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2013-05-15 09:12:20 AM  
Just because it does other things doesn't mean it isn't still a cell phone.  My car plays music, but I wouldn't call it my stereo.  My microwave tells the time, but I wouldn't call it a clock.
 
2013-05-15 09:15:42 AM  

EvilEgg: Just because it does other things doesn't mean it isn't still a cell phone.  My car plays music, but I wouldn't call it my stereo.  My microwave tells the time, but I wouldn't call it a clock.


Gingrich marries alot of women, but I wouldn't call him a good husband.

/full circle
 
2013-05-15 10:02:36 AM  
This reminds me of the time I connected my father to the Internet back in 2001.  I showed him Google and how to browse for weather and etc.  He calls me up the next day and he's all excited.  He says, "Son, this internet thing is going to be big.  We should buy some stocks of these internet companies".

Old people are hilarious at times.
 
Bf+
2013-05-15 10:19:57 AM  
www.mediabistro.com
 
2013-05-15 10:35:06 AM  
He's not talking to you.  He's talking to people who don't know or understand technology.
 
2013-05-15 10:35:23 AM  
Wow, if I didn't know any better, I would have said maybe that video was made years ago and he is holding up the world's first ever smartphone. What shall we call this thing?

But in 2013?!

EvilEgg: Just because it does other things doesn't mean it isn't still a cell phone.  My car plays music, but I wouldn't call it my stereo.  My microwave tells the time, but I wouldn't call it a clock.


I have a car that flies but I wouldn't call it a plane.

If a man has sex with another man, it doesn't mean that he's gay.
 
2013-05-15 10:38:27 AM  
He very deliberately avoided the use of the word "smartphone" because it's just a buzzword.  He's asking for input from non-technical people on how they perceive their technology and buzzwords will just get in the way of that.
 
2013-05-15 10:39:01 AM  

weapon13: Wow, if I didn't know any better, I would have said maybe that video was made years ago and he is holding up the world's first ever smartphone. What shall we call this thing?

But in 2013?!

EvilEgg: Just because it does other things doesn't mean it isn't still a cell phone.  My car plays music, but I wouldn't call it my stereo.  My microwave tells the time, but I wouldn't call it a clock.

I have a car that flies but I wouldn't call it a plane.

If a man has sex with another man, it doesn't mean that he's gay.


Um, on the second one...
 
2013-05-15 10:44:13 AM  
Let's call it the trikaboomer.
 
2013-05-15 11:24:52 AM  
I call it the Omni-valve, with what all the stuff that comes out the tubes on it.
 
2013-05-15 11:41:58 AM  
Uh... he talks about "horseless carriage", but "car" refers to a "carriage", as with locomotives, and comes from the same etymology. for wheeled wagons. Cars were called horseless carriages because cars were not ubiquitous enough to overtake as the common form of carriages.
 
2013-05-15 12:15:07 PM  
I work at a bar, and occasionally I will look up from my device and catch the eye of someone else who happens to be looking up from their device at the same time. It's a liitle uncomfortable, but it's the price you pay for being out in public.
 
2013-05-15 12:18:04 PM  

Diogenes: EvilEgg: Just because it does other things doesn't mean it isn't still a cell phone.  My car plays music, but I wouldn't call it my stereo.  My microwave tells the time, but I wouldn't call it a clock.

Gingrich marries alot of women, but I wouldn't call him a good husband.

/full circle


AAAAAnd we are done, someone hit the lights and make sure the doors are locked on the way out.
 
2013-05-15 12:55:34 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: This reminds me of the time I connected my father to the Internet back in 2001.  I showed him Google and how to browse for weather and etc.  He calls me up the next day and he's all excited.  He says, "Son, this internet thing is going to be big.  We should buy some stocks of these internet companies".

Old people are hilarious at times.


Not sure what is "hilarious" here.... 2001 was still pretty early on internet wise.... the internet was certainly further along than it was in say 1996, but, there were still a LOT of people on dial up and many others not using the internet in any aspect of their lives in 2001.   Obviously, you knew where it was going, but, for a lot of people, it was still an emerging thing.  Now, you certainly could have bought into some "bad" internet companies at the time, but,  Apple, even with its tanking lately, you'd still be at 36x your investment had you bought stock in 2001..... other companies that would have given you great returns as well.   Your dad does that in 2011, that is more "hilarious".
 
2013-05-15 01:00:17 PM  
I'm not sure where he's going with this, but I suspect Mr Gingrich may be planning to propose legislation that targets smartphones in some way, and he's playing with semantics, trying to redefine the terms and our conceptions to facilitate his eventual play (ie a "handheld computer" is different from a phone and thus should be treated as such and we can thus pass extra restrictions that we would not have considered).
 
2013-05-15 01:02:57 PM  
He has a minor point, but I don't think he's clearly giving the real argument; that in a "smartphone" (the term that's been invented for the category), the phone function itself is no longer its primary use for many people. So comparing "smartphone" with "horseless carriage" is apt.

Really, the term "PDA" (portable digital assistant) would be a better description for them.
 
2013-05-15 01:08:44 PM  

EvilEgg: weapon13: Wow, if I didn't know any better, I would have said maybe that video was made years ago and he is holding up the world's first ever smartphone. What shall we call this thing?

