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Submission + - SPAM: For nutrition I mostly depend on:

sktea writes: My nearest grocer/butcher
My nearest co-op
Stacks of frozen dinners
Local restaurants
My spouse/parent/live-in squeeze/chef
Pills and diet supplements
Glucose administered intravenously

Comment Depends (Score 3, Insightful) 535

In principle, YES Google crossed the line, clearly. (Reasons are already espoused in other threads, too tiresome to repeat.) In practice, it probably depends on whether end users perceive a clear change in the performance of their PCs.

If the app isn't visually intrusive and doesn't hork throughput, I would guess most won't care one way or the other. Problem is, if the updater causes problems, the simplest option is to uninstall the software -- and who will reinstall it later?

What ticks me off is that with this choice Google seems to be catering those with a surfeit of bandwidth... I never have enough bandwdith, never; now you want to steal a slice of what little I have for your own purposes? Bad Google, bad, evil Google!

I envision a conversation between two typical users:

"Hey, you seen that new Google Earth? Looks cool."

"Yeah, but if you install it nothing else on your computer will work right."

"Oh, dude... screw that."

Comment Irony...? (Score 1) 384

Does anyone else find it interesting that the report itself costs $1,000? "Hey, it must be worth something, I paid for it!" Or, "I paid for it!"

This reminds me of a survey I read about somewhere... can't seem to find it. One question read (something like), "You pay ten dollars for movie tickets but, halfway through the feature, you decide the movie really stinks. Do you (a) stay for the rest of it so as to get your money's worth, or (b) leave immediately?" According to the source which I have not yet found, people who were fiscally successful tended to answer (b).

Time to leave the {insert your favorite software here} Movieplex, people!


Submission + - Invention Of the Year: The iPhone (

deepcleanfun writes: "Yes, there's been a lot of hype written about the iPhone, and a lot of guff too. So much so that it seems weird to add more, after Danny Fanboy and Bobby McBlogger have had their day. But when that day is over, Apple's iPhone is still the best thing invented this year."

Mandriva's Open Letter To Steve Ballmer 357

An anonymous reader writes "An entry on the Mandriva Blog, written by Mandriva CEO François Bancilhon, says that the Nigerian government, after ordering thousands of Classmate PCs with Mandriva Linux installed, has suddenly decided that they will instead install Windows. They will pay for the pre-loaded Mandriva Linux on the low-cost computing devices intended for children in the developing world, but immmediately replace the OS. The blog doesn't quite use the 'B' word but does suggest that this was not a decision that the Nigerian government made on its own."

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