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Comment Re: new MBPs (Score 1) 504

Amen. I hate how everyone who complains about the glossy screen neither owns one or uses one frequently (could be correlation or causation, but still lack of experience either way). The screen is fully functional and the machine works great, there's nothing to complain about. I am a semi-pro photographer and the color and performance of the screen have been more than acceptable. The reflections are a non-issue, and I can't believe people are still up in arms over this. Get over it.

Comment How far we've come. (Score 1) 88

My laptop history:

1) At the age of 11, fervently desiring a WinBook that was shown in all those awesome computer ads in PC Magazine. It had interchangeable CD-drive bays and a floppy drive built in (very, very important). I continued to be frustrated with my parents' 486-33 instead.

2) Graduating high school, received gift of IBM ThinkPad R31 - PIII 1.13GHz. Lasted 6 years, then power supply died last year. It was a workhorse.

3) Hand-me-down 17" 9-pound Dell Centrino 1.4 GHz with 2GB RAM. It was a clunky brick.

4) Last week, bought new-version MacBook Pro 15". 2.4GHz Core2 Duo, 4GB RAM, etc. etc. Rumors of shiny screens killing babies are greatly exaggerated. Finally consolidating 3 computers into one, getting rid of the rest. This is the ideal computer at this time, from a guaranteed non-fanboy, having only owned this computer for a week. It's just quality.

The laptop is finally doing everything! Go miniaturization.

Submission + - Listpic bas been shut down (

An anonymous reader writes: Listpic, that indispensible tool for browsing Craigslist ads visually, has been shut down today without an explanation. I emailed Ryan Sit, the developer who created Listpic, and he said Craigslist slapped him with a cease-and-desist order. So why can't Craigslist do their own innovation? After using Listpic, I shudder at the thought of browsing the original Craigslist 1980s style lists of text headlines. Please give this the publicity it deserves, we need a lot of emails to Craigslist (polite ones) if we're going to stand a chance of getting this awesome innovative tool back.

Submission + - Bike or Car?

WebfishUK writes: In my experience (read statistically insignificant sample), a greater proportion of professional software developers cycle to work than compared to other non-computing professionals. Is this just me being cyclecentric with a very small n or have others noticed this? Are we a greener bunch than our non-geek peers? How do you get to work?

Submission + - Firefox 3 Alpha 5 released

Anonymous Coward writes: "Alpha 5 is now out with a lot of stuff to power some of the planned features for Firefox 3: new JavaScript features, FUEL 0.2, identity management, improvements to the download manager, support for web applications, better integration with Mac OS X and Places, the integrated history and bookmarks interface are some of the most relevant improvements. For some reason the URL is not accepted. Whatever, this is it: -5-is-out/"
The Internet

Submission + - Mount Your Server Racks on the Wall

1sockchuck writes: "A New Zealand company is selling wall-mounted server racks that can hold up to five 1U servers, which are mounted vertically on a swinging hinge that allows easy access for cabling and maintenance. The unit can be bolted to a wall and includes an internal fan system for cooling. There's a video demo from the Interop show floor. The system was developed for a company that wanted servers available at a construction site. It's being marketed for remote branch offices and instant offsite backup for disaster recovery."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Towel Day this Friday May 25th

Ploum writes: "Like each year, May 25th is the Towel Day ! Carry your towel everywhere with you to show the world that you are a true galactic hitchhiker. If someone ask you why you are carrying a towel, just reply that it might be useful if you encounter a Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal. The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal is a creature that will eat anything. If you are to encounter one you should wrap a towel around your head. This creature is so mind-bogglingly stupid that it assumes that if you can't see it, then it can't see you.

In any case, DON'T PANIC !"
The Internet

Submission + - Michigan Wi-Fi Freeloader Faces Felony Charge

Aaron writes: Broadband Reports has an interesting piece up about a Michigan man who was charged with felony "Unauthorized use of computer access" for using free Wi-Fi outside of a cafe. The charge comes with a maximum of five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. The interesting bit being that neither the man, the cafe, nor the police chief who chatted him up repeatedly had any idea he was committing a crime. At least not until the police officer decided to do some research and find a law he interpreted as being broken, anyway.

Submission + - Energy efficiency in the data center

jcatcw writes: In Computerworld's Grill, Rocky Mountain Insitute's Amory B. Lovins claims that a watt of energy saved is worth $20 to $27 to a business and that U.S. data centers are missing comprehensive integration of efficiency technologies that are available.

The next big step will be when one or more major operators puts all these parts together to realize the ninefold or greater savings that we outlined. In fact, I now think we can do even better, because both the IT and the support equipment are proving to be more efficient than we thought possible.
XBox (Games)

Submission + - What is the best console controller of all time?

Mateo Slovinsky writes: Is the XBox 360's controller the best controller of all time? CNet seems to think so in its line up of the top five gamepads of all time. "Did you expect the Wii? Sorry. It's a brilliant piece of innovation, that's not in question, but there simply aren't enough games to judge it against the best controllers ever. The Xbox 360 pad has proven itself over a longer time and on a wider selection of titles — and it has its own claims to originality."

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