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Logitech Releases Washable Keyboard

IflyRC Re:Every keyboard is washable (205 comments)

That's only going to happen after he's found his keyboard very, very attractive.

about 2 years ago
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Bad Software Runs the World

IflyRC It's called job security... (349 comments)

True, most software is badly written and there are entire jobs dedicated to maintaining legacy and even current systems. Some software is so badly written that it requires a team to prop it during peak usage times or War Rooms to determine fixes. Managers usually only care about meeting a deadline and push for that. Young guys don't care about if something is correctly written - just that "it works" in that instance in time. Being a good developer requires being enabled to be a good developer by your team.

about 2 years ago
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Microsoft Unveils Outlook.com, Hotmail's Successor

IflyRC Re:Ads? (368 comments)

You're lucky. I have ads show up all of the time in my Gmail at the top of the message list.

about 2 years ago
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Dreaming of Digital Glory At Hacker Hostels

IflyRC In China... (71 comments)

These are called WoW Gold Farms.

about 2 years ago
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Building the Zero-Fatality Car

IflyRC Re:In a Volvo? (509 comments)

Volvo cars now officially purchased by Chinese company Geely. I wonder if this will hold true.

more than 3 years ago
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eBook Sales Outpace Hardbacks

IflyRC Re:Out of business (247 comments)

Thats true - I'm a software developer, but I was speaking in general. Not every consumer will have those skills.

about 4 years ago
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eBook Sales Outpace Hardbacks

IflyRC Out of business (247 comments)

So, I have books on my shelf from the 1960s. Sure, they're old and tattered but still readable. What happens if Amazon goes out of business in 30 years and my Kindle is dead? What if I buy a Nook and Barnes and Noble goes out of business in 15 years? I can't really move DRM'd stuff over to another e-reader can I? Or is that something that we'll be able to do one day? I've always liked the durability of books. Sure, they can be destroyed but they are physical "things" - not bits stored somewhere.

about 4 years ago
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When On the Moon and Mars, Move Underground

IflyRC Re:Underground a Benefit? (294 comments)

They just don't make movies like that any more. I'm getting all sentimental.

about 4 years ago
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Apple Offers Free Cases To Solve iPhone 4 Antenna Problems

IflyRC R/C Aircraft controlled by iPhone (917 comments)

Have you seen those RC aircraft that are controlled by the iPhone? They use the accelerometer. If it sticks - that could be a huge problem especially if you've got a few guys flying near traffic.

about 4 years ago
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Given Truth, the Misinformed Believe Lies More

IflyRC The cake is a lie (961 comments)

Seriously, it really is.

about 4 years ago
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Toyota Sudden Acceleration Is Driver Error

IflyRC Re:This assumes... (930 comments)

I would think that verifying the validity of the data would be one of the first things they would do in a study such as this. This question would most likely be proposed in any aircraft crash situation as well when the black box is checked. If this study is right - it sounds almost like a bandwagon effect where everyone was trying to get out of higher insurance premiums, out of fault from an accident they potentially caused, etc. It's a lot easier to say "It wasn't me, it was my Toyota!" than "My bad, it was my fault. I'll take responsibility for pulling out in front of you."

about 4 years ago
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Electric Cars Won't Strain the Power Grid

IflyRC I can see it now... (438 comments)

Boss, can't make it in to work today. Yea, we lost power last night during the storm. The whole block was out for a good 3-4 hours. I only have a 20% charge on my car. The whole block is charging right now and we're getting an occasional brown out. Needless to say, I won't be charged until this afternoon.

about 4 years ago
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Senators Want Big Rocket Instead of New Tech, Commercial Transportation

IflyRC To clarify (342 comments)

Charles Bolden did make these comments. You can google it, it's out there. However the White House has made a statement stating that his comments were out of line and they had asked of him no such thing. They also stated they would be in touch with him about his comments. My guess is a bit of hand slapping went on.

about 4 years ago
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Senators Want Big Rocket Instead of New Tech, Commercial Transportation

IflyRC Re:NASA was alread dead... (342 comments)

Actually no. This story broke last week.

about 4 years ago
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Solar Plane Completes 24-Hour Flight

IflyRC Re:Hybrid Planes (88 comments)

I'm not sure how you would get solar to work with a jet engine unless you switched over to a ducted fan type setup. A jet engine requires combustion. You would need two completely different propulsion systems on board the aircraft...and that adds weight. With the additional weight, power needs will increase, lift generation will need to increase and your stall speed increases.

about 4 years ago
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Solar Plane Completes 24-Hour Flight

IflyRC Re:How about winter flight (88 comments)

My guess would be "not very well". Its basically a glider, 193 ft wingspan is HUGE. Thats the size of an airbus A330. I'm not certain if the wingspan is needed to house the 12k plus solar panels or if the wing area is needed in order to provide extremely low wingloading while carrying an extremely heavy, large number of batteries. Granted as battery tech gets better, less will be needed to store the required energy and as solar panels become more efficient - hopefully we won't need as many to charge the batteries.

about 4 years ago
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Solar Plane Completes 24-Hour Flight

IflyRC Uses (88 comments)

I think that this technology will show up in military drones before we'll ever see it in general aviation. It sounds great for smaller drones that can stay aloft without ever needing to refuel. Speed is also going to be a huge factor. Most drones, I would think, do not need to fly that fast as most can be launched near the location in which they need to patrol.

about 4 years ago

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