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Interesting (1, Interesting)

colinrichardday (768814) | more than 4 years ago | (#30802866)

interesting

Flamebait (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803524)

flamebait

Re:Flamebait (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803682)

Ask and ye shall receive.

May the competition begin. (5, Funny)

catmandue (1132331) | more than 4 years ago | (#30802886)

Wake up MS. There another new kid on the block as rich as you.

Re:May the competition begin. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803746)

Look, you know and I know that Justin Bieber is HOT GAY party ready. I mean, look at those lips, they just squeal "blow job". Picture this: Justin Bieber straddling you while grasping your cock, a shower of creamy white cum dripping down his hairless chest. OH YEAH!

OK. I need a Karma whore. (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30802926)

I don't get who this guy is. He was the source for ChromeOS builds?!? Google dropped it?! How does this guy handle Google's builds?

I don't get it.

ChromeOS Zero - what's so special about it?

Re:OK. I need a Karma whore. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30802986)

So he's basically doing the job of a Linux distributor. He builds the ChromeOS packages from source, then you can download his binaries and install them. This is probably easier and quicker than building them yourself.

That's all there is to it.. if ChromeOS Zero was Slackware, this guy would be Patrick Volkerding.

Re:OK. I need a Karma whore. (5, Funny)

mrsteveman1 (1010381) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803368)

Well shit, that analogy cleared it right up.........no wait......which one is the car?

Re:OK. I need a Karma whore. (4, Funny)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803516)

Chrome is on the bumper of the car. Sheesh, haven't you ever seen an older model car?

Re:OK. I need a Karma whore. (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 4 years ago | (#30804082)

Chrome is on the bumper of the car. Sheesh, haven't you ever seen an older model car?

Its the wheels of my car. Probably a better analogy too.

ChromeOS Zero - what's so special about it? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803036)

ChromeOS Zero - is the first OS API with no functions.*

*Not a low-calorie OS.

Re:ChromeOS Zero - what's so special about it? (2, Interesting)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803142)

the first OS API with no functions

Considering what some other bloated major operating systems have become, that might not be such a bad thing.

Re:ChromeOS Zero - what's so special about it? (2, Interesting)

squidinkcalligraphy (558677) | more than 4 years ago | (#30804104)

Yeah, well, firefox (actually, phoenix or firebird or somethings) was mozilla with all the crap stripped out of it. Now it's evolved back to square one. ChromeOS is just the same principle on the OS level. Wait 5 years and it'll be bloated like the rest of them

Re:ChromeOS Zero - what's so special about it? (2, Funny)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803154)

No functions, but they use value-returning-subroutine syrup in its place.

Re:OK. I need a Karma whore. (5, Informative)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803060)

TFA says it is ChromiumOS. Chromium is the is the open source version of Chrome.

Open Sores... (0, Offtopic)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803510)

TFA says it is ChromiumOS. Chromium is the is the open source version of Chrome.

Wow. That actually explains a lot. Duke Nukem Forever code is written in Unobtanium. It all makes sense now...

Re:Open Sores... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803894)

Duke Nukem Forever code is written in Unobtanium.

So we should blame the Na'vi (and that Jake Sully traitor) for Duke Nukem Forever's never-appearance?

Re:OK. I need a Karma whore. (4, Informative)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803508)

He compiled the code that Google only officially releases as source code to the public at this time, and this his third release, after fixing several problems he discovered. He's one of the few people working on this OS that Google doesn't employ.

Re:OK. I need a Karma whore. (5, Informative)

H3XX3H (1038132) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803700)

I don't get who this guy is. He was the source for ChromeOS builds?!? Google dropped it?! How does this guy handle Google's builds?

I don't get it.

ChromeOS Zero - what's so special about it?

These builds take the ChromiumOS source provided by Google, and just improve upon it and deviate slightly from the direction Google is going in. Google is tailoring to a very limited set of devices, but really, there are a lot of people on a very wide range of hardware who would like to use ChromiumOS, and so I'm trying to make it more accessible/usable. I'm also providing updates automatically with the launch of the updater beta, to remove the need for frequent reimages to stay up to date.

