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'Lion' Apple Mac OS X 10.7: Sneak Preview

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...don't understand tech well enough to pick it apart.

>> You do realize that 10 years ago, you barely had USB support in Windows, you definately didn't support TRIM, SATA 2/3, PCIe, effective multi-cpu computing (no, most programs were, and some still are, single threaded), and Windows 2000 had a nasty 128GB(ish) hard drive limitation requiring <<

...it's funny that you mention these sorts of things since it's Macs mostly that are limited in this manner now. TRIM and SATA are both things that you can either take or leave. So is any form of internal expansion bus (esp. for a Mac). And "multi-cpu" computing only really requires a good OS level scheduler in order to get some benefit from. A lot of what you are whining about is really nothing to be fixated on. Certainly not worth limiting yourself in terms of upgrades.

I created my first fanboy style ugly cable octopus with such a machine.

...and I had a ~ 10 year old PC laptop that I put a 100G hard drive into. Was very effective thing for helping to improve the longevity of the thing (along with the memory upgrade). That machine is not far off of a modern netbook or macbook air really.

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Whining about stuff that Apple does poorly anyway...

As far as the 128G limit goes, this is a silly thing to whine about since most Macs have rather meagre laptop drives anyways. This means that Macs always have a smaller hard drive than whatever is typical for any sort of PC. Been this way since the 68k days. Once you've booted the system, the BIOS likely doesn't matter so much anymore.

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Blighty gets gold-dispensing ATM

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Hiding your gold...

Hiding your gold really doesn't really take much. Gold is something that goes for hundreds of dollars/pounds for a single OUNCE. You can have a volume of coins equal to the spare change in your pocket being worth the total life savings of a lot of people.

You can buy a rather respectable car for what a pound of gold is worth.

Metal coinage does include a premium however. Might not matter so much over the long term though.

Since Gold is a real thing, you don't have to entrust it to anyone else. You don't have to trust that the same financial institutions that have been running amok lately will properly look after your stuff.

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Real Estate

> Property. Have you tried to sell anything for what it is supposed to be worth recently?

You don't sell it. You collect the rents.

Need tenants able to pay though...

Land and gold can both be held onto for as long as you like. At least land can generate passive income.

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Music on plastic discs still popular, apparently

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An inconvenient truth...

Of course there is something wrong with the Kindle.

The content is encumbered with DRM. It is tied to the device. An durable open standard that has endured for centuries is reduced to a fleeting single vendor standard.

It's the same problem as any content from iTunes that isn't music.

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Lego Star Wars to be celebrated in TV special

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Darth Amadeus

> Hey, actors that are just chunks of dead plastic. Finally we have something that gives Mark Hamill a benchmark to compete against.

Cue the hysterical Mozart laugh...

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DRM-free music dream haunts Apple's app-store lock-in

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Monopoly

> with all due respect, this is not monopoly behaviour.

Sure it is. It's the same process that allowed Microsoft to be bully OEM into doing it's bidding.

The main difference here is that is just a single company rather than a collection of them. In that respect it is WORSE because presents a smaller surface area for attack for any potential rival.

It also reduces choice in a more drastic and obvious way.

In that regard the whole "single vendro" thign may be less sustainable and ultimately better for the rest of us.

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8 months?

How many apps do you have on your phone really? How many of those are payware? What's the average price of them?

It might add up to one Windows game or a single boxed set of a season of something from the BBC.

No. The kicker is all of your media files that previously came in industry standard formats that were not limited to a single hardware vendor. THAT is the stuff that ends up being an expensive pile of stuff that you don't want to buy again.

"Apps" are a distraction. They are probably an INTENTIONAL distraction.

Having a large library of single-vendor media content is a much bigger problem and one that certain people don't want the proles to wise up about.

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unless you can find a converter program to convert them to mp3s

How about something that strips off the DRM like AnyDVD does for BluRay disks and mplayer does for DVDs?

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Don't try to lie if you do it really badly.

> It's just the DRM protected TV episodes which don't.

Yes. In other words, anything meaningful in terms of content that is on iTunes that is not music is scrambled. Don't try to BS us. We can try this stuff out for ourselves you know.

