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Except for the lack of tuners, you just described my PS3. It's been the media player at home for years. Oh, and you can buy an official BT remote for it, which has all the options needed for most things. Now if they could only add a tuner, it'd be perfect!
"A cousin of mine is currently using a combination of macrobiotic foods and chemo to deal with an inoperable brain tumour."
Notice the "and chemo" part. That's why it works, it isn't replacing the other stuff and actually helps the chemo process. Jobs not only had an operable thing, he neglected everything for his diet stuff. Having already lost someone near to our family to "switch chemo for naturist solution", I know that anyone doing this switch is probably a Darwin Award nominee.
Doing the naturist stuff + chemo does seem to work. But don't cut the treatment!!!
Of course, anyone should see that this particular "doom day" must be out as the Christian counter to the Mayan 2012 "doom day". Hell, even the site had 2012 encircled by the "NO" symbol.
Of course, the only thing they are doing is either making an ass of themselves, or duping people into selling all their stuff and ending up broke because the world WON'T end.
BT has a "High Security" setting which forces the device to do "device pairing" before being able to connect to the other device. Some smartphones are even locked into said mode for security reasons.
You mean the iPhone can't do that?
The problem being that Ritchie was rarely mentioned, if at all, in the news while Jobs' death "shook the world". Jobs was both a good salesman and a First Class Jerk. While he has done stuff worthy of admiration, hs bad stuff has been pretty bad.
You can't talk about Good Steve without talking about Bad Steve.
who U calling fanboi, iFanboi?
Both the DS and PSP mobile console lines have been chugging along pretty well. Detractors saying that the 3DS lackluster reception spells DOOOOOM to Nintendo and Sony are ignoring the fact that the DSi has sold pretty well, and that one came after the release of the Jesus Phone; the PSP has been selling pretty well during all this time.
Also, some of the titles are PS3 ports (like MGS4) or based on already bestselling titles like Uncharted or God of War, so it isn't like the roster is full of unknown games. It also helps that the big iOS games are also on the PS3/PSP (Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies). Even buying an iToy doesn't exclude someone from having a portable gaming console! Same argument was given with the Wii when the truth was that most people buying a Wii were actually outside the traditional "gamer" market. Sony and MS are still selling consoles.
"Millions of game sales put you on the wrong end of this argument." Millions of Big Macs are sold daily. Does that make them the best burgers in the world? Nope. They're cheaper, so they sell more.
How did that shark manage to look like Mike Wozawski?
HSBC is British
That's why they relocated to the UK.
In fact, that's why they even exist at all! As a bank to do trade between British Hong Kong and mainland China, hence the Hong Kong-Shanghai Banking Corp.
Video conferencing has been possible for years now; even during the dialup era we had crappy videoconf capabilities using crappy webcams. My laptop totes a webcam as well... and it has never been used.
Most of us smartphone-toting people tend to use email/IM/SMS much more than actual calls. It is less intrusive than a call, never mind a videocall. Yes, I sometimes wish we had "Total Recall" or even "Evangelion" style vidphones, but it seems that they took long enough for people to simply not care about them now that we do have the tech.
It might not be really visible on desktop PCs, but Linux has taken over what could've been a juicy server market for MS. It is a threat to existing Windows Servers, especially when there are OSS stacks that are capable of serving as a drop-in substitute for Active Directory.
Yup. Apple would simply release a console that's too expensive, lacking in games (or full of non-brand generic games) and be even more restrictive than XBox360 (which itself is more restrictive than PS3). Not many outside the iFan sphere would buy it.
Also, Apple has already failed once in that market: Pippin.
Re: Closed mind
"So if Apple released a product that did EXACTLY what you wanted and was at a price that you were willing to pay, you wouldn't buy it just because Apple did it?"
Given that as long as Apple clings to the SJ walled garden policy, it won't release a true open system, I doubt *any* Apple product will do EXACTLY what I want.
You sir, fail at logic.
Given the media coverage of Jobs, you'd think he invented boolean logic. Yet Ritchie has much, much, much more to do with modern OS and programming, yet he is being overshadowed by the iCult.
Apple made the "clusterfuck of icons in the background" popular, hence Microsoft copying the UI over. But true, it is more of a case of passing off the touch interface into non-touch devices.
But wait, Apple is *also* doing that in Lion: reverse scrolling.
Having been mostly unaffected by the Blackberry disservice ... today, we've been hit. HARD.
Most of the day my BB icon has been showing ... but I haven't been able to actually SEND or RECEIVE messages. ARRRGH!!!
RIM, Fix This Thing! I can't get others to buy into BB if the damn thing loses connectivity while convincing new people! :P
Not a brute force attack
More likely someone nicked either a hashed pwd list, or applying the infamous Gizmodo list on the PSN. It is bound to end up scoring with people who use the same password for everything. That's the reason why I now use random passwords on most sites and keep said passwords on a Password Safe.
