403 posts • joined 20 Aug 2007
who cares that an older media storage system went bye-bye?
for real world applications, solid state is superior for media players.
Just because Apple refuses to allow you upgradeable memory doesn't mean you gotta dream of all your gigabytes you'll ever want at the time of purchase.
Hell, most people build playlists anyway and sync those, which are easily digested by any of Apple's current offerings. How many thousand hours of tunes does anyone need in their pocket? Want more, sync the other list. no big deal.
Or get a more friendly non-Apple unit where you can pop in whatever the largest capacity memory card is that fits your budget. wait a year and the next larger one comes along. If one goes bad, it's seconds to eject and replace with a fresher, faster one.
the book sounds great
the rest, not so much
Re: I foresee trouble
Ironically, it was at this very store where I watched a checkout clerk, an actual employee, reduce a young Hispanic girl to tears because he spoke to her in Spanish which she did not understand because she was born "here" and he was saying "you can't be Mexican, you can't be Latina if you don't speak Spanish. You can't call yourself Hispanic if you can't speak Spanish" etc.
Don't know if this tool thought he was being flirty but the lady was upset that she was being called out about her Mexican soccer team jersey as if she was some sort of failure for not speaking the language of her parents' birthplace...and with three of us in line speaking to the manager, and one guy almost getting to blows against this arsehat, well, he's no longer working there.
With "service" like that, robots are not to blame for being the best choice of replacement.
In fact, I suspect there are no actual replacements occurring. the robots are enhancers-making the staff there more efficient. Store isn't gonna hire more people, so a robot helping out makes those who are there capable of doing more important stuff.
Like not being a racist or cultural elitist and p*ssing off your customers.
awesome, right down the street!
I'm gonna have to see how well this works...and find out just how poorly the 3 Laws are implemented....muahahaha!
And Elon Musk was nowhere near the area according to his press office
however we still have unconfirmed reports of a Model S leaving the area at a high rate of speed emitting a maniacal laugh.
kids these days, so impatient!
why in my day, every vapor announcement was "20 years from now"...thanks to short attention span yoof, everything is announced "only 10 years" nowadays,
now get offa mah lawn!
even here in California, USA where government needs to monetize every working citizen to fund the rest, we're allowed a kilowatt before getting nailed with "motorcycle" status, and all the insurance/licensing fees that come with it.
My kitchen mixer has more than twice that of the e-bike. Now realizing that those tiny little 50cc motors get well over 1HP (closer to 2 or 3), 250 watts is barely 1/3 hp. And most people whinge about gutless 50cc scooters. This means ebikes are charging a lot more money for a lot less "oomph".
It's not that much more expensive (especially in bulk) to get closer to 1kW. But eBike suppliers are either sandbagging for obscene profit or overly regulated. Here in CA, it's definitely the former.
Re: Only 2 motors
thing is, the standard Model S is already two motors, they sit end to end and power a common shaft that goes to the differential from there. It's how Saleen "tuned" the Model S and making more accelleration by dropping the single gear ration.
So this new one, probably has 4 motors, replicating the rear drive unit and moving it forward. At the very least, three.
If, at this level, observation tends to modify or even create behaviors, and we're reasonably sure that with enough energy mass can be created, is it possible that by the extensive effort of explicitly searching for a given theoretical particle, scientists may inadvertently be creating it or causing the effects they seek?
Most of these exotic particle experiments are so specific as they seem to the layman unable to observe, confirm or deny anything but the specific particle or phenomena sought. All this hardware, all the specialized sensors and extreme conditions - not able to "see what happens" but only to confirm a razor focussed hypothesis.
Is it possible that physics has reached a point where it's almost impossible for a "hmm, that's weird" observation of something tangental that can lead to a new avenue of investigation? A type of "myopia" that this hyperspecialization that appears required at these size and power levels? Are we pushing so hard that our methods adding squirrels to Shroedinger's Box?
Re: National Security.
nevermind the Russians couldn't pacify the region either. And they weren't hampered by "civility" and "rules of engagement".
should be enough evidence of criminal intent right there
Weapons of Aural Destruction
Wicker Man Redux?
Nic Cage and the bees think this could be a trap.
injection anomaly-that's wot I told 'er!
Re: Goth friends
well where were you when we sacked Rome? :)
so if I get this straight..
if they find garbage "noise" in their readings, it proves their point?
