You can easily buy a pre-paid Android phone for $40-$50 today. It's believable to me that with the steady progress of technology, $20 Android smart phones will be available in a year or two anyway.
Yes and no...Shenzhen itself may be not a place you'd visit, but it's right next to Hong Kong and Macau, both of which are (to me) top tourist cities. One could easily make Shenzhen a day trip from either city. There's even a commuter train between Hong Kong & Shenzhen.
Actually Microsoft developed OSes for mobile devices very early, with Windows CE coming out in 1996. I remember is 2003 or so, owning Dell PDA that aside from not having a phone and having a clunkier interface, let me browse the web and do much of what a cell phone does (personally I used it to browse the web, watch movies, listen to music, and Skype), in a cell phone like package. It was a niche product for years, and obviously Microsoft didn't quite develop it the right way. But saying that Microsoft never seriously approached the mobile devices market because they only want a product they dominate is simply not true.
Microsoft also pushed tablet computing hard for a long time, even though it never caught on. Again, they didn't do it right, but it wasn't for a lack of sustained trying.
Wow, they make her look serious! But get this, she's a woman! Like, not a man!!!! How would it even be possible for her to have smarts or savvy?
I mean, sure she has a double major from Stanford and went to graduate school at MIT, and then worked her way up in a male-dominated technology company...but if you look at pictures of her, it's clear from these pictures that she is a woman!
I think this just shows how major corporations are faulty, when instead of choosing basement dwellers, the board of directors of a major corporations actually chose a successful, well-educated woman to lead instead, when the "promotional photos" of her clearly shows that she is a woman.
How many roads must a man walk down?
So what? There's a lot of drek out there, fortunately it's easy to ignore what you don't care about. Like if I were to go to a bookstore, 90% of the books would hold no interest to me, and I will likely ever read
Also, cars should be banned, it's a waste of gas!
Also, Amazon should be banned, everything gets shipped in plastic and cardboard!
Also, TV dinners should be banned- you just end up throwing away the tray!
Also, milk should be banned, every year people throw away millions of cartons!
In the scale of things, it's a pretty miniscule amount of plastic.
Right, because this patent will give Keurig a monopoly. In a year or two the only way to get a cup of coffee will be buy a Keurig machine.
You have a six digit UID on Slashdot, and you've never heard of Ouya?
Do you at least know what Raspberry Pi or Bitcoins are?
You have this false dichotomy where if snake-oil salesmanship bothers you, you must be in favor of evil corporation Monsanto.
In reality, they are two different issues. Snake Oil and BS homeopathy and all the nonsense perpetuated by Whole Foods is basically lying to make money, and your opinion of Monsanto is a completely different issue.
For instance, there are many organic growers who don't believe GMOs are poison, or the various other ideas from the homeopathy line of thought.
If he didn't get into a car accident, then he was driving wrecklessly.
Be honest, blogs have less influence and lower journalistic standards than a dead-tree journal like the NY Times.
A real publication:
a) Wouldn't have been so partisan in favor of VFX companies
b) Wouldn't have overstated the importance of this revelation.
Frankly, this news article isn't even news. It's like somebody took a particularly idiotic anti-MPAA post from Slashdot and made it longer.
Wow, an online-only newspaper caught an instance of the MPAA being somewhat hypocritical, I'm sure that'll change everything! Hoo-wah, I'm going out to buy me some stocks in the company that makes Green Screens!
I mostly agree that individuals don't really change history, but that would be a rather somber tone for a class given to bright-eyed college freshmen about how they can change the world...