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Viviane Reding says imitate US and form FEDERAL EUROPE

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No real panacea...

When I first heard about this idea, there was also this little detail about the various countries in the EU being treated like children and being forced to run their budgets through the federal government.

That is not quite like how the US runs things. States are autonomous and run their own affairs. There's even supposed to be limits on what the Federal Government can do. Basically, it's supposed to be there for things of an "international" nature.

Mapping the US structure to Europe would not stop the Greeks or the Spanish from doing things their own way. If you tried this "the feds must approve your budget" idea in the US, you would likely get a 2nd Civil War.

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Microsoft says tablets will trump PCs in 2013

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Re: And therein lies the problem...

Microsoft was trying to sell $2000 laptops and $50,000 tables.

They simply weren't targeting the consumer in an environment where normal PCs are already DIRT CHEAP. A useful and usable PC can still be had for as little as $300. It's hard for a $2000 tablet or hybrid to compete in that kind of environment.

Although once you need to actually "compute" something, both these $300 PCs and $600 tablets are woefully inadequate.

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Apple wins US ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Fanboy silliness.

An Aston Martin design "protected"?

You really don't know squat about cars.

The only part on an Aston Martin that is protected are the trademarks. That's how it should be.

I saw a Bentley this morning that had a very forgettable design.

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Real work versus nonsense.

Well, actual engineering requires that you can build something that actually works. You have to deal with the laws of physics, and the constraint of costs, and of current technology while also dealing with what clueless people will have to use it. You have to consider things like it might fall apart or catch fire.

Doodling something on a napkin is beyond trivial in comparison.

"Design" does not take as much effort.

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Re: @Zodd

The PhoneOS GUI is basically the Windows 3.1 GUI.

A grid of icons. Some menus. How "innovative".

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Re: A ban based on a design patent??

There was a similar tablet in 1994.

The design also showed up in a movie in 1969.

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Re: Tab2

Are you seriously trying to imply that people buy this thing without knowing what it is?

Even if that is the case, they can still RETURN IT.

What everyone is really saying here is that Apple doesn't have any thing that distinguishes itself. The best it can do is compete on looks. There are no real substantive differences. There's no real reason for someone to buy an Apple product.

Otherwise, the fact that the Samsung device is a copy cat is meaningless.

Either the Apple product is good enough to compete on it's own merits or not. If it's good enough, the legal dirty tricks are simply unnecessary. Although they quite nicely demonstrate just what kind of scum Apple is. Just in case anyone had been duped into believing otherwise.

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Chess algorithm written by Alan Turing goes up against Kasparov

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Re: Miek...

Sounds rather like a homework assignment from the class that teaches you about Turing Machines.

People tend to forget that this stuff exists in the total absence of any hardware.

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Are you a hot BABE in heels and a short skirt? SCIENCE is for YOU

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Re: The hard sell

...which leads us again to the sort of "chick" that you see in this video. You end up with someone that fits into the Glamour or Cosmo mold but just happens to be a terribly geeky doctor.

You end up with Dr. Isles, Queen of the Dead.

"Feminist fashion magazines" are what really set the tone here, not mysoginists or brogrammers.

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Microsoft's Surface proves software is dead

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The tyrant is gratuitous

You don't need the walled garden nonsense. Your false sense of security is equally attainable with Apple's computer products and they don't enforce any fascist platform restrictions. It's only the crapulence of Microsoft that makes the walled garden seem reasonable.

...and that's only if you forget all of those "I'm a Mac" ads.

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Re: Apple is more closed than Microsoft ever dreamed of being

That kind of argument made sense in 1988, not 2001 or now.

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Re: Software isn't dead...

Outlook is not a choice, it's something imposed upon you because it does more than just the little bits that involve real standards. The rest is highly proprietary just like the rest of msoffice is.

Outlook is the perfect example of taking an open standard and perverting it with vendor lock.

It's more of the same Microsoft proprietary lock-you-in-to-our products racket. iTunes functions in the same way.

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Speedball 2 Brutal Deluxe

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Re: Sir

Plus the house elf would come out to tidy up the body and kick head around.

Good times...

