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Motorola Ordered To Recall Android Phones and Tablets In Germany

chrispix Re:Stop supporting APPLE!! (190 comments)

If they patented a rubber band effect, why not patent a coil spring effect.. Obviously different..

about 2 years ago

FAA Permits American Airlines To Use iPads In Cockpit "In All Phases of Flight"

chrispix Cost of iPads (372 comments)

I would guess every pilot would get an iPad. Sounds like a good plan, but Allied Pilots association says there are over 10,000 american airlines pilots.. So if an iPad and accessories cost $600 each, you are looking at 6 million dollar investment to save 1.2 million dollars. I hope they plan to keep those iPads for over 4 years.. Otherwise, I don't get the savings..

about 2 years ago

Aussie Judge Declares Apple-Samsung Patent Battles "Ridiculous"

chrispix Re:Misleading title (69 comments)

I think you are spot on.. It is about the fees, and Apple probably wants a fee comparable to what they got out of foxconn. I bet their costs are not much over foxconn costs, foxconn is making money on volume, and apple is raking it in on volume + markup. They are used to getting their way in contract negotiations, and seems that if it is not cheap enough, they cry foul.

more than 2 years ago

Google Earns $2 Per Handset; Apple, $575

chrispix Re:WHAAAT? (366 comments)

Carriers subsidize the difference

more than 2 years ago

NYC Bans Mention of Dinosaurs, Dancing, Birthdays On Student Tests

chrispix Re:Yea, this helps, all right. (470 comments)

I am going to throw a dinosaur theme pool party for Halloween, which happens to be my birthday too.. Hopefully no one goes skinny dipping.

more than 2 years ago

AT&T On Data Throttling: Blame Yourselves

chrispix No other choice? (406 comments)

Seems that their other choice would be expanding their capacity. I would also wonder if their users are equally distributed across the month. If they have most users billing cycles start at a certain point of the month, I would expect there to be a huge spike in traffic after their throttle was removed. Or maybe they should ask Apple to help expand their network infrastructure..

more than 2 years ago

Will Google TV Owe Royalties For Universal Search?

chrispix Re:Prior art already exists? (91 comments)

That was my exact thought. You can do a search across local & remote storage, and have been able to for a while now.

more than 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

chrispix Never seen so many low UIDs in one post (1521 comments)

Not sure I have ever seen so many UIDs in one post, but I think it speaks volumes of what a loyal following you created. Thanks CmdrTaco

about 3 years ago

Google+: Tools, Names, and Facebook

chrispix Export your Facebook Users (194 comments)

There is a pretty easy solution right now. Go to yahoo and create a dummy email account, then go to contacts (in yahoo mail) and import contacts from Facebook. Then you should be able to go to Circles in Google+ and import contacts from Yahoo. A bit of a pain, but works well.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Patents Tech to Stop iPhones Filming in Venues

chrispix I am going to file a patent (391 comments)

That covers a new iphone case which has an integrated IR filter & IR Transmitter. The IR Transmitter will provide some IR light so the sensor does not see it all as blocked, while the IR filter blocks the signals from the concert. It will be magical that you can record @ a concert.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is SHA-512 the Way To Go?

chrispix Re:Here we go (223 comments)

+1 for Monkey Island Reference

more than 3 years ago

iMac Gets Thunderbolt I/O, Quad-core

chrispix WTF is Thunderbolt? (437 comments)

Another name like sony calling Firewire iLink?

more than 3 years ago

New Houses Killing Wi-Fi

chrispix I installed Tyvek Therma Wrap (358 comments)

When we built our home, I had Tyvek Therma Wrap put around my house, not only does it manage moisture, it also is a radiant barrier. Similar what I have on my roof. My wifi signal inside my house is fine. Going outside it drops off pretty quickly, but makes for some better security (not being able to war-drive past my house). It also prevents me from getting a good cell signal inside my house. Sometimes nice to not be reachable.

more than 3 years ago

Are Graphical Calculators Pointless?

chrispix Re:Obvious (636 comments)

In the early 90's I was using a TI-81 and TI-82. I had the same issue where I wrote a program to solve quadratic equations for example. I got hit for not showing my work, I was also told that dividing by zero would break my equation. Well nothing like a zero check in the denominator and displaying the correct message about possibly being a linear equation. I also had my program spit out each step that I needed to show as my work.. All I had to do was enter a few values, and copy from my screen.. Turns out my teacher was impressed when she had the wrong answer on a test question and I called her out on it.. She ended up asking for me to install my application on her calculator so she could double check her work...

more than 3 years ago

Building a Traffic Radar System To Catch Reckless Drivers?

chrispix Cheap solution (483 comments)

Just buy some stop sticks. Better yet, buy a bunch of nails/screws etc. Everyone will get flat tires, and be forced to slow down on donuts.

more than 4 years ago

Consumer Webcams With High-Quality Sensors?

chrispix Re:Microsoft LifeCam Cinema (218 comments)

I have some Microsoft LifeCam Cinema cameras. Running them for a security camera and also for a bird / nest cam. I have it at 640x360 right now on ustream : I was able to buy some 30' USB cables that you can string 3 together from Monoprice and then also used a dome from ebay : To house the camera. it is not PTZ, and you have to hack the dome a bit to get the camera to fit, but it is what is doing the feed for the nest cam.

more than 4 years ago

Should You Be Paid For Being On Call?

chrispix Flawed logic. (735 comments)

After working at a city w/ fire fighters & police officers the logic is very flawed in what I have seen. The city where I work, the fire fighters work 24hr shifts every 3 days. 1 on, 2 off. During that 24hrs, they are expected to be at the fire house, or on a fire truck, or doing work related business. If there is a shortage at a station, usually a fire fighter will be asked to stay over one extra shift for extra pay, or comp-time. Either that, or they might re-arrange some of the work force at the stations for a shift to cover a shortage. This is also similar to the Police officers. Because the department is pretty small, police officers are often on call for certain things, such as crime scene investigation. Those officers I think are signed up for one week at a time. But they get a minimum of 2hrs pay for coming in on their day off. They do get incentive pay for certain positions, and I think that pay is to help off-set the cost of carrying around a pager. But needless to say, they get paid for their time.

more than 4 years ago

New Virginia IT Systems Lack Network Backup

chrispix Sometimes upper management rips reqs from RFQs (211 comments)

Working for a local government, it does not matter what the IT department recommends or requires in a project. Sometimes upper management just don't get it, and cut things out of projects to save a buck. One example I can think of was hand holds. At a few hundred dollars a pop, we wanted hand holds every so many yards (can't recall number several years later), and also require them at turns > than 45 degrees. That way if we needed to branch off, we could do it at a turn (usually at a street intersection). When the project got approved somewhere up the chain, locate wires, and the hand holds at turns got eliminated. When we added a new building on line, we ended up having to pay additional cost for a single hand hold, and putting fiber across a street... A couple months later, the fiber was cut b/c there was no locate wire to locate the cable that had not been reported to dig test, because it would cost too much according to engineering. Stinks that that kind of oversight for a few dollars costs the tax payers in the end. Things like backups, locate wires etc are called insurance, maybe us IT Folk should start calling it that... Insurance.

more than 4 years ago


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