top Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show
I love how in the
video showing the touch screen interface, somewhere around 23 seconds in the narrator states that "it is presented in the same way that you're used to [long pause] without distracting you from what is important".
The pause is long enough that you wonder if they're trying to say that "what is important" is the data on the screen or what you're doing?
Heck, I'd like to think that
DRIVING IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT and these touch screens are only taking your eyes off the road so you can pinpoint where on a screen you're going to touch. I dig technology and progress but driver controls are one thing that should be left in the analog world of dials, buttons, levers, etc.!
top An OS You'll Love? AI Experts Weigh In On
If they complete this OS, they could call it
(almost obligatory, don't you think?)
top Unreleased 1963 Beatles Tracks On Sale To Preserve Copyright
You joke, but it's really incentive for future artists more than former. When they see people working a few years in their youth and then earning royalties into retirement, that's quite the incentive to get into music.
Just ask any musician. They'll tell you they got in it for the money.
Appropriate Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention link:
We're Only In It for the Money
top China Prefers Sticking With Dying Windows XP To Upgrading
I'm just curious why sticking with XP would be desirable. I know that Vista/7/8 have higher system resource requirements, but is perhaps the driver being that it is easier to pirate a copy of XP?
The basis for my statement there is simply because I know that XP only asks for a product key and I don't recall in recent history the activation mechanism being particularly strict. Vista/7 seems to start disabling itself after a while without a properly activated key and 8 seems to want an email address to tie your license to (from the one time I played with it out of curiosity). I'm figuring the Vista/7/8 mechanism is just tighter?
top Amazon Jumps Into Desktop Virtualization With "WorkSpaces"
I know that this isn't quite the same as what Citrix does with its Xen Desktop and Receiver bits, but for those who do remote access to work with a Citrix product and do this with a Mac, I'm a bit frustrated that the Mac client is always a step behind.
Specifically, the Windows client now has USB routing and HDX features and this seems to be absent from their Mac client offerings. With a lot of organizations using IP conferencing (read: Lync), this is becoming a bit of a problem.
top Microsoft Narrows Down CEO Shortlist: Elop, Mulally, Bates, Nadella In Mix
In my pre-caffienated state this morning and frankly not paying much attention to who is going to take over Microsoft, I couldn't help but to think Gill Bates when seeing that name.
If the guy is a suitable candidate to run the firm, it would almost be too perfect
top Apple 27-inch iMac With Intel's Haswell Inside Tested
The Macintosh II line (and by this I assume we're talking II / IIfx-type, not the smaller ones like the IIci) were tanks.
While I won't really argue that the iMac line is necessarily good or bad quality (the 2005 iMac G5 a family member owns seems pretty good when I opened it for a RAM upgrade), the Mac Pro line (especially the aluminum ones; G5->Intel) seem very solid and well engineered.
top AMD's New Radeons Revisit Old Silicon, Enable Dormant Features
I'll take a 280ZX. With T-tops, preferably.
top Google Outage: Internet Traffic Plunges 40%
People* don't really remember full urls any more, they just search for the closest and Google sorts the rest.
Oh, c'mon.. how difficult is it to remember
top Why Are Some People Mosquito Magnets?
From what I've understood over the years, it is because those folks emit slightly more carbon dioxide than others and that is what the mosquitoes are attracted to. I, unfortunately, am one of those people. However, I am able to make the claim that "I'm full of hot air" as a result
But to be serious, a mosquito trap basically uses CO2 as bait.
top Linux 3.11 Officially Named "Linux For Workgroups"
Actually, I think the problem was only on Windows 3.1. I can't say if it was on 3.0, but I've tried this in the past on Windows 2.03 (386) and even 1.0x and it returns the correct 0.01 result.
My question is how did they screw up something as simple as a standard calculator application? Isn't that almost a standard programming assignment in computer science 101 courses?
top Apple-1 Sells For $671,400, Breaks Previous Auction Record
Considering Jobs and Woz made no claims to knowing what it meant at the time, it was amusing to see Jean-Louis GassÃ©e's book 20 years or so ago called "The First Apple". Had a picture of Sir Issac Newton sitting under an serpent-laden apple tree with a Macintosh. Birth of history (if you consider the bible as such), birth of science (if you consider Newton and the gravity apple as such), and birth of computer revolution (if you consider the Macintosh as such). Clever.
top Drones: Coming Soon To the New Jersey Turnpike?
