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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

MrMickS Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (205 comments)

I used my Palm V and a Nokia 6130 all the time. It allowed me to keep track of expenses using a database, and sync them back to my office. It allowed me to keep track of my email, using the IrDA connection between the devices. It allowed me to reboot servers when needed from a restaurant using SSH. It allowed me to edit code remotely from another country, again using SSH.

I had a need and a use for my Palm. It wasn't a toy to me. I have a need for my current iPhone, though in many ways its not as flexible or capable as my Palm/Nokia combination was.

11 hours ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

MrMickS Bullsh*t (130 comments)

This is complete and utter rubbish. It may not be time now, but that doesn't mean that it won't happen. Media is converging, we are beginning to see a move away from traditional broadcasters towards creators dealing directly with the end users. It's going to take a little while before its possible, but it will happen.

The evidence? Youtube for one. The production values are increasing, more content providers are releasing via YouTube and surviving on the advertising revenue generated from there. WWE for another, they're in the process of going direct to customer, cutting out the middle man. More content providers will go this way once there is a reliable revenue stream.

If content providers go this way they will want their content to be available across all of these devices to maximise their reach. Perhaps it'll go the way of gaming, with the manufacturers paying for a small subset of exclusives initially but will that be sustainable in the long term? It's doubtful.

about two weeks ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

MrMickS Re:The Slide-to-Unlock Claim, for reference (408 comments)

So for something so obvious for people not to have come up with over a span of 10 years?

IMO the patentable part should be in the technique of the invention. Slide to unlock may have taken a while to apply... but actually implementing it the moment it was requested was within the capability of every programmer on the planet... all the way back to 1991, without notes, without assistance... just the requirement itself is enough to implement it.

Just a requirement? Ah, that's it then. Everything is possible, it just needs a requirement. Isn't that requirement someone coming up with the idea of what they want to do? Couldn't this be considered inventing it? You now see how a patentable idea comes about.

about two weeks ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

MrMickS Re:Except much of the time they're right... (408 comments)

Did you seriously see anything there that wasn't painfully obvious? All the video demonstrated to me is that Microsoft throws their money away. It struck me as a bureaucratic butt covering move that they hired her to go through these motions in the first place.

Hindsight is always 20:20. In fact the best ideas, those that become second nature, are often considered obvious after the event. The real question though is, if they were so obvious, why didn't someone else do it before?

about two weeks ago
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A New Robo-Soldier Will Test Chemical Warfare Suits

MrMickS Re:The cost of this program (29 comments)

I disagree, ensuring that your population doesn't starve is the proper role of government. However we've been trying to stop people starving in the same spots in the world for the last 40 years with charitable efforts. Its about time that we admitted that the current approach has failed. Instead its created a gravy train of NGO executive posts and kept people in a near starving position, all the while excusing the local government from fixing the problem in a vaguely racist manner. "They can't solve it themselves, they need our help".

There is a further argument that the actions of the NGOs, and developed government aid, undermines the local market preventing the poor in these countries from rising out of poverty and aid dependence. What price can you get for the grain you buy if much more is going to be shipped in for free by an NGO?

about two weeks ago
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A New Robo-Soldier Will Test Chemical Warfare Suits

MrMickS Re:Um. Who exactly is attacking? (29 comments)

Money makes the world go around. We've yet to reap the peace dividend that should have resulted from the end of the cold war. It turned out that finding other ways to employ those people that were making arms to combat the Soviet threat was too difficult for the politicians. Instead they have identified new threats so as to keep the arms business going.

That said the cost of this is minuscule compared with the UK maintaining its *independent* nuclear deterrent, though who we are deterring now I've no idea.

about two weeks ago
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A New Robo-Soldier Will Test Chemical Warfare Suits

MrMickS Re:British phone box in Summary? (29 comments)

That's not 100% true. The majority of phone boxes in cities have been replaced by see through ones, you still see the red phone box in rural areas. In some villages the red phone box is considered a listed building and cannot be removed, though some of them are no longer functioning phone boxes.

about two weeks ago
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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

MrMickS Re:what the hell? (144 comments)

I've not taken a flight in the last couple of years, between a number of European countries, that I've not used a QR code on my phone as the boarding pass. Given that its a QR code even if you take a snapshot of someone else's how are you going know what details to swap out? The other information there is for the user only, its not used by the scanner.

about two weeks ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

MrMickS Re:There should always be contingency plans.. (307 comments)

the first permanent colonies off-world absolutely need to be 100% successes, and by that I mean no deaths

We can't even guarantee that building football stadia here on Earth. Given that any colonisation would be taking place in a hostile environment your requirement absolutely rule out any attempt.

