Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Aug 2011 21:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Last week, HP killed its webOS devices unit. Over the weekend, the company slashed the prices on the TouchPad. The result? The TouchPad sold out completely in a matter of hours. This confirms what I've been hearing from friends and family: "I'd love a tablet, but I'm not paying laptop money for one."
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RE[3]: Bummed to see this now
by mrstep on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 02:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Bummed to see this now"
mrstep
Member since:
2009-07-18

That's so Euro, I love seeing everyone wave their titles over across the pond, not just on a diploma, but really get into it.

Booking a Lufthansa flight, the friggin' drop-down for title actually offers Mr. Prof. Dr. as an option. Really? I'm booking a plane ticket, not trying to join a country club - though clearly the staff can't show me the proper respect if I don't fill in my titles. That's Herr Prof. Dr. Mag. Dir. Senatsrat to you!

Sorry, pet peeve.

Uh, back on topic, I would have picked up a Prof. Dr. TouchPad myself for $99 just to have check out the UI and have one in the closet as a collectible.

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

At least the Europeans still take pride in education.

In the US it take four years of college to barely achieve the academic standards of high school graduates in South Korea or eastern Europe.

Many of the topics I covered in the second year of my Australian undergraduate science degree were Masters level subjects at leading US universities.

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

No Child Get's Ahead.. er.. No Child Left Behind

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RE[5]: Bummed to see this now
by mrstep on Tue 23rd Aug 2011 22:18 in reply to "RE[4]: Bummed to see this now"
mrstep Member since:
2009-07-18

Some do, others take pride in never getting a job.

In terms of quality of education, I had the opposite experience. I had covered topics and had access to labs full of far better equipment by my sophomore year of university than people who had finished their 'Magister' degrees in Europe, though that didn't stop them looking down on a 4 year bachelors from their 5 years-for-half-the-education programs. Amusing, and why would I question it when they put a Mag. before their names.

Title wanking is totally annoying. I guess when schools are all essentially free people can sit around and ponder what additional - often useless - Doctorate they can focus on next. No, the U.S. doesn't offer that luxury, but given the large numbers of foreigners that come here for degrees - generally also without feeling the need to drop a title like it's a 007 label - I'm not too concerned.

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