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'The Color Run' Violates Agreement With College Photographer, Then Sues Him

Mente Re:Logic (218 comments)

Nah, Apple and Coke pay to have their brands seen in movies and TV.

about 2 months ago
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It's Not Memory Loss - Older Minds May Just Be Fuller of Information

Mente Needs memcached (206 comments)

memcached and some better indexing will fix that.

about 3 months ago
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How Early Should Kids Learn To Code?

Mente CrunchZilla (299 comments)

There is a site that I showed to my 8-10 year old kids last year to introduce them to JavaScript.

They were able to go through both the Code Monster and Code Maven programs successfully and they had fun.

about 7 months ago
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Cisco Slashes 4,000 Jobs

Mente Every year (139 comments)

Cisco lays off about 5% of its workforce every year. They have always done this. It is the corporate culture. 5%ers are generally people that are there for a year to get Cisco on their resume and then they are off to someplace else. A decent percentage of new hires only last one year. They simply aren't re-hired after their probationary period. So if you are constantly hiring 5% and you lose 3% every year to this process, they are only laying off 2% of their poor performers.

They announce these layoffs every year to get a little jump on the stock price from people that thing they are streamlining.

about 8 months ago
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Landing On an Asteroid Might Cause an Avalanche

Mente Re:Bullshit (35 comments)

Armageddon was an asteroid. Deep Impact was a comet.

about 10 months ago
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An Exploration of BlackBerry 10's Programming API

Mente Re:Crack (100 comments)

Correct, volume isn't always everything. However, that is only the case when there are large differences in profit margin. In this case, there isn't much difference. The Z10 (which I've used a little bit, not every day) is an average device these days with some neat features. Nothing earth shattering. Its as average as an iPhone or any number of Android devices. The sales however, have been disappointing. The largest factor, is that without any large distinguishing feature, most people have already moved on from Blackberry to other smart devices.
However, as I said above, its all about the Q10 for Blackberry. It has a much higher profit margin, and they will sell a ton. There are plenty of people out there just waiting for their "real" keyboard. With very little competition in that market, and a loyal fanbase in that market, they should do well. In the first quarter. They will probably even pull a million or so iPhone/Android users back with the physical keyboard. However, when you consider that Apple is averaging about 30 million units a QUARTER over the last two years or so, that doesn't really make a dent in market share. The Q10 will get most of its sales from people that have waited 2-3 years for the next generation Blackberry, that didn't migrate away to touch platforms. Blackberry's own estimates are that they will sell multiple 10's of millions of Q10's. Apple does that every quarter. Quarter after quarter. They have such a huge installed base, most of their sales at this point are people aging off of their iPhone 3gs/iPhone4.

about a year ago
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An Exploration of BlackBerry 10's Programming API

Mente Re:Crack (100 comments)

In a month and a half in the US and 5 months in Canada. The iPhone 4S did that in its first day and the iPhone 5 did 2 million its first day.

The Q10 will be the true metric though. There are a ton of people out that that have been waiting 2-3 years for the next physical keyboard phone. Q2 should be a good one for BB. However, once that initial flood comes through...

about a year ago
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Richard Branson Plans Orbital Spaceships For Virgin Galactic

Mente Re:$200K ... Uh Oh. (177 comments)

No Air, no Air Miles. Its in the fine print.

about a year ago
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Graphene Aerogel Takes World's Lightest Material Crown

Mente Molecular Sieve? (198 comments)

If the substance's density could be altered, it would be possible to have one membrane of gel that was more dense than helium and hydrogen, but less dense than every other element. Then have this gel, which is less dense than helium and more dense than hydrogen. Helium and Hydrogen would flow through the first membrane leaving everything else behind, and then only Hydrogen would pass though the second membrane leaving only helium trapped in between. Given the state of the world's current Helium reserves, this might be a very handy technology.

1 year,30 days
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New Largest Known Prime Number: 2^57,885,161-1

Mente Re:Uhhh... (254 comments)

No. Any number 2^n-1 is not prime. It is only prime when n is also prime.
  Mp=2^p - 1 is prime where p is prime

about a year ago
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RIM Unveils BlackBerry 10, Its Big Turnaround Hope

Mente Re:WTF is the point of BB Balance? (267 comments)

Using the corporate tie in allows the corp to push apps and settings to the phone and wipe them upon termination. If I set my iphone up to pop my corp mail, its on my phone and they can't do anything about it when I quit. With the BB they can nuke the corp data from orbit. Still don't want them in my enterprise though. All of the pointed headed people asking what happened to their email and messaging the next time they have a 4 day world wide outage.

about a year ago
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Imagination Technology Buys MIPS

Mente Re:Sad, really (56 comments)

Nothing like writing MIPS assembly on an SGI using XSPIM

about a year and a half ago
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Wozniak Calls For Open Apple

Mente VMWare (330 comments)

I'd settle for being able to install OS X on VMWare without hosting the VMWare hypervisor on a Mac Server 3.1 which they haven't made since Jan 2011. Yes, I understand that its possible, but not without violating EULAs of both VMWare and Apple.

I'd love to be able to run OS X in my VDI cluster.

about 2 years ago
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Lake Vostok Reached

Mente Re:Melt (156 comments)

Bruce Willis could have drilled it in a matter of hours.

more than 2 years ago
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Best Alternatives To the Big Name Social Media?

Mente Lunchwalla.com (451 comments)

Bringing the "Social" back to "Social Networking".

http://www.lunchwalla.com/

Centered around getting people together to do lunch, dinner, movies, events, and more.

more than 3 years ago
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Universe Closer To Heat Death Than Once Thought

Mente Re:Not so sure... (237 comments)

Besides, the universe had damned well better not die - at least not until I get my flying car, copy of Duke Nuken' Forever (running on HURD), and an army of Linux fembots with a penchant for evil, damnit!

You forgot the sharks with freakin laser beams attached to their heads. Unless you already have some. In which case, can I borrow a couple?

more than 4 years ago
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Google's PageRank Predicts Nobel Prize Winners

Mente Re:It sounds to me like "predict" is the wrong wor (101 comments)

That was my reaction as well. It only works if you base it on publications prior to them winning the Nobel Prize. Of course people are going to reference the papers after the Prize. Citing a Nobel winner gives a certain boost to credibility.

more than 5 years ago
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Future Sony MMOs Will Be On Consoles

Mente I'm a PC gamer (144 comments)

However, you can get a keyboard/mouse for your PS3, so I really don't see the issue. I would assume that they would be focusing on the PS3 for these games.

One of the rumors back in the day was that one of the reasons behind the NGE for SWG was that they simplified the game so they could port it to the PS3 easier. Far fewer controls.

more than 5 years ago

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