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The 57 Lamest Tech Moments of 2010

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the you-probably-think-this-story's-about-you dept.

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harrymcc writes "When it comes strange blunders, failed dreams, pointless legal wrangling, and other embarrassments, the technology industry had an uncommonly busy 2010. I compiled a list of the most notable examples--including the lost iPhone prototype, the short life of Microsoft's Kin, the end of Google Wave, the McAfee security meltdown, a depressingly long list of lawsuits over mobile patents, and much more."

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123 comments

you suck (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34627998)

first

Welcome to the end of the year... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34628030)

Endless Top ### lists with no real substance writen by writers who can neither write nor hold their own when it comes down to bare metal technology.

Wake me up in January.

Re:Welcome to the end of the year... (2, Insightful)

Low Ranked Craig (1327799) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628342)

Mod parent up. This article was, politely, fucking lame. I want the 2 minutes I spent reading the first page looking for good writing back.

Re:Welcome to the end of the year... (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628616)

Agreed. I'll have my own lame end of year slashdot journal some time next week... and it will likely be better written. At least, I hope it will be amusing.

Re:Welcome to the end of the year... (2)

hairyfeet (841228) | more than 3 years ago | (#34632560)

Actually I'd say it is worse than lame, as lame can sometimes be enjoyable like a good cheesy movie. What we have here is completely uninspired copypasta with a sauce made from bland quotes that can't even bother to be smarmy or smartass. I've seen lame lists rise above copypasta by putting some serious ragging on the recipients, this one couldn't even bother that.

For those that haven't TFA don't bother, as it makes the phone book look like an interesting read.

Re:Welcome to the end of the year... (2)

Rotting (7243) | more than 3 years ago | (#34630064)

The time I spent reading that list was one of the lamest tech moments of 2010 for me :/

Re:Welcome to the end of the year... (2)

dcw3 (649211) | more than 3 years ago | (#34633618)

Endless Top ### lists with no real substance writen by writers who can neither write nor...

...make use of commas.

Re:Welcome to the end of the year... (3, Insightful)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34634094)

Honestly, it's no longer limited to the year-end roundup.

Probably 40% of online "journalism" is now listographies, frequently slide-show based, in order to suck up maximal clicks and spew scripted hoo-ha, delivering almost 100 bytes of actual info per 20 seconds waiting for the fucking page to turn.

It will be that way until advertisers stop falling for the dollars-for-page-views pricing model.

Google Wave not dead yet (2)

mcvos (645701) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628044)

Google Wave isn't dead. It just changed its name to Apache Wave.

Re:Google Wave not dead yet (4, Funny)

Choad Namath (907723) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628242)

Google Wave isn't dead

It's pining for the fjords.

Re:Google Wave not dead yet (1, Redundant)

truthsearch (249536) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628336)

'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisibile!!

Re:Google Wave not dead yet (2)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 3 years ago | (#34631708)

Can I be seeing this? A down-mod on the Parrot Sketch?!

Netcraft confirms it. Slashdot is dead. :(

Obligatory under the circumstances (2)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 3 years ago | (#34632628)

Can I be seeing this? A down-mod on the Parrot Sketch?!

Netcraft confirms it. Slashdot is dead. :(

No no, it-it's not dead, it's... it's restin'!

Re:Google Wave not dead yet (2)

Jello B. (950817) | more than 3 years ago | (#34633270)

If every monty python sketch was modded up slashdot would be nothing but monty python sketches.

No, that would not be a good thing.

Re:Google Wave not dead yet (1)

blair1q (305137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34634108)

This, is an ex-Google app.

Re:Google Wave not dead yet (1)

seandhi (1949778) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628314)

True, Wave the project is still alive and well, but Wave the service hosted by Google is soon to be dead. I am interested in seeing how others deploy and use this technology. We tested it for a short time at work, but we could not refrain from drawing inappropriate sketches, collaboratively, for very long.

Re:Google Wave not dead yet (1)

CyberSlammer (1459173) | more than 3 years ago | (#34629004)

APACHE WAVE!!!

ENEK CHOK!!!

