What Does HP Know About webOS Printers That We Don't?
Re:It could be a leverage point
by Xest on 08:15 AM November 23rd, 2011 (#38147870)
There's more to it than this, I have one of these printers and don't use it very often, however last night I was sat playing BF3 and notice something out the corner of my eye. The thing had switched itself on and it's front end on the tablet thing was staring at me with the blue light on the printer flashing, as if it was trying to communicate with me, as if it felt the need to make me acknowledge it's presence. I suspect HP does know something we don't know about WebOS, and that's that it is sentient. HP understands that if it doesn't retain a close relationship now, that when these things start to learn to do other things, like walk, and weild machine guns, then it risks suffering the same kind of enslavement as the rest of us. Me? I'm not too worried, I said "there there" to my printer in a calm voice, fed it some paper, and said "time to sleep" before gently turning it off. I hope this will be enough, that if I'm kind to it now, it will spare me when the day comes.
Lately, Comcast has been depositing nearly 100% of the checks that I have sent to them. If they continue to cash my checks at this rate, I will be force to throttle back the check writing to 50% of the invoice amount. During times of peak demand of my money, it is only fair to other utility providers who also require a portion of this limited resource. With throttling in place, which should only affect the top 1% of my creditors, everyone can continue to enjoy “unlimited” payments.
by Anonymous Coward on 07:17 PM November 13th, 2011 (#38044418)
protecting companies and institutions in the US from having to fork over more than a nominal amount (let’s say $10/yr) to reserve a domain based on their own name, provided that they never back it with content.
What if ICANN doesn’t play ball? Well, the legislation should then direct US-based ISP’s to block all .xxx traffic.
Re:there should be legislation
by enoz (1181117) on 07:59 PM November 13th, 2011 (#38044652)
Subsidising .xxx domain names to protect Americans from the foreign porn invasion terrorists. I’d love to see the President announce this with a straight face.
It’s something of a sobering wake up call which is happening more and more often these days. We’re becoming addicted to Cloud Computing; a concept which has a huge weakness in that it is heavily dependent on servers owned by companies which often prove to be unreliable.
Barring a sudden attack of competence from HP or a sale to a better company, webOS appears to be the latest cloud platform on the verge of being abandoned by its corporate master. If and when that happens things are going to get very hard for webOS users because webOS devices are heavily dependent on cloud services. They need HP’s servers for the App Catalog and for the Synergy synchronization system. And while webosinternals has worked hard to provide a “survival kit” for webOS hardware owners; this is very much a by geeks for geeks solution which most users will likely never use.
And it’s a shame because webOS has always had great advantages over other mobile platforms. More powerful than iOS and more intuitive than Android; webOS was probably the most most elegant mobile operating system ever created.
WebOS powers the last products put out by Palm which once dominated the mobile PDA and smartphone market with PalmOS. Ironically enough ancient PalmOS phones and PDAs are likely to outlast webOS devices since they don’t require any activation to be used. Even an unactivated PalmOS phone can serve as a powerful electronic organizer and modest, if outdated computer. An unactivated webOS phone or tablet by contrast is a rock - specifically a smooth, polished river stone. And therein lies the tyranny of the Cloud. Even as our gadgets become more connected and more powerful, they are less capable of serving as standalone computers. And that saddens me.