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Comment Re: But think of how good it will be! (Score 1) 189

Actually the UI for the Zune HD is the progenitor to the "Metro" interface used in ALL of Microsoft's OSes.

Microsoft had all the pieces ready to be integrated into "Windows Phone" in 2009 when the Zune HD came out... Microsoft just didn't put any priority on defending their smartphone dominance of Windows Mobile (dominant in a small market) till *after* the iPhone and Android phones came on the market and made the "smartphone" a device for the masses.

Comment Re:Why oh why? (Score 1) 92

Why do people sign up for every website they come across?

This is a website about some japanese cat for crying out loud.

Why do people sign up for something like this? I guess it's the same people who sign up for safeway cards, starbucks cards and other discount cards.

I just don't get it.

You go into the store, you buy the shit you want and you leave. Just leave it at that for crying out loud. What's wrong with these people?

Yeah, why oh why do people sign up for a site like slashdot, especially when one could do it anonymously?

This is a website about "news for geeks" for crying out loud.

Why would MadMaverick9 sign up for something like this? I guess it's the same people who sign up for engadget, arstechnical and reddit.

I just don't get it.

You go to the site and read the articles and leave. Just leave it at that for crying out loud. What's wrong with MadMaverick9?

Comment Re:But Could Have It Been Built in the 1700's? (Score 1) 106

He didn't just design them. He built them. An earlier post mentions the museum where they're displayed.

Really? Did you even RTFA?

Then why does the article linked to the slashdot entry state:

As a result, his ideas for his super-accurate pendulum clock were forgotten until the 1970s, when interest in the clockmaker and his remarkable timepieces was re-awakened. The artist and clockmaker, Martin Burgess, – working on attempts to decipher Harrison’s plans – produced two versions of his great clock. It is the second of these, Clock B, that has been the focus of attempts to bring it to its maximum accuracy in the past year. “Essentially we have been fine-tuning the clock so that we can bring it to its full potential and accuracy,” said McEvoy.

The article is about the SUPER-ACCURATE PENDULUM CLOCK, not about this shipworthy chronometers. Sure sounds like Harrison never built his super accurate pendulum clock.

So I decided to do some googling/binging/altavistaing/meh myself and not just take the word of slashdotters like you that post no references... and surprise, surprise, what did I find?!? The answer to my question, which just so happens to contradict your statement... The clock that was tested was built using modern materials, and most likely using modern manufacturing techniques.

According to this article:

Martin Burgess, a master clockmaker, used Harrison's mechanism and design along with modern materials like duralumin to construct the Martin Burgess Clock B,

And according to this article on the Greenwich Royal Museum website:

‘Clock B’ is one of two clocks made from modern materials, chiefly duraluminium and invar, that follow the perceived format laid out in Harrison’s convoluted text: Concerning such mechanism

Comment But Could Have It Been Built in the 1700's? (Score -1, Flamebait) 106

The article doesn't specify if modern machining and materials were used in the construction of Clock B.

If the clock could be produced using 1700's machining and metallurgical technology, only then would it prove Harrison's contemporary critics incorrect.

If the clock was impossible to build to that level of accuracy using 1700's technology, then Harrison's critics were indeed correct in calling him out.

Comment Real Life Problem Solving is Hard (Score 1) 72

"While it is always possible for new design issues to be discovered, I wonder why this problem hadn't been noticed in the decades prior to 2010, when the Proton began to have repeated failures. "

Building rockets is hard, finding out exactly why they fail is even harder, especially if it fails in space and all the bits burn up in the atmosphere or stay in orbit around the earth.

Maybe you think that we can send Bruce Willis up with a rag-tag band of hard partying non-professional astronauts to rendevous with a wrench wielding Russian on the space station and they'll solve the problem by whacking a rocket with a wrench in slow motion montages with Aerosmith playing in the background. ;-)

Comment The Solution is to Con Women into Engineering!?!? (Score 1) 634

When these women that are so enamored with the social good that they're going to do while in school get out into the work place and realize that most Engineering jobs *don't* help starving children in Africa, then what?

Ah, but the point of the professor was to get bodies into University and make her numbers look good so she can get her funding... it's not her problem what happens after the students graduate.

