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21 posts • joined 3 Dec 2012

Proof Apple is GOING BACKWARDS: It's trying to patent a Newton-ish touchscreen stylus

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Re: Probably intended for graphic artists

I know I'll get flamed for this, but it seems most of the commenters did not read or understand the patent application. This is about a pen that does NOT have interchangeable nibs, it is about a pen that uses an actuator (wheel) to change the way the tip (nib) interacts with the tablet. So you could change your brush, get tactile feed-back and NOT search for an easily lost plug-in tip. Wacom pens have buttons that change pen behavior, but not the tip consistency. I have not seen prior art on this.

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Massive new AIRSHIP to enter commercial service at British dirigible base

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Re: Question to someone sciencey.

It is always better to compress air to take on as extra ballast than to compress your lifting Helium. Since the COSH apparatus is shrouded in much mystery I am not convinced that this is not exactly what it does.

As far as usefulness goes: Any tracking outfit will have 50 tons of water available wherever they operate, and they might benefit greatly from getting 50tons of equipment delivered in exchange.

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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What about updates

So why would anyone consider the Nexus device for "good updates" when you already know that you get less than 18 month of updates, which is much less than the 2 year contract and much much less than I want to keep my phone. I need updates for 3 years guaranteed. So that means MS or Apple.

I wish google would change, but I have no hope they will.

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FBI offers $10,000 bounty for arrest of laser-wielding idiots

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Ever tried to wear those?

I know there are ancient goggles that may be that bad, but for less than $500 you can buy multi-band goggles with good optics and 75% transmission. Laser lines are very narrow and good filter design can remove essentially all commercially available laser wavelengths without much visible issues. I have long wondered why not more pilots wear those.

http://search.newport.com/?x1=sku&q1=31-20096&xcid=goog-pla-31-20096&gclid=CLCys_yKx7wCFQNufgodPBUAgw

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Display tech based on EYEBALLS could reduce teens' mobe-fiddling

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users are more intelligent

I seldom fiddle with brightness, but when I do I take a choice: I trade display quality for battery life. If the fancy tech needs more processor cycles to save some nits at constant display quality that is nice to improve daylight readability, or even preserve quality at lower backlight rates, but there is no way it is as efficient as dialing down backlight to 'barely readable' mode.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Win 9 is going to be perfect!

Just look at the numbers: 9=3x3 so this is got to be good. It takes MS three tries to do anything right and this is the third try on a third try so I expect greatness.

Unfortunately it really way further than their 9th try so I just hope for the best.

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A whopping one in four Apple fanbois uses OBSOLETE TECH

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Re: @DougS

Why don't you learn how to calculate before posting. If only35 million devices came with iOS7 and 75% of 600 million = 450 million are using iOS7 then 415 million users must have upgraded.

The only reason Android looks halfway up to date is because its surge in market share. More new devices around. Few people upgrade android devices more than once or twice in their life, mostly since device manufacturers and telcos don't roll out new versions quickly. So if you want anything recent it is cyanogen or iOS, or buy a new phone every 6 months.

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Women crap at parking: Official

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This was a New York study

If you are really confused about the 80% of pedestrians in New York being run over by male drivers, you have never seen New York: 90% of cars are cabs, and 98% of cab drivers are male. (O.K. I just made up those numbers, but it sure feels that way). I am shocked that 20% of pedestrians in NY are run over by women....

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Patent law? It's all about Apples, Newton and iPads

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Re: Sightly strange complaint

So why is the NHS not a public good? It works out in economy just like the herd immunity: In the US where we don't have such a thing a new hip costs a fortune, while it is cheap (and I don't just mean the cost to the individual) in most reasonable systems (such as Canada, UK or Germany). The reason is if you have a decent universal health care system it drives down cost of service for everyone. Not having a decent system in the US (and unfortunately Obamacare is just not enough) causes higher drug prices, higher service prices and even higher insurance company profits. So the true market approach here is if you spend enough money lobbying you can guarantee your profit base for the foreseeable future.

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iPad Air BARES ALL, reveals she's a high maintenance lady

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So what did Google say about Android

I just read that Google won't support the galaxy nexus on kitkat since it is older than 18 months. So you should throw an android out after less than two years. No need to replace the batteries. At least Apple still supports the iPhone4 with iOS7. Much more important to me than how easy it is to replace the battery.

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Apple handed Samsung-busting nuke after Steve Jobs patent U-turn

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Irrelevant

All this litigation is irrelevant for the companies involved. Even if Samsung gets found guilty of infringement they can ban imports of the S4 two years or so from now. Big win. Patents in the current system work great for trolls (they can easily make it more expensive to settle than to fight), but not so much for protecting IP from copies. The money involved is not going to hurt Samsung or Moto.

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Why a Robin Hood tax on filthy rich City types is the very LAST thing needed

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Right facts wrong conclusion

While it is true that more ways to speculate might bring the price of a commodity closer to the 'real' price, this assumes that we want the commodity close to the real price. Any engineer should know that if you remove all damping from a system it reacts very fast to change, but that still means we want damping in a system. The tax does not prevent any type of speculation. You can still go long and even sell naked short. You just have to pay for it. This is the equivalent of a damping force on a mechanical response. Remove the shock absorbers from your car and your tires will follow sudden dips and bumps much more closely. They will follow the 'real' road. The ride quality for the man in the cab will suffer.

