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Comment Re:Good business practice? (Score 1) 144

I agree, this is the death of Siri, when first introduced it was a peak at what could ave become the future of voice computing, now it’s just a marketing tool. I like the concept, I use the Amazon Echo to play music, check the weather, turn the lights off, but don't like the fact it can not access my mail, text messages, contacts or any of the other data on my computer, I was hoping Apple or Microsoft would integrate the whole PC ecosystem into their voice driven interface. But no, thats not going to happen, each player will continue to use their respected voice driven gadget to steer us to purchase products rather then let us decide how we want to use them.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 235

What is a drone, thats my question, I have been building and flying balsa wood RC Airplanes for decades, if I install a camera on one, as many do, would they call that a drone? If I install an auto pilot, is it then a drone? Since I make these planes myself, would I need a special license and put a serial number on it? IF I sell one, will I need to sell it through someone like an FFL and the buyer has to wait 10 days to pick it up like a firearm?

Comment Lots of stuff to do (Score 2) 149

Seeing how you have already decided on scale, HO, and what you want to get out of it, Automation over prototyping and collecting rolling stock, there is still plenty for you to do. As mentioned DCC is a great way to start, converting all the existing engines requires adding circuit boards in each and rewiring the track. DCC is standard so in most cases you can pick and chose manufacture between the trains and the controllers you want to use. Then go with block detectors that will return a signal whenever a train is on a given section of track. For complete automation, and using open source you can go to JMRI, Java Model Railroad Interface, with that software you can start small by just using it to control your trains with your phone or web browser to complete automation by running the whole layout, starting, stopping, controlling switches, even turing on lights you may install in building on the layouts. This alone will keep you busy for many many hours.

Comment Too Late (Score 1) 577

And how do we know this is not already being done by Google, or Microsoft or others. At Gun shows, Mall parking lots, car dealerships and other places in order to get data to sell or collect marketing information. The technology is out there, we don't have the political will to stop it. Privacy died the day the microchip was created.

Comment Be carful what you read in this article. (Score 5, Informative) 419

Although Electrical Engineers may include Electronic Engineers, they are really two different disciplines, Electrical Engineers typically work the construction trades, building and power transmissions. Most engineers involved in integrated circuits, digital circuits and most of the new tech innovations, are more Electronic Engineers then Electrical Engineers. The high employment rate in Electrical Engineers is mainly following the low employment rate for all the construction industries. Grads with a degree in the Electronic Engineering fields ... even with no work experience will have no problem finding work, at least here in CA.

Simulation of Close Asteroid Fly-By 148

c0mpliant writes "NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have released a simulation of the path of an asteroid, named Apophis, that will come very close to Earth in 2029 — the closest predicted approach since humans have monitored for such heavenly bodies. The asteroid caused a bit of a scare when astronomers first announced that it would enter Earth's neighborhood some time in the future. However, since that announcement in 2004, more recent calculations have put the odds of collision at 1 in 250,000."

Lack of Manpower May Kill VLC For Mac 398

plasmacutter writes "The Video Lan dev team has recently come forward with a notice that the number of active developers for the project's MacOS X releases has dropped to zero, prompting a halt in the release schedule. There is now a disturbing possibility that support for Mac will be dropped as of 1.1.0. As the most versatile and user-friendly solution for bridging the video compatibility gap between OS X and windows, this will be a terrible loss for the Mac community. There is still hope, however, if the right volunteers come forward."

Yellowstone Supervolcano Larger Than First Thought 451

drewtheman writes "New studies of the plumbing that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park shows the plume and the magma chamber under the volcano are larger than first thought and contradicts claims that only shallow hot rock exists. University of Utah research professor of geophysics Robert Smith led four separate studies that verify a plume of hot and molten rock at least 410 miles deep that rises at an angle from the northwest."

Comment Re:Woohoo! (Score 2, Funny) 96

this is unheard of, this cant be, tell me it's not true, we have to be number one in EVERYTHING !! Who's fault is this? who is slipping up and falling behind? could this be Obama's fault? How can we turn it around? perhaps a quick stimulus bill to get spammers to work harder? How about a boycott? YA THAT'S IT, boycott foreign spam !!!! support US spam only, if we all pitch in the US can once again be number one !!!

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