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Comment Re:Many examples, if you remember history (Score 1) 206

Complete and utter fucking bullshit kid. Go ask your dad instead of making shit up. The plastic bags were a shitload cheaper, around an order of magnitude, than paper ones and that was the reason.

I'm old enough to remember when plastic bags became mainstream. Not only were they cheaper, they were stronger, moisture resistant, and had handles so you could carry more than one at once.

Comment Re:Old (Score 1) 80

Until new and more-demanding uses become possible, then common. The point is, our needs tend to grow to match available processing power, so as faster laptops are created, more powerful software will be made available to use it .

Such as?
Sure a small percentage of users use more powerful apps, but most users use email, browsing, facebook etc, stuff that still works well on 10 year old hardware.
Phones are reaching that point the PCs got to in about 2005 when processing power no longer mattered for most people, and other things became more important to buyers. In fact up until 6 months ago I was still using my old laptop from 2007 until it finally gave up on me.

Comment Re:buy a crazy expensive product to celebrate? (Score 1) 96

so to celebrate the anniversary of smart phones people are going to buy some "special" $1000 phone that will be worthless in less than 5 years?

the stupidity continues

In my market, the flagship devices (Galaxy/iPhone/Pixel etc) are about $1400 local dollars, and most people I know upgrade within 2 years as part of the their contract with the carrier. So this madness has already been normalised. Although I see some changes as the base tech becomes 'good enough', some people are starting to hold onto phones longer, and some are choosing mid ranges devices as replacements instead which are half the price (since a 2017 mid range is just as good as a 2015 flagship, which is all most people need).

Comment Re:Old (Score 1) 80

I recall a PC magazine article from 1981 questioning the value of these new 16 bit microprocessors - what did we need them for? WordStar and Visicalc ran perfectly well on a Z-80 with CP/M, so surely additional speed was pointless for most people.

Not all growth is infinite. Desktops currently offer more processing power than most laptops, yet laptops are more popular. At some point the tech reaches 'good enough', and speed is no longer the major priority

Comment Re:Old (Score 1) 80

The summary reads a lot like the PC magazines I used to read 20 years ago, where any tiny increase in performance was worthwhile.

Thank goodness we're at the stage where any x64 processor from the last few years will be plenty good enough for most people, and benchmarks are largely meaningless

I am looking forward to the day when it's the same with phones.

That day is now. The media/marketing might be hyping latest and greatest, but I'm starting to see more people opt for cheap and cheerful 'good enough' phones over these overpriced flagship devices. I recently bought an Oppo F1S to replace my old Note5. It cost 1/4 the price of the new S8 and is good enough for what I need (it actually is a really good phone). I know at least three other people in my circle that have made similar choices.

Comment Re:Anyone surprised? (Score 1) 338

All presidents break a sizable portion of their campaign promises. Some of them are promises they couldn't fulfill. Others are promises that they changed their mind on, or never had any will to fulfill.

The difference is that Trump rode on the ticket of being an outsider, drain the swamp etc.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 338

That's funny. Anyone who cared about "day one" promises from the last president was racist. Now it is good to care about promises.

This is odd logic. Assuming you are correct, your position is that because of something that happened with the last president, no-one should ever care about anything this president does?

Comment Re:Is it marketable? (Score 1) 198

Socially, the 20xx years will probably be closer to the 18xx years than the 19xx years, without a Soviet Union that forces us to look like we're the good guys, there is exactly no reason that cutthroat capitalism shouldn't be employed to the full extent that we had in the 1800s. Only far, far more efficiently.

I have this discussion all the time when people moan about house prices. The standard complaint is that prices are too high, "my parents could afford a house on a working class wage, why can't I"?
The error is thinking that the 50's to the 80's is the normal that we measure against, but this period is the anomaly. For most of human history, rich people owned everything and poor people suffered. There's no reason to think that the further we get from the 20th century, the more it will revert back to this model of wealth distribution.

Comment Re:Nice try... (Score 2) 198

The real question is what will their quality of life be like?

If we use the last 10000 years as an example it is likely to be much better, all the while the great unwashed will believe it's worse.
This has pretty much been the standard pattern for all of human civilisation.

Comment Re:Nice try... (Score 1) 198

Pretty optimistic to think there will be future generations around in 58 years. Never mind Google or Facebook.

Based on the fact that every single generation in the history of humanity said the exact same thing, I'm going to have a punt and say that in 58 years humans will not only exist, they will be much more developed and advanced than they are now, and they will look back on the early 2000's as primitive and a bit backwards. Just like pretty much every period of human civilisation.
Don't be fooled by alarmist media or nostalgia googles, the trend of overall human development has been consistently rising since we walked out of the trees. There is nothing to suggest this will change anytime soon.

Comment Re:Beware of predictions (Score 1) 198

Bad examples. Nobody except maybe the Tsar would've predicted Tsarist Russia would last. It'd been weakening for a long time and there was a revolution in 1905.

Like Erdogan in Turkey? Tell us oh great Oracle how will that one turn out?
The very nature of the future is that it cannot be predicted reliably. Claiming you knew that Tsarist Russi would fall years before it did, in hindsight, does sound a little pretentious...

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