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Comment: Re:One-button user interface (Score 1) 237

by bondsbw (#47758083) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

One analog button means you generally are limited to binary states mapped to time in the form of pulse width. Controlling pulse width tends to be difficult, so we wind up with a language where individual pulses have limited expressiveness and, thus, multiple pulses are required in order to express a concept. Morse Code is an example, where multiple pulses are used to express the concept of alphabet symbols.

But also we can take advantage of context switching. If we switch from a context of typing to a context of motion, then the language can reuse pulse patterns to drive the movement (e.g. there can be quick patterns to express direction, go, and stop).

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 116

by bondsbw (#47757059) Attached to: Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

Selling a million game consoles will produce less benefit to fewer users than taking the equivalent hardware and putting it into a server farm.

A console in the average game console owner's home sits unpowered for the vast majority of the day. That hardware in a server farm will be used 100% of the day, meaning more hardware will be available for more people.

A server farm can be far more energy efficient than a million consoles.

Obviously there are tradeoffs, but to dismiss the concept outright is not helpful.

Comment: Re: Infrastructure? (Score 1) 720

by bondsbw (#47723013) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

I accept your claim that you have no experience with Linux

Actually I have quite a bit of experience with Linux. Here's a tiny bit of proof... just search for ID 6746.

But unlike you, I seem to have experience with other operating systems as well.

along with your acknowledment that you are too stupid to figure out that more people will buy a $300.00 laptop than will buy a $1000.00 laptop, regardless of OS.

You mean, like these?

Comment: Re: Infrastructure? (Score 1) 720

by bondsbw (#47722147) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

How do you define "superior"? This argument is about the general masses, not just you. The question is, which system will the user would take home? I say it will be the Windows computer almost all of the time, and history completely has my side.

You do realize that OEMs have created pre-configured Linux desktop computers, right? And how well did that go?

If Apple can't dethrone Windows on the desktop, or even come close despite having an arguably better experience in every way (and much better than Linux)... you certainly are not going to do it either.

Comment: Re:our presidents origin story (Score 3, Insightful) 115

by bondsbw (#47695513) Attached to: Feds: Red Light Camera Firm Paid For Chicago Official's Car, Condo

It's also about fame and power. Being noticed, having people rely on you, and being able to directly affect the lives of so many... these are like a drug.

And even if it starts out unselfishly, I've seen a few politicians get a taste of the drug and change ways. It sucks when I voted for them and feel the need to apologize for my support.

Comment: They made their bed (Score 4, Insightful) 426

And they should lie in it. Microsoft's monopoly in IE was one of the principal causes of stagnation in the industry during the mid 2000s.

Then again, that stagnation arguably led to some great innovations by others in the industry, which is why we've witnessed the mobile revolution and downfall of IE since.

Comment: Re:Duh. (Score 1) 235

by bondsbw (#47687135) Attached to: Email Is Not Going Anywhere

Email allows me to respond according to my schedule. Call me if something's really important.

Actually this brings up a side point... I would really like to have a good/standardized way to leave a voice message that works as you describe email, allowing the recipient to respond when you can get around to it. The problem with voicemail is that I have to call you to leave the message.

Calling interrupts you and you might answer, since you can't tell whether it needs immediate attention. So to leave an unimportant message, I need to type a text message or email... both of which are suboptimal in many situations (walking, driving, etc.).

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