Buzz Out Loud 1212: No no no no no. No. No. (podcast)
On today's show, a perfectly innocent-sounding caller makes a terrifying suggestion, McAfee bricks a whole lot of computers all at once, including like 1,000 inside a hospital, and Dell (no, seriously, Dell) is apparently making some seriously drool-worthy phones. Rrrowwwrrr.
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Molly Wood was an executive editor at CNET, author of the Molly Rants blog, and host of the tech show, Always On. When she's not enraging fanboys of all stripes, she can be found offering tech opinions on CBS and elsewhere, and offering opinions on everything else to anyone who will listen.
Pablo for California may not quite understand Net Neutrality
Just heard this on the grape vine that Cisco are currently working on a 7″ tablet device which will run Android. I guess that puts paid to my own hopes for a Cisco buyout of Palm, although it’ll be interesting to see how the market takes to an enterprise focused tablet device.
I believe it’ll be primarily a communications device with audio/video/webex collaboration as the primary differentiators, so expect to see front facing camera, probably dual mics for noise cancellation and vpnless remote access.
No word yet on whether it’ll be 3/4g mobile wireless though.
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XXX the anonymous tipster
Recently much has been made of the iPad as a closed environment, and 2
points have been missed.
1) prior to the 80’s, computing consisted entirely of a “dumb”
terminal connected to a mainframe. It was great for the time, because
the structure kept the average user (without skills) from messing up
the network for everyone. Fast forward to today… Devices like the
iPad, and anything running Chrome OS replicate terminals connected to
“the cloud” which is the modern mainframe.
2) If you consider how the average user has traditionally used a full
computer, it has been through the use of apps such as Word etc. Most
people don’t have the skills to manage the admin duties they assume as
a computer owner. For these people, a closed system with a variety of
apps is perfect. It will do what they want, and they can’t screw it
up. Once people figure this out, they will flock to the iPad and
similar devices, leaving the real computers to the people who know
what they’re for.
I for one am one of the people who bought a DVD of “Downfall” as a
result of seeing one of the early parody videos a few years ago. I
found the acting performance compelling and did a bit of research to
find what movie it had come from, and then bought the DVD as it was
not available on Netflix at the time. I truly hope Constantin Films
comes to their senses about the huge disservice they’re doing
everyone, most of all themselves.