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Comment Sony Metreon (Score 1) 56

This used to be a mecca for technology and comic books; this seems like a great space to put this type of museum in.
My understanding is that the owners still haven't figured out what to do with it. Keep the movie theatre and the Game Walk of Fame, put in the museum, followed by a better arcade, and revitalize the Metreon.

It's still one of my favorite places to go when in SF.

Submission + - Apple iPad Backed As Business Tool By Forrester (eweekeurope.co.uk)

justice4all writes: Forrester Research believes Apple's iPad will be a tempting business tool for mobile professionals, who make up 28 percent of the enterprise workforce
A leading analyst company believes that Apple's iPad will catch on among mobile professionals, as they travel from company headquarters to remote offices, or from one business meeting to the next.


Submission + - Google Chrome Tablet Concept Emerges (eweekeurope.co.uk)

jee4all writes: A Google-related site has shown concepts for a tablet based on the Chrome OS, which Google supporters believe will beat the Apple iPad

A tablet based on Google's Chrome OS has been shown, in concept form, on the Chromium site, giving rise to the speculation one would expect.
The Chrome tablet concept, which includes a video, has been posted on Chromium, the site for open source projects related to Google's Chrome OS.


Submission + - Wozniak Claims Prius Has "Scary" S/W Problem

chaosUnplugged writes: Apple Co-Founder Claims Toyota Prius Has "Scary" Software Problem He Can Dupilcate

"...Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak told a crowd today of an unintentional acceleration problem with his 2010 Toyota Prius, which isn't under a recall. "This is software. It's not a bad accelerator pedal," he told the crowd. "It's very scary."

When speaking to the Discovery Forum 2010 he spoke about the software issue with his new Prius:

"Toyota has this accelerator problem we've all heard about [...]
I have many models of Prius that got recalled, but I have a new model that didn't get recalled. This new model has an accelerator that goes wild but only under certain conditions of cruise control. And I can repeat it over and over and over again—safely."

Submission + - Trapped Earthquake iPhone miracle (theregister.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: An American filmmaker trapped under the rubble of his hotel used his iPhone for medical advice, while relying on his SLR for light and paper for recording his last thoughts.
A new low for self promotion; for as the Jesus phone manuscript hath written — ask and ye shall receive the miracle of battery conservation.
I know there is a twitter gag in there somewhere.


Submission + - The Apple Tablet Interface Must Be Like This (gizmodo.com)

kylevh writes: On one side there are the people who think that a traditional GUI—one built on windows, folders and the old desktop metaphor—is the only way to go for a tablet. In another camp, there are the ones who are dreaming about magic 3D interfaces and other experimental stuff, thinking that Apple would come up with a wondrous new interface that nobody can imagine now, one that will bring universal love, world peace and pancakes for everyone. Both camps are wrong: The iPhone started a UI revolution, and the tablet is just step two. Here's why.

Submission + - Need Your PC On A Stick? (informationweek.com) 1

drummerXander17 writes: It's also trying to make employees more productive at home, recognizing that 9 to 5 doesn't fit a global business. It's testing something it calls "GM online," or "desktop on a stick." It's a virtual PC environment on a USB drive that, when used with a home PC connected to the Internet, will give employees their full Windows 7-based GM desktop, with security settings and VPN. It will save employees from having to lug their PCs home at night, let the company issue fewer laptops, and cut the pain of loss or theft. "Someone steals a 1-gig stick that's encrypted, we kill it and go buy a new one for $15," Kline says.
The Internet

Submission + - SPAM: DNS Benchmark with Wine

twickline writes: Internet browsing is a huge part our daily lives. No matter where we are we are bound to have contact with the internet in one form or another, and thus when we need it we want or need it to be as fast and as responsive as possible. Before I get into how to find the fastest DNS for you, you need to know what a DNS is...
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Submission + - Cops Use Xbox Live to Nab Christmas Crook

nandemoari writes: Here's a piece of advice for thieves this holiday season: if you steal a game console, don't go online to play games with your crooked friends. Doing just that helped cops find a stolen Xbox 360 over the weekend. Twenty-two-year-old Jeremiah Gilliam is facing huge larceny charges this morning after cops found a veritable pile of stolen electronics in his Bronx home. According to police, Gilliam had an incredible collection of global positioning systems (GPS), video game consoles, laptop computers, cellphones and other electronic devices in his home. Usually these kinds of repeated petty crimes are difficult for police to sniff out, but thanks to some very smart cops (who I think might be gamers themselves), a game console was used to help nab Gilliam.

