, let alone go anywhere. WHAT was wrong with the Opera based browser that was available in 2007?! Nothing, that's what. Worst of all is that I can't even install it anymore!

- The only good media application for the N800 is Canola, and it's still in beta (and likes to corrupt it's database on a regular bases too)

- Nokia has licensed the PowerVR 3D technology that's in the N800, however they have not, and have made it clear that they will not release a driver to use this piece of silicon which is wasting away otherwise. Instead, the N800 uses frame-buffer graphics, which are not only hard on the ARM CPU, but brutal when it comes to watching video. The iPod Touch/iPhone use the EXACT SAME PowerVR chip, and guess what, I'd rather have an iPod right now because at least watching videos on it doesn't suck, that and I can play decent games!

- If you do find a bug in the OS, Nokia will deny it's existence until some kind member of the community fixes it or someone within the company finally realizes after weeks of inquiries and bug reports that the bug is actually their fault. IF you're lucky enough for them to even take a look at it, you'll have an even harder time getting them to care about you more than you care about Charon orbiting Pluto. That's not how a company should treat their customers.

- The N800 has many emulators for it, however only a select few of them work well (Garnet is one that is actually worth the disk space it consumes) and most of them aren't any good.

- If you happen to own a blue-tooth GPS and would like to use it with the N800, you're incredibly limited in the software you can choose (Maemo mapper or Nokia's WayFinder software) both having their downsides (Maemo mapper needs an Internet connection to download directions and Nokia's WayFinder app is heavy on the battery and costs way too much)

- The battery life sucks on the N800. I got, at most, 2 hours out of it a year after I bought it. A new battery for the N800 is prohibitively expensive, with Nokia asking $50 for a replacement. I don't know about others, but I'm not inclined to spend 1/3 of the cost of a full laptop battery on a replacement for the N800 that will be all but useless in a year anyway.


Perhaps the only good thing I can say about the N800 is that it makes a nice torrenting machine with two SDHC slots, but only if you're near a power outlet, otherwise, forget it.


Submission + - Why Apple Should Acquire AMD

Ice Wewe writes: This CoolTech article explains why Apple may be looking at AMD as a possible acquisition in the future. From the article:

"...Apple could drop Intel altogether and adopt AMD for its Macintosh PCs. Sure, the transition is going to take sometime, and it would probably make Apple announce a brand new line of PCs. However, it will be well worth it. We know Steve Jobs is ruthless when it comes to making interesting deals with powerful companies. This makes AMD a perfect match."

"...Another benefit that Apple will reap out of this (other than adding another revenue stream) is to have complete control over its hardware from a cost standpoint. If it can convert Macs to AMD and ATI chips, all the key components are being developed in-house."

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