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Ten... Sata 3 SSDs

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Re: old fart remembers how it was

I've paid $300 for a 750G drive before and I have no interest in repeating that if I can avoid it.

Fortunately, tech moves on. I can avoid it, so I will.

I don't need to be stuck in the past just because I can remember when I spent $400 on a 1G hard drive.

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More strangely British bargains...

> Looks like you've missed the major reductions in SSD prices over the past 2-3 weeks. 256GB is in the £150-£170 range now

Just got a 3TB spinny disk for about half that.

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Re: Lies, Damn Lies, and Bad Benchmarks

> that everybody with a grain of understanding would by now know that sequential I/O tests are meaningless

So you never copy stuff? I find that hard to believe.

Not every one's access patterns resemble an OLTP database.

If I decide to move 500G of stuff around, I want to know how long to expect to wait for it to finish. Sometimes this is also known as backup and recovery.

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You conflated it until it exploded.

Tape isn't random access. So your little bit of conflation falls apart.

It's been over 10 years and SSD still seems more like an overpriced boutique items for serious users that have revenue generating business that would benefit from a costly speed upgrade.

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Linus Torvalds drops F-bomb on NVIDIA

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Re: Ahem.. ATI anyone?

Optimus isn't a "driver problem". It's a bleeding edge Windows dependency problem.

If it doesn't work on Linux it's because the Windows hack being used is just a little too new at this point.

The scope of this particular "problem" is just a tad wider in scope than nvidia's blob.

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Re: "I'm also not sure that RedHat are too concerned over NVidia drivers."

Nobody needs Red Hat for "general purpose application servers".

It's the interesting stuff like GPU compute servers that require the kind of buy in that makes a company like Red Hat a more obvious choice. Otherwise, people just go with Debian. OTOH, if Red Hat is willing to leave money on the table companies like Microway will gladly take it from them. They have been providing higher performance Linux machines since the 90s. (It was Alpha then)

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Re: Ahem.. ATI anyone?

The best you can come up with this Optimus crap.

If I have an nvidia GPU, why in the H*LL would I want to put up with Intel crap EVER? Saving a few seconds of battery time just isn't a compelling enough reason.

The Lemming troll has found his corner case but who else cares really?

Intel GPUs are a pile of fail under any OS.

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Re: Great now we have a child

This isn't about the "high end gaming market" and hasn't been for a long time.

That's why there's a very respectable Linux blob to begin with.

The Lemming gamers here are classic narcissists.

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America's X-37B top-secret spaceplane returns to Earth

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Re: Gay?

> Whilst the Tea Party itself doesn't concern itself so much with social issues, it's supporters do.

Like the GOP itself from which the Tea Party sprang, an organization is ultimately nothing more than the sum of it's membership.

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Re: Gay?

By all means point us to good examples of these alleged fiscal conservatives not acting like the sort of stereotypical fundie busybodies described in "media misinformation".

A link to a Tea Party webpage would be an obvious example.

If there are any such mythical "fiscal conservatives" that are also not Puritan culture warriors, then such an example should be easy to provide. It even could have been included in your original response.

Yes, the role of government should be the minimal necessary. That includes my bedroom too.

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Apple's Retina Macs: A little too elite?

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Re: Silly hipsters.

> Therefore, as the OP said, it makes sense to use very fast USB3 or Thunderbolt drives containing more capable storage media.

...which just gets you back to the problem of the performance of your actual storage media.

Attaching a fancy over priced external storage bus is not going to make a disk any faster. It's just going to make the thing less portable and more bother to deal with. It might even create an extra bottleneck. An obvious way to get around all of that is to ditch external wires entirely and include really spendy drives if that's really necessary.

Although I suspect you have no clue how fast any of these devices actually are or how expensive.

Of course different people have different ideas of what the tradeoffs should be. That's why it's absolutely essential to have a meaningful array of options and it's rather useful for a device to be user serviceable.

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Silly hipsters.

> Yeah, yeah, yeah, stick a USB3 or Thunderbold drive on it, you sniveling ponces.

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> What are you going to do, run Win7 or Ubuntu?

That kind of defeats the whole point of the "laptop" thing now doesn't it.

Although I think the whole concept is ridiculous. Who does video editing on a laptop? That's what something like a Mac Pro is for.

