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So the Nexus 7 tablet has 16 cores in it. It's comparable in total CPU horsepower to which model of Cray supercomputer?

(Yes, I still use those as my mental benchmark of computer awesomeness)

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and 100px less screen height than your average laptop today.. :(
 
anyone interested in a slightly used Kindle Fire?
 
when I mention 'cray' in the office they think I'm making another obscure movie reference like when I had to explain 'hack the Gibson'
 
I feel old. Also spoiled. Have I mentioned I LIVE IN THE FUTURE?
 
This new baby has so much horsepower! I'm positive you could pull a carriage with it ;)
 
Actually I love my Fire (since it's rooted & has my Google Play apps on it), but if the price is right, this Nexus 7 is going to be killer.
 
I like comparing it to the CPU power used in the space program. I know we bypassed the Apollo program a few years ago...
 
And the importance of multithreading has still not arrived at many computer science courses :-(
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I still can't think of a real reason to have a tablet, but there are now only 199 reasons not to..

Frankly, I think the device is worth more than that and therefore it's subsidized to encourage you into the ecosystem and all the cloud storage Google needs you to use.  Normally, this would be a rant, but in this case, it's not.
 
+Yonatan Zunger Unfortunately, all I get from that link is 

Google
Sorry...
We're sorry...
... but your computer or network may be sending automated queries. To protect our users, we can't process your request right now.
See Google Help for more information.
© 2009 Google - Google Home

If I go to https://play.google.com and browse from there it works just fine.
 
So do I put a Nexus Q in every room where I have a stereo? It's like an Airport/Airplay replacement? That would be cool...
 
+Brian Titus Yup. Doesn't require a central computer controlling everything, though – it's powered directly off the cloud.
 
+Brian Titus Yup, hook it up to every room, then choose where to play from your Android device.
 
please be priced right! I so want to get out of the itunes/airport system I have now +Yonatan Zunger.

Airport express is great because it's only $99/ea, but itunes sucks (obviously) and the device management sucks. Plus, it's basically closed off and for itunes only.
 
+Brian Titus Nexus Q is $299. More expensive because it delivers quite a bit more than the Airport...
 
Excellent specs, excellent content, excellent price. Congrats to Google. My credit card is ready, but it will have to wait: I'm in Europe and won't be able to buy the Nexus 7 soon.
 
+Yonatan Zunger yep -- just heard the price :)

You're right, it's quite a bit more functionality. I do like the fact that it's got a 25W amp built in (I think that's what he said) so you can power speakers right off of it. Will have to seriously look at it.
 
Wow. $300 for a Nexus Q seems like about 3 times too much, when an AppleTV is just $99. Sure, the Nexus Q has a 2x12.5W amp, but I can get a 2x15W amp for about $35 shipped.
 
I benchmark computers against my Apple //e.
 
Getting out of the Apple ecosystem is a win. I wish there was a viable alternative to TiVo; this isn't it unfortunately.
 
+Brian Titus Since the Nexus Q only works with Android devices, wouldn't that be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire? 
 
I would take "works with Android devices" over "works only with iTunes" any day.
 
Actually, the AppleTV "works with Apple Devices". No iTunes really necessary. I watch Netflix and content from my devices on my AppleTV all the time. No iTunes involved.
 
+Brian Holt Hawthorne I am getting that as well, but only from clicking the link. If I search and find it on my own, no message.
 
I was thinking more about the Airport Express/Airplay setup that I have. I have three of them, one at each stereo. It works well, but only iTunes can stream music to them. There is a 3rd party solution called Airfoil that will let you get around this, but it's kind of clunky.

So, for example, with something like Spotify, which would be perfect to stream around the house, I have to use this Airfoil software as a workaround. More difficult than it needs to be... and ultimately annoying.
 
Ah, by "devices" you mean computers? I'm not sure how you will stream from your Mac or PC to a device like the Nexus Q that only supports Android devices. I stream using my AppleTV directly from the net or from any of my Apple devices (iPod, iPad, kid's iPhone, even sometimes my wife's laptop). Only the laptop needs iTunes, and that will go away with OS X Mountain Lion.
 
Sure, but the Cray was meant to be sat upon.
 
+Yonatan Zunger a co-worker an I were puzzling over the "16 cores" comment – I think it's 4 cores and 16G RAM, no?
 
he said 4 CPU cores and 12 GPU cores.
 
I think I'll stick with my brand new Transformer pad. Same specs, and with the new baby, I've been getting a lot of use out of the back camera -stills and video. And I like having a 10" screen. Asus has a good track record for updating quickly, hope the Transformer gets Jelly Bean soon!
 
+Brian Holt Hawthorne, yep, help docs say phone and tablet only. I was kind of hoping it would be accessible from chrome too. oh well. We're already an android phone family, so it still might be better for us.
 
Between having the internet in my pocket and Project Glass - I LOVE living in the future!
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