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Comment: Is this war really going to happen? (Score 1) 969

by spamdog (#38547566) Attached to: Tensions Over Hormuz Raise Ugly Possibilities For War

Is there really going to be a war between the USA and Iran?

I know there's a lot of saber rattling, but both sides seem to be smart enough to have avoided any conflict so far.

What's going to happen in the future? If a big terrorist attack should occur in the USA, will the government try to implicate Iran?

Comment: So much talk of a computing revolution.... (Score 1) 345

by spamdog (#34023148) Attached to: Ray Ozzie's Departing Memo a Warning To Microsoft

...but really, all this talk about mobile devices and the "future of computing" smells rankly of investor hype to me.
Everyone's chomping at the bit to replicate Steve Jobs' success with the iPhone - to jump on the next big thing before the competition does.
But really, what's going to displace the PC? A revolutionary new type of battery, maybe. A very high resolution miniaturized projector. A revolution in CPU design.
It's hard to envision what could eclipse the keyboard and mouse for sheer ease of use and tactile feedback.
Just why is everyone so excited about mobile devices, and so convinced they are the "future of computing"? What real work are people doing on these devices?
Maybe I'm just an old curmudgeon with no imagination but these things just all seem like toys to me. Very profitable toys without a doubt. But still toys.
I think it's inevitable that Windows will decline, but all this kind of hype about a "revolution in computing" is just hype until there's a technological revolution to go along with it.
Anyway, I'm sure someone will explain how myopic I am.

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