Ceti Alpha V!
(Sorry, just being a geek...)
In reality, I think it's cool that they are going to give names to a few.
In the end, it seems it will wind up to be like trying to assign dns to every possible address in IPv6.
Nice to think about, makes things seem much more in scale, but it's always going to be less than a drop in the oceans.
...but no we have automobile correct on our spilling.
Ok, seriously, what we are seeing is just another incremental step in mass-computing. One of the many millions of cool things that have happened since the beginning of computing.
Years ago (Pre-Fidonet), one of the almost daily "Big Things" was that you could actually have a "Disk Operating System" where you didn't have to type call -151, then c600g to actually load a program. No Play on Tape. Just turn the computer on. It was cool.
If we go further back, no punch cards (before my time), and no acoustic couplers (also before my time). Must've been cool!
Still, management tools aside, if only there was a switch/router operating system that maintained automatic revisions at the command-line.
Some minor problems:
In general: laptop speakers and microphones are optimized for recording and producing sounds the human ear can detect. Lousy for networking.
Laptop speakers and microphones are also not calibrated with a high degree of precision.
You would need access to the boot loader which would have to come from a different "virus" or at the factory -- in which case, you already "own" the computer.
Decent anti-virus software and a reasonable security policy.
Tin Foil lined Laptop Bag.
How is that much different than this:
WHERE column_name LIKE pattern;
Not sure how long I've been using LIKE in SQL, but it's been a while. Anyone know when it was introduced?
For the most part, replacing glass, lcd panels or case parts isn't hard in most smart phones. There are many video walk-troughs on Youtube for almost any model. Parts are available on eBay and several web sites for nearly all smart phones and tablets.
I've fixed *many* broken smart phones for my wife, friends, and "the person at the office next door who heard I can do it."
If you have steady hands and can follow instructions, basic smart phone repair is pretty simple.
When iFixit says "might be hard to repair," they probably mean it.
A few months ago, I ran across a problem with an Airport Extreme (Dual Band) where it will not run IPv6 at all if you have IPv4 running inside via NAT and/or DHCP.
I posted a detailed question to Apple's airport support forum and got no response.
I posted a *short* question and got no response.
In the end, I wound up using an expensive airport as a simple a bridge, and a MikroTik based router to solve the problem.
Most people didn't have -- a smartphone with an expensive data plan -- an Internet connection, Cable, DSL, Dial-Up, -- and much to spend on video games
But did have -- the same (inflation adjusted) amount to spend on entertainment
All else being equal, has anyone done a study to see how people are spending their entertainment dollar and how it's changed over time?
In fact, a few years ago in Arizona, they had a problem designing the interchange between the US 60 and Loop 101. A Motorola programmer submitted a suggestion to Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) that was brilliant... ADOT gave him a plaque and named him an honorary traffic engineer.... They didn't use his design to plan the new interchange, but used his ideas to base their analysis and design on.
You know, it's about time somebody made that link. Everyone who buys servers has at least one piercing or ten... Don't they? I don't go out much. I'll take the word of my cubicle-mate.
So on with it. This is the best marketing campaign I've seen since the classic "Buy an AppleII and get a free Yeti," or the most famous ever, "Get a new IBM PC and we will kill Charlie Chaplin's Ghost!"
Body piercings and servers. Brilliant!
"What a wonder is USENET; such wholesale production of conjecture from such a trifling investment in fact." -- Carl S. Gutekunst