My toy collection is ...
Toys use batteries. Tools plug into the wall.
Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban
I _was_ going to say, "I can't imagine blocking such a product would increase RIM's market share. All this does is make people hate Blackberries even more."
But then I saw what it looks like. It's a freaking Blackberry keyboard rip off! At least take the time to design something a LITTLE new, guys.
The First Phone You Can Actually Bend: LG's G Flex
I actually like the idea of a curved display. I don't fully understand the point of flexible - especially in this instance where it has to be forced so hard.
Crazy Eric Schmidt, His Yacht Prices Are Insaaane!
It's more of a research vessel with amenities for the pampered. I've been on Falkor (also mentioned in the article) which is their current SOI vessel. It's far nicer than a typical work boat, but certainly not up to the class and sophistication of the actual super and mega yachts I've been on. I never had an opportunity to visit Lone Ranger, but I imagine it's quite similar to Falkor with possibly nicer owner spaces.
I guess you could think of these ships more as SUVs than luxury autos, to belabor the car analogy. They can still be luxurious, but their purpose is more about "going anywhere" and being self sufficient. There is a building trend of "fleet" ships rather than solo ships as well. See Golden Fleet as an example. They have three ships and a plane. Golden Odyssey and Golden Osprey being the 'pleasure craft', and Golden Shadow being a support vessel that carries fuel, toys, machine shop, and the seaplane Golden Eye. It's likely that Lone Ranger could fill a similar role. But it would need to be renamed ;)
Ask Slashdot: How Best To Set Up a Parent's PC?
A) Users aren't administrators. Don't give them administrative access.
2) No Internet Explorer. Ever. At all. For any reason.
If you want to go above and beyond install Microsoft Security Essentials, Chrome, and some remote management tool like LogMeIn so you can see what they see. You will also need to have an administrator account (I prefer to have my OWN account with administrative access, rather than use the "administrator" account).
Oregon Lawmakers Propose Mileage Tax On Fuel Efficient Vehicles
If they would just ban the use of studded tires they wouldn't have to replace the roads every fucking year.
Yes, it pisses me of, in case you were wondering.
Google App Verification Service Detects Only 15% of Infected Apps
So who detected the remaining 85% in order to give us this statistic of 15% detection rate? And why isn't that being used instead?
Battery-Powered Transmitter Could Crash A City's 4G Network
I do IT on yachts and heard a story of a yacht that had cell repeaters on board. The installation company had the power cranked all the way to 11 and knocked an entire coastal town's cell service out while they were in port. Vodafone politely asked them to turn that shit off.
At a wireless training session with one of our vendors they said that the US navy aircraft carriers jam all radio transmissions when they enter port. That sounds like a bit of a frustration.
Is Silicon Valley Morally Bankrupt and Toxic?
Ehh, you're just now figuring that out?
Wikipedia Is Nearing "Completion"
I think it's a safe bet that this article references the War of 1812 to glean a few search hits from people searching for actual information on the War of 1812.
Marketing tactics at work.
What tech would you un-invent?
There are very few forms of technology that can't be removed without causing other significant detriment to the technology ecosystem.
However, the Segway could go away without making too much of a dent.
xkcd's 13-Gigapixel Webcomic
This reminds me of the PBS show Secret City, hosted by COMMANDER MARK!
I loved his pen murals.
Apple iPad 2 As Fast As the Cray-2 Supercomputer
Apple figured something out several years ago. There are more idiots in the world than intelligent people. And they're taking money away from those idiots at an alarming rate.
Yahoo Excludes BlackBerry From Employee Smartphone List
Sure, but Yahoo doesn't make hardware or consumable software. They provide services on platforms created by other people which are used by their customers. You have to know your customers' experience before you can improve it.
Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit
But there is no maximum speed limit, so driving fast is not a fault directing condition.
Lanes with different speeds would not mean a lot of changing speed. It would mean accelerating to your chosen lane and staying there. I suggested overlapping speed zones to offer drivers the ability to change lanes for passing slower cars without having to change speeds. It doesn't create inconsistency - it actually categorizes cars into lane of the driver's chosen speed - producing more consistency. This is actually how multi-lane roads are intended to be operated anyway. Slower cars near the outer lanes and faster cars near the inner lanes. It's just not enforced by any actual speeds.
In regions of the United States there signs that read "Slower cars keep right", or "Left lanes for passing only". There's just no enforced speeds for these purposes.
Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit
I'm not saying you're wrong, but look at it from the other car's perspective. They're gaining on the truck at 40 KPH, which is fairly quick, and they check their mirror and see nothing so they go for the pass. Before they get around the truck you've shown up gaining on them at 130 KPH. Before they can accelerate out of the way you have to slow down to avoid rear-ending them.
No one is at fault for this - it's just the nature of a road system that allows such diverse speeds. In the US on roads which allow high speeds, typically greater than 60mph, there is also a minimum speed not more than 30mph below the maximum. If you don't have a maximum speed designated for the road it's much harder to manage a minimum speed.
One thought I've had is to have speed ranges defined per lane. It works best on roads with 3 or more lanes. Lane 1 would be 50-100 KPH, lane 2 would be 80 - 150 KPH, lane 3 would be 130 - 200 KPH, lane 4 would be 180 - unlimited KPH.
Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?
I don't know so much about stand up desks, but I did enjoy having a tall chair desk. If the desk could be used while standing and ALSO have a tall chair or stool I think it'd be great. That way when people walk up to you for a conversation they're not hovering above you.
It would also give me a better view of the street through my second floor window ;)
Ask Slashdot: Explaining Role-Playing Games To the Uninitiated?
I don't think explanations work with this topic. It's not like there's a lot to explain. The issue is experiencing roll playing games. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then an experience is worth a lifetime of explanation.
You can read about the Grand Canyon on Wikipedia and look at thousands of pictures, but until you've stood on the rim at Sunset you have no idea what it's like to stand on the rim at Sunset.
Sealed-Box Macs: Should Computers Be Disposable?
If I had the money, and was enough interested in having such a device, the Macbook Pro with Retina display is worth every penny. It's also required that it be non-user upgradeable in order to be what it is. If the parts were upgradeable it would be a more clunky computer and therefore not what was the target of the design. I don't think they logically came to the conclusion of eliminating upgradability as the primary goal. Their goal was to eliminate unnecessary bulk and weight while expanding functional capacity.
Samsung: Apple Stole the iPad's Design From Univ of Missouri Professor
The only people prospering from all this are the lawyers and the journalists. STOP THE MADNESS!
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