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I agree this article is ridiculous - to we rather well informed people at least.

I've found that most people will believe this kind of stuff because that's what the media says. Also most people don't use their devices for the same thing us enthusiasts do. I'm referring to the iPad bit in the article - what do people do on those? Browse internet, watch movies/videos, listen to some music, look at pictures, maybe some touch games - minus the touch bit, that's what people do on regular desktops and laptops, and don't realise quite how much more you can actually do on these proper computers. Which is why they falsely say that the iPad is as powerful as a laptop - at what they are made for.

On the cameras part, thanks to the media, people believe megapixels = quality. For example at my school, one of the guys was raving about this phone that took some massive megapixel photo - can't remember exactly how much but I think it was about 10MP. I told him that a decent point-and-shoot 6MP camera will take better photos than the phone, and he refused to believe me because, like many people think these days, megapixels = better. That is why point-and-shoot cameras MAY die - these people will stop buying them because their phones take "better" pictures.

Hard drives - or rather local storage - is here to stay for a long time. On a global scale there are simply not enough people with internet connections that can handle cloud computing. For example, the fastest connection you can get here in SA is 10mbit/sec down, if you are lucky enough to be living < 3KM from a supported telephone exchange and have LOTS of money. With that connection comes an upload of 512kbps - pathetic if people are planning to store ALL their data on some far away server. Then you have the usage limits here in SA - most people can only afford ~3GB of data a month, because data is so expensive here. Even internationally usage limits exist, albeit far larger limits - point is that before cloud computing, and even netflix/hulu really catch on, EVERYONE would need lots of money and very fast, unlimited internet connections.

I prefer my alarm clock over my phone, it's easier to find when I wake up, I don't have to press anything to see the time at any time of the day, and it wakes me up with radio - something most phones lack.

I think I got a little sidetracked in my post, sorry if I did.
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I think this guy is a soon-to-be has-been writer.
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If cloud computing ever reaches that point, the humanity deserves to be annihilated.
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Laptops are gonna be around in one form or another for quite a while. Maybe even Smartphones dropped into laptop shells like we saw at CES.
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cloud computing will NEVER be used in offices, having the network lines OR server down could mean ZERO productivity for an extended amount of time (20mins down is 20min too long) and that's not even touching the fact it would be a MAJOR security flaw (if someone has the right tool (well one tool and a laptop i think) they can easily intercept ALL packets on a given cable, and even that is safer than wireless
Wrong - most Enterprise environments are already using Cloud Computing, and some are entirely dependent upon it. Sure, network lines being down might be a problem, but corporate Enterprises will have the high quality goods, like hot-swappable Blade servers, application servers, redundant networking, managed switches, fiber optic backbones. It ends up being more productive because if a computer goes down in flames, the worker can simply jump onto another machine and do work until IT does the swapout.

Cloud Computing on Enterprise networks is way more secure. Applications are centralized and locked down, and access is regulated. They do not tend to use low-tech garbage like wireless routers - they are using high grade access points, usually configured into two interleaved network zones, run through managed switches, which provide even more reliability because if an AP goes down, you can immediately bomb onto another AP.

Downtime is limited, even if a central piece of equipment goes down, because redundancy removes the single point of failure. And even if the whole thing goes down, it is a central task of specific, highly trained IT people who bring the whole thing back up online. No running machine to machine, attempting to install bug patches or rebooting or stuff like that.

The fact is, Enterprise never did leave the realm of Cloud Computing, at least for any length of time, because it is much more effective to control and ends up being far more reliable than a gaggle of independent PCs with uncoordinated software and many headaches.

Oh, and real Enterprises don't fool around with garbage like WEP - they use layers of real security, and they monitor access constantly.

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DVD's will always be too limited when streaming nearly any title is an option
How are DVD's limited? And how could anyone possibly rely on "streaming" when the vast majority of people do not have access to high speed Internet? And how many shows can someone stream when the ISPs are getting fast with the throttling and capping - and half your packets are delayed because some goon is probing them?
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1) Internet speeds in Canada have a long way to go compared to even the US. (And the US has a long way to go compared to the likes of Europe) Streaming is gaining popularity, but I doubt DVD will be rendered obsolete just yet.

2) Alarm clocks being obsolete? Not in my house.

3) Not everyone has a smartphone. Regular cell phone cameras suck hard.

4) Smartphones and the iPad are almost as powerful as a traditional laptop? Yeah, I'd like to see how the ARM processors in smartphones stand up against an i3 processor commonly found on cheap laptops.

5) Wired stuff is not going away any time soon. To think otherwise is tomfoolery.

6) Slowwwwww
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1. DVD Players - Agreed. Don't even have a DVD Player in my house, all BluRay players

2. Alarm Clocks - I personally don't use one, however I think this is a generation thing. Everyone I know my age uses their phone. My parents, girlfriends parents etc still use alarm clocks

3. Point-and-Shoot Cameras - Agreed. To the untrained eye, a lot of mobile phone cameras are rivaling the cheap point and shoot cameras. The pictures aren't as good because of the lens, but they're getting there. Also I think its mainly because everyone has a camera on their phone too. Expecting them to replace the good cameras though is ridiculious

4. Laptops - Not laptops as these are too essential for businesses, students etc. However if they said Netbooks I would agree to an extent

5. Anything Wired - Don't be daft. I wouldn't say soon, give or take say 5 years and you might be looking at this

6. Hard Drives - Yup, i'd agree with this. SSD's and flash memory are becoming more common. But to say everything will rely on the cloud is ambitious
    
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What do I worry about more, power outage, or phone dying? That is the question. I use both..my alarm wakes me, and then ten minutes later my phone makes sure I didn't fall back asleep.
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What do I worry about more, power outage, or phone dying? That is the question. I use both..my alarm wakes me, and then ten minutes later my phone makes sure I didn't fall back asleep.
I use my phone, with 5 alarms set. Each with it's own ringtone in increasing order of annoying-ness.

Yeah, i'm a heavy sleeper too.

Non, Je ne regrette rien makes for an excellent alarm tone.
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