I was talking about "Photo Cops" this weekend while driving on the Garden State Parkway and saying "if they ever introduced [photo cops] on the GSP, people would be screwed." Referring, of course, to the fact that it is a 55 mph road and everyone was driving 70.
They tried having photo cops on Route 80 in NJ back in the late 80's or early 90's (don't quite remember) and it was simply a camera sticking out of the back of a van. Trip the speed limit, take a photo of the driver, mail summons to person. From what I remember at the time, it caused a bit of an uproar after a few politicians got pictures of them driving with their mistress and the summons envelope being opened by their wife.
Speed enforcement is fine; it keeps people relatively sane with their driving habits. I personally feel that the dangerous ones on the road are the ones who are driving more than 5-10 mph away from the average that everyone else on the section of road is driving. But sometimes you have a clear shot where there is nobody around you and goosing it up several mph to gain some time isn't that big a deal. If an automaton is going to penalize me without any context, that's where I draw the line.
top World's Largest High-Rise Data Center Opens In New York
I thought they meant
33 Thomas Street, which is another old switching building but has no windows, unlike the Verizon building they're talking about.
Back in the day (as recent as the late 80s or even early 90s) a lot of downtown Manhattan businesses had multiple phone lines going to every desk at those office high rises. These buildings existed just to house all that equipment, from what I always gathered. While I don't know what it looks like inside today, I'd imagine the technology of today requires only a fraction of that space now.
about a year and a half ago
top Should Congress Telecommute?
If it decreases the influence of lobbyists, then yes.
Lobbyists will have to email and thus hopefully get caught by spam filters?
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?
Forget studying in your dorm room. Go to a study hall and preferably find one of those desks with the walls on three sides so you can get into your own little world. Just try not to sit near the cute girl or that will distract you.
about a year and a half ago
Minority Report's Legacy of Terrible Interfaces
Tesla took this to another level. Their sedan has pretty much vertically rotated 23" LCD touch screen as their control center. Sure, that's great you can google while you're driving (uhh.. hang on..), but this screams "take your eyes off the road and focus on this screen to turn up your radio volume". Now introduce a software upgrade that rearranges buttons and I'm SURE there will be auto accidents because of this "innovation".
about a year and a half ago
top Darling: Run Apple OS X Binaries On Linux
I have a feeling you mean 10.5.8; 10.6.x is Snow Leopard which dropped support for PowerPC.
Leopard's 10.5.8 release was in August 2009, according to Wikipedia.
top Ask Steve Wozniak Anything
Many years ago I read about how you were dedicating a lot of your time to teaching school kids how to use computers. I was always a fan of yours prior to that, but reading about your work there solidified you as a hero in my book. I think I even sent you an email years ago saying that if you were willing, I'd come out on my own dime to help out for a week (I've always been one of those highly technical people who can actually be patient and teach effectively as well).
Are you ever going to return to this? Sure, I can imagine that kids might not need as much help these days; for those of us who stopped our family VCRs from blinking 12:00, I've always thought that my kids are going to have something similar as they get older with me. But still, do you think you would ever do this again?
top Microsoft Denies Windows 8 App Spying Via SmartScreen
Actually, the button does work but in most cases is probably disabled.
In an apartment building, most likely the button does function.
In an office building, most likely the button is disabled. Specifically, the button is disabled by the operator switches (usually those fire marshall keys below the buttons) since they do need to control the doors in some situations. On some of the more advanced elevator systems, I think they might work after a period of specified delay (just an observation).
I forget where I read about this, but it was in the same article explaining how most of the cross walk buttons in NYC aren't even hooked up though at one time they were; when the systems were computerized and synchronized with the rest of the grid, the cost of removing the buttons outweighed the small perceived benefit of having people think they're making a difference.