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Comment nope.jpg (Score 2) 307

In other words that's about twice as expensive as $20 for 2GB that I pay to my cell phone company.

Your calculation is wrong, but even if your calculation was right, it would certainly not be the case. People don't use up to their limit all the time. $20 for 2GB, $10 for 1GB or $5 for 500MB or $1 for 100MB are certainly not the same plan. I would be super happy to have a $1 for 100MB, pretty upset with $10 for 1GB and feel ripped off with $100 for 10GB.

Comment EEE Transformer (Score 1) 5

I was searching for such a laptop for a while and I am finally happy with my ASUS Transformer. It's something like a Mac without OS X (meaning: everything works out of the box: Video acceleration, power management, sound, wlan, whatever). Android isn't Linux but you can chroot a debian installation in there and have all the debian packages you want (heck I did even do embedded hardware development on there, msp-gcc works!). The screen is high-resolution enough so I can VNC to my computer whenever I want.

The battery is ridiculous. 16 hours. No heat as far as I know.They are trying to get a native Debian/Ubuntu on it but I don't know how far it went As far as I'm converned I'm totally happy with the chroot environment though.

Note that in order tochroot a deabian installation you need root access, but not all Transforers are rootable. Older ones do, newer ones don't.

-- Sent from my eee Transformer.


Submission + - Windows 8 ARM will not support legacy software (extremetech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Intel, speaking out of turn and damaging its intimate relationship with Microsoft, has revealed that legacy x86-compiled software will not work on the ARM version of Windows 8. Microsoft has promised that the Office suite will be available on Windows 8 ARM, but beyond that, nothing. While this means there won't be many compatible apps at launch, it also means this will be the first full-bodied version of Windows that won't (initially) be susceptible to viruses and malware...

Submission + - Cheap ARM laptop released by Genesi (desktoplinux.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Genesi has been selling a 10.1-inch "smartbook" for a while now. They just cut the price from $350 to $200. This laptop runs Ubuntu 10.10, has 16gb of solid state storage, contains no moving parts, and consumes only 12 watts. Compared to other netbooks, this is less than 2/3s the height while being on the upper end in terms of the other dimensions. It seems to be a decent cheap linux smartbook sold by company that develops linux products and gets the community concept down a lot better than any others I've seen.

Submission + - What is Your Favorite Desktop? (ostatic.com)

An anonymous reader writes: KDE still leads, but Ubuntu seems to have given GNOME the impetus and it’s running close on KDE’s heels. Susan Linton's survey reveals some interesting Linux trends.

Comment Re:The Net is no Substitution for University (Score 1) 393

As a person who had to teach myself, had to deal with a broken higher education system in my country (Vietnam) and is currently attending a university in the U.S, I agree with you. There are more than just what is taught in the course, for example the professors, the atmosphere, the connections with other students, and courses that you don't even know that you need -- they can only be found when one attends college. IMHO colleges do a better job with teaching general concepts such as physics, philosophy, art; and online materials do better job teaching specific subjects (especially in Computer Science) -- one can go very deep on a subject matter that they finds interesting. Good thing is online materials and colleges are not mutually exclusive: One can have both. I still learn from online materials everyday.

That said, I always think that I'm extremely lucky to be able to attend and afford college in the U.S. For people those do not have money (students in third world countries), sure online materials cannot deliver the experiences of MIT, but they are still way better than listening to crap they have to listen to everyday (in most colleges).

Bill's statement might not hold water for colleges in the US but it's already true in many parts of the world.

Comment The day the music died (Score -1, Offtopic) 107

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy songs,
But she just smiled and turned away.
I went down to the music store
Where I'd heard the music years before,
But the man there said the music wouldn't play.
And in the streets: the children screamed,
The lovers cried, and the poets dreamed.
But not a word was spoken;
The church bells all were broken.
And the three men I admire most:
The father, son, and the holy ghost,
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died.
And they were singing,
"bye-bye, miss american pie."
Drove my chevy to the levee,
But the levee was dry.
And them good old boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin', "this'll be the day that I die.
"this'll be the day that I die."

Comment My ex-girlfriend or the highway (Score 1) 716

There is no alternative platform, despite what others may say about Android, it's immature and their app store(s) are a wild west nightmare. It really is Apple's way or the highway...

There is no alternative girl. Although as of lately, she dumped me and fucked my ass, she is the only one. It really is my ex-girlfriend, or the highway.

Yeah, well, that's just like... your opinion, man. You have every right to live in the fucking past.

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