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App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

shmlco Re:Viewpoint (161 comments)

Seems to me that most of the rants for or against college education tell us more about the personal biases of those doing the ranting...

about three weeks ago
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App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

shmlco Re:Viewpoint (161 comments)

If you go to a university in the US you're already expected to be able to read and write English. Now, some classes may be able to expand on those skills, but you should already have the fundamentals.

about three weeks ago
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App Developers, It's Time For a Reality Check

shmlco Re:Please go to COLLEGE FIRST! (161 comments)

You're right, it's much better to avoid being exposed to new ideas and experiences that might conflict with your own built-in biases and prejudices.

about three weeks ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

shmlco Re:Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (330 comments)

And all that's not the point. Again, all of that technology could be used in a hybrid in order to make the hybrid more efficient. Once developed, it can be copied or licensed and put into a hybrid that gets 100 MPG instead of the 50 you get now, or the 50 mpg a "SkyActiv" ICE-only car produces. Or even 150-200 mpg, once you factor in PHEV systems and conponents.

As to wheel bearings, drag, transmissions, power take-off components (A/C, Alternator), and so on, that's part and parcel of hybrid technology, and for that matter, electric vehicles in general. (Go look up how GM talked about having to make new low-power windshield-wiper motors for the Volt.)

about a month ago
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Mazda Says Its Upcoming Gas-Powered Cars Will Emit Less CO2 Than Electric Cars

shmlco Re:Do electric cars actually produce CO2? (330 comments)

You could also take all of the wonderful high-compression ICE l technology that Mazda is doing and put THAT into a Prius, giving us higher efficiency when in gas mode and still getting the benefits of electric power drive, assist, and regenerative braking in stop-and-go traffic.

about a month ago
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Elon Musk Says Larger Batteries Might Be On the Way

shmlco Re:FAR better than fossil fuels, and even better t (191 comments)

"...2002 UltraPortable, 3600 mAh in 330 grams. In 2014 the extended battery [amazon.com] for the Sony Vaio Pro 11 is 4690 mAh in 290 grams, that's about a 75% increase in power/gram in 12 years."

Most of the difference is that older batteries were pretty much just a set of AA-sized batteries wrapped into a plastic shell. Modern computers often use pressed and formed LiPo batteries that allow for more "battery" in the same amount of space.

Others, like Apple, carry it a step further and completely eliminate the plastic shell used in removable batteries. I'll leave the math as an exercise for the reader, but you'd be surprised at just how much volume you gain by simply extending your battery size by 4mm in every dimension.

about 2 months ago
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3-D Printed Gun Ban Fails In Senate

shmlco Re:Good (414 comments)

As pointed out above, it's unlikely that the person who commits the crime is the one that is actually producing the weapons. Thus what the law actually does is make it illegal to own, produce, sell, or distribute guns that would violate the law. Which in turn restricts the supply and makes it harder for a criminal to obtain them.

Without it, you not only have to worry about 3D-print shops mass-producing weapons, but also the possibility of, say, Glock deciding to make and market a polymer/ceramic "undetectable" firearm. Something that, in both cases, would dramatically increase the supply of such weapons on the street and as such, increase the likelihood of them being used in a crime.

Finally, and by your own admission regarding ammunition (BTW, ever heard of ceramics?), even a plastic gun would be better off, not to mention more reliable, with a metal firing pin, metal springs, metal screws, and so on. So the net result is that the law would have no impact whatsoever on the "honest" hobbyist, while at the same time restricting the proliferation of weapons designed solely to defeat existing security systems.

about 4 months ago
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3-D Printed Gun Ban Fails In Senate

shmlco Re:Hey douchenozzles (414 comments)

Actually, there are simple majority (51%) and supermajority (60%) rules.

about 4 months ago
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3-D Printed Gun Ban Fails In Senate

shmlco Re:Good (414 comments)

Austrailia? Sorry, been reading too many NRA talking-point bulletins. Try: http://www.gunfaq.org/2013/03/the-misuse-of-our-gun-crime-stats/

As to the Third Reich, according to the census of June 16, 1933, the Jewish population of Germany was approximately 505,000 people out of a total population of 67 million, or somewhat less than 0.75 percent.

