Her name should be spelled Matsuoka, not Mastuoka.
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OK, so not a Timex Sinclair 1000 but still nostalgic... I managed to get my parents to splurge on a TRS-80 ("Trash 80") as an "educational device" (not a toy) back in 1981 when I was still in primary school. My big sister (six years my elder) was taking night computer courses at Boston University and so we bought a modem so that she could dial into their PDP-10. I soon figured out where she kept her password and spent hours playing "adventure"... when I finally got a Commodore 64 a few years later, the first games I bought (OK, downloaded from a pirate BBS) were the Infocom games as opposed to the flashy graphics games, which were WAY more engaging. I remember spending almost 48 hours straight solving "Planetfall". But try and tell that to kids these days...
I did manage to teach myself BASIC from the manual included with the TRS-80, the start of a long and satisfying career. My sister also has spent her whole career coding. I think she made it in just before the home computer industry decided that computers were "toys for boys" and began marketing exclusively to boys. Most of the jobs I worked in the early days had a very healthy (even by today's standards) mix of gender among the programmers, but that was a window that soon closed, unfortunately.
This would seem to be a huge call to action for agricultural scientists to use gene splicing and editing to engineer crops that can resist insect attack without the need for pesticides.
But you'll hear very few "ecologists" embrace that approach. They'll just start screaming "Monsanto is evil!" even though the vast majority of GMO research is done by non-profit institutions.
As the article rightly states, organic is only an answer for those who can afford Whole Foods (aka "Whole Paycheck"). So I guess we need to starve 3 billion humans to save the insects, because GMOs are "evil"...
Unfortunately, Soylent would have to make this wording change across the whole world, in all of its markets, just to accommodate Canada. This is because when you market a product online, you can't have one message for Canada and another message for the rest of the world. Everyone is on the same internet (more or less).
They are successful selling it as a "meal replacement" everywhere else, they're not going to abandon that just to get around Canadian regulations.
I think you forgot to end your comment with "No, you can't have your ball back kids, and stay off my damn lawn!"
It's a true sign that you've gotten old and irrelevant when you start blasting the "kids these days" for their "new fangled ways".
This new generation aren't "disengaging" or "playing" when they are on their mobile devices. Have you ever asked them what they are actually doing? They are COMMUNICATING with each other. This generation is the most connected we have ever seen. As a result, they are far more empathetic and more likely to care about the plight of people they have never even met. Stephen Pinker proposes that humanity has become far more peaceful than ever in history in part due to the development of low-cost printing and narrative story telling. People could see the plight of others and actually started caring. This connected generation is a huge step further down that path. I, for one, welcome our future millennial overlords, and I'm barely a Gen-Y.
It seems to me you have your own definition of what makes communication and interaction "real", and that you are unable to see things from the perspective of a new generation raised in a connected world. The "ideal" you seem to pine for is where people are only friendly with, and concerned about the plight of, those who they personally know and spend time with in person. This is a myopic view of community that limits the potential of humanity to truly become a global community that values all lives equally.
When I first got my Surface Pro 4 (I pre-ordered, so had one of the first off the line), it used to overheat at least once a day. I would leave it on at night, and the next morning it would have completely rebooted. This was a mystery, until I witnessed it happen once while I was using it (the big thermometer icon appears on the screen). Sometimes I couldn't even install updates because it would fail halfway through with the thermometer icon. I had to rig up a beer keg cooler and place the Surface Pro on that to prevent it overheating.
I never returned it or had it serviced, but the problem went away after a year. I suspect that Microsoft rolled out some updated BIOS/firmware and/or drivers that fixed the problem.
The author ends with "What we likely won't see is a change in policy from Microsoft." I'd be interested in hearing from the author as to what policy changes he would recommend to Microsoft.
This is not meant as a criticism of the author or a defense of Microsoft, I am genuinely interested in how Microsoft could change its policies to make it less likely that un-pached XP machines will be attacked in the future.
I've "bought" three items on Indiegogo in the past three years:
One was a kinect-like device that was supposed to allow you to control your computer with gestures. They were six-months late shipping. Their driver caused Windows to crash. Then they went out of business before they could fix the driver. I have an expensive paperweight.
The second was a set of glasses that was supposed to help you fall asleep or recover from jetlag. They were over a year late shipping. The first one didn't work. They replaced it and this one "works" but doesn't do what they originally said it would do.
The final one was a carbon fiber wallet. It is two years late shipping and still hasn't shipped.
Indiegogo... it's like Amazon Prime but with three-year shipping!
(PS - I know that Indiegogo isn't an online store and that I'm not "buying products", I'm "supporting projects". It's just that the fail rate is so incredibly high.)
Our organization has shifted back and forth from Skype to Hangouts as we experienced constant instability with both platforms. With a hangout with more than 4 people, there's about a 100% chance that one of them will be unable to get audio or video to work.
On Skype, the issue is drop-offs, occasional complete inability to make or receive a call and screen sharing is hit or miss.
If Amazon comes out with a solid, high-quality service, they could clean up.
We're in the unenviable position of paying MS for Office 365 to get email and access to Office software, but we can't use their cloud because, when we previously tried to migrate all our files from Google to MS, the MS cloud "updated" all of the "Last Modified" timestamps on the files, making it impossible for users to sort files by date (which is quite common when looking for files). MS support refused to call it a bug, instead saying it was "by design" because, technically, the new "copy" of the file was "modified" when it was created on the new cloud (even though it's an exact copy).
So, we're stuck with two clouds, paying two bills and using only half of the functionality of both.
Damn... I have the same "bag heater" issue with my SP3. You put it to sleep, it wakes up immediately. Put it to sleep again and put it in your bag, an hour later you have a very hot bag and your Surface has turned itself completely off (due to thermal overload) which means you're starting from a clean boot.
