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"More worrying is the idea that similar faults might be lurking in other handsets"
Uhh yeah, "faults" that's what they are. It's because "faults" are unintended things and it wouldn't be the result of a carrier installing beta software intended to bump the profit margin a bit. Yes, it was the handset that was "faulty".
Re: Windows Mobile, eh?
The work Lumia (WP8) I've got has an advanced wifi setting check box that reads; "Send information about Wi-Fi connections to help discover nearby Wi-Fi" which appears to be not checked by default.
Re: Why legs.
"Haven't you ever come across hoop snakes?"
Only once but that was at a luau and it was doing the hula.
Re: Wait, something's missing here...
"See, I told you that nobody would use M$ Metro. I said it back before XP was even released that W8 SUX SOX, M$ EVIL, BLAH, BLAH, Privacy, Google & Apple not as bad, roll your own kernel only, I told you so! M$ METRO FAIL. EVEN M$ FAIL FAIL. I told you so. FAIL."
For a moment I hoped the headline meant this was a story about Brazilian models competing for H1B visas with programmers. No worries, not completely disappointed.
How long before someone plants a pair of receivers on a watch face and calculate the orientation of the watch or makes a GPS controlled 3D printer to build something up from global coordinates?
Beer with a floating GPS based "evaporation" sensor.
So we've got Google developing AI, Glass and crowdsourcing their maps. How long will it be before we find the Google datacenter has enveloped us all and Laurence Fishburne is asking us to pick Depakote or Viagra?
Re: Map Of Reality scale 1:1
Damn Eadon, it looks like you're slipping; you missed one.
THE GOOG PRIVACY FAIL!
Re: Why legs.
Stairs are harder to navigate with wheels. Of course it makes some things easier since animals are better at recognizing and handling gopher holes. I don't know how well machines would handle such things.
Re: "...I am not taxed when my granny gives me a gift."
That is true but in the US, it's granny who pays the gift tax unless it's under the annual limit, which is $14k this year. Some gifts, being more equal than others, are also exempt regardless of amount such as political or charitable donations and direct payment of medical expenses. There are other technicalities granny can pull off to avoid the tax such as gifting $14k to both you and someone else, gramps perhaps, and that other person can then gift you another $14k tax free if they don't catch the next flight to the Virgin Islands.
No Samsung has the best marketing department and ad budget in Droidland. All you have to do is compare the adverts on TV and radio between Samsung and all the other players.
What's that? Yes, I expected you'd have a hard time finding the adverts for the other players in the market. Not much of a comparison, is it?
They are going to need that range if they don't get this part right.
"... before the team attempts to land it on the pitching deck of an aircraft carrier at sea"
But I wager it becomes a lot neater to package when you don't have to design it around a human. Just being able to ignore the aspects of G loading, a canopy and life support such as O2 and pressure suit should go a long way. Hell just being able to decide whether you care if it's "inverted" or not for the best radar signature and allow your attack pattern to diverge wildly from "normal" gives a heck of a leg up. Consider that it lets you stack the munitions on the roof hidden from ground radar and proceed into a -10G half loop dropping the payload once "upside down" and scrambling away like that just off the deck with the best stealthly bits pointed upward for the response that just launched.
Now it all falls into place. All MS needs to do is add a paddle and ball to the W8 TIFKAM screen so users can "Breakout" into the desktop. Double points for hitting a spinning live tile. Now then Mr. Balmer, for my saving Windows 8 and all the associated R&D costs please send a bank check made out for five million dollars payable to Robert Edward Ito. Thank you.
Because someone has to serve coffee and the hipster bonus is that it secretly drives their parents crazy that they don't have a real job and are just wasting their lives even though the parents pretend to be supportive of the hip little ingrate.
Oh, nice vid.
Ron, you do understand these "breeders" you speak of are just like all other people and that basically means they are cattle. They run around doing what they think is in their best interest and it doesn't matter if that is going forth and multiplying, producing enough offspring so that maybe some of them will survive long enough to take care of them or sanctimoniously berating anyone who doesn't agree with them. We're all just so much cattle even the self-important ones who think they are more equal than others.