Re:OK. I need a Karma whore. (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803802)

"I build and tweak Google's crippled Linux distro and make a thing of it because I want a job at Google," would have been sufficient.

Re:OK. I need a Karma whore. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803858)

"H3XX3H" gives me horrible '90s h4x0rp13c3 th34tr3 flashbacks. He's satisfied the "duosyllabic word with mathematical overtone and a letter which could be repeated ad inf." requirement, but needs to stick to the English alphabet in this post-Web/1.0 world.

Re:OK. I need a Karma whore. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803898)

Real ChromeOS taste + nothing

Re:OK. I need a Karma whore. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30804052)

In simple terms - he does something - anything - related to Google which automatically makes this front page material. All the fanbois line up with 'omgz this is the best thing ever because it is google related - die Apple and M$ DIE!!!1!'. Life gets rather dull in their parents basement when the only human contact is Star Trek dress up parties. This guy gives them an object of sexual desire they can fantasise over.

Quickly - to the b0x3n - another google article will be arriving shortly!

SlowNewsDay? (0, Troll)

LostCluster (625375) | more than 4 years ago | (#30802952)

Not quite sure this deserves the attention that a Slashdot story gets it. This isn't a milestone release by Google, but by a kid who downloaded the open code then did a little tinkering to get it working on his stuff, then his friend's stuff. Cool, yes.. but this OS is still a newborn.

Re:SlowNewsDay? (1)

lena_10326 (1100441) | more than 4 years ago | (#30802998)

Maybe the story here is this is an exercise of freedom made possible by community access to open source, documentation, and the right of redistribution.

You mean like... (1)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803024)

Maybe the story here is this is an exercise of freedom made possible by community access to open source, documentation, and the right of redistribution.

You mean like, say, Linux?

I suppose new Linux distributions get featured here too from time to time.

Re:You mean like... (1)

lena_10326 (1100441) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803046)

You mean like, say, Linux?

A question for your question. Must every conversation be about Linux?

Re:You mean like... (1)

IANAAC (692242) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803104)

Not at all. It was just an example of open source being repackaged and not that unique.

Re:You mean like... (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803162)

It was just an example of open source being repackaged

"Just"? I thought that was the whole idea.

Re:You mean like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803452)

On Slashdot, yes.

Re:You mean like... (2, Funny)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803158)

You mean like, say, Linux?

Yes, except there's a chance this might actually be the Year of Chrome OS on the Desktop.

Not a big chance, but better than zero.

Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803080)

As it stands, Chrome OS is pretty useless for most people. From what we've seen so far, Chromium OS is so locked-down and artificially limited that it's just not worth using. You're better off just using Chrome on Ubuntu. At least then you're not stuck using just shitty web apps.

Independent distributions like this are the only way we'll see Chrome OS be made useful, when the distribution creators remove the artificial limitations that Google has introduced.

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (4, Funny)

Nethead (1563) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803338)

Yeah, that shitty old Gmail has sure made my life hell. Same with that crappy Google Voice number that I use. And don't get me started on pile of steaming feces Google maps is. I just wish there was a good web search that I could use to find replacements.

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803402)

GMail is fantastic. And by "GMail", I basically mean how it can be used as an SMTP server and IMAP server by a real mail client. The only people I know who use its shitty web-based interface are people who don't have the brains to set up Thunderbird, Evolution, Apple Mail or even Outlook to access their account.

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (2, Interesting)

shaka (13165) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803528)

I have used:

mail
Emacs
pine
mutt
Netscape
Evolution
KMail
Thunderbird
Squirrelmail
IMP
Zimbra
Mail.app
Outlook
Outlook Express
Exchange's poor excuse for web mail ...and probably a few more MUAs to read my e-mail through the ages.

Gmail is the best interface for e-mail, for me, so far. Actually, the only one that comes close is probably mutt with procmail, but it's hard to compare since spam wasn't really a problem back then.

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803916)

I suspect that you just suffer from mild retardation. That's likely why you find GMail's web interface acceptable.

