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DARPA is a government entity, not a private business. THAT is the difference there.
Government in the US is supposed to be for the people, not for the government. It is more and more becoming for the government and less for the people. As a tax payer, I'm sick of it. End the entitlements, end the back room deals, end the pork barrel spending which is just payback in a thin disguise. Put the government back to work as intended, a steward of the country.
Go ahead and TD, if you don't live here you don't get it or don't care if you do. Keep looking at shiny things.
2. The taxpayers got their money back with interest. Why do you care how the government invests if they are making a profit on it?
The government is not/should not be in the business of investing or making a profit. Period. Tax payers don't benefit from this particular loan because we won't be getting a check back for the money we loaned out (with interest). The powers that be will just spend it on something else. So, no, it isn't a win for us. Also, you can't compare this sort of thing to money for a tank a jet or whatever. Those things are national defence (somewhat...) and are for the greater good.
That being said, good job Tesla for paying back and keep up the good work. The 4 door looks great.
Also, this is a far cry better than Fiskar and the 5 billion that we wasted on that back scratching pay out.
Re: "How about you spend that fat cash on making a better product "
Only problem with the Mac PC commercials is that eventually it backfired and people started loving the goofy PC guy more than Justin Longs character. Snarkey cool dude only goes so far before it starts looking like smug cool dude, which no one cares for...
Wrong and Right
You lot are all wrong on the beer thing. I've had my share of British beers. Boring. Guiness? A stout? Ahahahaha, barely. It's drinkable mind you, but here on the West Coast there are numerous stouts that put it to shame. Its my last ditch go to when nothing else good is on tap. Cascade hops are good and what the brewers are doing with those and other hops is fantastic. Imperial IPAs are some of the most complex tasting beverages you will ever drink. And the 9-11% alcohol doesn't hurt! Best part is, with the revolution in brewing going on in this country, you can find a quality micro brewery easily. My small town of 8k has 3!
And yes, Microsoft is in the toilet. Windows mobile is so so and Windows 8 is a first rate pain in the ass to use. They had better do something very quickly to clean up their mess or their market share is going to take a long dive into oblivion.
Oh, and no one is screaming about it because everyone loves to hate Microsoft and everyone LOVES Apple, right?
wow. A lot of nonsense on this article. Definately a lot of folks who have never used handguns but like to talk the big game. I'm not a soldier, but I do own handguns (for now a privelege of being a US citizen). My fav is the Glock 19. Utterly reliable, simple, and accurate (and as stated, easy to take down). It isn't elegant or fancy, but it gets the job done.
As for rounds carried and stopping power, do some reading on combat engagements, the US Army did after WW2. They found that the caliber of a weapon is far less important than the number of rounds you can throw at the enemy. In engagements with enemy forces, it was multiple shots to connect, not awesome Jon Wu style gunfights with massive editing to make the good guys look good. With that in mind, lighter caliber rounds and more of them are the adopted theory that the US took, hence the AR series of rifle. Light ammunition, more of it, and the ability to saturate a target area. Same goes for a hand gun.
Re: Shoulda gone with Akamai
Ya, but Akamai is expensive. :D
We use it here at work and our management keeps coming to me asking if there is a cheaper alternative. I keep saying,yes, but when was the last time we had an outage because of Akamai? The answer is never.
This is why you don't let Devs into production environments - EVER.
"The consumer electronics world was really never here," he said, "and so it's not a matter of bringing it back, it's a matter of starting it here."
What a load of crap. So I suppose all those television, radio, computer, cell phone, and you name it products that started life here in the good ole USA were NEVER made here?
And I agree with other posters, this isn't about bringing it to the US, its about reducing costs through automation. Notice, however, that it will still be Foxconn doing the work. So while the production may be coming stateside, the cash will still be headed to Cupertino and China.
Re: How many of it's designers has it outlived ?
They don't build them like they used to... :)
I remember when this thing launched. I'm not much of a space buff, but it is always fascinating to read articles about it and the latest chunk of space it is looking at, and to remeber that I was a child when it went up!
"This man is about to die...."
Re: you forget an important thing
"taste & judgement (something that Jobs did have)."
Have you seen his boat?
Apple innovation? Since when has apple, aw, fuckit. nevermind. :)
We have a lot of iPhone fans here in the office. I have yet to see the new 5 in anyones hands though...
I now have a new wallpaper on my nexus. :)
Re: That old IBM keyboard...
