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Comment wow (Score 1) 95

What hubris Dell has to think it can turn around a relic like Wyse. This will magically put them at the forefront of cloud computing, the next iCloud!

This will be fun to watch. Any wagers on how long before they sell this off on their way down the death spiral?

Comment Re:Boom & Bust (Score 1) 113

I certainly agree that their growth will first fall off and be flatter. And yes, predicting the bust isn't easy (or more of us would be rich). Generally from what I've observed, the faster a business grows, the faster it can fall if things don't go as planned. Netflix is a recent poster child. Apple's a different company of course, but their insane market share can only go down from here due to competition making inroads. Android is no small potatoes in this game.

The most telling thing in the near term is what their next break-through product will be (what Jobs would deem "magical"). I don't see anything very promising. AppleTV or siblings? Watch out if they pour their resources into that as all I see is a big money pit. They've proved me wrong before so we'll just have to see. I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see their stock plummet into the 200's or less in the not-too-distant future.

Comment great use of our tax money (Score 5, Insightful) 198

I mean, because counterfeit NFL gear is incredibly detrimental to society. Unlike drugs, murder, and other violence. And why spend money on education when money can be thrown towards law enforcement to satisfy the corporate overlords. Another way of looking at it... thousands of jobs have been destroyed so that the uber-rich NFL owners can snatch even more money from the commoners.
United States

Submission + - The Geopolitics of the United States: The Inevitab (

peas_n_carrots writes: Following Statfor's security breach, they are offering most of their articles gratis (for now). This is an interesting analysis of the US's position of power due to its geographical location and makeup.

FTA- "The American geography is an impressive one. The Greater Mississippi Basin together with the Intracoastal Waterway has more kilometers of navigable internal waterways than the rest of the world combined. The American Midwest is both overlaid by this waterway and is the world's largest contiguous piece of farmland. The U.S. Atlantic Coast possesses more major ports than the rest of the Western Hemisphere combined. Two vast oceans insulated the United States from Asian and European powers, deserts separate the United States from Mexico to the south, while lakes and forests separate the population centers in Canada from those in the United States. The United States has capital, food surpluses and physical insulation in excess of every other country in the world by an exceedingly large margin. So like the Turks, the Americans are not important because of who they are, but because of where they live."

Comment Re:retire it (Score 1) 417

Might want to check your math. Of course any calculation will have to make certain assumptions so results will vary.

The OP said one of his uses could be as a file server. 24/7 = 8760 hrs/yr. Assuming the G5 sucks down 200W vs a power-efficient 60W file server PC which is reasonable by today's standards, that's a 140W difference. That's 1226.4 kWh of wasted electricity. At 10c/W, just to keep the math simple, he's paying an extra $122.64 in utility bills per yr. If he were very savvy & frugal, he might be able to put together a system for that much. Definitely $245 over 2 yrs would easily pay for such a system.

Comment Re:Of course it's hype, just SHARPer :-) (Score 1) 511

You don't understand LCD technology since you seem obsessed with flicker. LCDs are not like CRTs. CRT phosphors fade and have to be refreshed in time or they disappear to nothing. That causes the refresh-dependent flickering. LCD pixels do not fade. The controller tells a pixel to turn on, it stays on until the controller tells it to turn off. The only refresh-related metric to be concerned with LCDs is how fast the pixel can turn on & off.

Comment Re:Don't worry BP ... (Score 1) 913

Gas prices will rise for a number of reasons. 1) Emotional reaction and perceived scarcity, 2) The oil industry behaves more as a cartel, 3) Shipping lanes may be blocked due to the spill, preventing refineries in Louisiana from getting enough crude.

Even before this terrible tragedy, gas price was projected to rise this summer due to increased demand.

And BP will basically get off free. They'll follow Exxon's lead with endless appeals that whittle away the settlement amount and delay vital cleanup funds and aid to the people who need it most. Read up on what happened in Alaska.

Comment Re:Perhaps nobody else cares? (Score 1) 952

Heheh you're kinda funny in a sad Andrew-Dice-Clay-wannabe way. You should keep your day job, though it doesn't sound like you'll be able to for much longer given your self-induced stress. How much time did you spend on that expletive-laden rant when you could've been solving the problem in question?

BTW your analogies are so ridiculous that you undermine your own arguments.

Glad that you're sharing your thoughts for future generations to refer to. They might get even more of a chuckle out of it in the future.

Comment Re:Perhaps nobody else cares? (Score 1) 952

"You wouldn't understand that though, being an ignorant opinionated fuckface asshole dipshit though would you?"

I think you summed up your entire life in one sentence LOL.

Seriously chill out and learn to understand that there's more than one way to see things and that maybe, just maybe, you're not always right.

Comment Re:Perhaps nobody else cares? (Score 1) 952

A little emotional are we?

If you actually read and digest my comment, you might see that I never said it was easy or trivial. There is a solution regardless of the simplicity or the complexity.

If you despise IE that much (and no here one would fault you for that), don't code for it. Or disable the eye candy for IE users and recommend that they use a standards compliant browser. This isn't 2000, there's more than one viable alternative to IE. "Oh but we'll lose sooo much business without IE." Put your money where your mouth is. You sound like a man/woman of conviction. Use those convictions.

Oh and BTW: Grow Up.

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