Can we apply this to other theories as well? I know lots of government pundits like to confuse "missing or questionable" data as "proof" of various economic programs already
cue the "scarcity"
and the preorder hype in 3...2...1...
ah a teachable moment
it's so heartening to see when experience is transferred from the master to the student, and seeing the gleam of enlightenment at the moment of comprehension.
*snif* 'tis a thing of beauty that brings tears to me eyes.
this is how the Modern Enterpreneur in Silicon Valley makes his/her business case
Take something that's already been done, but do it now in such a way as to foist off as much of your operating expenses onto other suckers..errr..investors, and the general public/your neighbors, etc.
then brag about the big profits you make because you don't pay for infrastructure, or insurance, or backend hardware, or parking spaces/floor space, or "volunteers". Crow about how your "new" idea is "superior" to established products that actually pay for their operating costs.
Then, sell your company/idea for $billions before public backlash, regulation enforcement, and legal issues catch up and shut your "new thing" down. Don't forget to complain about "Conspiracy!" before that, too.
Sure, Big Corporate does Evil Things like that too. How this "justifies" a thousand penny-ante "enterpreneurs" crapping all over where they live, is beyond me however.
The regulations got put in place by will of the same people who pride themselves on dodging them, around here.
Now I'm off to make Big Money with my sewage/toxic waste disposal service, where you call into an app and an "independent" truck picks up the stuff and makes it disappear. We don't actually do it, but we have "rules" for our drivers to follow...so it's not our fault if these "independent contractors" don't follow the rules. Besides, we're cheaper than that Big Disposal Outfit that pays all those oppressive EPA fees.....
to be expected
you can't make an omelette without breaking a few sound barriers. or rockets.
Hypersonics is hard. So is air at that speed. It's like designing a car to reach 100mph, much easier for the first hundred than the second.
as speeds go up each incremental boost is exponentially tougher.
funded by "oil" = evil
but funded by snake-oil = savior of mankind?
"Green" energy and control pundits are the farm animals wanting to take down the Big Oil farmers, talking big but really about moving themselves and their profits and power to the top when they couldn't do it any other way.
2 legs bad, 4 legs good. Soon after the "green lobby" wins, it's "some animals are more equal than others."
We need to adapt. But we need to be smart. No one with a big agenda can be trusted outright. Problem is, you're still a bloomin' idiot when all you do is decide which trendy party to be part of and accept everything from them as "truth", and take all practical limitations and warnings of such as "heresay".
Trading "Scientists" and "Consensus" for "Priests" changes nothing but the conceit. Science doesn't need a priesthood, but most everyone falls on their "statements of authority" instead of actually doing a little research of their own. If it's real research, it's open. If it's hidden, there's a problem. Monsanto, for example.
Re: ...that word. I do not think it means what you think it means
climate? or is it "really bad weather"? Like how San Francisco and London call that opaque vaprous smokescreen "fog" ? :)
sadly not "available at WalMart" here either
can't pick up anything bigger than a C (about the size of the battery of the same designation) at a store without proper documentation and license. IIRC even the bog standard D size is now considered powerful enough to be under that restriction.
The reloadables El Reg is using are well within "high powered rocketry" and require a lot of hoop jumping.
Yes, all Europe's ridicule of American freedoms is coming home to roost. We're becoming as No-Fun as the the UK and EU! :(
Re: So many things to consider.
I had an 07 FJR. Miss it daily.
fortunately there;s a helmet on the way that will have relevant HUD info sent to the visor.
thats a tougher test than needed
because your airflow is a lot more turbulent going over the hood and windshield than your actual flight envelope.
If V2 handles that dirty air at speed without issues, the actual flight will be a breeze..natch
the controller is supposed to support PCs, but for me the "win" is that it works with the current Shield portable. Gives a lot better control options especially when patched into a TV and runnning "console mode" or running my desktop PC remotely.
the ability to "stream" not only games but to run your desktop remotely -even outside your home network- from a tiny portable is all kinds of fun. Don't need much speed to fire off an email that pretends you're home, and you'll never use a 3DS or Vita to do a quick edit to an Office doc (i have one of those tiny bluetooth keyboards) while out and about.
