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Five PC Innovations the Industry Should Get To

Zonk posted more than 9 years ago | from the why-not-a-little-innovation? dept.

Editorial 764

An anonymous reader writes "Flexbeta.net has an article which describes 5 great technological advancements in computing that just about every PC user wants." From the article: "Why has there been such a sudden lack in innovation as of late? Are we in a technological drought? I like to stick to my own diagnosis of the industry as being too concerned with keeping a steady cash flow over social experimentation with new products but then again that's just an opinion from a little guy."

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first (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090279)

first

Banned (1)

DonkeyHote (521235) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090280)

AFP!

firRRRRRRRst poOOOst!!!! (-1, Troll)

martian67 (892569) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090281)

firRRRRRRRst poOOOst!!!!

Rove resigns (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090282)

Check out the story! [whitehouse.com]

Re:Rove resigns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090337)

That's amazing. I wasn't sure if it was really going to happen. I hope a new Hot Coffee mod is realized where you can be Karl Rove. What would the character do ?

First... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090283)

Post... nah. He should first get a server to handel the /. load.

This is a joke, right? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090285)

1. Better fans. Fast fans are going to make noise. There are quieter fans, and newer technologies like tip magnetic driven fans.

2. Better Cases. A BOTTLE OPENER?! What the hell? I stopped reading there.

3. Wireless everything. Sounds great until you realize wireless everything will probably conflict with your neighbor's wireless everything and the fact that encryption to keep your wireless everything will be another burden most users won't bother with. And of course, you still need power, so you're either back to wires or you have a lot of batteries.

4. More USB storage key uses. Already on the way via some new portable application standard. And, no, game keys won't work because you can still copy the files to other USB keys and thus the game's copy protection is worthless. They want you have to the actual CD (with their patented copy protection) because it makes piracy more difficult.

5. Store re-haul. Your hard drive is the same physical size because you probably want a lot of capacity that's really fast. If you could be happy with 5 gigs of storage that's pretty slow, you could have a smaller drive. And, yes, they're working on bootable flash drives.

I can't believe this is on Slashdot.

Re:This is a joke, right? (4, Informative)

MyDixieWrecked (548719) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090326)

the site wasn't loading, and I thought your post was a joke.

then I looked at Network Mirror [networkmirror.com]

I completely agree with you. Worst. Article. Ever.

Now, some REAL innovation I'd like to see (which I've been talking about for YEARS):

1. GPS built-in to laptops. So you can use mapping software more easily on the go.

2. digital clock on laptops. I'd love to have an external LCD display showing the time, even when the machine's not on. hell, that'd even be useful on a desktop machine.

3. touchpad on the side of a laptop. Sometimes I'm holding my powerbook in my arm and I wish there was a way to control the mouse from there. One idea I had was like an inverted optical mouse with the laser sensor that would detect thumb movements. That'd even work for the side of a PDA for scrolling

4. how about an integrated mouse in a laptop? it could snap on/off and you could use it on the side, then just have the cord retract and it would re-attach to the machine.

5. I say bring back the keyboard/CPU combo for small-footprint computing.

c'mon, whadaya say?!

Re:This is a joke, right? (5, Funny)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090379)

Sometimes I'm holding my powerbook in my arm and I wish there was a way to control the mouse from there

You've read too much Slashdot if you dream of mousing while cuddling with your laptop.

Get a room you pervert!

Re:This is a joke, right? (3, Interesting)

Matthias Wiesmann (221411) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090395)

digital clock on laptops. I'd love to have an external LCD display showing the time, even when the machine's not on. hell, that'd even be useful on a desktop machine.
Basically, for laptops, this amounts to have a second small external LCD like some mobile phones have. I'm not sure that I need such a thing on my laptop, as I already have it in my mobile phone. For desktops, what I really would like is a small single LCD screen on the keyboard. This could display the time when the computer is turned off, or enable the keypad to be used as a calculator (some external USB keypads do that). When turned on, it would be convenient to be able to run a shell and attach it to this display.

Re:This is a joke, right? (4, Interesting)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090400)

I completely agree with you. Worst. Article. Ever.

That's a pretty broad claim to make. I liked this recent piece [slashdot.org] , a post by an anonymous high-schooler about how useless he thought floppies were, described as an "editorial". And there have been some completely [slashdot.org] false [slashdot.org] stories published without apparently anyone bothering to read the linked articles through. But, yes, the vapidity index for this one is pretty high.

