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Comment Re:Too little, too late (Score 4, Interesting) 227

But who is playing shenanigans Samsung or Apple.
Did Apple Spec out the correct specs to Samsung and they made a cheap knockoff, after sending a batch that seems to meet initial QA, in a very German style. Or did Apple know about/agree to giving different quality products.

There's a third possibility that should not be discounted out of hand - Samsung meets the specification, while TSMC exceeds it. Without access to internal information, it's hard to tell what's going on behind the curtain and all too easy to leap on the 'obvious' conspiracy.

Of course, the various mega corps routinely indulge in behavior that makes conspiracy theories not all that far fetched...

Comment Re:Good for them (Score 1) 190

Of course, there's always the question - is it because they completed the program, or because they were selected for the program? Not all prisoners are eligible, and not all who are eligible gain a berth. It could just as easily be the prisoners that gained a berth would be within the 60% who don't come come back to prison within three years regardless of their participation due to personal drive and existing educational accomplishments (which are large factors in whether or not they qualify in the first place).

Don't get me wrong, education is always good - but with no control group, claiming a priori that education is the sole cause for the drop in recidivism seems a bit of stretch,

Comment Re:Not the total cost! (Score 1) 403

Speaking of renewables in the U.S. why is hydro never mentioned when discussing renewables?!?

Because it makes up a rather limited percentage of generation capacity in the US - and that percentage isn't going to go up significantly. (Weaseling because I'm still on my first cup of coffee and there may be some I'm unaware of.) We aren't building power generation dams in any significant quantity, and that's extraordinarily unlikely to change.

Comment Stupid assumptions (Score 2) 182

The project was cancelled because NASA is underfunded, not because it's not worthy of funding.

No, the project was cancelled because the B612 Foundation failed to uphold it's end of the contract - they've routinely failed to meet deadlines and to make the reports they're contractually obligated to do.

Comment Re:I don't come to slashdot for these stories (Score 1) 447

Spoken like someone who wasn't around when Jon Katz was writing his "Voices From The Hellmouth" columns, after the LIttleton massacre when nerdy teens were suddenly public enemy #1. As an old-timer, this looks exactly like the sort of story I'd expect /. to link to and discuss.

Huh? If you actually read TFA, there's precisely zero information in either linked article to suggests the suspects are 'nerdy teens' or have any other reason to be linked to the /. demographic. As a /. old-timer, I'm with OP, there's pretty much no reason for this to be on /. other than the slipping standards of the editorial staff.

Comment You didn't built a Bombe (Score 1) 68

I completed a months long project to build my own version of the Turing-Welchman Bombe.

No, you didn't. You programmed a Bombe simulator and then spent months building an output display.

Though I suppose from a certain point of view the output display could be considered a cool thing, but it isn't a Bombe.

Comment Re:If that's how Pokemon Int'l treats its fans... (Score 2, Informative) 211

If that's how Pokemon Int'l treats its fans

Ramar Larkin Jones isn't a "fan" - he's a event organizer who was running a Pokemon themed event for which he was selling tickets. The selling tickets parts got left out of the linked article somehow - I wonder why. (Actually, I don't need to wonder - the article is slanted all to hell and back.)

Comment Re:and he'll solve world hunger in 4 (Score 1) 397

Think of it simply: These are trucks that can (and most already do) drive at night when there are few people on the road

Huh? Trucks drive 24/7/practically 365.

have very well-defined and easily known start and end points (vs. listening to a passenger describe a location or navigate an un-mapped driveway)

Huh? How is a given freight dock any less well defined or known than any given house or workplace?

Documenting loading bays for your business is a project that works at scale (and it's to determine the authoritative source of such information), whereas mapping everyone's driveway and personal parking spot does not (as we've seen with the crowd-sourced data contributed to Google Maps).

Huh? Your average autonomous car doesn't need massive amounts of crowd sourced data - a couple of weeks and the average driver can easily teach it most of their usual destinations. And it scales like nothing you've ever seen - once Joe Sixpack teaches the car the route from I-5 to his office building, everyone else who uses I-5 and goes to that office building can use the same data. And ditto on the opposite end - once Joe Sixpack has taught his car the route from I-5 to his subdivision in Seatac, everyone else who lives there can use all but the last few hundred to thousand yards or so of data.

Comment Re:Dava Sobel (Score 1) 106

This guy wasn't a Maker, he actually knew how to do things and how to use hand tools to achieve his goals.

Aaah excellent more maker hate from randos on the internet. I don't get the sheer level of vitriol aimed at people who instead of sitting on their arses watching TV or whining on the internet actually get up and do something with their time. Jealousy, perhaps?

You don't get it either because you don't want to get it, or you're terminally clueless. The hate isn't against people who "get up and do something" - it's against people who puff themselves up into something they aren't or somehow believe themselves superior because they "get up and do something".

Comment Re:Enough with the fucking "Supermoon" already! (Score 1) 95

The word was coined by an astrologer, but no-one invents astronomical events. And it is an astronomical event, regardless of who came up with the word or why.

That sound you heard was the OP's point whooshing over your head. Nobody is debating that it's an astronomical event - only that it's a non-event, of no actual significance beyond generating media hype.

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. -- R.G. Ingersoll