83 posts • joined 20 Jun 2012
It has to be unobtrusive
For health monitoring to go mainstream, it has to be effortless. Any little difficulty means an exponential drop-off in the number of people doing it. I think having to wear an ugly watch is a substantial barrier to successful monitoring.
But I just got the first exercise report from the Moto X that I bought a couple weeks ago. I didn't install it, and I certainly wouldn't activate it if I had to do so every day. Now that I have a report estimating how far I've walked and how far I've biked, I certainly think it's interesting.
Re: 2007 hardware obsolete?
My 2004 Pentium 4 desktop is also running Windows 8.1. It's running the 32-bit version, but it's running fine. However, it has an NVIDIA GeForce 7800GT video card. I wouldn't count on the motherboard's video running well.
Re: OSX Mavericks
It's not just an arbitrary hard-coding that prevents Mountain Lion and Mavericks from running.
It's device drivers. Apple is not bothering to support the Intel GMA 900 with 64-bit device drivers. Apple is still supporting the GeForce 9400M, so that's supported. So, you can get a newer OS installed, but it will have miserable performance and probably not display with native resolutions.
Re: What are we waiting for?
Not all of the Core 2 Duo systems can run Mavericks.
The CPU can do it, but Apple never bothered to write 64-bit drivers for the GMA 900 video processor on the Intel 915GM chipset. The first "unibody" Macs introduced the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, which Apple is still supporting with drivers. So, I think some adventurous people managed to get Mavericks to install, but it doesn't do native resolution and the performance is miserable.
This lack of support sucks for me. I was trying not to install Lion on my early-2008 MacBooks, because they have only 2GB of RAM, and reportedly Lion sucks with 2GB of RAM compared to Snow Leopard. I didn't think it was a good use of limited funds to upgrade those to the 4GB RAM or SSD so that Lion runs well.
What can make you wish for Scott Forstall to come back?
I've been reconsidering Jonathan Ive's actual design taste ever since he replaced all the fonts with spindly light text on low-contrast backgrounds. I thought the home movies with the unreadable white text were amateur mistakes, but now the marketing materials on Apple.com feature that, too. It's hideous.
Now this. Ive should never have been let out of the industrial design lab.
Why so negative about Hi-Def?
In my organization, we have a traditional standard-definition DVR, and it's almost completely useless. We haven't blanketed the outside of our building with cameras, so a single camera has to cover a large area.
Multiple times now we've had perps come in and vandalize some part of our property. Then we look at the recording and say, yep, that's them. That blurry block of pixels. The police can't do anything with this information.
My TV has had high definition for a while now. I anticipate high-definition security cameras some day. Eventually.
And what about services?
This so soon after news breaking out about Lumias sending info to Redmond. Nokia actually classified the OS as a third-party component when denying that Nokia violated privacy.
It's not so long ago since Microsoft accidentally implemented their Chinese censorship across the globe, too.
Of course, Microsoft tries to follow the laws in the companies where they do business. Even if they are draconian laws from totalitarian countries.
No privacy benefits to Microsoft
This is an awfully bad time to be touting the privacy benefits of being Microsoft instead of Google.
Nokia smartphone leaks information abroad
PowerBook 5300 wasn't that bad, either
The PowerBook 5300 didn't sell very well, especially the high-end model, but it worked decently. Except for the part where they disabled Li-ion batteries, because of the fires that no customer actually experienced, and then didn't enable them again when Sony sorted out their problems. The PowerBook 3400 and first-generation PowerBook G3 batteries were physically compatible, but the PowerBook 5300 wouldn't take them.
The CD-ROM drive was a slight problem, but it could take external CD-ROM drives through the SCSI port. Even then, I didn't use CD-ROMs that often, and I even reused the external drive (originally bought for my 1991-era Quadra) on my PowerBook 3400 instead of buying an internal drive. Apparently, a CD-ROM drive was built for the 5300, but it could take only small discs, and was only seen in that horrid Independence Day movie.
I think the biggest problem with the 5300 was just the narrative that the press wanted to build, that Apple was failing and doomed, that Steve Jobs managed to reverse.
"They didn't innovate, but they didn't fail either, so hooray for them."
Microsoft did innovate. Remember Microsoft Bob? While that was a commercial failure, it did give Bill Gates a wife and family.
