This made me laugh. There’s a high concentration of smartphone and phablet toting Chinese where I live. Last week one Chinese male with his nose in his enormous tablet walked straight into me on the footpath and then went on his way without so much as looking up or speaking. It’s a good thing I’m not the pugilistic type. Otherwise it would be something like
YOU’RE IN MEATSPACE MOTHERFUCKER
*smack* as meat fist interfaces with meat face. That’s what you call “haptic feedback”.
An anonymous reader writes
The Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too caught up in messaging and tweeting to watch where they’re going. “There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cell phone may cause unnecessary collisions here,” said Nong Cheng, a spokeswoman for the district’s property management company. However, she clarified that the initiative was meant to be a satirical way to highlight the dangers of texting and walking.
And this: BUGGER QUICKFLIX. They’ve expanded to N.Z. and frankly their service is woeful. If people are willing and able to give Netflix their money (I have mixed feelings about that too but it’s better than being stuck with bullshit local monopolies) then all power to them. The old regional licensing model is broken. Let it die.
200,000 Australian residents reportedly use Netflix today, tunneling their video traffic to the US, UK, and other Netflix markets via VPN connections. A proper Netflix Down Under service isn’t expected to launch until 2015. Last week, Aussie video streaming company Quickflix told Netflix to stop this practice, so Australian viewers can return to Quickflix and other local alternatives. But Quickflix CEO Stephen Langsford didn’t explain how Netflix could restrict Australian VPN users, beyond the IP geolocating and credit card billing address checks it already runs. Today, ZDNet’s Josh Taylor ripped into the absurdity of Quickflix’s demands. From the article: “If Netflix cuts those people off, they’re going to know that it was at the behest of Foxtel and Quickflix, and would likely boycott those services instead of flocking to them. If nothing else, it would encourage those who have tried to do the right thing by subscribing and paying for content on Netflix to return to copyright infringement.”