Given you believe that we have to start getting off the planet your requirements will have to be relaxed, in which case it becomes a question of what is the acceptable risk. There is an assumption being made in the negative comments that a one-way mission would be a short one that would involve a premature death. I'm not so sure that this is necessarily the case. A mission that involves no planned return is different from a suicide mission. If you sent a one way mission that relied on re-supply from Earth you would, in all likelihood, get an increase in funding to ensure that no one was responsible for the explorers dying due to lack of supply. Could you imagine the backlash against a politician that even suggested cutting off the supply lines?

about two weeks ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

MrMickS Re:reductive contextualization b/c of Mars ONE bs (307 comments)

I think the whole question is a misunderstanding of analysis, caused by the idiotic Mars ONE bullshit/hype.

Besides the exception of some kind of emergency mission to save the planet like in the Hollywood film Armageddon, there really is no reason so send anyone on a suicide mission.

It's a waste of resources to send a 'suicide mission'....space is the most expensive thing humans do...

Also, If we have the ability to travel to another planet, we have the ability to return or begin permanent colonization.

All "risk" is a question of engineering.

The Mars ONE hype has brought focus on things, one of which is why is space the most expensive thing that humans do. Its expensive because of the assumption that you have to engineer for every possibility imaginable. If you reduce the possibilities then the engineering simplifies and the cost reduces.

Its not necessarily a 'suicide mission' just a mission that would not involve a planned return to Earth. If such a mission has quantifiable aims and those are met wouldn't that stop it being a waste of resources, depending on the cost you place on a non-returning astronaut?

There have been many endeavours over history that people have undertaken knowing that there was little, or no, prospect of return. What is different about this being in space?

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

MrMickS Re:I think this is bullshit (1744 comments)

Free Speech took a shot to the head. Political Correctness bullshit seems to trump it, every damn time.

Frankly NOW I'm thinking of totally dumping Firefox.

Bullshit. Political correctness is referring to a gay man as "a person of alternate sexual proclivities". Political correctness is passing policies that mandate one fourth of your female workforce must be lesbians because one in four women have had a girl-girl experience.

This is a man who took a high-profile job and was outed as a bigot. A man who thinks that it's worth paying money to impose his opinions one where someone else sticks their dick. A man who doesn't believe that gay people are people. That's not rhetoric, that's the way it is. Being against gay marriage is almost always on the grounds that "marriage is a sacred bond between man and woman", directly indicating that any other coupling is wrong and bad, and that those who engage in such practices should be penalized by being denied the same rights hetero-married enjoy.

Modern, enlightened society caught up with this guy when he took a job with visibility. Sorry, but him and his cro-magnan-thinker buddies just aren't right for this kind of a job because they taint the brand they represent.

This is all about political correctness. It's lynching someone because his beliefs don't match those of the hive mind. What is the point of having the right to free speech if you are condemned for exercising it?

about two weeks ago
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Continued Rise In Autism Diagnoses Puzzles Researchers, Galvanizes Advocates

MrMickS Re:Shifting thresholds (558 comments)

The same thing happened with depression. In the old days, depression was virtually unheard of, aside from extreme cases of people constantly trying to take their own lives. Nowadays, everybody and their dog gets depressed at some point during the year, and prescribed medicine.

How does this get modded as insightful? People feeling depressed and clinical depression are two very different things. Its easy to laugh off and make glib comments. It doesn't make them true though.

When were these old days of which you speak? Winston Churchill, yes that one, suffered from depression which he called his "Black Dog". Greater access to healthcare, and better trained physicians, will always increased apparent incidence of mental conditions. Is it right that in previous times these people would suffer in silence?

about two weeks ago
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Google Glass Signs Deal With Ray Ban's Parent Company

MrMickS Re:Who likes wearing glasses? (125 comments)

I wear glasses to read, I'm wearing them now. I don't need to wear glasses for anything else yet. Casting my eyes around the office, over the glasses because they are distant, I can see a fair few people in glasses. So perhaps there is a market for glasses after all. Google Glass I can't see a use for though.

about three weeks ago
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How Steve Jobs Got the iPhone Into Japan

MrMickS Re:How Steve Jobs got iPhone to Japan. Real story. (104 comments)

As we all know, apple is mainly a marketing wonder

Speak a lie often enough and its accepted as the truth.

