top Google Aims To Be Your Universal Translator
I'd like a Canine to English translator too.
I'm pretty sure at least one of my dogs is the equivalent of Anchorman's 'Brick' character.
top 9th Circuit Will Revisit "Innocence of Muslims" Takedown Order
The title is sarcastic. According to
Wikipedia, the film is anti-muslim. about a month and a half ago
top Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police
What I'm curious about is how in the hell two disposable cups cost $127.30
Or how 220 gauze bandages comes to $424.60 Or 17 rolls of "pressure sensitive adhesive tape" (read: likely duct tape or equivalent) is $281.69 And a single plastic bag listed at $194.75
Does the US military electroplate their gear with precious metals before selling it, or what? I'm not even a US citizen, but those prices - sans a reasonable explanation - seem obscene.
PS: Taken from the MO Department of Public Safety.
top The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"
Didn't Keystone XL die in senate the other day?
top Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine
DDG uses a multitude of sources for it's results, like Yandex, Bing, Yahoo, and others (it will directly pull stuff from Wikipedia, Wolfram Alpha, etc) including it's own crawler. So no, it's not just a front end for someone else's results, it's more of an aggregator with a focus on privacy/anonymity.
top Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition
Actually, Inquisition is available on last gen consoles (PS3 + X360), but that fact is often glossed over. It would have been interesting to see them included in the comparisons here.
top Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77
Space: Above and Beyond followed a very similar path to the original BSG (only ran one season, etc.) Except it was, arguably, pretty well written. It was definitely one of those 'ahead of it's time' shows. I could see a reboot doing very well, if only someone could wrestle the rights away from Fox - and this time not spend such a huge chunk of the production budget on bleeding edge CGI (which ended up being the perfect reason to axe it).
top Researchers At Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function
...cordoned off like parking stalls?
...like 60/40 split folding rear seats? ...dual zone climate control?
top The Airplane of the Future May Not Have Windows
I'm the same way - I love staring out the window of an airplane. I'll bring hours of entertainment on a flight, and then spend half the trip just wistfully gazing out the window.
One of my favorite moments (and quite probably a formative moment of my love for window seats on planes) was a landing at Victoria (or maybe it was Vancouver, been a while) airport. I was a young teenager, and was seated just aft of the left wing. I didn't know much about aircraft then, so when we touched down and all of a sudden the rear
engine cowling splits in half and rejoins behind the exhaust to form a redirection chute (thrust reversal), and then the pilot throttles up (I've always loved the whistle of turbines and the power of a jet engine) while the plane shudders and rumbles to a stop... I was in heaven. I'm sure my eyes were the size of saucer plates. It was the most amazing thing I'd ever seen, like discovering you were actually riding a transformer the whole time. And that moment of surprise and joy is frozen in time in my memory, along with my love of window seats on airplanes. I'd be sad if they ever took that away.
top Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM
Actually, Cowon makes an MP3 player (X7) with a 120 or 160gb HDD, although I haven't used that model myself.
They also have an audiophile device (Plenue1) that has 128gb flash + SD card (up to another 128). Beautiful device with some crazy features (when's the last time you saw optical out on an MP3 player?) - just don't ask about the price.
top Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"
You joke, but two(ish) decades ago we had an ISP tell my father that their "Unlimited Internet" referred to unlimited
access (eg: 24/7/365) and not unlimited bandwidth. When he asked what the monthly data allowance was, he was told that there wasn't one... but it wasn't unlimited. It was just that our household was using more bandwidth than usual (entirely my fault, being a tech-crazed teenager at the time) and it would be really nice if we would cut that out - for the good of the network. So my father explained that he had a better solution for the good of the network, and canceled our cable TV and internet on the spot. We signed up with their competition (who assured my father that their unlimited internet really was unlimited) the next day.
Of course, now no one in my area offers an unlimited bandwidth internet package for anything shy of $130/mo.
top Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived
Parent is probably referring to
Cosmic ray visual phenomena
top Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk
[quote]Unlike a desktop OS, browser, or other software, the DiskStation does not normally remind you to do this. You have to check manually.[/quote]
It's trivially easy to set up a Synology NAS to email/sms/skype/etc you about both OS and package upgrades being available, at least on the versions of DSM I've used.
top Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech
Depends on who you ask. Their excuse here is that they're not wiretapping anything, they're just playing 'Marco Polo' with your phone while moving around so they can triangulate where you are so then they can get a warrant. Supposedly, they aren't listening to your calls (not that you'd have any way of verifying that or even challenging it in court) so it doesn't count as wiretapping. In reality, this is taking a page out of the NSA's playbook and trying to skirt the law on a technicality.
top Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?
There are definitely hybrids that could be considered chick-magenets. The McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder come to mind. The problem with them is that their price tags are of the "if you have to ask..." variety.
top Cockpit Revealed For Bloodhound Supersonic Car
jet engines are for flying, any other use is stupid
disagree. (1 minute video, worth a watch if you haven't seen it)
top The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say
Happened to my 92 Plymouth Laser. I was driving home from work, pulled into the left turn lane, pushed in the clutch and brake to stop for the light, and she just died. I thought it had stalled so I tried to restart but it wouldn't turn over. Timing belt had about half a dozen teeth stripped off it, so the pistons were wedged up against some of the exhaust valves. I hadn't put a lot of miles on that belt (short commute) but it hadn't been replaced in about 5 years and so I guess that was enough time to weaken it. Took a lot of hours to remove and reinstall the head, and having the valvetrain fixed wasn't cheap, but she lived for a few more years before I had to let her go.
Still miss that car though. She was buckets of fun to drive. Sometimes I daydream about finding an old 1G DSM to restore, but there just aren't that many kicking around these days. Oh well.
top Your Next Online Order Could Be Delivered To Your Car's Trunk
There really isn't. It's because special/delivery instructions aren't read by anyone sorting the packages, they're read by the drivers. And by that point, your box is already on a truck and in your neighbourhood. So they will almost always attempt delivery once because it helps keep the driver's delivery rate up.
Source: I worked for UPS (which stands for "Ur Package... Somewhere?") ~10yrs ago.
top EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion
...which is why those hardcore libertarians running Sweden are counted "among the countries with the least problems," right?
top Environmental Report Raises Pressure On Obama To Approve Keystone Pipeline
Canada would have as much if not more problems getting oil export terminals set up in Vancouver BC or their east coast ports.
Oh don't worry,
that fight has already been ongoing for almost a decade. We should find out this year weather or not it's being greenlit.
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