Re:This is a joke, right? (5, Insightful)

lenulus (737004) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090424)

Better yet...

1.) Faster HD access (the real limiting factor in PC computing these days)
2.) More memory (e.g. Terabytes as opposed to gigabytes)
3.) Immediate start PCs (e.g. Press a button and they are on)
4.) Mulit-core chips which are readily available and cheap
5.) A printer which can print $20 dollar bills (my personal favorite).

Re:This is a joke, right? (1)

Donniedarkness (895066) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090445)

"2. digital clock on laptops. I'd love to have an external LCD display showing the time, even when the machine's not on. hell, that'd even be useful on a desktop machine." You know, you have a good point... why DON'T we have this? Hell, my cellphone has an external LCD. Also, you had a good point with the whole side-touchpad thing. If I were you, I'd patent that before Amazon does.

Re:This is a joke, right? (1)

KylePflug (898555) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090533)

Too late. Microsoft already has em coming. I forget when it was announced, but you'll be able to access (but not change) calendars, emails, contacts, music, etc.

Re:This is a joke, right? (1)

Eric604 (798298) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090465)

I bet he has also a swiss army knife, camara-phone and a calculator watch.

THIS is a joke, right? (1, Funny)

Inoshiro (71693) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090497)

"I'd love to have an external LCD display showing the time,"

Is that like a PIN number, being built on NT technology, or one of them ATM machines?

Re:This is a joke, right? (1)

xslf (10340) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090504)


4. how about an integrated mouse in a laptop? it could snap on/off and you could use it on the side, then just have the cord retract and it would re-attach to the machine.



How are you planning to deal with the right hand/left hand mouse issue? Make two models (one for lefties and one for righties, and hope the computer only has one user thrughout it's lifetime)? Have the left handed mouse user drag the cord all the way to the other side and use it there?

Aside from left/right hand issues, will that mouse replace the current pointing device? If so- how is one going to use it where you don't have much room for the mouse, like on the seat tray you get when you fly coach?

I dunno. I just never understood people who use mice with laptops. I guess they don't travel much with the laptop.

Re:This is a joke, right? (2, Interesting)

benjamindees (441808) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090517)

5. I say bring back the keyboard/CPU combo for small-footprint computing.

Keyboards are essentially disposable. CPUs aren't. In the non-IT-guy world, people treat computers like playschool toys.

Re:This is a joke, right? (4, Informative)

hacker (14635) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090519)

1. GPS built-in to laptops. So you can use mapping software more easily on the go.

Yet another feature for employers and others to use to track you and invade your privacy further. I can see uses for this (LoJack for laptops?), but I can see it being abused right out of the gate. "Sorry, in order for you to connect to the corporate LAN, your GPS needs to be enabled."

2. digital clock on laptops. I'd love to have an external LCD display showing the time, even when the machine's not on. hell, that'd even be useful on a desktop machine.

Someone has figured out how to write software that displays on the LCD touchpad of some of the recent laptops (a penguin of course). Perhaps you could use that... but if your lid is already open so you can see the touchpad, why not just have a clock on the screen? I use osd_clock and osd_cat to keep 6 different timezones in the corner of my screen, so I know what time it is where my colleagues are.

3. touchpad on the side of a laptop. Sometimes I'm holding my powerbook in my arm and I wish there was a way to control the mouse from there. One idea I had was like an inverted optical mouse with the laser sensor that would detect thumb movements. That'd even work for the side of a PDA for scrolling

4. how about an integrated mouse in a laptop? it could snap on/off and you could use it on the side, then just have the cord retract and it would re-attach to the machine.

The Toshiba Librettos had a very slick little mouse device on the lid of the laptop, which worked surprisingly well. You can see an image of it here [paulbristow.net] .

Basically your thumb sits on the grey "dot" on the lower-right, and your first finger and middle finger "pinch" the lid there, and where your fingers rest behind the lid, are your left and right mouse buttons. It was amazingly intuitive.

But back on point, IBM has a foldaway mouse that fits in their UltraBay slot. I Googled but couldn't find a good image of that.

The technology exists, but the motivation to produce it does not. Vendors are too busy producing garbage that they THINK we'll buy, instead of listening to our needs and producing what we WILL buy.

Re:This is a joke, right? (4, Insightful)

Christopher Bibbs (14) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090520)

2. digital clock on laptops

Seriously, I wish a fewer things had clocks on them. If you really have the urge to constantly know what time it is, buy a watch.

