iPad Is a "Huge Step Backward"
I think Apple has come to the conclusion that operating systems have become incredibly complex and that the average user experience can be greatly enhanced by hiding that complexity.
I completely agree with you. As an IT Technician, I see so many users having to figure out things that they shouldn't even need to know exist, to do their work. I think the iPad software keeping it simple is a great idea, and using the app store to install apps is much easier to understand than the current methods of installation used by Mac OS X and Windows.
The reason why so many people are complaining about it on /. is that they are not the intended audience.
Try Out Chrome OS In a Virtual Machine
Both boot time and load time are important. I turn the computer off at the wall at night, so suspend isn't possible. I've also had problems in the past with hibernate not working correctly, but I guess I could try it again.
Try Out Chrome OS In a Virtual Machine
Because most people turn their computers off when they're not in use.
China Bans Physical Punishment For Net Addicts
Isn't that like watching sport on TV? I'm sure some people do that too often too...
Home Phone System That Syncs To Computer?
I really REALLY want one of those. And I have a landline, so it can actually be used!
Low-Power Home Linux Server?
My Mini draws 20W when idling (I tested it with a kill-a-watt).
According to the Apple website, the new mac mini server idles at less than 16 watts. They look like a pretty good choice for a low-powered server to me.
Apple Behind Intel's USB Competitor?
No, I very much dislike the fact that the USB plug is a rectangle, which makes me guess which way it has to go in each time. I will be happy when we get to use a plug that looks like it can only go in one way (I know you can check USB plugs visually to see how to plug them in, but it's not easy when your visibility is low, and it's still annoying)
Forkable Linux Radio Ad Now On the Air In Texas
I don't understand why many linux enthusiasts boast to other computer users that they haven't needed to reboot their computer in x days/months/years. Most people I know (including me) turn their computers off when they're not in use, making the uptime irrelevant.
CrunchPad Will Be a 'Dead Simple Web Tablet'
I saw exactly those problems when I was watching the video. If they want to mass produce this and have it used by the general public, they need to do some serious usability testing (which it looks like they haven't done).
Author's Guild Says Kindle's Text-To-Speech Software Illegal
They are afraid we will no longer need authors to create audiobooks
I think text-to-speech software has a long way to go until that happens. I don't think I'd want to listen to a whole book with an unemotional electronic voice.
Less Is Moore
That's a good point. How does the speed of Windows 7 compare to Windows XP? Can Windows 7 "make computers run faster" than XP?
Class Teaches Nerds Social Skills
Philip von Senftleben, an author and radio presenter who will teach the course, summed up his job as teaching how to "get someone else's heart beating fast while yours stays calm."
Looks to me like the teacher is a guy!
Study Abroad For Computer Science Majors?
I think if you study in New Zealand as some sort of exchange student (not sure what they're called so exchange student will do), you pay the fees that you would normally pay to your home university.
I seem to remember something about that, don't quote me on it though! Do some searching around and find out who it is that offers it.
New Star Trek Trailer
I watched it in linux, it never asked me to install the latest quicktime. I used the media player that came with ubuntu (with the appropriate codec installed)
Are Neo-Retro Game Releases a Fad?
Simcity 2000 was the first game I ever bought, I've still got it next to my computer and it's the game I've played the most out of my whole small collection!