Microsoft has been a lot more open with what they're doing than Apple, so you can see their failures. Things like Singularity, WinFS, Longhorn, and Courier would never have made it to the public in a modern Apple. A few innovations actually do get out of the lab, too, such as the big table Surface, not to be confused with the failed tablet Surface.
Apple //c was not bad
The Apple IIc wasn't that bad. It was essentially everything from the Apple IIe, in a compact case including the floppy drive but excluding expansion slots. For ordinary use, that was sufficient. My school had 2 Apple IIc and about 10 Apple IIe in the computer lab, and 1 Apple IIgs. I preferred the IIc's keyboard. I had an Apple IIc at home, too. But I don't know how expensive they were, nor exactly how well they sold.
Re: ...they can be persuaded to switch to a Mac
"OpenOffice is great but it barely can hold up with ancient Microsoft Office 2003, let alone 2007 or newer. LibreOffice is even worse, as it's essentially a features whore (why finally getting these annoying bugs fixed when we can have skins!)."
Spoken like somebody who never uses OpenOffice or LibreOffice. In fact, OpenOffice and LibreOffice are horribly glitchy and slow. But they are legally free, and as long as you're aware of their limitations then you can avoid trouble.
The major difference between LibreOffice and OpenOffice is that LibreOffice actually has a community behind it, so it has bug fixes and new features. Apache OpenOffice is the result of Oracle throwing in the towel on any commercial ambitions for OpenOffice, but being unwilling to join a real open-source community. So, they're getting contributions from IBM, but that's about it.
Almost done with Opera
Well, I for one stopped using their browser when all the technically fascinating stuff became neglected afterthoughts, for example Opera Unite. Now, I'm still using Opera Mini on my phone, because the phone is just too weak to use a modern browser. I will stop as soon as I get a real smartphone.
Re: Things I hope for...
"Have you heard of FreeBSD, Samba and Mono yet?"
Surely you mean OpenLDAP or something, and not the platform from the guy who's so in love with Microsoft technology that he named his clone of .NET after the kissing disease.
Re: MULTIPLE SCREENS!!
My memory of the era is a bit fuzzy, but I'm pretty sure you could extend the display on a 512K Mac by attaching a display adapter to the CPU. As in, open the thing, pull out the motherboard, and clamp an adapter precariously to the pins that attach the 68000 to the motherboard.
I'm not sure anybody actually built a display adapter that did that, though. I definitely remember some adapter designed to be clamped on like that, but I'm not 100% sure what it was.
Re: Strange Article
AppleTalk was great, and I loved how much faster the Chooser was than the Network Neighborhood, but your anecdotes don't seem to jive with reality.
I don't know where you got your ImageWriter, but I've never seen one with an AppleTalk card installed. From the documentation, and from the drivers that came with the Macintosh OS, I know they existed, but I've never seen one. Likewise, I never bought the software that would let me share my StyleWriter with the other Macs on the network. That was the domain of businesses that actually had enough money to spend. Also, you did have to worry which serial port your printer was attached to, except Apple labeled them Printer and Modem instead of COM1 and COM2.
Multiple screens were nicer than PC, but rare. If you wanted multiple screens on a Mac, you needed to get an additional NuBus card. Or, later, a PCI card. Powerbooks could run only one screen at a time, at best mirroring.
SCSI was nice, but that's what you get when you put workstation technology on a PC. Here are some shortcomings:
1) It was not hot-plug. All my Macs had a copy of SCSIProbe to activate any device that wasn't there when the computer first booted up.
2) It used manual addresses. 7 and 0 were SCSI controller and internal hard drive, respectively. But what about the rest? In the words of some forum philosopher, "WHO FUCKING CARES?"
3) It turned users into amateur electricians, because it required terminators to eliminate reflections.
4) Apple didn't keep up with storage technology. My Quadra 900 had 5 MB/s SCSI in 1991. My Power Mac G3 had 5 MB/s SCSI in 1998. Ultra Wide SCSI (40 MB/s) existed, but was the domain of expensive workstations and servers.
In one way, PCs were even worse than you describe. IBM introduced the PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors. Now, instead of 2 different ports for 2 different peripherals, you had 2 same ports that were not interchangeable. Plug the mouse into the keyboard port and vice versa, and you get an error when you boot up. Macs were so much better; you could plug keyboards and mice into the ADB in any combination you wanted. Keyboards even had ADB ports and power buttons, so you needed only one extra-long ADB cable to put the computer somewhere far away and give you some quiet.