Re:This is a joke, right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090534)

I want real time satelight mappings for in game environments. Imagine driving around Newyork in realtime in a video game. I know the concept has a lot of issues... how do you past a game on top of realtime.. how do you track people's movements inside buidlings and on and on. Nothing that can't be worked around I'm sure :)

Re:This is a joke, right? (1)

Mr. KFM (831089) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090346)

I just bought a bootable AVIXE 512MB flash drive for 129RM ( about $40USD ) yesterday.

RM? Reich Marks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090469)

Ok, what is an RM?

Re:RM? Reich Marks? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090494)

About 40/129 USD, apparently.

Re:This is a joke, right? (1)

Chrispy1000000 the 2 (624021) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090414)

I'd like to see you encrypt that wireless power.

Come on, you mean you can't see 128-bit tesla conections? ; )

Re:This is a joke, right? (0, Redundant)

mwilli (725214) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090447)

I can't believe this is on Slashdot.

No kidding. This is quite easily the worst story I have ever seen on Slashdot. No wonder this guy posted anonymously!

Re:This is a joke, right? (1)

Daddio (171891) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090478)

OK it's all impossible and you know best right? Hah its guys like you that can't seem to move forward and basically say no to everything immediately before even thinking that keep the pc industry where it is. You are the kind of guys that give engineers bad names. Whats freaking wrong with a botle opener on the case? IF it was case mod with a cold cathode lit bottle opener for Bawlz you'd be stroking yourself over it right now.

Re:This is a joke, right? (5, Interesting)

iwadasn (742362) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090512)


How about a few of relevance....

1) P ?= NP
2) Memory protection through typesafety alone. Would give all computers a 30+% boost to performance if the security was handled by the compiler, and not the hardware.
3) IPv6, static IPs for everyone...
4) Diamond semiconductors. Smaller features than silicon (the carbon atoms are physically smaller), able to withstand immense temperatures, higher performance, more efficent...pretty much just better in every way.
5) Non volatile ram that doesn't burn out. Instant on computers, and more...

How's that for a top 5 list of things to do before 2025?

He's not a "just about every user" (4, Interesting)

GuitarNeophyte (636993) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090514)

I don't think just about everybody wants those things. I think, for the most part, "just about everybody" don't realize options in computers.

The average user doesn't realize that fans can be quieter, or that a computer even needs to run cooler.

The average user just says, "That's the computer." when looking at the case. They don't think of a way that it could be better in any way. Sure, slashdotters do, but "just about everybody" isn't one of us.

The average user doesn't know how to plug things in (I just tell people plug things into the hole that it fits in and then plug the speaker in the hole with a picture of a speaker next to it and then they get it on their own), but they don't think of wireless everything. I tell (middle age adult) coworkers that my computer has a wireless mouse and keyboard and they're very impressed. They don't think of extrapolating like that.

The average user doesn't know what a USB key is.

The average user doesn't know much about hardware inside the computer at all (my website, ChristianNerds.com [christiannerds.com] has a question and answer section, where they email me questions about computers and I try to answer them, and I get at least one person every week asking what a printer is... A Printer! "Um, it's the thing that prints out your stuff onto paper."). The average user doesn't know enough to know what else to want. They like faster and they like flashier graphics. That's about it. Oh, and music.

Luke

Dammit! (0, Offtopic)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090289)

Slashdotted before I could get to the second page. Crap.

Re:Dammit! (1)

Will2k_is_here (675262) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090313)

Tell me about it. Slashdotted off it's motherfucker. Anyone with a mirror, or at least the list 1-5?

Re:Dammit! (1)

cranos (592602) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090334)

Slashdotted off it's motherfucker

This makes no sense,. I must be too tired but this really makes no sense.

Re:Dammit! (1)

nickos (91443) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090415)

It was down before anyone posted any comments and even before MirrorDot [mirrordot.org] had a chance to cache it.

I wonder if their webmaster could have taken it down deliberately?

Distilled Version (1)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090290)

Before you seek inspiration, lets see what you'll get:

1) Quiet case fans
2) Cool cases
3) Wireless
4 & 5) Slashdotted by the time I got to them... but my guess is that they're equally... innovative and astounding... I guess.

Re:Distilled Version (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090330)

1) Quiet case fans
2) Cool cases
3) Wireless


Ooookkkaaayyy. Anyone who's shopped for a PC as of late knows that 2 is pretty easy to come by (even on Dell PCs) and 3 is pretty standard on laptops. 1 is included in all Macs, with the PowerMac being the ultimate quiet cooling solution. (It's a combination of lots of low RPM fans with heat pipes.)