This sounds familiar
... isn't it the plot of "Inconstant Moon"? Half the planet gets fried, the other half suffers major cataclysms resulting from the frying of the other side. In the end, people in the "dark" half survive, though in small numbers, including the scientist that discovered it. Though the event in that one was a solar flare, not gamma radiation bursts.
Meanwhile, in Latin America
Blackberries seem to be working just fine.
Except for some downtime around 00:00 GMT -0500, when I noticed that my BBM messages ceased to get sent, and my 3G indicator stopped showing the BB logo. However, even TCP-Direct stopped working, so I suspect it was a carrier-related hiccup, not a BB one. Didn't have a nearby WiFi to verify this...
I assume they're talking about SIPRNet. If that's the case, then yes, it is completely separated from the "public" internet.
Then again, Manning was able to get stuff out of there via "sneakernet".
SA is turning into a facepalm
This is the second time in this year that the SA Gov't acts pretty stupid in the int'l relationships dept. First was Libya, trying to push a Gaddafi-friendly "peace" proposal, second one would be this.
The ANC is turning into a big FAIL!
Part of that Silent Majority
Java EE is a pretty good stack for building true MVC / 3-Layer apps. Most of my Java stuff uses it, ever since college and it has resulted in an easy to extend model with a good security model. I probably owe JavaEE for knowing basic RBAC concepts, and LDAP.
It's much better
to strike down the law before it becomes law, instead of doing clever workarounds on said draconian laws. The latter course of action is commonplace in countries ruled by dictators, tyrants, or military juntas ... what does this say about Italy?
Lack of SIM
To me, the lack of a SIM card is what makes CDMA a "shit" technology, as I haven't had to worry about handset auth since 2003. GSM was actually welcomed as 'freedom from telcos' because of the SIM card; this freedom was threathened by Apple and their "virtual SIM" thingy, thankfully it got blocked by the GSMA.
As a former Mac user (circa 1985-1998) and currently critical of the "walled garden" approach of the iUniverse, I still feel sad by the untimely death of Steve Jobs.
The man was able to pull Apple out of near bankruptcy, turned it into a very profitable company.
RIP Steve Jobs.
I actually liked Larry trying to beat x86/64 to death. It's about time someone rids the computing world of this crappy architecture; RISC always had the upper hand but the dominance of the Wintel boxes killed most of the RISC chips.
Oh, and Carly killed PA-RISC. HP must be feeling stupid now that Oracle is actually improving Sun's hardware, while HP is stuck with a dying platform (Itanium) with no clear migration paths.
Probably will still have good demand.
By the time these guys find out they went to a saturated market, or one that is slowly dying (VB), the Java devs have taken all the good jobs.
""...when you got home you had... oh that's right, two batteries to charge sequentially"
You seem to have missed the "went out hiking 92 miles" part. I think there's no way he was going to be able to charge his phone at all, given the lack of power outlets during said 92-mile hike.
I remember having two batteries for my Fujitsu Lifebook 280Dx; thanks to this, I was able to cope with a long flight running on both batteries. :)
Dead Space 2 has the "online pass" thingy. According to this article, it isn't "all ps3 games" though, it is all Sony published games. Still shitty of them to do this...
MS pimps off their users by charging for online play, overcharging for HDDs and locking out third-party HDDs (Sony lets you stick any HDD on your PS3). If you really want to stick it to the man ... switch your PS3 for a PC, not an Xbox.
Betting on who's going to get sacked is definitely a hostile environment. You're encouraging your workers to sabotage their target coworker so that you earn your measly $10.
I wouldn't quit, I would sue that jackass for as much as the law would allow me... and I would win!
Oh dear no. VB.NET was kept because of VB6ers whining at MS. Of course, they "fixed" the language, throwing away all the crap and hacking it so it would mostly match C#'s syntax. And C# is basically a pirated Java version which added nifty things that Java lacked, but then tied the whole thing to the MS stack.
Fortunately, the new wave of programmers have a true programming language background, which means C-like languages, that is C/C++/Java/C#; that and having C# being easy to make GUI apps for Windows meant VB wasn't the only easy path for Win32 apps and thus VB is finally dying off. But at least what passes for VB.NET these days is infinitely better than VB6.
VB must die
VB "classic" was a pile of steaming doo-doo. It infected a whole generation of devs with sloppy syntax and bad coding practices (ON ERROR RESUME NEXT). IIRC, MS was going to kill VB and go for C# as a forced replacement for VB, but the VB dudes didn't want to move.
So then Microsoft did something awesome; they left "VB" but actually made it so that VB.NET is actually C# with enforced syntactic sugar. Fortunately, the new generations have mostly gone C# or Java; others with PHP, Ruby, some go C++ but the trend does seem to be that most people are finally putting VB out to pasture.
It seems that what I had been saying for years has finally been proven right: HP fucked up abandoning PA-RISC and betting on Intel's Itanium. But then I think that one can be chalked to Carly's Follies...
At least Verizon does. So it isn't like this is all about selling knockoffs, they actually are concerned on this.
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