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (4, Insightful)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803640)

GMail is fantastic. And by "GMail", I basically mean how it can be used as an SMTP server and IMAP server by a real mail client. The only people I know who use its shitty web-based interface are people who don't have the brains to set up Thunderbird, Evolution, Apple Mail or even Outlook to access their account.

Or the millions of us who simply want to access their email in the same way across multiple systems without having to pointlessly rely on another client-based program to set up, read, and send email. It's bad enough dealing with ISPs that ONLY allow you to send through their SMTP gateways, let alone dealing with firewalls that filter IMAP/SMTP connections in both directions and content filters that block web-based email services altogether. All for the sake of running your own email client? Thanks but no thanks.

It doesn't take "brains" to realize that sometimes simplicity is key, and the web interface is good enough, and in some cases(search speeds) is superior to damn near any client. And a mail client is a mail client is a mail client. None of them are the next coming of email.

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (1)

alienunknown (1279178) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803844)

I just wish there was a good web search that I could use to find replacements.

Let me see if I can think of an alternative search engine..............

Bingo! I've got it!!!

Have you heard of AltaVista [altavista.com] ? I hear its a groovy search engine that works in a far-out happening way. All the cool kids are using it.

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (4, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803868)

Well okay, but aside from free voicemail and call forwarding, a free tiling map engine with some of the best map data there is, and the best web search engine, what has Google ever done for us?

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803414)

I think the real limitation right now is that HTML5 and WebGL haven't been ratified yet. Hopefully Google is waiting for those; with them, I don't think it is out of the question that a larger variety of useful web apps will be written. I personally hope that they will make web versions of SketchUp and either they or someone else will make a subscription gaming service that runs entirely on web technologies.

The only possible problem I can see is the whole saving everything to the cloud thing. Flash drives don't cost that much; would much rather keep my data local. Hopefully it won't be a requirement.

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (2, Insightful)

FlyingBishop (1293238) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803418)

You remove the artificial limitations that Google has introduced, and you just have Linux. The point is just to have a thin web client, with no excessive overhead. It's something I've often pined for when waiting for a full-fledged Mac or Windows Desktop to log me in in an Internet lab. I anticipate that Chrome devices will be instant-on, and completely blow any sort of standard "unlimited" desktop out of the water for browsing purposes.

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803644)

Why wouldn't you want hop on any computer, login, and have access to everything you need? If your hard drive crashes, ya lose everything. If you're backups fail, ya lose everything. It is much more likely that your cheap ass newegg hardware fails than an entire cloud with numerous amounts of redundancy to simply lose your data. I think people need to start putting more trust in to the cloud because it is a fucking hell of a lot better than what 90% of computer users have. Which is nothing as far as backups are concerned. Yea it's not perfect for everybody, but I honestly think people need to give it a try. Gamers worried too? Shit, you'd be surprised at all the awesome games that have been ported to Flash. Look at Quake [silvergames.com] for example. I know it's old, but think about the potential. That is the point of all this. It's not about what it can currently do (which is still a pretty large amount of shit), it's rather what it will become (which will be even more incredible). "Shitty Web Apps" fuel most of the fucking small businesses in this entire country. Did you ever think about that? Look at PSA and CRM software like ConnectWise. Multi-million dollar software companies that use ASP.NET apps. All they need is a toolkit and a web browser. If it can help small businesses (which is does), then it will help everyone else too.

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (1)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803670)

While I don't agree with everything you said, that was too good of a rant to be posted AC. Well done.

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (1)

BlackHawk-666 (560896) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803830)

Is anyone working on a Flash version of World of Warcraft?

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (1)

basotl (808388) | more than 4 years ago | (#30804086)

There is a plugin version of Quake 3 called Quake Live. Though the plugin only works with Firefox, IE and Safari Currently.

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (2, Interesting)

thejynxed (831517) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803942)

Wake me up when Adobe can get 64-bit Flash out of Alpha for Linux/BSD and ported to other platforms.

Then I'll take another nap while waiting for their programmers to fix their program so it doesn't constantly crash Firefox, Chrome, IE, Opera or any other browser I run it in on a 64-bit OS.

