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Comment Re:But can it control apple tv? (Score 1) 114

I was considering buying a echo dot but discovered it couldn't control the fire tv.

Will apple have better luck making their own stuff work together?

I'm guessing yes, because the new "Home" app in iOS 10 is like an IoT control center, and some of these "hub" features were put into the TVOS update, and iOS10 for iPad.

Comment Re:It's Georgia Tech, not University of Georgia Te (Score 1) 79

Well, it's not FBS. I consider myself a decent nerd, but anyone who hasn't heard that since 2006, the former NCAA Division I-A and I-AA are now called the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), must have been living under a rock.

FSB-- Financial Stability Board? Front-side bus? Russia's Federal Security service (KGB successor)?

Comment Re:Don't buy the first batches... (Score 1) 196

Given the number of other things Apple's done like this I'll side on this becoming a trend.

Yep. People that have to have the latest Apple device will continue to need the latest Apple device.

I see what you're trying to do there, but the straightforward interpretation is more accurate than yours. Remember the outcry when Apple removed the floppy drive from their computers? Or the VERY vocal minority complaining about having to buy new peripherals when Apple switched to USB ports? Both were industry-leading moves that quickly became the standard.

Comment Re:Hackaday Prize (Score 1) 537

Great that they would do that. But what's $100'000? One person-year of wages, two if you're frugal? It's hardly enough to fund a serious project.

...aaaaand right there is your "systematic bias." Engineering college graduates want more money than the organizations that are improving the world can offer. It's just that simple. Want to improve the world? There are probably dozens of projects at Engineers Without Borders that you could contribute to. Safe drinking water in the third world; building bridges; sanitation projects; power generation and distribution.

Comment Re:I-Beams (Score 1) 222

Making the phone thicker also results in more material use.

Which I'm sure is a great concern to a company which used to mill a laptop case out of a solid aluminium block.

You do realize that the material removed isn't discarded, right? It goes right back into the forge for next week's aluminum block.

Comment Re:So it's a PC (Score 1) 264

Funny, I didn't get modded off-topic. The whole thread is tangential to the games platform discussion. If you want to pull it beck to that, riddle me this: how many different partitions/Microsoft OS's will a user need to install on their new game machine to enable access to all of the Microsoft-heritage software they desire? On today's PC's, it's two. On Scorpio, it's likely to be three. And that's at least one too many.

Comment Re:So it's a PC (Score 1) 264

You're the only one who made Windows backward compatibility the focal point. The discussion was regarding x86 PC hardware backward compatibility. You are simply trying to move goalposts.

Then you completely missed my point. sure, X86 is backwards compatible, and sure, you can install DOS as your OS. Just how productive are you going to be at every task *other* than the one you need DOS for? My point, in calling it a distinction without a difference, is that the majority of the folks running on X86 are doing it with a Modern Windows OS. If that OS arbitrarily disables the CPU's ability to execute 16-bit code, then installing a different OS on a separate partition is just one example of "flaming hoops." I'm not moving the goalposts, I am putting the hardware into the context of how it is typically deployed.

Comment Re:So it's a PC (Score 2) 264

Hell, I can still install and run DOS natively on the latest Core i7 series CPUs. What little kids like "phresno" don't get is that backward compatibility is and always has been one of the strengths of x86 PCs.

Yeah, it's SO backwards-compatible, you only need to jump through FOUR flaming hoops to run a 16-bit installer.

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