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Microsoft Lays Off 2,100, Axes Silicon Valley Research

atari2600a To those of you who were involved with Win8 (109 comments)

This is your punishment for your sins against humanity. "following orders" is the same excuse the nazis used so don't pull that card.

3 days ago

Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

atari2600a This doesn't make sense (326 comments)

What if you're using a tethered handsfree device to call the police? Why does it need to remember all this stuff instead of relying on a triangulating antenna system? What happens if there's 2 GSM/LTE devices in the front left?

about two weeks ago

City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

atari2600a You forgot every other factor (249 comments)

Replacement memory, batteries, HDD's for the 20% that approach EOL from overuse around this time, plus the labour to clean out all the fans. If they didn't factor this in, half their fleet's going to be dead within 3 years. This can still be a venture of savings, just not what they expect.

about two weeks ago

Scientists Capture the Sound Made By a Single Atom

atari2600a You know the rules (100 comments)

Upload the donk or it's debonked.

about two weeks ago

Chrome OS Can Now Run Android Apps With No Porting Required

atari2600a Here's where this gets funny (132 comments)

There are 2 Acer C710's in the house right now. My own spec-upped one w/ a custom seabios booting directly to ubuntu, & my little brother's friend has a stock one. I bolt in all OMG go to the app store go to the app store! You can download Google Play! He's all what's Google Play? "The app store!"

about two weeks ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

atari2600a I have a story to tell (462 comments)

My little brother had a gig at an auto rental place built into the side of a hotel. Once, they had to pick up a punk concert booker from the airport & they got pulled over by the 5-0 PO. There goes the $9K USD roll he needed to book bands in the city. They may have said something about picking it up from the evdience locker in a few months or something?

about two weeks ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

atari2600a Re:Let's do some basic math (533 comments)

Well, that's what Google said, but super & ultra are probably different (by a factor of a few thousand pixels?). Either way, it's not enough to do data concurrently with it, let alone ATSC-quality television.

about two weeks ago

AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

atari2600a Let's do some basic math (533 comments)

4K TV's are already a thing, & Netflix offers a "super HD" streaming option. A quick google shows that these streams can be anywhere from 0.4-0.6Mbps, which is really .5-.6MB/s. When "LTE" was being pushed as a benefit of the CONSUMER (big fucking mistake once you look at the resulting bill from the data plan), their speeds claimed like twice that.

about two weeks ago

Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

atari2600a You're underestimating how groundbreaking this is (139 comments)

It's not going to be LIKE the PC ecosystem; it IS the PC ecosystem, just with new players. 10 years from now your Replicators, laptops & server clusters are all going to be sporting Ara-derived chassis. You heard it here first, kids. Why deal with Intel & IBM's bullshit when you have a architecture-agnostic interface ready to go? A computer is the result of an accumulation of standards & as someone that's taken a decades-long generalistic approach to the industry, this IS the new standard. Maybe not in its initial public incarnation, but 2.0'll hit it of just like Android 2.0 took over mobile software.

about 5 months ago

The Billionaires Privatizing American Science

atari2600a Let me get this straight (279 comments)

I explain our current undemocratic scientific system within the [rich-]Western world to my friends & family & they call me insane, but someone writes an article about it & they're a 'journalist'. I need new friends & family.

about 6 months ago

Medicine Delivered By Flying Drones

atari2600a Junkie defense systems? (43 comments)

I walk down Mission St. at least 5 days a month to head to Noisebridge, & any walk down that part of Mission is a walk past countless drug addicts & day drinkers, acting all thug. If these drones fly low enough, any junkie with an unregulated airsoft gun's gonna be shooting them down hoping to find oxycodene or whatever the fuck.

about 6 months ago

U.S. Aims To Give Up Control Over Internet Administration

atari2600a Halfway there (279 comments)

Now let's find a way to replace DNS with a decentralized system.

about 6 months ago

Up To 1000 NIH Investigators Dropped Out Last Year

atari2600a Could it be cause of the open-access mandate? (111 comments)

We all know how the 'bad' researchers game the system by hyperciting to up their impact numbers, maybe they know they can't pull that shit w/ open-access & have moved on to the private sector? IDK, just pure speculation from someone outside the field...

about 6 months ago



Autistic android apps?

atari2600a atari2600a writes  |  more than 2 years ago

atari2600a (1892574) writes "My family is considering getting my autistic nephew a $100 android tablet this Christmas for augmented alternative communication apps. Does anyone know of a de-facto AAC app, & any other apps that should be good for an autistic child? Ideally it'd be nice to lock down the tablet too, but a quick scan of the Settings page & a Google search provides no obvious means of doing this, so it'd be nice to see if & how that's accomplished."

Best way to recycle scrap gold?

atari2600a atari2600a writes  |  about 4 years ago

atari2600a (1892574) writes "I'm your run of the mill college student with a lifetime's experience in microcomputer repair & maintenance. As you'd expect, I come across a lot of old machines I either pick up off the curb or end up being donated. When I recycle these machines, I throw all the cables into my copper bin & all of the case into my steel bin, but as there's no non-drop-off recycling centers in my area, I'm always left with the drives, boards &, more importantly, CPU's with precious precious scrap gold. As I said, I can't simply drop these off at a local computer recycling center for a profit, so are there any ways I can sell all this gold to buy more delicious cake?"


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