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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

WilliamGeorge Re:Hangouts is, in turn, part of plus, right? (162 comments)

Not on the app side, so far as I can tell (and yes, I use the Hangouts app on my Android phone). I've not yet downloaded this new version, but have been looking forward to it for a while since I had been using Google Voice for voicemail and text messaging, but had to use Hangouts for texts with pictures attached or group texting. Hopefully this brings it all into one app :)

about 3 months ago
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You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

WilliamGeorge Re:This is just within the city limits, though (315 comments)

The ratio of children being born is roughly 50/50, though, as most other places in the world. Here in the US there isn't a lot of abortion based on gender yet (thank God!) so birth rates comes out pretty even.

What you could have, then, is people moving to the area for jobs. The military in particular is going to bring in a higher ratio of men than women, but they are probably not looking to do a ton of dating while in active duty... and they are moving in and out of the military bases around the area every year or two.

So the other major employers - MS, Amazon, Boeing: are they really bringing more men to the region than women? Maybe, but only a little bit I think. Anyone they bring in who is already married or in a committed relationship is likely bringing their partner / family too. And I know that with Boeing in particular a massive amount of the workforce is already from Seattle; they aren't trying to hire people from the other side of the country for mechanics positions, though some of that may happen in the upper echelons of engineers and managers.

So what I suspect is happening is a *small* influx of workers to the area, with a bit of a higher male:female ratio. There is also some movement of folks from around the greater metro area into the city as young working professionals, to be closer to their jobs. That may make an imbalance within the job hubs of Seattle, Everett, Redmond, and Bellevue... but what people are leaving out are the myriad of smaller cities around and between them. Do Kent, Renton, Auburn, Burien, Kirkland, Bothell, Woodinville, Lynnwood, Shoreline, Edmonds, Marysville, Federal Way, Fife, Puyallup and the many other towns all have more men than women as well? I doubt it. I bet if you look at the region as a whole you would have a 1.1:1 ratio or lower.

about 7 months ago
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You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene

WilliamGeorge This is just within the city limits, though (315 comments)

Seattle proper is actually relatively small, and surrounded by dozens of smaller cities and towns. I would wager that the overall metro area has close to a 1:1 ratio, but that young, single men tend to move into the city to be close to work, especially before starting a family. Housing in the city is expensive, but more livable for someone in a 1-bedroom or studio apartment. Once you need more space than that, the suburbs are much more appealing.

about 7 months ago
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Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

WilliamGeorge Re:Grammar (329 comments)

I believe rust is traditionally only *iron* oxide, not that of other metals.

about 7 months ago
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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

WilliamGeorge So in other words, it will be just like Firewire (355 comments)

I figured that all along. It took off on Apple hardware, with almost no pickup on normal PCs. That has finally started to happen a little - some upper end motherboards have 1 or 2 Thunderbolt ports now, and Asus has an add-on board for a few others - but it is really a niche thanks to its odd hardware requirements and lack of early adoption outside of Apple. USB is easier to use, and at least up to 3.0 has been backward compatible with older devices. With an even faster option, as long as they don't screw something up, I don't see how USB could not continue to be the leading connectivity standard.

about 7 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

WilliamGeorge Re:"Low Cost" (630 comments)

When I was talking about ship to ship, I mean if one of our destroyers or cruisers had to engage a similar class of ship from an opposing navy. They would not come alongside at a few miles distance and lob shells at eachother anymore - even if equipped with cannons of some kind. They would fire cruise missiles from many miles away, and hopefully counter any opposing missiles with point defense guns or interceptor missiles. That is what I meant when I said we don't use cannons for ship vs ship combat these days.

If you instead mean do we fire smaller caliber cannons at fast, tiny boats from pirates or terrorists - then yes, we absolutely still do use guns for that... but it is hardly real ship to ship naval combat at that point. The rail guns we have been testing for years, and which the article talks about, bring back the option of direct capital ship vs capital ship combat (at extreme ranges, too) as well as countering incoming missiles and bombarding shore positions.

about 8 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

WilliamGeorge Re:"Low Cost" (630 comments)

Tiny cannons on a close-to-shore (littoral) ship are a bit different. We don't have battleships and cruisers with massive cannons anymore, though, like we did in WWI / WWII. The last time a battleship shelled an on-shore location - or fired its main guns in combat at all, so far as I am aware - was back in the Kuwait war in 1991.