Another lesson learned from Tyrion Lannister
best to ask "where do the whores go?" BEFORE getting into a relationship where they try to kill you.
one thing to keep in mind...
one thing to keep in mind. DNA samples of polar bears may not have actually been obtained in the Himalayas, regardless of the claims of whomever submitted the sample. Before rethinking any theories, make absolutely SURE the samples are both actually from their claimed location, and/or were NOT planted for some honest yet overzealous cryptozoologist to conveniently find.
I Wanted To Believe...Then I Grew Up. :(
Re: Perfect for the pollies.
you DO realize Zuckerberg, et al, funds and supports the DNC in all things and is a whole lot more likely already doing this for HIS preferred politicians.
Who was it that was able to make a direct phone call to the President to complain? Someone paid a LOT of money and favors to do that. Who helped organize and support the $5K a plate "fundraiser" here in San Jose a couple months ago?
It's funny watching people cast aversions on one side while ignoring the actual observed facts about the other. What you think the republicans "might" do is a lot less critical than what the democrats ARE doing RIGHT NOW.
Worry about the GOP if it ever gets "in charge" again.
going to need on-site electrical storage
the service station of the future is going to need a large onsite storage bank- no way mains power is going to be enough to supply on-demand to the half dozen or so stations down any reasonably busy urban road. Especially at lunchtime/after work. Since it only needs to hold the charge for a couple hours between peak usage, would supercapacitors be suitable?
any bets this poll was taken at around 11 am or 1PM local time?
so when they call the people who are home all day - ones who are either rich enough to have 3 hour lunch breaks, or don't work to pay their own bills, I'm sure they get plenty of people who won't sweat any difference in their bill.
the rest of us were at work and didn't answer the phone call that caller ID says is coming from some telemarketing firm.
so in other words,
it's a box you could build yourself for less, except with user controlled multicolored lighting. And zero upgrade path?
that's because it's not Texas but the FED who is bringing in the FAA to create the drama.
Thank you for saying it.
Thank you for coming out and saying it. Just as I can't play NBA level basketball, nor bear children, some people are NOT mentally structured to code.
Yes, Virginia - some people are better at some things than others. And some people are incapable of doing certain things. There ARE differences and talents in individuals, and not everyone gets every trophy.
Some of us square pegs are gonna seal up the square holes better. throwing money at some skillsets just to be politically correct ain't gonna change that.
Spend your government into the ground all you want, but you're not gonna produce a nation of Hemingways, nor make most people worthy of even typing an El Reg headline.
the moral of the story:
this will happen with FB too, when the plebes get bored. And the next "big social network" after that..
your data will be theirs to use against you as they see fit. No matter how "permanent" you believe your Current Important Thing really is - it will not last forever, or even very long at all.
Government agencies all abuzz about Cloud services should really think twice about handing over critical client/public data to companies that have been in existence for much less time than that Agency has existed continuously. Remember all the IT juggernauts of the 2Ks that are already forgotten? They were prime, unbreakable, solid as granite. And now their buildings are leased to arcade/pizza places for kids and to fly-by-night importers of grey market Chinese knockoffs.
Ten years, 20 years...very few companies in the computer/information processing services have lasted that long. Many government agencies have run unbroken for nearly a century.
What do you do when your social media tanks with your data? What do you do when your Cloud Service tanks with two decades of your client/citizen data?
Re: Was the UK tax paid?
your ambassadors fail to pay any taxes here, so why should we have a different reciprocal agreement?
"Diplomatic Immunity" means all foreign ambassadors kick their speeding, parking, etc tickets to the curb.
Music may hold an important, special place in our hearts
but here at Apple, nothing is in higher esteem than snake oil!
Next up: Apple to acquire Monster Cable and promote all gold plated fiberoptic digital linkages.
Sell the sizzle, not the steak.
It's not supposed to be used on the lap.
it's a gorram "mobile workstation" for those employers who got a BYOD bug up their kiester. You keep it closed until you get to your desk, then open it up, and wait for a completely different set of RSI and posture related pains to begin.
Or you just dock it, then never use the screen or keyboard on it at all.
Only time I saw anyone open one of these behemoths outside of the employer/contractor desk over the years (Dell used to make a rather epic one "back in the day") was at the coffee shop or restaurant trying to get some paperwork done before having to run to the copy shop to find a place to send the files from, or to plug into a phone line and hope the toll free modem number was available :P
now eagerly awaiting
your review of the replay XD. Size, numbers and price look amazing, even in comparison to the HD Hero series.
great, back to the "same old same old"
Mr. Musk is back to the tried and true "smear the other guy to get ahead" techniques of government contractors of the past.
