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Microsoft's Most Profitable Mobile Operating System: Android

MojoRilla Re:Does anyone have a list of the patents? (309 comments)

Microsoft is a convicted monopolist, and these technologies are necessary for compatability with their monopoly operating system and email server. Why are patent licenses needed?

about a year ago

Another Way Carriers Screw Customers: Premium SMS 'Errors'

MojoRilla Re:Really? (198 comments)

Look up the premium services domain registration company, and send an email to every address you can find for the premium service that you are getting unwanted commercial email, and that it is against the registration companies policy, and you will be forced to report them to their hosting company if they don't stop. You would be surprised at how fast spam will stop.

about a year and a half ago

Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

MojoRilla Re:Better off enforcing an EA boycott (469 comments)

In terms of Spore...I played even with the DRM nonsense. My feeling was....meh. Nothing in the game was particularly well done. Each stage felt derivative, and none were that fun.

about a year and a half ago

New Bill Would Require Patent Trolls To Pay Defendants' Attorneys

MojoRilla Re:just another club to protect large corporations (196 comments)

Here is a counter example:

A friend of mine invented Buzzy to take the pain out of shots. If she didn't have patents, the idea would have been stolen long before now.

about a year and a half ago

How Million-Dollar Frauds Turned Photo Conservation Into a Mature Science

MojoRilla Re:Every new medium is always snubbed by the snobs (65 comments)

Although I understand your point, the story is apocryphal.

See Snopes for examples that attribute the same story to Tesla and Edison, as well as anonymous engineers, mechanics, and plumbers.

Also, pianos also have dampers (felt pads that lower onto the strings when the key is released) and petals, which control the action of the dampers. Furthermore, the vibration of strings on the piano can effect other string especially with the damper petal down. So a bit more complicated than you make out.

about a year and a half ago

Got a Cell Phone Booster? FCC Says You Have To Turn It Off

MojoRilla Re:Could this article be more misleading? (245 comments)

Blanket consent doesn't mean you don't have to register your device. From your article:

In addition, we require all Class B signal booster installations to be registered in an FCC signal booster registration database. Thus, in the event a Class B signal booster causes interference, the operator of the device can be located and asked to shut down the interfering device.

about a year and a half ago

Google Looking for "Creative Individuals" For Glass Developer Program

MojoRilla Scarcity (144 comments)

They are using the allure of scarcity. Remember when people went crazy over GMail or Google + invites?

This taps into a basic human driver. Scarcity makes people feel special, and working hard to get something makes people perceive the value is greater.

Of course, Google needs developers to embrace Google Glass to be successful. The more the better. But by making it exclusive people will value it more. Such are the problems of a digital society, where almost all that is left is artificial scarcity.

about a year and a half ago

iOS 6.1 Leads To Battery Life Drain, Overheating For iPhone Users

MojoRilla Re:No Exchange, no problem (266 comments)

There are have been problems with iOS, exchange support, and push email for a long time. I used to have really bad bluetooth problems, and I would get into funky modes where my battery drained fast and my phone overheated. Granted, I did have a slow and overloaded Exchange server. The solution to both problems was to off push email and fetch email every 15 minutes.

about a year and a half ago

Royal Canadian Air Force Sees More Sims In the Future of Fighter Pilot Training

MojoRilla Re:Why not? (125 comments)

UAVs have come a long way, and will certainly get better in the future. It is easy to see how much more capable you can create a plane that doesn't have a human pilot. UAVs don't need ejector seats, don't have to have life support equipment, don't have to worry about harming a pilot with Gforces, etc.

And, they are controlled remotely, which means that they can be jammed. However, the ability to jam communications also effects piloted aircraft. Looking into the future, it is clear that UAVs will continue to develop autonomous technology, so they can can take appropriate action when they loose communications with remote pilots.

Ultimately, a goal of the UAV program is autonomous vehicles, that have objectives specified by humans but carry out those objectives independently.

about a year and a half ago

Are There Any Real Inventors Left?

MojoRilla Re:iterative innovation (417 comments)

Really? Bill Gates dropped out after two years at Harvard. Steve Jobs dropped out after a semester at Reed College. Steve Wosniak dropped out of Berkley after one year. And Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard after two years.

There is no denying these folks are smart. But they are not highly educated. I also question the level of investment. Apple, Microsoft and Facebook started in dorm rooms and garages.

The reality is that while education is necessary to develop the underlying technology (the integrated circuit and CPU, high density storage, computer networks and the internet, touch screens, etc), it almost seems like education is unnecessary, or even an impediment to actually creating popular consumer products.

about a year and a half ago

Are There Any Real Inventors Left?

MojoRilla Re:Seems like a meaningless distinction (417 comments)

James Burke did an excellent series on tracing the history of technology called Connections in which he very successfully argues that all technology and inventions are part of an interconnected, iterative web of adaptation. Rug weaving led to the computer. Castle fortifications led to movies. Interesting stuff indeed.

about a year and a half ago

Are There Any Real Inventors Left?

