Re: Lazy Corporations... In reading this article, it's amazing that Kenya (a 3rd world country) is able to allow people to send money through a cell phone. In Europe, there are very little ATM/Debit machines, they use a chip on the credit card for purchases. In the U.S., there is an archaic system of sending money to each other. I wish I could send money to my mom or sisters in Florida via cell phone. I wouldn't have to deal with trying to send money and my bank (a credit union) telling me my sister's account does not allow transfer because it's locked out of their system.
said by rradina:I saw that as well, and they mentioned this is the ONLY country in the world that has a debt ceiling. Yes, I do think it should be eliminated. Once that's done, there wouldn't be this "holding our country hostage" nonsense with the left or right. I'm sure you've heard if this debt ceiling is not taken care of the world economy will go to pot (not an if).
Just last night I watched an opinion show that claimed we should get rid of our debt ceiling. Really? So have no limit and borrow as much as we want with impunity.
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said by rradina:Just imagine if all the science in that bad movie "Chain Reaction" where possible. in fact the plot(what little of it there was), pretty much covered that. A group trying to silence a method to clean supercheap energy.
Too Big To Fail -- That's certainly a great point. Sometimes I believe government gets in bed with large corporations to prevent innovation because if it happens too fast, millions of people would lose their jobs. Think about what would happen if a stable, non OPEC country discovered a few trillion barrels of oil and didn't care what its cheap prices did to the market? Suddenly we wouldn't care about the middle east (at least not for oil), the Canadian oil fields would shut down, the off shore oil rigs would close up shop and North Dakota would become a ghost town as fracking shut down. It would be incredibly disruptive. Of course that would never happen. BP, Exxon and the rest would do their best to lobby for import tariffs to equalize the country's price so to prevent disruption.
Need an example? The recent farm bill revision where the government was going to have to buy milk from farmers for $6.00/gallon (or some crazy price). Years ago it was passed to protect our farmers so that they could sell their milk at a price that covered their operating expenses. Say what?
I think if Oil was made obsolete rapidly over a short period of time the entire middle east would dissolve into civil wars.
This can actually bring internal conflicts in government too, The scientists at the national labs and NASA likely seek the push progress of technology full speed ahead. While the sponsors of our congress critters would not be happy if someone cracked the science to park a fusion reactor next to your air conditioner.
In a way we can see it in a small scale though, Entertainment being a legacy and old industry attempting to adapt to the constant advancement of the technology industry. And typically failing.
That Pure Play Devices link gave me chart overload Tried reading it, and tried and tried and tried.
To many charts, and not enough to the point.
Was the point that people are losing interest in devices that can only do one thing?
Sounds like a lot of charts to explain that water is wet.
I have a Nintendo DSi XL. It plays games great, has great dedicated controls, but the fact it has a camera doesn't really make me think it is more 'useful'. Heck it seems like they can put a camera in anything. It's a dumb idea to watch movies on one, and as a music player is sucks. The idea of web browsing with one is also idiotic.
I bought it to play games.
Over all, it plays games great, much like a real camera that only takes pictures, is likely the only device you actually really want to take pictures with if you really want a decent picture to begin with. Because I have taken pictures with non cameras, and it is not adequate.
But I doubt anyone is in a hurry to get a just game thing or a just pictures thing if they can get some pocket sized doodad that can be used to make a phone call, as well as be as large a screen as a decent game toy and possess the means to see a reasonably sized screen for web browsing.
I think the world will soon belong to the 7 inch device that can sit inside almost any means of carrying something and possess the means to make a phone call, or display a video or game screen and not require involved controls because it is touch surface capable.
As much as I love the Nintendo DSi XL for capable at it's task, the screen is juuuuuuust not large enough in the end. After playing for 15 minutes, my focus is mangled the moment I stop and try to read or see anything at normal viewing ranges.
I don't think a 10 inch screen is quite the world though, because while it is a great viewing size, it defies easy portaging in anything but a full sized piece of luggage. I recently came up against this wall when I realized my otherwise great Asus 10.1 screened tablet simply doesn't like purses. It's ok if I don't mind carrying around something the size of a laptop carry all, but, you might not want to carry that much of an item around.
I'm currently thinking something like the Nexus 7 is the real future.
Not much it won't do if it has the parts inside it. It's no PC and it won't best a real TV screen or produce great pictures, and the controls are likely inferior to a real hand held game device. But it is at least large enough it won't ruin your vision and it is not big enough that you will notice you are carrying it.