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Comment: Re:What about Snowden (Score 4, Insightful) 269

by Gadget_Guy (#49131467) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy

One could argue that it's Snowden's revelations are hurting the economy. The NSA is supposed to be spying on foreign entities.

If the NSA are supposed to be spying on foreign entities, then it stands to reason that Snowden telling everyone this would not be a huge revelation; it would be just stating the obvious. As such, Snowden could not have hurt the economy.

Comment: Re:This is the End, Beautiful Friend, the End. (Score 3, Informative) 279

by Gadget_Guy (#49117205) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

Moore's Law had a good run, but she's dead Jim.

It doesn't look that dead just yet. While that graph shows a straight diagonal line of transistor count over time, there should also be a flat line alongside showing the number of people who predict that Moore's Law is dead.

Maybe they can partner with Apple and make a really skinny macbook.

Why would they need to partner with Apple when they can just shrink their own competing Ultrabook spec? They own the trademark to it after all.

Comment: Re:mdsolar strikes again (Score 2, Insightful) 311

by Gadget_Guy (#49063527) Attached to: Nuclear Plant Taken Down In Anticipation of Snowstorm

He probably wouldn't post something about a 'renewable' going offline, based on his posting history.

What difference does that make? You are attempting to discredit this story by maligning the submitter. That is known as playing the man, not the ball. Nothing that mdsolar wrote was untrue, and it didn't even sound judgemental.

Rest assured that if a renewable power station went offline there would be plenty of other people who would submit stories about it, and I'm sure lots of them would have similar partisan posting histories (albeit with an anti-renewable agenda). The question is, would you write a similar complaint about those submitters or is it just those who fail to talk in gushing tones about nuclear power that incur your wrath?

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 263

How does Facebook make this any better than having it listed on a website? Sure you can click a link to go to another website, or you can just show it inline as an image on the page the is currently being viewed. Is anyone really going to want to spam themselves by having the daily menu coming up in their Facebook feed everyday?

Comment: Re:^^Winner (Score 2) 216

by Gadget_Guy (#48897907) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

The idea of the Doomsday clock being closer than the cold war is silly.

Considering that the doomsday didn't eventuate during the cold war then it is not necessarily wrong to say that it was closer then than now. The main difference between the danger being face now and then was that back then you didn't have a huge segment of the population disbelieving the experts who said that the world was in danger. Nobody was so stupid enough to say that just because people died before the atom bomb was invented that it means that bomb couldn't be responsible for killing anyone now (to adopt one of the anti-AGW lines).

We are actually closer to danger now because politically we are further from a solution than we were back then. At least both sides recognised that they had to consider the ramifications of their actions and that something had to be done. Fast forward to today, and the two sides now want different things; one wants to change things while the other wants to keep the status quo. That is far more dangerous than what we had in the past.

The other crucial difference is that for the danger of doomsday to exist back then, someone would have to make the decision to "push the button". Someone would have to decide to be actively responsible for armageddon. The danger we face now is opposite. If we don't take action this time then the predicted doomsday will happen by itself. Nobody has to press any button to make bad things happen. We are closer to doomsday because the button was already pressed years ago when we started down the path of rapid expansion of our use of fossil fuels.

The fact is that the doomsday clock actually worked during the cold war. It kept the issue in the minds of the people, so that the political will was there to solve the problem. The clock wasn't accurate nor inaccurate. It was a symbol.

In the same way, the changing of the clock isn't striving for accuracy in as much as it is raising the notion that we are facing a crisis in the public perception. And it is needed now more than ever.

Comment: Re:Shouldn't it be past 12? (Score 2) 216

by Gadget_Guy (#48897789) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

We were told in something like 2005 that unless there was action X within 4 years then we would be heading to disaster.

No, we were not told that. Your assertion is simply a lie. Global warming happens over a much longer time period than this. There is not one single climatologist who would make such an absurd statement as to predict disaster within 4 years.

Comment: Re:Windows 8.1: Not quite as shitty as believed. (Score 1) 130

by Gadget_Guy (#48810167) Attached to: PC Shipments Are Slowly Recovering

Microsoft made 7 available again, reversing earlier decision not to sell it.

Is that really true though? Microsoft have always sold the previous version of Windows alongside the current version - at least as far back as Windows 2000. I know this because I worked at a company that consistently standardised on really old versions of software and we would often buy copies of the previous version of Windows just before the current one got superceded.

It would not be unprecedented for people to notice something like that and just presume that it must be Microsoft getting worried about the sales of the current version. Then when enough people repeat the misinformation it becomes "general knowledge" that everyone "knows".

Comment: Re:I don't get it. (Score 1) 150

by Gadget_Guy (#48740983) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils Nokia 215, a $29 Phone With Internet Access

There's already cheap 2g phones you can buy that have those things.

You are correct that there are already cheap 2G phones. But now in Nokia's line their cheap phone can do web browsing too. If you don't have a data plan then you simply don't use that feature, but it is not like the phone becomes worthless simply because you haven't had to pay extra for the facility. You are at no disadvantage if you cannot access data on your plan.