I can't take a nap waiting on this cloud garbage though. It's already painfully obvious that if you leave it anywhere in the cloud, someone who isn't you is already pilfering it from some province in China or a former Soviet-Block state.

So, yeah, shitty webapps can suck a fat one.

Friend, I am about to destroy your arguments. (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30804070)

Where to begin, where to begin... You are so full of shit and misconception that it's difficult to start tearing you and your pathetic arguments apart.

Using X tunneled over SSH, I already have access to my main desktop system. I can access it from work, I can access it from my smartphone, I can access it from my netbook. I don't use other public computers, because I can't trust their security. Only a fucking moron would dare use a public computer for anything that requires a login.

The "Cloud" that you worship is full of shit. I've been working with computers and networks since the early 1970s, and we saw all this "Cloud" crap back when mainframes were king. I know you're probably just a teenager, and don't have any experience with large systems and networks, but there was a reason we moved away from mainframes towards PCs. Mainly, it was because centralization of any sort is a very dangerous thing. And yes, your precious "Cloud" is centralized. Even small failures of centralized infrastructure end up being very costly.

The moment you lose Internet connectivity, and it will happen, you're absolutely fucked. You can't access your files, for instance. If you're using web "apps" then you can't even access the applications! You're beyond fucked at that point. Now your fantastic netbook running Chrome OS is nothing more than an expensive way of displaying a "Cannot connect to server" error message.

Given the amount of data that various "Cloud" providers are dealing with, it's very doubtful that they have appropriate backup solutions in place. The cost to do it properly would be astronomical, even if you factor in their economies of scale. I trust myself to back up my own data much more than I could ever trust some admins at Amazon or Google or some lesser host.

So it's 2010, and we can play games from 1996 in our web browser using Flash? That's not an accomplishment, you stupid dumbfuck. But yeah, the potential is really amazing. Just think, in 2025 we'll be able to play games from today! SO MUCH POTENTIAL!

I do a lot of consulting for large and small clients, and very few use web apps for anything serious. You never see POS systems implemented as web apps, for instance, because they're too unreliable. (Oh, and since I know you've got absolutely no industry experience, "POS" stands for point-of-sale. We're talking about the software you see running on cash registers.)

If you ever manage to get a job, you should try to see how large companies use web apps. You'll find out that most don't, or if they do, it's for some near-meaningless task. One insurance company I works with does use an ASP.NET app. Do you know what it does? It maintains the roster of their goddamn company baseball league. A small finance company I know of uses a JavaServer Faces-based web app to schedule who is going to get coffee for the office. They wouldn't trust anything serious to a web application. All of their serious applications are desktop applications.

I'll give you credit for having the balls to try and defend some of the shittiest technology (yes, even worse than Microsoft Windows) to ever come along. I sure hope your post was just an exercise in devil's advocatery. But if you do take yourself seriously, I sincerely hope that you never get into the computing field. You and your stupid ideas will be torn apart in the real world, and unlike the pain I've just delivered to you here, it will hurt you and your pathetic "career" a whole lot more.

Re:Maybe he'll make Chrome OS useful! (1)

defireman (1365467) | more than 4 years ago | (#30804112)

How about if you lose your connection to the cloud, you lose everything. This all boils down to control. If you own your Hard Drive, you own your data.

As the many examples in history shows, exchanging a little control for convenience will eventually leave you at the mercy of the software's owners.

Re:SlowNewsDay? (4, Funny)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803848)

Reminds me of that Finnish college kid who was too cheap to buy a copy of minix and tried to make his own operating system back in 1991. Whatever happened to him?

What is this? (0, Redundant)

POds (241854) | more than 4 years ago | (#30802982)

I'm confused.

How are his builds different from what google release? Is google's release simply for mobile devices whilst the releases that Hexxah publishes are build for desk/laptops ?

Re:What is this? (3, Informative)

micheas (231635) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803082)

They are different in that google only releases the source.

If you have ever installed linux from scratch or some similar OS, you can install chrome. As far as I understand, google has no plans to release chrome OS binaries, They expect anyone installing Chrome OS to be able to compile code from source.

