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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

Isca Re:Translation: (156 comments)

I think hybrid laptops are going to become more ubiquitous in the future, and some of them may even be as large as 17 inches.

But have you ever seen a family use a all in one pc device? Even though most of us find it easier to use a mouse/keyboard,I've sat and watched family members who bought one of those larger 21 inch all in one gateways sit at the desk, use the keyboard or mouse to open up their email, then flip over to a web page and start flicking their way through links by touching instead of using the scroll mouse.

When Intel's UWB wireless monitors hit mainstream I think we'll even see more of this - you might pick up that monitor off it's cradle and sit in the comfy easy chair across the room and use it as a giant 20 inch tablet. Not to mention artists who might lay it flat to draw on it. I think the next unsaid interim step for that will be the kinect for windows. Late last year Kinect they started talking with manufacturers about building kinect into monitors & tv's for Windows 10. We might see those designs by christmas or early next year. I don't want an xbox but I wouldn't mind having a kinect interface with the TV for accessing channels and such ala a tivo or roku interface.

2 days ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

Isca Re:Translation: (156 comments)

Wait --- your argument has turned into how iOS and Android are doing more with smaller less resource hungry systems?

Tell that to the plethora of users with phones less than two years old who can't run iOS 8 or the newest Android builds because of changes to the underlying OS. This also includes the tons of apps that companies are making that won't run on older versions of their OS's and are growing in size.

There are plenty of things to bitch about with Microsoft's decisions but I don't think their decision to use the same underlying OS is one of them. In fact, running windows 8.1 on an old machine works better than running windows 7 on an old machine because they've been optimizing the system to work well with less memory.

Microsoft has found that the market doesn't want ARM machines because there's a chance that they want to run xyz old software that they are familiar with. I say good for them! Adapting that internal app that has worked for 25 years to a tablet is great for xyz company who is not primarily an IT company.

It comes down to this:
Microsoft is a large company who wants to protect their income stream, which is office and lately, the cloud.
Apple is a large company who wants to protect their income streams in both the app store and keeping a constant hardware upgrade cycle intact.
Google just wants your eyeballs and to know everything about you, which means they need to have cheap and easy to use software that can be implemented by everyone as their main focus.

Everyone has their own motivations, and THAT competition is good for the rest of us.

2 days ago
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In Daring Plan, Tomorrow SpaceX To Land a Rocket On Floating Platform

Isca Re:Re usability (151 comments)

The fuel tank was destroyed every launch, it burns up shortly after it is jettisoned.

The external solid boosters were sort of reused - the entire rocket needed to be disassembled, and about 5k parts were refurbished and reused. The shuttle engines themselves were pretty much the same thing, they were taken apart and refurbished every mission.

SpaceX wants to only partially disassemble key components of their 1st stage in a way that they could potentially send up the same 1st stage within a week. Some parts will be replaced, most others inspected, but they are not all getting rebuilt/refurbished every single takeoff.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Isca Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

errr... When I said "the fact that your misdemeanor just turned into a felony that'll restrict you for the rest of your life" my edits somehow stripped what I was trying to say. I meant to finish that sentence with "This fact never gets mentioned when they are saying "take this deal and you only spend the night in jail instead of 30 days".

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Isca Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

Don't forget that you also get shady prosecutors who intentionally change charges so that they will be a more serious crime, then negotiate little to no jail time as part of the sentence. This makes their numbers look better to voters with the number of convictions and unless you have your own lawyers (Not a court appointed defense attorney) the fact that your misdemeanor just turned into a felony that'll restrict you for the rest of your life.

In addition to that it's easy to have a felony battery charge that sticks with your for the rest of your life when you are young. All you need to be is drunk and belligerent to an arresting officer just once. I know several guys who matured once they got into their 20's who only survived not going to prison by being white and well off enough to have their own attorney. They turned out to be perfectly normal people that are hard workers and model employees 20 years later. Be poor or a minority in that situation and your life is now shot.

about a month and a half ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Isca Simple solution Google will implement... (334 comments)

They'll drop all free services to users. No gmail. No News. No sites. No european developers allowed on the Play store in europe.

about 2 months ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Isca Re:Could have been worse (236 comments)

The vast amount of apps out there are not tablet optimized however, and the majority would actually be hard to use without a keyboard and mouse.

about 3 months ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Isca Re:Could have been worse (236 comments)

At least they would have been using a core functionality. The surface pro is one of the better devices to come out of redmond. It hands down beats the Ipad in lots of areas except for the apps. But the Apps are what people want, and they certainly don't want to give up the interface they are used to.

about 3 months ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Isca Re:Cannot stop progress (294 comments)

Tesla's and/or other electric cars will certainly be affordable for the average person at some point. When the Gigafactory comes online and is fully in production the cost of the batteries will drop dramatically. Economy of scale will kick in for all of the other production costs too. Eventually other manufacturers will come on board with fully electric cars as well.