Beta Test on the public! (5, Interesting)

puterg33k (1920022) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628064)

Thank you HTC for Alpha testing the HTC EVO on the general public! So many of us were left with a phone that you have to charge every 3 hours, but the charging ports broke within the first few uses!
HTC says their warrantys don't cover physical damage, what the hell good is it?
Sprint says, pay me a hundred bucks for a refurb fool! So you do, and a week later; rinse and repeat!
It was different when it was software, but hardware being beta tested on the public and they eat the cost!? I'm left with only one thing to say: W T F

Re:Beta Test on the public! (3, Insightful)

soupforare (542403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628566)

Apple's been doing it for years, everybody else was bound to catch up to that innovation.

Re:Beta Test on the public! (3, Interesting)

Shemmie (909181) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628700)

HTC have done it for years. Their HTC Universal phone was known for having a real weak point at the charger. Many people (myself included) suffered from the USB port becoming loose, and falling into the unit. Pain in the ass. They took no responsability for what was clearly a design flaw on a heavily used part.

Re:Beta Test on the public! (3, Interesting)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#34630172)

I've been modded down repeatedly for pointing out that the HTC Raphael (AT&T Fuze...) has a known problem with the sliding keyboard, a cable that comes loose. Fixable with tape but they don't do this when they refurb. Then it happens again. Old phone so nobody cares any more but it's just another HTC phone willfully misrepaired and dumped back on customers.

Re:Beta Test on the public! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34633722)

I've been modded down repeatedly for ...

...not understanding why I've been modded down, and continuing to whine about it.

Re:Beta Test on the public! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34629288)

Missing option

"Don't hold it that way" It is always the customers fault right?

Re:Beta Test on the public! (3, Interesting)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628800)

Nokia did it with the N900 and seems to be getting away with it ...

Much vaunted here on Slashdot, I decided to try it out as an iPhone replacement and thus talked my wife into getting it when her contract came up for renewal in April. Phone felt nice, OS was usable etc etc so I upgraded soon after and retired my iPhone 3G to the junk drawer.

Now, 8 months on, I've been back on my iPhone for 4 months because the N900s software foibles were greater, for me, than the iPhone 3G. My wife has no such luck tho - screen scratched (through use of the stylus), ringer sometimes doesn't work, the keyboard keys have essentially almost entirely flaked off to leave the transparent backing plastic showing.

My wife hates the N900, not because of its poor phone software (or the fact that it cannot do MMS built in) but because the hardware is literally falling apart not even half way into the 18 month contract!

Re:Beta Test on the public! (2)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 3 years ago | (#34630798)

I know you're probably wary about taking phone advice via Slashdot now, but if you really want a decent Linux-based phone, the Pre is the way to go. It has a better UI than iPhone, true multitasking, a real keyboard, and an 'App Catalog' as well as Linux command-line root access with the blessing of the manufacturer. The internet-aware contacts are awesome-you can send messages via SMS or Jabber/Gchat and the history is shared. Facebook, phone contacts, etc integrate more gracefully than I've ever seen on another phone.

Unfortunately, the screen is too small and the App Catalog doesn't have much at all compared to the App Store. But there's always trade-offs..

Re:Beta Test on the public! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34629034)

I work at Sprint. Yeah, don't break your charging port because the phone will not be replaced under the warranty. The EVO is not Alpha or Beta. It's a great piece of hardware. You are bitter because you broke your charging port.

Re:Beta Test on the public! (0)

swfranklin (578324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34630952)

Thank you HTC for Alpha testing the HTC EVO on the general public!

It wasn't alpha testing, it was just typical crappy HTC design & construction quality. Complaining about a junky HTC is like complaining that the scroll wheel on a Blackberry doesn't work smoothly. Yeah, they ALL do that (thankfully BB came out with a solid-state scroller finally).

The one phone I had that gave me zero hardware issues long-term was the iPhone 3G. YMMV.

Re:Beta Test on the public! (1)

unixfan (571579) | more than 3 years ago | (#34632164)

Hmm... I bought my EVO within an hour of it being released and nothing is breaking on it. I get about a days worth of battery use out of it. Not to say that the battery life is impressive - it is not. I'm sure one can drain it in three hours. Fortunately there is after market battery that is plenty good which I plan to buy.
Breaking the ports by applying force to the plug is probably pretty easy given the leverage. But this is true for just about any plug. I would guess to say that is probably why the larger majority don't have broken phones.

