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Inside Ford's New Silicon Valley Lab

wcrowe Re:Good example of bad use of touch screens (36 comments)

The technology in my Subaru works great, but even though it works reliably, there is a problem with those bits that require the touch screen. First, as you mentioned, you do need to take your eyes off the road. Secondly, even on a relatively smooth road, hitting the correct spot on a touch screen is difficult. OTOH, if you had buttons for everything you wanted to do, there would be too many buttons. The best compromise is to have a unit similar to the screens on the F/A-18 Hornet. The screen shows the information, while the programmable, physical buttons which surround the screen serve different functions depending on the screen. In other words, they are function keys.

4 hours ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

wcrowe Behold! The future is now! (227 comments)

I can already interact with things in the room. When I want the lamp to come on, I walk over and turn a little knob. When I want the TV to come on, I press a button on a remote. Behold! The future is now!

3 days ago
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Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

wcrowe :D (382 comments)

Perhaps they should call it :D. At least it would seem more friendly.

5 days ago
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Researchers Use Siri To Steal Data From iPhones

wcrowe That's a lot of "ifs". (55 comments)

I suppose this might be interesting to some people, but when it says, "it only works on jailbroken devices and attackers somehow need to be able to intercept the modified Siri traffic", well, that's a lot of "ifs" in there. It's sort of like walking up to someone and saying, "Can you make elephant soup?" And they reply, "Sure I can. First, I need an elephant. Then I need to chop the elephant into small pieces..." I mean, I guess, technically, someone can make elephant soup, but not that easily.

about a week ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

wcrowe Re:Tablets age well (328 comments)

You're right. Tablets do age well. They're not constantly in use, and aren't getting dropped, and whatnot, as often, like phones are. They just don't need to be replaced as quickly.

about a month ago
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Russia Plans To Build World First DNA Databank of All Living Things

wcrowe The CCCP is back! (83 comments)

Wow! I guess the Soviet Union really is back. This is the kind of flamboyant nonsense they used to put out in Pravda.

about a month ago
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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Explains His Christmas Tweet

wcrowe Martthew 24:10 (681 comments)

I'll throw my two cents worth into the noise. I am an Orthodox Christian clergyman, and I think Neil DeGrasse Tyson's tweet is humorous, as well as objectively true. I am at a complete loss why anyone would be angered by it. People are so quick to hate these days, for no reason whatsoever. Truly we are in the end times.

about a month ago
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Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

wcrowe I don't have this problem. (179 comments)

I enjoy the Kindle app on my iPad and read in bed every night before I go to sleep. Occasionally, I fall asleep while reading. Sometimes I read paper books too. I have noticed no difference in my sleep patterns, and I sleep quite satisfactorily.

A couple of things come to mind. First, even when I read with my tablet, I still have the lamp on, just like I would with a paper book. That may make a difference. Second, is it possible that the content is different when using a tablet for most people. That is to say, if you're reading the news, or facebook on your tablet before you sleep, perhaps it is the CONTENT that is bothering you and keeping you awake.

about a month ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

wcrowe Their argument sounds weak. (484 comments)

They argue that a "patchwork of state and local pro-drug policies and licensed distribution schemes" are in conflict with federal law. Yet the very same patchwork exists with regards to alcohol, firearms, and a whole host of other things.

about a month ago
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

wcrowe Jules Verne (200 comments)

It's like some sort of Jules Verne, 19th century idea of space exploration. It makes a lot of sense though. At least the unmanned mission looks like a real possibility.

about a month ago
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Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

wcrowe Uh,.. sure... (191 comments)

I'm sure the large and powerful Danish Navy will have no trouble enforcing that claim...

about a month ago
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"Fat-Burning Pill" Inches Closer To Reality

wcrowe Easy fat burning pill. (153 comments)

It's easy to make a fat burning pill. First, you make the pill large and of sufficiently heavy metal so that it weighs anywhere from 50 to 100 pounds. Then you hold the pill over your head and do squat thrusts. Alternatively, you can also hold the pill at your waist and repeatedly curl it up to your chin. Using such a pill in this manner every day or so will eventually cause your fat to burn away.

about a month and a half ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

wcrowe Dumbass (567 comments)

The author is a dumbass. He thinks his computer is a big smartphone that only runs one application at a time.

about a month and a half ago
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Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

wcrowe 7.62mm rifle? (191 comments)

I'm curious why my local Agriculture Department needs a bunch of M-16s.

I know that the "5.56mm rifle" is an M-16, and the ".45 cal pistol" would be a 1911, but what is the "7.62mm rifle"? I'm hoping it's an old M-14 rifle. I'm hoping these are not M-60s!

about 2 months ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

wcrowe That might explain what happened to me. (250 comments)

Earlier this year I upgraded my iPod. Of course, in order to move the music from one to the other I had to sync with my iTunes library. Everything seemed to go smoothly and I was happy. Then, a few weeks later, I went to play some music that I used to have on my iPod, and it wasn't there. I have since noticed that quite a bit of my music has gone missing. My daughter said the same thing happened to her when she upgraded her iPod last year. I just chalked it up to buggy programming and that was that.

