This is a forum of a rumor site. People who follow "news" on product releases generally are first adopters.
As for the logo of the site, perhaps CR guy does not want to spend on a innovative and ground breaking design. Money's better spent keeping our free forum FREE.
When using technical terms preface it as such or the general public will default to primary dictionary or cultural definition.
ML is nice and all but it requires a level of sophistication and gumption few posses. I was told that CPS voids the warranty of bodies with ML installed if it is brought in for repairs. I am unsure if they refuse to repair it. That very fact restrains me from installing it.
As for Canon products in general I rarely see production/design defects coming from them in over a decade's use of their digital cameras. Apple on the other hand I am glad to wait for the "S" model than the "non-S" model. iPhones are often so advance that the features they have drain battery faster and have limited support by my telco until 12 months from release.
DxO says the sensor aint that good. It doesn't matter to me as what is important is that it is superior as a whole to the original 7D
The term "laggard" is not sarcasm, it's social science and as "discussing things" as it goes! The diffusion of innovations is well researched, I should know, I wrote my diploma about it :-) ... for the basics see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diffusion_of_innovations
It's about different kinds of people adopting new technology and trickling down this information via social channels - the very thing that's happening right now right here. Innovation can stop at any time, not everything is adopted or replaces the old tech entirely.
Unsurprisingly, this Canon forum follows the Canon brand design - it's rather conservative and definitely isn't a stronghold of innovators or even early adopters. This is neither a "good" or "bad" thing, just an observation and it explains the reluctance about new camera designs. Heck, even Magic Lantern isn't widespread among Canon users even if its features beats most other camera systems out there.
As for the comics: Well, I can't help it, discussions on CR aren't exactly a serious issue for me and some situations simply remind me of a Simpsons scene. Though I hope they help to lighten the mood a bit :-)
That's interesting stuff but as with all specialisms it's dangerous to take a word in common usage and attribute some specific, objective quantity to it and then expect to be understood. A laggard in common parlance is still simply "a person who makes slow progress and falls behind others". That's not appropriate here as most of us are well ahead of the average when it comes to digital photography, the techniques it involves and up to date tech. I think that must be a fundamental flaw in using that term to this audience in any sense.
And blindly following "innovation" is not a good thing either as our history proves in spades. I work in IT, and I know that early adopters have quality issues. I'm happy to let them get on with it, seek out the best and then run along afterwards protecting the many thousands of users we serve from nightmare scenarios that others regularly walk into. We give better service as a result. There's simply no question about it in my mind.
ML - I like the idea but as an ex-software developer I would not be an early adopter if they ever make it available for the 70D. As I've said in the past, I value reliability, the achievement of which takes significant innovation and investment. I have no problem with open source but sadly their excellent project has obvious problems and it would be foolish to risk my camera and / or scarce photography time even for the kind of improvements it offers.
You might see all that as "conservative" but certainly I think it's a long distance from "laggard". I don't really mind either way; I believe I will make the most progress with my photography in this manner rather than chasing the latest thing that will make it "easy" which is what a lot of what we are talking about involves.