Sadly though I will probably have thunderbolt running under Linux before it's on the Mac Pro.

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Does it?

When I am really bored I will have to "horse race" this for myself and see how it goes.

How new of a version of MacOS does this kind of trick need?

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Apple pulls in TomTom, kicks Google off iPhones

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Re: TomTom iPhone/iPad app

> Iphone 3GS is getting iOS 6

PhoneOS updates on older iPhones are actually a dubious prospect. Those of us that don't restrict ourselves to some sort of single vendor are able to observe this for ourselves.

So your crowing is less impressive than you think.

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Re: "the most up-to-date". Really?

I dunno. I think you need to treat any mapping service with some degree of skepticism. Examples of every service screwing up abound. The criticisms that Tom Tom tries to lay on OSM are true for ANY mapping service. You just have to keep your wits generally and know better than to blindly trust the computer.

YMMV. Seek out the best option for your particular circumstances. Don't be afraid to dump you chosen option if need be.

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US Navy buys Linux to guide drone fleet

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Re: From next year's headlines

Corporate servers managed under a change control regime likely already fall under this description.

According to your rationale, we should already being such headlines. Probably should have seen such headlines years ago.

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OCZ RevoDrive 3 X2 240GB PCI-E SSD

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Re: The so-called future.

That's a monstrous array that probably has a few hidden gotchas in terms of cost and it's still twice as expensive. 4TB drives aren't even cheap and plentiful yet. Who knows when larger drives will finally hit the market.

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The so-called future.

I'm still waiting for 20TB of storage of any kind to get down to the $600 price point.

Chances are that it will be spinny disk and that SSD will lag very far behind.

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Mr Sulu causes DDoS panic after posting link on Facebook

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Re: Now that's asking for it...getting a Star Trek fact wrong...

All it takes is one missing comma to turn Churchill and Stalin into strippers.

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AMD and Intel extreme desktop CPU workout

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Not everyone fixates on the shiny logo.

I dumped my Intel because I was tired of it running hot despite a fair amount of effort expended to prevent that.

While AMD doesn't deliver the best high end performance, it still does very well in terms of heat, efficiency, and price. Also, it's not just the CPU but it's also the motherboard. So the combination of CPU+mobo might fare better than just CPU comparisons alone.

Not everyone confuses their PC with their what's in their pants.

Beyond gamers and video pack rats, most people already have trouble taking advantage of what they have.

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France's biggest Apple reseller sinks: 'Tech titan crushed us'

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Re: Bring on the clones!

They could call it the Raspberry or Rasp for short.

There would be no explicit mention of it being a Hackintosh. It would just be a poorly kept secret.

Rasp 520 looks suspiciously like a Mac Mini.

Rasp 1024 looks suspiciously like an iMac.

Rasp 1000 looks suspicously like a MBA.

Rasp 2000 looks suspicously like a MBP.

Rasp 3000 looks suspiciously like bargain Mac Pro.

Rasp 4000 looks suspicously like a non-bargain Mac Pro.

Some models could even fit niches unfilled by Apple and include better device support ahead of apple. Using USB3. Using new TB based motherboards. Putting in better GPUs, more memory, more storage and whatnot.

Of course they would be price competitive PCs too... (nice side effect)

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Venus is a harsh mistress

Never forget #42

...although there is always #451.

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LucasArts unveils Star Wars game for grown-ups

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Re: An adults-only game

Before it jumped the shark with the prequels it appealed to a wide range of age groups.

Perhaps you are simply too young to have seen it for yourself.

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Hard disk drive prices quick to rise, slow to fall

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Re: Doesn't help that drives are increasingly unreliable

The "sweet spot' seem to be about 3 years ago. That's when a certain brand of drive went to crap. Their newer kit doesn't seem to be nearly as bad though.

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Re: Main market not freetards ... ?

...so you are basically arguing that much of the demand for bare drives is relatively inelastic.

Businesses are probably have much less flexibility when it comes to avoiding overpriced kit. While they could certainly try to avoid new acquisitions, their purchases are more driven by "need" versus "mere want". So the petrol analogy fits pretty well for the business segment.

