My hovercraft is full of eels. Would you like to come back to my place bouncy-bouncy?
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Same story different decade....
I was the manager for Virtual Reality headsets for IBM in 1995 - the actual hardware was produced by a small UK company called Virtuality. It was well ahead of its time (problem #1). It started with game experiences but aspired to professional ones of which there were many one-offs (problem #2 - you don't need many headsets for the professional ones). It had 6D tracking (x,y,z, yaw, pitch, roll), it had stereoscopic directional sound and adjustable vision focus, and it didn't look like someone glued a badly made diving mask to your head. Problem #3 configuration for a stable experience based on the electromagnetic source was difficult. Problem #4 it was difficult to keep the engineers in check who kept developing newer and better versions before you had made any profit on the last version. Problem #5 (the worst) - little Jimmy spends all his time in virtual worlds and now needs glasses (he would have anyway) - lawyers salivate, class action lawsuits! OK back in the day the graphics were sub-VGA (but OK given it was in your face), that one is solved these days - back then it took 6 RISC chips glued to a PC card. Problem #6 - experience developers were unfamiliar with the medium, many were used to first person shooter linear experiences, they didn't understand that if you were not looking in the right direction it didn't happen. Most of these problems still exist, add to it the problems of privacy and what happens in the "metaverse".
Re: Lessons are fine
That's done with a "skin" software layer on top of the hardware and Android called EMUI (previously Emotion UI). The differences between UIs are becoming less and less anyway, yes it makes it easier for your customers to decant to another supplier, but also easier for them to decant to yours - the limitations only being the App set you use being supported. However if you have opted into the whole iHead world you are not likely to step outside the box anyway.
Always a fan....
When I worked for IBM and went to Huawei central in Shenzhen for a project, there was a particular engineering building on the campus... when a new iThingy came out they would pull it apart - they were not so much interested in the functionality as in the springs and cogs - who had made the parts, how they were put together, how much had the assembly cost... basically looking for lessons that could be learned.
I spoke to one of the VPs in the consumer business he said "we don't want to copy the Apple product, we want to make one that is better at lower cost".
Interesting stuff. BTW there were 25 IBM consultants working with them at the time - everything from product development processes to the finance office - the US does not like to admit how much of a hand it has had in creating the company.
(p.s. and please no gratuitous downvotes for discussing Huawei or China).
Oh my giddy aunt
Huawei was selling 5G stuff to the west (and Africa) before all this stuff happened. Anyway, nothing like a good memory probing (I believe they experimented with this on a few politicians but didn't find anything... to probe), maybe they will probe other bits as well.
p.s. no gratuitous downvotes just for mentioning China or Huawei please - after all the article started it.
Generally it is just from your drop-off point to the check-in desk, and through a busy terminal.
It will have to travel folded so that double capacity is only half usable.
Too big for hand baggage so would have to be checked in - ummm Lithium batteries.
Where do I put my carry-on bag?
There went your luggage allowance anyway.
Should be fun at security.
Seems pretty impractical for an airport flight.
I suppose you might take it on a train.
Re: in a 3-3 economy class configuration.
Maybe British Airways can bring back the flight from London (City) to New York that was using an A319 which was entirely Business Class - that one had to make a stop in Shannon to top up the fuel tanks (but people cleared US immigration there) but this could do it in one hop.
Re: Umm. Mainframe?
System/38 next gen replacement manufactured out of Rochester Minnesota - from its looks the world's most intelligent filing cabinet. Originally codenamed Silverlake after the pond in Rochester fed by the outfall of the local power plant which meant it didn't freeze over in the -gazillion degrees winter weather, so attracted a megabundle of geese (hence also known by the codename goose-crap).
Putting an AI lable on things these days increases your valuation/share price. Not that most people can discriminate this as opposed to something that is machine learning or data science. Perhaps I can insert a few rented speccy teens into the product processes and claim it is AI (vaguely more justifiable). The ability to not discriminate the "generative" (read regurgitative) stuff from proper AI, such as used in medical diagnostics, is hurting those really beneficial uses as countries regulate the former. Still, if it increases your share price and investor return I don't think companies give a flying f***.
Re: Life's history
Well if Mr Einstein's theories on not being able to exceed the speed of light hold up then it takes a f*** long time to get anywhere in the neighbourhood, even assuming you can accelerate to near that speed in any reasonable time without becoming goo on the rear wall - so not surprising nothing is knocking on the door. There may be theoretical ways to get around that (space folding etc.) but if so then either there is a general rule to not interfere with evolving civilisations, or we are completely boring.
Re: Well, duh..
Agreed - it will be in the small print that no-one reads (just like privacy policies.... I have read and understood <tick> <click>).
I have come across both bad and reasonable examples in my time as an IT consultant.... the UK Bank that monitored call centre employees to see if they were wasting time at their desk instead of handling calls, and even had a badge lock on the toilets (washrooms) to monitor how often they were using them. A more reasonable one was a pharmacy that was dispensing nuclear medicine for hospitals... monitoring safe handling practices was for the good of both employer and employee.
I have to say...
The first time I worked at IBM I learned IBM CEs were the best... they were excellent at problem solving in totally whacky situations.
With ref to the situation described, best I came to was a similar piece of old iron was removed from an office block in the service lift... fitting in service lift... no problem. The exit was in the car park from where it would be lugged away.... only problem the building had recently built a system of bollards around the car park lift entrance (for collision safety or something) - would it fit past them? of course not. After consideration of getting in a big hoist they just decided to disassemble it where it was.
Pick the right tool for the job
It's not that different from my Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga. I rarely use the detachable keyboard except when travelling and seated at a desk. For "in-travel" I use the screen keyboard or find a level surface (ha). For my in-my-office use I have a separate mechanical keyboard mouse etc. (and it drives 3 hi res monitors besides itself). I expect the dynamics of this thing are the same. Yes, trying to use that with the flappy thing on your lap just isn't going to work - wrong thing for the use case - get a top-end ultra light robust laptop instead.