MojoRilla Re:iterative innovation (417 comments)

Innovation requires more advanced equipment, more investment, and more education?

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and many others would beg to disagree.

about a year and a half ago

Three Low-Tech Hacks for Phones and Tablets

MojoRilla Hmmmm.... (286 comments)

Three obvious suggestions, three sarcastic responses:

Changing batteries has also been available for laptops forever. It is totally inconvenient. How much time per day do you spend managing your batteries?

Why are you watching movies on your tablet? Don't you have a nice big screen? Wouldn't a study pillow be easier?

And finally...real geeks don't exercise.

about a year and a half ago

Java Vs. C#: Which Performs Better In the 'Real World'?

MojoRilla Nothing to see here (437 comments)

This article was obviously written by someone who has no idea what the state of the art is in performance web serving. If you know anything about high scale web technology, skip it.

Where to start complaining? Don't roll your own http server. You probably don't understand what you are doing, and you will get weird results. Using Windows as a platform for a java web server is pretty silly. The author incorrectly assumes that because the .Net framework is fast, the framework will be. That isn't the case. Running load testing on hello world test cases is silly. If you are interested in the real world, try testing with real world applications. The author also doesn't seem to understand that the JVM or .Net runtime will compile bytecode using JiT methods (Just in Time compiling). Finally, if you have skilled developers, it doesn't really matter what language you use. Architectural issues like data storage and caching are much more important than language.

about a year and a half ago

How Do You Give a Ticket To a Driverless Car?

MojoRilla How will the cop know? (337 comments)

How will the cop know who to arrest, if the car isn't displaying the obvious signs of a drunk driver?

For now, though the laws require a sober driver, no drunk driver will be in trouble under most circumstances. The laws will eventually catch up.

about a year and a half ago

FCC Chief Urges FAA To Ease Airplane Electronics Ban

MojoRilla Re:Blanket Ban (242 comments)

On the other hand, the airlines go to great pains to tell you which devices are approved in flight. I'm reminded that there is a list in the in flight magazine every time I fly.

The thing is, even an IPad or Kindle might cause a problem if the device was dropped once to many times and is malfunctioning. Weird things do happen when electronics breaks.

The solution for this problem is pretty simple. A relatively inexpensive wide band RF sensor could be used to scan the cabin by flight attendants in order to identify any devices with problems. Instead of punishing all of us because our devices might have problems, we could just eliminate actually dangerous situations.

about 2 years ago

Hit Game Makes £52 In First Week On Windows RT

MojoRilla Re:Actually, it *is* Microsoft's fault. (308 comments)

I was asked about porting a major live video application to the Surface recently. The Surface doesn't support flash in web views inside apps. It doesn't support HLS (without a third party library). They stubbornly insist that Silverlight and VC1 are still relevant. My answer to the request was, well, sure, but it will require a new encode farm, and rebuilding the app from the ground up. Which is basically a no-go.

Microsoft is very late to the party. Two other operating systems are there first, have far more users, and are generally more compatible with standards. Microsoft is late to the party, and clinging to all of their old proprietary baggage. And they wonder why they are losing.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Math and Science iOS Apps For Young Kids?

MojoRilla Monster Physics (165 comments)

Both my 4 and 7 year olds love Monster Physics. And by the same author, Stack the States and Stack the Countries are excellent for geography.

about 2 years ago



Supercapacitor Breakthrough Rivals Batteries

MojoRilla MojoRilla writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MojoRilla (591502) writes "US researchers have developed supercapacitors that have the same storage per weight as nickel metal hydride batteries, but can be charged and discharged much faster. Their goal is to develop a supercapacitor with stores as much energy as the best Lithium Ion batteries, but can recharge in two minutes. As with any new technology, there are still hurdles to commercialization, but maybe we'll be able to recharge our IPhone 8s while brushing our teeth."
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Nissan Unveils All Electric LEAF

MojoRilla MojoRilla writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MojoRilla (591502) writes "Nissan unveiled (press release, and flash site) their all-electric LEAF in Japan. Slated to launch in late 2010 in Japan, US and Europe, this car will have a 100 mile range, seats 5, has an advanced computer system with remote control by IPhone, and promises to be competitively priced. While this car's range won't work for everyone, it could be a game changer as a commuter car."

Bank of America Now Financing the Tesla Roadster

MojoRilla MojoRilla writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MojoRilla (591502) writes "Now for just $30,237 down you can own a Tesla Roadster, thanks to an innovative new Bank of America financing program. The Roadster is perhaps the biggest green geek magnet on the planet (or at lest runs with one under the hood), does 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds, and gets you thumbs up from Prius drivers and cops. Now if they could only make it affordable for the rest of us."


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