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Comment: Re:Online in England, maybe (Score 1) 250

by gbjbaanb (#47580361) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Except that in the UK we do have freedom of speech - just go to Speaker's Corner in London and hear all the nonsense spouted by idiots with all kinds of conspiracy theories.

None of them are doing it anonymously.

Many others in the UK have spoken out with dissent for the government's intentions. Sometimes it works and they change, most of the time they just ignore us and do what they were going to anyway.

I think the difference is that, even though you're not truly anonymous online either, too many fuckwits think they are and it affects their behaviour. Look at the recent twitter arrests and imprisonments for doucebags who thought it was ok to spout death threats online.

So all they're really saying is that you should be more open about who you are online, as the authorities can find you anyway if they dislike what you've said. Removing the appearance of anonymity may make those morons change their behaviour online, and will make finding you cheaper when (or if) you say things worthy of police action (I assume if you're worthy of special branch attention, they will already know who you are with a quick call to GCHQ)

Comment: Re:Physical keyboards make no sense anymore (Score 1) 540

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) 540

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) 540

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.

Comment: Re:Experience outside the valley (Score 1) 495

by gbjbaanb (#47568789) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Yeah, so I hope and expect Jesse Jackson to really kick off and promote the workforce equality such that it is truly representative of the local population's ethnic ratio.

If that means more white workers have to be hired then I expect him to be promoting more white guys.... won't hold my breath waiting for that to happen though!

Comment: Re:My own experience (Score 1) 540

by cshay (#47552415) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Never had a problem with the keyboards with any of the droid sliders I have owned (currently have a Droid 4).

A big issue, which you dismiss, is that you lose half of the screen real estate to the keyboard, which can be a big pain.

Finally, the pain of entering non-standard text (or even capitalization) seems to have led to very poorly written posts on various message boards (no capitalization, or lack of symbols used)

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