Re: Locked into enforced throw-away
"I've got a decent monitor, but now I have to throw it away and use the crappy one in my new computer."
No, you don't. Most people have pretty crappy monitors, and now Apple refuses to sell an iMac with less than 1080p IPS with anti-reflective coating.
But if you do have a good monitor, you can connect it to any Mac. The iMac can even drive 2 external monitors using only mini-DisplayPort adapters.
"I've got a decent computer, but now I have to throw it away and use the crappy one with my new monitor."
No, you don't. You think you did because it's big and you spent money on it years ago, but even the slowest iMac is faster than most computers I see in people's homes. But nobody is forcing you to buy an iMac. I don't see the point of getting an iMac instead of a nice IPS display if you truly don't want to use the iMac.
I wish my MacBook Pro had a palm rest!
The palm rest is a feature that I unexpectedly miss in my new MacBook Pro. Jony Ive has gone all minimalist industrial in his designs. To keep the lines all straight and clean when the laptop is closed, the laptop's base is now ringed by a sharp edge that cuts into my wrist if I rest on it.
Later passive matrixes weren't that bad
These days, I'm looking for high-DPI IPS or OLED screens, but back in the day I had a PowerBook 190cs. Apple actually continued to use passive matrix screens until they finished selling the budget "Wallstreet" PowerBook G3 in 1998.
The early passive matrix screens were a blurry mess. You had separate brightness and contrast controls, where the contrast varied between washed out and completely dark, with no good image in between. Operating systems included a pointer trails feature, because the screen updated so slowly that you would easily lose your pointer if you moved it faster than 1 mm per second.
The later passive matrix screens weren't so bad. Sure, due to the crosstalk between the display transistors, there was a massive amount of image bleeding, and the colors were horrible. But the display refreshed quickly enough to be usable, and most importantly they were relatively cheap.
Boycott the USA
The USA is becoming quite the hazardous place for a security researcher. I still remember the Sklyarov affair. Most recently, Adi Shamir, the "S" in "RSA," has been getting a hard time procuring a visa to do his lecture tours in the USA. The American law allows the customs and immigration to be jerks at discretion.
I don't know what's a good place to have a security conference. This year, I guess TrustyCon needed to work around people's existing travel plans. But next time they should find some place safer.
Re: What we want to know is...
TIFKAM is like Marmite. Some do admittedly love it, but too many people out there do not like it. Too many for a company like MS with around 90% of the desktop/laptop market to just force it unconditionally onto everyone without creating a backlash.
And many people do not like the Start menu. It seems like a major waste of space, to have the entire screen in front of you, and you have to scurry into the corner to reach important controls. People are just used to the Start menu, because the Start menu was the main interface since 1995.
Note, I rarely use the Start button. I vastly prefer to use the keyboard to open the Start menu/screen.
Patents more harm than good
How can there possibly be a patent covering the idea of Flash memory on DIMM? Ever since flash memory was invented, it has been placed on the memory bus to provide persistent storage. Linux has an entire device subsystem devoted to that sort of device, the MTD subsystem.
I concede that putting Flash memory on a DIMM is a new invention. I claim that it is an obvious invention to anybody skilled in the art, that nobody did it before because it wasn't economical, so it shouldn't have been patented. Beyond the technical slog of actually making it work, the main barrier I saw was the software to use it effectively. I seriously doubt that Netlist had anything to contribute to Diablo and SMART's product.
Chrome is now unstable and unusable
If you're using a non-touchscreen, then if you try to reach that start button in the bottom-left, the Windows start button appears and covers up the Chrome start button.
The Metro mode doesn't work properly with Windows 8.1 Snap view. It doesn't resize the windows to fit half the screen, so it's sort of useless.
Furthermore, now I'm seeing Chrome crash while editing Google Drive. Does anybody at Google actually test Chrome on Windows anymore?
Of course, another possibility is that the Chinese government wants information on how to run a major wireless chips manufacturer, for the benefit of their own industry.
Linksys is overpriced
It's sort of nice that the WRT54GL is such a stable target, as in never changing, but I don't see a good reason why I should spend so much money on such an obsolete device.
54Mbps 802.11g, stuck on a Linux 2.4 kernel
200MHz MIPS CPU
For $80 in 2014
This is just sad.