This disappoints me greatly. I expected "innovate until the opposition begs to be bought up" or at least "innovate until the competition has no choice but to pay billions to acquire us".
Playing skeevy political games (the opening salvo in this whole engine fiasco) is the stuff of those who are *not* brilliant and *cannot* innovate.
We've already got enough companies, private and public, doing this, Colt, lookin' at you.
too little too late
if these had come along a decade or so sooner, I have family members who couldn't give up the butts who'd still be alive. For them it was the nicotine. Dad switched to e cigs about a month before the spreading lung cancer essentially squeezed his heard to death. Mostly because he had started on oxygen and real cigs would have been explosively risky.
I just wish the 'second hand" smell wasn't the same as radiator antifreeze leaking onto a hot exhaust manifold. I hope that's the next evolution-complete stealthy and stink-free. Somebody's face shouldn't have ppm emissions worse than their arse.
huge difference in (mono)culture
you could airdrop real guns all over Japan and most of them would be turned into the police, with most of the remainder kept as a collectible (ooh! Series 1 original with the Airdrop paint scheme!). Any significant increase in violence would be primarily accidents and small children.
Here you have an ever growing self-limiting "victim class" who is led to believe every failure is "someone else's fault" or an "-ism" which leads to no desire to improve oneself but increasing hatred at those you believe who "held you down". A gun and a million grudges are a dangerous combination.
Different place, different people. Lack of diversity helps keep friction down too.
so the question is..
for the purposes of campaign finance rules:
is the value of the donation counted as the value of BC at the time of the donation or the time it is translated to cash?
Because with the suspiciously controlled volatility of BC, I can see a "donate low, pump high" plan among those politicians with "friends" in high social media circles.
Even this shows the problem with BC. No politician is buying her posters, her airtime, her expensive hotels with BC, her campaign is gonna liquidate it at the best possible price and convert it to USD to stash in the war chest.
how do you fence that stuff?
aren't the serial numbers of all their inventory known? and cannot be used or activated without calling home to iTunes?
seems simple enough to blacklist the missing merch and wait till complaints come in from "boot sale" suckers. Follow it back to who sold them and Bob's yer uncle.
Re: There is one possible business model
selling my dreamcast was something I did only out of the drastic need for cash.
This is the machine that finally got me into fighting games. Soul Caliber did for me.
simple enough to understand
I love games. I love the Wii. Wife still plays it more than I do. I've 4 different Nintendo home consoles (NES, Super Nintendo, Game Cube, and Wii) and every version of their portables from the original DS up to the 3DSXL.
But I wasn't interested in any of the latest gen consoles, much less the U.
Why pay such a premium for such little improvement? Or the biggest killer of all: No ultimate must have butt kicking games that would make me want to spend a ton of money for a new system,
I bought the wife a 3DS instead last month, and have had a Nvidia Shield for myself for almost a year. We're just not spending that much time in front of the TV playing games anymore.
So basically, if Nintendo can't interest a family of Nintendo Reservation members in the U, I suspect they aren't going to interest new blood either. Hell, I was ready to abandon Nintendo's mobile platform but the wife really wants her latest Cooking and Camping Mama games.
may I suggest to the Vulture SPB
some sort of homage built into the LOHAN project, in Prof. Pillinger's honor?
I've read of similar ideas in sci fi
take your 360 camera/sensor view. compress the image horizontally, more so at the edges than center of view. Now with some training and practice, your gunner can see movement behind him and head track to ascertain threat. If targetting is handled by computer, all the gunner needs to do is be aware of targets and give fire or ignore orders to those targets, handling multiple threats simultaneously.
I'm thinking Pournelle's Hammer's Slammers series did it first/best.
now if only
we could actually get these and some explorers to other worlds to test them, instead of just CGI and deserts on Earth.
What good is a surface exploration suit without a method or will to get these onto otherworld surfaces?
it's a portable wifi hotspot?
so Apple is gonna launch a 4G service and this is their wifi hotspot module?
to be pendantic, the mini revolver mentioned only has a 5 round cylinder.
So it's "did I fire 5 shots, or 4..." :)