top Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks
If you correctly parse the original comment you will note that I was referring to a person's appearance, not their country of origin. I have met some Indians that share characteristics that some people consider to by stereotypically middle eastern. From a visual perspective, you could confuse the two.
top Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks
Depending on a person from Indian / Pakistan / Bangladesh / Afganistan looked, you might hear them called Indian, Middle Eastern or just Asian.
Also, I would consider "Oriental" to be an archaic term that I would never hear in modern conversation. Chinese people tell me that "Oriental" is a racist term when applied to people, and should only be applied to rugs. This fits with AthanasiusKircher's above post about older terms used to describe a racial group becoming offensive as language evolves. Perhaps some people take offense because "Oriental" combines all racial subsets in the "eastern" hemisphere into a single group. In historical terms, I believe that Orient / Oriental and Occident / Occidental basically divided the world between the East (Middle East through Asia) and the West (Europe, or longitudes once covered by the Roman Empire).
top NADA Is Terrified of Tesla
Volvos will be made in China and exported to the US beginning next year.
*one* model of Volvo will be made in China and exported to the US late 2015. This model is the S60L, which is currently only built in China for the Chinese market. I've read about no other models coming to the US. I'm sure they will come eventually, though.
If it wasn't for Geely (Volvo's owner), the company would probably heading for the same fate as Saab given their shrinking market share.
top Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards
The BBC article shows a table of countries and their ranks. I'd like to see a couple more columns in the table, including the number of years the parents spent in school and some number relating the average income to the cost of living for the particular area in question. I bet the statistics for certain areas of the "Deep Southern" US would show families below the poverty line with parents who did not complete high school.
Also, I'm shocked that Israel (rank #29), a country with a modern and high-tech reputation, is actually ranked below the United States (rank #27).
top Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked
You assume that every citizen of the US is eligible to vote. Some are underage, some are ineligible due to being in prison. If you look at the correct numbers, you get:
Eligible voting population: 221,925,820
Total votes for Obama: 65,915,796
Percent of population voting for Obama in 2012: 29.7%
top Japanese and Swiss Watchmakers Scoff At Smartwatches
I wear a watch 1) to tell time and 2) as a piece of jewelry. Besides a wedding ring it's about the only piece of jewelry a guy can wear, and if you buy something nice (I have an Ebel Brasilia) it'll last forever, retain its value, and you can pass it on to your kids as a family heirloom.
That's the target market for luxury watchmakers. A smart watch is never going to compete with watches worn as jewelry.
High-end jewelry watches will retain some value, but I doubt I could buy one today and sell it for the same price next year. Long term it will probably retain 50-75% of its inflation adjusted purchase value, *if* you get a good deal on it and *if* it is in like-new condition. I'm sure you can find ultra-limited production runs of watches that go for over $25k that will retail full value within a set group of collectors, but i doubt an average Rolex will do to well as an investment.
top Land Rover Demos "Transparent Hood"
I think this would require eye tracking. The image projected on the windshield would change depending on the height of the driver, and would also change as you move your head up and down. It's a clever idea, but it could be very distracting as the image is continually adjusted for the height of your eyes.
top EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger
Now that would be a reliable connector, more power than piddly USB, and it would lead to widespread adoption of power-over-ethernet. win-win-win.
Now that's a bad idea: that would make the minimum cell phone thickness ~10mm. (An RJ45 is about 8 mm "tall".) Many (most?) smartphones are already less than 10 mm thick.
top What If the Next Presidential Limo Was a Tesla?
The lack of range would be a huge security hazard. It will have poor range to begin with when you consider the lack of aerodynamics and weight of the armor. You can't beat the energy storage capacity of petroleum.
top Elon Musk, Tesla CTO Talk Model X Details, Model S Upgrades
An all electric Golf-sized hatchback that costs $60k+ would be a much smaller niche than a full-size CUV at the same price point. Tesla will supposedly build a $40K Model E as their low end sedan, but the Model X will be much more expensive. Your Golf competitor already exists. It is the Nissan Leaf.
top Volvo Plans To Have Self-Driving Cars In Swedish City of Gothenburg By 2017
Geely will continue to keep Volvo alive for the next couple years. The real deciding factor for Volvo will be whether the Chinese consumer accepts it as a luxury brand and purchases the Chinese-made Volvos. I wouldn't be surprised if Volvo manufacturing starts shifting to China by 2017, however.
top Nexus 5 With Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 800 Challenges Apple A7 In Benchmarks
the article doesn't touch on this, but I wonder how much untapped power is in that 64bit processor in iPhone. what's cool is, that's dormant in my phone right now, but will be unleashed next year so it will be like getting a new phone.
Please tell me you're being sarcastic... Even if all your apps get recompiled to 64-bit versions, you are not going to get a massive performance boost. Have you ever tried running a 32 vs. 64 bit install of Windows or Linux on the same hardware? Not too much difference for average use cases...
top HP's NonStop Servers Go x86, Countdown To Itanium Extinction Begins
If they had succeeded Intel would have owned the 64 bit CPU realm on the desktop with a proprietary architecture effectively eliminating any competition in the space.
Realistically, Intel would have licensed the IA64 architecture to AMD or some other third party. Intel would not want to have an absolute CPU monopoly and risk government intervention. It is much better for Intel to have a barely competitive company (currently AMD) operating in the same space but not offering any kind of threat to their market position.
top Autonomous Cars Will Save Money and Lives
How much do you bet that the NYC subway system will continue to use conductors and drivers for about 100 years after autonomous cars are driving perfectly on the streets above?
top No FiOS In Boston? We'll Make an Ad Anyway
Impressive: they managed to make it even more expensive than the only real alternative (Comcast):
Down/Up (Mbps) - Concord Internet Prices
5/1 - $50
10/5 - $65
25/10 - $75
50/25 - $90
top Yahoo Pulls Out of China
I'd say a 100 Watt LED is a misprint. Think about a 100 Watt diode-based laser. They typically use an array of diodes to get to that power level, and they need liquid cooling so they do not burn themselves up while operating.
top Bill Gates Promotes Vaccine Projects, Swipes At Google
I did not read TFA, but in the summary it seems like Gates is complaining that Google is not doing humanitarian work like he does through the Gates foundation. What sense does this make? How much money does Microsoft Corporation give to comfort kids with malaria or diarrhea?
top Aussie Wi-Fi Patent Nears Expiry In the United States
Actually the IEEE dates back to 1884. The IEEE was formed when the Institute of Radio Engineers merged with the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. The American Institue of Electrical Engineers was founded in 1884.
top Turning Santa Cruz Into a Haven For Hackers, Makers & Startups
Wherever you go to school...please, please don't just settle down there. You'll thank me later.
I'm somewhat amazed by the number of people who do settle down in their undergraduate college town, or at least have an infatuation with living in said town. My guess is that for many people, college is the first experience of freedom from parental authority. Combine that freedom with the relatively carefree lifestyle many live in college, and you have a (subconscious?) mental link between a great life style and your college town.
top Google's Crazy Lack of Focus: Is It Really Serious About Enterprise?
This article summary from a few decades ago:
Bell Labs' Crazy Lack of Focus -- Is it Serous about Telephones?
From semiconductors, to photovoltaics, to computer operatings systems, Bell Labs has wanders aimlessly from topic to topic. How will these ever apply to the copper lines strung across the world to carry our telephone conversations?? Doesn't Bell Labs know that it should only invest in ideas and technology that can pay off within 3 years? about a year and a half ago
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