Re: All very true, but..
"You could easily design most of the parts for a 3D printer, and use a metal pipe for the barrel"
That is true but that pretty much removes the panty twisting aspect of 'OMG, it's undetectable by HomeBoy Security! Oh the huge manatee!'; doesn't it?
FFS, am I the only one who tires of the bovine excrement that is "5x improvement in power savings". If they mean it uses 1/5 the power then say so. Other reports I've seen say it uses 5 times less power which would mean that it actually produces 4 times the power that the processor in comparison uses.
Re: Lots and lots and lots...
Ah Taylor 1, you must know the wonder that is cicada rhubarb pie. Overlords they are for all too brief a period. Freeze them while you can kids, they keep marvelously that way; a bit like peas in that respect.
It brings back great memories though. My grandfather kept what must have been one of the first chest freezers that he would stock up with cicadas and as I grew up Grams would make either the aforementioned pie or if they've been frozen a while roasted cicadas drizzled with honey or maple syrup and Gramps and I would go fishing with a few "extra" cicadas in hopes of coming back with some nice trout as a prelude. Good times indeed.
Beer because it can work well but depending on the cicada dish I generally go with a Chianti if it's savory, a sauvignon blanc with the pie and for roasted a ruby Port is hard to beat but a Madeira or Marsala is a very close second.
Re: Everyone shall be equally robbed!
Good one, the one thing it won't be is equal.
Wha? How's that again?
"... Main Street retailers and online and out-of-state companies..."
"... but they should have the right to do so without worrying about federal oversight."
So he admits up front that this is an interstate commerce issue yet he wants States to not worry about Federal oversight. Well I'm sorry pumpkin, but interstate commerce isn't up to the States and had you read the Constitution you would know that. If you insist on getting involved then you should handle it but you already know that's like sorting a hogshead of horny hagfish so you're going to punt and let the retailers figure it out. It would be far smarter to just say that internet sales will carry X% sales tax for States who choose to charge sales tax and everyone, the State, store and customer will take it and like it. If the States want to change their tax rate to match the interstate rate then good on 'em because simpler taxes hurt nobody but the tax expert industry and it's about time that particular bubble burst.
Re: In other news
Turnabout is fair play after all and I'm quite certain they are both right.
Re: "no alternatives at retail, e.g. PC world etc"
"Once Google get around to making Chrome OS more fat-client like"
That won't happen. Their business model is based on connected thin terminals so Chrome OS will always be fat-free. Heck, MS is slowly trying to figure out how to get there themselves and it won't be long before Apple get serious about moving their desktop market that way if they haven't already. If you want a modern full fat OS in ten years you'll probably have to roll your own.
"Especially as it's designed to seat 4 Americans"
Yes but even the auto manufacturers aren't exactly honest about vehicle capacities, especially when it comes to SUVs and "Crossovers". They know it's for soccer moms who don't want to drive a minivan so when they say "seats 7" know that means 1 adult and 6 children since the cargo capacity is often around 1,000 lbs so they can keep the soft ride. Granted, it is getting better but most (all?) auto manufacturers still advertise on cargo volume and seats while never mentioning useful load so why should these guys be any different?
Re: No Good Can Come From This
Blain, I think you've hit that nail square on the head. This is something that the likes of Dean Kamen will have. If you have a quick look at his NH house you'll notice the south facing helicopter garage which likely counts as a home run in deep center field on the baseball diamond.
"they did initially start off with a single use one, but after re-designing etc, they can now use it multiple times"
If you pay attention to the previous reports you will find they were talking about a different item, namely the AR15 lower receiver and not this smooth bore one shot wonder.
Re: David, you missed the point
"Also your milled gun makes metal detectors go mental, this wouldn't."
You are aware you can mill plastic
just as easily as easier than you can mill metal.
Besides it's pretty trivial to head down to the local hardware store and buy the necessary pipe, say 1/4" cpvc schedule 80, to build an equivalent or better weapon. You could even fire glass marbles with compressed air so the whole thing could pass the metal detectors or make it into a pipe bomb. Seriously, anyone who needs a 3D printer is severely lacking an imagination or never saw a youtube video of a compressed air potato cannon or Punkin Chunkin' competition.