It's a really incompetent lie you are trying to perpetrate.

Yeah... it's only the TV shows, or the movies, or the eBooks, or the audio books.

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Borgia Pope

> Resurrecting the old DRM myth of iTunes lock-in in your

> title is just further nonsense. Apple clearly stated

Yes. This would be much like Steve Jobs complaining that a bunch of Playmates forced themselves on him when he visited the Playboy Mansion.

"Please Stop"

"I'm virtuous, really I am"

Jobs is about as virtuous as a Borgia pope.

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Apple pulls 'intifada' app

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Routing around censorship.

You don't need a "market" to sideload an app on Android. You can just use the development kit for that. Depending on what phone you have, that might just be the easiest approach anyways.

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Oracle's Android claims slashed by US patent authorities

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...a trolling we will go.

> But the truth is that a patent holder doesn't always know their patent is worthless until they test it in court.

I think you are giving the average patent troll far too much credit.

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'Dodgy Android apps are breaking our phones' - Motorola

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Yeah how about that Media Player...

> "How about a video player capable of MKV and FLV?"

My phone plays FLV with no problems with the stock player.

Dunno about MKVs as I don't have any.

Even without a special hand holding API, it should not be a big deal to have a better player that can separate video streams from normally unsupported containers and feed that into whatever hardware acceleration layer is available.

It's not the "media player framework", it's having suitably low level APIs that expose the available hardware acceleration.

This was Adobe's big problem on MacOS. When Apple did finally release a suitable API it still didn't support everything the hardware is capable of.

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Fanboy silliness.

> A great many people want the Iphone but just cant afford it.

At least over here, the iPhone is subsidize EXACTLY the same way that Android is. It's also a similar price if you can't get the subsidized price for some reason. There really is ZERO reason to avoid buying an iPhone based on price.

The idea that anyone would buy an Android because they are cheap or because it is cheap is just nonsense.

This is just another iteration of the "Mac == BMW" nonsense.

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... but you have to jump through hoops to find them!

My Android phone has a task manager that's easy to find in the Applications folder.

No "jumping through hoops" required.

It also has a services applet too. Although that's a little harder to find.

However, a simple "tidy things up" button would be generally more useful and usable. Even those of us that can jailbreak an iPhone and create a shell script to manipulate the SMS sqlite database would rather have a simple relevant utility preferably launched from a button rather than requiring one to open up a terminal shell.

bash on a smart phone just doesn't work that well.

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Creationists are infiltrating US geology circles

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More muddling and confusion.

...again with lumping all of the sons of Abraham together.

Judiasm and Xianity are very different in how they approach things in general and scripture in particular. A lot of criticisms you might rightfully level at the New Testament cannot be applied at all to the Torah. The Jews are just a lot less mindless in general.

Although it is quite true that Xians love to pick and choose what parts of the Torah they will treat as valid.

Time for a bacon cheeseburger with lobster sauce!

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Consistency

The Xian Gospels show a clear evolution of the story to suit changing times.

In other words: You can't really trust it. Clearly from early on the Church was re-writting history to suit the current political climate. From an outside observer it almost looks like they were intentionally trying to make it obvious that you can't trust the rest of it.

They make a lot of sense when taken in historical context.

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More of that martyr complex

The prince of darkness is a smooth talking con man. Blind faith makes you very vulnerable to being misled by a false prophet. It is not "anti-Christian" to be a scientist, or a skeptic, or to not suffer fools and liars lightly.

No one here is being anti-Christian unless you want to claim that The 700 Club has a monopoly on being Christian.

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Anyone can ruin a good thing.

> but certainly not any Abrahamic faith or anything remotely like it.

Don't lump Jews in with the Xian fundies.

They will happily argue with you about this and not even threaten to stone you.

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JEDIDIAH
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Work that martyr complex...

> Practicing christian believers are less than 2% of your total population

Don Wilmon? Is that you?

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JEDIDIAH
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...a certain irony.

There's a certain irony in people posting on a website in a country where there are buildings that date back to the Romans whining about a few centuries being so far removed that it doesn't matter any more.

