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Don't forget the part about the first iPod being a copy of a Creative's NOMAD player. Same H/W and same S/W, just a different form factor. Creative won a $100M lawsuit years later. By that time Apple had broken through to the consumers.
We Americans have been eating these flakes for generations
We just got fatter and so have our rats.
Security was given a low priority, though it was not Cutler's decision. That was a management decision. Baking in a secure kernel and separate address spaces was strongly recommended by the development team. Ultimately the management rejected it due to the increased cost and time to market.
Promotional gimmick for Apple's new iBall touch. A pointless device created solely for the purpose of patenting the circle.
Re: Penny wise, pound foolish.
I agree, this reminds me of the TATA compressed air car. They were claiming ridiculous efficiencies when in fact the full cycle efficiency was in the single digits. Compressed air is a horrible energy storage medium. Pure gas is a little better, but in the end the thermal dynamic losses of the compression/decompression cycle render it useless for energy storage.
And then when they sobered up ....
They discovered that one of the strippers had spilled a drink on the instrument cluster and some organic material had gotten mixed in from an unspecified reproductive act. They're still scratching their heads trying to explain the cloudy substance on the external mirror. Although the scratching may be due to microorganism left by the goat they were joyriding.
Most people get thinner before they die
The majority of people with chronic illness lose weight in the years before their death. Six years isn't a very long study. Go back 20 to 30 years, then write a report.
98% of users are "dumb" and 99.95% of corporate clones are "clueless", therefore ....
antivirus is a necessary evil.
Me - when I visit the dark side I pop my SATA cables and swing from a non-persistent Ubuntu live key with a second key for storage.
Why not hop to the digital film 4k format.
That way cinema, tv, projector, pc, mac, slab ... would all support the same f'n standard. I'm sick of paying for pixels that don't get used half the time.
Newegg has already doubled the price of their HDD's
You might think this is price gouging on their part. Probably not. They have a substantial DIY gamer business. Once their HDD inventory is gone the rest of their DIY revenue will also tail off. The hard drive is an essential (yet inexpensive) part of a new build. Doubling or quadrupling the price of a HDD won't kill most builds. Not having any HDD's available from Newegg or any other component supplier probably will.
A user can mod their PC for less than the cost of a console, and it will perform far better than a console. That mod will also improve other useful PC functions like editing video, ripping CDs, 3d modeling, and other content creation tasks.
No one cares about your cheap Garmin or iPlop
What Gen. Shelton is freaking out about is the degradation of his high end guidance systems used on military aircraft, autopiloted drones, guided ordinance, ...
LightSpeed's cheap transmitters are splattering all over the GPS frequencies. This significantly decreases the accuracy of GPS carrier phase correction processing. Centimeter accuracy suddenly becomes 10 meters or worse.
That might be ok for a nuke, but won't cut it when he's poking a small FAE into a cave entrance or through your bedroom window.
Nice - it's about time Intel got serious about power consumption
It's even better that they are talking about redesigning the Pentium core. It hasn't seen a lot of change since they dropped back to the PIII. Most of the silicon changes since have been dedicated to 64 bit, cache expansion, SSE extensions, memory controller, graphics, and visualization. The core is essentially the same.
IA reimplemented specifically for mips/watt would significantly change computing. A near static design where clock speed matches compute needs would kick arse. No mips demand = near zero power consumption. Instant on is irrelevant if always on consumes only a few milliwatts.
It's not a planet it's a battlestar
Prepare to be conquered by amazon-like women with biological LTE transceivers.
A cloud made of vapor (ware).
Problem is System Center 2010 can't match VMware's current feature set. Microsoft's datasheet mentions functionality that will not be available until System Center 2012 is released. Oopsee.
Self regulating problem.
Now that we've reached the point where that anything that gets sent into the LEO gets smashed to bits simple return-on-investment will limit the cost and number of new objects that get sent up. The problem solves itself.
This also remedies the manned space flight dilemma. A protective ring of death keeps humans on the ground (and aliens in space where they belong). And global warming will subside when all the shiny metallic spacecraft are pulverized into a dust cloud and reflect those pesky solar rays back into space.
Hey I have a new theory on Saturn's rings. Where's my Nobel? Barkeep, work that tap a little faster please.
Shame on EMC
The bigger question is why is a computer with access to secure information being used to access the internet. We develop software. We have a desktop and laptop on every desk. Separate networks, MAC filtering. Desktops are secure, laptops are not. Signs all over the place. Little red stickers on every case, display, keyboard, and USB hub to mitigate any confusion. Anyone who transgresses gets fined or fired. It's in everyone's employment contract including mine. And yes, I have fired employees for exposing IP.
When security is given the correct priority within an organization IP mysteriously becomes secure.
Sweet .. I can spin up a black hole in my kitchen
Surfin' the wave of self destruction. Oh, and you're all invited too ... a microsecond later.
"Vast right-wing conspiracy"
Hillary, the Uni-bomber, and now poor little Google. When will it all end?
Ok by me if they fully disclose their monitoring policy.
Consumers have other options. Let the market determine which companies and monitoring activities survive.
Rental vehicle companies have been doing this for years with on-board GPS.
Been there, done that. October 2001
NT 5.1 was Microsoft's first attempt at a single OS. Windows XP replaced DOS, 16-bit Windows, and the NT 5.1 core was stubbed into Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded . Of course the strategy failed because the NT 5.1 core is fat and many of the mobile and embedded applications had scarce resources.
This go-round should succeed. The hardware necessary to run the NT core today is essentially free and resides on silicon the size of a finger nail. All that's missing is Balmer drawing a line around the kernel and saying no one steps inside this box.
