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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

tapi0 Re:logic (292 comments)

Having got past the urge to tell you to read the article (I know, why would you?):
Walruses can't stay indefinitely in the water like seals and similar mammals, so need somewhere to rest. Usually this is on ice, but the ice has apparently receded past the continental shelf so it's over deeper water. As the Walruses dive to feed off crustaceans and other tidbits on the seafloor, their larder is beyond reach if they stayed on the ice. Putting all this together, they had to find somewhere else to rest which just so happens to be here.
And just in case you wondered, they live in large groups anyway - it's not like roaming walruses decided to all congregate at once in this spot.

about three weeks ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

tapi0 Re:Microsoft account? (292 comments)

save your outrage, there's no need for an MS live account here. Click the link, read the article as you would on any news site and return here to make a positive contribution. Why on earth do you think you need a Live account?
there's been a few linked articles behind paywalls before, but this doesn't even need you to login to anything to read, what's your problem?

about three weeks ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

tapi0 Re:FP? (942 comments)

You need a thousand separator, so you'd say a decimal point is an acceptable alternative? A decimal point separates the decimals, hence the name

about three weeks ago
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Wanxiang May Give 2012's Fisker Karma a Relaunch

tapi0 Re:Misleading Article Summary (70 comments)

Well, it all depends on where you get your electricity. The vehicle is purely electrically driven. It does have a petrol driven generator to top up the battery, but the engine is not involved in driving the wheels, so could easily be described as all-electric as you can rip out the engine and the car still drives.
The tesla has a large amount of batteries, charged from an external generator.
The fisker has slightly fewer batteries, charged from an on-board generator in the space created (and external as needed)
both are driven by an electric motor powered by those batteries.

about 1 month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Alternate Software For Use On Smartboards?

tapi0 Far too open question (96 comments)

What make/model is the smartboard? A 'smartboard' is a name that can be applied to many a device with varying different capabilities, plus varying interfaces. Asking for software that will run with yours is difficult to answer without knowing what you have.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

tapi0 Blackberry Missed Out.... (405 comments)

All things considered, Blackberry missed out on the action - relaunching their tab with sponsorship of the NFL would have made a sensible tie-in. "The coach is referring to his playbook" (but possibly could have got "Things are getting tough out there, He's going to have to throw away the playbook" - win some, lose some in Marketing I suppose)
as an interesting aside, my mother refers to any tablet (ipad/android or other) as "that playbook"... shows it's all down to first contact.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

tapi0 Re:Or, Apple could be fearful of comoditization (405 comments)

The other side of the commoditization is not just the name falling into general use (and trademarks being lost).
if a coach on a football field is being mistaken for using an iPad when actually using a surface, then the viewers may get the impression that they're all interchangeable - i.e. a surface obviously isn't inferior, and there isn't some magical reason for needing to buy an iPad specifically.
Microsoft has built their company around capturing the middle market from the established players. You don't need an IBM PC, you don't need a mainframe, you don't need a Playstation/Nintendo.... and now you don't need an iPad (and could become "or iPhone/Android"?)
They don't need to 'crush the competition', just let them play in their own environments, whilst taking up the rest of the market.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Paid NFL $400 Million To Use Surface, But Announcers Call Them iPads

tapi0 Re:football can cause brain damage (405 comments)

I get a giggle out of Surface commercials when they tout "Photoshop" on a tablet. It is woefully underpowered for running Photoshop for anything more than basic tasks. Because I can tell you, nobody doing Photoshop work professionally, is going to go Surface, and casual users aren't gonna buy Photoshop to run on Surface

you say this in reply to a poster who's telling you that he uses photoshop on his surface?
From the phrasing ("in the field") I'd also say that use is professionally. Now, your full time photoshop pro may not use it exclusively, but you've kinda replied to your own counterargument.

