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Forget the lack of Flash... apparently this thing has no multitasking.

Let me say that again. NO multitasking.

Let me say that a different way. Only 1 App running at any given time.

... and this is supposed to be the revolutionary replacement for the netbook? I can't even listen to music while surfing? Or have a calculator open while taking notes? Or have my messenger side-by-side with my email? Everything else pales in comparison to this one omission.

Completely agreed. Granted, that is a pretty loaded demographic with plenty of spending power (via parental support). I don't see this device as being very practical except as a gadget-toy. It looks like it could be pretty fun for the crowd that likes to swing over to the coffee shop and hang around for hours killing time on youtube. It looks like it will handle multimedia quite well, but I don't see it as being very useful as a general-purpose computing device.

I'm not sure why you would want this over an iPhone or an iPod Touch. It's just big enough to be as inconvenient as any netbook/notebook; in the sense that you can't carry it on your person without a bag/accessory. It's too bad they went with a slate instead of a convertible form factor; would have been much more practical.

It's a little tight, but both crossfire connectors can be used.

Ever notice the people who are always breaking their gadgets only buy the most expensive and fancy ones? It's not worth breaking unless it cost you a few pay cheques, has a million+1 features you'll never use (and/or don't know how to use and can't be bothered to read the manual and find out) and is extremely delicate with plenty of small bits that can snap off.

I've never seen anyone who owns a basic 128 color Nokia abuse it, even though those things can take a serious beating and still work great.

"Bose. Better sound through marketing."

Hasn't that always been their slogan? I'm certain it's in all their commercials and ads. I might of mixed up a word or two, but I think I get the meaning across.

Also, this "new" approach of theirs towards active noise canceling certainly sounds a lot like many other active noise canceling mechanisms in use by multiple other manufacturers.

Actually, I bet the 5400RPM 2TB drive performs around as well as a 500GB 7200RPM drive. Though the spindle speed is lower, the data density is many times higher, so even though the disk is physically spinning slower, more data is flying per second than in the 7200RPM drive.

So the Hitachi 7200RPM 2TB probably performs quite a bit faster than lower density 7200RPMs.

Uhh, I think you accidentally mixed up Static Contrast and Dynamic Contrast. Dynamic is the meaningless one, not the other way around.

I jail broke my iPhone and I lost my job, found out my significant other was cheating on me and my car exploded. Coincidence?

I agree with you there. There is much more money to be made smashing windows machines. It is also easier to do for the script kiddies who are just in it for malicious joy. I say easier because there are more tools available, more tutorials, more communities, more help for someone just starting out. If you want to go breaking a Mac, you are much more on your own. For windows, you have a whole back catalog of past vulnerabilities which have been detailed in full, often with openly available proof of concept code lying around. Also there is the fact that even a patched vulnerability can still be exploited since with the number of windows machines in the wild, you'll still find plenty of people without the patch.

However, my original point was that the article is correct. Eventually as Mac gains more market share there will be more malicious software created to exploit it. However the tipping point won't come when Mac reaches some magic home-use market share percentage, it will entirely depend on Mac's market share in business, since that is where the money and incentive is. The wave of malicious software won't happen on Mac until the serious bad guys who are in it for the money start to target it. After all, script kiddies by definition don't create their own tools or methods, but they do statistically account for the largest percentage of security risks. I'm not sure what market share Mac has in business and server settings, but I'm sure it is no where near 9%.

The number of known malicious software isn't a direct measure of how vulnerable a system inherently is.

Take the fact that Mac is always the first to drop in every annual pwn2own hacking contest. Eventually all the OS' and browsers fall, but not only has Safari on Mac gone down first year after year, but the winners have stated in interviews that they specifically chose to target a Mac based browser platform because it is easier. See below for one such example...


Q: Why Safari? Why didn’t you go after IE or Safari? (i think they meant IE or FF)

A: It’s really simple. Safari on the Mac is easier to exploit. The things that Windows do to make it harder (for an exploit to work), Macs don’t do. Hacking into Macs is so much easier. You don’t have to jump through hoops and deal with all the anti-exploit mitigations you’d find in Windows.

It’s more about the operating system than the (target) program. Firefox on Mac is pretty easy too. The underlying OS doesn’t have anti-exploit stuff built into it.