"Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too
Never get involved in a land war in Asia.
As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal
I just like that a guy named Holder wants to let people go.
Google Testing Drone Delivery System: 'Project Wing'
A 5-foot wingspan on a quad allows for huge props. That can lead to very long flight times with a well-engineered drone.
My 3DRobotics Y6 can do 90km/h, even if only for 8 minutes on one battery. That's a range of 6km, including return flight. Range would be higher at a lower speed, as it's more efficient, although I haven't had the balls to send the drone that far away from me in flight to test it. I'd guess I could do 10km out and 10km back on a $75 battery if I had the nerve to lose sight of my baby for that long.
See http://diydrones.com/profiles/... . These guys hope for a 1-hour flight time out of a quad with 27"-29" props on a 12kg (26lb.) drone. That's a range of 25km out and 25km back at a speed of 50km/h, which is not that fast. They've done some math that leads me to believe they are at least in the ballpark. And these guys are hobbyists.
Not such a stretch to think a company like Google could cover some good distance with a quadcopter of 9kg (19lbs.). 16km (10mi), as you say, is definitely achievable with current technology, and battery technology is due for a drastic improvement, with all the resources being put into it by different universities and companies.
Humans Need Not Apply: a Video About the Robot Revolution and Jobs
That distinction reminded me of the Butlerian Jihad from Dune. The backlash against thinking machines caused humanity to destroy them and forbid their creation.
I always wondered how you draw the line between the two. Seems like the video is no advocating drawing a line at all, but instead just accepting that this will happen and planning for it, because "economics always wins".
Hard to argue with the prediction that most humans will be unemployable at some point in the future.
DIY Dropbox Alternatives
I know, right?
He probably didn't even write the kernel his machines are running, or the compiler he used to build it (if he even compiled it himself)!
Google: Sun Offered To License Java For $100M
Agreed! I was surprised to see that the judge used those words, as I thought the question to be answered by a Sun employee not on Oracle's payroll was not "is fragmentation bad?", but rather "did Android fragment Java?"
From earlier in TFA:
Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's former CEO...testified that Android did not fragment the Java platform.
A Million Node Supercomputer
Even if they fail to produce anything interesting, that in itself will be an interesting result.
There are likely a number of assumptions about intelligence as an emergent behaviour of non-quantum physical phenomena that could be invalidated by the failure of this experiment.
"Brains can't work according to such-and-such a principle, because if that were true, Furber would've succeeded."
RIM Struggles Continue
I quite like Ars, but you can't trust them about anything that is related to Apple.
I like that on Slashdot it's more news and less opinion.
If this site just had the ability to collapse threads, so people could skip fanboy ratholes with a single click, it would be a big improvement.
Silverlight Developers Rally Against Windows 8
Built-in adaptive bitrate streaming probably made their lives a lot easier when developing a client. That's why so much video delivery is done through Silverlight - it's either that, HLS, or WebM.
However, it looks like HLS is the way of the future. Used (and developed?) mostly by Apple until recently, it's got some advantages (uses HTTP, so benefits from existing caching solutions and is accessible through firewalls), and Google supports it in Android 3.0 and later. Other companies that need to do over-the-top video delivery are also jumping on the bandwagon.
It looks like MS sees the writing on the wall.
Preliminary Benchmarks: Unity vs. Gnome-Shell
Posting to undo accidental mod.
For the record, I took the parent post as a joke. I think responding with humorous summaries of Ubuntu would be better than modding it Troll.
Linux-Friendly Alternatives To Skype
The Linux client and the Android client likely have no more in common than the OS X client and the Windows client.
It's more accurate to speak of Android and Linux as two separate platforms for Skype than to imply that Skype on Android has any impact on Skype on Linux.
Linux-Friendly Alternatives To Skype
I have felt the same way, but I think it's a blessing.
On linux, the UI has remained simple and usable, whereas on other platforms everyone gets to be guinea pigs in the develoers' horrible window-management experiments, and cruel abuse of white space.
