Technology news seems to be a bit interesting today.
If technology is the latest and greatest proof of the evolution of man, it only serves to prove that nothing really is new under the sun.
Man acts in an irrational and selfish manner against the fact and tide of all that is known and proven.
First up, texting.
Think it’s cheap? You have no idea HOW cheap. And how much the standard carriers want you to keep thinking it’s only so cheap.
The New York Times published a story showing just how cheap those text messages really are for the big 4 versus just how much they convince you is cheap.
I’m not for legislating our way out of this, government will only jump in and muck up the system. But I’m very much in favor of putting pressure on the companies to get them to charge more competitive rates for texting.
This article is also scary in that it is yet another “real problem, fake solution” kind of piece which is born from and feeds the very Big Brother mentality of government. So long as government is called in to fix every problem, the solutions will be market takeovers and the socialization of companies.
Remember the Amazon “1-click” patent? Apparently the patent office didn’t learn its lesson and has continued allowing senseless and pointless ‘process’ patents which seek to limit legitimate and normal ways of accomplishing things rather than protecting truly original design and innovation.
Apple has patented its ‘swipe’ gestures used on it’s touch screen systems such as the iPhone. HP has integrated similar gestures on its touchscreen laptops and computers for nearly a year now and will likely face significant penalties and/or litigation from Apple to discontinue its use on their home media center systems.
File previews are used by most mainstream internet browsers, Windows OS, Apple OS, Linux, Google Documents, and a host of modern user interfaces.
The previews usually display a small part of the contents of the file or files selected in order to aid selecting the correct file.
Their use is no great innovation and are accomplished so many ways there is no way to justly and honestly state that one person can patent and control the entire process.
And so mankind marches on blissfully secure in his own evolutionary progress and yet proving, over and over, he is no better nor worse than he ever has been. All other claims are fantasy and falacy, together.