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Comment: Speed reading (Score 1) 224

by schreiend (#46691753) Attached to: Online Skim Reading Is Taking Over the Human Brain
I had been learning it about 20 years ago; developing ability to cherry-pick key words and to absorb the _rough_ meaning of the whole page in a couple of seconds was one of the keystones of the technique. They promised it won't hurt when reading fiction, but it actually turned into inability to enjoy the reading itself. On the other hand, it did help to digest tons of technical books, so I'm not complaining.

Comment: Re:Why are commies such prudes? (Score 1) 420

by schreiend (#30521292) Attached to: The Chinese Route To a Web Free of Porn
"There were even organizations such as the Junior Anti-Sex League, which advocated complete celibacy for both sexes. All children were to be begotten by artificial insemination (artsem, it was called in Newspeak) and brought up in public institutions. The Party was trying to kill the sex instinct, or, if it could not be killed, then to distort it and dirty it. He did not know why this was so, but it seemed natural that it should be so." George Orwell, 1984

Comment: Re:Apple... (Score 1) 114

by schreiend (#30345678) Attached to: Nokia Offers Glimpse of Symbian Facelift

He was replying to my earlier post mentioning all classes of devices, even specifically mentioning 20 Euro Nokia phones.

He also alluded to a, well, peculiarity of the UI which is typical for all kinds of Symbian phones regardless of their price. It doesn't really matter in case of a 100-dollar-phone, but for smartphones it ruins the functionality.

And it's no wonder your wife has difficulty using a phone that doesn't exist...I'd say it's almost a miracle she manages to make calls.

Or was it N82? I've tried to memorize Nokia nomenclature, but stuck on 6120.

Comment: Re:Apple... (Score 1) 114

by schreiend (#30343096) Attached to: Nokia Offers Glimpse of Symbian Facelift

'We will reduce the clutter and improve the input methods including multi-touch and single tap,' Kallasvuo told delegates. 'It should be just two taps to get to your favorite music or videos, rather than eight. We'll improve browser experience so that it's a quicker, flash improved, media experience with pinch-to-zoom and so on.'

Are you sure he was talking about

TRUE low-end


nearing $100 mark without contract

devices? My wife's N87, though being 3G-phone equipped with GPS, is practically unusable for anything but basic calls, and the UI is the primary reason. Trying to push Symbian into smartphone market, instead of keeping it right where it belongs - as an OS for low-end cheap phones, is just a weird way to waste money.

"The medium is the message." -- Marshall McLuhan