God I miss 80's computing.
I don't, but if you want to get the same fun without all of the old annoyances there are two things I'd recommend:
The first is to get an FPGA dev board. BlueSpec is a nice proprietary high-level HDL that is free for academic use, but if you don't qualify for that then CHISEL from Berkeley is also not bad - they're both a nice step above Verilog / VHDL.
The second is the mbed boards from various ARM partners. Some ARM folks handed me one of these to play with a few months back. These are aimed at getting embedded development to people who don't normally do it. They've got all of the fun I/O stuff from the BBC micro (plus some new stuff like USB and Ethernet) and a nicely put together development environment.
I've seen a few things recently that have taken an amusing middle ground and bought ARM cores and used them to run a Z80 emulator, because it was cheaper to get the associated peripherals to attach to the ARM core.
I expect Google to die in the same way that IBM died: it will still be a huge and influential player for a long time, but won't be the company that defines an industry that people care about. The same sort of path as Microsoft.
When I interviewed at Google a few years I was reminded of something that JWZ wrote about Netscape, claiming that it started to decline when it started hiring people who were there because it was a cool place to work, not because they wanted to change the world and believed in the things that the company was doing. Everyone I met at Google told me that I should would there because it was a cool place to work...
Is English your 23rd language or something? Did you fail every lesson related to logic? Did you sleep through every language class? Your arguments make no sense to an English speaker. Perhaps you should learn the language before you criticise how others use it.
Neither Christians nor Jews do that. It might behoove you to learn about the religions before you post such inaccuracies. Of course, this is slashdot, so research and actual knowledge are generally verboten. Carry on!
What a sad, fucked-up example of humanity. I'd feel sorry for you, but your idiocy is no doubt self-inflicted.
Just because you act like a fucking piece of shit on slashdot doesn't mean you are one. But we may as well treat you as you yourself act, so there's little practical difference. PC is a term that refers to computers which run Microsoft operating systems on x86-compatible architectures. That some few people use the term differently does not change reality. Idiot.
PC has meant Intel compatible)+Windows for at least 20 years. Before then, it was (MS-)DOS instead of Windows. That other people would also sometimes use the term differently does not negate the facts. Neither use is or was wrong, but there were definitely both uses of the term. Idiot.
Also, there's no longer any such thing as "running natively" - today's x86 actually takes every instruction and translates it into microcode - in other words, the cpu is really just an x86 emulator.
For the purposes of discussing computing hardware -- if the CPU executes the instruction, it is native. It doesn't matter how the CPU goes about the business. Idiot.
Most of the stuff you highlight can be handled by a feature phone, though, except reading books. I use my 6-year-old Android, doesn't seem to crash or need to reboot unless the battery is on empty (and shocking the battery still works pretty well after 6 years - will go 12+ hours between charges). You don't need anything fancy - what you want is something stable.
I'm really struggling with what to get next - the screen on my phone has been cracked for a couple of years now, so I should probably replace it one of these days. But now it's all these damn giant phones that don't fit in my pockets, don't have replaceable batteries - what ever happened to cell phones getting smaller?
When someone sends me a text or an email, there's no "he said - she said" disputes over what was said. Try doing that with your home phone.
If you have that problem often enough to care, you need better friends, not a better phone!
Inflation was cooked up to explain most of that after the fact, though, so it's unsurprising that it does. The fundamental problem with inflation is that too much is tunable. Penrose's cyclic cosmology explains all the same stuff, and at least has the decency to make some bizarre (and very likely false) predictions outside of the early universe.
Theories of the very early universe that require new fields that there's a way to detect today are interesting. Certainly there are ideas to explain dark energy as an extension of inflation that fit that bill. But theories that propose a bunch of cool new physics that all conveniently vanished early on are a bit sketchy, at least until we can somehow make an equivalent of WMAP for the neutrino background radiation, and observe the very early universe directly. I hope I live to see that!
If you can avoid traveling in normal space-time, then you've just potentially solved the problem entirely.
That doesn't help in the least. It doesn't matter how you travel: two events, separated in space, that happen "at the same time" in my frame of reference don't do so in another. If I depart A and arrive at B "instantly" in some reference frame, then I have travelled backwards in time from another. There's no getting around that: we live in a relativistic universe.