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Comment Re:Not all religions are bad (Score 1) 910

Except that in a society free of religious baggage, those immoral idiots that would burn someone alive or throw acid in someone's face would likely be punished properly (ie, jail or possibly even death. I'd also settle for castration). You can't just go around hurting other people and not expect some sort of retribution. The only reason this doesn't happen in certain cultures is because of a disproportionate respect of religion.

Comment Re:Eh? (Score 1) 685

I hate smartphones. They are underpowered computers slapped into a device that has a single primary purpose. I like my general purpose computers for 99.9% of things I want to do and if I want to phone, I Skype or use the cheapest, most basic mobile phone available. The point of the PC (and a laptop) is that is a general purpose machine. The other gadgets AREN'T. I can't word-process on a touch-screen. I can't play 3D FPS on a smartphone. I can't play a DVD on a 2" screen. I can't compile my code on something that doesn't let me run any program I like. I can't even view most damn web-pages/streams properly without having a "full" PC. But on a laptop, you can do all those things and have touchscreen/3G/Skype/a headset etc. if you want.

They *had* a single primary purpose, but now a large number of people (myself included) use smartphones for data and productivity more than they do calling people. Thinking of it a different way a smartphone is a small low powered (thus long lasting) PC that happens to be able to make calls too. Technically, you can do EVERYTHING you mentioned on a smartphone (assuming the DVD is ripped into a video file). The experience might not be as good in some cases, but having something small and portable that can do such a huge number of things is a fantastic asset for many people. Especially since it means I don't have to drag a clunky laptop around with me all the time for basic tasks that it can do.

I agree that the PC isn't dead, nor will it be for a long time, but smartphones are a wonderful technology.

Comment Great Podcast on Patents (Score 2, Informative) 147

I was actually just listening to This American Life a few days ago. Their podcast talking about how much the patent system is abused is extremely enlightening. For example, did you know there is a patent on "Thermally refreshing bread" (IE, toasting)? Not only that, but it was issued in 2000!

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/441/when-patents-attack

Comment Re:Google totally dropped the Social Networking ba (Score 0) 252

I wish I had mod points, because you definitely deserve them. Google has almost everything they needs in little parts and they are to dumb to realize they just need one nice interface that interconnects it all in a sane way.

I think part of the problem is Google wants to be social in a way that seemlessly interacts with things you are already doing, but don't realize that being social is an endpoint of things to do in and of itself.

Comment Re:This will kill KDE (Score 0) 129

I doubt it will kill KDE. Instead it will just return QT to more community development instead of commercial development (which, I seem to recall is one of the reasons people went with Gnome instead of KDE way back when, pre-GPL on QT). QT is completely forkable so there is no reason that if Nokia stops officially supporting it that someone else could come along ala X.org/X86.

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