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Comment Re:Advertisers, worry about security? Get real (Score 1) 232

And much would be gained. The companies expending such huge advertising budgets would suddenly no longer be spending that money. That means less cost, so lower prices for their products and more sales; or, more realistically, larger management and CxO bonuses. Either way, everyone wins.

Comment Re:Moronic (Score 1) 157

What is wrong with a simple slot for the pen? Why do you need an ejection mechanism? All that does is add unnecessary parts and over complicate the design.

See, I was thinking the exact opposite... Have a mini-rail gun launch the pen so it can never get "stuck".
As a bonus write an app that will use the whole battery potential to shoot the s-pen like a blowgun dart!

Now I'm seeing a MacGyver comeback for the digital age!
We will need the modern version of a mullet though...

Comment Re: Yeah rigth (Score 1) 167

Some checkums can only be guaranteed to catch a single bit error but, in practice, it is relatively rare that multiple-bit errors "line up" just right to create a correct checksum. There are better checksums available, as well, which will catch multiple-bit errors, as well as identify which segment of the data contains the error. Someone more familiar with the topic will have to name these, as I haven't studied them in years.

Comment Re: Time to hold the government accountable (Score 1) 211

A phone operating under normal conditions isn't particularly useful for triangulating its signal.

Actually, TDMA networks (which GSM is) with extremely small time slices (which GSM definitely is), are so timing-sensitive that all stations (read: phones) are constantly adjusting their transmit timing to compensate for distance. If the phone in your hand can calculate round-trip time to do that, the tower it connects to can certainly do so to calculate distance. After all, we know how fast the signal moves.

Sure, it's not triangulation, which requires three points (it's all on the name), but it provides a radius along (not within) which you are located. Actually, an arc of either 120 or 60 degrees, depending on whether the tower uses 3 or 6 semi-directional elements. If your signal reaches a 2nd tower, that's all the information they need; you are located where the two arcs intersect. A third point (for triangulation) is only necessary when distance information is not available.

Comment Re: Google, get your house in order first (Score 1) 198

So, now let's let some reality settle in. I don't need 1tb of storage when I'm out and about, and I keep the things I do need either on my phone's 64gb or on my self-hosted cloud. It's not tied down, it's still quite mobile, being my phone (and not a tablet). I keep a fairly decent security perimeter around that server, with tight access controls, periodic log reviews, and encrypted offsite backups twice per day. I'm guessing it's a bit more secure than your wallet against both theft and loss, and the 1tb drive stays locked in a cabinet with just a USB port for access. Sometimes, especially if your data is sensitive or important, size does matter; and bigger is better in terms of not accidentally dropping and losing something important.

Don't lose your wallet, buddy.

Comment Re:drunks.. (Score 1) 67

I did think about spinning a still... but it would have to maintain a steady temperature so that means spinning it in evenly heated air, or spinning it in a vacuum and putting the heaters on the inside (ok until cleaning time). Also, to get a meaningful amount of product it would be best to have a spinning space station... otherwise you have a giant gyro inside your habitat and that could turn maneuvering suddenly (to avoid space junk for example) into an exciting game of "Oh Crap, we can't go (x) direction unless we stop the 1000 kg still from rotating first... and that action alone is going to move the space station in some manner!" Really you get the same issue with a spinning space station, large gyros do not like to be pushed, unless you do it in an exact manner.

Comment Re:I could choose to not install Flash. But HTML5 (Score 1) 220

Six years ago I was running a Core2 Quad (@ 2.5 gHz) with 8gB of RAM...
16 years ago I had an old CPU and 512mB of RAM.
Can't count the number of systems I've had between them...
But it was nicer when email attachments were the threat and javascript made images change on mouseover/mouseout.

Comment Re:drunks.. (Score 4, Interesting) 67

Was the author drinking, whiskey when they titled this submission

I would think so, given that they are shipping already created whiskey up there to sit in zero G... This is about aging booze in zero-G, not creating it there. Having toured a distillery, I can tell you gravity is a very required component in fractional distillation... And during aging gravity helps move the alcohol inside the barrel, via convection.

The title really had me thinking about how you do fractional distillation when there's really no force separating liquid from vapor. Maybe you could use a laser or concentrated sunlight to heat the outside edge of a floating glob of wort and draw the vapor off with vacuum device... I don't think heating the whole mess to boiling would be very productive.

One interesting thing about getting out of a gravity well is everything we ever did before has to be adjusted for the lack of this pull we have been tied to forever. Maybe new alloys could be formed, or other chemical reactions might produce altered results, all from the lack of having a separating force missing from the process.

Comment Re:Glass pencil holders (Score 1) 43

OK, so other than some flower vases, as well has hard to clean (but cool looking) beer glasses, what is the real utility?

Sorry for being a naysayer, but the whole 3D printed "revolution" has been underwhelming thus far. It has a really high cool factor, but I am still waiting to see a whole lot of useful stuff come from it.

When motorcycles were first spring up in the late 1800's, people had the same basic attitude.
Now we have some devices that go from zero to 200+ mph so fast you can have a hard time remaining properly seated... and that's if your shorts stay clean.
What something is at the prototype stage (and that's where 3d printing is now) has no bearing on what it may become. This is doubly true given we are just trying out zero gravity printing and biological printing. So I'll wait and not get too worked up about the pace of progress... I saw what the cell phone has become (so far) and I expect greater things from 3d printing.

egrep patterns are full regular expressions; it uses a fast deterministic algorithm that sometimes needs exponential space. -- unix manuals