For that price, I'd rather get a Buffalo WZR-600DHP:
"600Mbps" dual-channel 802.11n
Gigabit Ethernet, with a separate Ethernet interface on the WAN port
680MHz MIPS CPU
It even comes with DD-WRT, and is extremely compatible with OpenWRT. The platform is also very similar to the CeroWRT platform (Netgear WNDR3800), so it shouldn't be too difficult to adapt.
Abolish patents to create a clean slate
We have too many low-quality patents. Just improving the rules about new patents would still leave at least 20 years of bad patents for us to sort through. Patent reformers have tried making it easier to reexamine existing patents, but these efforts have been rebuffed by lobbying from Microsoft.
If we abolish the patent system, then we can cheaply abolish all bad patents. Then we can start patenting again with a clean slate.
Re: How about taking a cue from the music industry for derivitives?
In remixes, the samples came from somewhere. If you have decent record-keeping, you could trace where your sample came from, because it definitely did not come from you. Or you can make your own sounds, and then nobody could assert a copyright on it.
We are deluged with low-quality patents. You can't use them to build anything. You can only invent your own thing, and then get sued by a patent troll. You can't use good record-keeping to track what inventions you're using, because they're independent inventions. And then patents that you never knew about will appear and sue you.
I'm not entirely pleased with music licensing, either, but that's a different story.
Re: Canonical feels like the Apple of Linux Distros
If you paid attention to the latest findings from psychology, and the common practices of the best marketers, you would already know that users don't really know what they want. Not even you.
When the iPhone and iPad came out, they were revolutionary in their category. Yet, millions of people who are familiar with the old paradigms bought them. There's a major disconnect between your point of view and reality.
The paradigm may be already lost
We think we need a full-power Linux phone. Some of us already saw it coming, in the Maemo project. That had everything. You could do devops on a Maemo phone. You could use a Maemo phone for monitoring (or cracking) WiFi networks. Then it became too visible and was killed by tragic mismanagement.
Modern phones may be weak compared to modern desktops, but modern phones are very powerful compared to desktops 10 years ago. Remember when Windows XP was still new? Those desktops could certainly run desktop operating systems. So, smartphones can, too.
But I think that we're moving into a different paradigm. When PCs took over from mainframes, we were not running mainframe programs on PCs. We were running vastly weaker systems with no concept of memory safety and a whole lot of security problems. When PCs grew to many multiples of mainframes' original performance, we didn't then run mainframe programs. We finally got multitasking and virtualization and so on, but they were tacked onto existing PC systems, and it has been a struggle to make those safe.
So, I think that the iPhone paradigm will dominate. I'm not sure of the exact drivers of that: The mainframe systems had the disadvantage that the major mainframe OS vendors (IBM) wouldn't license them to run on PC. Desktop Linux is free. I suspect that cell phone companies like phones to be devices that depend on being connected, so customers don't dare run the thing without a cell contract. Also, people don't like change, unless there's a status improvement or drastic usability improvement that can come from it. I don't think desktop Linux brings the types of improvement that inspire change for most people, compared to Android.
When I hear that you can't work on a mobile device, I'm reminded that PCs were said to be unable to do work. All that naysaying was interpreted as a challenge. People discovered that they could indeed do work on a PC. So it will be with these horribly limited mobile platforms.
Protesters are protesting the wrong things
The protesters are protesting change. You can't have life without change. If you try, all you get is death.
The 1960's-style hippies were not the first people in San Francisco. Nor were the gold miners of the 1860's. Nor were the missionaries of the 1780's. Ever since white people encountered San Francisco, it has been under constant change. I don't see why the hippies should be so privileged to keep their position in it.
Re: "Brock and mortar"
I already buy my clothes online. The local stores don't carry the styles that I want, and their brands are way too expensive. I do careful research, learning the vocabulary of fashion, to find clothes for my body.
It makes terrible financial sense to buy a new car. Car dealerships are some of the least trusted businesses in existence. There's a reason Tesla is selling their cars direct, and why car dealers are trying to outlaw Tesla's sales model. Used cars are big business for eBay.
Online reviews suck. When a product has reviews, most of them are superficial, and there's a lot of fraud. There's safety in bigger brands, but a lot of the time you just need to try it for yourself. It helps to have a great return policy. Especially when Amazon pays for the return shipping.
