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Comment Re:I think you don't understand technology (Score 1) 566

a smartphone is (or was supposed to be) a general purpose computer that fits in your hand and can connect to a cell network. although apple has (thru marketing) changed that definition to "phone with touchscreen".

The term "smartphone" was coined by Ericsson, for the r380. It ran Symbian and had a touchscreen. Oh, and "users could not install their own software on the device." So what was that about a general computing device? Sounds more like a smartphone is a phone that can run purpose-built applications. Or perhaps a PDA that can connect to a cell network.

i'd like to have control of my own device. i'd also like everyone to have control of their own devices. i care about other people because the runaway success of iphone impedes on my freedom too. i can't get a nice symbian or windows mobile phone right now. because corps now understand that selling is about tricking unthinking dumbasses, not actually providing a powerful smartphone.

No corporation is stopping you from getting a Symbian or WinMo device. I'm sure there are even some very nice ones out there, for certain values of "nice". I understand that you're upset that you can't or haven't found something that suits your purposes, but companies are not obligated to fulfill your desires. The success of devices that don't do what you want is not an impingement on your freedom.

Comment Re:I think you don't understand technology (Score 1) 566

iphones still cannot do basic smartphone stuff like run arbitrary code.

Running arbitrary code is what delineates a smartphone from a "dumb phone"? First off, what is the advantage in running arbitrary code? What do you mean by "arbitrary code"? What are you looking to do?

I've been using my iPhone for about 3 years, and not once have I lamented the lack of a file manager. Now mind you, I'm not toting around spreadsheets, etc, but it's done a pretty fantastic job of managing my music, audiobooks, tasks, notes, as well as myriad other functions. Compiled, purpose-built applications have done a pretty great job of elevating this device above the status of a so-called "dumb phone".

I'd like to know what arbitrary code you want that can't be put into an application. Or are you bothered by Apple's code vetting process?

Comment Re:Unique != groundbreaking (Score 5, Insightful) 350

The vast majority of the population are stupid as rocks, apple is making things accessible for them.

Wow, way to be a condescending prick. The whole point of computing devices is to make tasks simpler.

I wonder how you would feel if, in order to feed yourself, you had to hunt or grow your own food. Do you know how to do that? I sure don't. I wouldn't care to be catagorized as a "dimwit" by a hunter, because I don't know how to kill my own deer for dinner. But I'm sure glad that the agriculture industry has come around, and made it simpler to put food in my stomach.

As a software engineer, I'm glad to make shit easier for people to do. Your attitude can go crawl under a PDP-11.

Comment Re:Diseases (Score 1) 1397

At my work, all the computer names are purely functional. However, when I was in school, it was better: Native American tribe names, for example. But my favorite was the natural disasters in one lab (earthquake, tsunami, headcrash, etc.).


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