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Comment Re:Why the Spectrum? (Score 1) 42

The Famicom was not available outside of Japan, so that is not comparable, and the Commodore 64 remained expensive in the UK due to tariffs. The Spectrum was the lowest priced color machine on the market in the UK by far, and it became very popular as a result. With a huge amount of software titles, It maintained good market share even though there were superior computers available--just like the Atari 2600 maintained market share for years after it was technically outdated here in the United States.

More importantly, for a generation of British youth, the Spectrum was the first computer they ever owned, and it was powerful enough and fun enough to be remembered fondly--which is why the Spectrum retro market is still strong over there.

A note on technical superiority. Yes, there were technically better machines available, but the Sinclair line of computers did way more with less. It's quite amazing that the speccy could do all that it did, considering its base bones innards. Its strength was its flexibility. It was well designed and well engineered (within the extreme cost limits imposed by Sir Clive).

Comment There's more to the story... (Score 4, Informative) 42

Apparently, sometime in the last two years, some of the directors left the company and started suing the remaining board for various things causing some strife and chaos. I have their original product, the original Vega that plugs into the TV console. It works well, and I got it on sale so it wasn't horribly expensive. It got good reviews, and many were excited about this new handheld version coming out--then something happened. Support simply vanished: the user forum disappeared, never to return; emails to the staff were never read or returned; and the promised OS update never arrived. Meanwhile, they were still shipping plenty of the old Vegas, constantly promoting the Vega handheld, and updating their twitter feed. Despite all the problems, they assured everyone that everything was fine.... except the product was getting delayed and delayed and delayed. Something weird is up with them--it's like the company is only half alive.

Comment Re:China will jump on this (Score 1) 159

Yeah, according to Memory Alpha:

Rising from the ashes of the Eugenics Wars of the mid-1990s, the era of World War III was a period of global conflict on Earth that eventually escalated into a nuclear cataclysm and genocidal war over issues including genetic manipulation and Human genome enhancement. World War III itself ultimately lasted from 2026 through 2053, and resulted in the death of some 600 million Humans. By that time, many of the planet's major cities and governments had been destroyed. (ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly, Part II"; Star Trek: First Contact; VOY: "In the Flesh")


Comment The big question is... (Score 1) 210

...How many people even know that there are "apps" for these devices? It's not like they are really advertised or promoted. The Echo certainly doesn't tell you about them or ofFer suggestions. Other than a small banner on the Amazon site that can be easily missed, I would imagine few people even know that they can expand the capability of their devices.

Comment Re: It might be something but it isn't anti-trust? (Score 0) 121

That is not the legal definition of a monopoly. By law, a monoply is a company that is large enough to either dominate or significantly influence a market. Since there is a large market for iPhones and Apple exerts complete control, a strong argument can be made that they exert monopoly power in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

I'm glad someone is finally making a case for this. I've long believed that Apple operates their store illegally.

Comment Re:"News" (Score 2) 133

People WITHOUT appendices are also much LESS likely to get Ulcerative Colitis, but much MORE likely to get its cousin, Crohns Disease... which also suggests there is something immune related to the organ. If you get an appendectomy before the age of 20, you are less likely to get either Inflammatory Bowel Disease!!

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