Re: in 10, 15 or 20 years' time." That's not dim. I for one wouldn't bet against him being right.
I'm pretty well accustomed to the wearing of shoes, but I'd take a dim view of a judge deciding that I couldn't leave the house without them.
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At 30 something, I found them to be pretty poor (whilst appreciating that, as an adult, I wasn't really the target audience). Now that I'm approaching 40, I get to endure the dulcet tones of Stephen Fry as he works his way through each overwrought ending and exposition dump, whilst I drive the family on days out.
I got my daughter a Wileyfox that was promptly bricked by the first update it installed. Replaced it, same thing happened. Wileyfox's oh-so-helpful suggestion was that I send it back to Amazon for a refund. Shame, really, as it was a nice phone when it worked, but I won't be buying from them again.
I can't see 1Mb/s cutting it when I want to watch Netflix (preferably in HD, as that's what I'm paying for), and the kids all have YouTube running. Tiered pricing probably makes sense, although I'm all for simplicity and so would quite like to see everyone getting the best possible service for a fair price - I'd be a bit miffed if I switched to a better gas deal and got less calorific gas as a consequence!
(plus a deal with Valve to release a bundle of classic games), or something Android based (in a wooden case, with a clutch of classic games)? Complemented, in either scenario, by an awful joystick that's no good for playing anything that isn't in the "Atari Classics" bundle.
That's a noble enough sentiment, I suppose (if you don't value universal human rights all that highly), but it quickly falls apart once you consider that these proposals will impact the privacy of everyone.
Good thing we only ever elect the best and brightest to political office, so I'm sure the powers that be will arrive at a satisfactory solution.
The data used to train the AI should have been fully anonymised, so alerting patients that the machine has identified them as requiring treatment should never have been an option. Once the system has proven itself on anonymous data, then it can be fed the identifiable data providing the patients involved have consented to this use of their data.
Maybe so, but that's the world in which we live. Others have tried and failed, it's no surprise that Blackberry have admitted defeat in the OS arena.
The third option on the desktop is pretty mature, has a healthy app ecosystem, and you can fudge Windows applications onto it if needs be - there is no equivalent OS for phones . Blackberry tried having their own OS that also runs Android applications, but that didn't go so well, and all other efforts have failed, so you can't blame them for throwing in the towel.
Canonical look to be the best hope for getting an alternative phone OS off the ground, but overcoming Android's market dominance is going to be quite the feat.
I think the problem is that too many people don't vary their diet much beyond protein/starch combinations. A balanced diet is always preferable, but for most people, that probably means eating more fruit/veg, hence all the health campaigns that focus on "getting your (x) a day".
I was going to downvote this, as my Kodi library is entirely full of rips of DVDs/Blu-Rays that I own, but then I remembered what a ballache it is ripping a Blu-Ray (and the occasional Disney DVD, that confuses Handbrake), so I'll be upvoting instead.
That would be abusing their position as a monopoly, the same thing that Microsoft got slapped over when it came to web browsers. I'd imagine that Google get accused of this whenever they add a new service, as they really are the leading search provider (China and Russia notwithstanding) and so in a prime position to drive out the competition from whichever market they choose to stick their nose into.
I doubt there'll be many tears shed over this.
That said, I can't say I'm particularly happy about the phone market shrinking to just Google v Apple, but then maybe this will be just the push that's been needed for a third OS option to gain some traction?
I've long been wanting a return to cartridges - both the Wii and the WiiU take an age to load things from disc (not to mention that our Mario Kart 8 disc became unreadable for no apparent reason - cartridges used to take a beating and keep on working forever, so far as I could tell).
Mind you, the way games work these days, I expect the cartridge will be little more than a key to unlock the relevant download to the (woefully small) internal SSD.
BT salesman turned up at my door, telling me that they were rolling out Infinity in our area, so I signed up. Got a phone call about a week later to tell me that, in reality, they weren't rolling out Infinity in our area for a couple of years, at least.
Incompetent but honest, I suppose.
I was pleased to find that both Amazon and Netflix (and YouTube) are still working on the Wii, which came in handy after the Netflix app on my TV packed up. The Amazon app (still branded as LoveFilm!) on the Wii is quite a bit more reliable than the version found on my Sony Bluray player, too (Netflix/iPlayer/YouTube are all long gone from that device).
A pity the BBC killed off the iPlayer for the Wii (I notice the WiiU version is on the way out, too), as that would have made the Wii quite a viable candidate for resident "smart" device for the TV.
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