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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

MDMurphy May not be a testing problem (290 comments)

As someone who tests hardware / software I took exception to the assumption that testers didn't find a long list of issues. I'm working on a shipping product that has hundreds of open software issues. These bugs have been documented in detail but were skipped to make ship dates, then skipped over and over again when updates were released in lieu of new features to lure in new buyers. Most bugs are seen as something not sexy enough to spend time on. If the problem they can create is considered an annoyance and not crucial to the product's operation they are skipped over.

So don't assume that bugs weren't found in testing. It's entirely possible that they were found, and the product shipped anyway.

about a week ago
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You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

MDMurphy Mercer Girls (315 comments)

If this is not debunked, then it's not a new issue for Seattle.

The Mercer Girls were an 1860s project of Asa Shinn Mercer, an American who lived in Seattle, who decided to "import" women to the Pacific Northwest to balance the gender ratio.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

Which inspired the TV series:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H...

about 2 months ago
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Electric Bikes Get More Elegant Every Year (Video)

MDMurphy Re:Still ugly (164 comments)

Regenerative braking appeals most to the people who think perpetual motion is possible. "If I go down a hill I'll get back the power I used to go up!" My guess is that most companies offer it more for marketing purposes than for actual usefulness.

Here's a link to a good breakdown and a quick summary: Not all drive systems are engaged all the time to be able to generate power. Of the ones that are, the amount of potential power to be recovered while braking in normal stop & go is small. The amount that could be generated comes in high bursts, often at too great a rate to be used to charge the battery.
http://www.ecospeed.com/regenb...

about 5 months ago
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Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

MDMurphy "Black Mirror" episode (241 comments)

This is the basis of S02E01 of "Black Mirror"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

The episode did a pretty good representation of the idea, showing things that the the dearly departed's avatar would know and not know based on their chat and email history.

about 5 months ago
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New Zealand Schools Find Less Structure Improves Children's Behavior

MDMurphy Not in the U.S. (127 comments)

This wouldn't work in the U.S. While the article says they tossed out all the rules, I think more likely they just let kids be kids. But here in the U.S. the school and the teachers would be screwed if a kid got hurt even in the slightest falling from a tree. So, here they do stuff to avoid blame for anything (with the associated lawsuit), even if it's not better for the kids in the long run.

about 6 months ago
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Tesla Wins One Over Chinese Trademark Troll

MDMurphy Re:"Free Trade" (103 comments)

The US also has the "chicken tax" that adds a whopping 25% tariff on small pickup trucks and vans imported into the US.

about 6 months ago
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Online Streaming As Profitable As TV, Disc Sales By Charging Just a $15 Flat Fee

MDMurphy $15 per month... per service (160 comments)

If this was deemed viable and studios signed up there'd be no consensus on how to run it. So, there'd be 2 or 3 (or more) different services, all offering you "all" of their movies for $15 a month. But you'd find Disney films only one one service, Marvel superhero movies only on another and so on...

It might be that it were possible to get all the back catalogs of movies all available to stream, but I'd strongly suspect it would take several flat fees to do it.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon Launches Kindle Fire HDX Tablets

MDMurphy Re:bootloader still locked? (88 comments)

It's safe to assume:

The microwave will cook food no matter what store it was purchased from.
The TV will play programs from any cable, satellite provider or appropriate OTA station.
The car will work with fuel purchased from any station.

I own all of the above but do not own a Kindle or iDevice specifically because part of their reason for being is to limit the owner's choice in apps or media content. Generic Android also limits apps to those coming from the Google Play store by default but has an option to remove that restriction that's no more difficult to change than adjusting your backlight brightness.

If there was a new Kindle that had a combination of features and price that was so compelling I wouldn't mind getting it and hacking it then I'd be tempted. But it would have to be a very attractive combination of factors.

about 10 months ago
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DOJ: We Don't Need a Warrant To Track You

MDMurphy Expectation of Privacy (259 comments)

The first "we're tracking your car" pushback on privacy was that knowing where you went was thought to be no different than a cop car following you everywhere you go, just more efficient.

How long will it be before listening in / recording your calls is explained as "it's no different than if we just walked 3 feet behind you all the time"?

1 year,12 days
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2 Men Accused of Trying To Make X-Ray Weapon

MDMurphy Wrong weapon or Wrong location? (470 comments)

So these guys were soliciting money to build a weapon to target enemies of Israel.

Was their crime that they didn't use a drone, or that they wanted to do it in the U.S and not in Pakistan or Afghanistan?