It really hasn't been that long since people were burned at the stake for heresy or witchcraft on either side of the pond. You don't have to go nearly as far back as the crusades. This is mainly limited to the power that religions are able to directly exercise more than anything else.

Let clerics have any real power and they will abuse it. Secular governments will exploit that power for their own benefit.

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Just love being rude and confrontational?

> Just love being rude and confrontational?

Of course! Why else would anyone be here?

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Aunty squirts serendipity into TV apps

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2nd TV in 2011?

This article is just silly.

Who has a $600 tablet as a second TV? If you are well off then a tablet is going to be your 4th or 5th TV. If you are not well off then you are not going to be blowing $600 on a tablet.

No. You will end up with the 80s working class equivalent: an old hand-me-down portable Black & White TV. Either that or you will have real TVs in the house and no interest in "slumming it".

Can't see the Osbournes using an iPad as a second TV. I wouldn't for the same reasons.

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Toxic Plankton feeds on Android Market for two months

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Haven't updated?

"Fragmentation" is just one reason that someone might not have updated.

Needing to "jailbreak" your phone is another.

Although "updates" are less relevant in an article about applications that the user has chosen to download and run.

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Time to say goodbye to Risc / Itanium Unix?

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Longevity

I've seen plenty of corporate systems that are out of support. Some part of the system has been de-supported long ago whether its the hardware, OS, or the app. How this goes over in large corporations is a mystery to me.

The length of support issue is a universal one. It is not something where Unix has a magical advantage. Enterprise Unix vendors will gladly screw you over in that respect just as Microsoft or Apple would. It's not just a "small systems" or "PC thing".

Your apps will be "obsolete" far quicker than your OS or hardware.

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JEDIDIAH
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There's plenty of extra hype everywhere.

AIX has it's own warts. This includes it's "virtualization" technology and even it's "always up" hardware design. It's not all just a bed of roses.

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JEDIDIAH
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Don't get out the bagpipes just yet...

Migration away from proprietary RISC Unix hardware has been going on for a long time. A lot of this has been due to lackluster performance from the "market leader" (namely Sun). Over the years there has been some back and forth on this and you've had some shops realize that they might not need everything that proprietary RISC servers have to offer. The same also applies to big name proprietary Unix apps.

Although for really big jobs and large environments, the "little iron" from the Unix vendors still does things that bulked up desktop PCs still can't. The RISC platforms don't stand still either. The situation is not nearly as simple as some pundits would like it to be.

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Cloud iTunes DESTROYS music business FOREVER!

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Defending the brand

> I am not sure I want to have all my music on my iPhone.

Why the frell not? It's the modern iPod.

On the one hand it's just EASIER. You don't have to futz with a lot of options when it comes to syncing your collection. You just hit the "sync all" button. Even the rsync version of this is pretty simple. No futzing with a playlist hack to add that one album out of 5 or 18 because you have so little space.

Then there's the whole convenience-on-the-go aspect of MP3 players in general. Some people seem strangely eager to decry the idea of having everything at your fingertips when ever you might fancy it. Odd for a Cloud related article.

...sounds like making poor excuses for what would be considered an obvious fault in any other brand of device.

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Bizzaro engineering.

> And that's the great thing about Apple's iSync umm iCloud ...

> you get good syncing for various things for free and 5G of

> usable remote backup or application buffer space

Which isn't nearly as useful as you seem to think.

It's a solution that uses the most expensive storage and network available and the backwards way of how it should be done.

We need a Bizzaro icon for stuff like this.

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JEDIDIAH
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Mostly spackle...

I see iMatch as mostly just patching the holes in the current iTunes offering. For ease use purposes, you should be able to re-download all of your content purchased from iTunes from any authorized device or copy of iTunes. Apple should provide the equivalent of the big monster media server that many of us have built for ourselves. A paying customer should never have to worry about ever losing the stuff they've paid Apple for.

After I enter my Digital Copy code for Clockwork Orange or HP7, I should be able to stream that from any Apple device I have and not even need to worry about syncing it.

The music "trading" feature is a mixed bag, especially for people "anal" enough to care about having everything with them. iTunes is missing things and may have an inferior copy of what it does have.

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A peek inside Apple's iCloud data center

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Yes. Sad is the word.

