@ComeOnBeer: "Only in America"... hmm, not really. It's the very fabric that fashion is made of, turning the concept of "you do X because you are Y" into "you are Y because you do X". It applies everywhere, including the programming community.
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In order to prove anything like that, shouldn't we have a rigorous definition of consciousness first? Barring solipsism (which is just a convoluted way to beg the question) and Turing tests (I wouldn't pass one most Mondays), there isn't much left to work on, I'm afraid.
@cbae: it's interesting... your list of features for a new generation game console doesn't include anything that is even remotely related to gaming. Legitimate, of course, but it sounds like going to a famous steakhouse just to order desserts.
You have a point, though: the Xbox could be an interesting platform to expand. The problem with most home automation systems I've seen is that everything seems to be incompatible with everything else. Oh, and peripherals cost a fortune. Microsoft has the kind of culture it takes to make a competitive ecosystem grow... sometimes. (other times they just drop the ball until a few years after the release of the iLightbulb in 2020).
@Bas: you may want to wait for the Nokia conference even if you don't plan buying a Nokia: unless they announce a major delay, or a total disaster, it could be enough to make all the existing WP7 devices look "previous gen" and this usually causes nice price adjustments (the fact that the 500lbs gorilla is finally entering into the room also helps).
@Bas: I tried it extensively before getting a Samsung. What I can tell you is that the screen is defintely underwhelming in general and totally useless in direct sunlight (that was my primary annoyance with phones). On the plus side, I must say that I may have misjudged the physical buttons: "soft" buttons look much sleeker, but they are also way too easy to hit by accident. Maybe I'm just holding it wrong™
DLNA is also a big plus.
As for battery life, I'm not sure it makes a big difference: most phones will get you through one day of casual usage without charging, but as soon as you start playing games or video extensively performance drops dramatically. I don't think a few extra mAh will be noticeable.
@W3bbo: if they don't want to obsolete the iPhone 4 just yet, they may go with the less scary "4S", but at that point I would expect the device to be very similar to the iPhone 4 (except maybe a metal back cover, and other minor touches); at least similar enough that most accessories still work.
Taking a more cynical approach, if they show a new device and there isn't Steve Jobs on the stage, the media buzz will be all about his absence, not the device. Way to waste the thunder...
@Bass: That's interesting, and puzzling. Apparently it should be all about the ChromeBook which, as far as I know, is the only Google branded product with a price tag, but I'd say that opening up a retail chain for a single device is a little bizarre, even by Google's standards.
We shall see...
@sysrpl: it's hard to help without having all the facts, but the fact that the problem materializes as soon as a you reach a small number of users might indicate the presence of a deadlock or some kind of contention. If you have some code that needs resources that other threads generate or could be using, take a close look at how they get synchronized.