I like how the naysayers are depicted as sober, rational minded individuals while those who see things progressing more rapidly are shown as crazy lunatics.
I don't see the word "sobering" used that way. For me this just means that after one might get excited after hearing Kurzweil, hearing from Winfield is a sobering experience. There is no implication that either of the two is less crazy or more right.
Frankly I want to go back to a time where we are non interventionist. Let other countries worry about themselves. If you dont want to sell me a product I want/need, Then I will no longer provide you with the intel that you want/need
Frankly, everybody wants the US to become non interventionist again.
I know what you mean. I'm working on an app that doesn't need much horsepower and would like it to be available on the iPad 1 so that people could put old ones they have laying around to good use. But Apple isn't making it easy to support older device so I'll probably have to make it iOS 7+ only.
No you don't. Just set deployment target to iOS 5 and make sure you heed the warnings. Test on your iOS 5 device (yes, no Simulator for that, which sucks) and you're done.
Personally speaking, I wouldn't mind something like a ruggedized google glass for snow boarding [...]
That already exists, the Zeal Z3. One third the price of google glass, speedometer, temperature, altimeter and more inside the goggles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9u1mUlK8qg
I have never seen somebody wearing these while snowboarding, nor would I want one, but there you go.
With all those 400+dpi displays out there - are they actually... useful? Short of holding the phone to your nose or otherwise uncomfortably close (to make it hard to actually... use it) does one notice the difference between the 320-odd "retina" DPI vs. the 440 DPI these new 1080p screens offer?
For the human eye it does not make sense to go above the ~320 DPI. It might make sense for Samsung to go to 440 DPI though because their Pentile displays only have two colors per pixel, with different combinations one besides each other (See e.g. here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PenTile_matrix_family). But is a 440 DPI Pentile display better than a 320 DPI IPS LCD? Real tests like the ones over at displaymate.com might give an answer. Whether these in turn make any difference during daily use, who knows?
And for developers the 400+ DPI create a new issue: how should you optimize images for your apps/websites? Do you go 3x the size the image has at standard resolution? Meaning you now have to create each image three times, despite nobody seeing a difference over the double-sized 320 DPI images? Vector images help, but are not the solution since lines will be blurred. Oh how we love numbers.