It doesn't for the consumer segment. It's a luxury good. If you price to too high people say "why bother" or "I think I will wait a bit".

Thus the the differences in prices.

Although, if my array fills up and I can't afford an upgrade then I stop buying DVDs.

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Foxconn receives Apple smart TV order - report

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Re: Ummm...

How is the industry's most limited remote control going to help that?

Most modern TVs have a simple menu system that Apple is unlikely to improve upon with the possible exception of making it look prettier.

So the input menu will have a sense of Apple aesthetics but not much else changed.

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Re: There is indeed a lot of competition in the TV market

The only thing that Apple can offer is an Apple-only product.

Anything else suffers from the fact that you aren't limited to one device made by one vendor. That leads to a lot of integration problems as you are basically herding cats. The fact that Apple could get around all of this by ignoring the rest of the industry really isn't terribly interesting.

You could get the same effect by buying any other Smart TV out there.

Ignore sound quality and you don't have to worry about a separate AV remote. Ignore 3rd party devices, and you don't have to worry about those remotes. Ignore cable and you don't have to worry about those remotes either.

Apple just brings more hype and mindless fanboys to the part than Sony or Samsung does.

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IBM bans Dropbox, Siri and rival cloud tech at work

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Re: awesome quote from Horan.

Chances are that any direct competitor to IBM has precisely the same failings.

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Official: Apple, IBM are world's most valuable brands

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Re: Brand not product

As an overpriced but still accessible consumer product, Apple is in a very good position to exploit hype. Other similarly over hyped brands aren't. Some out of work Spaniard can manage to buy and hold onto an iPhone. You can't say the same for a Ferrari. No matter how much "love" they get, their revenue is capped by the population size of suitably wealthy customers.

The same goes for Mercedes or BMW but to a lesser to degree. Apple computing products similarly fall into that category.

That's why the iThing part of Apple's business does so well while their original core business still continues to lag behind the rest of the industry.

Plus phones and media players are much closer to commodity items.

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Re: 'Toyoto' brand valued more than 'Mercedes Benz' ???

> Spoken like someone who's never driven a Mercedes

The need to buy things (or pretend to buy things) in order to please others is not a universal affliction.

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Efficiency

If you want efficient, there are better and cheaper fast food options.

Or you could skip the restaurant markup entirely. I bet that never occured to you.

Why pay for an absurd markup for something I can do better myself?

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Re: Microsoft is the McDonalds of the tech world

> it can unarguably be said to be of higher quality than almost all other types of fast food.

You are simply on crack.

McD's is no less greasy or any less likely to be staffed by illegals.

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Re: 'Toyoto' brand valued more than 'Mercedes Benz' ???

Mercedes is overpriced proprietary nonsense much like Apple.

Whereas Toyota is basic, reliable, cost effective and really does benefit from being boring.

Not everyone buys stuff to impress the neighbors.

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Re: Microsoft is the McDonalds of the tech world

McDonald's makes the cheap crap that is served to billions and is despised by anyone with taste.

It's a very apt comparison and one that many of us have been making for decades already.

Although I find it hilarious that IBM is considered a valuable brand.

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Apple's trial experts are 'slavish fanbois who believe in magic'

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Re: Can't fault their stance

Yeah, but the Apple criticisms are usually in response to ludicrous fanboy claims that even Apple Corp itself wouldn't be willing to take ownership of.

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Re: Samsung Fanbois

It's no longer the 80s. Perhaps it is time to let up on them a little bit.

Their kit seems to have gotten better.

Besides, some of that stuff ends up in "magical" iDevices. You can't really trash Samsung without invoking some degree of crapulence inheritance.

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Dish Networks locks horns with broadcasters over ad skipping

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Re: Nice

I don't think it's really a copyright issue. Otherwise, a lot of cable providers would already be in trouble. Cable operators quite routinely overwrite the commercials coming from the original feed. One cable company I had even managed to eat into the actual shows. It was terribly annoying.

I don't see this as any different than what cable operators have already been doing.

Since Dish is forced to pay for these channels, they should be able to do what they like with the commercials. I don't think broadcasters should be able to have it both ways. If the commercials are valuable enough that they can be protected by law, then they should not have any right to demand payment for retransmission.

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