Honestly, on the hardware side we're seeing plenty of innovation. It's the Operating System/Software side where things are crawling. I have my own thoughts [blogspot.com] on how to accomplish innovation in software, but there's a LOT more that can be done that isn't being addressed. Apple is the closest one to accomplishing massive innovation, but there's a lot more that can still be done.

Re:Distilled Version (1)

pdbogen (596723) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090399)

For the record, I think "Wireless" means everything wireless. Mouse, keyboard, monitor, power supply (...)

Re:Distilled Version (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090443)

For the record, I think "Wireless" means everything wireless. Mouse, keyboard, monitor, power supply (...)

Fair enough. We have that technology today with Bluetooth devices. The problem is that wireless isn't necessarily better. Wireless means batteries, which occasionaly need to be replaced or charged. Chargable batteries result in a lower lifespan for the device. Wireless also means interference, causing problems at weird times.

The IBM PC Jr came with a wireless keyboard. It was, to put it in a word, annoying. The batteries were always dying, and the IR alignment was always problematic. The latter doesn't apply with bluetooth, but many of the other problems still do.

Wireless is a feature that IMHO should always stay optional unless there is a very compelling reason to make it standard. In my experience, there is no compelling reason for wireless input devices on a desktop computer.

Re:Distilled Version (1)

pdbogen (596723) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090473)

Easy: Build a Tesla coil into the top of the computer.

And, er, tempest harden the CPU..

Re:Distilled Version (2, Interesting)

NitsujTPU (19263) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090495)

I think you mean EMP. Tempest has to do with listening in on the device. It's a spy technology.

Here's a link (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090331)

to a mirror showing the next generation computer [exonome.com] .

Server is toasted. (2, Insightful)

mOoZik (698544) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090291)

Does anyone have a mirror? I think it's important to first make the existing problems go away rather than jump head-first into groundbreaking technology without considering potential problems, though that's how it has always been. I'm referring to spyware, viruses, and general malware. Of course, fixing the operators will most likely do it! ;)

Re:Server is toasted. (1)

bigpat (158134) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090436)

"I think it's important to first make the existing problems go away rather than jump head-first into groundbreaking technology without considering potential problems, though that's how it has always been."

I hope you are joking... so you really think we should just stop making and buying computers until the bugs are worked out. Or is your theory not limited to computer technology and you wouldn't allow us to have cars until they can make one that can't crash or heat our houses until they can make a furnace that won't ever malfunction and cause a fire. Let me get that straight, no new technology until all problems with current technology are figured out and potential problems with new technology are considered and figured out?

I ask you, no beg you, to follow your own advice and please stop using your computer until all the bugs are worked out.

Please either mod the parent back down or funny, but "Insighful" comments like that give me the willies.

Re:Server is toasted. (1)

mOoZik (698544) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090523)

Would you rather have wireless everything than some means of reducing the number of or eliminating the bad crap that happens to computers with regular use?

Innovations the Industry Should Get To: (5, Funny)

VeryProfessional (805174) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090293)

Servers that survive /.ing...

Re:Innovations the Industry Should Get To: (1)

Mr. KFM (831089) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090315)

Servers that sur--

Did the article (0, Flamebait)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090307)

say anything about a non-Microsoft OS that we can use to do everything we can do on Windows?

Re:Did the article (2, Interesting)

ThaFooz (900535) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090401)

say anything about a non-Microsoft OS that we can use to do everything we can do on Windows?

Agreed. I know another ant-MS comment is kind of passe, but I feel like the lack of innovation isn't on the hardware side. The average users I meet today are exctatic with the transition to LCD monitors, high quality speakers, wireless mice & NICs, and light laptops with phenomanal battery life. But they're less then impressed with the improvements MS has made in the same time - and frequently complain that the user experience is worse with the sheer number of viruses/malware out there (sure, I know the leaps and bounds that win 95 to 2k was, but it doesn't feel different to the average joe).

I like my fedora desktop well enough, but I'm praying for an x86 release of OSX.

Innovation (5, Funny)

GGardner (97375) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090308)

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Re:Innovation (1)

Alien Being (18488) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090432)

He's using it in a new way.

The two words have been stoppinig new products (4, Insightful)

varmittang (849469) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090314)

Patents, and Lawyers.

