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Comment Travel mode, AKA... (Score 1) 137

My phone has a global "travel mode", AKA "Airplane mode."

IOW, I just disconnect when traveling. Also when sleeping. And working.

The Internet in all its various forms and guises serves me. Not the other way around. If it's not that way for you, you need to stop selling death-sticks, go home, and rethink your life. Go on. Go.

Comment Idiocracy doubles down (Score 1) 102

You've really missed the point.

No, I really have not.

You are after complexity of the OS so that you can do complicated things with the OS.

I just want bloody subfolders and the ability to get at the filesystem. I don't care if I have to turn it on specially. I don't care if your snowflake pilots can't see it. I just want it to really work without having to root the bloody phone.

You think you're arguing for sophistication and intellect

Good grief, no. I'm arguing for pre-1990 levels, almost prehistoric levels by computing standards, of organizing capacity. There's nothing wrong with most user's intellects -- other than the intellects behind the reasoning that says "one level is all you get", now those intellects are simply downright crippled.

Your use cases differ wildly from most of the billions of the users of iOS devices in where you feel the need for complexity.

Yeah, my use case incorporates the concept of organization far beyond what these crippled devices allow, and yes, I readily admit this is beyond most phone-only users comprehension at the moment (although not if they have ever used a desktop or laptop computer), but just as you said, they (you mentioned pilots, I'd add four-year-olds) could cope with it if it was there. I don't even think they they should have to; I just think I should be able to.

The idea that everyone must suffer because pilots - or whomever - want simple is nothing less than anathema to me. I despise it, and I despise its proponents, and I find their reasoning (which is being far too generous) to be unworthy of serious consideration.

Filesystems promote organization. Single level folders went out of use in the 1980's, and the reason they did is because they are insufficient to organize any amount of data beyond a cupful. And no, "search" is not a valid replacement, before anyone tries to jump into that moldy old corner. The very fact that my home screen overflows onto additional pages and I am unable to properly, reasonably, organize my apps and data is a huge red flag that the system itself is deficient. Multiple cores, GHz+ clock speeds, gigs of ram and storage... and I can't have bleeding subfolders? Jesus. Hosiphat. Christ.

And the Long-Dong-Silver sized irony here is that if you DO dig into the actual systems underneath the sadly flattened icons to see how the phone actually works, what will you find? YOU. WILL. FIND. SUBFOLDERS.

There's simply no adequate justification for the intentional, irreversible crippling that's been done to end-user level of these devices. None.

Comment Re:I know I'm being selfish, but... (Score 1) 321

And we know that while warp drive might be possible, it's not feasible and we probably won't be seeing it in our lifetimes.

The technology advances are often far more gradual than we would expect (and hope), but no less transformative. Just think (if you're old enough) how life was before the Internet became ubiquitous. Has life radically changed since then? I wouldn't say it has, but many, many parts of our lives have changed radically, things we see and do every day, and mostly for the better.

I think AI is going to be the same. It's not going to manifest in the ways we commonly expect (e.g., computers you can converse with, etc.), but will come about gradually, with software getting smarter and smarter until things we commonly see, say 10-20 years from now, would have to fall under the definition of "A.I." even though it happened gradually enough that it didn't occur to us... because we don't yet have HAL 9000.

Comment Idiocracy (Score 2) 102

the vast majority of the tablet/phone purchasing world has no clue what you mean by that statement. They. Don't. Care.

That's exactly right. And because these devices are designed down to the level of the ignorant, rather than uplifting them, they don't have to learn. And those of us who could use these devices to a much greater extent remain reined in by this pandering to market. Subfolders are too complicated, the apologists tell us. There's no saving people too stupid to learn what a subfolder is/does. But those who are simply ignorant can learn in seconds. The insistence that this is "too much" is utterly pitiful to hear.

In the end, dumbing everything down is the surest way to the market consisting of the broadest portion of the Gaussian, and therefore, their money. That's why this is happening.

Time to watch the intro to Idiocracy again to remind ourselves why pandering to the lowest common denominator is a really, really bad idea.

Comment is gunning for them (Score 2) 183

I'm seeing more and more competition from Amazon every day from brick and mortar stores improving their on-line presence. Amazon is great but in many cases I either want to see what I'm buying before I get it (think clothing and other items where how it looks is just as important as function) or, more likely, I want something right away and I can order something on-line to pick it up at a local store.

What I can do is shop online for something at home and then if I decide to buy then I can drive to the store to pick it up. If I decide I need to see how it looks in real life first before I buy then I can see if the item I want is in stock before I drive out to the store.

What is interesting is that even a local grocery chain is getting in on this. They offer home delivery on purchases now. If you buy over a certain amount they'll deliver for free. Amazon has been in on this market for a while, selling things like diapers and laundry detergent. What I see now is the grocery store getting in on this while also offering perishables for delivery. People might buy laundry detergent from Amazon but they aren't going to get ice cream from them any time soon.

I like Amazon and I'd buy from them again. What I find myself doing though is shopping on many other websites to compare prices, see who has something in stock, etc. Around here Best Buy had something of a captive market on electronics and their prices reflected that. Recently though they've had to compete with the likes of Amazon and, again, their pricing shows this. I've actually avoided Best Buy for a long time knowing I'd likely get ripped off. I've found myself shopping there again now that I can order on-line and pick up in the store. I will sometimes see a small premium in price for this convenience and I'll pay it if the convenience matches the price difference.

I guess one could say the price premium at Best Buy was always the cost of convenience since the nearest competition in a brick and mortar store meant an hour of driving. Calling someone on the phone to buy something and having it delivered in a couple days existed since there were telephones. What has changed though is that phones now fit in a pocket, and delivery times got shorter. This meant that brick and mortar stores have had to improve their online presence or go out of business, and online stores have to find a way to leverage this new speed in delivery to keep up.

If you aren't seeing this competition against Amazon then I suspect you are looking in the wrong places for it.

Comment Operating System (Score 2) 224

The definition of an OS is that it controls all resources of a computer and shares them between the applications.

That is at best a description of some operating systems.

Some operating systems control some computer resources. Some share the resources that they control.

To quote Hamlet:

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy

Comment Re:Not all of them (Score 1) 102

I'm the kind of person that doesn't replace something that works. I kept my first cell phone for years, I finally decided I needed a new one when the battery life barely lasted the day and the antenna was falling off. I happened to be near a Radio Shack that had a big sign in the window advertising a cell phone sale so I went in. In the process of setting up my phone the carrier, Sprint, gave me a new phone for free and $50 on top. The cashier said he'd never seen anything like that before. I found out later that the reason Sprint did this was to comply with some new FCC regulations on cell phone frequency use and cell phones giving more accurate location data when calling 911.

I mentioned that incident with my old cell phone so that I can ask this, what does the FCC think of old cell phone technology in devices other than cell phones? If Sprint felt so motivated to buy me a new phone and pay me to get it then certainly there is some incentive to upgrade these old cars to meet current standards on radio spectrum use. Is it possible to update these vehicles? Will the dealers do this for free?

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