McDonalds proclaims home-cooked meals more expensive and difficult to make than eating at their restaurant.
I extremely do not collect stamps!
I was a Google advocate and an Android fanatic a couple years ago, but it seems to me that they have shifted focus to emulating Apple, eliminating functionality, and, worryingly, ignoring bug reports.
- Latest maps update removes swathes of important functionality, is significantly less useful, and looks "better" than the previous version
- As of Android 4.3, the base OS still does not support correct mouse-driven cut and paste, or right-click to open context menu
- Alt-tab does not function correctly; first press merely opens the "recents" menu. A second press is required to actually switch apps, inconsistent with every other major platform available today
- No real, consistent window-mode infrastructure in place
- Still bundled with non-standard, poor quality unix-level utilities
- As others have pointed out, the Nexus 7 2013 ships with a buggy bluetooth configuration that breaks keyboard compability. That this trivial-to-fix issue was not a sev1 defect speaks volumes as to Android's direction!
It saddens me to see Google focusing on decommissioning useful services like Latitude to try to rope people into Google+ (a silly place for user location services) and Android UI "enhancements" while the market is clearly moving towards device integration.
They may yet turn out to be the next RIM: focused on irrelevant things while their competitors (some yet to be visible) build the infrastructure that will be demanded in 5 years. They may wake up down the road unable to compete with a competitor who has spent this time looking forward.
Google: Please focus on desktop functionality, proper unix integration, and product feature set! Leave the customers who demand a limited, cutesy UI to Apple!
No, it rather means that people are finally understanding that a tablet is a novelty. The only time I hear someone talking about how great their iPad (or other tablet) is when they are talking about how much their (less than 10 year old) kid enjoys it
I use my Nexus 7 daily. Some of the things I use it for:
- Web browsing / youtube out on the deck
- Advanced planning / 2nd head ship navigation while sailing (Navionics)
- Advanced route planning while in the backcountry (Locus Pro)
- Movies in bed
- Google magazine (Backpacker, Sailing World, etc)
My girlfriend also uses it at school when painting so that she doesn't have to print images out.
Admittedly, there is a lot of crossover potential with my S3. But to suggest that it's a novelty is a little silly at this point, don't you think?
Nobody wants to wear computers.
How is carrying a smartphone around in your pocket all day not wearing a computer?
Wearable displays can't come soon enough for me. I would love to be able to walk around while I attend conference calls, have chart overlays while I'm sailing, and not have to stare down at my phone while watching TV shows at the gym.
I'm also reasonably sure I'm not alone in this!
No they won't. There is a certain cult that treats science as a religion and refuses to understand that there are basic laws of physics that constrain us. FTL communication causes a litany of paradoxes and trying to turn quantum entanglement into a FTL communication device shows a fundamental lack of understanding of what is going on.
+4, Insightful? Really slashdot?
In theory, sure. Except that wherever you have a pool of money, you have people clamoring after it.
How long do you suppose it would be before county schools or health departments started bribing/lobbying for increased fines if they were the direct benefactors?
I myself could be convinced that photo-radar, speed strips, red-light cameras and even "robots" are acceptable for use on public roads if money could be eliminated from the equation. It is simply not fair to expect legislators to set reasonable limits based on science and statistics when money is involved.
On that note, I've always wondered why no one has proposed destruction of ticket revenue as a clean solution to the problem.
If every last cent collected from fines was required to be destroyed, legislators would be freed from the burden of conflicted interest. They could focus clearly on policy objectives, without the question of profit clouding their judgment. Police would be freed up to do their jobs (which of course includes patrolling and traffic law enforcement, but based strictly on safety, not quotas).
As another bonus, destruction of ticket revenue would benefit everyone not fined by ever-so-slightly deflating the currency.
Android devices are outselling Windows devices 2:1.
Android devices are outselling iOS devices 2:1. Windows device sales appear as a rounding error.
If you aren't doing anything illegal, you have nothing to worry about
What if you are doing something illegal?
Very few citizens accept all laws they are required to follow. Privacy allows society to function, by limiting the ability law enforcement has to detect victimless crime. Virtually every time in history that this limit has been removed, the society has crumbled.
I don't mean to be a dick here... but..
I've never had any of that stuff happen, and I've been a smartphone user since before they were called smartphones.
If you don't want one, you don't want one... fine. There's no need to rationalize it.
Most governments of the world were democratically contracted by the people to imprison those responsible for the violence, and protect those who are merely exercising their freedom of speech to challenge superstition.
Protecting violent superstitious people while jailing/censoring those speaking about it would be gross violation of the social contract.
I'm the father of a 13-year-old girl, and I have several of her friends' numbers in my phone. Why? Here's a few reasons:
Thanks for taking the time to post an explanation, but throughout reading it all I could think of is:
It is precisely no one's business but your own.
The sexual-psychosis-fueled witch hunt has reached new levels when people feel they need to justify the presence of phone numbers in their contact list. Have the Western taliban really made this much progress towards paranoid dystopia?