Re: Notifications (Score: 1)

by in Which features are the most important? on 2014-03-18 04:03 (#MX)

Yeah. I can't get from my comment to the story or thread where the comment was posted.

Leave the search to Google et all- just format the site so that searching is easier with those engines. For example the current format of stories with the line "on YYYY-mm-dd" is likely to work much better than Slashdot's when searching for stories in the past, but could be improved so that story metadata is not confused with comment metadata.

Hospital bed (Score: 2, Funny)

by in What do you use for an ergonomic workstation? on 2014-03-17 18:48 (#MJ)

If you're really going to spend so many hours seated/reclined how about a decent hospital bed with a special air mattress to reduce bed sores? Otherwise you really should get up and walk about regularly ;).

By the way, I find it somewhat interesting how we have been building chairs for thousands of years and yet office chairs are mostly either super expensive or crap (or in some cases both). Many can barely last longer than 7200rpm HDDs which are cheaper, have far longer and better warranties. OK so HDDs don't contain as much metal but have you seen what some charge for a _good_ office chair?

Re: Mainframe / thin client model? (Score: 1)

by in Corporate World excited about desktops in the cloud on 2014-03-04 06:49 (#97)

Regarding the cycle, modern smartphones are already more powerful than mainframes of ancient times, and they don't look like they will be getting less powerful so it's more a matter of how we use them.

As long as we are constrained by the speed of light, latency can be an issue, connectivity is also a problem so people are going to want a computer+data with them.

Until brain-computer interfaces become much better I think there'll be a market for PCs (whether laptops or desktops) - since they can be a lot more powerful and capable. Smartphones on the other hand might lose significant share to wearables once the latter start augmenting people in many ways a phone can't. Telekinesis/telepathy/eidetic memory/video-audio recognition would be more seamless with a wearable than a phone- it's the difference between someone seemingly doing autistic savant/magical stuff and someone using a phone to do them.

But central servers still aren't going to go away either - search, etc. Maybe the Tor chat thing will start mass adoption of "P2P" messaging and other stuff. Given the slow adoption of IPv6 I doubt Tor will scale to billions of users and remain "decentralized"- the NSA may run the mega/giganodes ;).