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Comment Re:Where the pessimism comes from. (Score 2) 191

Imagine a reader in 1940 reading a science fiction story which accurately predicted 2014. The idea that there would be women working who aren't just trolling for husbands would strike him as bizarre and not very credible.

1920 maybe. By 1940 women were doing factory work building planes for the war effort. Hell Google WAFFs. Have a look at the video of Queen Elisabeth changing a land rover tire....

An openly transgendered character who wasn't immediately arrested or put into a mental hospital would be beyond belief.

Google "Molly House" Transgender was around in Victorian times.

I'm not saying you are wrong per-say. But almost all of the things you quote, if you went back a bit further would be considered normal. A bit further again and are considered wrong.

Comment Re:Does it matter? (Score 1) 433

I read that the issue was actually with battery size/life.... Rather than having the displays.

Smaller form factor brings a smaller volume to fit the battery in. Retina needs a *much* bigger battery, so you either drop the run time, or the display. Apple wanted a consistent run time across tablets.....

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