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Comment: 23% revenue growth! (Score 2) 54

by timeOday (#47531051) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell
Amazon's revenue grew 23% over the same quarter last year. If the company were not growing AND not profiting, that would be bad. But as large as Amazon's revenues now are, to still be growing that fast is very impressive, and proves they could start taking profits at any moment simply by pocketing more revenue instead of re-investing.

Comment: Re:Papers (Score 1) 182

by hairyfeet (#47530689) Attached to: Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools
Windows 8.1, they are gonna be one of the first laptops to take advantage of the "Free Windows under 10 inches" rule MSFT recently enacted, which means it should be trivial to "downgrade" to Win 7 if you want. I think I read about them on Windows Insider but in any case they are due either late Sept or early Oct but I would put my money on early Sept if possible to grab the back to school sales.

Comment: Re:We can't live without these things? (Score 5, Insightful) 88

Really? This would be devastating? We can't live without electricity, electronics, water pumps? It's amazing we're here today!

Yes, it very likely would. All those urban areas that grew as big and relatively healthy as they did, thanks to clean water and efficient sewage systems? If that wasn't brought back online, fast, they'd start moving toward their pre-sanitation population levels. The hard way.

Same would apply for agricultural areas and yields that depend on powered irrigation. Unless that was brought back online, and quickly enough to avoid damage to the crop, you'd see yields plummet toward historical levels, with population following suit shortly thereafter. Very unpleasant.

Hopefully there would be enough enough backup systems to restore function relatively quickly; but if not things would be unlikely to go well.

Comment: Re:WinAPI Windows (Score 1) 312

by petermgreen (#47530401) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

The questions are

1: will MS continue tying winRT to the windows store and charging people for the privilage of bypassing it?
2: will MS be able to extend/enhance winRT so that one app can give a good experiance on both desktop and mobile?
3: will the developers buy into it or will they stick with win32 to maintain compatibility with the massive installed base of older versions?

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 2, Funny) 93

How can you be so crass as to bring filthy, filthy, empiricism to a discussion about government?

Only people who lack faith in the a priori truths of Objectivism would be so base as to drag some nonsense about "what is actually happening" into the discussion. It's simply a fact that absolutely anything a government does is just a cover for expropriating the wealth creators and building a cadre of elitist bureaucrats to centrally mismanage things.

Comment: Re:Why is CPAP all over the internet? (Score 1) 35

Does this have something to do with all the little advertisements that say CPAP and seem to have a mask crudely edited into a photograph?

I think that Newsmax, 'linkbait for reactionary old people', is behind much of that. They are ostensibly a political thing; but their advertising leans heavily into (sometimes rather dubious) tabloid medical reporting when there isn't a good red-meat issue to run banner ads about.

Comment: Re:ALL RIGHT! (Score 1) 254

by Dutch Gun (#47529097) Attached to: Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

Our smug-as-hipsters-in-a-coffeeshop Seattlite neighbors aside (yeah, I live in one of those suburbs), we actually have really good, reasonably priced water here, unless you're of the opinion that fluoride is poisoning your kids, I suppose.

Our water is very soft and some of the best tasting water around. Whenever our family drove our RV down to California (this was obviously years ago when gas wasn't priced like now - it was cheaper than flying + renting hotels), one of our most precious resources was our on-board supply of Washington water. We couldn't stand the hard stuff you'd get down there, especially in the LA area.

One day, as we drove the RV over a driveway curb, the water cap got knocked off. We panicked, trying to put the cap back on to save our precious water as though it were liquid gold. Our hosts, who's driveway we were watering, couldn't understand our consternation. Don't worry, they said, you can just refill your tank with our water. But, we protested, this is Washington water! They looked at us like we were nuts.

Comment: Seems logical... (Score 2) 35

This seems like a sensible approach, I just hope that it isn't accompanied by a raft of broad and dubious patents that purport to cover pretty much any 'printing something to fit someone' application. That would both serve as ammunition against a broad range of printing applications and be unjustified given the things that have already been 3d printed for medical applications(usually on a small scale). If they have something more specific, covering programmatically generating customized deformable shapes for best fit, or some elegant manufacturing twist, that may well be all good; but it would be unfortunate to see something overbroad.

Comment: Re:Cost (Score 1) 149

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47528223) Attached to: "Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery
On the plus side, they might actually survive that. If memory serves aircraft helmets (while probably not as concerned with ballistics as infantry ones) are supposed to at least not endanger the pilot, and ideally to protect him, during fairly violent maneuvers like ejection.

That said, I wouldn't want to be the lucky guy who gets to find out.

Comment: Re:Cost (Score 1) 149

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#47528219) Attached to: "Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

Then I suggest you not enter any races in which the loser will die.

I would suggest that you give more thought to 'races' where outnumbering the opponent and firing anti-aircraft weapons at them from the ground is acceptable...

Even if we suspect that a nasty shooting war with a modern adversary is in the cards, it's a bit of a problem that our current next generation super plane costs so much that we'll necessarily have them in quite limited numbers and be unwilling and (in a conflict of any nontrivial size or duration) unable to expose them to serious risks.

This is especially bad if they turn out to be seriously vulnerable to any missile system developed that isn't ruinously expensive per shot or a closely held secret used only by somebody's elite guard. Obviously the cost of pilots means that the US isn't going to be doing many aerial human wave attacks (short of a WWII-style mobilization); but we certainly aren't going to be fielding larger air forces, or ones better able to resupply after losses, because our fancy aircraft cost north of $100 million a pop.

Comment: Re:Bugs... (Score 3, Informative) 149

by timeOday (#47527513) Attached to: "Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

I'm told that the F35 is the largest, heaviest fighter with an airframe that produces the most drag, that the US has ever produced...

And where did you hear it? According to wikipedia:

F35: 35'
F14: 64' / 38' (swept)
F15: 42'
F16: 32'
F18 C/D: 40'

Empty Weight
F35: 29,000 lb
F14: 43,700 lb
F15: 28,000 lb
F16: 18,900 lb
F18: 23,000 lb

Combat radius (internal stores)
F35: 600 nm
F14: 500 nm
F15: 1000 nm
F16: 340 nm
F18: 400 nm

Of what can be verified, none of what you heard is correct...

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