After all, if an iPad (or its content) can be so engrossing that casual use can cause a full-on screaming panic at a major airport, it MUST be the iPad's fault!
Except no ONE person invented it. 3D printing was the result of a lot of researchers working on a lot of parts, and when the dust settled, none of them could build a really practical printer without paying off all the other patent holders, most of whom were playing dog-in-the-manger with their patents while trying to elbow out the competition.
Anybody remember that scene in "A Beautiful Mind" where Nash points out that if everybody goes after the beautiful girl they block each other and nobody gets the girl? Patents on complicated devices are like that. Everybody ends up blocking everybody else and nobody can do much with the technology until the patents expire.
"... stumble out of a pub..."
Like the inebriated gentleman in San Francisco of many years ago? He stumbled out of a pub, crawled into the back seat of a waiting automobile, assuming it was a taxi, and demanded "Take me to the corner of Washington and Clay!" Given that Washington and Clay run parallel to each other, that would confuse the hell out of the computer.
In this case, however, the officers driving the vehicle escorted their new passenger to the lockup so he could sleep it off.
Precrime Division has had it for years.
Apple is famous for two things:
1. Having a walled garden.
2. Cultivating the wall and leaving the garden to fend for itself.
Possibly mimic GoodReads, which Amazon uses to great effect as a marketing and curation tool?
Letting the App developers take more of the gelt home would also help. More of them might
be able to support themselves instead of feeding the iMaw.
One Database to bind them.
One Database to keep them out.
And into the darkness send them.
Then the NSA should just use the backdoor.
Not a good idea. The NSA doesn't use lube.
So in the future, everybody is required to be implanted with this gadget -- loaded with tranquilizers. The government has the activation key, no skin contact required, and if a demonstration or anything else gets "out of hand" the code gets broadcast, the "insurgents" go off into la-la land, and they send in the street sweepers to collect them.
Forget the tinfoil hat. Where's my tinfoil armor?
"Then we have secure encryption. That prevents someone from trying to interpret or intervene between the communications."
The NSA will want a backdoor.
B&N bought Fictionwise, where I was buying about $2000/year of eBooks before the publishers managed to kill just about every eBook store that carried their stuff except Amazon and B&N. Neither of them is as well-run or as reader-friendly as Fictionwise and Books on Board were (hint: shopping cart, "tell me when new books by author (x) are available", and store credits along with publisher-over-priced eBooks which could be used to buy more books).
Amazon has more than just books, so they can hang in there, but the Nook division and its former parent company are both doomed.
*sigh* Thank God for Calibre and jailbreaking!
And, of course, the CT will inevitably find these hotspots being used for so-called "infringing downloads" and proceed to hold the people the routers are assigned to responsible for them.
Malibu Media is going to LOVE this!