And all this time I thought Stirling, Stephenson and Gibson were the same guy.
you don't escape the regulatory regime
Exactly. Ever. And that is the root of the problem.
But Astronauts must click through an ad to get to the guidance and control system.
Just let athletes dope, and if they injure or kill themselves in the process they bear the consequences. It would be my bet that if there were two sporting regimes, one "clean" and one "open", the "clean" regime would wither and die in a few years due to lack of interest from fans and athletes. This is like the controversy around letting "professionals" participate in the Olympics. Its going to happen.
You other brother's can't deny.
I wouldn't go for the Galaxy note, that's too large, but I much prefer my Samsung Galaxy 2 Skyrocket (I don't like big phone names) to the iPhone 4 it replaced. I won't consider going back to an iPhone if Apple does not offer a version with a > 4.5" screen.
Is GOOG making money off of that is not advertising related to search? If I were an investor I'd want to know what they've spent the cash they haven't paid out as dividends on and what return they've produced on it. With $44bn in cash, why are they wasting money on driverless cars and not paying dividends?
I have a Revue purchased late last year for $99 and upgraded to 2.0. Here are my answers to some of the issues posted above.
1) CIFS/SMB easily supported using File Expert. Sees and opens the SMB shares on my Ubuntu media server just fine.
2) DLNA also works. The Logitech DLNA client works just fine with both MiniDLNA and Media Tomb. The limitation is the codecs supported by Android. If Android will play it you can get it via DLNA.
3) Plex is even easier. Set up a plex server, install plex on the Revue and, voila, streaming video. Plex promises that shortly (ha) it will overcome most codec limitations.
That said I don't want to watch Hulu or some of the other sites others are interested in. I want Amazon streaming video (well supported) and ESPN. Amazon is well supported and ESPN is reasonably will supported. The problem with ESPN is in Flash and, as I understand it, is partially a problem of Adobe, Google, ESPN and hardware. There are some glitches on all fronts, one of the most important is that when Flash sites are coded they make assumptions about the minimum level of hardware available on the client (memory, processor speed, storage) that the Revue does not meet.
So for me its a win. Amazon + 90% ESPN + excellent integration with my Dish box + full web browser + personal movies and photos. Your mileage may vary.
...dark matter eventually turns out to be like luminiferous aether from the 19th century? I don't believe anyone has directly observed dark matter.
Wait, what? Supreme court justices have political opinions? Who would have thunk it.
The first fallacy of HCI is they start with things like user surveys. Users always say they want contradictory things like "make the same interface work well on a desktop and a phone". Anybody can see these are mutually exclusive things, but users say that sort of thing all the time. Users can never tell you what they actually want/need until you give them what they ask for.
The second fallacy here is that HCI is somehow scientific. HCI types try to sound scientific, there are statistics and measurements, and even so called laws, but interface design is not scientific because its acceptance is based on individual preference. Its sort of like saying "We have statistically analyzed popular music and produced the ultimate song based on users requests and what they listened to before". So these UI's are the UI equivalent of the Monkees or Milli Vanilli.
Designing UI's based on telemetry, user studies or Fitt's "Law" does not insure a good UI, some common sense must be used as well. The New and Improved Windows 8 interface, for example, does not permit multiple overlapping windows and the browser does not run plugins. Those are considered features not bugs. Statistics will not fix stupid.
...because I can't block the ads in them like I can in my browser (Mercury Browser on iPhone).
Yes the catalog of movies (films suck, I want movies) is bad. I want popular movies not some drek with subtitles. Truly there is nothing entertaining to watch that isn't at least 10 years old, and I've seen all the 10 year old movies I wanted to see about 9 years ago.
...suck it Trebek?
...I don't view ads on the internet. Ever. Not on my phone, not on my desktop/laptop, nowhere. The only advertising I see is on live sporting events on TV. Otherwise I watch TV delayed on my DVR and zap through the ads. They can waste all the money they want on me. I'm not looking at ads.
1) Pinned pages in Windows 7 are a great feature, but addons are disabled for pinned apps. It seems likely to me that MS is saying to online developers that if they customize their pages for pinning MS will grant them full control of the look and feel of the pages (including if ads are displayed) and what functionality the user can access in that window (spell checkers, password databases, etc). This makes the feature all but unusable for many pages that would be great as pinned pages like Gmail and Facebook or even Slashdot
2) The absence of a built-in spell checker. I would be willing to make a small wager that more people write more words in browsers today than in dedicated word processing programs. Think how many people use a web browser as their primary email client. Think how much stuff is written daily on Slashdot and other community sites. The browser is a major tool for creation of text content. It should have built in tools to aid in that process.