> You got Xserve, OS X server and it is certified UNIX putting it to AIX league.

Yes. Sad is the word. You probably don't even realize why either.

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Phishers LAMP web hosts

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PHP is the bind and sendmail of our times.

PHP is the Bind and Sendmail of our times.

There are tons of badly written apps coded in PHP that ignore basic security considerations. Quite often it is these that provide the way in for such phishers. This article doesn't do enough to highlight the crux of the problem. It seems more about generating hysteria than the public service aspect of proper journalism or research.

PHP apps are quite often the "bad userland" sitting on a robust core similar to what Windows often suffers from.

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Apple bars WinXP users from iCloud

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Cost and technology.

>> "I'll have to spend the money I was going to spend on iCloud on a 500 gig external disk instead..." #

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>>Posted Friday 10th June 2011 13:18 GMT

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> It's free numbnuts.

Local storage capable of filling in for this Cloud service is "dumpster diving" material.

Mobile products fail to take advantage of such crufty gear out of choice rather than a genuine limitation. Apple's problems on the road are entirely self inflicted.

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Dark ages indeed...

I really don't get it. Sure it looks a little prettier and has a badly implemented form of sudo.

Beyond that, it looks and acts pretty much like it's more ancient counterparts. Some consumers are so willing to add to landfills with really no good justification. XP for good or bad is what's out there. The only thing that Apple will do by forcing people away from XP (or Linux for that matter) is to encourage more people to give more money to Microsoft and Dell.

Apple should be eager to help liberate people from Microsoft in any way they can rather than helping to keep the Microsoft hegemony entrenched.

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The "consumer" culture.

> It was designed for an age before multiple cores were a common thing

Multiple cores were common on more serious PCs in the 90s. Some of these PCs even ran the OS that would eventually become Windows XP.

Your new consumer shiny thing is probably not nearly as new as you think it is.

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Re: Not quite.

> Its not a harddisk in the internet, more like a sync service between different devices.

No. It's more like a local NAS that doesn't use the fast local network but instead uses the slow expensive internet. There should be a beefier version of the AppleTV that manages this sort of thing for you and avoids using the most expensive storage and transport options available.

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Has Steve Jobs killed the consumer hard disk industry?

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The cry of the fanboy

> IT'S NOT AIMED AT YOU! It's for the casual user

A 2 hour high res video in a modern format is 25G. That is a short vacation video.

Are you trying to tell us that "only geeks" take vacation videos?

"Normal people" have been making their own videos since the 60s.

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Can't work yet but...

I agree with your general point but not necessarily the details. Network access of storage works fine on a nice fast wired local network. Once you get beyond that it falls apart. A NAS transfer can easily outrun a USB transfer. However, a WAN transfer is going to be far worse than either of those.

The network is the problem but networking in general is not the problem.

The world is not flat enough for the Cloud to work yet. If it were, then you could just have your own Cloud at home.

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Not really... not really.

You're numbers are bizarre.

Consumer wired networking is 1000mb/s. Even cheap crappy systems have GigE now and the associated switch gear is cheap.

A wired NAS can easily do 80MB/sec or more.

Wireless in general is a big problem. It's a mess in general. Slow. Insecure. Difficult to deal with.

Once you get into this "Cloud" thing forget about it. Minutes quickly turn into hours or even days.

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Fanboy silliness.

If it's my DVD then it's my personal property, period.

That said. It's plenty easy to fill up hard drives with your own still photos and high res video.

They sell consumer cameras that record in the same format that BluRay uses. So the idea that an individual can't "legally" have hundreds of Gigs or even Terabytes of storage is simply bogus.

Even my "small personal media files" will choke a cablemodem or 3G connection. Cloud storage is just not cost effective and the network is crap. There's a middle man everywhere trying to extract money from you like some sort of bridge troll.

iCloud is a solution for lame devices that should be less lame.

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Racing the turtles...

> Most ADSL connections, 8Mbits/second download, 1MBit/s upload. Sometimes.

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> Anyone fancy syncing their photo collection at those sorts of speeds?

I was playing around with Amazon's service. I have a cable modem service that's very assymetrical and I spend a little more than a day pushing my personal music files up to Amazon. My collection is not that big, only about 16G.