Re:Beta Test on the public! (1)

JustSomeProgrammer (1881750) | more than 3 years ago | (#34633336)

I had a problem like that with the Evo's battery life. Then one day my USB cable broke and I had to wait 4 days for a new one. The remaining charge in the phone completely disappated and when I recharged it, I can now leave it go two days without recharging same usage patterns. I think the 0 point in the battery is way off. Try letting the battery die for a couple days. (Get a new battery in the meantime so you have two. I do.) and hopefully it'll start working better for you. I'm very happy with the Evo in general. I don't know if I will get a new phone next time I'm eligible.

Re:Beta Test on the public! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34634246)

You... got a 600 dollar phone and didn't buy the sprint insurance policy? ...weirdo. Also my Evo's battery lasts over 8 hours... even with me streaming pandora over 4g for 4 1/2 hours of it.

2010 isn't over yet... (1)

by (1706743) (1706744) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628066)

Some poor /. user might get an iPad from his or her grandmother...and knowing the sentiment around here, that's bound to be the lamest tech moment of 2010 for that poor soul!

(Lame attempt at humor, not trying to troll...)

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (5, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628328)

Some poor /. user might get an iPad from his or her grandmother

Sure beats a self-knitted sweater, formed for a mutant, with asymmetric arm lengths, a hunchback and a hole in the stomach area for the tentacle.

And yes, I speak from experience.

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34628376)

I'm sorry about the other deformities, but a tentacle in the stomach area sounds kind of cool, how did you get that?

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (1)

rvw (755107) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628596)

I'm sorry about the other deformities, but a tentacle in the stomach area sounds kind of cool, how did you get that?

He didn't get the tentacle, just the hole in the sweater.

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34629392)

You need to get beaten with a funny-stick

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (3, Funny)

Delusion_ (56114) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628560)

As an asymmetrically limbed hunchback with a torso tentacled person who likes to save on electricity by keeping the heat down, I must respectfully disagree.

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628850)

As an asymmetrically limbed hunchback with a torso tentacled person who likes to save on electricity by keeping the heat down, I must respectfully disagree.

I for one ... actually, never mind.

How's the bell tower these days?

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (1)

Noughmad (1044096) | more than 3 years ago | (#34629164)

I'm an asymmetrically limbed hunchback with a torso tentacled person who likes to save on electricity by keeping the heat down, you insensitive clod!

That's what you should have said.

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (5, Funny)

freakmn (712872) | more than 3 years ago | (#34629748)

I'm an asymmetrically limbed hunchback with a torso tentacled person who likes to save on electricity by keeping the heat down, you insensitive clod!

FTFY

FTFY

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34628944)

Personally, I think your grandma is awesome. I'll be that sort of aunt. I'll give that sweater one year, and the next year I'll give a Tom Baker scarf to go with it. Sure, the kid will think I'm bat-shit insane, but that's what eccentric aunts are for.

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 3 years ago | (#34629954)

Sure beats a self-knitted sweater, formed for a mutant, with asymmetric arm lengths, a hunchback and a hole in the stomach area for the tentacle.

And yes, I speak from experience.

Damn. There are gifts that say "I wish you'd been a boy/girl", and then there's this.

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (1)

euxneks (516538) | more than 3 years ago | (#34631572)

Sure beats a self-knitted sweater, formed for a mutant, with asymmetric arm lengths, a hunchback and a hole in the stomach area for the tentacle.

And yes, I speak from experience.

Man, school must have been rough for you.

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (4, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34629072)

I got a Sony HD camcorder as a gift a while back...all good, except it's a Sony, and now I have to buy an ultra-rare Memory Stick to MicroSD adapter...

Reminds me of a funny thread on somethingawful where a software development company was having RMS come over to sign and present some prizes for employees, and the guy was asking for suggestions for prizes.

The first 2 suggestions:

A Windows 7 box

An iPad

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (1)

Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) | more than 3 years ago | (#34630082)

Thank you for that.
I can just imagine watching RMS's head explode when he had to present either of those items.
I will be smiling all day thinking about that. :)

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34632656)

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.30584

Free shipping, they have like a dozen models. Even 'raid' models which join two 16gb cards into a 32gb memory stick.

I have several for in my PSP, and the microSD is still usable afterwards (e.g. the memory stick uses the same filesystem)

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (1, Insightful)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 3 years ago | (#34629518)

Eh. I consider the iPad in and of itself to be a lame tech moment of 2010. I'm still flabbergasted that people are willing to pay for something that does less than a netbook, and costs more.

