I agree about Gladwell. The way he talked about Jobs not having original ideas showed that he really has no clue about how the technology industry works. The smugness that went along with this was fairly insufferable.
I didn't have a particularly positive impression of Gladwell to begin with – but it's even lower now.
what does this have to do with capitalism?
Actually, he said "late capitalism," apparently as a Marx-affirming flourish. Problem is, 20 years post-USSR, this comes off more like a Marxist version of the Black Knight from Monty Pythom & The Holy Grail... "It's only a flesh wound!"
But voice recognition is only the less important part of Siri. You're forgetting the natural language processing (which goes beyond traditional command processing for limited domains like phone calls, audio player control, etc.).
The expression, "Dragon voice recognition > anything apple has" - is not meaningful.
And after all that, they'll still need to operate their system long enough to harvest consumer usage data that allows them to augment/fine-tune the system. By that time, Apple will be, potentially, years ahead.
I knew that if I read down the page far enough, I'd find an intelligent comment.
I didn't say that Apple was first- just pointed out that the "grid icons are actually from palm pilots" claim was pretty weak.
And I was pointing out earlier icon grid examples, not what was stolen.
Seems like the grid icons are actually from palm pilots...
Umm, did you ever see Apple's Newton? Its icon grid preceded Palm by years.
When I need to refer to the Urban Dictionary to interpret the fevered imagination of an Apple anti-fanboi, I know that the argument is getting heated up...
Its good to expose what a locked down app Mac could be like.
It's fun to indulge one's imagination, isn't it?
As of next Thursday, UNIX will be flushed in favor of TOPS-10. Please update your programs.