Submission + - Jolt Cola filing for Bankruptcy

An anonymous reader writes: Jolt Cola (featured in Hackers the movie..) is filing for bankruptcy
after promising to order 90 mil. sodacans from Rexam between -07 and -09 and so far have only
ordered 27 mil. cans.

Company might be saved if people get riled up and start mass-ordering jolt cola.. Save jolt!

Submission + - World War III could be fought on Internet (goodgearguide.com.au)

angry tapir writes: Hamadoun Toure, secretary general of the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union, has warned that the "next world war could begin in cyberspace". He made the warning at the start of the ITU Telecom World exhibition and forum. The beginnings of such an unconventional war could be out of the control of conventional diplomacy, he said, because in cyberspace "there is no such thing as a superpower: Every citizen is a superpower." With an army of "bots," or compromised computers, at their command, almost anyone could wield great power in a virtual battle, as a number of recent denial-of-service attacks against targets around the world have shown.

Comment Tried getting away, but eventually gave in (Score 2) 394

I wanted to get away from Exchange. So I put in HP Openmail (Samsung Contact). That works for a few years until my users crashed my server (management refused to allow me to place limits on mailboxes, so this is what happens). After the crash, I put up a Postfix IMAP server and used Mozilla Thunderbird. What I found was that even though my users essentially use the email portions of Outlook and not the other collaborative features (some use the Contacts and Calendars, but not with any critical data), they still wanted Outlook. Daily I would hear complaints about how they hated using Mozilla, and eventually, we put Exchange 2007 and Outlook back in.

I think what happened is that many companies put in Exchange without understanding whether or not their company would really use all the collaborative features with Outlook. I'm willing to be many of them only really use the email portions, like mine does. Had my company started out with using just a simple POP3/IMAP server, then we might be using something like Google right now. But because we started out with the "defacto" standard, we setup the wrong expectation. This is what will be tough for Google; trying to get existing users to switch.

I agree that the Outlook plugin was probably not the best thing Google did, but it may be the only way Google can start transitioning people over to their services.

Comment The Ad in Question (Score 1) 858

I've watched this ad, and I noticed a few things, and it brought up some information I already knew.

1) She Picked Apple First. Why?

She's an actress, and a member of SAG (Screen Actors Guild). Hollywood primarily uses Apple in their productions, and on screen. Getting rights to use Apple products are a lot easier than getting the rights to a Dell product, which uses Microsoft and a host of other vendors. That's why you don't see a lot of TV and movies using PC's; notice that they use Macs if they can.

She's familiar with using Mac's from her work as an actress on a set.

2) Why did she want a 17" Screen?

To be honest, I'm not sure. For checking emails, and doing some minor multimedia, and web surfing, a 17" screen seems a bit overkill...Then again, why do we want the 50" HDTV vs the 32"? Because it's bigger.

3) What criteria did she use to pick out her PC?

According to the ad, price, screen size, speed, and aesthetics, but you could tell her sole motivation was screen size and price. The other criteria she mentioned were supporting her rationalization, and no other criteria mentioned. Essentially like buying a toaster, or a blender.

4) What didn't the ad mention?

No additional warranty on the HP she bought; just the HP one year parts/labor. No Office suite; no Anti-Virus security package; no additional multimedia software. This is what's left out to get a "bargain basement" price on these Worst Buy laptops.

5) Is Microsoft desperate and worried?

From this ad, they sure are. Vista dug a big hole for them, and the Apple ads made it even bigger. Also, they're trading at $18.37 a share today, whereas Apple at $105.12 is quite good.

Yet the interesting thing is, this ad made them out to be the "cheap" option, which I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to be associated as a "cheap" manufacturer of a product, because my product comes off as being cheap just as much as the cost might be cheap.

6) Will Apple ever develop low-cost units to compete with?

No. To do this, they would either license OSX to a PC house like Dell or they'd have to go the "clone" route, which had disastrous consequences the first time around. Neither one of these are likely, as it would dilute the Apple brand.
This is why you don't find BMW, Mercedes, Alfa-Romeo, Bentley or Rolls-Royce making vehicles less than $30,000. You're paying for a higher end experience.

Comment Benchmarks or No Benchmarks... (Score 1) 195

Most of the communities online seem to have the same opinion. Fusion seems to be more "solid" than Parallels. Most of my users have come to the conclusion that Parallels is just very glitchy and unreliable. Even though their benchmarks show Parallels is faster, it visually doesn't feel faster. Running Fusion brings up the session much faster, apps feel faster and printing is definitely better within Fusion than Parallels.

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