@AC Oh my GOSH those were loud!
Re: Hmm, iPads?
Agreed. Surprised not to see it in there. If people could get over their obsession with iProducts, and look back 10 - 15 years, you would see that the Palm Pilot was THE productivity tool for mobile users. They were HUGE in their time.
Re: I'm quite tempted
@AC Quite Tempted - Rooting Nexus 7
The toolkits do root it quickly. However, if you are like me, and waited to root until after the 4.1.2 update, you'll have to load the 4.1.1 bootloaders for it to work. It will be interesting to see what happens when 4.2 comes out. I'll be holding off until the root issues are sorted again. I like my Titanium backup, et. all. :)
@ Lost in Cyberspace
first timers may just be shocked by the price difference between oh, ALL the other 7 inch form factor tablets out there and the iPad mini. Hell, you could just go buy a big fat 10 incher ( in a few weeks) for just a little bit more.
Re: @ Daemon Byte
You must realize, however, that it was Microsoft who reported the omission, not the EU. MS came clean on their own and fixed the issue. If they had kept mum, I wonder if anyone would have even noticed...
Re: While I think that to some extent users are suffering from download fatigue in
Agreed. I use all 3 of the biggies at work for various tools. Every time I use FF, I am reminded of logging in to AOL back in the day.... "please wait while [AOL] Firefox is updated”
Re: While I think that to some extent users are suffering from download fatigue in
Actually, in the states, you CAN get off of a speeding ticket for a technical error. If the citing officer does not follow the correct procedure, and it can be proven (usually by a lawyer), then the ticket is dismissed. You obviously have to pay the lawyer, but at least the state doesn't get to ding your record.
Re: Right back to the article.
I don't get the app count thing really. I have about a dozen or so core apps that I use on my tablet and my phone (both android). Beyond that, who cares?
As for quality, well, I think 1200 x 800 is better quality than 1024 x 768, no matter how you spin it, pixel density is going to win. Unless you walk around with your screen on full bright all day long, you won't ever realize the supposed difference in any of them.
Amazon: Store front, good price, great if you are a fan of that company.
iPad: apple store front (no different than amazon really), lame price, low spec, obviously a fan of that company.
nexus 7: barely a store front, good price, and you get to do what you want where you want how you want to do it, along with the same high res screen as the kindle plus the bonus of a GPS, accelerometor, and compass.
(OK, i was fanboing it up a bit there at the end, but you get the picrue)
Re: You do know that Google stuff has been sync'ing for years upon years, right?
and the word ipad would probably conjure up images of a sanitary product for the ladies.
Strangely enough, it still does. And coming out with the ipad mini didn't help things any! Bwahahahahahahah
Re: Build Quality??
@AC Glass Case
Good point. Fanbois seem to have forgotten all the shed tears over the cool looking glass construction of the iPhone 4, et. all.
For the record, I have the nexus 7. The build quality could be better, as it suffers from the lifting left corner like so many others do. But for the money and the performance, I'm willing to let it fudge a little. Build material? Really, I think the ruberized backside is probably a better choice than aluminum. Yes, aluminum is sweet and light (I love using it on my boats), but not particularly grippy on its own.
What an ugly boat
I'm not a naval architect. But I do restore classic runabouts for fun and am a fan of mid sized yachts. This thing is hideous. There are no signs of any naval or maratime influences visible in the shots provided. the bridge looks like a prison cell. Can you imagine being at the helm and having to sit at those pole seats? I pity the captain and crew.
The deck looks like a 50s rambler. The bow ? What the hell is going on there? This thing is in such bad taste I can't even put it to words. It will end up in the scrap heap before too long. Or should be anyways...
I beg to differ on the commute friendly statement. When it came out, all the advertisements showed people using it all over the place. On a train, on a plane, etc. That sure seems commuter oriented to me.
Huh. I can stuff my Nexus into my jeans pocket quite easily. makes for easy transport from my desk to a meeting at work. Or if I just want to be descrete about having it on my person.... I know thats hard for Apple fanbois to understand....
Re: " There are two good reason for not buying an iPad Mini - Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7."
We have both in my home. My son has the Fire HD and I have the Nexus 7. The fire is a nice piece of kit, really. But the lack of the GPS, accelerometer and compas was a no go for me. I need these things so I can use my tablet on my boat with nav software.
Aside from the lack of location tech, the Fire is on par with the nexus. Although I have noticed some lag at times when my son loads too many games on it and chews up the storage.
