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Comment: Re:One filter = no tier (Score 1) 162

by SuperKendall (#49552177) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

How do you KNOW that? How do you know its important until you answer it?

It's called CallerID.


Since you didn't say why, True wins.

Lol. Seeing as they are inextricably tied to itunes and ios,

loolololol since it's not tied to iTunes in any way, invalid.

Android wear at least works with android not-tied-to-google

Without Google Now it's a paperweight.

The apple watch? Not so much.

I could use only third party apps and no Apple services. And since there are more of them, the Apple watch is vastly less reliant on Apple than Android Wear is on Google. Sorry, but that's just the plain truth - there are around 3000+ Apple Watch apps, and growing rapidly...

Comment: The Revolving Door Argument is Thin Anyway.... (Score 3, Insightful) 18

The pool of people who are knowledgeable about the practices, challenges, and daily business realities of the telecommunications industry (or any industry for that matter) is a small one indeed; good luck finding someone in that pool with the experience necessary to lead an agency the size of the FCC who hasn't worked for the industry at one time in his or her life.

Comment: Re:So more of the same then? (Score 1) 357

by tepples (#49551911) Attached to: iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users

Are all of your purchases in a proprietary Apple format that only iTunes can play?

During the time period I describe, that was the only format in which movie studios offered movie downloads for sale. Someone who spent a lot of money buying movie downloads on iTunes Store before Amazon and Google Play started operating would have to spend a lot of money to replace them with Amazon or Google Play movie downloads.

Comment: Sources other than fuel (Score 1) 223

by tepples (#49551895) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

Turning fuel into electricity at large scale is 40% efficient.

Thank you for clarifying that the big loss in electric heating is generation, not transmission. But I think batteries like this are intended to work with power sources other than "fuel", such as wind turbines and PV. These are not only unaffected by the Carnot limit but also intermittent enough to need energy storage between generation and use.

Comment: Re:Solar rarely enough for the whole house (Score 1) 223

by tepples (#49551847) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

What is wrong with Watts? W*time/time = W. Why add the redundant time/time ?

Meter devices that measure each household's electric energy use for billing purposes traditionally express this value in kilowatt hours, each of which is 3.6 MJ. Billing is based on the difference between the reading this month and the reading last month, which is an average power in kWh/month.

Comment: Re:Next up... (Score 1) 77

by Shakrai (#49551825) Attached to: Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg

That's a matter of perspective. I've been there numerous times and have found that the Canadian side has the best views but the American side is less of a tourist trap. The Canadians have done a piss poor job of keeping development in check, in fact, there's a school of thought saying that the Horseshoe Falls are perpetually mist covered (historically they weren't) because of changes in the local wind currents brought about by development on the Canadian side.

Besides, the coolest thing there is the Cave of the Winds, and that's in good ole USA. No trip would be complete without seeing both sides, but there are plenty of people (myself included, obviously) that think the American side is at least the equal of the Canadian side.

Comment: I could overlook it (Score 1) 115

by tepples (#49551741) Attached to: Pirate Bay Blockade Censors CloudFlare Customers

I haven't read the British copyright statute, but both the U.S. copyright statute (Title 17, United States Code) and the English language version of the Berne Convention use "work", "author", "publisher", and "infringe" rather than "content", "creator", and "steal". Using the same terms as the law helps show that you aren't parroting the opinions of someone with a second- or third-hand understanding of what copyright really is. Perhaps I can try to overlook these terms, much as I overlook "could care less". But one thing I see on Slashdot and can't overlook is the use of "copywrite" to mean anything other than "creating the text of an advertisement".

Comment: Transmission loss (Score 1) 223

by tepples (#49551685) Attached to: Tesla To Announce Battery-Based Energy Storage For Homes

Ironic that burning a more environmentally sound fuel (electricity) gets you roundly criticized by others for using too much electricity.

Perhaps they're assuming that transmission losses in the electric grid will more than offset the theoretical gains of using electric heat over natural gas heat.

Comment: VFAT patent (Score 1) 80

by tepples (#49551647) Attached to: Microsoft Increases Android Patent Licensing Reach

fat32 is not patented

The method used to encode long file names in FAT32 is patented, unless that patent expired very recently. Did it?

you can also use wifi to present a network drive

That's in fact what I ended up doing when my PC was having problems with the implementation of MTP on my Nexus 7 tablet. But that doesn't help if you have authority to connect a device to the USB port but not to associate it to the WLAN. This has happened to me in various homes that either A. didn't have Wi-Fi or B. didn't want my devices on their Wi-Fi.

Comment: Re:Do they charge patent royalties for Windows Pho (Score 1) 80

by tepples (#49551547) Attached to: Microsoft Increases Android Patent Licensing Reach

I don't see USB for internal storage.

For internal storage on a PC, continue to use SATA. For internal storage on a smartphone, the manufacturer ought to just solder more flash memory to the motherboard.

WTF is a CF port. and is UDF the other port type?

CompactFlash (CF) is a storage interface proposed as an alternative to Secure Digital (SD). UDF (Universal Disk Format) is a file system proposed as an alternative to FAT.

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