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Comment Unfortunate Comment (Score 1) 1343

"The unfortunate thing is that this Nintendo game called Wii had what looks like a solid black, basically automatic-looking type mechanism that operates the game," [the Sheriff] said. (from the article)

What? That's the unfortunate thing? What about the stupidity of leaving a gun out? Or having a gun in the same house as a toddler? Am I the only one who thinks that once again someone tries to pin a death to a game rather than than weapons or people?

Comment Android without Google (Score 4, Interesting) 42

Does this mean, we might possibly see a version of Android that does not build on Google services? I was wondering for quite a time now, why handset-makers do not partner up with competitors of Google and make their own version of Android; or even better: let the consumer choose the services they activate for apps like maps, calendar, or e-mail. Or is there a technical obstacle I do not see here?

Comment Re:And we should attack the FSF... (Score 5, Insightful) 926

At the risk of being yelled at for a Godwin, remember that Hitler was bought to power in an election as legitimate as some recent US ones.

Without yelling "Godwin": Yeah? So, American presidents need armed forces standing at parliament doors to intimidate MIPs to get to power, too? If you do historical comparisons, do them right. In the election only Hitler's party was elected, not himself; and they did not even get more than 50 per cent of the vote. Only later were MIPs intimidated by SA soldiers in front of the parliament to vote for (or rather not vote against) laws that made Hitler a de facto dictator (though he was chancellor before, however, checked by democratic institutions).

As a German I am appalled by how often you people get these things wrong. Didn't you have history lessons? Or don't you at least have the ability to google or the decency to shut up when you don't know better?


Submission + - Google OS Announced 12

shystershep writes: "Rumors have been floating around for years that Google was planning an OS to compete with Window. As of Tuesday night, it is official: "So today, we're announcing a new project that's a natural extension of Google Chrome — the Google Chrome Operating System. It's our attempt to re-think what operating systems should be. Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010." It is separate from the Android mobile OS, will run on both x86 and ARM processors, and is aimed primarily at web use. Other than that, details are scarce."

Comment Re:Ugh no more iPhone! (Score 1) 124

Well, I guess the discussion also applies to all other mobiles with similar capabilites, e.g. the G1, most new blackberries, etc.
Howver, the iPhone was made a proxy for a new kind of mobile because it was one of the first and certainly the most popular of them. Unless we come up with a snazzy term for these kinds of mobiles, I guess we have to live with that...

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