Re:2010 isn't over yet... (0)

NekSnappa (803141) | more than 3 years ago | (#34630812)

I had a netbook and for me it sucked. Hard to read and slow as ass.
Got an iPad and it works great for me.
Just because you don't think it'd work for you doesn't mean it doesn't have a use or value.

Hmm (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34628086)

Why a list of 57? Did you just keep brainstorming lame moments until you couldn't come up with any more? Or is there some significance to choosing to record 57 specifically.

Re:Hmm (2)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628186)

I think they were staring at a bottle of Heinz 57 and decided that was the perfect number.

Re:Hmm (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628732)

Why a list of 57? Did you just keep brainstorming lame moments until you couldn't come up with any more? Or is there some significance to choosing to record 57 specifically.

Because #58 "This lame article about 57 lame tech moments" would have resulted in an endless loop (not to be confused with the endless lameness of the article of 57 lame tech moments).

deselective memory (5, Interesting)

DynamoJoe (879038) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628094)

No mention of Gizmodo's password breach?

Re:deselective memory (1)

Shikaku (1129753) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628350)

Lame:

# (slang) unconvincing or unbelievable

        He had a really lame excuse for missing the birthday party.

# (slang) failing to be cool, funny, interesting or relevant

        He kept telling these extremely lame jokes all night.

The word you're looking for for that would be something like disastrous. I wouldn't call getting your password and info stolen lame.

3D Glasses and an $800 Ipad with no USB (1)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628112)

My two lamest of 2010, along with 'Duke Nukem Forever (to be Vaporware)'

Re:3D Glasses and an $800 Ipad with no USB (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34630134)

The iPad has a USB port, although it's a $29 add-on.

Is this one of them? (0)

HikingStick (878216) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628136)

Is it?

Re:Is this one of them? (0)

royallthefourth (1564389) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628150)

I guess this means you made 57 posts in 2010?

Re:Is this one of them? (1)

HikingStick (878216) | more than 3 years ago | (#34629140)

Touché!

So what you're saying is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34628228)

you've bought into eternal recurrence, and the other 2010's were less busy?

It's all downhill from here (1, Interesting)

improfane (855034) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628234)

I think we all know what's happening. The technology industry is no longer about technology, it's about bling, brother,

More seriously, we've come full circle with mainframe/cloud and software on phones (javaME)/iPhones. Ideas that don't fly now may fly again in the future but with a different name. I suspect portals will become a lot more important again. A social portal maybe?

Either way, I think the potential value for the web for the general public and our children will be a lot less than it is today. It will be 'dumbed down' and you will have to pay per page.

In other words... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34628400)

I think we all know what's happening. The technology industry is no longer about technology, it's about bling, brother,

More seriously, we've come full circle with mainframe/cloud and software on phones (javaME)/iPhones. Ideas that don't fly now may fly again in the future but with a different name. I suspect portals will become a lot more important again. A social portal maybe?

Either way, I think the potential value for the web for the general public and our children will be a lot less than it is today. It will be 'dumbed down' and you will have to pay per page.

"Tech" is a mature business like every other. The unwashed masses have taken over what the geeks formerly curated.

Time for the geeks to go find the next big thing to concern their supposedly superior intellect with.

Re:In other words... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34628490)

Hopefully next time the Geeks make it even harder and more difficult to understand in the hopes of having a free platform before the retards figure it out. The internet if easier, would have been destroyed by governments even sooner. Thankfully it takes tards a a couple decades to realize how useful a free platform is.... after they are done with it, it's not longer free, or useful, and they move on to break something else.

I for one, think geeks need to stop assisting idiots in using their toys. Lets make it more complex and harder to figure out. Now they can't break it as quickly.

In a world where idiots learn slow and geeks learn fast.... keep making technology harder, more often :)

Re:In other words... (2)

Mbraz (1804942) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628548)

Yeah, Google Wave.

Re:In other words... (3, Insightful)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 3 years ago | (#34629078)

The problem is the bullies, corporations and the police.

We planted a garden. A wonderful rose garden. And there were people stopping to look at it and say "hey, that's neat!" and we, the good natured fools we are, thought it would be great to open our garden to the public, so they can come in and enjoy it. And hey, who knows, maybe some of them might want to plant a few roses themselves? We can only benefit from it, right?

