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Quad-Core Mobile Chips Wasted On Mobiles?

Numbah One Mobile Communications Hub (336 comments)

it depends on what the phone is doing. if it is considered a mobile computing hub, it could be running tethering/routing SW for a user's wi-fi tablet, running an IM/twitter client, handling voice commands for the whole device and maybe even making a phone call. of course, power mgmt to handle all of this at the same time becomes critical. with more cores, voice/video call handling becomes less of a priority and keeping the user connected at all times with background tasks becomes more of the device's function.

more than 3 years ago
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How Norway Fought Staph Infections

Numbah One Same thing applies to anti-bacterial soap (595 comments)

Regular soap works just fine to get hands clean and get rid of most of the germs without speeding along the survival of the fittest contest among the bacteria.

more than 4 years ago
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Squatters Abusing iPhone App Store

Numbah One Not short sighted really... (121 comments)

Not really. Since an app has to go through Apple's approval process, Hello World apps that don't actually do what the submitter indicates should not make it into the store. Of course, given the opaque approval process and the number of fart apps that made it in to the store, the approval process is not a guaranteed firewall.

Apple could them flush the "empty" apps that do not have approved binaries, or at least binaries in the approval process, if they have been empty for more than 3 months or so.

This is just another thing that Apple, and the Android and Palm folks, will have to deal with. The real fun will be when apps are available on multiple platforms, but have different names because of conflicting approvals processes, squatters, and other things that have not yet surfaced.

more than 4 years ago
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Sandia Studies Botnets In 1M OS Digital Petri Dish

Numbah One Sounds like Software by Rudy Rucker (161 comments)

in the book, AI evolves as competing programs in a computing environment through natural selection. it was a pretty good book published in the 80's. the robots wind up on the moon (i don't remember how they got there in the first place) and eventually overthrow the humans there. here's an Amazon link http://www.amazon.com/Software-Rudy-Rucker/dp/0380701774/

more than 5 years ago
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Complaints Pour In After Digital TV Test

Numbah One new Survivor series (537 comments)

I guess this opens the door for a new Survivor series - Survivor: DTV

more than 5 years ago

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T-1000 - Coming to a Battlefield Near You

Numbah One Numbah One writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Numbah One writes "
Creative scientists have until next week to submit proposals for creating a shape-shifting military robot that can shrink and then reconfigure itself to normal height and shape. The description of the robot, at a high level, is somewhat reminiscent of the villainous liquid-state cyborg of the sci-fi movie Terminator 2 — except that this robot would be dispatched to save lives on the battlefield. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is accepting proposals for building the so-called Chemical Robot (ChemBot) from researchers until July 2.
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