Linked by David Adams on Fri 25th Mar 2011 15:06 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Samsung has developed a completely transparent solar-powered monitor that's designed to be used with ambient light. Though they're marketing it as a television, it's almost certainly going to be used initially as displays in commercial areas, and it apparently is also a touch-screen, opening it up for the coolest kind of kiosk you've ever used. See a video after the jump.
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RE[3]: This.
by Kroc on Fri 25th Mar 2011 19:30 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: This."
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Nothing confronts you like a piece of paper can. I don't fear e-mails. I fear letters.

Paper is still the better medium IMO, for now.

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RE[4]: This.
by fretinator on Fri 25th Mar 2011 19:38 in reply to "RE[3]: This."
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Nothing confronts you like a piece of paper can. I don't fear e-mails. I fear letters. Paper is still the better medium IMO, for now.

I definitely fear paperless restrooms.

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RE[5]: This.
by abstraction on Sun 27th Mar 2011 12:10 in reply to "RE[4]: This."
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He doesn't know how to use the three sea shells!

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RE[4]: This.
by pandronic on Fri 25th Mar 2011 20:26 in reply to "RE[3]: This."
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Nothing confronts you like a piece of paper can. I don't fear e-mails. I fear letters.

That's very much true, but I believe it's just something we've grown accustomed to, because there is absolutely no objective reason why we can't abandon paper.

The only reason I see is subjective: namely us.

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RE[5]: This.
by Moredhas on Fri 25th Mar 2011 21:38 in reply to "RE[4]: This."
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People have this idea that things like contracts, receipts, pay records, job records, and the like need to be retained in hard copies. About all email has been able to replace in the workplace is the hard copy memo (if that). If we had a legal provision for storing digital copies of contracts, for example, or better yet a legal provision for signing them in e form, rather than dead tree form, we could do away with paper.

I think the rise of the tablet computer will go a long way towards this. I already carry all my important documents around on my iPad (sort of, they're on Dropbox, and I can fetch them on cue). If I start job hunting any time soon, instead of carting around a physical copy of my resume to every interview, I can just email it from my iPad for them. Oooorrrr just hand the iPad over for a moment... When more people have tablet PCs, I'd like to see a standardised document passing protocol, so with my iPad, I could point it at someone, and just flick the document to them (or press an on screen button, but gestures are where it's at, man!), and on their Samsung they could accept or reject it, and have it appear right there on their screen.

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RE[5]: This.
by Neolander on Fri 25th Mar 2011 21:45 in reply to "RE[4]: This."
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I think that paper is needed for several reasons :
-You can draw freely on it, not just write on a guided path
-It's light
-It's inexpensive
-It's easily transferable and disposable
-If you spill your cofee on a piece of paper, you only loose that piece of paper. Globally, paper is something which you don't have to care about, and can therefore more freely use. Frenzily scratching it with a bic crystal it is a valid option.
-It's the perfect medium for important letters, because using it shows that you care about the person.
-Considering the amount of security flaws which are discovered in mainstream OSs every year, do you really want to trust them to take care of your important documents ? I mean, seeing how quickly Elvis Presley was seen in an airport after biometric passports were introduced in the US should have some warning value...

Also, reading and writing is much easier on paper than on a computer screen.

Edited 2011-03-25 22:01 UTC

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RE[5]: This.
by viton on Tue 29th Mar 2011 05:10 in reply to "RE[4]: This."
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Do you believe information stored electronically can live longer than paper?
There are hundreds or thousand-years papers around
but CD-Rs are usually unreadable after single digit age. And even shorter can be life of internet posted data.
It helps then your data was duplicated by some persons, though. But there are a lot of broken links and information lost due disconnected server with single data source.

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