So we let them in, even showed them how to plant roses. And while they were not really too good gardeners, we handed them a few tools to make the work easier for them. And some of them (ok, a handful of them) actually went and built something nice. Most just wandered about and smelled a few roses. We even built them a few paths they could wander on so they don't accidentally stumble upon that field we built that camo net over, ya know, with our "special spices".

A few came in and trampled all over the roses. We shrugged and grabbed them and threw them out, because we not only know how to plant roses, we also know how to use their thorns to smack those bullies about and give them a wedgie on their way out. We build this garden after all, and we know every plant and every bush here, you can't hide from us! Well, ok, I admit, some of us thought it's fun to make fools out of the idiots that have no idea how to plant roses and snuck into their gardens when they weren't looking (and too stupid to close the door so people can only look but not touch), dyed their roses pink and blue polkadotted, mostly for fun and to ridicule them. It was good natured fun, hey, we did that to each other too and we really had a good laugh!

One cardinal mistake we made is that we built a few paths to the camo net patches, too, because, hey, they're nice folks and wanna have some of the good stuff too, what's the harm in giving them some? Well, there's not really a problem with that, but when the bullies trampled across our fields, they also trampled through the fields of those that can't defend themselves, and these guys started to call for the police. And they eventually stumbled towards our camo net patches and, well, erh... well, they decided that it's a problem, ya know? If we hadn't built paths to them, only we would have found our way to those "special places", through the hedges and the overgrown paths that need machetes to get to. Few policemen had those machetes...

Also along came the corporations who found out that people love to wander in our nice garden and started to built there too. At first, we didn't bother to worry. Like the native americans didn't worry when the first whities came along, we let them settle in our garden. Until suddenly we were told that we can't go to a few places of our garden anymore because that's now off limits. In our own garden! Not to mention that they were crying bloody murder if you went and polkadotted their roses!

And now we're sitting here, in our ever shrinking corner of our once wonderful garden, trampled down by the masses, broken up into lots by corporations with a policemen at every corner making sure you don't plant where you're not supposed to, and of course that you don't try to camo net anything.

If there's any lesson to learn, than that we should not let the masses in next time we build a garden. The seeds will be more expensive, granted, but at least we can grow what we want and keep the harvest.

Re:In other words... (1)

imakemusic (1164993) | more than 3 years ago | (#34630006)

*applauds*

Re:In other words... (1)

aquila.solo (1231830) | more than 3 years ago | (#34632766)

Well done!

I, for one, welcome our new, garden-analogy-making overlords.

Re:It's all downhill from here (1)

Fibe-Piper (1879824) | more than 3 years ago | (#34629606)

You nailed it. Everything old is new again.

Bring on the 57 Most Awesome Upcoming Tech Innovations for 2011!!!

#57 The rebranding of WebRings as CloudRings

#56 Etc etc..

Re:It's all downhill from here (1)

jimicus (737525) | more than 3 years ago | (#34630336)

I don't know it's quite as bad as you make out. This isn't the first time the industry's gone full circle, and it probably won't be the last - right now it's a PITA if you're in IT because the current fashion for "cloud-everything" has a tendency to push jobs towards the companies running cloud services - many of whom are running the show from a country with very low labour costs. The PHBs of this world assume the outsourced provider has a whacking great infrastructure with fancy SANs, enormous numbers of RAIDed disks, redundancy coming out the ass etc etc - and while the majority of providers don't tell you much about their infrastructure, I note that none are particularly quick to contradict this view.

Five years from now I'm sure a few companies will decide that the cost of running everything in-house is worth every penny and bring things back inhouse. My guess is it'll start to happen when the first outsourced-cloud-infrastructure company announces some huge terrible thing to go wrong which seriously affects a significant number of their customers.

Re:It's all downhill from here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34630472)

Re your sig: cannot recommend this enough. [amazon.com] That's the first one of the trilogy. If you like hard distant future transhumanist sci-fi, give it a shot.

iConji? (1)

luis_a_espinal (1810296) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628288)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9WeTv4Q-QY

I know it should not even register a blip in the grand scheme of business'ey things. But the whole application of technology on something so uber-stupid shoud be listed among some of the dumbest tech things seen in 2010... me thinks.

It should have been 58... (5, Insightful)

Delusion_ (56114) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628368)

...that way the article could have included itself as number one. Another meandering, poorly written summary of the year.

