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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

jamesl Well, will it? (136 comments)


Nor will the following:
      Boeing 777x
      Airbus 330neo
      Bombardier C Series
      Tesla Model 3
      Any Ferrari
      Any Jaguar
      Any BMW
      Any Mercedes

2 days ago

Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

jamesl In other news ... (47 comments)

... a two liter Coke bottle survived a massive typhoon.

4 days ago

US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

jamesl Not fungible (528 comments)

Tech workers (and workers in general) are not fungible.

about a week ago

FCC Approves Subsidy Plan to Upgrade School and Library Networks

jamesl Last to learn (70 comments)

What does McDonalds have that our schools don't have?

1. Affordable food that students will eat.
2. Free WiFi.

about two weeks ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

jamesl Wrong question (381 comments)

A "smart watch" is as much a watch as a "smart phone" is a phone. And many people have quit wearing a watch because ... they get the time from their smart phone.

The question should be, can a smart watch replace your smart phone?

about two weeks ago

Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

jamesl Re:Who you gonna believe? (567 comments)

You can see through
  Your rose coloured glasses
  In a world that seems
  Like glamour to you
  You've got opinions and judgments about
  All kind of things
  That you don't know anything about

Ivory Tower, Van Morrison

about a month ago

Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

jamesl Who you gonna believe? (567 comments)

Some academic with a model in an ivory tower with a million dollar grant or the lyin' eyes of a farmer who spends his life outside dealing with the real climate?

about a month ago

Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

jamesl Not likely (162 comments)

You may soon get a call from your doctor if you've let your gym membership lapse, made a habit of ordering out for pizza or begin shopping at plus-sized stores.

When was the last time any doctor anywhere made an outgoing call to a patient? I get better customer service from my dog's veterinarian.

about a month ago

Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

jamesl I blame ... (107 comments)

... Global Warming.

about a month ago

The EPA Carbon Plan: Coal Loses, But Who Wins?

jamesl What kind of burdens? (268 comments)

Nuclear power does seem to be struggling with economic burdens and a reluctance from taxpayers to pay continuing subsides in areas such as storage and cleanup. It seems that nuclear is another loser in the new EPA rule change.

Make those Regulatory burdens.

about a month ago

Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

jamesl Cash ... (142 comments)

... is King.

about a month and a half ago

Study: Male Facial Development Evolved To Take Punches

jamesl The Nose (190 comments)

That's why we all have such flat noses.

about a month and a half ago

Whom Must You Trust?

jamesl Whom you trust ... ? (120 comments)

Who vs. Whom

This rule is compromised by an odd infatuation people have with whom -- and not for good reasons. At its worst, the use of whom becomes a form of one-upmanship some employ to appear sophisticated. The following is an example of the pseudo-sophisticated whom.

about 2 months ago

NSA Collecting Millions of Faces From Web Images

jamesl edit (136 comments)

... according to top-secret documents.

Should read, " ... according to formerly top-secret documents."

about 2 months ago

Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

jamesl Price? (304 comments)

Any discussion like this is pointless without knowing the price. As in, "It's nice, but not for $XXXX." Or, "Since it costs as much per square inch as the two monitors it will replace, it's very attractive."

about 2 months ago

Android iBanking Malware Still Fetches $5,000

jamesl Price and volume (25 comments)

IBanking sells for around $5,000 or for a cut of the proceeds from theft it facilitates, Symantec wrote.

Like all these stories, $5,000 may be the "sticker" or asking price. How many sold at this price or at any price is the important metric.

about 2 months ago

Step Toward Liberating Electronic Devices From Their Power Cords

jamesl How many? (130 comments)

How many stories have we read in the last two decades about breakthroughs in power that will replace current battery technology, cut the power cord, end our dependence on carbon or make our undies clean and white on half the water? How many have resulted in actual products and a better life?

Only the clean and white one.

about 2 months ago

EFF: Amazon, AT&T, and Snapchat Most Likely To Rat On You To the Gov't

jamesl Complete list of six star winners (69 comments)

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter scored quite well.

In the interests of completeness ...
Apple, CREDO Mobile, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Sonic, Twitter, and Yahoo Top Chart, Receive 6 Stars Each

about 2 months ago

Why Should Red Hat Support Competitors' Software?

jamesl You mean ... (111 comments)

... "open source" isn't "open source" isn't "open source?" My gosh, Windows is Windows. Apple is Apple.

I'm so confused.

about 2 months ago

Is Carbon Fiber Going Mainstream?

jamesl Define "Mainstream" (152 comments)

6,000 tons of Carbon Fiber sounds like a lot until you compare it to total US car sales of more than 16 million units. That's about one and a third pound of Carbon Fiber per car.

about 2 months ago



Ballmer's Last Year -- I'm big, I'm bald and I'm loud

jamesl jamesl writes  |  about 8 months ago

jamesl (106902) writes "The Wall Street Journal, in an article titled, "Ballmer on Ballmer: His Exit from Microsoft" talks about his decision to leave Microsoft, the reorganization so far and what its like to leave the place he's worked for 33 years. "Mr. Ballmer tried to spell out his plan to remake Microsoft, but a director cut him off, telling him he was moving too slowly. The board's beef was speed. Mr. Ballmer and his board have been in agreement: Microsoft, while maintaining its strong software business, must shake up its management structure and refocus on mobile devices and online services if it is to find future profit growth and reduce its dependence on the fading PC market. "
Link to Original Source

Scott Adams test phones

jamesl jamesl writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jamesl (106902) writes "Scott Adams says,

In a recent post I complained about both my old iPhone 3GS and my new Android phone. Brandon Watson, Senior Director of Windows Phone Apps challenged me to test a Windows phone. If I didn't like it better than the iPhone and the Android, he would donate $1,000 to the charity of my choice. I agreed. My evaluation follows.

His results are interesting and will certainly light a bonfire of hot comments."

Link to Original Source

When did Irene stop being a hurricane?

jamesl jamesl writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jamesl (106902) writes "Cliff Mass, a climate researcher at the University of Washington and popular Seattle blogger asks, "When did Irene stop being a hurricane?"

" ... there is really no reliable evidence of hurricane-force winds at any time the storm was approaching North Carolina or moving up the East Coast."

"I took a look at all the observations over Virgina, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York. Not one National Weather Service or FAA observation location, not one buoy observations, none reach the requisite wind speed. Most were not even close."

"Surely, one of the observations upwind of landfall, over Cape Hatteras or one of the other barrier island locations, indicated hurricane-force sustained winds? Amazingly, the answer is still no."

Cliff supports his statement with data from NOAA/NWS/NDBC presented in easy to understand charts."

Link to Original Source

Robo Jeep

jamesl jamesl writes  |  more than 2 years ago

jamesl (106902) writes "The US Army is sending "four [of] Lockheed’s Squad Mission Support System (SMSS) robot jeeps to Afghanistan where they’ll haul supplies for troops. The trucks are being sent there as part of a test program to see just how useful robot cargo trucks can be. The 11-foot long trucks can carry a half a ton of supplies for up to 125 miles after being delivered to the field in a CH-47 or CH-53 helo."
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