I would like to submit exhibit A: The PC game industry.
Unfortunately, the consumer suffers. But what's new, huh?
...which - according to some - is dead. (I don't agree with that though, quite on the contrary. But it may show what there isn't really a consensus here and arguing logically is tricky because of that.)
I agree with you there 101%. Also, I think you should file a patent for the derpaderp-method as described above. There seems to be no prior art for this.
Anywho. What shocks me here is that most of the patents are actually similar to the point of being almost equal, except someone used Search & Replace to replace one circumstance/media/younameit with another. Granted, I only read the tl;dr versions, but most of these seem to read "personalize content based on user profile." Apparently, this idea is so good, you have to patent it thrice (and then some more, for good measure).
While I agree with your vendor filth statement, I can only agree to disagree on the UI part. Granted, my Samsung Galaxy S2 could look better. It's not that bad though, and the experience could be easily enhanced with the several launchers available on the Android market for you.
On the other hand, I just recently got my Kindle Fire and decided to throw one of the several Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4) ROMs on it. I am very pleased with the new UI, maybe you should give it a try. No need to buy a device though, the Android emulator that comes with the SDK illustrates this perfectly well.
In all fairness, Android isn't that free either, thanks to patent licensing fees.
sorry to bother you, but I've tried to find this Booki you mentioned. Either my google-fu has failed me, or my computer is playing Jedi mind tricks on me.
Thanks in advance,
I wholeheartedly agree. I believe the merits of these new table devices are their simplicity and, well, lack of thunder underneath their case. That's not to say they are inferior; they are well capable to fulfill their users' needs. But they probably pale if I compare their hardware to my full-featured convertible I bought four or five years ago. I should point out that it was heavy as hell, and its batteries barely survived the three hours mark.
I've also skimmed through what the article proposes. Well, actually, it doesn't propose that much. It's rather vague and I think, the author is oversimplifying many aspects. The devil in the detail might come to bite the author's ass if he ever tried to build such a system. For instance, what's up with the Triple UI approach he described? I don't know how he envisioned the details here, he's a bit light on that, but if it's anywhere near where I suspect he's trying to go (and I'm really guessing here): It may sound good on paper to empower the user with everything, but overconfidence may lead to people breaking stuff.
To be honest, I don't think this is really *that* big of a deal. This can happen. Worse has happened, not only at Microsoft but by other AV products as well. I recall Avast crying out loud over Steam less than a month ago, moving its service into containment. And if I recall correctly, Avast even flagged notepad.exe as a virus once. I specifically mention Avast, because a.) I use it, and b.) it actually scored rather well last time I bothered to look it up in comparative studies.
As long as there are probabilities involved, false positives and false negatives are bound to happen. When it comes to AV, I don't mind if it errs on the side of caution as long as it doesn't happen too often.
Mod me down or call me fanboy as much as you want, but I really don't consider this too problematic, regardless of Microsoft being the "aggressor" here.
When we write programs that "learn", it turns out we do and they don't.