The display on both units is great, higher than the mini pad.
The Fire is very Amazon focused, naturally. Too much so for my taste, but just right for monitoring a childs purchasing habits... :)
The Nexus tries to be Google play focused, but you can ignore it by not playing by their rules. Not so much on the fire.
Nexus is just a bit smaller in the hands. Great for reading.
Re: Wasted £10 on maps of Spain
@AC Wasted maps of spain
LOL!!! Sorry for your pain, but this is what you get for not doing proper research before spending your money. I guess Apple is counting on that so they can upsell you on a new shiny ipad...
Re: Offline mappage
@argh, Offline mappage Osmand
I use osmand on my nexus 7 and its great. I've downloaded the entire west coast of the US and it does a fine job of tracking. As for storage on your device, really? If you are that starved for space, do some house cleaning...
Re: Offline mappage
@I ain't Spartacus
Your iPad wasn't useless because it didn't have a signal...
Re: Death of a salesman
One can only hope....
I was so sick of the Apple fanaticism back in the day right before Jobs took over again. I thought for sure that they were done for. Then they turned everything around handily and are "Teh most biggest company evar". It would be nice to see those smug smiles disappear again. :)
Re: why buy a £269 iPad Mini when you can have an equally serviceable Nexus 7 for £199
Oh, that's easy to fix. You can just defame it by putting an apple sticker on it!
But you could take it a step further and quote Apple:
"Apple have invented a new, magical place, where our 'computers' work their wonderous things. This new concept is called 'data center' and is the first of its kind. And also the largest. We will now sue everyone else who had already created a data center for patent infringement. You see, ours specifies that the badge reader is on the LEFT side of the door..."
Are pretty much that boring. Seen one....
it all blows anyway. I'll be the first in line to buy ebooks when the publishers and resellers stop gouging consumers. Charging the face value for an electronicaly formatted title is a rip off. There are no printing costs, no distribution, no middle man. You have an already formatted text, saved as a variety of ebook styles - a days work at best. Put infrastructure, rented or otherwise, on the bill, plus the nominal cut for the publisher and author and these things don't really cost much to impliment. Instead, the industry has just shifted the format and kept the savings to themselves. Fuckem.
Re: Apple's new policy already forming as exterminate and germinate.
"but then of course they borrowed pinch to zoom from Apple."
Sorry to burst your bubble, but this is just another tech that Apple and others have used. It is not new and exclusive to Apple and then copied by the rest of the world.
Me and my fishing buddy watch this film every spring, ahead of Salmon season. Last year we watched it on his boat, at dusk, with my 12 year old in tow. It was epic.
Try this for funL
Every time they say water, take a drink.
Every time they say shark, take a drink.
But don't do them both in the same viewing!
Really? it's funny that one site says it is the most awesomeness evar, yet tons of users are bitching about it. Also funny that my HTC has no problem taking clear pictures with no artifact colors...
10 million iPad minis – or whatever they'll be called
Don't be daft, everyone knows they will be called the Mini Pad...
I'll get my coat now...
Re: Not buying it
The market has finally caught up with them? Seriously??? Do you even follow mobile tech?
Too funny. I have a client who is a millionair. He is a very smart person who has done very well for himself over his career. He is technically incompetent, ie. gran. Outside of simple browsing and basic apps, I have to do any number of "complicated' things like setting up wireless or email, etc on his Apple products. Is it easy? Not really when compared to other systems. Installing a printer? Much easier on a PC or vanilla Linux. Setting up email on a phone or tablet? Easier on Android. Could he do these on his own like gran? Obviously not...
Mine's the one with the extra check in the pocket...
It's not the quantity, its the quality.
The same could be said for when the Japanese invaded Pearl Harbor. A few thousand were killed on our side. Then a few million on the Japanese side. Grab the tiger by the tail and you'll get the teeth.
It is really surprising that no one seems to remember how much of a beat down we gave the Japanese after their actions in '41. We got our own licks as well, but nothing like what we dished out.
The moral: Don't fuck with the US on our own soil or you will get a serious ass kicking. The rest of the world may not like it, but really, here in the US we don't care when it comes down to it.
Re: What's wrong with Hyundai?
Er.. yes they did. Some of the nicest automotive kit is coming out of Korea in the form of Hyundai and Kia. Surprisingly. And the joke is, it costs less than just about everything else out there (in the US anyway) and has a great warranty. :)
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