Innovation thrives on freedom... (-1, Offtopic)

node 3 (115640) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090317)

People tend to innovate when they are free.

They aren't free when they are afraid, in debt, and ill.

Odd definition you have there (1)

DavidinAla (639952) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090463)

So if you take money from someone else to pay off a person's debt and steal money from other people to pay for the guy's health care, THAT is what freedom is? Were you a consultant for Orwell with that Newspeak thing? :-)

This guy is a whiny bastard... (4, Interesting)

MinutiaeMan (681498) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090319)

Okay, some things like the USB key to function as a verifier (to avoid needing to plug a disc in for games) are a good idea, but I really think that he's asking a bit too much, too fast. I'm not fully versed in the development of today's hardware, but I do know for a fact that miniaturization costs money. That's the big reason why laptops still cost much more than desktops. Additionally, the wireless data transfer standards are still not sufficiently fast to support purely wireless connections. Sure, there are certain examples, but these are specific (like building 802.11b/g cards into printers?), but in general, stuff like Bluetooth can't handle the kind of speeds that consumers demand these days. And wireless monitors for near-consumer prices? Forget it!

I don't fault this guy for dreaming -- that's the stuff innovation is made of -- but I do fault him for thinking that companies seem to owe him this technology for some reason...

(Note: Slashdotted already?)

Re:This guy is a whiny bastard... (1)

pdbogen (596723) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090348)

This is already used, in very expensive high-end software. When I worked for Texas A&M Civil Engineering we had one or two packages that required a USB dongle (used to be serial or parallel dongles) for them to run.

Re:This guy is a whiny bastard... (1)

asavage (548758) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090419)

Some Allen Bradley PLC Software works the same way.

OLED keyboards (1)

Dracos (107777) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090339)

Aw, somebody already did get to that [artlebedev.com] .

Re:OLED keyboards (1)

0b501373 (893388) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090390)

That farken rocks!!

a commercial operating system... for free (3, Interesting)

techrunner (897148) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090354)

Someone will soon offer an operating system for free. Not Linux, but something like the Mac. Most likely, Google is going to release their own operating system. It won't have more features than Microsoft Windows. It will however, be more stable, and similiar to the Mac which is based on a UNIX core.

Since it is free, Google won't need to protect a monopoly unlike some other companies. That will encourage further innovation

I've used Windows, Solaris, and Linux. But if google made an os, I would switch to that pretty quickly.

Re:a commercial operating system... for free (1)

HyperChicken (794660) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090385)

I've used Windows, Solaris, and Linux. But if google made an os, I would switch to that pretty quickly.

Yeah, you didn't drink the Google koolaid. I mean, you already pledged to switch to Google OS before it is even announced (and likely before they are even working on it).

Re:a commercial operating system... for free (4, Interesting)

bogie (31020) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090421)

"Most likely, Google is going to release their own operating system."

No they won't. I think when people say this they haven't really thought about what's involved in marketing a new OS. Google isn't stupid enough to get involved with pushing an OS to compete with Windows, and there is much more money to be made in managing data then putting out an OS that Dell and every other OEM won't touch with a ten foot pole. I know people love to guess on what Google will do next, but trust me it won't be a Free OS that compete with Windows and OSX.

btw everything you described already happened. Recently someone developed and put out a Commercial OS for Free that was kinda like a Mac, had less features than Windows, was more stable, and had a somewhat Unix-ish core. It was BEos. It was a total failure.

Re:a commercial operating system... for free (2, Informative)

joe90 (48497) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090481)

Most likely, Google is going to release their own operating system


Most likely not. More likely is a Google presentation layer sitting on top of an existing OS.

Operating systems don't matter to Google (2, Interesting)

flinxmeister (601654) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090536)

"Google is going to release their own operating system."

Why would they do that?

When you write software that runs on any operating system like Google does, you don't care about operating systems.

As applications become more abstracted from the OS by implementations of standards, operating systems matter less and less. Why do you think MS is so big on "embrace and extend"? They have to control the standards so they can funnel people into Windows.

Google is aimed squarely at the next chunk of value in computing: abstracted functionality. Let Apple and MS squabble over desktop searching. I can already search my Gmail from any of my several PCs. The remaining relevant applications won't be *too* far behind.

I got ripped off (4, Insightful)

Quick Sick Nick (822060) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090355)

"Why has there been such a sudden lack in innovation as of late? Are we in a technological drought?"

