sg3000 writes: "Flamewar! Don your flame retardant pants because Farhad Manjoo of Salon.com has an interesting suggestion. Because Macs have a higher resale value than PCs, they're cheaper than their Windows equivalents. He compared a Mac Mini bought a year ago to an HP Pavilion, and found that the Mac Mini was cheaper when you took resale on Ebay into account. What do you think?"
sg3000 writes: "Cisco announced that they purchased WiMAX vendor Navini. As their site says, this represents a reversal of Cisco's position on WiMAX, when back in 2004, they stated that they weren't interested in building WiMAX radio access network equipment. WiMAX has come a long way since 2004, and today's environment suggests that WiMAX is much more promising."
sg3000 writes: "Nearly two years after the standard was ratified in December 2005, mobile WiMAX has been heating up. USA Today reports that the first users in NYC and Chicago are deploying WiMAX and are enjoying it. Surprising for a consumer-grade report, the article contrasts the licensed (WiMAX and 3G mobile) versus unlicensed (WiFi) situation well. The usual suspects are represented: Motorola, Clearwire, and Sprint are positive. AT&T says WiMAX is limited to fixed wireless deployments and mobile users would be best served with HSPA."
sg3000 writes: "The NYT reports that scientists are close to cracking the science of laughter. According to one hypothesis, laughter is a natural response from people low on the social hierarchy:
Occasionally we're surprised into laughing at something funny, but most laughter has little to do with humor. It's an instinctual survival tool for social animals, not an intellectual response to wit. It's not about getting the joke. It's about getting along....When you're low in the status hierarchy, you need all the allies you can find, so apparently you're primed to chuckle at anything even if it doesn't do you any immediate good.
So maybe Dwight Shrute was right — smiling is a sign of submission."