Comment Future Shop an Iconic Brand!?!?... NOT! (Score 1) 198

I'm not sad that Future Shop is finally being killed off. They were already dead once Best Buy purchased them. Best Buy and Future Shop stores were virtually identical.

I remember shopping at the original future shop to buy 5.25" Floppies and dealing with the pushy salespeople were not a good memory. Sure it was one of the few Canadian tech store brands, but definitely I'm not shedding any tears now that it's finally completely dead.

RIP Future Shop

Comment Technically DSLR doesn't specify a mirror or not (Score 0) 192


SLR (single lens reflex) has a mirror, with either a pentaprism or pentamirror (where you stick your eyeball) to show you the view as it is through the lens.

SLR = Single Lens Reflex
Technically, this does not signify the requirement of a mirror or not. It just specifies that the picture is exposed using the same lens that is used for framing.

It's just that when there were ONLY film cameras, the only practical way to build an SLR camera was to use a mirror.
Also note that technically "SLR" does not specify the requirement for interchangeable lenses either, so technically an SLR can have a fixed non-interchangeable lens.

But most SLR 35mm film cameras had mirrors and interchangeable lenses.

And when digitial sensors came along, the most compatible way to create a high end digital camera was just to replace the film back with a digital sensor, and all the existing lenses could be used without modification.

Thus the common definition of "DSLR" is an interchangeable lens single lens reflex camera with an optical viewfinder with a digital sensor in a configuration similar to a film SLR.

But if the Technical definition of letters that make up "DSLR" is used:"Digital Single Lens Reflex" even a cell phone can be considered a DSLR.

Comment Effing Grinches That Spoiled Christmas (Score 1) 160

These "hackers" just made Christmas a lot less Merry for many children that just got some nice new Christmas presents.

They've already made their point that they can bring down the gaming networks of two evil empires, they should just stop DOS attack and let the kids (and the not-so young gamers) have their fun on Christmas.

Comment Re:Wait, how is this possible? - Ground Units (Score 1) 115

They didn't actually. For example, Soyuz-U still has analog control computers. So you didn't get advanced computers as spin-offs of the space program, because the space program didn't have advanced computers in the first place.

Just because the computers ON spacecraft were primitive (because they were made to be failure proof in extreme conditions) doesn't mean that advanced computers ON THE GROUND weren't developed to design and test the space craft and its components.

You've clearly demonstrated thinking so focused on proving your point that you missed the obvious.

Comment Wow Frontier Sure Can Shovel It (Score 4, Informative) 473

It's definitely for the backers' own good that the experience be the same for all players... so just one month before release we tell them that we didn't bother to implement the single player offline component.

It took a while for me to decode all that marketing speak to figure out that they were canning single player. It was a deliberate design decision they must have made months ago, and just conveniently "forgot" to tell the backers.

Comment Let's Crunch Some Numbers (Score 1) 48

The article says: "over 2 million people left the Guandong province of China and returned just a few days later--that's equivalent to the entire population of Chicago upping sticks"

Sounds pretty major, right?

Well, let's see according to Wikipedia, the population of Guangdong province was 105,940,000 in 2012. So approx. 2% of the population traveled out of province for Chinese New Years. 2% doesn't sound that big compared to "the entire population of Chicago" eh? To put it into perspective, the population of California is approx 38 million, and for Thanksgiving long weekend in 2013, "Statewide, 4.46 million will drive to holiday destinations, and 533,000 will go by plane." according to the AAA. That's over 12% of the population traveling. Granted, not *everybody* left the state. If one just counts the ones the flew by plane, 1.4% of California's residents flew somewhere over Thanksgiving. 2% doesn't sound like that much now.

Honestly, after reading the news reports about the super crowded trains during Chinese New Years, I would have expected the number of people traveling out of Guandong to be *much* higher than 2%.


Comment Same old, same old (Score 5, Insightful) 88

It doesn't matter what internal "rules" a country or its homegrown companies break, all may be forgiven. However, if any foreign companies break those rules, hellfire shall rain down on them.

It's not just China. The US does the same thing, as do many, many other countries just not with the same methods.

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