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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

jamesl As it is designed to do (137 comments)

Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas.

It is now headline news when a software release works as designed.

4 days ago

Laying the Groundwork For Data-Driven Science

jamesl Walrus census (55 comments)

Perhaps they should start with an annual walrus census (see story following this one).

about three weeks ago

35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

jamesl Nothing new here ... (292 comments)

Mass haulouts of Pacific walrus and stampede deaths are not new, not due to low ice cover

Large haulouts of walruses -- such as the one making news at Point Lay, Alaska on the Chukchi Sea (and which happened before back in 2009) -- are not a new phenomenon for this region over the last 45 years and thus cannot be due to low sea ice levels. Nor are deaths by stampede within these herds (composed primarily of females and their young) unusual, as a brief search of the literature reveals.

Includes references, links and copies of contemporary reports.

about three weeks ago

The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

jamesl On the other hand ... (182 comments)

Isn't Sesame Street the original, and most successful, MOOC?

For another point of view ...

This week, Russ Roberts chatted with former Stanford professor and Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller about the present and future of online education.

about a month ago
top Discloses Top Donors

jamesl Interesting. Why? (59 comments)

Interestingly, six of's ten biggest donors are also Founders of Mark Zuckerberg's tech immigration reform PAC.

Why is this interesting?

about a month and a half ago

World's First 3D Printed Estate Coming To New York

jamesl If ... (108 comments)

... if all goes as planned ...

Famous last words.

The rebar thing is important because the material being printed is great in compression but not so great in tension.

about a month ago

Windows 8.1 Update Crippling PCs With BSOD, Microsoft Suggests You Roll Back

jamesl Reference? (304 comments)

This post and the linked article say, "Because of the bug's severity, Microsoft is recommending that anyone who updated go and uninstall a couple of the specific updates, or rollback using Windows Restore."

I note that neither this post nor the linked article reference or link to a specific instruction from Microsoft. Is this a joke?

about 2 months ago

Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

jamesl Industrial Production? (502 comments)

And all those great new Tesla batteries will cut the cost of producing steel in electric arc and induction furnaces. And then there's converting bauxite into aluminum.

Cars will be (almost) free. Bridges will be cheap. There will be an airplane in every garage. I can't wait.

about 2 months ago

NFL Players To Use Tablet Computers During Games

jamesl Bury the lede (107 comments)

It's really about Xbox. From the linked article ...

Microsoft is getting some free TV advertising by outfitting the tablets with sky-blue cases clearly labeled "Surface." But Microsoft's main motivation is what the Redmond, Wash., company receives from its partnership with the NFL: a reported $400 million, five-year deal. That includes interactive content to help sell Xbox home video game consoles.

[ ... ]

When the regular season starts, Microsoft's Xbox Live network will offer services that include video feeds of game highlights and fantasy football data. Xbox owners will also gain access to NFL Sunday Ticket, the league's package of out-of-market game telecasts that was previously available only to DirecTV satellite service subscribers.

about 2 months ago

Psychology's Replication Battle

jamesl Not Just Psychology (172 comments)

The reasons why are varied, but most come down to the perverse incentives driving research. Scientific journals typically view "positive" findings that announce a novel relationship or support a theoretical claim as more interesting than "negative" findings ...

This applies to all science, not just psychology.

about 3 months ago

World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

jamesl Not so big (85 comments)

The Martin JRM Mars has more impressive specs ...

General characteristics
o Crew: four (with accommodations for a second relief crew)
o Capacity: 133 troops, or 84 litter patients and 25 attendants
o Payload: 32,000 lb (15,000 kg) of cargo, including up to seven jeeps
o Length: 117 ft 3 in (35.74 m)
o Wingspan: 200 ft 0 in (60.96 m)
o Height: 38 ft 5 in (11.71 m)
o Wing area: 3,686 ft (342.4 mÂ)
o Empty weight: 75,573 lb (34,279 kg)
o Loaded weight: 90,000 lb (40,820 kg)
o Max. takeoff weight: 165,000 lb (74,800 kg)
o Powerplant: 4 x Wright R-3350-24WA Duplex Cyclone 18-cylinder radial engines, 2,500 hp (1,900 kW) each

o Maximum speed: 192 knots (221 mph, 356 km/h)
o Cruise speed: 165 knots (190 mph, 305 km/h)
o Range: 4,300 nautical miles (5,000 mi, 8,000 km)
o Service ceiling: 14,600 ft (4,450 m)

Still at work.

about 3 months ago

Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

jamesl Well, will it? (138 comments)


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

about 3 months ago

Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

jamesl In other news ... (47 comments)

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

about 3 months ago

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

jamesl Not fungible (529 comments)

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

about 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

Great White Sharks Making Comeback Off Atlantic Coast

jamesl I blame ... (107 comments)

... Global Warming.

about 4 months ago



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

jamesl jamesl writes  |  about a year 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. "
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Scott Adams test phones

jamesl jamesl writes  |  more than 3 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."

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When did Irene stop being a hurricane?

jamesl jamesl writes  |  more than 3 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."

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Robo Jeep

jamesl jamesl writes  |  more than 3 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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