They are 100% right. I have a new dual core processor, with two 7800 GTX's running in SLI, 4 10,000 RPM Raptor Hard Drives in a RAID array running Windows x64 edition.

But the the real innovation these days is in quieter fans.

Re:I got ripped off (2, Interesting)

ShyGuy91284 (701108) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090438)

True. The only thing that lacks innovation these days terribly is batteries. They are working on fuel cells, but they are far from being as convenient, because they can't be easily "recharged".

You kids... (2, Funny)

msimm (580077) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090540)

All your fancy-smancy gismos. Why don't you overclock my abacus!

Innovation (4, Insightful)

mfloy (899187) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090356)

The key with innovation is that it usually doesn't come directly from companies, but rather academic and research based groups. Large companies merely buy and build upon interesting research work in order to create large profits.

Re:Innovation (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090374)

Excluding Bell Labs and XEROX, naturally.

Re:Innovation (1)

psykocrime (61037) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090454)

IBM research comes up with some stuff every now and again, as well.

Re:Innovation (1)

exp(pi*sqrt(163)) (613870) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090496)

I went for an interview at IBM a few years back. They told me at the interview "This is not a research company". IBM is a service company. The research is a tiny part of their work. (And I did get the job, if you were wondering.)

Re:Innovation (1)

HTL2001 (836298) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090434)

Parent is exactly right. R&D labs can create some optimizations, but original ideas come from outside sources

Re:Innovation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090544)

I personally work for a Large Company that's sinking *millions* into R&D to do something that nobody's done before, that's extremely innovative, and that eventually you'll probably enjoy the advantage of. Unfortunately, like all Large Companies, they have a policy stating that I can't discuss any details. Maybe that's why everyone thinks large companies aren't very innovative, they keep their mouths shut.

a better list (4, Insightful)

iggymanz (596061) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090359)

1. permanent read/write random-access storage that doesn't spin
2. ubiquitous ten-megabit wireless networking coast to coast
3. direct computer to brain link
4. batteries with 10 times existing capacity, or fuel cell that runs on common cheap organic liquid such as wood alchohol.
5. common-sense AI knowledgebase/engine to check spreadsheets, documents, databases for obvious errors.

Re:a better list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090426)

1. permanent read/write random-access storage that doesn't spin

Back-up tape slide!

Anyone (2, Funny)

Cytlid (95255) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090364)

get the feeling this guy smoked a little too much dope during a Jetsons marathon?

little guy (2, Informative)

sewagemaster (466124) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090367)

" but then again that's just an opinion from a little guy.".

no one's going to listen to you if you're a dick ;)

Things I'd like to see become prevalent (0, Redundant)

millennial (830897) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090378)

1. Large-capacity, solid-state hard drives
2. What about those HDDs that were being developed where the bits were "standing on end"?
3. Biometrics instead of passwords
4. Improvements in voice-recognition software
5. DECREASED prices on things that shouldn't be as expensive as they are. For example, why do floppy disks often cost ten times as much as CD-Rs?
6. Large-scale ad-hoc networking. It'd be really nice if you could create a mobile hotspot with a range that increases with every computer that connects. I suppose this would mean that we'd have to make wireless adapters that can operate in ad-hoc and client mode at the same time.
7. Quantum computers, dammit!

Re:Things I'd like to see become prevalent (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090423)

As to number 5:
A) Floppy disks cost more to make
B) Supply and demand

Re:Things I'd like to see become prevalent (1)

waffffffle (740489) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090455)

Why do you care that floppy disks cost so much? Why are you even using them? The floppy has been dead since 1998. And there is a good reason that the floppy costs more than the CD-R. Take a floppy apart and look at all the different pieces involved. The CD-R is one piece of plastic. It is far cheaper to produce.

faster load up (5, Insightful)

aendeuryu (844048) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090382)

I want faster load ups. I want a machine that turns on and boots instantaneously. I want games to start running the moment I double-click on them. I want my 2 GHz chip with its generation of software to perform quicker than my 400 MHz chip did with its generation of software.

Ok, I understand we can't all get what we want, so I want to know why what I want isn't happening.

How about? (2, Funny)

elgee (308600) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090394)

How about websites posted in slashdot that would not get slashdotted? Now that would be innovative.

Re:How about? (1)

KillerBob (217953) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090402)

I think by definition that's impossible. Hell, on the day of the London bombs, Reuters' website was slashdotted, so it happens to the best of us....

