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Comment China, N. Korea are the target market (Score 2) 137

somehow the US and UK will outlaw all phones that don't have back doors, and Blackberry will become the only legal smartphone and... PROFIT!!!!

Interesting comment, made me think...

So, thinking of this as a phone specifically enabled with spying capabilities as a feature you're right, the logical customer for such a phone is an oppressive government.

I can think of several totalitarian governments that would love a phone with baked-in spyware!

Comment spreadsheets (Score 1) 248

What's your fondest memory of Bill Gates Blue Screen-of-death that could?

i liked it when it actually helped me do something productive and worked with no malfunctions, which mostly happened when doing database analysis with some kind of spreadsheet or relational database software

Comment Re:I own two Zunes - both brown (Score 3, Interesting) 66

The best media player ever

from a purely hardware perspective, i'll allow it

the Zune was made to take full advantage of all digital media has to offer...particularly video

granted, with enough effort you can get the same functionality on an ipod, but still the hardware of the Zune is solid

of course M$ ruined it, as they do with any good idea, but i can see why a person would really find one useful

Comment "space opera" (Score 1) 363

It's funny you mention soap operas.

B5 was a "space opera" in the original, derisional sense of the word. It means hack writing, audience-baiting cliffhangers, and a lack of internal logic or consistency.

It's a bad show.

"Space opera" originally meant goes back to "horse operas":

What's noteworthy here is, the term has been confused into being something of an enigma.

Society changed. "Fanbois" via the internet linked discussions of plot holes and bad writing to their personal ego. As in, if a work a "fanboi" likes has bad writing or plot holes, making it a "space opera" the "fanboi" would irrationally defend the work, not because they understand and can make a logical defense for the work, but because it offends their personal ego.

Combine this change with the proclivity of TV and film producers (who are content agnostic) progressively giving more credence to online fan comments.

So now, we have "fanbois" irrationally defending bad work, and the people who *make* the things paying closer and closer attention to what they say.

That's how we've gotten where we are now: total insanity.

It's insane for a "fan" of scifi to *want* a "space opera"....but that's exactly what is now will post about how they "Wish [x] will be 'more space opera' when it comes out" or express frustration, "Why can't we have more space operas?"

Space Operas like Babylon 5 are badly written, poorly produced and make people stupider. It's the opposite of what Trek (or any good scifi) seeks to do.

Which is why GoT, TWD and others that try to be this way on purpose suffer. There is a large subset of confused people who actually advocate for bad writing now and it is hurting all of scifi.

Comment some random Canadian woman (Score 1) 781

a feminist friend from the North American culture-sphere

so this dude asked his Canadian friend

i don't see a problem with a ".bro" file extention any more than having a street address that is 666

if you ask a Canadian 'feminist' about whether *anything* could be offensive they will answer in the affirmative

Comment Google Cardboard shows why (Score 1) 174

VR is "Dead on Arrival"

It is DOA because the demand is mostly hype.

Also, the technology is at a level where things are either too easy to copy (every other company could bring one to market quickly, most have VR prototypes now) -or- it is too expensive and requires too much adaptation to get anyone interested.

Part of the hype comes from the sheer number of hobbyist/techies out there now willing to throw down on a Kickstarter for something like this. That's not good or bad that's just a fact...there are just more potential "early adopters" who will use things like Occulus on just a few games/applications after much tinkering and be happy.

Google's Cardboard is good example at the zero sum economic forces making this whole "VR revolution" thing essentially 'DOA':

Comment Mexican Drug Cartels are pattern for future "war" (Score 1) 241

“You might try to eliminate war by eliminating the conditions that cause it, like poverty and racial hatred and religious animosity. This is kind of la-la land, but it really may be the only stable long-term solution.” It’s what Haldeman calls “the inescapable tautology.”

“When war is unthinkable, it will stop.”

I think war, in a broader sense is capable of being practically eliminated.

Depending on what definition you use, I think in our lifetimes we might see the reduction of armed conflict to what might be considered today "really bad gang war."

The Mexican drug gangs are a good example. They are the future of warfare in that the facets of their conflicts will be the most we will get to "war" in the future.

So it depends on how you look at it, but I think war of the future will be closer to what we consider law enforcement.

Comment single multi-function menu button (Score 1) 270

TFA is a good article, but The "Start Button" was really a non-innovative, pedestrian multi-function, customizable menu button.

I always marvel that people write thinkpieces about "The Start Button" like it was some big tech innovation.

The "Start Button" was, essentially, just like any other "Menu" option in computing every used, it just used a different word. And to that end, ontologically speaking, "Start" was one of the most patronizing, over-simplified, dumbed down choices they could have made and still made it to production.

Comment Q4 2016 is really fast dev time (Score 2) 111

their deal with Microsoft prevents them from getting back into the phone business until Q4 2016, so we won't be seeing Nokia phones soon either way.

New phones typically take years to develop and bring to market. I don't think Q4 2016 is prohibitive at all.

That's about a year...even if Nokia started today designing a new phone it would be kind of amazing if they had it ready to go to market by Q4 2016.

They say "You have to go away to come back" and Nokia definitely went away so....

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