Further, by the time Germany invaded Poland, roughly half of the Jewish population had emigrated out of Germany. At the wars end, 142,000 German Jews were killed in the Holocaust. As such, a) a German weapons law didn't disarm Poland, b) Hitler liberalized gun laws for Germans who by and large supported the regime and c) the Polish army was run over from the East by the Germans and the West by the Soviets.

So, roughly 250,000 men, woman, and children? Outnumbered over 200-to-1 in a state that overwhelmingly supported the Nazi party, and by a military machine that took the combined might of over half the planet to stop and bring down?

Yep. A few more hunting rifles and shotguns would have made all the difference...

about 4 months ago
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3-D Printed Gun Ban Fails In Senate

shmlco Re:How? (414 comments)

Got to love these carefully reasoned screeds... that completely miss the point.

See, the thing is that it's unlikely that the person who commits the crime is the one that is actually producing the weapons. Thus what the law actually does is make it illegal to own, produce, sell, or distribute guns that would violate the law. Which in turn restricts the supply and makes it harder for a criminal to obtain them.

Without it, you not only have to worry about 3D-print shops mass-producing weapons, but also the possibility of, say, Glock deciding to make and market a polymer/ceramic "undetectable" firearm. Something that, in both cases, would dramatically increase the supply of such weapons on the street and as such, increase the likelihood of them being used in a crime.

Finally, the law is itself in the public interest, as there's little to no public benefit in allowing people or companies to produce "plastic" weapons designed solely to circumvent security checkpoints.

about 4 months ago
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For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

shmlco Re:Common knowledge (270 comments)

At my gas station the mid-grade is also 10% Ethanol. I don't think you can get there just by mixing regular and premium...

about 5 months ago
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Ars Test Drives the "Netflix For Books"

shmlco Re:Looks familiar (108 comments)

I sort of see this as a way to read a bunch of "paperbacks" that you might not want to keep anyway. If you find something really good you can always buy it elsewhere.

about 7 months ago
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Disney's Titling Problem With Its Star Wars Movies

shmlco Re:Peh. (279 comments)

The concept was for Anikin to be a classic tragic hero. The implementation, however, gave us a spoiled, whiney teenager. The original stories had heart and pretty good character interaction and humor. The later stories gave us stilted dialog, and Jar-Jar Binks doing slapstick sight gags.

about 10 months ago
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Skype Overload Interrupts Zimmerman Trial

shmlco Re: Whole Trial is bullshit (325 comments)

"He had all sorts of choices."

Choices? Zimmerman chose to participate in the Neighborhood Watch Program. And Zimmerman choose to arm himself, despite the fact that the Watch Program discouraged its participants from doing so.

But at the time of the attack, Zimmerman wasn't on watch. He chose to follow Martin that night. He chose to disregard police instructions. He chose to get out of the car. As the one "trained" and armed with deadly force, it was his responsibility to see that the situation didn't escalate out of control. It did.

Personally, I'd characterize Zimmerman as a police officer wannabe. He'd wanted to be a cop and was rejected. So he armed himself and continually went out on "patrol", looking for trouble and a chance to be a hero.

That night he found it. And he allowed the situation to escalate totally out of control. Faced with an actual confrontation, he panicked and resorted to using deadly force. End result of Zimmerman's choices? One dead kid.

about 10 months ago
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Skype Overload Interrupts Zimmerman Trial

shmlco Re:Whole Trial is bullshit (325 comments)

"Zimmerman had never been in trouble with the law."

