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Hardware, Embedded Systems And, of course, just as I decide to leave the live blogging to play a game of Left 4 Dead 2, HP drops the big bombshell right at the end of their press event: webOS is coming to PCs!
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Brave decisions at HP
by Mapou on Wed 9th Feb 2011 23:52 UTC
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2006-05-09

Very interesting. The powers that be at HP have major cojones, that's for sure. My question is, what if Google decides to evolve Android into a full-blown desktop OS? I am not sure the market can handle more than three competing high-end desktop OSes.

Google stands a better chance at beating everybody in this game, IMO. After all, Android's market share is growing so fast, it's scary. With the imminent introduction of Motorola's Xoom, things are going to heat up even more. Apple OS, by contrast, is now stagnant.

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RE: Brave decisions at HP
by VistaUser on Thu 10th Feb 2011 00:00 in reply to "Brave decisions at HP"
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2008-03-08

As a fan of Android, I hope that HP succeeds.

Its scary how much Google knows about me, but it also seems to best fit my usage patterns.

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RE[2]: Brave decisions at HP
by Laurence on Thu 10th Feb 2011 00:11 in reply to "RE: Brave decisions at HP"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

As a fan of Android, I hope that HP succeeds.

Its scary how much Google knows about me, but it also seems to best fit my usage patterns.

I feel the same.

I stopped using Chromium and switched back to Opera purely because I realised I was using Google on my phone, home laptop and at work.

While to some, it might seem like a silly reason to stop using a web browser, I don't dislike other browsers where as I do dislike other search engines and mobile OSs. So at least I'm cutting down my dependence without forcing a change in my usage patterns.

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RE[2]: Brave decisions at HP
by imaginant on Thu 10th Feb 2011 14:36 in reply to "RE: Brave decisions at HP"
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2010-02-26

I see that often: "Its scary how much Google knows about me." I am no expert in security, but I am also not sure this idea of Google knowing is properly represented. As a number, they probably know how many freckles there are my bottom, but whether or not my "number" is ever associated with my name is questionable. I think, in many cases, Google has that capacity, but I am not sure they actually ever go that far, or would reveal that information, unless it is in regard to a criminal investigation, which IMO, would then be appropriate. But, truthfully, I don't really know and also am not too concerned. But then...

I've googled the web in depth for information about myself and cannot find anything. Recently, a company that owed me a considerable sum from a long time ago (a long story), tried to contact me using all the tools available for specifically finding people. they reached a dead end. Guess how they found me: through Social Security (which will act as a conduit for messages of this type). Frankly, considering my social security number is somehow connected to almost everything I do, I am much more afraid of Social Security than I am of Google.

I, as one poster noted, also appreciate the targeting Google makes based on my number, as long as they don't call me 666. BTW, the company did pay me, displaying considerable grace and proving that decency is alive and well in America.

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RE: Brave decisions at HP
by tylerdurden on Thu 10th Feb 2011 02:15 in reply to "Brave decisions at HP"
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2009-03-17

"Stagnant" does not mean what you think it does...

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RE[2]: Brave decisions at HP
by 1c3d0g on Thu 10th Feb 2011 03:41 in reply to "RE: Brave decisions at HP"
1c3d0g Member since:
2005-07-06

Enlighten us then, oh wise one...

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RE: Brave decisions at HP
by twitterfire on Thu 10th Feb 2011 18:37 in reply to "Brave decisions at HP"
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2008-09-11

It's hard for Android to become a full blown desktop OS. After all, Android's APIs are Java based, which seems to be fine for mobile applications, but not a smart choice for desktop.

Imagine Photoshop or Crysis written in Java.

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RE[2]: Brave decisions at HP
by Neolander on Thu 10th Feb 2011 21:41 in reply to "RE: Brave decisions at HP"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Imagine Photoshop or Crysis written in Java.

Omg... I just couldn't imagine them eating up even more resources before. Thanks for the nightmare.

*steps back, shocked, with an image of a garbage-collected photoshop finally managing to eat up 6 GB of RAM plus all of the VRAM when editing an average 10 MB JPEG file in the head*

Edited 2011-02-10 21:42 UTC

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