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Woman's Voice Restored After Larynx Transplant

jcenters Re:Ebert? (246 comments)

Considering that he lacks a jaw, I would say no.

more than 3 years ago

Kodak's 1975 Digital Camera

jcenters Re:Why not mention Apple? (140 comments)

One of my high school teachers, a fairly forward-minded guy, had one of those Apple cameras. It was AWFUL. The photos were extremely washed out, and the color gamut was all messed up. Anyone unfortunate to be in the frame would up looking like a vampire, with washed out skin tones and red eyes.

about 4 years ago

Technology Changes To Kill Netbooks?

jcenters Wishful Thinking (394 comments)

This is just wishful thinking on the part of the manufacturers. "Consumers want power! They want specialization!" No, that's almost exactly the opposite of what consumers want, which is low cost and flexibility. Rather, uber-powerful, single purpose devices are the manufacturer's wet dream. They've been pushing that idea since the '90s, and if anything, the opposite has happened. Phones and gaming consoles are now more like general-purpose PCs than ever.

If netbooks die, it won't be due to "technology changes," it'll be due to Microsoft and Intel doing everything in their power to kill them off, despite high consumer demand. This is a short-sighted, greedy move on their part, and if they don't offer what consumers want, then someone else will move in that will. This is why I think Chrome OS, despite its simplicity, will be huge. If nothing else, it'll light a fire under Microsoft's and Intel's feet.

more than 4 years ago

Did Chicago Lose Olympic Bid Due To US Passport Control?

jcenters Re:Why not fly into Canada or Ireland first (1040 comments)

Or even easier: Fly to Mexico and jump the border. I find it interesting that legitimate visitors have such a hard time getting into the country when our southern border is Swiss cheese.

more than 4 years ago

South Carolina Seeking To Outlaw Profanity

jcenters Re:CALM DOWN (849 comments)

It was me. Sorry.

more than 5 years ago

Solving Obama's BlackBerry Dilemma

jcenters Re:research in motion (374 comments)

The money would be well worth it. We're in the Information Age, and presidents can't be cut off from the world forever. Someone has to keep them connected, and it might as well be RIM. That equals a fat government contract for many years to come.

more than 5 years ago

Personality Testing For Employment

jcenters Re:I would like to hear from a lawyer on this.. (581 comments)

Well, what about people who do have that sort of personality? What are they supposed to do, starve? What's the point of education and experience if it all comes down to your natural personality and who you know? Maybe we should give out the personality tests before we let people into education. "Sorry, we know you want to be an Engineer, and you could be great at it, but you're just not bubbly enough. You'll have to settle for after hours janitor."

more than 5 years ago

Second Person

jcenters Re:Second person shooter (184 comments)

There's a boss fight in Phantom Hourglass that takes place in second person view. Awkward, but fun.

more than 6 years ago



Are We Ready for the Post-Snowden Internet?

jcenters jcenters writes  |  about 9 months ago

jcenters (570494) writes "Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA spying have rocked the world, but could they break the Internet? With countries growing more distrustful of American Internet companies, it's possible that they will close off their digital borders, demanding that Internet companies host services locally. Such balkanization could change the Internet for the worse."
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How OS X 10.9 Mavericks Breaks Gmail

jcenters jcenters writes  |  about a year ago

jcenters (570494) writes "Joe Kissell reports on the broken way works with Gmail accounts in OS X 10.9 Mavericks. You now have to enable the "All Mail" IMAP inbox in Gmail, which forces to re-download every message in the account. Seemingly a way to address Google's non-standard IMAP implementation, the new seems to break AppleScripts, unread counts, and Smart Mailboxes as well."
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Pondering the Social Future of Wearable Computing

jcenters jcenters writes  |  about a year ago

jcenters (570494) writes "How will devices like Google Glass and smartwatches redefine our society? Over at TidBITS, Jeff Porten takes a look at the social conventions that may develop as wearable computers go mainstream."
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802.11ac Promises Better Coverage, but Won't Hit Advertised Speeds

jcenters jcenters writes  |  about a year ago

jcenters (570494) writes "Apple's new AirPort routers feature the new 802.11ac protocol, promising Wi-Fi speeds in excess of 1 Gbps, but Glenn Fleishman of TidBITS explains why we are unlikely to see such speeds anytime soon."
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FCC May Regulate iPhone App Store

jcenters jcenters writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcenters (570494) writes "In a sit-down interview with the Los Angeles Times, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowsi discusses everything from net neutrality to applying decency rules to new mediums. However, the most interesting revelation came when asked if the FCC is planning to tell Apple what it can and cannot block from its App Store.

"We'll tackle the authority issues when we get to that point. It's one of those things that we're looking at and we're going to think about, in a thorough way," Genachowski said.

That's a far cry from ‘no.’"

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Obama Signs Green Government Mandate

jcenters jcenters writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcenters (570494) writes "President Obama signed an executive order today ordering federal agencies to reduce emissions and resource usage.

"As the largest consumer of energy in the U.S. economy, the Federal government can and should lead by example when it comes to creating innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, conserve water, reduce waste, and use environmentally-responsible products and technologies,â Obama said.

Wonder if this will apply to the military?"

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Study Says Govt. Should Invest in Rural Broadband

jcenters jcenters writes  |  more than 4 years ago

jcenters (570494) writes "A study released Friday by the Knight Commission states that the federal government should invest in broadband access for rural communities. The 7-member commission, which features Google's Marissa Mayer, cites a gap in school attendance and test results in students who have broadband access at home, and those that do not. MIT's Henry Jenkins says that the lack of broadband access creates a "participation gap," that leaves the poor at an even greater disadvantage.

Should the federal government invest more in the spread of broadband? Should it stop waiting for the private sector and implement its own "last mile" solution?"

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