Why the negative commentary? Why editorialise while posting? I understand people might not like Google, but to post your own opinions mixed into what is essentially the rolling news seems unnecessary and unprofessional. Surly such views are for the comments, as in to comment on the story?
The right thing to do in this situation is to ask that all devices be turned off or put in airplane mode. Not all will comply, but enough to greatly improve performance of the demo.
I don't think that's going to look very good from a company who is in the business of selling always on mobile gadgets! Given we didn't see the tablets there are things that I'm sure could have been done. Maybe a very close antenna in a partial Faraday cage, though I'm no electrical engineer.
As long as we cannot prevent criminals from having guns (most do, even in countries where gun possession is highly restricted),
Simply not true - gun ownership among criminals in the uk is pretty low.
Yet they have more violent crime per-capita than we do in the US.
That's actually not true. The statistics that both countries produce are based on different criteria. For example, AFAIK, the UK includes crimes where there is just a threat of violence. (no actual bodily harm has to occur) In the US crimes of aggravated assault and above are counted. So 'violent crime' is a oranges vs apples comparison. Arguably a better comparison is the murder rate, which is ~4.8 for the US and ~1.2 for the UK.
They key, like a lot of things, is with the kids. If the kids who are 15-18 embrace them it will become normal to that generation and thus the acceptability will propagate upwards as they get older. What Google has to do is make it fashionable, like Apple managed with the iPhone.
I suspect most commentators here are of the generation after such an audience and so are slightly averse to radicle new things like this. Just like my parents were to mobile phones, and I am to social media.
This sort of attitude really annoys me. People have always said crap like this, like "why would anyone need this automobile? there are no petrol stations so where would I be able to go", or "who is ever going to need more than 640k of RAM?" its all just so short sighted.
In the near term maybe people have to use Wine to get access to the latest games, however the fact that this is being sold might wake games developers up to that they're missing out on a market. And once they start developing, everyone else starts noticing. Its a positive cycle.
You might, but I'd like it on a decent gaming machine which would force the hardware companies to provide decent drivers. And guess what, all the kids who buy a Linux gaming machine will grow up using Linux along with things like Open Office, so when they get to the work place the Microsoft stranglehold will be loosened.
Though you're right, I'd like the offering to be more prominent (and available in the UK!) but its still a good start and not to be scoffed at.
Its precisely these sorts of misleading headlines that need to be taken out of the industry. From the actual sodding article entitled "Press regulation deal sparks fears of high libel fines for bloggers":
publisher would have to meet the three tests of whether the publication is publishing news-related material in the course of a business, whether their material is written by a range of authors – this would exclude a one-man band or a single blogger – and whether that material is subject to editorial control.
There are two sections of the M1 between London and Leeds, when it is a 4 lane carriageway, where there are speed cameras on almost every sign gantry over the road.
However right now it seems they are only 'on' when the variable speed limit is in force, but there is no reason they couldn't turn them on all the time.