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Comment: Re:Be ready for a lot of frustration (Score 3, Interesting) 168

Palm had one thing going for it, at least in the early days: excellent battery life. With no wireless, no background serivces, and no traditional backlight, battery life was measured in days—or weeks—or months!

While they don't hold a candle to modern devices in every other respect, I loved being able to tap away at the thing forever without ever worrying about finding a charger. And the EL backlight was pretty darn cool (though it made you really hate dimly lit rooms)...

Comment: Why? (Score 3, Insightful) 168

It's hideously slow and limited by today's standards, the standards are horribly out of date (802.11b anyone?) the ten year old battery is surely shot, and the platform is dead, dead, dead.

If you're looking for a cheap hackable device, get a no-frills Android tablet. If you're looking to get into mobile development, get any decent smartphone.

Still, if you really want to work on that old Palm, you should still be able to find the Garnet OS Development Suite.

Comment: Re:Get used to this... (Score 4, Insightful) 245

Making wildly exaggerated claims always has been legal. Imagine if it were otherwise: you'd have to arrest whole advertising companies, and political parties, and organized religions, and the people who send me forwarded emails...


...What? Oh, sorry, I guess I kind of drifted off there.

Comment: It's the OS, silly (Score 2) 277

As the author points out, each phone release is accompanied by a major OS release. With a major software release comes bugs, as well as a raft of CPU-eating new features to play with, so it makes perfect sense that there would be a spike in complaints about performance and a host of other issues. No conspiracy necessary.

Comment: Re:Black hole? (Score 2) 277

by pushing-robot (#47472693) Attached to: Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Because something that has to be done every year gets done every year, like taxes.

Something that has to be done every 10+ years is a lot more likely to get lost and forgotten. Sure, you could set a reminder...but where? Staff get replaced, calendars get replaced, software gets replaced, computers get replaced, offices get cleared out, and the people who trained the current employees weren't even around themselves the last time it needed to be done.

It's like the hundred year $DISASTER, which kills hundreds and causes billions in damage simply because it's so rare. If it happened every year, damages would paradoxically go down because building codes would improve and the public would be better prepared.

Comment: Re:Brain ZAP! (Score 2) 284

by pushing-robot (#47395139) Attached to: Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

The problem with dystopian theories like this is bullets are cheap. If you've subjugated the public to the point that you can force expensive brain surgery on them, why bother? Just shoot the people you don't like.

Besides, there's a huge market for non-lethal weapons; if this works on everyone and incapacitates rapidly, government labs and defense contractors will be tripping over themselves to reproduce this effect through external stimulus. No surgery necessary. Woo...

...and, of course, the end result is police and militaries doing whatever the hell they please with the excuse that their phasers were set to stun.

Comment: Re:Not money (Score 1) 162

by pushing-robot (#47348691) Attached to: California Legalizes Bitcoin

What's amusing is that because they have the word "coin" in their name, people automatically consider coins money. But they're not money. They're just tradeable metal discs. If they had called them Nickelplates or Copperounds, no one would think of them as money, and they would have gone nowhere.

*dons white beret*

Guess what! Everything is arbitrary! And it's wonderful! You can buy a house with colored pieces of paper or wear a beaver tail or race steam-powered airships or conduct a symphony underwater. The world we know is nothing but the sum of a billion crazy ideas, and the greatest people in history are the ones who made it a slightly weirder place...Or not! Who knows?

Comment: Re:the NSA already thought of this. (Score 1) 104

Bluffdale Utah has a population of approximately 8000 residents who could at any time have seen the blimp, but the location of the site is so far to the outskirts of the city as to make it pointless.

If only someone had invented a tele-seeing apparatus— then people from all over the world could witness and converse about their protest.

Alas, such a thing does not exist, so no one even knows it happened.


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