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Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Mente Did they take on Apple? (317 comments)

There is this software called iTunes. It lets you put a CD into a computer and rip it and store it on this thing called an iPad or iPod or iPhone. I think this has already been established as acceptable use.

about 2 months ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Mente Lock S-Foils (701 comments)

I was watching Star Wars with my nephew one day and his mom heard the line "Lock S-Foils in attack position" although, that's not what she heard. What she heard was "Cock, Ass, Balls in attack position". That was 17 years ago. We still laugh about it today.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: In What Other Occupations Are IT Skills and Background Useful?

Mente Running a local Non-Profit (158 comments)

They can't afford real CEO's. They can't afford real tech people. They need smart, analytically minded people that can perform a bunch of tasks. IT people are already well versed in begging for money, so you have that base covered.

about 4 months ago
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German Scientists Successfully Test Brain-Controlled Flight Simulator

Mente Must think in Russian (73 comments)

Clint Eastwood already did that back in the 80's

about 4 months ago
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Siphons Work Due To Gravity, Not Atmospheric Pressure: Now With Peer Review

Mente Re:Actually it's both. (360 comments)

You just disproved your own point. What Pascal's experiment showed was that it wasn't a vacuum that created the siphon ( a vacuum would be a difference in air pressure), but when one beaker was placed higher, gravity caused the mercury to flow from the higher beaker to the lower beaker. Even without the vacuum normally associated with a siphon.

about 5 months ago
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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 7 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 8 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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.

about a year and a half ago
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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 and a half 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 and a half 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 2 years 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.

more than 2 years ago

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