Now I read this story and I'm wondering if that is why my music is missing. Is it because those were songs that I ripped from CDs. Yet, iTunes did not get rid of ALL such music, that I know for certain. I still have the old library backed up, so I'm going to take a closer look at this mess.

about 2 months ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

wcrowe My advice (584 comments)

My daughter wanted to be a princess when she was four years old too. So what? I let her be a princess however much she wanted. I also included her in my more manly outings. I took her with me when I went hunting or fishing, or to a baseball game, gun show, and even the barber. I taught her how to shoot, how to do minor car maintenance, and basic home improvement. I got her involved in things that are typically more masculine. Nevertheless, when she wanted to be a "princess", I did not discourage that ("You want to be Tinkerbell for Halloween? No problem"). She learned to be comfortable around men and not feel alienated in male-dominated venues, while at the same time feeling free to be as "girly" as she liked. She never got interested in coding, but she is a very successful chef (a male-dominated industry) and married a chef.

My advice: let your four year old daughter be whoever she wants to be. And if you want her to compete in a male-dominated world, then spend time with her and include her in your activities.

about 2 months ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

wcrowe Pizza Trough (186 comments)

At first I was offended, because apparently, if I like to peruse the menu, I'm some sort of "problem" that needs to be "fixed". But then I realized that I haven't eaten at Pizaa Hut in 12 years, mainly because of their factory approach to dining. Herd 'em in. Get the pizza down their throats as quickly as possible. Herd 'em out. Pizza Hut? More like Pizza Trough. Who cares what they do? Just one more reason to avoid the place.

about 2 months ago
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Armies of Helper Robots Keep Amazon's Warehouses Running Smoothly

wcrowe Congrats, Amazon, welcome to 1989! (110 comments)

I'm sick of hearing about Amazon's "amazing" robots. The story is everywhere. I remember touring the IBM plant in Rochester, MN, back in 1989 (this is the place where the AS400s were built). There were robots everywhere throughout the factory running all over the place. Congratulations Amazon, welcome to 1989!

about 2 months ago
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South Korea Bans Selfie-Stick Sales

wcrowe Re:Not banned... (111 comments)

Exactly. ZOMG! Something has been banned! It's like every slashdot article is clickbait these days.

about 2 months ago
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South Korea Bans Selfie-Stick Sales

wcrowe Re:Fuuuuuck (111 comments)

Regarding "cameraperson". Perhaps the word you're looking for is photographer. Cameraperson sounds more like someone in the television or film industry.

about 2 months ago

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What Tech Journalists Were Writing About in 1876

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 2 years ago

wcrowe writes ""On this day in 1876, the U.S. Patent Office awarded Alexander Graham Bell a patent for his "improvement in telegraphy," or, as we now know it, the telephone (above). This anniversary seems like as good a day as any — well, perhaps even a bit better than the other 365 days this year (leap year!) — to dip into the media frenzy that surrounded its arrival, a 19th century tech event evocative of today's Apple circus. Just kidding. It was nothing like that at all — the telephone, and the reaction to it, rolled out over the course of years, not minutes.""
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USGS Updates Magnitude of Japan Earthquake to 9.0

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wcrowe writes "The USGS has updated the magnitude of the March 11, 2011, Tohoku earthquake in northern Honshu, Japan, to 9.0 from the previous estimate of 8.9. Independently, Japanese seismologists have also updated their estimate of the earthquake’s magnitude to 9.0. This magnitude places the earthquake as the fourth largest in the world since 1900 and the largest in Japan since modern instrumental recordings began 130 years ago."
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Stanford Solar Breakthrough

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 3 years ago

wcrowe (94389) writes "Quantum dot solar cells are cheaper to produce than traditional silicon cells, but they haven't caught on due to their relative inefficiency. For Stacey Bent, a chemical engineering professor at Stanford, this represented something of a challenge. She knew that solar cells made of a single material have a maximum efficiency of about 31 percent, a limitation of the fixed energy level they can absorb, and that quantum dot solar cells didn't share this limitation. "Quantum dots can be tuned to absorb a certain wavelength of light just by changing their size," the Stanford report on her research says. "And they can be used to build more complex solar cells that have more than one size of quantum dot, allowing them to absorb multiple wavelengths of light.""
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Dell to power OKC campus with 100% wind energy

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wcrowe (94389) writes "Dell announced plans today to power its 240,000 square-foot Oklahoma City campus with 100 percent wind energy. The move is expected to significantly reduce the facility's CO2 emissions. Dell is among the first large businesses in the area to be powered entirely with renewable energy."
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Iran in possession of new weapon: Photoshop

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wcrowe (94389) writes "Iran now has the ability to wipe out Israel — with Photoshop. The Guardian reports:

'A photograph of four missiles being fired by Iran ratcheted up the tensions between the Islamic state and the US and Israel. But now it appears that Tehran may have enhanced the pictures.'

Here's a link to the story."

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"Uncontacted" Amazon Tribe story a hoax

wcrowe wcrowe writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wcrowe (94389) writes "The story about an "uncontacted" Amazon Tribe discuss last month appears to be a hoax. The Guardian reports, "They are the amazing pictures that were beamed around the globe: a handful of warriors from an 'undiscovered tribe' in the rainforest on the Brazilian-Peruvian border brandishing bows and arrows at the aircraft that photographed them. Or so the story was told and sold. But it has now emerged that, far from being unknown, the tribe's existence has been noted since 1910 and the mission to photograph them was undertaken in order to prove that 'uncontacted' tribes still existed in an area endangered by the menace of the logging industry.""

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