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Penny Arcade - Comic - Admiral Foldo

Videogaming-related online strip by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins. Includes news and commentary.

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    OverkillengineOverkillengine Registered User regular
    Eh, the whole bendable screen things just strikes me as a gimmick to both inflate up front prices and add in guaranteed hardware failure to push either future sales of New and Improved and Totally Not Junk Too models or those godawful subscription lease plans.

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    V1mV1m Registered User regular
    Did anyone ever even ask for "foldable" phones?

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    Zilla360Zilla360 21st Century. |She/Her| Trans* Woman In Aviators Firing A Bazooka. ⚛️Registered User regular
    I still want those folding transparent aluminium Tablets out of 'Westworld' and 'The Expanse' etc:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnxJRYit44k

    I was shown the future and I want it, dammit!

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    OverkillengineOverkillengine Registered User regular
    V1m wrote: »
    Did anyone ever even ask for "foldable" phones?

    Well, I would not mind a decent redux of late 2000's early 2010's flip phone format. I never had to worry about pocket dials on my Razer, or mute buttons self engaging from the slightest snag, or any other unintended button interactions while stowed. It just seems that these new foldable screens triples down on the internal wear and tear issue that the smartphone bar/brick format seemed intended to avoid.

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    lawragatajarlawragatajar Registered User regular
    V1m wrote: »
    Did anyone ever even ask for "foldable" phones?

    I like the idea of the one that opens into a mini tablet for when I want to watch videos or just want extra screen real estate, but I'm concerned on wear and tear on a folding screen and needing to replace the phone too quickly.

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    FireballDragonFireballDragon Registered User regular
    Now he's gonna need a new phone and a new shirt. What a waste.

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    v2miccav2micca Registered User regular
    V1m wrote: »
    Did anyone ever even ask for "foldable" phones?

    You may find this somewhat surprising, but humanity often doesn't know ahead of time that it wants a particular innovation until they have had the opportunity to try it for themselves. We are actually really bad collectively at conceptualizing what will and will not be integral to us in the future. If you got back to the 70's, no one was "asking" for the Internet or home PCs. I am grateful those opinions did not dictate the course of our development.

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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    Big fan of the "every [noun] is [subset of noun] if you [condition]" joke formula

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
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    ironzergironzerg Registered User regular
    A cryptobro, a cross-fitter, and a guy with a folding phone walk into a bar. Who won't shut up about it first?

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    dennisdennis aka bingley Registered User regular
    v2micca wrote: »
    V1m wrote: »
    Did anyone ever even ask for "foldable" phones?

    You may find this somewhat surprising, but humanity often doesn't know ahead of time that it wants a particular innovation until they have had the opportunity to try it for themselves. We are actually really bad collectively at conceptualizing what will and will not be integral to us in the future. If you got back to the 70's, no one was "asking" for the Internet or home PCs. I am grateful those opinions did not dictate the course of our development.

    You can already know this obvious statement and also think foldable phones are a solution looking for a problem.

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    V1mV1m Registered User regular
    v2micca wrote: »
    V1m wrote: »
    Did anyone ever even ask for "foldable" phones?

    You may find this somewhat surprising, but humanity often doesn't know ahead of time that it wants a particular innovation until they have had the opportunity to try it for themselves. We are actually really bad collectively at conceptualizing what will and will not be integral to us in the future. If you got back to the 70's, no one was "asking" for the Internet or home PCs. I am grateful those opinions did not dictate the course of our development.

    Yeah and now we know why

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    GrendusGrendus Registered User regular
    ironzerg wrote: »
    A cryptobro, a cross-fitter, and a guy with a folding phone walk into a bar. Who won't shut up about it first?

    The crypto-bro.

    The cross-fitter will eventually injure himself doing an exercise with horrific form, and the guy with the folding phone will eventually get engrossed in Reddit. The crypto bro will keep trying to get you to buy DickButtCoin so he can pull his funny-munny out of the market before it crashes, only he's never smart enough to pull out so he just winds up glomming onto a new currency.

    I utterly despise crypto. At least MLM's sell shitty products, crypto is just Scentsy but you don't get nauseating candles to give to people you hate at Christmas.

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    Folding phones I think are actually a neat idea, though the current implementation is lacking.The problem is they're the same size as regular phones and just fold to be half as tall and twice as thick. Gimme an 8 inch tablet that folds to be the size of a smartphone! And then take the phone part out because I never get anything but spam calls anyways - even my doctors text!

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    OverkillengineOverkillengine Registered User regular
    ironzerg wrote: »
    A cryptobro, a cross-fitter, and a guy with a folding phone walk into a bar. Who won't shut up about it first?

    The vegan.

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    MooseMuffinMooseMuffin Registered User regular
    Genuinely impressed the way Gabe and Tycho seem to regularly bounce between android and ios phones.

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    dennisdennis aka bingley Registered User regular
    edited August 2023
    I'm not sure if actual Mike got a foldable, though. In the last Penny for Your Thoughts, he had talked about how real life Gabe had managed to convert the rest of the household into android phone users, but he was still holding out on iPhone. I think he went back there after the Surface phone, but I could be wrong.

    Edit: Well, I guess Mike put up his own newspost and did indeed get one.
    https://www.penny-arcade.com/news/post/2023/08/11/motorola-razr

    dennis on
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    LttlefootLttlefoot Registered User regular
    ironzerg wrote: »
    A cryptobro, a cross-fitter, and a guy with a folding phone walk into a bar. Who won't shut up about it first?