Yes, we (the US) have *one* ship now with a serious cannon system... but even it is more like artillery than a traditional ship cannon, from my limited understanding.

about 8 months ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

WilliamGeorge Re:"Low Cost" (630 comments)

It isn't built to compare with cannons / guns, which our naval ships no longer use for ship to ship or ship to shore engagement. It is designed to replace or augment missiles, and the cost of the round fired is ~$25k which is an order of magnitude or two less than similar-ranged missile technology.

about 8 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

WilliamGeorge Re:What version are they changing? (294 comments)

Windows 8.1 Update 1 - then next they will do Windows 8.1 Update 1 Service Pack 1 ;)

about 8 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

WilliamGeorge Re:It's a start (294 comments)

Oh, I see - that is unfortunate. The rumors I had heard were that the big update today was going to include all of that... rather disappointing that it doesn't. Sorry for the confusion!

about 8 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

WilliamGeorge Re:It's a start (294 comments)

That is what the *current* (read: before today's update) version of 8.1 has. I believe this is the update that is adding back a Start Menu, and letting you run "apps" within windows on the desktop.

about 8 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

WilliamGeorge Re:It's a start (294 comments)

Doesn't this update have the Start Menu again? I wonder if alternatives like Classic Shell or Start8 would still work now, for those who insist their start menu look more like the one in Windows 7.

Disclaimer: I am going off things I have read, and have not had the chance to update the Windows 8.1 system I am typing from yet.

about 8 months ago
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Crows Complete Basic Aesop's Fable Task

WilliamGeorge Re:Let them be. (87 comments)

Perhaps those who cannot tell the difference between "fair" and "fare", and use the proper one in the right context, should not be the first to demean others.

about 9 months ago
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Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf To Be Published

WilliamGeorge Re:Awesome - excited to read this! (94 comments)

Seamus Heaney... that name sounds really familiar. It may well be his translation I have read. I agree that it is a difficult story, and I am hoping that Tolkien adapted it more than translated it. Keep the meaning, the characters, the events - but rephrase the wording if needed, slow things down or speed things up as necessary for modern (well, early 20th century) pacing, etc. We will see when it is published, I suppose :)

about 9 months ago
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Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf To Be Published

WilliamGeorge Re:Please don't let Peter Jackson film this one (94 comments)

I agree, though I haven't even seen DoS. Here is my record with the Jackson adaptations:

FotR - Saw 10 times in theaters, own extended edition DVD
tTT - Saw 3 times in theaters, own extended edition DVD
RotK - Saw once in a theater, own extended edition DVD
aUJ - Saw once in a theater, didn't bother with the DVD
DoS - Haven't even bothered to see, in a theater or on DVD / digital rental

The only way to keep up with this trend is to somehow *negatively* watch the next one. Maybe I need to prevent it from being released? Hmmm... ;)

about 9 months ago
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Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf To Be Published

WilliamGeorge Re:Awesome - excited to read this! (94 comments)

Well played, sir! If only I could mod things on a thread I'm already participating in...

about 9 months ago
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Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf To Be Published

WilliamGeorge Re:News for nerds..? (94 comments)

If you aren't a fan of Tolkien's writings, you can turn in your nerd card right now.

I kid, of course... but only just barely...

about 9 months ago
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Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf To Be Published

WilliamGeorge Awesome - excited to read this! (94 comments)

I have read another translation of Beowulf (not sure which one - it has been over a decade now) and I saw the last CGI film adaptation. It is an interesting story, and with how much I love Tolkien's own fiction I greatly look forward to reading his translation / adaptation. Crossing my fingers for a nice hardbound version, to sit next to my leather bound LotR and Hobbit books :)

about 9 months ago

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Russia cracks down on public WiFi usage

WilliamGeorge WilliamGeorge writes  |  about 4 months ago

WilliamGeorge (816305) writes "Russia is further constraining access to the internet and freedom of speech, with new laws regarding public use of WiFi. Nikolai Nikiforov, the Russian Communications Minister, tweeted that "Identification of users (via bank cards, cell phone numbers, etc.) with access to public Wifi is a worldwide practice." This comes on top of their actions recently to block websites of political opponents to Russian president Vladimir Putin, require registration of prominent bloggers, and more.

The law was put into effect with little notice and without the input of Russian internet providers. Sergei Plugotarenko, head of the Russian Electronic Communications Association, said "It was unexpected, signed in such a short time and without consulting us." He added, "We will hope that this restrictive tendency stops at some point because soon won't there be anything left to ban."

In addition to the ID requirement to use WiFi, the new law also requires companies to declare who is using their web networks and calls for Russian websites to store their data on servers located in Russia starting in 2016."

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WilliamGeorge WilliamGeorge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

WilliamGeorge writes "In their off-time, some of the folks over at Puget Custom Computers did a fun modding project — a mineral-oil cooled computer, in a small fish tank. Surprisingly functional and also reasonably good looking, this could be a great DIY project for those in the modding community. The charts showing temperature build-up in the cooling solution are interesting, and the linked time-lapse video on YouTube is definitely worth watching."
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WilliamGeorge WilliamGeorge writes  |  more than 8 years ago

WilliamGeorge (816305) writes "As I'm sure most Slashdot readers are aware, Windows Vista won't be available in time for the upcoming holiday season. In order to encourage consumers to buy PCs this year anyway, Microsoft recently began an upgrade program so that computers purchased today with Windows XP can get discounted or free upgrades to Vista when it is released. What many people are not aware of, though, is the restrictions on what upgrades are available and the true costs that consumers will be responsible for. This article posted on a custom system builder's website has a lot of details on this program that I could not find anywhere else."

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