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Woz Says Android Will Dominate

swimin Maybe (416 comments)

Part of the reason Windows was successful was that it supported a lot of hardware, with only one API. Android needs to insure that it's not difficult to write a single application that will run on every decently modern ( 2 year old) android phone, or else it would give up what is probably its biggest advantage.

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Propose One-Way Trips To Mars

swimin Re:Unfortunately... (839 comments)

Even if Earth threw all of its resources at sending people on one way trips to Mars, we wouldn't even be able to keep up with our current population growth rates. Currently we're experiencing ~1% growth, so in order to decrease the population of the Earth only by sending people to Mars we'd have to be sending almost 200,000 people a day, which seems extremely impractical.

It would have to be several orders of magnitude cheaper to get people to Mars than it is with our current technologies to have a chance at reducing earth's population in this manner. In fact, I haven't seen any sort of proposal for a cheap way into orbit that is believably scalable to that magnitude of people. Maybe something like a few space elevators would allow 1,000 people a day to head off for Mars, which would allow for a large city (or several small ones) to be built very quickly, but humanity isn't even close to being able to pull off an exodus like you suggest.

  I think that practically, the best way to decrease the population on Earth is to do what China's doing with population controls, though it would really be better if people would just self regulate, rather than having the government get involved with that.

more than 3 years ago

Mystery 'Missile' Identified As US Airways Flight 808

swimin Re:Server down, contrail explanation? (335 comments)

Sometimes, they merge very quickly into a single contrail, and his argument is that this is the case, and the angle at which the photo was shot at doesn't allow you to see them merge.

more than 3 years ago

Looking To Better Engines Instead of Electric Vehicles

swimin Re:why not both? (570 comments)

Though the those electro-diesels don't actually have any batteries.

more than 3 years ago

Proving 0.999... Is Equal To 1

swimin Re:(0.999...)st Post! (1260 comments)

Any finite number of 3s making up 0.33333333.....30 is an aproximation of 1/3. In the real numbers (or the complex numbers, or the rational numbers), 0.3333333... (as in an infinite number of 3s after the decimal point) is precisely 1/3. If you consider the sequence .3, .33, .333, .3333. The limit of that sequence is what happens when you reach infinity. That limit happens to be 1/3. The same is true for 1/9.
In other words, you simply can't put a real number between 0.333333333333333... and 1/3. For the real numbers, if |a - b| < epsilon, for any positive epsilon, then a = b.

more than 3 years ago

The Mystery of the Mega-Selling Floppy Disk

swimin Re:We need standards, good ones too. For Linux, to (558 comments)

Your point about the binary is precisely why having the source code is preferable to a compiled application.

If every app had it's source code distributed with it's binary, being locked in to old platforms would rarely happen.

With the source code, and some following of basic standards that have been around forever (like POSIX) it's not terribly difficult to get pretty much any app to work on pretty much any platform

more than 4 years ago

Rumors of Hulu's Subscription Plans

swimin Re:I'd pay it (224 comments)

Some shows/episodes aren't available on Hulu Desktop, making it worthless if you're after those shows

more than 3 years ago

# of wireless APs (w/ SSID shown) in range now:

swimin Re:Dormitories... (394 comments)

I'm surprised to hear this. I figured that most universities had wireless networks set up throughout the dorms that were available to all the students, so that student-run access points would be discouraged.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Founder Accused of Hacking Into Rivals' Email

swimin Re:Different password (261 comments)

I just looked at the link. The unencrypted passwords are intended to never exist on last passes servers, the encryption and decryption is done locally.

more than 4 years ago

Google's Nexus One, a Steal At $49 Unlocked?

swimin Re:Obviously this person is not financially litera (311 comments)

I think you have the Unsubsidized and Subsidized prices backwards. The subsidized price is $99.99 and the unsubsidized price is $79.99. $20 discount for not getting the initial phone purchase subsidized.

more than 4 years ago

RIAA Confusion In Tenenbaum & Thomas Cases?

swimin Re:Total non-story (229 comments)

One note. No Ads are required by google on blogspot. You may add adwords to your blog easily however though.

more than 4 years ago

Novelist Blames Piracy On Open Source Culture

swimin Re:What do you expect. (494 comments)

I buy pretty much exclusively from Amazon, due to where I live. It would take longer for me to find the time to make the 1:30 roundtrip drive to the nearest Barnes and Noble (Borders is farther) than it takes for amazon to ship it to me.

Amazon is pretty popular in the more rural areas of the US.

more than 4 years ago

50+ Android Phones Expected In Near Future

swimin Re:On a related note... (378 comments)

That's not an ad for android ... it's an ad for a specific android phone. The Motorola Droid (previously known as sholes/tao)

more than 4 years ago

50+ Android Phones Expected In Near Future

swimin Re:Diversity of features (378 comments)

Take a look at the upcoming motorola droid coming to verizon. Probably hitting stores on Nov 6th, Possibly online/telephone sales the end of this month. It has a slideout qwerty keyboard, 3.7inch capacitive touchscreen, 5MP camera, and will be the first Android 2.0 phone. It's also only .5in thick.

Reportedly It's made of metal and has a very sturdy feel to it.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon's Challenge To the iPhone Confirmed

swimin Re:good point (423 comments)

I think they usually do it based on operating system. Something that has BREW is automatically a dumbphone, something that's running WinMo, Android, BB OS, iPhone OS, etc is a smartphone.

more than 4 years ago

New Images Reveal Pure Water Ice On Mars

swimin Re:Whoa (179 comments)

Water + Solar/Nuclear = Return flight.

more than 4 years ago

An End To Unencrypted Digital Cable TV and the HTPC

swimin Re:Decryption on computer (345 comments)

But the key changes every 2 minutes or so. You can't watch tv if you can't break it in much less than that.

about 5 years ago


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