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Comment: It's still streaming (Score 1) 323

It doesn't matter to the original story whether someone uses Netflix or combination of streaming services, it's still streaming. Both of you are happy with your selection. I'm happy with mine, I use Netflix and Apple TV. So based on this empirical study of 3 people we can say that 3 out of 3 are happy with movie streaming. The author of the article has failed.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 218

by Kumiorava (#46133911) Attached to: FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

I think cell phone with 99.9% reliability that is always in your pocket is much better 100% reliability at your office desk. Out in the countryside 100% reliability for land line is not possible. Especially when there is a strong storms, lightning storms or any major event, which happens at least once a year. For example when lightning strikes inside home via phone line blowing the phone in pieces. When that happens and has happened I much rather use my cell phone to call fire department or ambulance. I also prefer cell phone when storms that make woods fall on phone lines and electric lines.

Finnish operators have had already been able to remove physical wires for a long time now. The requirement is to provide 3G service to those homes that lost the wired connection. That has made country side much safer as the cell phone coverage got much better and cell phones work in times when phone lines are down. Cell phone towers usually work during power outage too.

Comment: Re:Capitalism Democracy? (Score 2) 204

by Kumiorava (#45690775) Attached to: Investor Lawsuit Blames NSA For $12B Loss In IBM Value

I don't think the problem here is that IBM worked with the NSA. