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Comment: Re:This guy hasn't done his research. (Score 1) 648

by cshay (#48860475) Attached to: Justified: Visual Basic Over Python For an Intro To Programming

Because they both compile to IL, VB was forced to add up all the C#/C++ constructs (eg exception handling, etc) and it lost it's "ease of use/newbie" value when it became VB.NET. Don't you remember all of the screaming that non programmers did when they switched? They couldn't follow along.

Comment: Re:Why would you need this for throttling? (Score 1) 163

by cshay (#48764173) Attached to: In-Flight Service Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming

I suspect the special issue here is they don't want ANY of some types of streaming, even if it low bandwidth. So they want to be able to inspect what is being sent across. You can stream audio at relatively low bandwidth, and so if they simply throttled the bandwidth that may allow people to make a phone call, which is a huge no no on most carriers.

Comment: Re:Physical keyboards make no sense anymore (Score 1) 544

by cshay (#47569835) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Except ....your last sentence doesn't apply to the historical users of slide phones: People who send emails for a living. They may need that keyboard at night. Lets call them power users. The rise of the everyman using these phones means that the phone makers can ignore the power users and still make money.

I also do not agree with your reasons for why they are not produced - your suggestions have been refuted elsewhere in the comments - For examples, the keyboards have been very reliable and rarely fail.

Comment: Re:Of course people prefer them, but... (Score 1) 544

by cshay (#47569797) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Younger people also do not use email for a living. They send short and sweet social messages by text or facebook.

The number of people who send email for a living is still the same, but the number of people who use the phone as a glorified web browser only has grown exponentially to the point that power users can now be ignored and a big profit still can be made.

Comment: Re:Is it worth the tradeoff? (Score 1) 544

by cshay (#47569695) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Do you need to send emails for work? I suspect that this lack of understanding of why people like physical keyboards is that email is out of favor for social/casual users of the internet. They do phone activities by text or facebook. Short and sweet social messages.

Once you have to send work emails in situations where you do not have your laptop you would probably change your tune.

To answer your question - thicker and heavier (and even cooler) take a far backseat to the physical keyboard for people who send emails for a living.

If I'd known computer science was going to be like this, I'd never have given up being a rock 'n' roll star. -- G. Hirst