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Comment Re:Make them toys again. Watch them sell. (Score 1) 314

It sounds like you are describing a Nintendo (3)DS. I don't see Nintendo ever replicating the success of the DS/Lite/XL. Too many parents' old phones laying around to use instead.

Nah, I'm not describing anything from the DS line. Last handheld product I know that fits the description would be the Game Boy Advance. DS's are hardly disconnected. If there's a user agreement involved that applies to my kids, it's not the kind of thing I'm talking about. If there's a wifi antenna involved, it's not what I'm talking about.

My three year old already loves the Game Boy Advance. You know what he loves to do with it? Put in cartridges, turn it on, turn it off. He loves it. When I visualize being a kid and seeing this toy, I find this behavior easy to understand. I think anyone who is honest with themselves finds this easy to understand. This experience obviously cannot be virtualized, and kids love to do it. It is therefore easily predictable that this type of toy will return.

Comment Congratulations, guys! (Score 1) 442

ABP folks, this is a strong indicator of success. Time to consider charging users for licenses in some way. You're winning. Good luck. Almost every individual human entity using the Internet is on your side, even though they may not know it yet. I'm shooting $20 your way today.

Comment Re:Putting words into our mouths (Score 1) 353

Me too. That's not the reason we increase the use of encryption. That's politics. Encryption is practical technology for securing communications and transactions. It's part of the business of computing. We will be increasing its use regardless of whether stories of intelligence agency tactics leak to the world or not.

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