With all that said, can we at least be honest and admit that the likelihood a criminal is going to go through the trouble is nil when he can go out and buy a throwaway gun for $25 in a back alley with no paperwork and the serial number pre-ground down that he can probably sell the next day for the same money? Adding a billion more laws that say it's illegal in a slightly different way than the existing laws that already say it's illegal won't change any of that and neither will a congresscritter getting his panties in a twist over printed plastic single use(?) junk. It would have to be pretty cheap to compete with the virtually free and resalable black market piece.
Re: Nice approch
The only problem will be that pirates, the real ones who actually make money at this sort of thing, will then use trojans to steal your tagged content and distribute that so then the industry goes after you. If the pirates have removed their tools you'll be out of luck. Granted real pirates are probably harder to come by than the average sharer but it does make the pirate market more profitable once the file sharers are gone.
Re: Half a dozen of one, but only six of the other. @elderlybloke
"Are they the Democrats or the Republicans?"
Technically it's "and" not "or", but yes, that's correct.
The next step
It's only a matter of time before the Gubbermint decides to tax the work tools provided by the company as income. If you have to jet off to some miserable place for a meeting or sales presentation it will be classed as a company provided vacation and it will count toward pushing you into the hell known as 'alternative minimum tax'. Just as corporate accountants come up with new tricks so the company doesn't pay taxes, the IRS comes up with new ways of screwing everyone else because con-gress won't allow them to go after their corporate sponsors.
Strictly speaking, it isn't bleach (sodium hypochlorite). Assuming it was the liquid product (the company also has a granular product with a similar name) then according to the MSDS it's a weak hydrochloric acid. When combined with aluminum foil it generates hydrogen gas, big surprise, and aluminum chloride which, being corrosive, is an irritant. Since it appears to have only popped its top then it's doubtful that any acidic compounds were sprayed about and the quantity of any resulting vapors was likely minimal.
The proper way to do this is to take the child out to the shed and explain how to perform the experiment correctly and safely. I find children learn faster and have a greater respect for things when they know what is going on and why they shouldn't play carelessly with them.
"Monthly active users (MAUs) hit 1.11 billion, up from 901 million in Q1 of 2012"
How long before someone does some analysis and decides that overall economic activity and hiring rates are inversely proportional to MAUs and that greater FB usage is an excellent recession indicator.
No, I'm afraid that would actually make Eadon happy, perhaps to the point of climax. I mean just the thought of copy-pasting "FAIL" fifty times might do it for him. Unless he's actually Steve Balmer doing a parody of a barking mad penguinista in which case climax is a given.
Re: It may be the most accurate watch in the world...
And it will need to be reset twice each year to accommodate summertime/dst.
Re: Half a dozen of one, but only six of the other. @Eguro
"why don't they just get on with promoting equal rights everywhere"
While I agree with the sentiment we have to consider who we are talking about that will do the 'promoting'. It is the government and the only way they know how to promote anything is to send in a bunch of well armed people who are really good at disrupting society and breaking things. While I'm all for a good societal disruption every now and again, there are other ways of doing it that government just doesn't understand and that is why those other ways tend to be more effective. To illustrate my point consider two historical references: 1st December 1955, Rosa Parks and 4th May 1970, Kent State University.
So who is interested in the tie in with SeaMicro tech? Oh it's going to be in a cluster alright and even though I don't know what I'd do with it, I still want one.
Re: Big Brother is Now
It's been here for years but it's only now that they have become so brazen where they really don't give a shit if everyone knows about because it's far too late. One of the reasons they have paid so close attention to the Arab spring uprisings is to learn what countermeasures are the most effective.
"Hey mate, I gotta piss, mind watching my beer?" We all know one practical joker who will bonk his cup with every other in the joint and maybe even pre-bonk the stack of cups in the corner.
<-- NOT a Budweiser
The Apple product that sells out faster than any other iProduct in history.
Re: Hate to say this... but...
"... if you worked on software at company A then any use of a computer at company B is regarded as infringement."
