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Comment: Perhaps the iWatch market is the iPod market? (Score 4, Interesting) 729

by Black.Shuck (#47864713) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

In a few iterations the Apple Watch will be untethered from the phone, have decent storage, and a slimmer form-factor than the monstrosity that was unveiled today.

In a world of tablets, smartphones and smartwatches, dedicated music-players are starting to look rather "quaint".

Comment: The next generation of MIT? (Score 1) 110

There's another MIT headline further down the front-page: "MIT's Ted Postol Presents More Evidence On Iron Dome Failures"

I'm guessing timothy copy-pasted that headline then deleted everything except the first few characters, but forgot to zap the apostrophe. All to save himself the arduous task of typing "MIT".

Well, I'm just speculating, of course.

Comment: How do opinions like this still exist... (Score 3, Interesting) 155

by Black.Shuck (#47212105) Attached to: Apple To Be Investigated By the EU Over Tax Affairs

In the face of the last 17 years of Apple's progress?

Does software write itself? Services? Store-fronts and their employees? How about hedging against future competition or cannibalisation? Against mistakes like MobileMe or exploding batteries? Against patent-wars with similarly well-endowed companies? Will the time come when they don't sell any more kit because everyone is too satisfied to bother upgrading anymore? Was the last WWDC Keynote an absolute firecracker because of the excitement over the new APIs, or a squib because they didn't announce an iWatch or a TV?

You hardware guys are weird.

Comment: Re:In a related trend: (Score 1) 253

... all your Google sites determinedly dumping you onto the wrong language and will simply find months of customer discussions of "it's still not fixed". It's even funnier when it turns out that there is a work around but it's in a different thread started some time after the first but with completely unassociated keywords and an explanation which, while correct is clearly incomprehensible to most of their customers.

Erm... Link please?

Comment: Re:Innovation? (Score 4, Insightful) 264

by Black.Shuck (#46389003) Attached to: Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

Innovation != Invention

innovate |nvet|
verb [ no obj. ]
make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products: the company's failure to diversify and innovate competitively.
  [ with obj. ] introduce (something new, especially a product). we continue to innovate new products.

So yes, Apple innovates. They innovate on the execution of ideas, rather than invent new ones.

Comment: Re:Dennis Ritchie instead! (Score 0, Troll) 184

by Black.Shuck (#46311631) Attached to: Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

Steve Jobs would still be a amateur Geek in his garage if it were not for all the Giants of the industry that came before.

The whole computer industry would still be geeks in their garages if it weren't for Jobs.

That's not to say he's more important than Richie, but nerds like us need to recognise value outside of that which is purely technical.

Concerning stamps, you could put Balmer on for all I care.


Ask Slashdot: Easy Wi-Fi-Enabled Tablet For My Dad? 370

Posted by Soulskill
from the if-only-the-weather-channel-made-a-tablet dept.
An anonymous reader writes "I'm looking to pick up a tablet for my father. He is in his 70s and the internet is a bit of a mystery to him, but he asked me about a way to send/receive email and watch online videos. He is not interested in getting a smartphone or changing his cheap phone plan that doesn't include data. But he is interested in getting a tablet and using the free Wi-Fi that is available in his building. Here is my question: can you recommend a tablet equivalent to those phones with the big numbers that they sell to older people? Does there exist a tablet with an interface that would be simple and easy to use for someone who has very little experience with computer GUIs?"

Harvard Develops Drug-Filled, Injectable Sponge That Expands Inside the Body 24

Posted by timothy
from the uncredited-author-j-ignatowski dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Harvard bioengineers have perfected injecting us with a drug-filled sponge instead of just a liquid. It may seem strange to want to inject a piece of sponge into your body, but it does actually help solve a number of invasive problems. For example, sometimes it is necessary to have drugs released slowly into our bodies, and/or some kind of bio-scaffold is required to be positioned so that it can help support a damaged organ or to engineer new tissue. This new, injectable sponge is incredibly useful because not only can it be filled with drugs that then are slowly released, it also has a memory and can be collapsed down to a tiny fraction of its original size."

Bringing computers into the home won't change either one, but may revitalize the corner saloon.