Couldn't you just send money to General Atomics?

about a year ago
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Helicopter Parts Make For Amazing DIY Camera Stabilization

MDMurphy Yaw (78 comments)

Finally after most of the video it showed how the shot looked like from the camera. What I noticed though was that it doesn't appear to smooth out yaw motion. Granted you have to turn it to aim, but it's twitchy. Since the pitch and roll have been well smoothed the yaw noise really stands out.

What it needs is a steadicam-like gimble that keeps it pointed in the same direction unless you intend to change direction.

about a year ago
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India To Send World's Last Telegram

MDMurphy Irony (205 comments)

The end of the article gave me a chuckle. A guy is threatening to go on a hunger strike to keep the service going, insisting that it's a vital tool for fighting corruption ( presumably gov't corruption ) He sent his demands to the PM and others, via telegram of course. But someone at the telegraph office viewed the telegram as "objectionable" and have chosen not to deliver it.

So while India might still accept telegrams as legal documents, having a communications medium that requires a man-in-the-middle to function seems to be one that is too easily thwarted by the man in the middle.

Hopefully the guy on the hunger strike backed up his telegram with an email.

about a year ago
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Schools Scanned Students' Irises Without Permission

MDMurphy Expiring ID (342 comments)

If it's true that the iris patterns change significantly as children grow, then this would seem then to be a good thing to use for ID kids from the perspective that the ID method would "expire" after some period, making it no longer useful after the original reason no longer exists. This would be different/better than fingerprints that would be useful forever.

This is not to suggest that that I'm necessarily in favor of mandatory biometric ID screening. But if there was a biometric indicator that was reliable and also "expired" after a year or to, that would be awfully handy. If you voluntarily used that form of ID for a temporary purpose you wouldn't be handing over a permanent key.

about a year ago
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Federal Magistrate Rules That Fifth Amendment Applies To Encryption Keys

MDMurphy Re:Last Sentence (322 comments)

It came from the linked article that references a rejected appeal in a bank fraud case concerning turning over an encryption key.

about a year ago
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Dropcam CEO's Beef With Brogramming and Free Dinners

MDMurphy IPO (400 comments)

If I hear about a startup that hasn't lost any employees then I just figure they're waiting for the IPO. While l like the description of the diverse group of employees and other aspects of the company, I think not mentioning compensation at all is a little disingenuous

If they're paying the people a reasonable wage and the checks don't bounce then employees tend to stay. Add in stock options and waiting for the big IPO, or as mentioned in the article a very big buyout, then you have people waiting for the big payday. The perks ( or lack thereof ) might have had an effect on employee retention thus far, but you shouldn't ignore the hope of substantial monetary compensation as an additional big motivator.

about a year ago
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French Intelligence Agency Forces Removal of Wikipedia Entry

MDMurphy Re:Le effect Streissand. (179 comments)

Effet Pierre-sur-Haute

Might as well make it local.

about a year ago
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Bezos Patenting 'Dumb' Tablets, Glasses, Windshields

MDMurphy CruisePad (87 comments)

I was thinking more like this: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/bibuxton/buxtoncollection/detail.aspx?id=178

"Rather than a free-standing slate/tablet computer, the Zenith CruisePAD was a remote terminal to one's PC. It was designed to allow the user to interact with that PC's applications from a distance over a wireless network. What made it interesting to me was that it let one do so directly on the CruisePAD's screen, using either a stylus or finger."

about a year ago
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Federal Court OKs Amazon's System of Suggesting Alternative Products

MDMurphy Sponsored link (102 comments)

I don't know if it was a case of "if you can't beat them join them" but when I searched for "MTM watch" on Amazon there was a sponsored link by the plaintiff on a resulting page. So they appear to be paying Amazon ( directly or indirectly ) when someone searches there to give them a link back.

about a year and a half ago
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Federal Court OKs Amazon's System of Suggesting Alternative Products

MDMurphy Re:cry some more (102 comments)

It doesn't have to be a keyword. Amazon has a feature "other people who searched for that bought this". So people could initially have searched for the exclusive watch, not found it and then looked at others. They might even have bought one. Amazon wouldn't have had to do anything specific regarding the "other watch" besides see what people who came looking for it looked at after when they didn't find it.

about a year and a half ago

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Orgasmatron? Automatic Sperm Extractor: With Video!

MDMurphy MDMurphy writes  |  about 2 years ago

MDMurphy (208495) writes "Apparently, Chinese sperm donors are embarrassed enough with people knowing what they're doing in the donation room that there was a need for an appliance to do the hard work. If insurance will pay for Viagra, how long before someone tries to put in a claim for one of these for the home?"
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