They could not even standardize remotes.
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WAY back when I had a Motorola analogue flip phone it came with a charging doc. You had to put the phone in right side up, but it did the same thing your talking about without all the wireless junk.
It seems they have dropped supplying docs with most things now to save a few cents so I expect charging mats to join docs in the cost cutting bin as soon as any novelty is worn out.
So like the Zune launch.
The Intel pad should have enough power to run the squished flat Win8 but will cost too much to be anything but an executive toy.
The Arm pad might have a chance if it's significantly cheaper then the iPad and they can get people to develop for it (both a big if I think).
Don't Apple have the patent on doing both the software and hardware on a mobile device? :P
I don't think it will ever happen anyway, takes too much energy to separate and pump the CO2 into the ground and would cost too much even if nuclear powered.
It's just something the oil companies like to talk about.
No problem with that Turbo V8 SUV/Pickup because we are going to make it all OK real soon now with Carbon Capture... not that carbon is a problem.
The "scurvy rats" already know that. They target their attack by country to avoid hitting someone who can hit them back, or even outsource to another country like the fake AV call centres in India.
Or are you going to call in a drone strike?
Sure there are some locals you can go after but that's just the dumb ones and never going to have a significant effect.
I live in Canada and in my area the local monopoly is Rogers.
Sure I can buy a cable box in Bestbuy but it's a Rogers labelled box and I have to call Rogers to activate it, and if you get a PVR they can control it. I bought it from a 3rd party, but Rogers still own it.
But I don't want any box. my TV has a digital cable tuner built in.
Just give me basic cable using standard digital cable.
But if they did that it would be much harder to get me to click that pay per view button, or sign me up for two years of the super sports package(s).
You can't get a new analogue account, and if you want to change anything on an existing account they force you to digital.
All of the "must carry" stations should be standard QAM. I should be able to get basic cable without a box (and another remote!).
They encript everything to force people to buy/rent their box, then they are just one click away from pay per view. Want to record something you can rent their PVR (that they control).
Forget it, I'm not intrested so I'll just keep my antenna for local stations.
One of the upper management types at work has a Dell Latitude ST tablet. It's a $1,000 netbook with no keyboard. Came with Win7 Pro and it's a slug.
Installed the current Win8 release and it feels a lot faster, if only it had some useful aps it might be useful. Using Excel on it still sucks without a mouse / keyboard.
But even with Windows 8 it's still way too expensive to be anything but a management toy.
So it will run on a tablet.
For years they have been adding flash to keep everyone on the wintel upgrade treadmill.
Now they just want to get in on the iPad gravy and need to strip things to the bones so it will run on cheap hardware. They want tablets so bad they will do anything.
She will get better food* (at least until things die down).
The local council made themselves look like fools.
Mary's Meals got a nice boost.
*If you look at the blog it was not always saying bad things about the food, she often gave 9/10. But there were also some really poor 4/10 meals.
"New technology that stops websites gathering information about users"
Like the Do Not Call list stops people from calling me to say I won a free trip, need to clean my carpet... ?
It can't stop anything, it just asks them not to. The same marketing companies that think calling spam an email blast (totally different thing!) makes it OK, are not going to give a crap.
I found it better to just buy a media player. A TV should last for years and I don't expect any updates after a year or so, but for a lot less then the price of a new TV you can buy a media player that works far better then the junk built into the TV anyway. If new features come out you can buy a new media player.
These advertisers with there flash cookies, zombie cookies, and every thing else they do to track people who clearly don't want to be tracked are going to stop because of a do not track setting?
At best they will change the name (no we are not tracking you... we are following you, totally different).
"automatically bypassing the café's logon screen and advertising."
You normally have to check the "I agree" check box, so you don't even know what you are agreeing to as you walk down the street.
I think I'll be looking at adding a captcha to the system I administer, and I expect others will as well.
Besides the fact that it's not theft and you know it, that's the least of the problem here.
They are cutting out real reporting to save money, and printing random stuff people send them, or stuff they found on the internet (see Onion stories posted as real for example) and calling it NEWS.
Using a picture they don't have the right to use is just a symptom of a much bigger problem.
If they had paid for the picture that would not fix anything, it would still have nothing to do with the story it was posted with.
The story here is that they used the wrong photo, not that they didn't pay for it.
It's not that they are trying to save money by not paying for a photo, it's that they are trying to save money by not paying for reporters to actually check the facts and write the stories.
They keep saying that ad revenue is dropping, so they need more ads.
When you get to the point that people will spend money to avoid the ads, more ads is not the answer.
It's not even just the normal 30 second ads, where we used to get movies, old show reruns, kids cartoons now we get 30 minute ads for wonder blenders, fat fighting magic, and bowling ball sucking vacuum cleaners (that is a bunch of worthless crap).
And how are the trucks going to be "wired into the rest of the cellular infrastructure"
Do they think the cell network will be destroyed in one location, and working 5k up the road where the truck is?
I could see a truck (off road capable) with a satellite link, and a blimp antenna that could be used to provide communication for a team(s) of rescue workers.
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