As someone above also said, there's enough room for people who like/use android, iPad, or Surface so your preference is valid. Personally though, the cost comparison is only one aspect - you're happy to use one device for one thing and another for some other use case, but for may people the convenience of not having to assess if they'll need the laptop, the tablet or the phone (or lug around all of them) is a benefit that outweighs the slight cost difference.

about a month ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

tapi0 Why does search need a modern browser? (152 comments)

Unsure why you need to be on 'the latest and greatest' to perform a useful search. Google touted their simplicity all along, blank white screen with a text input and submit button.
For a successful search you enter a text string and hit enter, the website does its stuff and returns a list of links. This shouldn't need anything that isn't supported even in the most basic browser. Even adding functionality such as previews doesn't need heavy duty scripts, or modern features.

about a month and a half ago
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RAYA: Real-time Audio Engine Simulation In Quake

tapi0 Re:What if you tilt your head in headphones? (89 comments)

Thank you for the reply (I was the AC - just posting from mobile, not logged in), that makes so much more sense and I can see the effect in the video is actually useful. Very similar to the technique adopted by Amazon with their phone.
I had only ever seen descriptions of tracking head rotation (or lazily scanned articles - more likely) and not considered tilt/vertical/horizontal.

about 1 month ago
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Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?

tapi0 Re:Binoculars (187 comments)

Completely agree. If only you could be modded to 6

about 2 months ago
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Solar Plant Sets Birds On Fire As They Fly Overhead

tapi0 Selective shuttering? (521 comments)

I wonder if they could employ some sort of 3D tracking* and then selectively shutter the relevant mirror whilst the bird flies through, it should only be momentary and not impact performance to a great extent. I'm making an assumption here that there is a way to shutter or otherwise divert the mirror for normal servicing operations, or 'throttling back'

Of course, if the bird gets closer to the boiler, more mirrors will be in play and likely difficult to manage, but this could be combined with an appropriate scare that can be mounted, or flown around the central structure

* A quick search reveals similar systems for airports, may be adaptable? http://www.airporttech.tc.faa....

about 2 months ago
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Iceland's Seismic Activity: A Repeat Show for Atmospheric Ash?

tapi0 Re:Unfortunately (69 comments)

How can Bardarbunga be pronounced "Aya-fjatla-jÃfkÃf¼tl" ?
I believe I think you're thinking of the volcano that erupted in 2010. This is a different one.

about 2 months ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

tapi0 mod up! Re:What Atmos could do (197 comments)

Already commented so not able to mod - someone else with mod points out there? You've hit the nail on the head - atmos (or equivalent systems) with positional info distinct from the speaker channels should definitely get the best out of whatever installation
of course, there'll be the guys on here that point out that nothing will ever sound as good as their perfectly set up reference system, but they'll also be the ones complaining about 'the masses' having really badly set up rooms.
maybe that's it? a little bit of a frightner that time and effort may soon be nearly caught up with digital trickery?

about 2 months ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

tapi0 Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (197 comments)

that's how many amplifiers have been working for a while now (Yamaha are especially good at this with their discrete and sound projector lines)
Any new atmos enabled amp will have exactly that - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?... home theatre geeks
but a separate mic as you suggest isn't going to do very well....what's it going to tell your source/amp and what is it that you expect your source or amp to do with the info (if there was even an interface, so it could receive the info)?

about 2 months ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

tapi0 Why is this news again? (502 comments)

I may be having a bad case of deja vu, but wasn't this discussed in detail only recently?

about 3 months ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

tapi0 Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

depends where, I believe that here in the UK at least you are able to have the book read out and recorded, copied to a large print, converted to brail, even typed up into word for you to read on screen. Of course, you could just buy them in that format to start with, but there's nothing illegal about doing so (or paying someone to do it for you).

about 3 months ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

tapi0 Re:If this helmet is that great (184 comments)

> gives a new meaning to "fly by wire"

well, no, that literally is the meaning of fly by wire

about 3 months ago

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