It wouldn't be hard, however, for the /. devs to put in code that automatically converts all links to coral cache. :)

Re:How about? (1)

kgruscho (801766) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090508)

/. has devs? They must do a lot of "innovating".

My idea for a good PC innovation... (2, Insightful)

ShyGuy91284 (701108) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090404)

If I was motivated, I'd patent this and make something of it, but too lazy. the Power and maybe data cables of computer cases should be integrated into the case. This is mostly due to my like of windows (The physical, not binary type. Linux all the way) and modding a case, and that too many wires uglify the inside of my case. I think it's a good idea. Just have contacts somehow built into the drive bays so that you can just plug a drive in, and it'll run without having to fiddle with wires.

Re:My idea for a good PC innovation... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090476)

Ever seen the inside of a PowerMac G5?

http://www.apple.com/powermac/design.html [apple.com]

5 inoovations (1)

ulfjens58 (779134) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090407)

1= flash start up ie no booting at all 2) Superior power access ratio compared to size of task ie start photoshop in a flash 3 more of the same

Slashdotted (2, Informative)

foo fighter (151863) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090417)

It's slashdotted, but here's my top three wishes:

1. PCs that finally boot from USB and FireWire.
2. PCs that can boot into target disk mode.
3. PCs that go to sleep and wake up instantly.

My Mac laptops have had this for many years -- a decade already? -- but I still can't find any PCs that have this standard. This is brain dead stuff that should be there but isn't. Come on PC manufacturers, catch up before you try and "innovate".

It was mainly satiracle! (5, Informative)

Dangerouslycheesy (900550) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090418)

Hey all, I'm the writer of the article and I just want to make a few things clear:

This list is just mainly things I personally have gripes with in the industry, not so much a "What's most important to do in the next 5 years" article.

I agree with you guys on the fact that there are many leaps and advancements in a lot of the technology sectors but I must say that in many ways, innovation and new ideas are not coming out like they used to.

It's great that they are building on the present technology but how many years do we expect them to re-tool the "same" thing over and over again until we demand something better and completely new?

Call my article bad or the "worst article ever" but again, this is just a playful list of things I personally would like to happen in the next 5 years and I would of included at least 10 more things but I'm a lazy bastard and I wrote the thing at nearly 3 A.M. before passing out on my desk.

Just...take it [the article] for what it is and try to honestly and truthfully discuss your ideas and wants for the future, because if no one talks about this sort of thing then things will just keep looking the same for the next decade without any real considerable change.

Should always be on the list (2, Interesting)

dbouius (88930) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090441)

A better mouse trap.

(For the mice with legs, and teath)

How about... (1)

Apathetic1 (631198) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090444)

Where's my desktop batteries? It'd be really nice to be able to count on my machine not droping because of a momentary power interruption. This is one reason I find myself using my laptop more and more.

Re:How about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090518)

It's called a UPS.

Re:How about... (1)

Xikteny (721781) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090524)

They already have those. They're called UPSs (Uninterruptible Power Supplies).

Re:How about... (1)

softends (886321) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090532)

Speaking of innovations, why do we even have power interruptions anymore? The electricity that runs through our neighborhoods should run on a better system than a series circuit.

The real innovation everyone wants: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090484)

HD-3D porn.

My real five (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090485)

1. Way faster bootup, application startup, shutdown
2. Better security, like a smart card, but better
3. Slashdot archives the web sites in the stories, ala the Wayback archive, geee, was that a smart idea or what?
4. Add on stuff that works like legos. Plug in a faster processor, or plug on another processor when you need more speed. Want more graphics capablilty? Plug on a graphics accelerator. None of this open the case and limited PCI slots, just keep plugging more on. Go buy a 40 Gig addon and plug it in, then go get another 100 Gig drive and add it on, just keep going. Soon we would see "I plugged in 3 Terabytes using extra support and SuperGlue"

5. An Internet that allowed segmentation. If I didn't care for porn, and didn't want my little kids exposed, set a flag in the firewall and everything classed porn can't get in. But if my kids wanted to browse the barney web site......

Can't read TFA... (1)

(H)elix1 (231155) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090490)

But I don't think so... Things are much better on the hardware front than they use to be. Forget the OS. The hardware alone is head and shoulders from where is was when I pieced together my first 286.

First off - No more bloody jumpers. Most of the current motherboards set the voltages, frequencies, and all the other stuff that use to require careful jumpering all over now is done via the BIOS. Way cool.