In the same amount of time, I can push about 1.5TB around my local network.

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Thriving tape industry?

When was there ever really a thriving desktop tape industry?

Tape has always been somewhat like SCSI on the desktop. It's a technology that tends to be inherently expensive for the really robust gear. Being cheap with tape really doesn't work out well in the long run. Cheap tape tends to fail and is not really re-usable. Cheap tape also tends to be low capacity, too low capacity to be really useful. Tape in general is kind of awkward and always has been. It's always been better if you had some sort of jukebox or robot.

In short, it's a technology not well suited to consumer use. Short of needing to use it for a Vic-20, it has always been kind of awkward in the consumer space.

Tape continues to do what it has always does, kind of like mainframes.

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Apple iCloud: Steve Jobs' own private internet

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Another USB?

This sounds like something that might make sense someday but doesn't really make that much sense now that insufficient infastructure is present now. We still have a lot of people that have poor Internet connectivity and/or draconian data caps.

Any solution that fixates on some remote server somewhere is fundementally out of step with current technological limitations. The cloud needs to be coralled in for now. Some day, it might work to have all of your eggs in Apple's basket on the other side of the world (or not). However, for now stuff needs to be close at hand because data's too big and network pipes are too small and expensive.

The "cloud" needs to be an appliance that sits in your own home.

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Apple embraces 'n' extends messaging

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Spam?

Spam better controlled by proprietary protocols? Spam is a proprietary beast. It is likely to be aggravated by proprietary protocols. At least open protocols allow for a diverse ecosystem of tools that can be employed to address particular user requirements.

I dumped the iPhone specifically because of it's closed SMS client. It wasn't up to snuff and they weren't willing to allow 3rd party addons to help make it up to snuff. It was open data but their approach to the problem was very proprietary.

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Dear Ubuntu: The netbook is toast

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A case of wishful thinking...

I think it's just a case of wishful thinking. There are seeming a large and diverse group of people that want netbooks to fail and for them to be wiped away by the iPad or other tablets. It seems like they keep on repeating this idea in the hope that if they repeat it enough that it will actually come true.

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It's all about the app....

It's all about the Apps, and this is where I think the original rant was totally off base. He seemed to be thinking that dressing up the Debian package manager would magically attract developers as if he were drawing the wrong lessons from Apple's recent successes. Apps require developers and courting developers and supporting developers. Dressing up your package manager isn't going to make much difference. You've got to court the developers or otherwise encourage them to build for your platform.

Apple has some very well established developer networks. So does Microsoft. It's not clear that Canonical has ever tried to replicate this in any meaningful way.

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...as far as elgato goes.

EyeTV? Are you kidding?

This is the best example of trying to shoehorn something onto a tablet that clearly doesn't belong there. This is something that really belongs on a proper TV. Attempting to do this on a tablet actually leads to an inferior experience in all respects.

The fact that Elgato has to go out of it's way to accomodate the iPad also handily demonstrates the inherent limitations of the iPad itself. It simply doesn't have the mojo to cope with real Elgato recordings. Elgato has had to implement a bit of a hack just to make EyeTV on the iPad even work.

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Mac OS X Lion debuts in July as $29.99 upgrade

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Cart before the horse.

> 4Gb and no cd/dvd? WTF.

You mention the "dark and mysterious path" of Linux.

If I were taking a Debian approach to this problem I might create a local package repository on one machine and point the rest of them to that "cache" rather than having each of them suck down 4G in network bandwidth.

I've always found it somewhat bogus that MacOS can't do online updates like pretty much any other Unix.

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What is UltraViolet™ and why should you care?

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Clockwork silliness

I recently bought that disk. Ripped it too. Plays quite well on my Linux boxes. Now I have this little digital copy certificate so I decided "what the h*ll, lets try this out". So I went rummaging around for these things. Turns out I have 3 of them. I redeemed the first 2 and got stuck with the last one.

IT EXPIRED.

So much for that "digital copy" thing. Gotta wonder if Ultra-Violent will have the same issues.

...wonder how that 1.75G digital copy will stack up to the real thing weighing in at 27G.

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