top RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores
I went to two different Radio Shacks lately with no luck - once to get a 4-pole 3.5mm minijack to RCA AV cable and another time to get a TOSLink optical cable (again needing a 3.5mm mini-plug on one end.) I realize these are not super common cables, but in each instance the sales people had no idea what I was even talking about.
I also don't understand the whole Radio Shack mobile strategy; I can go just about anywhere to find a mobile phone and pay outrageous prices like theirs. With the whole maker movement, I would think they would sell Arduinios and Raspberry Pi boards. I would also think I could go in there and get a small selection of hardware (motherboards, CPUs, Video Cards), but again, I don't think they have stock like this...
top Your 60-Hour Work Week Is Not a Badge of Honor
...is the type that is always *talking* about how much they work, but they are out the door at 4:00 and are never online or responding to emails in the evenings.
top Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car
Why do I need to rely on signs in this day and age? Why doesn't my car display the speed limit wherever I am? Its frustrating to be in an industrial area and find that you are speeding because the limit dropped to 25 for no reason.
top Nintendo Announces $99 Wii Mini For US Release
Before you complain about the Mini being a butchered Wii, just realize that Nintendo are not going after serious console buyers here or people flush with cash. Those people might have bought a Wii U or are waiting for the XBox One or PS 4. Nintendo is going after people looking for a bargain but who don't want a used machine (these people do exist). They are serving people who don't demand the latest and greatest from a console and who will pay $99 to play the awesome games you could get on Nintendo's old system. The thing Nintendo knows is that when it sells a console, it will sell games for that console. So a Wii Mini probably represents four or five games going out the door as first sales in the next year as well. And I am pretty sure nobody sells more titles for Nintendo consoles than Nintendo itself. This is a play to make some more money on the backend of the Wii's life. Its a smart move to trim the cost of the Wii and keep selling machines and the games that play on them. And some of these people might turn into Wii U buyers when they have more money.
top A Timely Revision of Elop's "Burning Platform" Memo
Just look at RIM. Their platform is literally crashing and burning as you read this. Nokia's best play was to stick with Windows Phone and get bought by Microsoft. Sure they could have made Android phones, but its not like HTC and LG and Sony are moving product. Maybe Nokia could do better, but at least with Microsoft they had a partner to push help push through technical hurdles and to contribute to marketing.
top Dark Day In the AWS Cloud: Big Name Sites Go Down
You should totally create this. I hear AWS is the way to go to get things online quickly and at scale.
top Bell Labs Break Record With 31Tbps Via a Single 7200km Optical Fibre
...was I the only one who thought "31 tablespoons of what now?"
top Don't Panic, But We've Passed Peak Apple (and Google, and Facebook)
And I think the subtle thing that Google realized and did absolutely right is that Glass isn't something that needs a new service contract from Verizon or AT&T or TMobile. Everyone in the market for Glass has a smartphone and probably high speed internet at home, so Glass is a peripheral to your smartphone when you are away from home. This is what the iPad should have been - a bluetooth peripheral to your iPhone. Tethering be damned!
top Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?
A company that makes all its money on PC and Server operating systems and the business applications that run on them can't tell its shareholders it thinks PCs are dying. Microsoft would love to get into the tablet business, but they are so late to the game and they are finding not many people want a Windows tablet. That is their problem; Everything has to be Windows. Their best *ideas* right now are arguably Windows Phone 8, Skydrive, and Azure. What Surface needs to be is a $300 tablet that makes the experience of using the Windows ecosystem somehow better. Why that is really hard is that there are literally millions of iPad users finding that the iPad makes their experiences better. So much so that these people consider buying an Apple as their next computer. Microsoft needs to make a mobile experience so good it generates a Windows halo rather than trying to get the Windows behemoth to force users into a half baked Windows 8 'metro' UI parading as a mobile experience on their laptop/desktop.
top Robots Help Manufacturing Recover Without Adding Jobs
I think a natural equilibrium will be reached. The only reason to manufacture things is for people to buy them. If nobody has money because nobody has a job, then they won't bother to make robots to manufacture things. At some point the 'haves' need the 'have nots' to have money. Filthy rich people don't continue to get filthy rich off of one another.
top iOS 6.1 Leads To Battery Life Drain, Overheating For iPhone Users
I upgraded my 4S as soon as 6.1 came out and had no problems... until yesterday when my phone seems to drain it's battery like charge is going out of style.
top iPod Engineer Tony Fadell On the Unique Nature of Apple's Design Process
Doesn't matter if anyone got it or not. What matters is that 0.01% of slashdotters RTFA before they post. Like me just now. I sure didn't!
top The L.A. Times Names Its Favorite Flops of the Year
I think that people keep forgetting that Google Maps on the iPhone does turn-by-turn driving directions now. I think this is the #1 reason Apple put their maps on the iPhone. Google wasn't going to put turn by turn directions on the iPhone if they weren't prodded.
top Hands-On With Intel's "Next Unit of Computing" Mini PC
$200 scores you a 5x5 box with wireless, LAN, can fit a 2.5" drive, and has a dual core (sandy bridge?) intel processor:
top Fragmentation Comes To iOS
My new app was going to require you to do face time video chat over cellular while displaying flyover navigation to destinations that you tell siri. The icing on the cake was suppose to be when it created a panoramic image and saved it for you to read later. Upon looking at this useful chart, I realize doing this on iOS is just a bag of hurt. I'm abandoning Apple for Android. I'm downloading the Android SDK right now and I'll see you all on the Play Store where all these features just work on 1.3 million Gingerbread devices they are activating a day.
about a year and a half ago
top Lance Armstrong and the Science of Drug Testing
Reminds me of James P. Carse's book Finite and Infinite Games. It is an axiomatic and brilliant book. Not sure which one Lance Armstrong is is forced to play in anymore...
There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite, the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.
... A finite game is bounded temporally by time, space, participants, and outcome, and players must freely choose to play it. Also, players must have someone to play against. ... The rules of a finite game are the contractual terms by which the players can agree who has won. ... The agreement of the players to the applicable rules constitutes the ultimate validation of those rules.
contractual terms by which the players can agree who has won
Seems like if you win at something 7 times across 7 years and later they come along and say you didn't win 7 times, shouldn't they have figured out you were cheating after game 2 or maybe even 3?? Seems like people decided they wanted to change the rules for Lance Armstrong after he won. If you can't agree who won, what good is your game? about a year and a half ago
top Intel Team Takes On Car Hackers
Its almost as if you'd want a system that only ran signed code...
about a year and a half ago
top Y Combinator Wants To Kill Hollywood
I am not sure you can legislate your way out of this in the long run. So I don't know if the 'fight' needs to be an active thing. I mean, piracy aside, maybe Hollywood is doomed to fail because the new platform of games and tablets and phones and social networking and the internet makes it obsolete. Thing is, by the time this happens Hollywood will probably have figured it out and will have used their bankroll to buy the new system, too.
top All-Electric DeLorean Car To Hit the Streets In 2013
I realize there is no reason to believe me on this, but I saw a Delorean in Fairfax, Virginia just last weekend. My wife found it hysterical that it had antique tags. My comment at the time was that I thought that GMC could sell that car as new again - maybe ditching the stainless steel.
top Building 2011's Sub-$200 Computer
Its not my dream rig or anything, but picking off just about the cheapest item in each category yields $184 from newegg.
CPU $42 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103888
Motherboard $38 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813153181
RAM $25 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134635
Case & PSU $30 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811162059
HD $34 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148698
DVD $17 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118031
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