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Comment a bit of old tech, a bit of new (Score 1) 316

I still buy CDs of music/bands I really like and want to support, I also still buy DVDs/BluRays for movies or shows under similar circumstances.

Occasionally I will also buy vinyl, but mostly used, as I do have a decent turntable.

All that being said, I use my Google Music/YouTube Red subscription to listen to certain things I don't care enough to own, or if I want to discover new music or have some background sound. Otherwise, I do listen to a fair bit of terrestrial radio and some internet radio stations (like WFMU or Radio Paradise usually).

Comment Re:And (Score 4, Informative) 276

The situation TheTurtleMoves described is one of the biggest issues with PayPal I hear about fairly regularly. They don't like something, they get a complaint, they'll yank money out of a linked account without even a pause to investigate, question it, contact you, etc. Everyone I've talked to in that situation then faces an uphill battle in which they try to convince PayPal to look again and handle the situation responsibly and fairly. Apparently contacting Paypal and getting a useful response is a miracle in and of itself.

Comment Re:Post-PC nonsense (Score 1) 559

There are plenty of people who will definitely be glad to move on from PCs but I honestly don't know any who are willing to make that jump currently. Whether the technology isn't there or the form factor is the cause of them sticking to PC habits, I know many technophobic/casual technology users who do not see their phone or their tablets as a replacement for their computer. Based on everything I've seen so far, those who do really replace a real desktop or laptop with one of these newer devices are in the minority.

It's hard to fully say where things will lead. Smartphones and tablets will advance and only increase in popularity and people won't be as driven to upgrade their laptops or desktops as often either, most likely. Is the number of PC users really shrinking significantly or are people migrating to a much slower upgrade path? Most of the reports on statistics making an argument one way or another that I've seen leave out too many important details that result in unanswered questions.

Comment Post-PC nonsense (Score 2) 559

As best as I can tell, this whole post-PC era we're supposedly in is nonsense. Tablets, phones and other cute consumption devices are neat, and I wouldn't mind a tablet myself when they eventually mature, but there's no replacement for my home workstation. I've built my last few desktops myself and my current desktop is hitting around the 3 year mark and I'm starting to look at my upgrade path. I just got a new GPU, the CPU, RAM, mobo and PSU are my next upgrades and will likely occur as one single big hardware swap. An SSD would be nice too!

Back to the topic at hand: I don't see many people I know using their tablets to completely replace their 'real' computers. For some people laptops have started to replace desktops because they have lower demands and realistically laptop hardware seems to be much more on par than it was five years ago. As that continues to improve more people will probably ditch the desktop for a laptop, but that's still a 'PC' and there are still upgrade options like RAM and drives. I still wouldn't ditch a desktop for a laptop but in either scenario Newegg can continue to be successful. They sell laptops, they sell replacement parts.

Even if the Post-PC era weren't just marketing hype and news headline making nonsense, they still have plenty they can offer. NewEgg sells tablets too, they also sell software, home entertainment gear (I just got a new receiver from them) and all sorts of other things. I believe they have the ability to adjust themselves to changes in demand as needed, but I don't really think the PC business is in any danger of crumbling beneath them any time soon. New uses will emerge for computers, new games will come out demanding the latest technology and the best price/performance and the best choice for expansion continues to be the "desktop."

Feed RFID Chips Shrink to Powder Size (wired.com)

Hitachi's new tags measure 0.002 inches square, but store as much information as their much-larger predecessors. The company's still investigating possible uses. By the Associated Press.


Submission + - super cheap solar power within a few years?

tora201 writes: The Daily Telegraph has an article explaining that we should be able to expect super cheap solar power within a decade, as a new super thin polymer foil 200 times lighter than normal glass-based solar material comes on line. From the article: Within five years, solar power will be cheap enough to compete with carbon-generated electricity, even in Britain, Scandinavia or upper Siberia. In a decade, the cost may have fallen so dramatically that solar cells could undercut oil, gas, coal and nuclear power by up to half. Technology is leaping ahead of a stale political debate about fossil fuels. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/ money/2007/02/19/ccview19.xml)
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Golfer Sues Over Vandalized Wikipedia Entry 267

coondoggie writes "Pro golfer Fuzzy Zoeller is suing to track down the author of what Zoeller says is a defamatory paragraph about him on the Wikipedia site. In an Associated Press story Zoeller's attorney, Scott Sheftall, said he filed a lawsuit against a Miami firm last week because the law won't allow him to sue Wikipedia."

New Details on Xerox Inkless Printer 198

Iddo Genuth writes "Xerox is developing a new printing technology which does not require ink of any kind. The new technology includes reusable paper which can be printed and erased dozens of times and has the potential to revolutionize printing. New details on this upcoming technology, which was first reported in September 2006, are now revealed."

Submission + - Superconducting heat spreader to obsolete CPU fans

vinsci writes: R&D company Novel Concepts, Inc. has announced its new IsoSkin heat spreader material that dissipates heat 20 times more effectively than copper, according to the company. The thin (down to 500 microns) IsoSkin spreaders could eventually be used to replace the outer "skin" of portable electronics, thereby eliminating the need for heat sinks and fans that cool notebooks and PCs, ExtremeTech reports.

Comment Re:Missed the Memo (Score 1) 661

While the MacPro may currently be cheaper (I wonder if that will last) it really isn't relevant in a sense. Sure apple fans will throw their money at it, but it's vastly more computer than 99% of the people buying need. Most people don't need to spend more than $1000 on their computer, nevermind $2300+ for the Mac Pro. This is the same reason most people aren't buying Precision workstations, if they want a dell desktop they get the Dimension.

I don't really see this having a big impact on most people. Do they want to spend $2300 on a Mac Pro which is currently a better deal than a comparable Precision, or $1300 on a Dimension which is plenty of machine for their needs?

Apple is giving a good deal on those, there's no doubt. The only way I could come close in cost/performance building it myself appears to be if I went with the slowest chip Apple offers since they aren't too astronomical online. However Apple is buying in "bulk" and prices will gradually drop (new chips are always inflated) and Dell is likely to fight back.

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