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+ - The bane of restaurants - Smartphones->

Submitted by Strudelkugel
Strudelkugel (594414) writes "A restaurant in Manhattan compared video from 2004 and 2014 to see why service was slower than before. A few observations listed in the article:
2004:
Customers walk in.
They gets seated and are given menus, out of 45 customers 3 request to be seated elsewhere.
Customers on average spend 8 minutes before closing the menu to show they are ready to order...
2014:
Customers walk in.
Customers get seated and is given menus, out of 45 customers 18 requested to be seated elsewhere.
Before even opening the menu they take their phones out, some are taking photos while others are simply doing something else on their phone (sorry we have no clue what they are doing and do not monitor customer WIFI activity)."

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Comment: Re:Wow, what a bitch... (Score 5, Funny) 59

“Meteorite” means a rock that has already fallen from the sky, and we have plenty of those. A rock still floating around in space is called an “asteroid”.

And just in case you’re unsure what those other words mean, when you go outside “sky” is what's above your head, “rock” is what your head is made of, and “space” is like what's inside your head except it isn’t as close to a perfect vacuum.

+ - New "Acandescent" Light Bulbs to Challenge LEDs and CFLs->

Submitted by braindrainbahrain
braindrainbahrain (874202) writes "An outfit in Massachusetts is poise to offer — no, make that "is offering" — consumer light bulbs based on induction technology, challenging the market share of LED and CFL light bulbs. Induction lighting, long used in industrial applications, was invented by none other than Nikola Tesla, and said Massachusetts company has miniaturized the technology enough to fit an implementation in a standard light bulb size."
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+ - A fast look at Swift, Apple's new programming language->

Submitted by simeontuoyo
simeontuoyo (2900143) writes "If anyone outside Apple saw Swift coming, they certainly weren't making any public predictions. In the middle of a keynote filled with the sorts of announcements you'd expect (even if the details were a surprise), Apple this week announced that it has created a modern replacement for the Objective-C, a programming language the company has used since shortly after Steve Jobs founded NeXT.

Swift wasn't a "sometime before the year's out"-style announcement, either. The same day, a 550-page language guide appeared in the iBooks store. Developers were also given access to Xcode 6 betas, which allow application development using the new language. Whatever changes were needed to get the entire Cocoa toolkit to play nice with Swift are apparently already done.

While we haven't yet produced any Swift code, we have read the entire language guide and looked at the code samples Apple provided. What follows is our first take on the language itself, along with some ideas about what Apple hopes to accomplish."

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Comment: Re:Surface: the only Hope (Score 1) 379

But what's the difference between a surface pro and a laptop?

The laptop is cheaper, or has better specs at the same price.

...it runs the same operating system...

It runs a version of Windows, but not necessarily the one the IT department supports or mission critical software is qualified to run on. That in itself generates extra expense which has to be factored into the TCO.

...but also has a touchscreen and stylus.

You have to move your hand all of three inches to use a typical laptop’s trackpad, you don’t have to stop to pick up anything or lift and extend your arm awkwardly. So unless there’s actually a dire need to use the computer while walking around those features are an utterly redundant ergonomic disaster, and a cheaper laptop is the better choice.

Comment: Re:All I know about robots... (Score 2) 255

by Farmer Tim (#47050061) Attached to: The Sci-Fi Myth of Robotic Competence

Which raises important questions. If someone is stopped for curb-crawling in a robot car, is the owner or the car responsible? What if it’s out by itself chatting up parking meters.. ..after all, they give it up to anyone for $5 an hour, and you won’t get a human hooker for that price*, so how could an AI resist?

Who it should or shouldn’t kill is only scratching the ethical surface when it comes to intelligent systems. I guess that’s why they all eventually default to killing ALL humans: it saves clock cycles better devoted to bigger problems.

*OK, you could, but not one you’d actually want to touch with anything important.

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