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I'm fine with Apple taking away the optical drive on the new MacBook Pros, but if they reduce hard drive space, that's not going to work with me. The current specs have a max hard drive of 750 GB. If they maintain this, I'm fine with it. If, however, this is limited to 256 GB (the largest solid state drives I've heard of), or they make a regular hard drive an expensive build to order option, then I won't be happy. I want to install Linux on it, and possibly...
None of you probably care, but this probably mean that Linux users either get left out entirely or have to install legally grey H.264 plugins themselves.
I think it's safe to say RIM is at the top of the tech dead pool and will soon be a takeover target. So will take them over? Google won't unless they're not allowed to take over Motorola Mobility. Apple has no use for them. HP just left mobile and desktop computing. So who's left? Microsoft: Even with their pact with Nokia this is still possible, though they would bury the entire software division. Dell: I don't see how Dell could be even worse off...
How much money did Amazon spend developing one-click shopping? How much are they making in royalty payments? That sounds like a free lunch to me.
First of all, I don't believe software patents should exist. While I'm sure some software algorythms are truly innovative, there are just far too many one-click shopping patents out there. The US patent office is in a clear conflict-of-interest situation, because the more stupid patents they approve, the more money they make. Conversely, the less they look for prior art, the less cost they incur and the more money they make. Having said that, all of the big industry...
Yes it is because nobody will re-encode their video in WebM. The only two options are Flash or HTML 5 with H.264. Flash now has an advantage.
If Google were all about open and free standards, they'd drop support for Flash as well in Chrome. Now they're ensuring Flash gets an advantage over HTML5.
Apple has said very little so far about Lion aside from some of its GUI features. Much more lies in store for this OS. What do you think is coming that Apple has not yet announced? This is what I'm thinking: 1) New home-grown filesystem. 2) Official deprecation of Carbon (as they're done with Java) 3) XCode 4 4) Some kind of initial support for resolution independence.
This is one detail I'm not entirely clear on, as per Mike Swingler: http://lists.apple.com/archives/Java.../msg00104.html "There are several parts of our Java SE 6 implementation (like the AWT widgets) that are not contributable, in much the same way that several parts of Oracle's implementation are not." What does this mean? Does this mean that all of AWT for OS X needs to be rewritten by Oracle, or are the "widgets" just a small subset of the OS X Swing...
I've bought 3 Macs and 4 iPods over the last 10 years, so don't conclude that I'm an Apple basher. My wife recently switched from a BB to an iPhone at work. She hated the iPhone and switched to a Torch about 2 weeks later. This is despite the fact that she has an iPod touch and loves it. As a phone and a business device, she said it was deficient for the following reasons: 1) The phone quality was lousy and she kept getting dropped calls. To be fair, the person...
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