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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
     (5620.21)
    @Ian_M

    Well what did you expect? It's a Microsoft... thing.

    Most people don't want endless hours of customization and finaggling to get things just... perfect... they just want things to turn on and work. That's why Linux has floundered on the fringes for a long time and is just now starting to gain mainstream popularity, because Ubuntu has gotten to the point where it just works (for the most part, video and network drivers notwithstanding). Integration only works with a codified specification set, and that's the last thing open source gives you.

    Personally, I found the whole thing to be an interesting idea for the relatively near future, but I still see it being a long way off to reach the level of... integration/intrusion that is in that video. It's still a little to Tom-Cruise-in-Minority-Report, I think.
    • CommentAuthorDee_Noir
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2009
     (5620.22)
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    That was such a cool video ever. Just from a technical polished perspective, as a piece of film. Budget was definitely not an issue. I wonder how much carbon they burned in rendering those special effects!
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      CommentAuthorjdack
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2009
     (5620.23)
    Cellphones and 3g/evdo/etc enabled iPod Touch like devices will take over eventually.

    Just as laptops have now mostly eclipsed desktops in the consumer market (something I predicted five years ago), eventually your average joe computer owner will do everything on a phone. Phones will have greater storage, faster cellular 'net connectivity, will work with external displays and keyboards. People will cancel home cable and DSL connections and opt for adding more bandwidth to their cellphone plans.

    Basically it'll be sorta like Japan already is, hardly anyone there uses computers in the consumer field.

    The hardcore of us will still have computers as we know them, more advanced maybe but basically the same paradigm we've been using since the late 70's. And I'm sure Pixar won't be rendering CG films on a phone any time soon.

    But for your average e-mailing facebooking twittering joe schmoe, it's gonna be all about the mobile phones.