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  • HoloLens UI is a better approach than GG.

    , LaBar wrote

    Voice as a UI has yet to take hold. We still don't like talking to our devices. The tech is not solid and it's just easier to hit a button. In time I think it will be the default UI, but how long?

    *snip*

    Forever, probably: there are basic privacy problems that make voice UIs unacceptable in public and there aren't practical solutions to those (unless you would consider learning Klingon, or Elvish).

  • HoloLens

    , Ian2 wrote

    *snip*

    So it probably feels more like wearing a hat than a pair of glasses?

    Not just any hat. Extra points to the team for the restraint shown in not naming it the HaloLens.

  • Interesting Items from CES

    , Ian2 wrote

    Looks like the \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\usb \stick PC's are already on sale in the UK, then I saw this....

    A Full PC inside a mouse.  Sweet, if it has an i7 with 16GB ...

    http://gadgetshow.channel5.com/news/mouse-box-entire-pc-mouse

    What are you supposed to do for the keyboard, though? It's hard to go unnoticed when there are two cables protruding out of your mouse...

    Seriously, bonus points for thinking out of the box, but I cannot think of any reasonable situation where a smartphone wouldn't be more convenient.

  • Google Surface

    If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, that's a whole lot of flattery.

  • Tom Warren (The Verge) and Ed Bott (zdnet) give up on WP. msft's karma??

    , fanbaby wrote

    Soon using patents will be all that's left

    Hmm... so, Microsoft wields its patents against Android OEMs. The laws of karma make two pundits ditch their WP and get themselves *drumroll* an iPhone 6.

  • Microsoft patent strategy backfires

    , fanbaby wrote

    MS threatened to sue B&N over patents. B&N says eff you and also paints in the media a picture of an ugly bully corporation. In the last minute a trial is averted and MS and B&N play buddies, Microsoft agree to invest a few hundred mills in some sort of a "joint venture". 

    Ah, yes, this has nothing at all to do with patents. Sure, Microsoft planed for years to get into a partnership with B&N, had nothing to do with the impending trial.

    Me and my conspiracy theories.

    Any developer who champions patents is a lower class developer.

    Almost correct. Except that, according to Ars, B&N just bought back its stocks from Microsoft, so that the money simply went back where it came from. Sorry for the bad news.

  • Censorship

    , TheJoe wrote

    @Blue Ink:I don't think hate speech is illegal. 

    I just meant "illegal" with respect to app store policies, but as a matter of fact yes, hate speech happens to be illegal in a lot of countries. Even in the US, hate speech is not always covered by the First Amendment; I'm not a lawyer, but I suspect that that game does not qualify for protection.

  • Censorship

    @TheJoe: That's not a matter of politically correctness, that's a prime example of hate speech.

    I don't know which set of rules you are proposing, but I do hope that this kind of stuff stays illegal.

  • Solar energy technology advancement

    , ScanIAm wrote

    @JohnAskew: I would think some kind of switch technology could be used to disrupt the flow of electrons to the grid...

    I am not sure I follow; how would your switch force people to buy energy from the grid?

    This kind of last-ditch-excuse bullsh*t is a sure sign that fossil fuel folks are scared.  No matter what your opinion is of fossil fuels usage might be, it is not an unlimited resource and we are squandering what we have simply because it's profitable for some.  Even if we weren't mucking with the climate, this stuff won't last forever.  I've heard predictions of 100 years of oil and 500 years of coal.  So what happens in 2515?

    Most humans are dum-dums.

    Maybe... but does it make sense for us to worry? At present speed, 100 years of technology is an abyss, 500 are just unthinkable. Try to imagine Cort├Ęs, Columbus, Da Vinci and Ivan the Terrible debating how to use their technology to save us people of the XXI century from some disaster they predicted. Aren't they cute?

    I'm not saying we shouldn't take good care of the environment; just that we should never forget that our children and grandchildren will know a lot more than we do.

  • Does this means Nokia won't be suing android makers?

    @fanbaby: I don't see why you are so optimistic.

    Android manufacturers are still Nokia's competitors and battling for the bigger slice of the pie. If anything, I would expect a more aggressive stance.

    The only possible good news on the silly patent litigation front is that Microsoft may not be able to assert its Android patents against Nokia, but that's not much. We'll see.