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Comment Back to the future all over again... (Score 2) 26

So I guess everybody forgot about the MS Courier concept introduced in 2009 (Video is from 2010 but Gizmodo broke the Courier story in September 2009, posting leaked pictures of what the device might look like and how it might work):
And in typical MS fashion, a project that would have beat Apple at their own game and create a new device/market was killed in it's prime because it threatened Windows.
So the question now is whether it's still novel enough and whether they will still force it to run some kind of Windows instead of the GUI that the Courier was meant to run. Knowing MS culture and history, I wouldn't play those odds.

Comment Re:Better idea (Score 2) 40

Much more effective. There still so many mainstream sites like the Weather Channel that use only flash and are now unusable in chrome. Doing this will put the onus on the site if they want to keep their standings and push quicker adoption. Not doing it just leads people to use an insecure browser that runs flash and circumvents the whole reason that Google pushed Flash out in the first place.

Comment The real problem (Score 1) 624

Television news departments were never supposed to be profitable. They were supposed to be a compliance to the original guidelines of the FCC licensing to provide for the 'common good'. You did news so that you could put on all the other entertainment pieces. But at some point this all changed and news became yet another profit center for networks and ratings were tied into them to come up with advertising pricing. Between that motivation and the new 24 hour news cycles, network tele-journalism lost it's way. Once it bled over into a new medium like the internet where there were literally no controls in place and narrowcasting was the way to build views and ad revenue, we ended up with the echo chamber that now mainly serves to generate clicks and reinforce personal bias. We still have some great journalism in place in some of the remaining newspapers, but as readership dies (thanks partly to millennials defining it as a dead medium) we're going to lose those credible, researched sources by reporters who actually go out and get stories as opposed to algorithmic re-posting and re-editing of someone else's shit posts.

Comment Reminds me of a 1989 SNL skit with Kevin Nealon (Score 5, Funny) 58

Kevin Nealon “reviewed” some heterosexual porn in a Weekend Update segment:

Kevin Nealon: I was interested at first... then got more interested... Then very interested... Then very interested... Then very, very interested... Then suddenly... not that interested.

But then Nealon “reviews” a gay porn movie, All About Jeff, featuring a cassette with a picture of gay porn star Jeff Stryker:

Kevin Nealon: I was horrified, disgusted... somewhat interested, interested... very interested, then suddenly embarrassed, disgusted with myself, ashamed."

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