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Comment: Why would you want to type at all? (Score 3, Interesting) 100

it's Microsoft that might have the most logical solution for typing on small size displays running Google's Android Wear platform. Microsoft's research division has built an analog keyboard prototype for Android Wear that eliminates the need to tap at tiny letters, and instead has you write them out.

Why would you want to type at all? There's reasonably good voice recognition now, that's got to be better than trying to finger-paint letters on a tiny watch screen?

Comment: Roadable aircraft aren't "flying cars" (Score 2) 203

by AC-x (#48081243) Attached to: A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

I wish they'd stop calling roadable aircraft "flying cars".

Flying car: Something that allows you to take off from your home and fly directly to your destination.
Roadable aircraft: An aircraft that you can drive to and from local airports.

It's good for people who already fly light aircraft (no more worrying about transport once you fly to your destination), useless for the rest of us.

Comment: Having read TFA... (Score 1) 171

by AC-x (#48034851) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

perhaps that is in the evidence somewhere and just didn't make the summary.

Yes, having read TFA there are some statements that ex-employees made:

The opinion also took note of the testimony of ex-Grooveshark employees who testified on behalf of the record companies. They explained how their bosses ordered them to acquire "the most popular and current songs" and upload them into the Grooveshark system.

As well as this:

"Escape openly acknowledged that their business plan was to exploit popular label content in order to grow their service and then 'beg forgiveness' from the plaintiffs and seek licenses," wrote Griesa.

So that coupled with the email seems to make it beyond reasonably doubt that the email was referring to downloading copyrighted music rather than looking for public domain music.

Comment: Having read TFA... (Score 2) 171

by AC-x (#48034715) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

perhaps that is in the evidence somewhere and just didn't make the summary.

Yes, there are some statements that ex-employees made:

The opinion also took note of the testimony of ex-Grooveshark employees who testified on behalf of the record companies. They explained how their bosses ordered them to acquire "the most popular and current songs" and upload them into the Grooveshark system.

As well as this:

"Escape openly acknowledged that their business plan was to exploit popular label content in order to grow their service and then 'beg forgiveness' from the plaintiffs and seek licenses," wrote Griesa.

So that coupled with the email seems to make it beyond reasonably doubt that the email was referring to downloading copyrighted music rather than looking for public domain music.

Comment: Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (Score 1) 602

by AC-x (#48002393) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

every one that I've purchased - from multiple companies - has burned out prematurely

Did you buy the cheapest, crappiest ones you could find or something? My house has a total of 21 Phillips GU10 and 4 Megaman MR11 (yes they're a real company) bulbs, all 6W (50W equiv) dimmable, and not a single one has failed in 3 years, including the ones in the bathroom (so hello high humidity and temperature swings).

They're all modern warm white LEDs, they work fine on standard dimmers, and the light quality is indistinguishable from the halogen spotlights they replaced. My living room has the equivalent of 1000W of light for just 60W worth of LEDs.

Comment: Re:Underwater? Yes. Robot? NO (Score 1) 71

by AC-x (#47985399) Attached to: Octopus-Inspired Robot Matches Real Octopus For Speed

"A robot is an automatic mechanical device ... "

Quite a serviceable definition, and it covers what they are doing.

But there's nothing automatic about their model; They manually attached it to a water hose to fill it, manually released it, and relied on fixed fins to provide passive stability.

Sure the technology can be used on robots in the future, but this proof-of-concept model is as robotic as a water bottle rocket.

Comment: Re:Some details about the 3D printer (Score 1) 129

by AC-x (#47963455) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

That's why you carry spare parts with you.

Still, with mass at a premium it would be more efficient to send up a stockpile of raw plastic rather than many combinations of different spare parts. After all you can't perfectly predict which parts will fail and how often, so you could get caught short on a part that was supposed to be reliable but failed more than often it was predicted to.

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