Apple is not, and never has been, mainly a marketing wonder. They have made good use of marketing but the success they've had is based on quality and usability rather than simply marketing. Check out the user satisfaction surveys of Apple users.

Yes phones in Japan were more feature rich than phones elsewhere when the iPhone was released but that was largely due to carrier limitations. I had a number of Nokia 'smartphones' whose facilities were crippled by my local carrier. Apple changed things partly by refusing to give the carriers the ability to cripple the iPhone.

about a month ago
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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

MrMickS Re:He will (377 comments)

Assange strikes me as someone that's lost in his own self importance. He's become more important than Wikileaks. This often happens to people placed in the spotlight. The reports of his actions in Sweden don't paint him in a very good light.

All that said is doesn't make any sense, other than flexing of muscles, for the Swedish Prosecutor not to call his bluff and interrogate him in the UK (or Ecuador as he is at the moment). Its just posturing and dick waving on behalf of the Prosecutor not to do it. If they have the interrogation in the Ecuadorian Embassy and then press charges the grounds for his asylum become more shaky. Just play out the scenario and let him hang himself.

about 2 months ago
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Assange's Lawyers: Follow Swedish Law, Interrogate Him In the UK

MrMickS Re:yeah (377 comments)

Hmmmm ... most legal systems have appeal processes, and the ability to lodge counter appeals with a higher court. I understand it happens in the US all the time. Why should there be a problem with the Italian justice system because following the conviction one court overturns it on appeal, but later another higher court rules that it shouldn't have been overturned? Isn't that the way the law should work, it gets tested in court until a final judgement is found?

If Knox was innocent then she would have nothing to fear from Italian justice. Unless, like most USians seem to, she doesn't trust any country outside of the US.

about 2 months ago
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11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger From Mobile Phone Transmissions

MrMickS Re:It doesn't matter. (180 comments)

There are still signs around the all of the pumps here banning use of a cell phone in a filling station. The current reasons is because they could cause a spark. Is there any evidence of this, or is it another feeling that's become true by repetition?

about 2 months ago
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11-Year UK Study Reports No Health Danger From Mobile Phone Transmissions

MrMickS Re:It doesn't matter. (180 comments)

The problem about not believing this sort of report is that there will always be some pseudo scientific journalism piece that will highlight a leukaemia cluster, or similar, near a phone mast. The fact that it doesn't happen around all, or a significant number, of phone masts won't make the piece. The conclusions will be incorrectly drawn that there is no smoke without fire and that the cause must be the phone mast, regardless of the fact there there are many other factors influencing these people and its likely to be something else.

A lot of the anti-vax in the UK was linked to a single, now discredited, study that was latched onto by a journalist eager to make a name for themselves with a scoop. The measles outbreak, and potential deaths, that it has led to are as much on their hands as they are on Andrew Wakefield who faked the evidence of the link.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

MrMickS Re:Here's the $64,000 question (2219 comments)

Sheesh ... its the $9,223,372,036,854,775,807 question, we're all 64 bit these days right?

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

MrMickS Re:I see that you have a 7-digit UID starting 2... (2219 comments)

Just because you don't like it, doesn't mean everyone has to agree with you. "Look at me. I have a lower number than you." Your point? I've been reading for many years and I like this site. If you don't like the new format, there are other news outlets for you to peruse. You sound like a Foxnews kinda gal.

Ooh, can I play?

I've been reading for years too and I don't like the new site. Specifically I don't like the commenting system.

The new site seems very Foxnews...

about 2 months ago

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MrMickS MrMickS writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Well I thought I'd been on Slashdot long enough to be bothered to start typing things in here.

I'm wondering whether being middle-aged has made me too reasonable. Fifteen years ago I was the BOFH that could reduce users to tears, now even my put down posts on Slashdot get modded to insightful. *sigh* what is the world coming to.

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