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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

Streetlight What's a "comprehensive feel"? (195 comments)

Does it feel me or do I feel it comprehensively? And how many CPU cycles and RAM percentages does it use to be "comprehensively" felt?

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Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Streetlight Apple dumbs down "tomorrow" software (364 comments)

I didn't read any comments here about the common situation when Apple removes features from its "yesterday" software in new versions of its "tomorrow" software then scrambles to restore some of those features because of user complaints.

I'm not a Mac user so I don't know if it's possible, but it would be good if Apple made it easy for users to select an OS font best suited to their needs. If one has an older 21 inch iMac and maybe poor eyesight, then maybe some other font, neither Lucida nor Helvetica, would be better for them. Apple might even go so far as to make suggestions for folks with a visual handicap like macular degeneration, glaucoma or something else. Heck, Firefox on Windows allows font choice, though it's an app.

2 days ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Streetlight Re:Things once thought impossible... (344 comments)

Sapphire is aluminum oxide. Synthetic sapphire is made in factories at high temperatures and pressures and used on expensive watches as the crystal. It is not elemental aluminum.

2 days ago
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The Physics of Why Cold Fusion Isn't Real

Streetlight Re:Why Cold Fusion (or something like it) Is Real (344 comments)

In Colorado Springs we used to have the Tesla Conference. Tesla worked here for awhile. Anyway, some guy had what he claimed was a perpetual motion machine that looked like one of those desk toys with a hoop or ball that continuously moved. A reporter asked if it was a perpetual motion machine why the base had all those AA batteries in it. The guy's answer was they were needed to get the thing started.

There's a reason the Patent Office started rejecting perpetual motion machines decades ago.

3 days ago
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Glut of Postdoc Researchers Stirs Quiet Crisis In Science

Streetlight Re:nothing was 'such an issue decades ago' Huh? (283 comments)

If the US population is 330,000,000 and there are 56,000 biomedical postdocs, I think the % of the population is 0.017 %. Math is not the poster' s strength. If he's a scientist, even a NYC cab driver job might be a problem keeping track of mileage or making change.

about two weeks ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

Streetlight Re:Ummm - did we forget the obvious? (191 comments)

Comcast does the same thing. I've experienced rare Internet outages and usually wait 20 minutes or so to call to see if there's a problem and the auto answer will confirm that but also say that one can get more information about outages by going to Comcast's home page. Hmmmm. I don't have a smart phone and I'm just out of luck. Ridiculous. I guess I could go to Starbucks or some other public hotspot, but why?

about two weeks ago
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Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

Streetlight At first I thought this was Amzon (150 comments)

I guess when I saw the first letter in the word Adobe I thought this was Amazon. My first reaction was that you now can't buy the books you might want to read from Amazon and even if you can get them somehow, Amazon will know.

Adobe's tactic may give Amazon an idea. Too bad.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Streetlight My first reaction: (269 comments)

You've got to be kidding.

Someone, if not Microsoft, had better come up with an option to kill this on all Windows computers, phones, tablets, etc. I started to write this and put "kik.." in place of kill. Ya, kick this can down the road.

about three weeks ago
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Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"

Streetlight Wasn't Lutz the chief archetect of the Volt? (267 comments)

I wouldn't be surprised if the current Tesla model hasn't outsold the Volt by some large number maybe 10 times volt sales. Which would be considered a fringe vehicle?

about three weeks ago
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Russia Pledges To Go To the Moon

Streetlight Re:The Moon is a weapons platform (197 comments)

I assume these comments are an attempt at black humor.

Immediately after noticing from any place on earth a weapons launch from the moon a laser beam of sufficient energy from the earth might be able to destroy the slow moving moon launched weapon. The speed of light is very high. Of course if the moon based weapon is a laser beam, well, things would be different.

about a month ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Streetlight Thin is in. (421 comments)

Wonderful. The phone will adjust to fit its contanier, i.e., your body wear. Right now, I'm watching CNBC and they're showing the bending of the new iPhone. One idiot is saying this is by design because it can fit in your variously shaped cargo pants pockets. It's a real advantage for the larger iPhone 6 plus which needs to bend and is easier to bend because of its length.