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'Safest car ever made' Tesla Model S EV crashes and burns. Car 'performed as designed'

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Re: Thermal runaway

Toyota uses Li batteries in their Prius plug-in. There simply is no choice when it comes to range. NiMh is only useful if you want ~100000 cycles of partial charge/discharge as you would in a standard hybrid during regenerative breaking.

If you 'insert' a metallic object into a LiMg battery there will be a fire. Tesla packs are built to deal with such a fire should it happen to a few isolated cells. If many cells in close proximity get internally shorted (no protection circuit can help there) that area will ignite. I think it shows good engineering that the fire did not spread through the entire battery pack.

Most cars have exposed fuel lines along the underside and a convenient ignition source in form of a catalytic converter right next to them. Car fires are really not that rare.

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IPCC: Yes, humans are definitely behind all this global warming we aren't having

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Who said global warming stalled

What most climate skeptics fail to realize is that global warming has not stalled in the past 15 years. The atmospheric part of it has stalled, but looking at good old Earth that really is just an incredibly tiny fraction of the globe. If you look at the global deep sea temperatures things are moving along just fine. So just because some ocean circulation patterns have changed, moving more heat into the deep end is not a reason to say 'there is no problem'. If I were sitting in Britain I would be rather more worried about changing circulation patterns...

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Microsoft caves on Xbox One DRM and used-game controls

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Or are they hiding something?

When I first heard about the draconian DRM measures I was wondering what they were thinking, but then I realized that nobody is talking about the ridiculous privacy issues around the new "I know who you are, and which friends you visited" Kinect any more. So maybe they just designed the EULA as a distraction from the privacy issues, intending to U-turn "we do listen..." all the way.

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First Cook, now Intel bigwig pokes Google in the eye over Glass

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Re: History will repeat itself

I know Apple bashing is en vogue, and I used to be an Apple fan from 1987-2009, so I may be a bit biased. But Apple has produced some very innovative products, they certainly are not a company to criticize for plagiarizing stuff (even if my first MP3 player was not an iPod, the first player that got lots of use was.) Why not criticize Apple for their true failings? Walled gardens, no support for legacy applications, App store on the Mac, moving tablet UI elements to the Mac... the list is definitely there.

The way I see google glass is just like the first CE smart phones: interesting but useless. If a friend gets one I'll play with it for a few minutes, but I'll never buy one. So the real question is will Google improve Glass over time to a point where it will be useful, or will it be a different company that comes up with a useable headmounted computer?

So if history repeats itself and a different company comes out as the inventor of the usable headmounted computer I would still give the accolades to them and not to Google for making an innovative but unusable product. My guess is this will be neither Google nor Apple.

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Ban Samsung sales in the US? Sorry, Apple: Tech titans say 'No'

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Who cares about the injunction

I really don't get the fuss about the injunction. With the lawsuit running for years no product that still generates reasonable revenue is on the list of infringing products. I wonder if Samsung is just trying to stretch this out while they sell the last remaining stock of those old and outdated phones.

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Climate-cooling effect 'stronger than volcanoes' is looking solid

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Re: So what's changed?

Why not look at chemistry or climate when talking about both.

If we have a warm climate down here due to greenhouse gases (I said if) we will have a colder troposphere, because those gases keep the IR radiation further down to the ground.

But the nice thing is that you ignored both chemistry and climate science, so maybe the cooling of the troposphere keeps the unstable intermediaries around longer so they can form more clouds. It is just one more thing that may have a negative or positive feedback. So why shouldn't we burn some fossil fuels in the meantime to see if we can reach tipping point. If we can reach a tipping point we will wipe out most of humanity (why do they want to settle in coastal cities?), if it turns out the feedback is strongly negative we can look back and say there never was a problem.

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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This is how MoD contracts work

The problem with MoD contracts is that the skill is not in building the kit, or designing the kit, but rather in designing a Cost Model that the MoD buys for designing and building such kit. Nobody ever believes that any program can be run at the promised cost, but if the Cost Model can be tweaked so that it fits within MoD budget all is well. Once you have spent all the money under the cost model, you then just have to ask for more, and show a new Cost Model that shows you are at least 50% there. So if you want to have more than 100% cost overrun (as in the case of the carriers) you just have to do multiple rounds of this. This is especially easy to do on projects >4 years since the politicians change, and so you can claim a change in requirement.

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Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging

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Re: I'll admit that this patent might have a leg to stand on.

Try using any actual Apple mouse. They give you a warning message 2 days, 2 hours and 5 minutes before they stop working. I would still prefer a mouse that 'just works' without me going for the battery charger whenever the 2 hours left message comes on.

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Did anyone look at the patent before commenting?

I think the patent talks about distance charging, not inductive mat charging which has indeed been around for years. If I read this correctly it will be used for the Apple mice and keyboards, and will be integrated in future macs (but I could be wrong). Certainly nobody builds anything like that currently, and I don't know enough about the Wireless Power Alliance patents to see if they have anything similar. The older patents are certainly very different.

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