Secondly, the processors are stupendously faster than what they use to be. Just rebuilt a Sun 420 with 4x450mhz CPU, 4G of RAM, and some old 18G SCSI HHD. This thing went for stupid money a few years ago (like over 50k USD). Built a home system for me with 4G of RAM, RAID 0 SATA drives, and a 3800+ CPU for under a grand which runs circles around the Sun box. Getting ready to build a dual core Photoshop box for my bride in a couple months for under 2K.

Back in the day I use to take a razor to my IDE and SCSI cables to get better airflow. Now we have SATA ribbons that are fast enough to walk away from SCSI in a workstation config. Hey, they are hot swappable too! Did I mention cheap?

Onboard equipment is pretty nice these days. Dual gigabit Ethernet ports, sound, firewire, a mess of USB ports, 4-8 SATA ports with RAID 0,1, or 5... Getting hard to find an excuss to use the PCI/PCIe ports. (nature abhors a vacuum, however)

Innovation and Amazon... (1)

E IS mC(Square) (721736) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090492)

How can others innovate while Amazon has a patent on "Innovation" itself?!

Am I missing something? (2, Insightful)

paiute (550198) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090500)

There is a long list of PC features that you may want, but are you willing to pay for them?

How do you expect to see innovation in products which are commodities engaged in a race to the minimum price?

Microsoft MUST Be Destroyed First... (1)

Halvy (748070) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090515)


before innovation can make a comback and we begin to see this slowdown end.

How much more 'good' and spectaculare things would we have, if it wasn't for the Evil DragGoon the last 20 years?

And now with this big push by gates to totaly control our computers, intelectual property, software and thought of expression,.. I think many people and companies are just plain afraid to invest or let ideas out-of-the-bag, for fear that m$ and their henchman will swoop down to ruin it.

Linux is having serious problems, which seem to be mounting lately...and it should be VERY obvious as to the reasons and causes behind it..

However hope is NOWHERE near lost!!

gates may have alot of money and 'key' people behind him, and what.. 50,000 employees?

But we, 'the community', represent not only the Linux freaks, but quit a few on 'this-side' of the 'culture war' which is well under way around the whole earth.

We CAN make up for what we lack in money, with fortitude, wisdom, and above allll.. patience :)

-- The InterNet is a terrible things to waste.. Arrest Bill Gates and close down Microsoft immediately.

World Domination (2, Interesting)

SoupIsGood Food (1179) | more than 9 years ago | (#13090526)

If you look at the rate of progress throughout the '70s and '80's and the first half of the '90's in the personal computing industry, it seemed as if there was a new miracle on sale every month.

This is because there was intense competition between a number of personal computer and workstation and server vendors using an array of technologies and platforms.

Then, as smaller companies died off, instead of being replaced, thay were smothered outright by platforms seeking "world domination" - Linux is partly to blame, killoing the market for specialized server and workstation hardware, but really, most of the problem was and is Microsoft and Intel.

For a while, the Gaming industry bouyed the rate of innovation, but the game consoles are getting better and better, and the market for spiffy new peripherals for spiffy new games is slowly shrinking.

This isn't to say that there's nothing new under the sun. The computer industry outside the PC/Server market is berzerk with innovation at the moment: the next gen consoles, FPGA SOC's, 24 megapixel DSLRs and cheap 5mp digicams, HDTV solid-state digital camcorders, amazing new mobile phone technologies being rolled into smaller and sexier phones on almost a daily basis, PMP systems ranging from the simple and stylish iPod to HDTV DVR's.

It's just that the personal computing field and the server/workstation field has collapsed into singularity. You got your choice of Unix-derived OS's running GUI environments on top, running on the latest version of the bog-standard IBM PC Clone. Everything else has died off. No wonder it feels as if no more innovation is possible... of course new innovations are possible. It's just that the barrier to entry is now insurmountable.

So microprocessors to make cars and pacemakers go will be getting hot new tech, and cell phones will get smaller and easier to use and last hundreds of hours on a single charge, but your Linux workstation or iMac or Windows tablet, 5 years from now, will be featured and equipped exaclty as it is now. It might be marginally faster at doing what it already does... but it won't be doing anything new.

World Domination is never a good thing.

SoupIsGood Food

3D! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#13090530)

I want a real 3D display with a real 3D input device!

Of course I have no idea how the latter would have to look like or I'd have already patented it ... :}

Andreas
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