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Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 579

Exactly. I wouldn't blame Google for this, the problem lies with the carriers not upgrading their fleet of phones. Android is now 3 major version releases past 4.3. Would you really expect Microsoft to continue to support Windows XP anymore? They don't, unless business is willing to shell out big bucks for added support.

Carriers should really be to blame.

+ - More Eye Candy Coming to Windows 10

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Microsoft is expected to release a new build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview in the very near future, according to their own words. The only build so far to be released to the public is 9841 but the next iteration will likely be in the 9860 class of releases. With this new build, Microsoft has polished up the animations that give the OS a more comprehensive feel. When you open a new window, it flies out on to the screen from the icon and when you minimize it, it collapses back in to the icon on the taskbar. It is a slick animation and if you have used OS X, it is similar to the one used to collapse windows back in to the dock."

+ - Killer whales caught on tape speaking dolphin->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Two years ago, scientists showed that dolphins imitate the sounds of whales. Now, it seems, whales have returned the favor. Researchers analyzed the vocal repertoires of 10 captive orcas, three of which lived with bottlenose dolphins and the rest with their own kind. Of the 1551 vocalizations these seven latter orcas made, more than 95% were the typical pulsed calls of killer whales. In contrast, the three orcas that had only dolphins as pals busily whistled and emitted dolphinlike click trains and terminal buzzes, the scientists report in the October issue of The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. The findings make orcas one of the few species of animals that, like humans, is capable of vocal learning—a talent considered a key underpinning of language."
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Comment: Bananas vs Grapes (Score 4, Interesting) 127

by GoJays (#47945665) Attached to: 'Why Banana Skins Are Slippery' Wins IgNobel

When I was in school I worked at a grocery store for 7 years. I never once saw somebody slip on a banana in the produce department. I did however see many people nearly break their necks slipping on grapes. Those things are slippery when stepped on. But then again, it was rare there was just a peel of a banana on the ground verses a whole banana. Grapes are very slippy, that's why you often see carpets on the ground around them in grocery stores.

Comment: "Choice" (Score 1) 243

by GoJays (#47916429) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

So ISP's want to give the "control" to the consumer, just like cable providers had given the control to subscribers in selecting their channels? And as time goes on the packages just get worse and worse, you mean that type of control? Where they will have "premium" web packages that will include faster response/load times for sites like netflix and youtube, but will conveniently put a related site like Hulu in a separate package. Just so you have to buy two packages.

THAT is definitely the kind of "choice" I want.

The internet should be OPEN for everybody.

Comment: I'm not sold yet.... (Score 5, Informative) 471

by GoJays (#47872237) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Currently I see no reason to have a smartwatch, it just seems like an expensive watch that relays notifications from my phone. I have no problem reaching into my pocket to grab my phone when needed. Everything these smartwatches can do, my phone can already do and usually better. This to me just seems like having a pager and a cell phone years ago, is it really necessary? I do see the potential for these devices, I just don't think they are there yet.

Comment: Re:Why not 16? (Score 5, Funny) 105

by GoJays (#47855577) Attached to: Intel Launches Xeon E5 V3 Series Server CPUs With Up To 18 Cores

You’re on 16, all the way up, all the way up...Where can you go from there? Nowhere. What we do, is if we need that extra push over the cliff...Eighteen. Two more cores."

DiBergi: "Why don’t you just make 16 faster and make 16 be the top number, and make each core faster?"

Nigel (after taking a moment to let this sink in): "These ones go to 18 cores."

Comment: Leave your Phone (Score 1) 253

by GoJays (#47816683) Attached to: Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

This is a horrible article.

First, you shouldn't have brought your phone on the raft in the first place. Leave it at home or in your car or whatever. Second, Are you that addicted to your device that you need to have a replacement instantly? It's a phone, not your life. Third, if it is that important to you, maybe you should purchase a second phone, for the next time you decide to take your phone for a swim and stop blaming companies for not backing up your stupidity.

Comment: Constant stream (Score 1) 122

by GoJays (#47056125) Attached to: Even In the Wild Mice Run In Wheels

This wheel produced a constant stream of wildlife. Based on 200 000 animals, over 3 years, that works out to 7 animals an hour, or one every 8 minutes and 30 seconds, assuming it is in use 24 hours a day.

So why don't exterminators use a wheel to get rid of mice infestations? Create a box, which has a upper container for the wheel, when the wheel does a full rotation, the wheel floor drops away dropping the mouse into a lower level. Which can then be removed with the trapped mice.

Comment: Upload! We want Upload! (Score 1) 224

by GoJays (#46864821) Attached to: How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

My download is currently 25mbit, which is fine for me 90% of the time. There is the odd time I max out the connection, so let's say 40mbit down would be perfect. Although it isn't the download that drives me crazy it is the upload. I currently get 5mbit up, which is crap for my home Synology NAS. Pictures are fine, audio is fine... but if I want to stream any videos, like home videos of my daughter to my parents on my phone, it just doesn't play smoothly, and if I want to copy it to their computer, it takes a good chunk of time, and renders any other connection to the NAS useless.

I understand not everybody needs upload capabilities, it would just be nice if the ISP had an "upload add-on package" or something where you can add upload speed at say an extra $10 a month. Currently for more money your download increases exponentially while your upload lags behind with increments of 1.5mb.

Just give me upload dammit!

Comment: Re:Its called paying attention (Score 1) 364

by GoJays (#46639737) Attached to: Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

I like a system I saw in Mexico and I've heard exists elsewhere, where the green light flashes for a few seconds before turning yellow. Requires no extra signage, still gets the point across and makes for safer intersections.

A green flashing light is an advanced green here in Canada, if there is no "green arrow" indicating so.

Comment: Protein isn't the problem. (Score 1) 459

by GoJays (#46402435) Attached to: Low-Protein Diet May Extend Lifespan

Eat well balanced and in moderation and you'll be fine. The most harmful things in your diet are sugar, (sucralose and fructose) salt and processed foods.
Protein is needed for the retention and development of muscle. Eliminating it while keeping your sugar intake high is a recipe for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and living a life of obesity.

Real Users find the one combination of bizarre input values that shuts down the system for days.