Re:What is this? (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803584)

And considering the amount of griping people do about installing Linux or even Windows, there going to get, very, very little market share if they don't provide a reasonable install option.

Re:What is this? (1)

micheas (231635) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803610)

The plan is installed by the manufacturer.

The only other place that seems to be installing chrome OS is as an upgrade to existing thin clients.

has been GIVEN the source (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30802984)

awesome editors editing skillz

As a 49 year old feminist grandmother (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803072)

I question if anyone actually wants this besides the director of the museum of contemporary art. ChromeOS just seems generally useless compared to something like Fedora. Of course some idiot will always say how great it is with cloud logic that nobody but himself can make head or tail of.

ChromeOS ? (3, Interesting)

Funnnny (1409625) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803078)

This is ChromiumOS, and the open source he has is Chromium OS too. There's a differrent between Chromium and Chrome, like the browser. Corect me.

ok... (5, Funny)

ysth (1368415) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803116)

Re:ok... (1)

defireman (1365467) | more than 4 years ago | (#30804122)

You see, the extra r in different exactly cancels out the missing r in correct, so the sentence is technically correct. Moving on...

Arrr! (1)

joh (27088) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803168)

This guy should distribute this as a VirtualBox machine or so. Do I really want to *boot* into something that is just a browser without an OS and without apps? Gimme something to use and to play with on the side and I may have fun with it. Pulling my teeth would be more fun than booting into Chrome on a real machine, sorry.

Re:Arrr! (1)

Nethead (1563) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803362)

Ya know, Joh, if I laid down a pair of pliers and a Chrome CD, I have a feeling which one you would really pick.

Re:Arrr! (1)

zach_the_lizard (1317619) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803460)

After having used ChromeOS on a flashdrive for about 30 minutes, I would take the pliers and squeeze the hell out of the disk. After my desire for destruction had been filled, I would go back inside and take the rest of my meds, so that I may rid myself of whatever other rage I have left.

Re:Arrr! (1)

mykro76 (1137341) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803576)

At this stage (nconsidering it's a one-man show) you still need to roll your own: http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/12/04/how-to-convert-hexxehs-chrome-os-build-image-to-a-virtualbox-v/ [downloadsquad.com]

Re:Arrr! (5, Interesting)

H3XX3H (1038132) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803604)

At this stage (nconsidering it's a one-man show) you still need to roll your own: http://www.downloadsquad.com/2009/12/04/how-to-convert-hexxehs-chrome-os-build-image-to-a-virtualbox-v/ [downloadsquad.com]

Conversion is broken in Zero, you'll need to download Cherry for that, I'm working on it, but like you said, one man show and I have college too. :/ http://chromeos.hexxeh.net/ChromeOS-Cherry.torrent [hexxeh.net] for the cherry build. Thanks for the slashdotting, guys. :D

Re:Arrr! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803686)

And enjoy the ad revenues, you deserve them!

Re:Arrr! (5, Insightful)

H3XX3H (1038132) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803734)

And enjoy the ad revenues, you deserve them!

I'm putting money from the ads back into paying for the server/bandwidth, more users means more bandwidth for the updates, and bandwidth isn't free. I do this because I enjoy making/doing something people find useful, not to make a profit. And maybe to see if I can get noticed by some companies, that too. ;)

chromeOS can't set proxy - without internet! (1)

chentiangemalc (1710624) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803654)

I was testing an earlier ChromeOS build in VMWare and although it worked OK when at home, on a network with proxy went to click the option to configure proxy, it opens up another tab in the browser - "Page cannot be displayed" - the proxy page couldn't be displayed unless I already had an internet connection working, and without setting the proxy I couldn't get an internet connection.

Re:chromeOS can't set proxy - without internet! (3, Informative)

H3XX3H (1038132) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803676)

I was testing an earlier ChromeOS build in VMWare and although it worked OK when at home, on a network with proxy went to click the option to configure proxy, it opens up another tab in the browser - "Page cannot be displayed" - the proxy page couldn't be displayed unless I already had an internet connection working, and without setting the proxy I couldn't get an internet connection.