I was hoping the SP4 would solve these problems. Sounds like it hasn't.
Hmmm.... I'm glad NASA is excited to have "two American companies" who can put people into space without going "hat in hand" to the Russians, but unfortunately one of those companies, Boeing, buys 40-year-old rocket motors from Russia, so... better hang on to that hat the next time Russia decides it wants some of its old Soviet territory back and we decide to impose sanctions.
I think you meant to say "skirting of CORRUPT taxi regulations"...
Like every other inefficient, poorly run, low-quality business, the taxi industry rushes to their government protectors to keep them from having to actually provide clean, safe taxis driven by polite drivers. You know, like a real market economy would demand that they do. So instead they try to outlaw the competition.
I live in Cambridge, MA (mentioned in the story) and for the past 2 years I've been taking Uber almost exclusively instead of taxis. Today I happened to be on the way home from a meeting and happened to be right in front of a taxi stand so I thought, OK, I'll save some money and take a cab.
The taxi pulls up, I get in and immediately he says "CASH ONLY!" even though his cab had the VISA/MasterCard logo on the window. Having learned my lesson in the past in trying to argue with cabbies over this issue, I just got right out and ordered an Uber.
And, restricting the number of Uber drivers to 150 will solve these four issues.... how exactly?
If these four issues are that important, address them directly.
Pass an ordinance requiring Uber et. al to pay taxes/licenses on par with taxis, have the same safety requirements as taxis, same customer complaint process as taxis and same insurance requirements as taxis.
I can understand leveling the playing field and letting the market sort it out, but simply restricting how much business they can do is ludicrous. It's obvious that this is just a protectionist measure to make the cab companies happy, and it's not about the four issues you mentioned.
The name "Beta Pictoris" struck a chord when I read it. So I searched my hard disk for a Sci-Fi novel I started writing as an undergrad over 20 years ago, and as it happens in my novel a team of explorers is heading from Earth to Beta Pictoris. As I recall, I picked it at random among nearby star systems... very freaky coincidence.
Carbon dioxide is not only plant food... most of it ends up in the oceans, which makes the ocean more acidic, which makes it harder for corals and shellfish with calcium carbonate exoskeletons to build and maintain their shells.
You may be able to paint sea level rise and even atmospheric temperature rise with a swath of "no consensus" but there is absolutely no doubt at all about how increases in atmospheric CO2 cause increases in ocean acidification.
Seafood supplies a large proportion of the protein in the diets of billions of humans. Do we want to play Russian roulette with that?
Your use of "burst into flames" to describe the two Tesla fires is wildly inaccurate. In both accidents the drivers were warned by the vehicle's onboard monitoring system that an unsafe condition had occurred and in both cases the drivers had plenty of time to calmly pull over and exit the vehicle. In the first instance, no "flames" actually occurred (only heat and smoke) until the fire department erroneously punctured the battery casing.
Elon Musk is correct to point us to the much greater risk of carrying around 40 liters of a highly volatile, flammable hydrocarbon in tanks much less well-protected than the Tesla's batteries.
"wherever in the country I happen to be..."
Yeah, just don't try leaving the country. I found myself in Japan on a two-week business trip expecting to power-watch all the seasons of Breaking Bad I had just "bought" on Amazon Instant Video only to be slapped with a "This content is not available in your location" message. Needless to say, Amazon support claimed "licensing constraints" and couldn't help.
For those of us who have lived through RSI (and continue to live with it) having a point/touch device that replaces the mouse and doesn't require you to constantly take your hand off the keyboard, reach out to the side, manipulate the mouse and then put your hand back on the keyboard, is a real necessity. The "trackpoint" on the old IBM Thinkpads was a good device for achieving this. I'm hoping the Haptix delivers a similar mouse replacement with the added advantage of understanding many more gestures. I've already ordered mine.
BTW, they exceeded their $100K goal already.
I'm a pilot too... when I get the annoying buzz in the headset I do two things: (1) check my flight bag to see that I've turned off my phone; and (2) yell at my first officer to shut off his damned phone.
Passengers cannot get close enough to avionics systems to interfere in this way. If you're getting that annoying buzz, the offending phone is almost certainly on the flight deck. Well, unless you're flying really small fry like a Cessna 402 where they let passengers sit in the right seat!
Don't fret... if you're on a two-engine aircraft then your flight path is never more than gliding distance from an emergency landing site.
A Boeing 767 has a glide ratio of about 22:1 assuming zero thrust (i.e. both engines are shut down). That means from 36,000 feet you can glide a distance of about 150 miles (apologies for the Imperial units; we Americans are keeping the British traditions alive).
I recall the case of Air Transat Flight 236 which glided to a landing in the Azores after a fuel leak (and poor decision-making by the crew) led to complete fuel starvation over the Atlantic.
Sure, "my plane didn't crash" is an anecdote. And as we all know the plural of anecdote is not data.
However, there are roughly 30,000 aircraft operations per day in the world. Cellphones have been ubiquitous for at least 15 years. We KNOW that not everyone shuts down their phones in flight. Yet airline safety is at an all time high. No plane has every crashed due to cell phones. And crashes from all causes are at historic lows.
While not strictly a controlled study, the evidence is overwhelming.
If you want to be safe, turn off your cell phone while DRIVING, and don't worry about it while flying.
As an American i watch the cricket-derived sport baseball more often, but the physics is the same (although I believe a baseball has a higher lift component due to the stitched seams--a comparison of the characteristics of baseballs vs. cricket balls should be next on the agenda for the Oz boffins). It always amazes me to see a breaking ball or a changeup suddenly just die and drop down.. or a slider drift away from the plate at the last minute. And don't get me started on the knuckle ball.
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