Good grief. Apple fans in this case are crazy.

about a month ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Streetlight If the cops want the data they'll try hard (504 comments)

If a court order doesn't make you turn over the codes or data on your iPhone you may end up in jail for contempt of court. If that doesn't work, and the cops really, really want the data, then you may end up on an airplane to a country that doesn't care much about your personal safety and have your sensitive body parts hooked up to electric circuits causing serious pain. This of course after the use of rubber hoses or harder objects to damage brittle parts of your body. Whether they get the data or not you may never be seen again with the explanation by the cops that you escaped and they can't find you.

about a month ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Streetlight Re:Ion strengthened? (207 comments)

The processes described produces high compression strength. What about tensile strength? Portland cement concrete can be made to have tremendous compression strength but it's strength in tension is poor. That's why bridges made of concrete use steel in tension so they don't collapse under load. The bending of high compression strength glass with low tensile strength will break even with a small force in a drop-collision with a hard surface. It would seem to produce glass that has both high compression and tension strength the glass must be reinforced with a fibers that traverses the full width and length of the glass and is attached at the edges of the glass plate. Of course for clarity, the fibers cannot be so thick to as to create opacity, reflectivity, refraction, diffraction or any other disturbing optical problem. A tough problem to solve.

about a month ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Streetlight What hapens to the BBC if Scotland votes yes? (363 comments)

If the September 18 referendum results in an independent Scotland then the BBC may be in trouble. I've read that the BBC will not be made available there and so will the TV and radio set fees Scots pay for the privilege of watching and listening to the BBC. I assume the total from Scotland is substantial so there's likely to be more job losses at the BBC, probably a reduction in content production and maybe a cut in channels for both radio and TV. Too bad for the lower paid folks, but the high earners will likely make out as usual.

about a month and a half ago
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Mozilla 1024-Bit Cert Deprecation Leaves 107,000 Sites Untrusted

Streetlight Several things might happen (67 comments)

1. If all these sites renew or get proper certificates it'll be a big improvement in cash for the Certificate Authorities.

2. Maybe most of these un-certificated sites will disappear, though it won't mean much for internet congestion if most are not accessed anyway.

3. Maybe swschard's comment that hackers will have a field day is true, although to what benefit to hackers or detriment to site users?

about a month and a half ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Streetlight The show is filled with mostly nonsense (364 comments)

Most of the show's "experiments" are nonsense or the results are obvious. Science isn't done this way. Never was, never will be. I'm waiting for them to do seances and contact the dead to prove something. Or conclude that because they can't contact the dead that need try to invent a new way to contact the dead, so stay tuned.

about 2 months ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

Streetlight Goodland, KS, is not in the NE of Kansas (190 comments)

The second referenced article said Goodland, KS, is in the North East part of Kansas. Goodland, Kansas, is in the North West part of Kansas and is about 20 miles from the Colorado border on Interstate 70. I wonder of these writers can count days as well as they read maps.

about 2 months ago
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How Does Tesla Build a Supercharger Charging Site?

Streetlight Goodland, KS, is not in the NE of Kansas (190 comments)

The second referenced article says that Goodland, Kansas, is in the NE part of Kansas. This town is in the North West part of Kansas only a few miles - about 20 miles - from the the Colorado Border. Maybe the authors can't count days as well as read maps, so the article may be wrong.

about 2 months ago

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Streetlight Streetlight writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Streetlight (1102081) writes "Digital Camera Review (http://www.dpreview.com/) announced May 14, 2007, that they had been acquired by amazon.com.



"We're proud and excited to announce that Dpreview has been acquired by the world's leading online retailer, Amazon.com. Started as hobby site in 1998, dpreview.com has grown to be the number one destination for anyone interested in digital cameras and digital photography. Each month dpreview.com has seven million unique visitors (over 22 million sessions) who read over 120 million pages. 'We've worked very hard over the last eight years to deliver consistently high quality content to our readers', founder Phil Askey said. 'It will be fantastic to be able to expand and build on that without compromising our quality or independence. With the support and resources of Amazon we can achieve this.'""

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Amazon.com acquires dpreview.com

Streetlight Streetlight writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Digital Camera Review (http://www.dpreview.com/) announced May 14, 2007, that they had been acquired by amazon.com.

"We're proud and excited to announce that Dpreview has been acquired by the world's leading online retailer, Amazon.com. Started as hobby site in 1998, dpreview.com has grown to be the number one destination for anyone interested in digital cameras and digital photography. Each month dpreview.com has seven million unique visitors (over 22 million sessions) who read over 120 million pages. 'We've worked very hard over the last eight years to deliver consistently high quality content to our readers', founder Phil Askey said. 'It will be fantastic to be able to expand and build on that without compromising our quality or independence. With the support and resources of Amazon we can achieve this.'"

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