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Comment Fragmentation (Score 2) 193

So on a platform that (supposedly) is already rife with fragmentation they are going to have completely different versions just for tablets? How does this make any sense? I understand that tablets and smartphones have different uses and thus different needs, but really a completely separate version?

As an aside... What does this mean for smartphone android version numbers? Will it never get to 3.0? Or will it have a different 3.0?


Submission + - Are the Tea Party backed representatives....

paparapa writes: ...already gone Washington? The clock begins ticking and it's time to show how big is a gap within the GOP. Guess why? No, oh course because it is so obvious that fiscal conservatives and those that are not quite so are maybe members of one party but not of the same philosophy, at least when it comes to the essential question: how deep can we go? Starting the 112th Congress on Wednesday with a vote that directly contradicted a group of freshmen Tea Party members who campaigned on the promise to reduce the deficit and reign in spending would have led to a January insurrection. Such an early fight would have emboldened the new, as yet unpredictable freshmen, giving them significant momentum leading up to the fights that will now take place in March when the existing continuing resolution on the budget expires on March 4th, and a decision on whether or not to raise the debt limit comes to a vote. Dissention within the GOP is already brewing as many freshman members expressed their anger at what they see as Republican leadership's failure to stop much of the legislation passed in the lame duck, specifically the vote on the tax package. Recognizing the potential for dissension, John Boehner has used the time leading up to the start of the new Congress wisely by handing out a few goodies as only an incoming Speaker can: a full reading of the Constitution on Wednesday and the requirement (per the Tea Party doctrine) that any new legislation introduced must cite the authorizing Constitutional power; along with a couple of seats at the leadership table, though not the posts Tea Party backed candidates were hoping for as March approaches, the question is, how long will this somewhat fragile coalition last? As many conservatives have already pointed out, Republican members of Congress were quick to abandon their campaign rhetoric and dig their heels in to protect the wealth of a handful of individuals at the expense of 98 percent of the rest of the country and add to the debt. A party that votes for and fights to protect the wealth of a few, over fiscal sanity and job creation, is not serious about deficit reduction. And Tea Party backed members start their tenure under increasing pressure to demonstrate from the begining that they have not forget what did they promise and who did vote for them or simply that they did not yet "gone Washington".

Submission + - IBM's Jeopardy strategy: Divide and conquer (

alphadogg writes: When it comes tackling a challenge as tough as answering a human question, the best computational approach may be to break the job down into multiple parts and run them all in parallel, IBM is betting.

IBM will be taking this strategy next month when its custom-built computer, nicknamed Watson, will compete in an episode of the Jeopardy game show against two previous champions. While IBM has been thus far been silent about Watson's exact configuration, Watson lead manager David Ferrucci recently shared a few insights with the IDG News Service about how the system was built to take on this formidable task. "In chess, there is nothing tacit, nothing contextual," Ferrucci said, referring to IBM's past Deep Blue computer victory over chess champ Garry Kasparov. In contrast, the questions in a Jeopardy match assume an understanding of how people communicate, including the many references and allusions they use. "It's a huge challenge," he said.

Watson's approach is to divide and conquer. "You have to look at the data from so many different perspectives and combine the [results], because you can never rely on there being only one way to express that content."


Submission + - Microsoft Unveils 'Tractor Shed' Data Center (

1sockchuck writes: First came the server farm. Then the chicken coop. Now Microsoft has unveiled a data center it compares to a tractor shed. The new facility uses a lightweight exterior structure, similar to Yahoo's computing coop design, with the interior filled with containers pre-populated with 2,000 servers. Additional modules provide cooling and power (see photos and video). Side note: Microsoft built the new facility in Washington state after a new tax break convinced it to reverse course on its decision to migrate its Windows Azure cloud platform elsewhere.

Submission + - Patent Management Company Joins Linux Foundation

mvar writes: SAN FRANCISCO, January 5, 2011 – The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, today announced that Protecode is its newest member. Protecode is a provider of products and services for open source software licensing and copyright management, software Intellectual Property (IP) management, code portfolio mapping, and for carrying out IP due diligence of software companies. The company is joining The Linux Foundation to participate in the pan-industry initiative, the Open Compliance Program.

Submission + - 2011-the year when Google will turn into an enemy ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: An article about the recent issues with Google and why 2011 will be the year when we will witness something that a few years ago we couldn’t believe. We will witness Google turning from friend to foe.

Comment Re:Virtually unchallenged? (Score 3, Interesting) 221

The Archos devices have several limitations that put them at a clear disadvantage compared to the iPod Touch. First of all, they do not have access to the Android Market. Sure there are other, smaller, markets and I'm sure those are great, but most people are going to want to run the same Android "Apps" on a PMP and a Phone. Much like the iOS devices. Archos also chose to go with a resistive screen instead of capacitive screen that makes a fairly big difference in usage. Go to a BestBuy and play with the an Archos, if they have one set up near you, and then an iPod Touch and you should see the difference.

So yes the moniker is warranted because there hasn't been something that can stand up to the iPod Touch and seem even somewhat impressive. Hopefully this will bring some competition to the market.

Comment Already out of the 1990s (Score 1) 1213

If you're company was still in the 1990s you'd be using NT 4 or Windows 98... So They are already out of the 90s?

In all seriousness though my university is still exclusively using XP when running Windows (There are some machines with Fedora on them and a few places use iMacs). So obviously you are not alone.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 207

The only problem with that is the AMD motherboards (especially in the price range they chose) come with USB 3 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s now. Want that on the Intel machine? Extra money... That tends to get rid of the whole Intel value thing since most of the time you're not going to be bottlenecked by the CPU and you get more for your money going with the AMD combination.

Comment Re:Isn't this what the term "prior art" is for? (Score 1) 264

An interesting thing to note is that this was filed for all the way back in 2008. I'm not too sure of the Open Pandora's history, but if their design that would be prior art was not publicly available when the patent was filed would it still be prior art? Apple sure does some evil things, but I almost wonder if they would have even known of the Open Pandora in 2008 (not that it makes this any more right).

Also, not being an expert either maybe someone here can explain, does the product have to actually be shipping for it to be prior art? If not, then wouldn't all basic mp3 player patents be void since the idea itself has been around for decades?

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