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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

36 minutes ago
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"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

tapi0 pffft (184 comments)

most expensive and complicated headwear ever constructed?
obviously never been to Ascot Ladies Day! http://www.bing.com/images/sea...

3 days ago
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Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

tapi0 Dupe: Why is this even an article? (91 comments)

The use of full encryption and wiping the key was commented on many times in the article http://yro.slashdot.org/story/... quoted in this piece. Even the original story was an advert for avast's app. Does this really now deserve a separate article?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Backs Open Source For the Internet of Things

tapi0 Re:Trust (136 comments)

Perhaps you're right, maybe it's just moved on to an accepted alias
It does just seem to indicate an unwillingness to move on though, and potentially hurts any point trying to make as the first thought is that whoever's using it is clinging to (potentially) outdated grievances, and allegiances, rather than wanting open discourse.
But I think I was being a little OTT there, it was late and I responded quickly.

about three weeks ago
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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

tapi0 Re:"Ethernet-powered" lighting? (104 comments)

PoE lighting is 'a thing' and many companies provide such sytems for offices (see, for example, http://www.nuleds.com/ ) why do you think it so far fetched?

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Backs Open Source For the Internet of Things

tapi0 Re:Trust (136 comments)

You lost me at M$
Anyone wanting a serious discussion about MSFT automatically deducts credibility points from people using the outdated "M$", "Micro$oft" or "Microshaft" (amongst others)

about three weeks ago
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YouTube Introduces 60fps Video Support

tapi0 Re:Like it matters (157 comments)

I get 'stats for nerds' but no FPS figure is shown. Wonder if it depends on the stream?

I see Video ID, Dimensions, Resolution, Volume, Stream Type, Mime Type, DASH, and Bandwidth.

about a month ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

tapi0 Re:Open Records still applies? (534 comments)

And I realise it's a different state (or World depending on your point of view ;-) ) but a quick search shows, for example, that the University of Texas Investment Management Company is a 501(c) corporation but has been declared a Governmental Body for the purposes of the Texan Act.

Is it likely that the Massachusettson (sp?) State Attorney can and will clarify the position of these companies? If I were to let popular media inform me, I'd imagine he/she is evil and or corrupt and unlikely to do so?

about 1 month ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

tapi0 Open Records still applies? (534 comments)

Doesn't the Open Records policy still apply to corporations when acting on behalf of, or in lieu of, a public organisation? Honest question as I don't know, but the UK's Freedom of Information Act which borrowed heavily from the US system has such a provision and private organisations are not exempt from requests if working in that capacity.

about 1 month ago
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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

tapi0 Re:Build the plants on blue states. (262 comments)

Yes, I know, that's why I replied stating that and correcting the parent's misinterpretation of your post and Solar City's model.

about a month ago
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Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

tapi0 Re:Resolution is 1280x720 (192 comments)

Let me help you out...

**

This thing should *sell* and *sell* hard.

AT&T only. (Amazon customers know they're using the same provider that supports kindle data, so are assured that Amazon know that their partner will deliver a good service)
1280x720 resolution. (matches the films resolution that they'll get from Prime)
$649 or ridiculous contracts. (includes Prime ! Yay! ....And 24hr direct support)
No external sd support. (important to an amazon customer?)
Not real Android. (important to an amazon customer?)
No Google Play store or Google apps. (But has an app store that already provides thousands of apps for kindle and *other* phones and tablets)
Weakly specced. (important to an amazon customer? no, really - look at the video, it shows it *doing stuff* and that's all that matters, not your gigabitz and mega hurts)
Nonstop monitoring and control by Amazon. (*important* to the amazon customer - as before, it *works* and when it doesn't, or I don't know how to make it work then there's that friendly Amazon to the rescue)

It's going to sell like fucking hotcakes, isn't it?
*yes*

Don't underestimate how most of the things you or I may see as a negative, are actually welcomed by others (Oh..... "and it's 3D!!! ")

about a month ago
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Elon Musk's Solar City Is Ramping Up Solar Panel Production

tapi0 Re:Build the plants on blue states. (262 comments)

I think they meant the production facilities, not the power plants. I could be wrong on this.

about a month ago
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Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry

tapi0 Re:great job Amazon (76 comments)

Amazon could choose to lower the price of an application while deciding to reduce the developer's share without having to ask permission

Well, insofar as "within terms of accepted contract" could be construed as "without permission".

Also, unless it's changed recently (and I haven't been keeping track) Amazon can, and will, adjust prices but the developer is guaranteed a minimum price. So Amazon could give away the app in a bundle and the developer still gets the agreed minimum pricing

about a month ago
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Google To Take On Apple's CarPlay

tapi0 Why not blackberry (126 comments)

we are left to wonder whether it'll be Apple or Google that ends up owning the automotive market

Well QNX is still the #1 embedded system, and owned by Blackberry. They've demo'd full automotive interfaces (including dashboard, not just entertainment) and, I'm led to understand, CarPlay is currently running atop QNX - I doubt that ios or osx or a variant would be taken up by any car maker as an embedded system.

Regardless, wasn't there a recent survey that basically concluded that most Driver's really wanted car manufacturers to stop buggering around with in car entertainment - leave it at audio, navigation and hands free telephony and give up on all the trickery they're trying to employ to seem cool and attractive.

about a month ago
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Man Arrested For Parodying Mayor On Twitter Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

tapi0 Re:Shut up and take my money (163 comments)

You're driving a Mitsubishi compact sedan or hatchback. Unless you've tarted it up with bric-a-brac (spoilers, coffee can exhaust, stickers, etc) or you're a leadfoot the police think you're driving a Mitsubishi compact sedan or hatchback.

this is a factory Evo: http://images.pistonheads.com/...

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

tapi0 Re:We seem to be missing a command here... (174 comments)

It doesn't need 10%. The 10% alluded to in the article is a reservation for Kinect use in game that was originally mandated for all games, even those without Kinect features, but can now be freed up if the game doesn't use Kinect.

My reply was to the question "is this saying Kinect is always on, even if it isn't running anything for the game?", the answer being yes, and don't think about disabling it.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

tapi0 Re:this has nothing to do with making kinect optio (174 comments)

damnit, just posted so can't use my mod points. Annoyingly this will get buried rather than the 'interesting' or 'insightful' it should have.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Confirms Disconnecting Kinect Gives Devs 10% More GPU Horsepower

tapi0 Re:We seem to be missing a command here... (174 comments)

Well yes, what would happen when you say "xbox play dead rising" launch the game and then say "xbox snap Skype" ( or "xbox home" etc) if the game suddenly overrides and disables your peripheral? Or using the feature to recognise new players as they come and sit on the couch, sign them in and allow them to join in.
none of these are game features, but require the Kinect to be running for background tasks.
if you don't want it, then don't buy it or don't plug it in and then the console has some extra room to play with, but don't allow games (or apps) to disable it as it will interrupt the desired UI.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015

tapi0 Re:Microsoft just does not get it... (516 comments)

"By that time, we users will be used to something else" and that sir (maam?) is the point. They know you'll be used to it (past experience has shown they introduce things, people complain and then get over it) so they'll say they're looking at it and when the time comes they'll point out how users are getting along quite nicely without it (as they expected) and it would be silly to introduce a reversion.

about 2 months ago
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Solar Roadways Project Beats $1M Goal, Should Enter Production

tapi0 Re:Deja vu (311 comments)

Current roads last a decade? Where? Seems round here the roads are resurfaced annually.

about 2 months ago

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