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Comment Kurzweil doesn't want to die (Score 1) 308

That's why he's overly optimistic at times while still accurately hypothesizing present's effects on the future. He predicts that the singularity will happen in 2040's, just around the time his natural life is set to expire. Sorry Ray, like the rest of us, born a few generations too early.

Comment I'll take it (Score 1) 218

Things never stay the same and neither do our minds. I have a harder time focusing than some older folk, but I can deal with a thousand times more information at a fraction of the time. You take some you lose some. You have to prove that this is truly a negative trend, not like this would challenge the core humanity.

Comment Re:please don't make me use my fingers as a mouse (Score 1) 228

If there is some kind of a scroll bar type area to show you your place in the document or to quickly jump further down is one thing. I just don't want to use my finger to tap on the down arrow to move through the document/application/whatever. I'm just curious to see how a windowed user environment could be rigged to facilitate touch gesture. For example, if you have two windows open concurrently side by side how would you move them around on the screen? Will you be able to flick to scroll elements within a windowed application. Obviously the iPad deals with this by allowing a single application in the forefront. Don't get me wrong, I just want them to compete with the iPad. But if the touch interface is still centered around a pointing device paradigm then it defeats the whole purpose of the form factor.
Open Source

Aquaria Goes Open Source 58

A post on the Wolfire blog yesterday announced that the source code for Aquaria has now been released. Aquaria, an action-adventure, underwater sidescroller from Bit Blot, was part of the Humble Indie Bundle, which was so successful that the developers of four games pledged to release them as open source. This marks the final release, following Lugaru, Gish, and Penumbra: Overture. The source code is available from a Mercurial repository.

Comment Re:Great. :( (Score 1) 484

You keep stating that it is the same hardware, but it isn't. Although apple uses some of the same commodity components as other manufacturers, but they engineer their products quite differently from others with an overall greater emphasis on quality. A4 chip residing in ipads is not "same hardware" that's in other tablets(laugh) and netbooks. The claim that they sell the same hardware as acer, hp, or dell is ridiculous. Apple earns higher margins on their consumer items because their products provide higher value, this is because of software and hardware integration. Other pc makers slap windows on their boxes while apple tailors their software to each device. That's what people pay extra for and thats how apple makes good margins, by offering something no one else can.

Comment just video (Score 1) 362

I have raw DV captures of family VHS tapes made in the 80s. I've made DVDs out of those but I saved all the original captures since consumer MPEG compression always seemed pretty poor. So I can't store these files, some over 50 GB, on any media besides hard drives.

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