In 2005, Zimmerman was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. The charges were reduced, then dropped when Zimmerman entered a pre-trial diversion program. Also in 2005, Zimmerman's ex-fiance filed a restraining order against him, alleging domestic violence.

about 10 months ago
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Skype Overload Interrupts Zimmerman Trial

shmlco Re:Whole Trial is bullshit (325 comments)

In 2005, Zimmerman was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. The charges were reduced, then dropped when Zimmerman entered a pre-trial diversion program. Also in 2005, Zimmerman's ex-fiance filed a restraining order against him, alleging domestic violence.

Zimmerman's application to be a police officer had been rejected by a Virginia police department. Zimmerman wanted to do police ride alongs. He also chose to participate in the Neighborhood Watch Program. And Zimmerman choose to arm himself, despite the fact that the Watch Program discouraged its participants from doing so.

But at the time of the attack, Zimmerman wasn't on watch. He chose to follow Martin. He chose to disregard police instructions. He chose to get out of the car. As the one "trained" and armed with deadly force, it was his responsibility to see that the situation didn't escalate out of control. It did.

Personally, I'd characterize Zimmerman as a police officer wannabe. He wanted to be a cop and was rejected. So he armed himself and continually went out on "patrol", looking for trouble and a chance to be a hero.

That night he found it. And he allowed the situation to escalate totally out of control. Faced with an actual confrontation, he panicked and resorted to using deadly force. Result? One dead kid.

Zimmerman carries complete and total responsibility for the shooting.

about 10 months ago
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Apple Leaves Journalists Jonesing

shmlco Re:Who cares? (277 comments)

"Apple's "market-changing" products seem to be fewer and farther in-between of late."

Please. Apple II released in 1976, Lisa in 1983. Macintosh in 1984. Powerbook in 1991. iPod is 2001. iPhone in 2007. Air in 2008. iPad in 2010. The iPad mini (yet another bestselling product) just last year.

Just how often is a single company supposed to create a "market-changing" product anyway?

about a year ago
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Apple Leaves Journalists Jonesing

shmlco Re:Who cares? (277 comments)

They pay more taxes here than just about anyone else ($2 of every $40 collected from corporations). Which is more than you get from Exxon, GE, and a host of other major corporations.

Next, why should money made in France (and taxed in France) be taxed again here? Or in Japan? England? Germany?

The big issue is all of the money they've made overseas and would like to bring home and use and invest here in the US, except that doing so would cause it to be taxed again at 35%.

about a year ago
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Apple Leaves Journalists Jonesing

shmlco Re:Who cares? (277 comments)

And I like the idea of everyone who benefits paying their share. You never drive those cars? Police, fire, paramedics aren't going to come to your house if called? Kids (and you) weren't educated? Power, gas, water, and sewer don't come to your house?

about a year ago

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Rambus Unveils Binary Pixel Technology For Instant HDR Photos

shmlco shmlco writes  |  about a year ago

shmlco writes "Rambus just unveiled their Binary Pixel Technology, destined to dramatically improve the quality and dynamic range of photos taken from cameras and mobile devices. The technology, which is compatible with existing CMOS designs, uses a high-dynamic-range technique known as "variable temporal and spatial oversampling".

Essentially, instead of recording three distinct images and combining the values after the fact to get a single HDR photo, Rambus samples each pixel multiple times and at varying intervals during the same exposure. At the end, each pixel has its values added up to determine the true color value that should be assigned to that pixel.

Rambus promises up to a 15x increase in dynamic range over conventional sensors."

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Microsoft Continues Android Legal Assault

shmlco shmlco writes  |  more than 3 years ago

shmlco writes "According to an article on AllThingsD, Microsoft is continuing its legal assault on Android. On Monday the company sued Barnes & Noble, Foxconn International and Inventec over the company'(TM)s Nook e-reader, alleging patent infringement.

To quote Deputy General Counsel Horacio Gutierrez, “The Android platform infringes a number of Microsoft’s patents, and companies manufacturing and shipping Android devices must respect our intellectual property rights."

“Their refusals to take licenses leave us no choice but to bring legal action."

Just when you thought Microsoft was losing its evil touch..."

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