If you're going to choose an arbitrary number to attach to an end of year list, keep it to ten and focus on the writing. Seriously, 57? I'm reminded of the Jargon File comment about 17 [catb.org] being the "least random number". This is just a blatant excuse to generate ads by breaking up an article; I'm surprised it isn't 57 pages long, in slide show form.

Re:It should have been 58... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34628890)

The titles for each of the 57 stories are useless, too.

"14. Highly social twentysomethings aren't all that demanding, I’m told."

"15. The good news is that you didn’t have a virus after all."

I can't effectively skim the article with headers like that. And some of the numerous points didn't deserve mention at all.

Re:It should have been 58... (1)

Sockatume (732728) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628978)

I think this (and the aforementioned absence of the Gawker breach) suggests they just kept a running list as the year went on, then wrote some copy for it when they were about to go on their holidays, and kicked it out the door.

Re:It should have been 58... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34631098)

Well:

57 = 3x19
3+19 = 22
22 = 2x11
2+11 = 13
5+8 = 13
5 + 2^3 = 13
2+3 = 5

As we can clearly see, 57 is a discordian number and falls nicely within the rules of 5. All hail Eris.

57... (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 3 years ago | (#34631232)

They wanted to serve it with ketchup.

Re:It should have been 58... (1)

korgitser (1809018) | more than 3 years ago | (#34635770)

A number like 57 just screams out loud 'that's all i've got'. And here's my 12 bucks for the stripper.

Ballmer is always a contender in the Lamestakes (1)

tacktick (1866274) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628420)

Although Polaroid naming Lady Gaga as Creative Director is pretty strange.
Either that or it is one of those 1 in a million oddly brilliant ideas.
Time will tell..

Re:Ballmer is always a contender in the Lamestakes (3, Insightful)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628582)

Polaroid is a shell of itself. It's just a holding company nowadays that licenses the Polaroid name out to various cheap manufacturers who make random devices under that name. This is why you see crap like Polaroid DVD players and whatnot. There is no Polaroid manufacturing, R&D, or marketing divisions - it just exists to license out the trademark to anyone willing give them a bag of cash.

That's why naming Lady Gaga as a Creative Director is bunkum. You can't have a creative director if the company DOESN'T CREATE ANYTHING.

Re:Ballmer is always a contender in the Lamestakes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34629344)

You can't have a creative director if the company DOESN'T CREATE ANYTHING.

Wow. You're an idiot. I have a theory - the general disdain for MBAs around here is a direct indicator of the COMPLETE INABILITY OF GEEKS TO COMPREHEND THE SIMPLEST PROCESSES AND ROLES THAT ARE NON-TECHNICAL!

Re:Ballmer is always a contender in the Lamestakes (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#34630268)

MBAs are looked down upon because we all know someone who can't find his ass with both hands, a map, two shop lights on tripods, and a complete surveying team, and yet who has an MBA. They're usually on their third or fourth business venture, having killed the last two or three.

Re:Ballmer is always a contender in the Lamestakes (1)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 3 years ago | (#34630388)

If I am wrong, perhaps you'd like to explain why I am wrong rather than simply stating I'm an idiot. I'm assuming you have an MBA, so I'm sure this will be entertaining.

Re:Ballmer is always a contender in the Lamestakes (1)

Sonny Yatsen (603655) | more than 3 years ago | (#34630474)

Sorry, Drinkypoo, I clicked reply on the wrong person.

Zuckerberg everywhere, all the time (0)

peter303 (12292) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628468)

Mark deserves a lot of credit for building one of the worlds largest software companies. But perhaps he is hamming it up now. I just saw him inducted int he California Hall of Fame on Entertainment Tonight. And a trip to China(*), Oprah, Man of the Year, and so on.

(*) A trip will help his Chinese-language studies, a non-trivial hobby with all he has to do.

"failed dreams" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34628512)

No one told me this would be about the lunacy of the Space Age delusions! Oh where do we start!?? Space colonies? Moon colonies? Mining asteroids? Space-based solar power? Oh where to start!!!

Google's Buzz Was Certainly One Of Them (1)

assertation (1255714) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628550)

What kind of dumb ass converts someone's private email account into a social networking site, letting strangers in their address book see what they do on the web.....without notice, without permission AND expects that people will like it?

Re:Google's Buzz Was Certainly One Of Them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34628984)

Mark Zuckerberg? Really, he's the only one.

