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Asteroid Impacts May Have Formed Life's Building Blocks

cshay Re:Didn't we do this experiment like 15 years ago? (46 comments)

Carl Sagan even had a chapter about it and a photo in the book Cosmos from 1980. That's where I first read about this as a boy.

about two weeks ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Forget keyboards. Voice is the future of input. (544 comments)

This fails for people who send emails for a living, can't bring their laptop everywhere, and are not in a private location situation to use voice to text.

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Physical keyboards make no sense anymore (544 comments)

Except ....your last sentence doesn't apply to the historical users of slide phones: People who send emails for a living. They may need that keyboard at night. Lets call them power users. The rise of the everyman using these phones means that the phone makers can ignore the power users and still make money.

I also do not agree with your reasons for why they are not produced - your suggestions have been refuted elsewhere in the comments - For examples, the keyboards have been very reliable and rarely fail.

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Of course people prefer them, but... (544 comments)

Younger people also do not use email for a living. They send short and sweet social messages by text or facebook.

The number of people who send email for a living is still the same, but the number of people who use the phone as a glorified web browser only has grown exponentially to the point that power users can now be ignored and a big profit still can be made.

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Is it worth the tradeoff? (544 comments)

Do you need to send emails for work? I suspect that this lack of understanding of why people like physical keyboards is that email is out of favor for social/casual users of the internet. They do phone activities by text or facebook. Short and sweet social messages.

Once you have to send work emails in situations where you do not have your laptop you would probably change your tune.

To answer your question - thicker and heavier (and even cooler) take a far backseat to the physical keyboard for people who send emails for a living.

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:no they dont (544 comments)

LOL. No capitalization whatsoever. Did you post this from your touchscreen phone where the shift key is a PITA?

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Idiot (544 comments)

The Enact is not a world phone like Droid 4 was. If you need a slider because you send business emails, there's a decent chance you will find yourself in foreign countries.

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Sorry to tell you... (544 comments)

Phones can be configured such that the email looks normal.

Again, assuming you have a job that requires you to occasionally email customers while on the go..... You already have a smartphone. Why not use it with a physical keyboard instead of carrying around a laptop?

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Sorry to tell you... (544 comments)

>A couple of paragraphs is a "significant amount[s] of typing" for you?

Yes, it is enough typing that I would want a physical keyboard. It's not just one email either.

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Very out of date info there (544 comments)

Those websites are way out of date. The Droid 4 is no longer available on Verizon and that is just one example.

Many of those kind of websites update the "change date" to attract google page rank, even when the content has not changed in years.

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Phone Scoop's Phone Finder (544 comments)

I put into that website "Verizon", "Available in US", "Slider" and "World Roaming".

Nada.

These were the capabilities of the Droid 4.

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:I agree. (544 comments)

Buy a new in box Droid 4 on eBay asap. I figure you have another year before they are hard to find.

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:My own experience (544 comments)

Never had a problem with the keyboards with any of the droid sliders I have owned (currently have a Droid 4).

A big issue, which you dismiss, is that you lose half of the screen real estate to the keyboard, which can be a big pain.

Finally, the pain of entering non-standard text (or even capitalization) seems to have led to very poorly written posts on various message boards (no capitalization, or lack of symbols used)

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:They don't really want them. (544 comments)

As an owner of each one of the Droid sliders, I will say that the only parts that went bad were the on off buttons and the batteries.

Never had a single problem with the keyboards. Awesome devices. (Still on a Droid 4 and about to buy a backup from eBay)

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Sorry to tell you... (544 comments)

>Honestly if you're using the phone for significant amounts of typing anyway you're doing it wrong.

Care to explain in more detail why you think that? Only a phone has the form factor to fit in my pants pocket. Sometimes when I only have my phone with me, I need to compose a several paragraph email for work.

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Re:Sorry to tell you... (544 comments)

It's not that there is "no market", it is that the "power user" slice of the pie (people who compose a lot of emails) has a tiny percentage now that smartphones are in every single household.

One of the sad consequences of technology going mainstream. The power users can be ignored.

about 5 months ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

cshay Your survey self selected for keyboard users (544 comments)

We slide out keyboard users are a desperate bunch. Do some googling.. there's even a petition begging verizon to sell one after the demise of the Droid series.

But the reality is likely that only a small subset of professionals need to write long emails with their phones. The vast majority of cell phone users send simple text messages and not much else.

It's the sad consequence of technology going extremely mainstream - we power users are but a drop in the bucket $$ wise.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

cshay Harpers, New Yorker, Sunset. Not the Economist (285 comments)

All of those are a pleasure to read.

I knew some people would call out the Economist, and I used to subscribe to it some years back - but unfortunately they dumbed it down quite a bit several years ago in a push to increase their subscription base... and it looks like they succeeded.

about 8 months ago
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Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

cshay Creator of "Big Top" on original IBM PC (232 comments)

I remember being blown away by this game... basically a Donkey Kong style game but on the original IBM PC hardware. I read the review in PC Magazine and asked for it for my 14th birthday... I couldn't believe that things like swinging and jumping from swinging ropes while 4 other AI sprites chased me around was even possible on that original PC.

He even showed off a little by full screen scrolling in between levels.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...

about 9 months ago

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