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Comment: Re:The sad part here... (Score 1) 266

by Altus (#46772459) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

You are comparing this device to other devices that honestly lacked the kind of popular appeal that modern tablets do. Sure, it was running a great OS for the time but that OS did not have the kind of app ecosystem that the iPad does. That ecosystem is pretty critical to the popularity of the device.

and yes, check the UID, I was on line in 2000, quite a bit before that actually, and frankly the web was not the most interesting place for the mainstream. Sure, for hard core geeks it was great but that was not going to be enough to kick off a serious change in the way normal people interacted with technology.

When the iPad came out we already had a really rich web experience available, people had already started supporting mobile safari extensively thanks to the iPhone and there was an existing ecosystem of high quality apps available and plenty of companies and engineers available who's goal was to grow that eco system. This device had none of that and without that it was not going to be successful. Honestly I am not so sure that the iPad would have even managed to take off if it were not for the iPhone that came before it, to pull it off when all wireless bandwidth was slow and expensive and the web was a mostly static place to read news and there were no social networks to speak of.... most people would not have use for such a device.

Plus, we still don't know what it would have cost, which is another huge barrier to adoption.

Comment: Re:The sad part here... (Score 3, Interesting) 266

by Altus (#46771727) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

Honestly, looking at the design of that thing, I am not so sure it had a viable market. There were few wireless networks set up in 2000 it wasn't a given that every home had one. Cell data was expensive and slow. The device seems unwieldy and large and the controls don't look like they would be particularly easy to use. Also, what OS does it run, can it do anything but surf the web? Was the web on its own interesting enough in 2000 to make this a killer device? No streaming movies and TV shows, Spotify or any of those interesting services.

Finally, what was the price going to be? Back then 500 would have been a tough sell and I would not be surprised if this device was more expensive than that.

Timing really is everything. The tech needed to reach a certain level and honestly the web had to reach the point where having it in your hand and on the go was valuable to consumers. Sure you can't just ask people what they want but you also have to consider that a lot of things were different 13 years ago.

Comment: Re:Bu the wasn't fired (Score 1) 1110

by Altus (#46699163) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

You could try to argue that, yes. But again its up to the dismissed party to show that it was a hostile work environment and that might also run into issues where the employees are allowed to express their feelings if those expressions don't meet some particular definition of harassment.

It might be possible but its not trivial.

Comment: Re:Bu the wasn't fired (Score 1) 1110

by Altus (#46697831) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

if the pressure came from the board you might be right, if all the pressure was coming from the calls for boycot or from his underlings (who have no authority to dismiss the CEO) then they don't really mean anything. You would have a hard time convincing someone that the company is at fault because the low level employees hated the CEO.

You may be right about the actions of the board, though it might be hard to prove that depending on how they went about it. If there isn't a paper trail it becomes his word against theirs.

Comment: Re:no, just ignorant (Score 0) 465

by Altus (#46641109) Attached to: Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

Every online reference to it on dictionary sites lists it as a UK idiom or a UK and Australian idiom. That you have encountered it before as an America does not mean that it is in remotely common usage.

Further, not knowing an idiom does not make one illiterate. Maybe try not being so much of an asshole next time.

Comment: Re:Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra (Score 1) 465

by Altus (#46641037) Attached to: Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

I am an american and I watch a lot of british TV which allowed me to figure out that it wasn't a typo or a missing word but just an idiom. Not everyone else is familiar with the british tendency to drop words from phrases to make common idioms ("Would do" for instance). It certainly doesn't help that there is an actual mistake immediately after it.

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