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Comment Re:Simple Solution (Score 1) 500

What makes you think they don't already have that problem? Last time I was in Panera I saw someone sitting there typing on an external keyboard with his laptop hooked up to a 15" monitor!

He was there when we got there, and was still typing away when we left, half an hour later. He didn't have any food near him; he couldn't because his setup took up too much space.

I can't believe how shameless people can be in abusing a system other people put up in good faith.

Comment Re:Mobile Browsers (Score 1) 363

Here is a decent comparison of mobile phone broswers. But the conclusion they reach is basically that everything out there has some critical issues. It's understandable considering the problems: constrained inputs (and different means of input depending on the device), trying to render pages designed for 19" monitors at 800x600 resolution on 4" screens at 320x320 resolution on hardware and operating systems that are primitive by modern standards.

Things will get better of course (anything is better than Mobile IE), but in the meantime, it means the Web in your pocket isn't quite the same as it is at your desk.

Comment Re:KotOR sequal?? (Score 2, Interesting) 346

(KOTOR 2 Spoilers)

The big unresolved plot point in KOTOR 2 was the looming menace of a Sith army outside of known space that the main character of the first KOTOR game went out to stop. It could be that this is the Sith Empire in the new MMO. (End spoilers)

It probably is intentional to set this after the main characters of the previous games are dead, if only to make it feel like the players, and not the characters from previous games, are the heroes, and to stay away from the bits in Galaxies where you just felt like a tourist.

Submission + - More HD DVD Titles Released in Q2 Than Blu-ray

An anonymous reader writes: Following a dryspell in the first quarter of this year, the HD DVD camp rebounded in Q2 to release more high-def titles than its next-gen rival. According to High-Def Digest, 70 HD DVD titles hit store shelves during the period from April 1 through June 30, compared to 63 Blu-ray titles in the same timeframe. That's quite a jump for HD DVD, which got trounced in the same metric by Blu-ray over the first three months of the year, releasing only 29 titles (compared to Blu-ray's 69). HD DVD backers have pointed to the format's dearth of new releases in the early part of the year as a primary reason for what quickly became a widening sales lead for Blu-ray.
Linux Business

Submission + - Linux Gains Windows Muscle (redmondmag.com)

AlexGr writes: "By Glyn Moody (RedmondMag.com): one of the most important recent developments in the open source world is the rise of integrated open source enterprise stacks. Many run on Windows, too, so they offer the Microsoft IT community a range of interesting — and free — alternatives to traditional solutions. http://redmondmag.com/features/article.asp?Editori alsID=742"

Submission + - Edge Magazine Compiles List of Top 100 Video Games

Mordok-DestroyerOfWo writes: According to the BBC, Edge Magazine has compiled a list of the top 100 video games of all time. The top 10 are rather surprising in that most of the games were released a decade or more ago. Is it possible that with all of the focus on life-like graphics and animation so pervasive on the next-gen consoles, developers have forgotten what it takes to make a game enjoyable to play? Cue the Duke Nuke'em Forever jokes in 5...4...3...2...
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - It Costs $220 to Make an iPhone (businessweek.com)

Bomarc writes: " BuinessWeek says that "An analysis from teardown firm Portelligent estimates that the new smartphone costs Apple a mere $220 to make" and "Portelligent estimates that the cost of the materials used in the iPhone add up to about $200 for the 4-gigabyte version, which sells for $499 and about $220 for the 8-gigabyte version, which sells for $599""

Submission + - Why Apple doesn't need Universal Music (last100.com)

mrspin writes: The New York Times is reporting that Vivendi-owned Universal Music Group has decided against renewing its licensing deal with Apple's iTunes. Instead, Universal will license its music to Apple "at will", meaning that the company can remove its songs from the iTunes store at short notice, which it hopes will put the company in a stronger position when negotiating pricing and other terms in the future. However, will such strong-arm tactics help Universal? Or could it be that Apple doesn't needs Universal nearly as much as Universal needs Apple? From last100: if users can't buy Universal music for their iPods from iTunes, then they'll either purchase on CD and rip it, or more likely, download it illegally elsewhere. Remember, on average, music bought from iTunes only accounts for 3% of songs on every user's iPod. Either way, it won't impact on iPod sales, which is where Apple makes most of its music-driven revenue, anyway. Instead, Universal should embrace DRM-music, if it really wants to create a level playing field.
Portables (Games)

Submission + - DS 'Brain Game' Banned in UK (bbc.co.uk)

janitorj writes: "According to this BBC article, the Nintendo DS puzzler 'MindQuiz' was banned from UK shelves. The woman in the story, whose father and son both had Cerebral Palsy, contacted a BBC radio program to report that she "was shocked when she had performed poorly at one part of the game and it rated her efforts in a manner derogatory to the disabled.""
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Technology causes rifts in family-owned businesses (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "Products such as the iPhone likely will only make this trend worse: in a recent study, six in 10 family-run businesses reported there have been disagreements between older and younger generations about how to invest in technology. Microsoft conducted the study of more than 250 small businesses and found that older generations are less likely to spend on technology unless it directly impacts the bottom line, while younger generations see technology investments as a way to keep up or stay ahead of the competition. Younger respondents also were more likely to spend on mobile technology. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1706 8"

Submission + - Google Takes Maps in a Whole New Direction (abarbaccia.com)

abarbaccia writes: "Google today improved how you get directions online.

Their new features include:
  • Drag 'n Drop points — leting you click and drag a route on the map and having the system recalculate the directions to add your new stop. (very useful when you know a better route than the system).
  • Traffic Information — In select cities you can get up to the minute traffic information displayed on top of the map.

These two pieces together makes their mapping application superb and very usable."

The Internet

Submission + - Are web-developer certifications worth it?

riyley writes: "I'm a fairly advanced web developer with some hard experience in HTML, CSS, Javascript, Coldfusion and PHP. Now the HR at my company wants me to prove it in a way they understand, certificate. My boss has asked me to select some solid certifications and i've come up with three providers: W3Schools, BrainBench and ExpertRating.

I would like to know if these companies hold any more weight than the frame around the cert, or if it's a waste of my departments money and time? Is there another company I should look at? I'd prefer that in 3-5 years when i'm ready to move on to another job, that these would still be worth padding my resume with. Is that a pipedream?"
The Internet

Submission + - Answer People in Online Discussions Visualized (cmu.edu)

Marc Smith writes: ""Answer people", the folks who contribute most of the value in the Internet, are a small minority of all online users. Less than 2% of authors in Usenet newsgroups, a recent paper my co-authors and I (Howard T. Welser, Eric Gleave, Danyel Fisher and Marc Smith) have published in the Journal of Social Structure reports, are likely to be the helpful "answer person" type — authors who reply to many other people with brief replies. The paper Visualizing the Signatures of Social Roles in Online Discussion Groups contains social network visualizations of the ties created when authors reply to one another. These images highlight the difference between these helpful folks and other types of contributors. The findings may apply to other threaded discussions (maybe even Slashdot discussions!)."

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