    The vegan.
    Ties are broken by whoever most recently became vegan

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    PyrianPyrian Registered User regular
    I suppose only time will tell how well the Razr+ holds up to continual everyday use.
    I mean, it will, but I'll place odds that Gabe will have moved onto the next shiny thing long before his Razr+ gives up the ghost.

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    DelzhandDelzhand Hard to miss. Registered User regular
    V1m wrote: »
    Did anyone ever even ask for "foldable" phones?

    There are plenty of people who, if surveyed, would answer they want a smaller, lighter phone, but then also say that screen size is a big selling point on what phone they choose. A foldable phone is an engineer's attempt to reconcile those seemingly exclusive properties.

    I'm holding out for a phone small enough to put on a keyring but with a screen the size of a sheet of printer paper. Project the screen onto a nanomachine cloud, shine it directly into my eyeballs, I dunno. Let the engineers figure it out.

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    jothkijothki Registered User regular
    Foldable phones are a good idea for exactly the same reason that foldable wallets are a good idea. I don't think I could stand to use a non-foldable wallet at this point even if it fit snugly in my pocket next to my phone, and if foldable phones became just as ubiquitous and reliable as foldable wallets I'd imagine I'd start to feel the same way about them.

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    dennisdennis aka bingley Registered User regular
    jothki wrote: »
    Foldable phones are a good idea for exactly the same reason that foldable wallets are a good idea. I don't think I could stand to use a non-foldable wallet at this point even if it fit snugly in my pocket next to my phone, and if foldable phones became just as ubiquitous and reliable as foldable wallets I'd imagine I'd start to feel the same way about them.

    I feel like it's not quite a parallel. Folded wallets keeps stuff from falling out of it.

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    Zilla360Zilla360 21st Century. |She/Her| Trans* Woman In Aviators Firing A Bazooka. ⚛️Registered User regular
    Contact Lens phones paired with Bluetooth bone conduction implants are the real future:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrisKxV6xyo

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    LtPowersLtPowers Registered User regular
    dennis wrote: »
    You can already know this obvious statement and also think foldable phones are a solution looking for a problem.

    I quite disagree. The "problem" in this case is that brick phones are too big to fit into many pockets. Something like the Galaxy Flip is much more compact and easily fits in a clutch or a breast pocket.


    Powers &8^]

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    Emperor MegamanEmperor Megaman Registered User regular
    Lttlefoot wrote: »
    ironzerg wrote: »
    A cryptobro, a cross-fitter, and a guy with a folding phone walk into a bar. Who won't shut up about it first?

    The vegan.
    Ties are broken by whoever most recently became vegan

    I know it's a joke, and also that some vegans are more insistant about it than other, but having been literally in a conversation with a vegan and a crypto guy, the vegan was content to answer when someone asked him why he became a vegan, then move on to talking about Science fiction, the cryptobro wouldn't stop getting back to it even when no one was asking or showing interest. Which i'm pretty sure convinced a couple of people to never do anything related to crypto out of sheer annoyance.

    Of course I wouldn't stop talking about Capcom, but considering that other were talking about it with me, i dare assuming that it does not make me the most obnoxious person in the gathering.

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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    And you know why we mention that we're vegan?

    Because if we don't, you'll arrange to eat somewhere with no fucking vegan options because you've forgotten what happened the last time we all tried to go out to eat

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
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    YoungFreyYoungFrey Registered User regular
    And you know why we mention that we're vegan?

    Because if we don't, you'll arrange to eat somewhere with no fucking vegan options because you've forgotten what happened the last time we all tried to go out to eat

    I've never been a vegan, but I was a vegetarian in the 90s when there were a lot fewer options. Unless you wanted just a plain salad, you spoke up. The fact is, people talk about eating constantly. When people socialize food is involved most of the time. If you want to, you know, have a social life you have to tell people you are a vegan. In contrast, I am unaware of a similar situation for CrossFit™ or fake money.

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    dennisdennis aka bingley Registered User regular
    edited August 2023
    A friend of mine was vegetarian, and he got asked about/harassed about it at least 10x more than he ever talked about it.

    Kind of like this thread, where absolutely no one was talking about it and yet it got brought up by someone who wasn't vegan.

    dennis on
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    DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    As annoying as some vegans are, there is no universe in which a vegan won't shut up about veganism more than a cryptobro won't shut up about crypto.

    Hell, you could have both of them in a group, and ask the question: "I'm gonna make dinner, anyone got dietary restrictions?" and as the vegan prepares to open their mouth, the cryptobro would first scream: "I still erroneously believe cryptocurrency can't be tracked!"

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    OverkillengineOverkillengine Registered User regular
    edited August 2023
    dennis wrote: »
    A friend of mine was vegetarian, and he got asked about/harassed about it at least 10x more than he ever talked about it.

    Kind of like this thread, where absolutely no one was talking about it and yet it got brought up by someone who wasn't vegan.

    I mean crypto bros and cross-fitters were not the original topic of conversation either, and they were fair game for a joke about people taking something to an exasperating level (regardless of the reason why).

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    Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    And if any of them want to hop on to justify why they need to mention their thing, they're welcome to

    [Muffled sounds of gorilla violence]
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    MichaelLCMichaelLC In what furnace was thy brain? ChicagoRegistered User regular
    Well Confederated Products is a different company, different quality of product. From ham to wine, even toilet paper and cologne.

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    nialloniallo Registered User regular
    V1m wrote: »
    Did anyone ever even ask for "foldable" phones?

    I'm very old. I'm still getting the hang of these non-foldable mobile phones. Now they're folding again? Will we go back to having to call the exchange? (something I have actually done)

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