This is still in it's infancy but I have no doubt that there will be multiple 250+ mile range electric cars under 30k in the next 5-10 years. The leaf right now is already in this price range - it would be even cheaper if it wasn't for the cost of the batteries (and the lower amount of those to keep the price down).

The Gigafactory is supposed to drop the prices of the batteries by at least 30%. But Panasonic themselves say that's a very conservative figure by 2017 (they would like to maximize their profits after all). New factories overseas will drop those prices even more, and Panasonic/Tesla is keeping an eye on those figures to make sure the gigafactory still remains competitive on price.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

Isca It's time to start a trade war. (106 comments)

Because at this point, they've already gone to war with us. It would be devastating for the US economy in the short term but long term I'm not so sure.

Free trade doesn't work if both sides are not playing the same game.

about 3 months ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

Isca Re:Bad news for ESPN (139 comments)

Well, for one ESPN wouldn't make enough money. Purportedly a HBO cable subscriber pays 15 a month for HBO, but only around 9-10 goes to HBO.

ESPN is getting an average of 8-10 dollars per cable subscriber. But it gets this from ALL of subscribers of "basic" cable.

HBO has seen it's viewership shrinking because the cord cutters can find alternative means to get their HBO shows, and the ones who don't watch sports are the ones most likely to cut the cord. So it doesn't really hurt them much to switch people over to cable. A lot of people know that HBO is owned by Time Warner. what they don't realize is that Time Warner Cable is a separate entity, so they are not cutting their throats by doing this. In fact they are really the only entity who could realistically go up against Netflix in the short term.

ESPN can't make that move without charging at least $25 a month. And at that price they wouldn't find as many buyers because of the growth of other regional sports networks - you'd have a smaller pool of sports fans willing to pony up. It may happen eventually but it will only come because the cable model is disintegrating completely. In the meantime they'll milk every cable company in the country for as much as they can by getting 8-10 per customer even if that customer hates sports. (BTW, as a lifelong University of Louisville fan now and a big sports fan I would be a cable cutter if I could pay ESPN $25 a month and HBO $15 a month.)

about 3 months ago
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Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

Isca I've been impressed with IE lately (122 comments)

Chrome has plenty of innovations but it easily becomes a resource hog and bogs down the system. IE 10 keeps chugging along. Microsoft isn't quite the microsoft of the past. These improvements should be felt the most in the mobile space where they clearly have the best browser. Their only problem? it might all be too late if they can never get out from under the shadow of their reputation.

about 4 months ago
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Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

Isca Re:celebgate (93 comments)

heh. You never worked in a photo lab.

about 4 months ago
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Toyota and Tesla May Work Together Again

Isca My guess:Series Hybrid + recharge tech licensing (51 comments)

The current Priuses and other Toyota offerings are parallel hybrids. That is, they have transmissions that directly drive the wheels using the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine).

In a series hybrid, each wheel has it's own motor, and the ICE engine runs at a steady speed that is very efficient to generate electricity that is then used to recharge the batteries that are fed to the electric motors.

A second part of my guess is that Toyota is licensing the recharging technology from Tesla, so that they can use the supercharger network as well. This way they can have a vehicle that can run 100% off of electricity only, but have a ICE engine that is available at any time to back that up (faster refueling, can go anywhere there is a gas station, etc.)

about 5 months ago
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How Argonne National Lab Will Make Electric Cars Cheaper

Isca Re:where are we headed 5, 10, 15 yrs from now? (143 comments)

Don't forget that all of the old batteries that are returned to Tesla will probably go into large warehouses in rural areas where they can take those batteries that are only 70% of their effectiveness and use them for another 20 years as grid storage. I honestly think this is Elon's long term goal. Using them in transportation pays for the initial cost of the batteries - long term grid storage is what will make the money. Once the first few large scale grid storage "warehouses" come on line the financiers will join in to make purchasing your electric vehicle batteries a lease with the goal of making money over the long term, making it even cheaper for the EV owner to purchase them.

about 5 months ago
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Sprint/T-Mobile Plan To Buy Spectrum Together May Be Blocked By FCC

Isca AT&T and Verizon have shown... (28 comments)

That they have the best lobbyists money can buy!

about 6 months ago
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Nuclear Missile Command Drops Grades From Tests To Discourage Cheating

Isca Re:The Air Force is also making an effort to repla (122 comments)

Quite frankly this is what should give you nightmares.

I can almost guarantee whatever replaces it will not be as secure.

about 6 months ago
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Programming Languages You'll Need Next Year (and Beyond)

Isca Re:Web = Garbage (315 comments)

It'll be interesting to see where C# is in 10 years. With Microsoft open sourcing it and the multiple compilers that recompile into different environments that are here and are being developed I'm wondering if it'll be everywhere or if it'll be fading away like VB is?

about 6 months ago

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