But in 2013?!

EvilEgg: Just because it does other things doesn't mean it isn't still a cell phone.  My car plays music, but I wouldn't call it my stereo.  My microwave tells the time, but I wouldn't call it a clock.

I have a car that flies but I wouldn't call it a plane.

If a man has sex with another man, it doesn't mean that he's gay.

Um, on the second one...


Could be bi.
 
2013-05-15 01:33:24 PM  

Vangor: Uh... he talks about "horseless carriage", but "car" refers to a "carriage", as with locomotives, and comes from the same etymology. for wheeled wagons. Cars were called horseless carriages because cars were not ubiquitous enough to overtake as the common form of carriages.


When the term AUTOMOBILE came out and people were still using the term CARriage, I think that was the point he was making.

We can come up with a name for it that isn't referring to an object that in actuality, is ANOTHER object. And right now, we are using HIS forum wasting our time not coming up with a useful word for it. Yea, it's VERRRRY true, he could've mentioned 'smartphone,' but even that word is pretty lame. CAPITAL LETTERS.
 
2013-05-15 01:45:58 PM  
PPDD

/portable pr0n delivery device
 
2013-05-15 02:18:54 PM  
How about Google-box?
 
2013-05-15 02:49:21 PM  

Diogenes: Gingrich marries alot of women, but I wouldn't call him a good husband.


img2u.info
 
2013-05-15 03:38:48 PM  
Car is short for carriage, the same way cell phone is short for cellular telephone.

Of course, everything Gingrich says is just what stupid people say to other stupid people when trying to sound smart. See: Glenn Beck
 
2013-05-15 05:54:08 PM  
How about DEVICE ?

or THINGIE
 
2013-05-15 06:24:45 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: This reminds me of the time I connected my father to the Internet back in 2001.  I showed him Google and how to browse for weather and etc.  He calls me up the next day and he's all excited.  He says, "Son, this internet thing is going to be big.  We should buy some stocks of these internet companies".

Old people Farktards are hilarious at times.

/FTFY (unliess I"m missing some sort of inside joke)

//GOOG is up 714% since 2004.

///Just how far down the stupid tree did you fall?

 
2013-05-15 08:21:25 PM  
Horseless phone.
 
2013-05-15 08:57:09 PM  
Can't wait to check out We-key-pedia. Thanks, Neut!
 
2013-05-15 09:16:09 PM  
Personally, I call it an anchor. But maybe that's because my company "gave" me one to carry. Some people want a cordless phone. I want a phoneless cord.
 
2013-05-15 09:18:29 PM  

Ready-set: Can't wait to check out We-key-pedia. Thanks, Neut!


And I can't wait to take a drive in my auto-MO-beal.  Thanks Uncle Gingy!!!!
 
2013-05-15 11:49:37 PM  

mrbach: Horseless phone.


Haha ZING. You could probably take Romney in a debate.

/fewer horses and bayonets
 
2013-05-16 12:30:53 AM  

dletter: Marcus Aurelius: This reminds me of the time I connected my father to the Internet back in 2001.  I showed him Google and how to browse for weather and etc.  He calls me up the next day and he's all excited.  He says, "Son, this internet thing is going to be big.  We should buy some stocks of these internet companies".

Old people are hilarious at times.

Not sure what is "hilarious" here.... 2001 was still pretty early on internet wise.... the internet was certainly further along than it was in say 1996, but, there were still a LOT of people on dial up and many others not using the internet in any aspect of their lives in 2001.   Obviously, you knew where it was going, but, for a lot of people, it was still an emerging thing.  Now, you certainly could have bought into some "bad" internet companies at the time, but,  Apple, even with its tanking lately, you'd still be at 36x your investment had you bought stock in 2001..... other companies that would have given you great returns as well.   Your dad does that in 2011, that is more "hilarious".


Internet companies in 2001 a no brainer for investing?  I would have recommended buying bubble.com
 
2013-05-16 12:50:20 AM  
Assault phone?
 
2013-05-16 01:28:17 AM  

EvilEgg: Just because it does other things doesn't mean it isn't still a cell phone.  My car plays music, but I wouldn't call it my stereo.  My microwave tells the time, but I wouldn't call it a clock.


Likewise, my pocket computer makes phone calls, but I wouldn't call it a phone.  :)

I have not seen the video, nor do I care to watch Newt Gingrich doing anything, but I have to say that I too object to refering to "smartphones" as any kind of phone.  I've got a Galaxy S3 and I rarely make phone calls or even send text messages.  The most common uses I make of this device are web surfing, taking notes and using the calculator.  It is primarily a computer as far as I'm concerned, and it's use as a phone is entirely incidental.

But under the law, it is regulated as a phone and that gives me fewer legal protections for my privacy.  (Some phone data can be obtained without a warrant, for example, but all data on your personal computer requires a warrant AFAIK.)

Changing the terminology is the first step in changing the way people view these devices.  I normally call my S3 a "pocket computer" but that's not really a very satisfying term and I wish I had a better one.


/seriously considering "horseless phone" now.
//not really serious
///but seriously, that's an awesome name
 
2013-05-16 01:51:40 PM  
I prefer "Miracle Pocket Rectangle".

/posted from my miracle pocket rectangle
 
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