These phones also support multiple languages, but nobody complains that this is useless unless the user attends night school to learn all those languages. Nobody complains that this phone (like the previous models that it replaces) have a camera, despite that some people will never use the feature. You are under no obligation to use all the features of the phone. It is not like Nokia are encouraging people to pay extra to get the model of phone that has web browsing; it is just becoming a standard capacity of their entire range now.

If you read the article it says nothing about being "made for countries that still use 2g". The whole emphasis is the price and affordability of the phone. This would indicate this is made for a market where there are more expensive higher quality options.

The article doesn't need to state this - it just stands to reason! Nokia are not going to sell this in countries where 2G does not exist or is being phased out. As for there being more expensive options available, I don't see what difference that makes. If web browsing is really important to you, and you can afford it, then you probably will want to pay extra for a better screen and faster data. But this phone allows those people who will possibly only use it once in a blue moon; those who want a cheap and small phone that won't break if they drop it.

Comment: Re:Not that impressive (Score 1) 150

by Gadget_Guy (#48737689) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils Nokia 215, a $29 Phone With Internet Access

You are comparing the street price of one product with manufacturer's recommended price of another product. I imagine that the 215 will sell for about 5-10 pounds less than the 220. The Nokia 220 is about a year old, so it is possible that the 215 will replace it. The camera is much better in the 220, but the USB is only version 1.1 in the old phone. Other than that they seem identical, but there may be software differences.

Comment: Re:How is this [OPEN!] internet-friendly? (Score 1) 150

by Gadget_Guy (#48737523) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils Nokia 215, a $29 Phone With Internet Access

This is a device not unlike the Nokia 108 RM-945, both of which seem designed to suck payments at the teets of the GSM-provider/subsidizer. You can transfer your data using SD-cards or GSM; that's it.

Or plug the phone in to your USB port on the computer and it acts like an external drive - just like you would do if it was a camera or MP3 player. That's the easiest solution.

If you are referring to not being able to browse the Internet using WiFi, then that is not really what this phone is about. Nobody is going to use a device that is so slow and has such a tiny screen for doing lots of web browsing. This is a device for making phone calls, but can do the occasional look up of a website. In fact I would guess that most users of this phone would probably never use the web browsing capability at all.

Comment: Re:I don't get it. (Score 2) 150

by Gadget_Guy (#48737431) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils Nokia 215, a $29 Phone With Internet Access

It's worthless without a data plan, which I haven't seen any mention of.

Why would it be worthless? It would still work as a phone, camera and MP3 player. Obviously, the web browser wouldn't work. If you don't have a data plan you could save money by buying a phone without a web browser at all - except that you really aren't going to find one much cheaper than $29.

And hearing it's likely 2g makes it nearly useless for most people.

Well, yes. This is a phone made for countries that still use 2G. There are still some countries where 2G is the only choice. Just because it is not the choice for your neck-of-the-woods doesn't mean that they should not make the phone.

Comment: Re:April 1st (Score 1) 150

by Gadget_Guy (#48737149) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils Nokia 215, a $29 Phone With Internet Access

No, this phone is basically a GPRS enabled camera -all the processing and storage will be happening in the (Microsoft) cloud. As there are digital cameras in this price range this phone is actually possible.

What? A 0.3 Megapixel, Internet-connected camera? I think not.

These types of phones do not require a data-connected phone plan to work. If you take pictures on the phone, they will save to the micro-SD memory card that you install. Then you simply plug in the micro-USB cable to your computer and copy the picture files (which are saved in JPEG format). There is no cloud involved.

There are a lot of different models of feature phones from Nokia, and not a single one of them works in the way that you suggest. They are designed so that they work in countries that don't have a mobile Internet infrastructure.

Comment: Re:It may not be for me... (Score 3, Interesting) 150

by Gadget_Guy (#48737009) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils Nokia 215, a $29 Phone With Internet Access

It's pretty much the same setup as the XBox, I suspect - sell the hardware at a loss, and hope to make it up in apps and API subscription fees.

If this was all about making money from downloaded apps then they would have included more than 8MB of memory on the thing. These are just basic feature phones that do a few simple things for a cheap price.

There are a lot of people out there who don't want to carry a huge smart phone; they just want something small that can make calls and which doesn't run out of batteries at the end of each day. You tend not to hear about these people, because by definition they are not big on social media.

They aren't "saving up for an Android phone", because you can pick up one of those for just $40 more. They are probably the ones who still buy diaries made from dead trees. It is a niche market that will never go away no matter how cheap smart phone become.

Comment: Re:Kin 2.0? (Score 1) 150

by Gadget_Guy (#48736691) Attached to: Microsoft Unveils Nokia 215, a $29 Phone With Internet Access

Because it's clearly impossible to change software loads, and downscale specs.

By that rational you could say that it looks like an iPhone, only with a different software load and downscaled specs! Surely for the phone to look like a Kin it has to have at least one feature that is identical to Microsoft's abortion of a phone.

The fact is that this is a slight evolution of a product line that Nokia have had since before they were bought out by Microsoft. It is in no way reminiscent of the Kin. So sure, they could have released a phone based on the old social-media phone, but if you look at every technical spec and user interface then you can see that they clearly didn't.

All you have to do is compare the picture on the article with this Nokia phone from 2007 and you can see that this is just standard Nokia interface and feature spec.

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