The Death of the US-Mexico Virtual Fence
"... there will be other mufti-million dollar projects coming up that will"
Millions are soooooo 1990s, chump change is now measured in billions, and apparently, if you want people to even notice, you have to spend in trillions.
Suggestions For a Coax-To-Ethernet Solution?
No no ... you're right actually
IdeaPad U1, What We Wanted the iPad To Be
I personally agree with the webcam, but show me the Kindle and/or Nook webcams, that's right, there are none. Also, we have to keep in mind that this is first gen hardware. As for the USB port, open this and scroll to the bottom, connector kits are available:
Apple's Trend Away From Tinkering
Stagnating their own products? I can think of at least 140K ways to prove you wrong there. Also, on your DRM quip, show me 1 thing the MS or Linux camps have done to convince the media companies to drop DRM. MS is busy pushing their own patent and DRM encumbered WMA/WMV, while Linux has no relationship with any of the media companies. Could Apple do more? Perhaps. However, they were instrumental in getting DRM removed from online music sales and (with a bit of time) maybe the same thing will happen to online video sales. Also, just so you know, Apple provides their compiler and IDE for free on the Mac, and there are zero / zip / no restrictions on what you can build there. In fact OS X offers Perl, Ruby, Python, and Java runtimes as well as the GNU toolchains. Also, if you cough up $100 (1/3 the cost of Visual Studio alone), you can get your own cert to do WHATEVER the hell you want on your iPod / iPhone / iPad and 100 of your closest friends devices. If what you want to do falls within some guidelines, you can go beyond your 100 friends and give that app to 60 million of your closest friends.
MSI Will Launch iPad Alternative
Ignoring the fact that a netbook isn't a tablet, there's still a great deal of difference between the two beyond the similar price point:
6 hour battery life
8 in x 11.2 in x 1.18 in
Plastic case with lower coefficient of friction
10 hour battery life
7.5 x 9.5 in x 0.5 in
Aluminum case with higher coefficient of friction
The fact that the iPad is half the weight, half the thickness, and has almost 2x the battery life is not something you can easily ignore in a device who's primary goal is to be portable. To setup a litmus test, try to argue that using a netbook to reply to an email while walking through an airport is less awkward than using a touchscreen tablet in the same situation.
Best Filesystem For External Back-Up Drives?
You're words are truthy enough, but your assuming that synergistic words like irregardless don't have impacts on english as we know it. The facts is that people will use words like that wether we like it or not. This is truely, the case when it comes to American's use of language. Sadly, theirs very little we, as people far more litterate than the average people, can really do about that. If people used grammer checkers, then you and me would not see so many people authoring bad words and having a negative affect on english as it is known and practised today but should be editted and spokened tomorrow.
Has a Decade of .NET Delivered On Microsoft's Promises?
Large-Scale Mac Deployment?
Spoken like someone who's obviously never seen, much less used, OS X Server. OS X server is built around standards based enterprise tools like Apache, LDAP, CalDAV, and IMAP. You know, ISP grade stuff like this:
What standards is your Windows Server / gaming platform, based on?
IE8 Beats Other Browsers In Laptop Battery Life
I'd say that the difference is about how many page loads completed and how fast. IE8 is the slowest of all the browsers compared, so if less page loads completed, then it would probably use less power. I can make my battery last far longer if I only load 6 pages a minute as opposed to 10. The fact that the results essentially lists the browsers from slowest to fastest belies that hidden truth.
What Free IDE Do You Use?
I see you haven't used NetBeans. XCode isn't bad, it's far better then the MS IDEs. I think my fave is Eclipse, not because it's a great editor, but because the plugin ecosystem is very good. I give XCode props because the code completion and refactoring are some of the best I've come across. However, most "hard" programmers still fall back to the terminal for building / testing.
Apple Plans $1 Billion iDataCenter
You have to twist it a bit and say that you're editing your latest production for Universal Pictures on that MacBook or writing the screenplay for book X on that MacBook. If you data mine the Playboy archives for hottie turn ons, computers, MacBooks included, appear exactly 0 times.
Microsoft Releases New Concurrent Programming Language
Oh, you mean like C, C++, and BASIC? The reality is the most popular languages for MS platforms were not MS inventions.
Oracle Won't Abandon SPARC, Says Ellison
Apple makes the best consumer hardware out there, bar none. Screw the OS, you cannot get better hardware from ANY major manufacturer. So take your plastic, 4 hour battery, 2.5" inch thick, 10 pound piece of shit and shove it where the sun don't shine. Leave the serious toys for the big boys and go back to playing WoW while the rest of us work on moving technology forward.
Giant Spiders Invade Australian Outback Town
Couldn't they be carried to Brisbane by an African Swallow?
Borland Being Purchased By Micro Focus
Love it ... hillarious! You tell that to kids these days and they won't believe you! I think I liked the orange ones best, but the Matrix series made the green ones cool again, and that was the final nail in the orange CRT's coffin. :D
The Problem With Estimating Linux Desktop Market Share
Well, I can't speak for the entire world, but I can tell you that there are plenty of Mac users in Canada, England, France, and the Netherlands. I'd say it's only slightly less than the US from casual observations.
The Problem With Cable Is Television
Even better ... they should pack their crap up and head to lovely Somalia, the ideal capitalist society, no laws, no taxes, no government! Yeah, they have no infrastructure, no health care system (public or private), no education system, rampant disease, lack of food, and no police to stop people from killing you for what you do have, but hey, that's why you're the self reliant type and don't need no stinkin' government. In addition, there's no socialist pensions or medicare, mostly because people die in their late 40s on average, but hey it's one more thing you won't be paying taxes for! In fact, Somalia is so free, you can even chose to become a pirate, yes a pirate, and live a responsibility-free life in a tropical paradise. So, feeling oppressed by the tyrannical, thieving, socialist US government? Well, head to Somalia, no visas required, all are welcomed ... oh ... and bring lots of food, medicine, and money, they love that, and the government there promises nobody will kill you for it. Well ... if they had a government ... but that's part of the charm, and remember, come to Somalia, we've got pirates ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSBoO4GzHaI
What Did You Do First With Linux?
There are some hardcore old timers on this page ... my first brush with Linux was RedHat 5.1 in 1998, paired with an Oracle install. RAID card wasn't supported at the time. I had a baaaaaaad time and had to crawl back to NT 4.0 instead. I remained interested and when the chance produced itself in 2001 to setup a bunch of Linux servers, I lept. I've had at least 2 machines running Linux since early 2001 and as many as 2 dozen at one point, spread across a bunch of data centers. Linux is just sooooo nice on servers ... absolutely love it. I did Linux on a laptop for about 5 years too, but use a Mac now since it has the same UNIX goodness underneath.
Microsoft Suffers Leaks, Lagging Sales Numbers As They Look Forward To Windows 8
Bullshit ... no way ... I remember the bad IBM and the good IBM only came after techs turned their backs on what was Big Blue. MS has alienated a lot of developers, they're poised for some serious pain in the coming years. They may turn it around, but they'll have to stop their lock-in games, just like IBM did, and that's gonna take away all their pricing power. MS won't go away, but it won't look anything like the company are today before the bleeding stops.
Microsoft Suffers Leaks, Lagging Sales Numbers As They Look Forward To Windows 8
To be fair ... NT had a numbering scheme. In fact, NT was the main reason why I liked MS back in the day. That came to a screeching halt right after W2K though. W2K is the last piece of MS software that I can say I liked, but I still think the NT 3.x line was the best stuff they ever put out. NT 4.x was when the "edition" forks started and everything started degrading from then on.
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