Re: Becoming a bank
Well, eBay is constantly nagging me to get a PayPal MasterCard. I consider PayPal the most hated way to pay online, so I steadfastly refuse. PayPal looks like a bank and sucks like a bank, and in Europe it's regulated as a bank. But they need to stop sucking so much.
Apple loves to push the risk onto others. The cost for the iPhone subsidy is borne by the carriers, and Apple imposes minimum order contracts. Apple sells Macs on credit, but the debt is with Barclays, not Apple.
Google and Amazon have a better chance. I have no idea why I would trust Facebook and Microsoft with my money.
Auto-flushing urinals: Awesome. Auto-flushing toilets: The worst.
From the era of motion sensors, we have motion sensors attached to flushing mechanisms. It's nice not having to touch a dirty handle, though arguably a no-water urinal would be more environmentally conscious. It's funny, though, that the no-water urinals are out of service a lot more often than the conventional urinals.
But automatically flushing toilets are horrible. I squat forwards so I can reach my hand underneath, and the next thing I know, there's a bit of mist and my toilet seat cover is gone. Fortunately, I've been doing Yoga, or else I would have to sit back down on the now-exposed and undoubtedly contaminated toilet seat.
No! Elop for MS CEO!
Elop's specialty is destroying a business so it can be acquired by somebody else. If any company deserves that fate, it's Microsoft.
The Register is way behind here
You're well behind. Ars Technica already published both Marlinspike's critique, and Levison's official response.
Escher Girl pose
Oh my goodness, what is her hip doing underneath that skirt? She must keep her chiropractor in business.
Re: Epic whoring, but why?
"It's like next he will be telling us [other operating system] is a state sponsor of terror, responsible for spreading hatred and extremism throughout the ecosystem"
Prices going down is a problem?
Do you get upset when you buy a new computer and immediately afterwards a new computer comes out at the same price? So Apple is doing the same thing with the software that comes with the computer.
So it turns out that the $15 that Jasper spent for Pages and Garageband would not have been necessary if he had waited, what, a few weeks? I would be feeling a small amount of buyer's remorse, too, but only if I didn't bother to use those apps. I thought you get computer stuff to do a job, and if you sit around waiting for the price to drop then you won't get your job done. You pay the current price to do things now.
Also, unless you're in the grips of poverty, $15 is just not that much money. Does The Register need to give its writers a raise?
DRM does not belong in the standard
Okay, so DRM is going to be around? The least-bad solution is to marginalize it. Netflix wants to DRM their videos? Fine. Let a hundred Netflix apps bloom. Google wants the Netflix app to go through the ChromeOS browser? Let them collaborate with Netflix to make a proprietary browser. It should always remain clear that DRM is limited and proprietary, like we always understood Flash and Silverlight to be proprietary.
With the WHATWG doing the actual HTML5 development, the W3C should be used to having real development happen outside its bureaucracy, anyway.
Douglas Engelbart was sad that his Mother of All Demos deeply influenced computing, but he was never able to raise enough influence and money to finish the project. I guess Tim Berners-Lee is the opposite case: He had an innovative idea, but his influence continues long after he ran out of benefits to bring to society.
Re: Sure let him
The problem is that not everything will be available DRM-free.
Sure, movies and video games will be cracked as soon as they're released. But what about Internet-connected cameras that currently use ActiveX plugins? What about bank web sites?
And what about future developments? For example, I can imagine, with little imagination, very bad consequences of DRM in the eventual mass-market version of Google Glass.
DRM is a pernicious threat to personal computing, and I oppose it.
Re: Anyone fancy reading that?
"The entire post is based on the assumption that Microsoft doesn't add their IPs to pools and allow people to licence them thereby preventing industry growth when the entire opposite is true.
Microsoft's mobile earnings are almost completely made from licensing IPs to Android OEMs"
But Microsoft doesn't help develop Android. Microsoft is not a member of the Android Project, nor do they submit patches.
Instead, they sue Android manufacturers for independently developed and sometimes obvious parts of the Android system. For example, having the operating system contain certain UI elements for all applications to use (US Patent 5,889,522), or attaching notes to a read-only document by using a separate file (Patent 6,957,233), or using a phone to schedule a meeting (Patent 6,370,566). But their deep pool of patents and the court system's presumption of the patents' validity means it's a challenge to fight the patents.
The dubiousness of the patents means Microsoft can't shut down Android entirely, but they can tax it and make it more expensive than it deserves to be.
Re: Over my cold dead browser
And you're an idiot.
