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Comment: Not like Thomas Edison (Score 4, Insightful) 692

by Tmann72 (#44554875) Attached to: Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed
I'm starting to get tired of this Thomas Edison comparison that I read from time to time. Thomas Edison's inventions inventions fundamentally changed the human condition. Specifically the light bulb. Suddenly the entire human race can get a lot done inside larger indoor spaces and at night where previously limited lighting prevented many activities. The iPhone did not in anyway change the human condition on these scales. Combined with Edison's other inventions Jobs looks even less important. He made a few good devices using existing technology. He did not reinvent the light bulb.

Comment: Re:I agree (Score 1) 564

by Tmann72 (#43601307) Attached to: BlackBerry CEO: Tablet Market Is Dying
Considering the topic of conversation the fact that they exist is entirely relevant. You can't just wholesale act like they don't exist because it's inconvenient to the argument. Google alone has a test fleet of at least 10 cars. They've completed over 300,000 miles of autonomous driving. There is even one license in Nevada for one of these cars that was issued in May 2012. Just because you haven't personally been in one yet does not exclude their existence or the fact people are riding in autonomously controlled vehicles.

Comment: Re:End of tablets? Not likely (Score 1) 564

by Tmann72 (#43593973) Attached to: BlackBerry CEO: Tablet Market Is Dying
This really hasn't caught on in the main stream. If anything it's mostly the laptop manufacturers struggling to stay relevant with gimmicks. For business purposes even those tablet/laptop hybrids really aren't that useful. Hell even for school when I lugged a laptop to class I'd still prefer a more durable laptop than these gimmicky looking laptop/tablet cases.

Comment: Re:I agree (Score 5, Interesting) 564

by Tmann72 (#43593947) Attached to: BlackBerry CEO: Tablet Market Is Dying
This isn't even remotely the same and you damn well know it. Horse drawn buggies existed for a very long time before cars and cars were seen as a natural progression of that mode of transportation. The fact we measure engines in horse-power to this day is a testament to that fact. Tablets could be seen as the next phase of computers, but the fact remains they are not as useful for many purposes as real computers are. Whereas with your car example a car completely and thoroughly replaced all functions of a horse drawn carriage in its entirety.

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