And they are really terrible, terrible phones. Some sites already have hands on reviews. Super slow, super laggy. These phones are made to make WInphone look good.
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Re: Amazing video
Yes, I was very impressed by that too. It seemed like a frigging laser shot! It's incredible how little energy is transferred to the parts of the target not exactly under the bullet.
I was also impressed by the water test too, nice ninja move ;) I can only hope to be as fast if the same thing happens to me.
For the record, I never have and probably never will use an Apple product, not even for target practice (the fact that I don't own a gun and have never shot anything but my granpa's .22, under his supervision of course, some 35 years ago does help of course :)
Re: darn, i missed that one.
The first time I realized that humour is the appreciation of human suffering was when I read Stranger in a strange land, a long long time ago, as an impressionable teenager (of course), when the main character (I forget his name, the martian) discovers humour by watching some monkeys beating up another other in a cage.
I was *really* impressed, that scene changed me forever.
Many many times since then I have challenged people to tell me a joke that does not derive its humour from the suffering of a human, animal, etc, and is not a simple word play or pun.
I don't remember anyone ever managing to do it, even though almost everyone strongly disagrees, at first.
You are implying that there is 100% compatibility between different versions of PowerPoint, I don't have the same experience. In fact, (I'm in academia) we mandate students to print all presentations to pdf files to avoid surprises.
I agree with everything else though (except for outlook, but then again I'm not in the industry.) The typical user doesn't even know Word numbers pages automatically.
Re: Scientific and Engineering Computing
Have you ever seen Holerith format used in anger? I have :)
I know about the Fortran holdouts, they're the crazy people I mentioned :)
Things are of course different when you have a code base in Fortran that has been developed for 35 years, you'd be crazy to just chuck that out of the window and restart from scratch in C++. Perhaps the majority of academic and scientific programming is writing and modifying a couple of subroutines in an existing program. Even if it takes the student six months to make heads or tails of the program, it's still better than rewriting from scratch. It'd be years before you had anything working, without any scientific advance, and no M.Sc., no Ph.D., and no papers during this period. All around Career Seppuku.
However, every once in a while, people do start new projects from scratch. It's a good time to start looking around for alternative development environments. If the project involves computational mechanics and finite elements, it's quite likely that by using FEniCS/Dolfin (for instance), you'll get results a lot faster.
At the end of the day, I think we'll see evolution in action, if you depend on writing computational mechanics code to get scientific results, you'll get them so much faster with a proper environment (say FEniCS/Dolfin or OpenFOAM) that you'll leave old school scientists/programmers behind. You can't just wait for the old professors to die out (that hurts a little bit because I think I can be considered one of them), because they (we) tend to leave our disciples in our places. It's necessary to out evolve the strain :)
I'm pretty language agnostic as well, and I also use Python a lot (and matlab, and fortran, and macro languages of commercial finite element programs, and pretty much whatever it takes..) It's not really a question of C++, it's much more a question of the supporting frameworks, that nowadays are mostly written in C++. In fact, some of these have excellent interfaces to Python, using these interfaces really is the best of all worlds.
Scientific and Engineering Computing
Which was once the domain of Fortran, is now almost exclusively C++.
The computing core, not the the GUI, of course.
There many high quality, high performance frameworks that can be used to write amazingly complex simulations that would be just impossible to do in a single lifetime (ok, I exaggerate) if you'd start from scratch.
If you're curious about what can be done with C++, check these things out:
These are just a few I have used one way or another, there are many many more. These mostly use very advanced C++ techniques, template metaprogramming and all that horrible stuff to provide tools that do very sophisticate operations with a reasonably simple interface. It's basically what one of the first posters to this discussion said: you have to encapsulate the C++ complexity. For many domains in scientific computing, this has been already done for you.
It really is quite unthinkable today to consider developing a large, complex simulation code in another language (but of course there are a lot of people who do that; I just think they are crazy :)
I've just checked it out
There is only one model of kindle advertised, one of the simplest ones, I think. It doesn't have touch or a keyboard or a backlight. It's the 6 in e-ink e-book reader.
No mention of 3g, so I guess it's wifi only.
It's selling for about US$140. So it's about twice as expensive as it is in the US, which is pretty much the normal mark up we have to pay due to import taxes, duties, etc. etc.
I don't know about the book selection, sadly I've been out of the market of reading for pleasure for a few years, but there are no engineering books, which probably isn't their fault, most probably the publishers don't see a market.
You can buy e-books in other languages, probably amazon is making available everything they can from around the world that is not subject to regional controls. This is very good, the prices are very good compared to printed books, most of which you wouldn't be able to find anyway. I typed Nel Gaiman, just to see what would come up, and there were thirty *pages* of stuff.
It's claiming that the top selling book at the moment is Fifty Shades os Gray, so it seems that ipad wielding moms are the main market right now.
The second one is another Fifty shades of bullshit.
The third one is a hagiography of the founder of one of the largest evangelical churches in Brazil
The fourth is a self help diet book.
The fifth is a George Martin book.
It'll be interesting to see how this holds up against the e-shops of the other large brazilian bookseller chains, Cultura, Saraiva and Siciliano, which also sell e-books (and real books, and other physical stuff like the american amazon store.)
Engineering and Scientific Software
Engineering and Scientific software still can make use of the fastest, largest desktop machines you can find.
It's a cliché, I know, but nowadays we run simulations on our desktops that would have required supercomputers a few years ago. And we are very happy for it. It really *does* make a big difference whether you're running on a dual core atom (or equivalent) laptop, or on a 8 or 12 core desktop beast.
It's a bit worrisome to me that if "normal" people stop buying fast desktop computers, we'll return to the time when to run engineering software you had to buy dedicated workstations that cost 25.000 dollars.
Perhaps we'll have to run this stuff "in the cloud"...
Top Bloke. I wonder how long it took to train the muscles to control the hand. I'd expect it to be the most difficult part of the process, but perhaps not that much different from what they already have to go through with physical therapy after a traumatic accident.
I'm curious about how long the battery lasts, I suppose it'll be a battery race, hand or smartphone ?
Of course you could put a bigger battery in the arm, an usb plug, and chard the phone from the arm. Or just embed the smartphone in the arm,
Or a laser.
Re: Hard as I try
At these speeds, doubling the power would most certainly not double the speed (I know you didn't say that, but people might be tempted to do the linear extrapolation ;) considering the air resistance would grow at the very very least quadratically with the speed.
.A less lazy mechanical engineer than I could probably guesstimate the extra speed of the full power run. I'm not saying that their achievement is not amazing, I love things that burn stuff to go really fast, just pointing out that it's not a given that they'd be supersonic at a full power run (you didn't say that either ;)
Re: Proper resolution!
As fate would have it, it got here a couple of hours after I posted ;)
Didn't put it to any serious use though. Looks gorgeous, IMHO. The screen is excellent.
The problems are what I knew beforehand: small ssd disk (128G), small memory (4G), no VGA connector, colleagues get really jealous, etc.
Re: Fantastic OS
Please excuse the bad form of replying to myself.
I just checked out their site, and an *obvious* model for this project just jumped out: motorola milestone 3 (I'm one of those sad sad people who loves hardware keyboards.)
The choice would be between this and CM, and I don't think it's clear which one is "better" (if we can even ask this without objective criteria.)