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Comment They are completely missing the boat. (Score 4, Insightful) 123

Bad news is good news - but not for Samsung.

They are passing up an amazing opportunity. They will never have this much publicity about a product again.

Here is what they should do:

Put ads everywhere offering a full and formal apology. And, in the same ad, stating that they are going to focus entirely on battery development to produce the safest, cleanest, longest-lasting and most quickly rechargeable batteries ever made. To do so, they will include links like Google did asking for the world's smartest and brightest engineers to join their quest and share their progress with the world.

Comment Why Ford? (Score 1) 291

Imagine a world where Microsoft was held to the same standard as an automobile manufacturer.

A world where a crash could end a life. Well, for decades, Windows has been crashing. Apart from a few exceptional cases, it hasn't taken a life directly but, it has taken PARTS of lives: Minutes and hours.

Add all the reboots you have ever done in your lifetime and I'll bet a week of your life has been stolen. STOLEN

Yet, it's FORD that ends up in a lawsuit.

Go figure.

Comment It's an election year. (Score 1) 319

While it's crucial to be able to ensure that travelers are not terrorists, felons, illegal aliens or drug smugglers, it's also crucial to have a right to a fair hearing.

In the last two decades, real freedoms have evaporated and no one is doing anything about it.

Why is no one fighting for this egregious breach of personal freedoms?

Why is this not on the political agenda?

Message your elected representative and tell them to restore the freedoms we once had.

Submission + - SPAM: What about MS ACCESS on Linux?

XB-70 writes: With the recent news that SQL Server will be ported to Linux, what is the interest in porting MS ACCESS too? I find it a useful modelling tool.

Comment Sheahh, right! (Score 4, Funny) 75

Quoting from the article: "...Yet for dynamic systems, studies show narrow operating regimes which exhibit internal resonance-based behaviors; this additionally suggests that the energetic dynamics may be susceptible to deactivation if stochastic inputs corrupt ideal excitation properties..."

If you can read that techno-babble, you either wrote for The Big Bang Theory or you were a technical advisor.

Comment I don't buy it. (Score 1) 645

Nuclear power is NOT the be-all and end-all. That being said, Beijing is so polluted that it's sickening the country's LEADERS! As such, they have built some 25 Nuclear plants with another 26 or so coming on-stream. The French have an excellent nuclear program. Ontario does too (except for ridiculous cost overruns).

Sloth: Sticking our heads in the sand rather than making the science better solves nothing.

Thorium: Pretty much not able to go critical. The flaws are very high corrosion of the system but thorium is plentiful planet-wide.

Solar: In the end, it's the way to go - but it will take a while before commercial production is at a cost-effective price point.

Wind: Yeah, right. Inconsistent with horrible returns on investment (18 yr payup).

Storage: using lead batteries in cars all over the planet to store energy at night has serious long-term consequences...

Best bet: A combination of solar and hydro: daytime sun pumps water to run turbines at night...

Meantime: We don't have a choice about cutting down on carbon output so let's go nuclear.

Lastly: We are not tackling the issue of methane from animal husbandry. This eclipses all other pollutants and is being ignored as a major contributor.

Comment Close the loop (Score 1) 108

If I were a manufacturer with a 20% return rate on my products, I'd do the following:

1. Put an immediate message out that "We have our best people working feverishly on the issue."

2. Force my engineering and channel sales experts to conference call each and every customer until they learn enough about the issue to fix the reason the product was returned.

3. Perhaps the products are not defective (such as RAM) but that the purchase process does not identify the correct RAM needed. I'd have my software team write code to detect the correct RAM needed (for example).

4. I'd tie the design team's bonus structure directly to return rates.

5. Lastly, I'd also close the loop with distributors - any product where return rates started to climb would be pulled.

(When you are getting a 20% return rate, you're not making profit anyway.)

Comment Comment on comments (Score 4, Insightful) 399

As you read the initial comments about this article, a clear pattern emerges: a vast preponderance of comments refer to any lack of formal trail process, gaping cracks in the factoids quoted and major concern that males will be 'tried' and 'convicted' without due process.

Sexual (and physical) assaults are crimes - but they are not crimes limited to one gender nor are limited to one gender upon another. Ideas like this perpetuate stereotypes while significantly reducing real rights and freedoms.

Statistics have shown that lesbian people (as an example) experience domestic violence at a very similar rate to that of heterosexual women (Waldner-Haygrud, 1997; AVP, 1992). It has been estimated that between 17-45% of lesbians have been the victim of at least one act of violence perpetrated by a female partner (Burke et al, 1999; Lie et al, 1991), and that 30% of lesbians have reported sexual assault / rape by another woman (Renzetti, 1992).

In short, if such a system is to be introduced, it needs to be gender neutral, have significant oversight and be tightly tied to the legal system.

Comment Mandate open access (Score 1) 148

A couple of years ago, I bought a Samsung TV. The O/S was so bad that I returned it and wrote the president (getting no response).

The stupid thing would randomly update itself - right in the middle of footballs games or other live events - going offline for15 minutes at a time. Changing channels was also extremely slow: about 2 seconds between stations. TWO WHOLE SECONDS.

There was no way to get rid of crapware on the TV. The main menu was 'polluted' with all sorts of junk trying to push the viewer to Samsung's corporate offerings.

I can't wait for an Android or Linux smart TV that will give the viewer ONE remote with one entirely user-configurable menu.

Wouldn't it be great to never have to switch between HDMI inputs? Just... click on genre or network or streaming service and watch.

Wouldn't it be even better to completely block all those crappy cable advertising channels?

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