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Comment: Missing the point (Score 1) 287 287

This entire premise is flawed. The purpose of a PC is to do "something", it's purpose is to serve as a delivery system for some form of software. The purpose of a car is to provide transportation. In the first case the hardware is there to provide a platform for the software, in the latter the hardware (the car) is the point. Unless there is some cool new app that will teleport people the car will always be more important than the fancy apps it can run.

Comment: Why? (Score 1) 234 234

I do not use Uber, but based on everything I have heard on this company's business practices, treatment of it's drivers, threats made to journalist, and now learning that the app is scraping every bit of data possible from people's phones I have to ask "Why are you using this app? Is it really that much better than calling a cab?"

Comment: No more appointment TV (Score 2) 320 320

Saturday morning cartoons weren't killed by the internet, they were killed by the DVR. My kids only recenlty became aquainted with the concept of "you have to wait for them to show the next episode". Saturday mornings at our house are devoted to binge watching a week's worth of Pokemon, Gravity Falls, and Phineas & Pherb.

Comment: Take Responsibility (Score 1) 137 137

Every memember of my family has a Kindle. The Free Time app prevents all in-app purchases regardless of what the App Store settings are. If I let the kids turn off Free Time I still get an email almost instantly when any purchase is made. Amazon has done their due dilligence, if people are still having huge bills racked up by their children they need to look in the mirror for the guilty party.

Comment: Re:Reality (Score 1) 481 481

I have gotten to experience the transition from legacy to modern computer systems on submarines first hand. Yes new equipment adds all kinds of cool functionality but it breaks a lot more often and the fix usually takes longer than replacing a single card or power supply.

Comment: Re:Then again, maybe it’s not the suits at a (Score 5, Interesting) 357 357

I'll listen to the guy who designed the Dutch suits: Bert van der Tuuk, the designer of the Dutch Olympic team's suits, said Thursday he had tried a similar ventilation panel on the back of a prototype three years ago, but it slowed his skaters by letting in air and creating drag. "The suit was blowing itself up," he said.

Comment: Focus on the kids (Score 2) 559 559

What Nintendo does better than any other system is make games that pre-teen kids want to play. Mario/Kirby/Pokemon are all powerhouses that Xbox and PS4 do not have; if Nintendo can release a QUALITY game from one of those IPs every 6-8 months they will be fine. Fixing the social aspects and tying everything together through the 3DS would take them from "surviving" to "thriving".

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350