[FoRK] Take a step back...

Damien Morton dmorton at bitfurnace.com
Sun Sep 25 23:15:47 PDT 2011


Cable TV went digital, and started compressing their video more and more
until it is significantly worse than analogue.

Same with MP3 audio. 128kbs MP3 is inarguably worse than records,
audio cassettes, but people have come to accept it, even love it.

On Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 11:50 PM, Russell Turpin
<russell.turpin at gmail.com>wrote:

> For thirty years, someone with the dollars could book a supersonic
> flight across the Atlantic.
>
> That stopped, almost a decade ago.
>
> Which would surprise most anyone in 1980, asked how commercial flight
> would proceed. The alleged S-shaped curve for technology delivered to
> the consumer proved, in this case, to be shaped more like a dromedary.
>
> Maybe it was marketing overshoot. Maybe a bit of regression due to
> exogenous constraints. And, yeah, shaving a couple of hours off
> crossing the Atlantic matters far less than the other unpleasantness
> now associated with flying.
>
> But I'm curious what there are other salient examples there are of
> "consumer technology regression."
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