iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac
For those of you who don't know Bob the Builder, here in the Britain he appears on TV all the time, is inexplicably popular with people who have had barely any education, implements large scale infrastructure projects with no regard to their actual cost, and often repeats the catchphrase "Yes we can".
Do you have something similar in the USA?
Maps Suggest Marco Polo May Have "Discovered" America
Presumably because it's a quotation.
State of Iowa Tells Tesla To Cancel Its Scheduled Test Drives
Sell dealerships, complete with 1 'demo model', for the price of 1 car.
Washington DC To Return To Automatic Metro Trains
While the traditional London Underground has drivers, that's pretty much just because the powerful union in charge won't let them be upgraded to be driverless. We've had reliable, safe driverless trains for over 25 years on the 45-station Docklands Light Railway in the East of London.
Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5
People who run out of memory are more likely to upgrade when the next iPhone comes out.
KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity
"Windows got a lock on the desktop because people liked it"
Windows got a lock on the desktop because it was next to f***ing impossible not to buy it every time you bought a PC, and the only alternatives were Dos or throwing out all your computers and software to switch to Macs.
The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?
You could always try the RICO Act.
Net neutrality is what ought to prevent racketeering in the digital age. In the old days the Mafia turned up on your doorstep and said "nice warehouse you have here, it would be a shame if it 'burned down', give us some money and we can make sure that doesn't happen." Without net neutrality, Comcast can turn up on your doorstep and say "Nice website you've got here, it would be a shame if it 'slowed down', give us some money and we can make sure that doesn't happen."
Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion
Microsoft only does well in areas where it has a monopoly. What it's doing here is not buying an asset, it's buying retrospective market share and killing a competitor. Mojang sold a lot of games before Notch left just like Nokia sold a lot of phones before the Elop disaster. It doesn't matter to Microsoft that Nokia imploded or that Mojang's main asset (Notch) left, the point isn't to have their assets or to actually do anything with the brands, that's just a bonus if it happens. The point is simply for them not to be competitors any more.
Dell Demos 5K Display
Economies of scale. LCD makers already have huge factories pumping out more 1920x1080 screens for use in HD TVs each week than the whole laptop industry uses in a year.
Ask David Saltzberg About Being The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor
What was it like working with occasional guest star Stephen Hawking?
Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation
Without the market share needed to embrace and extend anything, is there actually a real reason for Microsoft bother having their own a browser at all?
Wouldn't bundling another browser with WIndows and laying off the IE division make more financial sense that carrying on with a product that cost money to make, generates no revenue and is so badly respected by customers that Microsoft literally can't give it away?
Inside the Facebook Algorithm Most Users Don't Even Know Exists
Exactly, I've found that the only way to get Facebook to work the way it should work â" showing everything posted by people I know and pages I've liked â" is to install the FBPurity browser extension (from fbpurity.com) and to manually select 'receive notifications' from a hidden drop down menu when I 'like' a page.
The iPhone app just keeps getting worse, it does have the ability to show things in the right order, but it conveniently forgets that setting every time you open the app, and now the app has stopped showing everything after the first few characters when some sends you a message, begging you to install an extra app (but you don't need to, just open facebook.com in the phone's browser and you can read and respond to messages there).
Windows XP Falls Below 25% Market Share, Windows 8 Drops Slightly
Looks like dodgy statistics to me, they also have Apple at 6% when a much better known market research company says Apple' sales market share is 13.7% (source: http://www.gartner.com/newsroo...).
Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive
A limited private copying exemption was approved in the House of Lords yesterday, and is due to be introduced on 1st October - see http://www.publications.parlia... for a full and interminably dull discussion on it.
The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police
"The report also notes the MOI's use of invasive surveillance targeted at political and religious dissidents."
So, arguably less evil than western governments, who use invasive surveillance targeted at absolutely everyone.
Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper
QR codes are write once and take a lot of processing power to read, the article is talking about reusable, electronically accessible memory.
The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train
The frontal area to mass ratio of a train is tiny compared to almost every other form of transport, so that's less of a problem.
The limiting factor with trains is usually the track, for really high speeds you need to almost completely smooth out the bends and flatten the hills, the impressive part of the jet train is that it went so fast on a track designed for much, much lower speeds.
Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March
I have one here, on this blank sheet of paper.
Evidence of a Correction To the Speed of Light
That all makes sense, but it doesn't seem to match up to the observations.
The article says neutrons were observed arriving hours before optical photons, but what you are saying is that photons of high enough energy to become temporary particle pairs should arrive later than lower energy ones, which don't get slowed down by temporarily dropping below c.
If the chance to become a particle pair varies with energy, we ought to see the supernova change colour, starting off shining brightly in the visible spectrum only, then gradually becoming bright at higher and higher energies, as higher energy photons emitted at the same time as lower energy ones arrive progressively later on.
Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors
Time to dust off that Acorn Archimedes!
Moderation options I would like to have
Starting from the premise that what mods are doing is editing the replies with the objective of making the reader experience better rather then simply 'grading' posts...
+1&-1, unintentionally redundant
Quite often, 2 excellent posts say the same things, and appear moments apart. Clearly the posters put a lot of thought into writing them, and might also have been insightful, etc, and it's sheer bad luck that someone wrote the same sort of thing at the same time. The post is of no use to readers, so 'redundant' should be used, but it's not the poster's fault, so when I'm modding, I hesitate to use a karma-hitting mod point. What I would like is a modding option that gives the poster karma for their good intentions, but demotes the actual post out of the way of readers.
-1, sense of humour failure
All too often I see posts made at +2 that pick logistical flaws in posts that are clearly intended to be funny. They don't add anything to the discussion, and are not really useful to anyone reading the story, but there isn't really a good way to mod them down. I occasionally use "overrated", but it doesn't really fit well or get the message through to the poster.
Would anyone read my journal, if I wrote in it?
3 positive replies and I'll write stuff.