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Comment Re:b/c of the processor.. (Score 1) 348

1. Core 2 Duo > Atom. For reference see: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/dual-core-atom-330,2141.html
That review only covers the 1.6GHz version, but without architecture changes a 1.8GHz atom processor won't be making up much ground. So the Macbook Air offers a (substantially) faster processor with comparable battery life to many netbooks (though not a replaceable battery, I miss those).

2. This one has me stumped, you really think a plastic case beats a metal case in sturdiness? Have you ever seen an aluminum case Macbook Pro or Air from the past few years other than photos online? It's not thin like a beer can, it's more comparable to an aluminum desktop case (and thicker in some places). I have had no issues with mine, and I've not heard any complaints of the case falling apart under normal conditions.

3. http://www.apple.com/macbookair/specs.html, or, you know, google it or read any of the previews.

The price is what makes this not a netbook in my opinion. Whenever anyone has asked me in the past what a netbook was (compared to any other laptop) I used the definition that seemed to be the industry standard: small, cheap.

This one isn't quite small enough to compare to netbooks (with screen sizes between 7-10"), and it certainly isn't cheap enough.

Comment Re:Solution (Score 2, Informative) 1140

BTW one of my chief annoyances with the Mac OS is the inability to quickly and easily switch between windows. You have to juggle windows around on the screen.

What do you mean by this? Command-Tab lets you switch between applications and Command-` lets you switch between windows within an application. Personally, since switching to Macs a few years ago I've found this to be a much nicer way of managing windows and applications than the every-window-for-itself approach of Windows.

Comment Re:Wasn't Windows 95 and 98 built from the ground (Score 1) 106

Not to be an MS apologist, but IronScheme runs on the .NET (or more specifically CLR) platform. Also F#--which will be included in VS 2010-- supports continuations (found during a quick Google search of f# and continuations). Not that this effects me too much since I'm primarily using Linux/FreeBSD these days, but should I ever end up on an MS system based on these ideas there may still be hope.

Comment Re:Tied to a card (Score 4, Informative) 134

But OpenCL is a specification, not an implementation. The only 3 implementations I'm currently aware of is Apple's (with Snow Leopard), AMD demoed implementation back in March, and Nvidia's beta implementation. So far none of those are open source. If you're aware of an open source implementation, please let me know I'm actually very interested in it, but have yet to locate one.

Comment Re:Tied to a card (Score 1) 134

OpenCL is not open source, OpenCL is a specification for a CUDA-equivalent language and API. Drivers are still necessary, and will likely be produced by the makers of the graphics hardware (ATI, Nvidia, Intel). Open source drivers and compilers are certainly possible, but I wouldn't expect them to be equivalent to the closed source stuff for sometime yet.

Comment Re:I wanted Science Fiction, not Social Commentary (Score 1) 799

* In real life, to my knowledge, all US fighter pilots are required to have college degrees. Assuming this holds true for the Galactica world then it makes sense that, when faced with a lack of trained lawyers in a ~40,000 person population of mostly military personnel, he may be one of the most educated people available to fill the role. Also, most people couldn't have been trusted to give Baltar an honest defense or, more likely, would never have been willing to be his lawyer in the first place.

This and the episode with the fuel production crew going on strike pretty much killed any positive opinion I had of the show. Let's examine the situation: 40k people, mostly civilian. A handful of highly trained military including fighter pilots, a necessary component of warfare as conducted in the series. Training new pilots is an expensive and time consuming proposition, you have to spend a substantial amount of time at each location to train, I'm not saying days, but at least a day to plan and then execute training sorties. You have to have the resources to fuel them, which given how they spent a whole episode hunting down a source for fuel seems to make it rather rare. Now, take the second best pilot (as I recall he's the best technical pilot, and Starbuck is the best pilot) in the fleet, and tell him, "Yeah, it's ok to quit now, we don't really need you." Then you have to waste weeks to train someone else to fill his slot, of course they won't even be close to his skill level so it won't really be a replacement. The only thing keeping the remaining human population (at this time in the series) from extinction was the military and the fuel. Why would you throw it all away because you have daddy issues?


Submission + - Build your own quad-core PC for less than $1,500

PizzaJoe writes: Want to build a powerful quad-core system for less than $1,500? Want a system that scores 5.3 on the Windows Experience Index without tweaks (with scope for hitting much closer to the magic 5.9)? Hardware 2.0 shows you how:

Four cores, each running at 2.4GHz, 8MB of L2 cache, blistering speed ... what more is there to say?! Sure, I could have spent more money and got a faster processor, but it wouldn't have been all that cost effective.

At the heart of this project is a Q6600 processor and an ASUS Striker Extreme motherboard. Complete parts list available here.
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Submission + - linuX-gamers Live DVD 0.9

xer0c writes: As a special for the LinuxTag 2007 in Berlin, the linuX-gamers.net team developed a LiveDVD based on ArchLinux for instant gaming.

To their surprise, the DVD came as a bombshell. The visitors of the biggest european Open Source exhibition were amazed about what is possible with a LiveDVD, yet and took along almost 100 DVDs in exchange for a little donation to the linuX-gamers.org foundation.

This 2.4 GB bootable medium contains both the NVIDIA and ATI proprietary Linux drivers and includes the following 3D games: BzFLag, Enemy Territory, Glest, Nexuiz, Sauerbraten, Torcs, Tremulous, True Combat: Elite, Warsow and World of Padman.
This is a development build on the way to the 1.0 release, but users are encouraged to test the live DVD and provide suggestions for the upcoming stable release. For more information please read the release announcement and visit the project's web site.

Download the DVD image via BitTorrent or HTTP mirror: lg-live-0.9.iso (2,464MB).

Submission + - NFS vs. Samba for backing up a Mac to Linux?

An anonymous reader writes: I want to back up my MacBook Pro to a big hard drive on my Linux server. How should I mount the Linux filesystem on OSX for maximum throughput for the backup? I've been using Samba so far, but it is far slower than it should be on my Gigabit network, using Apples otherwise very nice Backup.app software. Any recommendations for the optimal setup? Are there other choices than NFS and Samba?

Submission + - Version Control on Personal Computers

Tokimasa writes: "In my CS and SE education, the use of version control has been stressed. However, I have yet to find anything suitable for a personal computer. What are the best alternatives to setting up a version control system on a personal computer, mounted locally?"

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