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Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 146

Google is focusing a lot now on the "next 5 billion", which I guess is basically people in households that make $2000-20000 a year.

You can easily see how having a smartphone with multiple user accounts coupled with a cheap wireless keyboard and a cheap monitor could make a big difference for a family in that income range.

Comment Re: cupertino a go go. (Score 1) 304

With solid state storage you can cram in effectively arbitrarily large amounts of storage in a tiny amount of space, so that will not be a problem with a thinner laptop. But it doesn't matter. Battery capacity will be lower, which means it won't be a professional laptop, which means it won't really need terrabytes of storage.

It sounds like the next MacBook Pro will basically be a better and slightly larger MacBook Air. That could be a smart short-term move by Apple, but it will kill them in the long run when their professional users jump ship and buy computers from Dell.

I'm glad Dell is still serious about building pro segment laptops. Samsung is probably going to want a bigger piece of the action too if Apple moves out of the pro space.

Comment Re:That's not what it says (Score 2) 219

Older people have more patience. They are as unhappy to put up with "shit" as the next guy but they have patience that comes with experience.

It seems to me that one's impatience ought to grow with age. The time that something takes in proportion to your remaining life expectancy grows larger the older you get.

I don't think older people are more patient. I think the patience that old people appear to have is really lower and more realistic expectations.

Comment Re:Stupid bet... (Score 1) 303

50% change of loosing if 2008 was an average year...

It's probably closer to a 51% chance of winning and 49% chance of losing.

A much safer and more scientifically relevant bet would be that the average temperature of the entire 2010's will be at least a half degree Celsius higher than the average temperature of the 1910's.

Comment Re:Software Modularity is a Dream? (Score 1) 117

Blender is a nice name. Inkscape is a really nice name.

But "GIMP"? WTF?

It is an ill-chosen name for english-speaking users.

Good thing it's free software. It should be fairly simple to do a fork of every major GIMP release that only changes the name and some of the graphics and leaves everything else as-is. It's not like it would be hard to come up with a name and some graphics resources...

I guess the name isn't such a big problem after all.

Comment Re:Smartphone size? (Score 1) 536

I think AR apps and games where you keep your screen on for extended periods of time are going to put an end to the thinner phone trend. At least for a while until they figure out a way to get radically more screen time per unit of energy.

The long term answer to AR usage patters will probably be screens that will switch to a low power reflective mode for use in sunlight and other high ambient light situations.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 99

Yeah, Nintendo has seen that their audience has gone over to mobile gaming. There is probably no point in trying to fight that.

By the way Nintendo and Niantic may finally have found a way to prompt Apple and Samsung to put bigger batteries in their phones. Games like Pokemon GO where you keep your screen on will suck the battery dry in 2-3 hours on most phones.

Comment Makes sense (Score 1) 99

Weren't these exact specs going through the console gaming news cycle some 2-3 months ago? I believe this is the OFA:

But yes, this makes a lot of sense for Sony. It is not going to be technologically feasible to release a gaming system with at least 10x more GPU power than the original PS4 within the foreseeable future. Certainly not at a reasonable price point. It is feasible to do a 2x upgrade next year because the PS4 was somewhat underpowered to begin with. Then there could easily be another 2x upgrade sometime in the early 2020's.

(Yes, we are less than three and a half years away from the early 2020's. Sounds a little implausible, doesn't it?)

I think the PS4 series of consoles is likely to be Sony's final non-portable gaming system. One of Nvidia, Intel and AMD will probably be the company that pioneers the truly next generation of gaming consoles, which will require truly radical change in how GPU:s are made.

Comment Already been tried (Score 1) 609

This has already been tried. The results have not exactly been encouraging.

The problem is that even the best experts in any field know very little. The theories that exist probably cover something like 0.1% of everything that we need to understand in order to make informed decisions that would optimise global happiness. And that's assuming we can agree that Utilitarianism makes sense. It's a complete non-starter. And it will have adverse effects when people stubbornly refuse to admit that it doesn't work.

Let's take one example. You are clearly going to need a science of history in order to predict what effect your policies will have in the long run. But historians have virtually nothing in terms of over-arching theory that can guide us.

The "solution" that people have come up with in the past is to simply make theories up out of thin air and make it obligatory by law to believe in them.

Comment Re:Don't make him into a Saint (Score 2) 42

Not exactly. Physicists and laymen alike have been confused about the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics since long before the internet.

I remember silently refusing to believe that my middle school science teacher was telling the truth about the double slit experiment. It seemed obviously wrong. Some searching on Altavista changed (and blew) my mind.

Comment News media not doing their job (Score 5, Funny) 130

This is admittedly interesting news, but what I'm really dying to know is what Kim Kardashian has to say about Pokemon Go.

I'd also like to know more about the top 10 weirdest things that have happened to people while playing Pokemon Go and how to easily make hundreds of dollars a week by playing Pokemon Go.

Comment Re:Full of Shit (Score 1) 148

They're claiming that's not enough. What they're claiming implicitly is that your great-grandchildren have to be able to make money off of your work, otherwise there will be too little incentive for you to innovate.

No, actually what they're claiming is that they have enough lobbyist to enact whatever the hell they want for themselves.

And by innovation they mean clever ways to sell the exact same old recording that you already own, maybe with some slight changes to the mastering or what not.

Comment Re:dialing. (Score 1) 171

Dialing the time was popular long before the 80's, and in fact by the 80's I recall it being much less used, even if it still existed. I remember dialing the time as being more of a 1960's and 70's thing.

I suppose next you're going to tell me that people nowadays don't understand why it's called "dialing" a number. Or why it was faster to dial a number with lots of low digits than lots of high digits.

You probably got a TV with teletext sometime in the 1970's or 80's that told you the time. IIRC lower end TV:s did not ship with teletext well into the 1990's.

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