Codswallop! I don't know of any state that allows a company to restrict an individuals ability to earn a living and Massachusetts still hasn't really figured out a solid trade secrets law presumably it has a problem with the UTSA which has been adopted by 46 other states. MA often allows non-compete clauses in employment contracts based on trade secrets but California doesn't allow them at all and hasn't since the late 1800s while also not recognizing such contracts originating in another state except under very limited circumstances. In short, there is no reason along trade secret lines that a CA company wouldn't hire someone who worked in MA.
Re: toadwarrior - Duh, it's hard to do real work on a touch screen
I'd wager he size war isn't about usability in general but 'usability' watching video or playing games. I suppose having a bigger screen is more comfortable allowing one to watch/play at a more relaxed distance and I will say that having tried a friends Note [I, II, ?] it does seem easier entering Chinese characters but that could easily have been the input software she was using.
"What are such inflexible dinosaurs doing here?"
Trying to explain to the young'uns how severely limited dumb terminals really are and that the current crop of wireless touch driven GUI units with considerable processing power are even more limited, because of the surrounding MicroGoogApple walls, than the old VT52s we used when this was all open fields. Not that the chitlins will listen mind you. After all, they've got their heads in the cloud.
Re: Kiss FM?
To be fair there are a few flavors of 'hit' music radio. There is 'hip' rock radio aimed at the urban population and then there is 'hick' rock radio for the rural commuters. Of course that gets mixed up with the monthly 'top 20 (or whatever lasts the better part of an hour)' with the expected weekly or bimonthly refresh. The weekly ones tend to bias more on the 'top 10' side of "dear FSM a_F'ing_gain" and the bimonthly refreshes have you to the point of suicide when you get about 8 fresh singles you haven't become totally nauseous over. Then again that's why I praise Bongo the super cat that my car reads 64 GB USB flash drives.
*By us, anyway
and the Graun.
I was thinking it would be a nice boost to my individual retirement/savings account. Heck, I could max it out for a few years and still have enough left over for trip to the Bahamas.
Re: Logic vs Hope
Robots are only cheaper when the task is relatively simple and repetitive like manufacturing. Of course that isn't to say that a robot army couldn't have simple and repetitive tasks.
"Exterminate all humans! Exterminate, annihilate, destroy!"
Oh that seems pretty simple, all settled then. Yes, the one with the sonic screwdriver, thanks.
Re: Always on - obviously, this isn't 1998
Perhaps you miss a little subtlety about the term "always on". There is "always on" that means in an extremely low power mode and effectively off and there is the "always on" referring to an internet connection, a.k.a. 'always online' in order to function. Here is the distinction that makes a world of difference, nobody really gives a toss about the former but the latter is a royal rectal itch for several reasons not the least of which is that the internet isn't half as reliable as the marketing droids who work for multi-billion dollar companies providing unlimited fiber speed access to them.
Case in point, my refrigerator is always on but if I had to rely on Verizon's high latency, jitter laden, stop motion internet connection to keep it running then I'd be better off with a large Styrofoam box that I put ice in every day.
Re: too late
The weapons trade is only worth more because it's a competitive sport. I've never heard anyone saying they needed to "invest" more on pr0n or drugs because their neighbor was stockpiling oxycodone and grumble flicks.
"... spend $100bn in a share buy-back operation..."
Funny, when I read it the buy-back was being expanded to $60bn from $10bn. The $100bn also included the 15% per quarter dividend increase.
Re: God I hate politicians...@Charles 9
With companies like Wally World it won't matter. It's almost always cheaper to order online and have it delivered to the store for pick-up than it is to buy the exact same product off the shelf. It is to the point that the local Wally World has longer lines at the pick-up counter than the cash registers.
I imagine the future will consist of little pick-up shops staffed by a very few people who simply hand out the things you ordered online. You get a text saying it's ready, stop in with your 'too clever by half' phone but the NFC won't be for payment, since that will be handled online, instead NFC will be used as an identity check when you arrive to get your stuff. It will likely have a catchy name like Queue to Bonk and we'll say things like; "Oh, I have to grab something at Cutie Bonk, do you?"
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