What's with the consumerism trend on /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34628602)

Every fucking example in TFS was some type of consumer product. And it's like this is all Slashdot discusses lately. It's all Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, games, mobile, government hysteria, or joke related crap. What the fuck happened to actual tech?

Goddamn... there's this palpable feel that this site's submitters & editors have all aged, lost their curiosity and/or had kids -- and their chief occupation is browsing Slashdot all day long in absentminded retirement.

I'd like to add ... (1)

jginspace (678908) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628734)

Number One Should Have Been... (2, Funny)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628768)

Facebook, the movie. I'd rather watch paint dry than see a movie about some wealthy kid making money by doing nothing of value. It could have just as well been a movie about the Kardashians, except he isn't nearly as interesting to look at.

Re:Number One Should Have Been... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34629354)

The quality of the story about how Facebook was created is tangential to whatever dubious technical merits it may have.

The Social Network Was A Good Movie (2)

EXTomar (78739) | more than 3 years ago | (#34630684)

Surprisingly, "The Social Network" was actually a good movie because of the human drama that it is intertwined into the story. Its not about how a wealthy kid makes even more money but how and possibly why he did it. Whether or not the events actually took place as depicted in this movie is up for debate but it is a hell of a drama that is well made and very entertaining. I won't be surprised if some it gets Oscars for at least the screenplay if not more.

Re:The Social Network Was A Good Movie (1, Troll)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#34631752)

"The Social Network" was actually a good movie because of the human drama that it is intertwined into the story

So what? There was human drama taking place during the course of my own undergraduate career, but nobody is begging me to sell them the screenplay.

Its not about how a wealthy kid makes even more money but how and possibly why he did it.

Meh. It is only because of the fact that people are familiar with the product that the movie was even made.

Re:The Social Network Was A Good Movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34632110)

What are you even doing? Criticizing the movie? The decision to make the movie? It is a decent movie, not because of what it is about but because how it is about it. Your undergraduate years don't exist as a movie so it is useless as a point of comparison unless you just want to complain about the fact that people make movies about things that are famous instead of you. And if your story really is compelling, write the screenplay and pitch it.

Re:The Social Network Was A Good Movie (2)

lee1 (219161) | more than 3 years ago | (#34631860)

Scott Adams (the author of Dilbert) thinks that this is the best movie he has ever seen [dilbert.com] . That almost makes me curious enough to watch it.

Re:The Social Network Was A Good Movie (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34634922)

Scott Adams is a racist fuck. He might as well recommend you to set some niggers on fire because it's the best show ever. your point?

To compensate users for the delay... (1)

ebh (116526) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628778)

Apple has promised that the white iPhone will come with a free copy of the mobile edition of Duke Nukem Forever.

Never understood pulling the plug on Kin (1)

boristdog (133725) | more than 3 years ago | (#34628906)

MS only gave the Kin about 6 weeks on the market before pulling the plug. WTF? It was actually a pretty good idea and properly pushed and priced it could have taken over the high-school phone market.

I liked the form factor as well. I wouldn't mind having a phone with that form factor, minus all the social-networking gew-gaws.

Wave byebye (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 3 years ago | (#34629208)

Naming Google Wave, and much of its associated development, after the creations of Joss Whedon was just asking for cancellation.

He's the TV equivalent of the RMS Titanic.

Probably a good methodology to follow if you want a lot of depressive, angry 16 year old girls to take up your product, but not if you want wider success.

Non events: iPad competitors, Nokia and Meego (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34629408)

For me the biggest lame tech event of 2010 was the feeble response of competitors to the iPad.

When the iPad was released, there were stories about how there were going to be tens and tens of competitors released shortly. Prototypes were shown at various shows. Lots of talk and hype.

Overall result: nothing. Apple ran away with the tablet market, totally uncontested.

The lack of a new smartphone by Nokia and the lateness of Meego has to be right up there too.

I'd love to be a fly on the wall in some boardrooms these days.

Re:Non events: iPad competitors, Nokia and Meego (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34631678)

Like Ghandi says...

First they mock you.
Then they try to pre-empt you
Then they say you're just a giant phone
Then they play with their pud
Then they do a half assed job of trying to copy you
Then you win
Then you profit

Honorable mention to technologizer.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34629618)

...for having a record 19 items blocked by NoScript.

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