You scratch my back, I'll stroke your Merlin
Supposedly the deal to use the Merlin was inked because it had 3 engines in the Marine One configuration, the Sikorsky it competed against only had 2 engines.
Most likely the Merlin won because the "donations" from AgustaWestland's US collaborators to key congressional campaigns where better than those offered by Sikorsky. Here in the US budget overruns and Pentagon demand for cancellations take a back seat to political corruption.
A real tragedy
Cops stuck in heaven with nary a doughnut in sight.
Even if we convict him of murder he'll get probation.
Our federal pens are filled to capacity with sex offenders.
Show me the money
We're all capable of transitioning to a new platform. We've done it many times in the past. Cloud developers will be seeping up through the floor boards when the preaching stops and the checkbooks are on the table.
And these open source alternatives are how reliable?
You can piss on the Goo all you want, but their platforms work. I prefer "sluggish and over-engineered" to "sylphlike and provisional".
I'd rather have my engineers confined to the vacuum cleaner amalgamating a homogenous mesh
than wandering about the room spinning exquisite incidental perturbations.
Prasanna will see the light once he has to oversee the support of an ethereal code base.
The gift that keeps on giving.
Zuck should have cleaned this mess up years ago instead of buying that Acura. He could have bought out that contract for a fraction of what his lawyers will get paid cleaning it up now. Not to mention what will happen if they fail.
$27.5B Black Acura for sale anyone?
So when will a HDD manufacturer add a 8gb onboard SSD cache
Let the HDD controller decide what should reside on the SSD based on simple caching algorithms. That way the 2TB drive will perform exactly like an SSD 99% of the time. Worst case scenario is HDD speeds 1% of the time.
95% of an Win7 is never accessed in a week of use. Why dedicate a $100 drive to it.
You've got Poo on your database.
He seems to be quite prolific at hacking into government/financial databases. Silly boy kept the data on his hard drive though. He of all people should have understood the importance of physical security. Kind of hard to crack the encryption if you don't have the file(s). And yes, the DOD will spare no expense on the decryption if they suspect their data might be in the file(s).
Nice job getting him to fly into NYC. No extradition paperwork. Poo must have Poo for brains.
Yea, lets just allow the plague to spread and only treat the survivors.
Anti-virus by its very nature is reactive. It only becomes effective after the outbreak has spread to the point where it has been detected, analyzed, then prescribed.
The answer is prevention. The answer is building hardware that supports and encourages the distribution of hardened operating systems and applications. Hardware enforced sandboxing is what the chip makers should be spending their (our) money on.
I have no problem with this if the owner of an i--- has the option of opting out of the program.
If Apple wants Stalinist control over their devices they should rent them to customers, not sell them to customers.
The Dell factories are fine, this happened in a remanufacturing shop.
Dell contracts most of this work out. These contractors strip the good parts off of warranty returns. The motherboard bios is brought up to date if necessary. The virus found its way into a bios binary on one or more of the updater systems.
Still an unforgivable sin, but rest assured quality control is much tighter at Dell's factories.
Chrome on commodity hardware.
I'll get one as an online banking and web retail terminal. No more f***'n malware.
HP and Acer passed Dell using acquisitions and mergers.
Dell's core PC business only added the insignificant revenue of Alienware. HP took on Compaq (with DEC) and Acer absorbed Gateway (with eMachines) to jump ahead of Dell in revenues.
WiMax is to LTE as Beta is to VHS
My trusty abacus shows $2b / 300k users = $6.666k per user. Me thinks the new LTE network is more than just a replacement, but also an expansion well beyond the existing user base.
The cooling effect of sulfate aerosols is local and temporary...
The aerosols dissipate somewhat quickly. Their cooling effect is negligible.
Reducing black soot puts a disproportionate burden on third world countries, which is very attractive to those of us who drive a 2.5 ton SUV to fetch the Starsmuchs every morning (and fear an uprising by the huddled masses.)
Wouldn't it be cheaper to just exterminate the wretched refuse who can't afford air conditioning?
It's called conditioning.
Students regularly consume higher levels of alcohol on the eve of testing.
I'm surprised the testers didn't note the DTs within the alcohol deprived group.
He needs more time in the pokey.
46 mo. is a joke. This won't deter anyone. Hell the guy in a $200 finger-in-the-pocket robbery gets more time than this.
Mine: The jacket with the FED EX money order in the pocket.
Acrobat 5 was Adobe's last internet unaware pdf viewer.
It's considerably safer than the later Adobe internet enabled products with auto-downloaders, auto-updating, and application integration with God knows what; and all that crapware that runs in the background.
Once you close Acrobat 5 there aren't any Adobe threads running on your system. Plus you can opt out of the update nagware.
Rest easy Adobe. Microsoft is in the cloud.
Thunderbolts will erupt from the heavens now. Millions of trousers will drop simultaneously when Azure tinkles.
Mine's the rain smock w/ micro SD pockets sewn into the lining.
Fortunate air bag failure.
If the drivers side airbag had deployed there would have been a follow on story from a Florida hospital emergency room.
Doctor: do you hear something buzzing ... and why is this unconscious woman smiling?
I love it.
Manned space flight passed it's prime before Apollo was scrubbed. We get 10x the science for the same price when we eliminate the Astrotard. There may yet come a day when people serve a purpose in space, until then lets just send the science labs.
"function and quality parity with desktop apps"
Gee, thanks for setting the bar so high Helen. How about designing a product to be truly "secure". No unnecessary features, no extensions, no active content. Just secure communications between a remote device and a bank/retailer so I can do secure transactions without worry.