You need to do it via terminal right now sorry since there's no UI in place, edit /usr/bin/chromeos-chrome-login and chromeos-chrome-loop to add the --proxy-server flag to the bottom.

And the point of this is ... ??? (3, Insightful)

MadMaverick9 (1470565) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803750)

If my ADSL connection is down for thirty minutes, I can't do anything with the piece of hardware and software sitting on my desk. Since all the apps are on ... the Internet.

So ... WHY would anybody use this???

Anybody remember GMail's outtages ... ???

Looks like vendor lock-in to me ... all depends on Google. If Google ever goes bye-bye, all your data goes bye-bye too.

Can anybody explain to me , please ... Why???

Re:And the point of this is ... ??? (2, Insightful)

dcawrey (1721370) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803784)

Google is making moves to allow offline use of its apps.. you can now set Gmail to sync for offline use.

Re:And the point of this is ... ??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803892)

This software runs on $300 machines. These machines are meant as supplements for people who can afford them, and starter models for those who can't. If you can't afford them as a luxury, then I would assume there is probably a 95% chance your livelihood is not critically dependent on your laptop. If you do use it as a luxury, I think you can live for a short time without being on the smaller of your two computers.

Re:And the point of this is ... ??? (1)

BlackHawk-666 (560896) | more than 4 years ago | (#30803906)

Really, what is worth doing on a PC now that -doesn't- require a network connection. If I lose my ISP connection for a day I tend to stare at my machine in futility. Let's see how I use it on a daily basis: Check Slashdot Check BBC News Check my mail (gmail) Play Age of Conan Hop on vent and chat Download something to watch or cruise Youtube Check out movie previews at Apple.com Update my software / drivers (more weekly than daily) All of those are network enabled, most are provided by a browser. I wouldn't want to play AoC using a Flash game in browser because I think the 20 GB download is a little too much every time I want to play (though it could cache :p) Your 'box' is really just storage, processing, video and sound. The network is the rest. Without the net most people's boxes are useless - or good as caches / storage at best. There is one activity my box is good for without the network - writing short stories, which I very occasionally do. Even then, when it comes time to share the story I'm going to need that net back up.

Re:And the point of this is ... ??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30804118)

Sorry that you're not into computing. Maybe you should go to Digg where your ilk belongs.

Re:And the point of this is ... ??? (1)

GrubLord (1662041) | more than 4 years ago | (#30804124)

Some of us actually do work on our machines... without ripping it off from the Internet.

... you still play Age of Conan?!

Too big to fail? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803948)

Is google going to be the next "Too Big to Fail" of the private enterprises? I see the US government having to bail out google in the future because of insolvency (or whatever legal mumbo-jumbo you use there). Will that just get data reinstated for US citizens? Google don't store data on servers in my country (not that they should have to), what will happen to us?

Re:And the point of this is ... ??? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30804074)

Looks like vendor lock-in to me ... all depends on Google. If Google ever goes bye-bye, all your data goes bye-bye too.

You've never heard of the Data Liberation Front have you? It's a group run by Google that specializes in ways to backup or migrate your data from Google products. If you want to keep backups of your Google web app data in case they disappear, you may go right ahead. With few exceptions, you have that power.

Re:And the point of this is ... ??? (2, Informative)

nine-times (778537) | more than 4 years ago | (#30804120)

Because Google has been working on Google Gears and HTML offline functionality? If that stuff is working, you should be able to run Gmail, Google Docs, and other applications without a connection.

Security Holes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30803988)

No offense, H3XX3H, I really enjoy what you do, but since the build itself is closed source, has anyone used a network traffic analyzer on it while it was running to make sure that all outgoing connections were legit? I would be one of the first to be 'up a paddle,' since I have eagerly used H3XX3R's builds, so I'm not completely paranoid. I was just curious if anyone has checked this out? Again, no offense H3XX3H, but I assume most of the people who have used your build don't know you personally to confirm your build's legitimacy, nor do we have the source to compile ourselves.

crickets chirping.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30804134)

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