The Psychology of Steam Wallet & Microsoft Points
Sony actually doesn't have a similar system. There are two differences:
1. If your purchase is over $5, you can opt to be charged exactly the amount of your purchase.
2. I see prices in my local currency.
Back in the day when I thought Sony were trying to be the good guys with the PS3 (allowed linux without a fight, let us plug in regular USB peripherals, supported SD and CF cards, supported user-upgradeable hard disks) this was one of the things that made me glad I had bought one.
Seems things have changed a lot in 4 years, but they don't make it difficult to get to a zero balance in my PSN account (when I can access it at all ;) ).
The Saturn Fly-By
I find this as well - Flash Block for Chrome prevents me from playing embedded Vimeo videos until I "Always allow flash on this site", then it plays fine.
Nokia Shareholders Fight Back
By your logic, Apple is silly to go with iOS against market leader symbian with multi-year head start. Or android for that matter.
Your analogy is only apt if you think MeeGo represents as much of an improvement over iOS and Android as they offered over Symbian when they were first released.
Do you believe this? If so, why?
Nokia Shareholders Fight Back
I'm not saying that MeeGo won't be a decent platform, but claiming that it will ovfer an "overwhelmingly superior experience" to the other market leaders who have multi-year head starts is silly.
Agreed. The entire strategy hinges on this, and if I were a shareholder (which I'm not) I'd be skeptical of the likelihood of this occurring.
I've used MeeGo on a netbook, and it's great; it would be interesting to see it come to phones, and more options are always better. But the odds of it becoming even slightly profitable for Nokia, let alone a major success, seem pretty slim.
The Nothin' But WP7 option looks like utter crap, the MeeGo option looks incredibly risky, but going for Android would allow them to start with a solid OS, and customize exactly as much as they wanted. You're allowed to differentiate in software much more on Android than on WP7 (even though so far people seem to prefer a stock Android experience). They could also keep a foot in the Symbian, WP7, or MeeGo camps this way, if they wanted to.
But maybe my sig should be "Just another arm-chair CEO."
BlackBerry Devices May Run Android Apps
RIM had considered using Google's Dalvik, the Java software used in running Android apps, and decided against it for reasons including an ongoing patent dispute between Oracle Corp. and Google over the software, two people said.
Would a clean-room implementation of an interpreter to run Dalvik bytecode actually evade the legal issues with Dalvik itself?
Presumably they have licensed Java properly for their mobile devices. Are they just going to translate Dalvik bytecode back to Java bytecode, and run Android applications that way?
Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"
That is true. Bing did not use Google's ranking as an input, just the link that the user got from Google.
There is a distinction there, but not a difference in terms of whether or not Bing is piggybacking on Google's algorithms. Google found that link and displayed it to the user. Bing then knows that the link is relevant without having to actually find that out for itself.
If Google went away, Bing would be a worse search engine, because it is relying on Google to improve its own search quality. The reverse is not true.
Neal Stephenson On Rockets and Innovation
...engineers working in the space launch industry are resistant to change just for the shits...
You have an excellent rant, and I know there are many people who should read it.
However, it seems like a straw man argument here, as TFA did not say that "engineering culture" is resistant to change without good reason, just that it's resistant to change. You seem to agree with this assessment since your post gives many very good reasons why engineering culture should be resistant to change. Change is hard, and you need to do it right.
App — the Most Abused Word In Tech?
Just because the application is running on a web server somewhere, and not on your hardware, doesn't mean it's not an application. Applications that users access over the web are called, gasp, "web apps".
Also, a bookmark is not the same as a web app. "bookmark" is a term for a URL that probably begins with "http" and is stored by a browser (unless it's IE, in which case I believe it's "favourite" instead). Slashdot is not a bookmark, but you can have a bookmark for Slashdot. The things being called "apps" in this case are not the little icons, they're the things you access using the icons.
How did this make it to the front page of Slashdot?
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