What we're worried about is a return to the bad old days when you needed to run proprietary software to see content that you do want to see. We've always been able to compile our own browsers, but we haven't always been able to view content using them.
In the old days, it was DHTML and then ActiveX. In the less remote past, it was Flash. Java was there, too, but its bloated runtime always kept it from being dominant. Web sites built on all those technologies were unavailable in open source browsers. That is a problem when the web site is for your bank or your home security system, for two examples that I've encountered recently.
Now, because of Firefox and then Steve Jobs, those proprietary technologies are fading away. Good riddance. But the evil people at Google, Microsoft, and Netflix are trying to bring proprietary back, and now they've got Berners-Lee's blessing to put it into the official standard. I'm severely disappointed at how shortsighted that is.
Non-profit discounts now apply to religious non-profits, too.
Microsoft has long tried to lure non-profits into using current Microsoft software by providing severe discounts through organizations such as TechSoup. Now, I just noticed that they added religious non-profits, so there are fewer excuses for your random parish office to stick to pre-2010-era Microsoft software.
Can't standardize, yet. Innovation still needed.
You know what I miss about the old barrel plugs? The ability to insert the plug in any orientation. (Almost) Everybody has standardized on MicroUSB, but it's difficult to tell which way you're supposed to plug it in.
I'm not exactly happy about the clutter generated by new Lightning cables, but I think Apple is proving that there are still desirable improvements that we can implement in our mobile device cables.
Re: Hard and soft platform?
Most hardware manufacturers don't own any industry. Customers don't buy hardware because it has great specs. They buy hardware to run software. The developers of the software own the industry.
If the manufacturers had pushed harder for Linux, then the hardware manufacturers would have been part of a community developing their own software and owning their own industry. But, for most companies, the transition would have been painful because most of the programs that customers need are developed for proprietary platforms. So, to avoid short-term pain, they allow software companies to push them around.
Re: Waiting ...
1. The "open source" was never a significant factor in Android. They carefully avoided packaging any software owned by anybody with a GNU philosophy, and the Google Apps were never open source. I don't think they'll charge for it. Controlling the Google Play platform within the Android platform is probably enough.
2. Note how Amazon has already forked Android. Forking Android is legal and possible. I think Amazon will be in a dominant position when there are no other national retailers. They're already almost the only national bookseller, and they're starting to use differences in pricing to try to extract profit from rich/careless customers. Not to mention that Kindle book sales are almost pure profit.
Who would listen to Carl Icahn?
Why would Tim Cook listen to Carl Icahn? Does Icahn have any advice worth listening to for a company that doesn't plan to kill itself?
Isn't $20 billion enough for Mr. Icahn? It's not like he has a big family full of heirs to distribute his possessions to when he croaks.
Where is the SEC in all of this? Isn't the SEC supposed to protect the interests of shareholders against harmful individuals?
Re: Bill Gates still needs Microsoft
"There is no market, there is no money."
Well, then Google must be excessively evil or stupid to propose this thing. Because there is very little profit in advertising to people who have no money.
No, greater access to the market gives greater access to money. For example, I chose the shampoo that I currently use because I wanted to experiment with unscented soaps, and the Everyday Shea brand was the cheapest unscented shampoo I could find at my local store. The soap is made using fair trade shea butter from West Africa. Instead of letting the shea nuts rot on the ground while the people scavenge for food, global markets have allowed Africans to harvest the nuts and turn them into boutique soaps for pampered Westerners.
Bill Gates still needs Microsoft
"But this may be because Gates has taken his money and distanced himself from day-to-day activities at Microsoft, allowing him to run the charity without being conflicted by business goals."
On the contrary, Bill Gates is trying to hurt Google because Google is bad for Microsoft. His charity is funded mainly by his Microsoft stock, so it's still in his interest to promote Microsoft. I think it's bad form for one charity to criticize another just because it's working on different goals. And the Internet does have a philanthropic effect.
Greater communication allows greater access to the market. It allows people to make deals with other people at larger distances, thereby finding the best prices for their wares. It frees them from having to sell to the nearest market, which is subject to great price variation.
With better access to money, people become richer and are better able to afford mosquito counter-measures, which we take for granted in the United States. And that reduces the infection rate of malaria, Bill Gates' pet project.
Also, there is stuff on the Internet besides LOLcats. Notably, MOOCs.
- Vid Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON