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Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

mcguirez Re:No story here, move along (208 comments)

One might gain an artistic appreciation of his drawings but it is difficult to view this as Mathematics.

The real story here is that he convinced someone at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, to publish a book about him.

I don't doubt that he experiences visual phenomena, perhaps indistinguishable from hallucinations. Although such a unique perspective might conceivably give him an opportunity to understand math in a new way I'm skeptical this occurred. I'm afraid he has no more insight than a nautilus has into the fibonacci sequence.


about 9 months ago

A Year With Google Glass

mcguirez Re:True quote (292 comments)

I still have my quadrophonic stereo somewhere in the cellar.

about a year ago

Patent Battle May Loom Over 'Copenhagen Wheel' Electric Bike

mcguirez It figures... (152 comments)

Every Facebook has its Winklevoss brothers....

just now in wheel form.

about a year ago

After a User Dies, Apple Warns Against Counterfeit Chargers

mcguirez Re:Smart move (457 comments)

IThe definition of "electrocution" is "death or injury from electric shock"

Really? In English? I don't know where you getting your dictionary, but the several I referenced stated:

Definition of ELECTROCUTE

1: to execute (a criminal) by electricity
2: to kill by electric shock

Here's an example: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electrocute

Prefer a UK reference? http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/electrocute?q=electrocute

Much as I hate to side with an AC, so far no one has recovered from an electrocution.

about a year and a half ago

FBI Launches $1 Billion Nationwide Face Recognition System

mcguirez Coincidence? (188 comments)

Look, the FBI doesn't need to build a database when Facebook/Instagram is so pervasive.

So... this comes to light just after Facebook closes on a 1B purchase of Instagram.

Where's that government money going again?

more than 2 years ago

In Xhengzhou, Thousands Vie For Foxconn Jobs

mcguirez Re:Foxconn suicides (386 comments)

>>>Are you willing to pay 2-3 times as much for the same product? Are you living in some fantasy world where if Apple's production costs double or triple (actually- they would go up substantially more than that)- they will still charge the same amount of money?

Labor is a small piece of the whole.

According to this: http://modmyi.com/content/5634-how-much-does-cost-build-iphone-4s.html (their facts are debatable but in the absence of real data let's pretend it is accurate) the manufacturing cost is $8 for an iPhone 4s. Pretending that's just labor, yes I would pay MORE than triple for an iPhone that can be built with fair labor.

more than 2 years ago

The Kindle Skews Amazon's 2011 Best-Seller List

mcguirez Really? Lamest possible example. (135 comments)

Let me get this straight, book #99 on the print list (Reamde) didn't make it onto the ebook top 100.

Yeah, that's news. Actually, it *barely* made it onto the top 100 printed book list. At least it wasn't DFL (dead last).

more than 3 years ago

Paywalled NYT Now Has 300,000 Online Subscribers

mcguirez Limited time promotion! (179 comments)

They are no doubt bolstering that number with a limited time promotion.

For years I accessed their content on the iPhone and web. Their content is first class but then they demanded $45/month for all devices (including iPad). I found other avenues - no big deal. I did miss it on the iApple devices but nothing earth shattering.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, they advertised $0.99 for full access for two months. Not bad, I think their content is good enough I would pay something for it, but as the old joke goes: we're just negotiating the price. This has the side effect (they they're counting on) of inflating their numbers to no doubt set their advertising rate.

When the special is gone, so am I.

more than 3 years ago

DARPA Developing Video Parser

mcguirez Really? (29 comments)

"If a picture is worth a thousand words, the scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency would like to make that about a billion with a new software intelligent program."

I hope the software intelligent program better language parses.

more than 3 years ago

Sophisticated Voice Commands the Next Big Step For Smartphones, Says Woz

mcguirez Re:I want better.... (93 comments)

BTW - I had this same problem and discovered that you can make a playlist *of* your podcasts and play that with voice commands.

Apple made it possible entirely from the iPhone when they added playlist editing on the phone.

more than 3 years ago

NYTimes Unveils Online Subscription Plan

mcguirez Price perspective (194 comments)

Their quality is generally good. I sometimes don't agree with their editorials - but the cost is *WAY* too high. Continuing to access it the way I do - from multiple devices - I would pay $35/month or $420/year. Nearly the cost of a new iPad each year or even a 0.99/app each and every day all year long. Nooo... I don't think so.

more than 3 years ago

Would the Developing World Use E-Readers More Than Laptops?

mcguirez Re:Why would anyone want to use a kindle? (155 comments)

And you better be able to recharge it. Power is not universally available.

If not, you can't even burn it for fuel...

more than 3 years ago

Apple eBook Rules Changing For Sellers

mcguirez Why stop at e-books? (584 comments)

Avoiding the whole Amazon universe for the moment.

I admit to using the Starbucks application to purchase coffee. I flash the iPhone app at the register to purchase the beverage thereby *intentionally* bypassing Apple's 30% cut. Starbucks should obviously be their next target.

So what's the extent of the market to which Apple lays claim? Audio purchased through Shazam? Movie tickets? Meals bought through reservations made through OpenTable? Plane tickets? I have an app which is specifically designed only to purchase lodging through a particular hotel chain. Are they also going to be subject to an Apple tax?

more than 3 years ago

Most Software Patent Trolls Lose Lawsuits

mcguirez Here's a real-life example... (108 comments)

The JPEG standard (?) was put at serious risk because one company claimed it had a patent stake in the underlying technology. Turns out they had a bogus claim but not before they collected 105 Million dollars from hardware and software companies. Some 30 companies paid up. Of course when the USPO determined Forgent Networks (during a reexamination) withheld prior art from the application things went downhill. You can read about it in the Wikipedia JPEG entry.

more than 4 years ago

Software Recognizes Sarcastic Tweets

mcguirez It really is useful... (168 comments)

This really *is* useful. (Something for the detector: I read TFA but it's just because I can't resist the elegant typesetting of PDFs.)

In reality though, automated systems that process a large amount of social comments (think Amazon reviews etc.) can be fooled by sarcastic comments. Such a system could result in poor recommendations.

This is not intended to be useful to humor impaired individuals.

more than 4 years ago

iPad Launches, FCC Teardown Leaked

mcguirez Re:3...2...1... Wake up! (617 comments)

Interesting you bring that up, you can't use the iPhone, iTouch, or iPad as external hard drives. This is one of those areas where the iPhone (et al) fall short of the basic iPod functionality.

True there are 3rd party tools but none of these fully replace true native support.

more than 4 years ago



Opinion: Thanks for nothing, jerkface

mcguirez mcguirez writes  |  about 8 months ago

mcguirez (524534) writes "I've known that Google+ has had problems but never really paid a lot of attention — I do have a growing sense of paranoia regarding their identity drive (not just for myself but for the vulnerable). Violet Blue offers further alarming details in this look at Google+ and the personalities behind it."
Link to Original Source

mcguirez mcguirez writes  |  more than 7 years ago

mcguirez (524534) writes "This article [http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1201/p11s01-stct.ht ml] claims younger listeners get used to audio "quantity" not audio "quality" and don't realize what they're missing. The Consumer Electronics Association is starting a campaign to educate would-be audiophiles. It's claimed that is a side effect of 'in some cases stealing music!'"


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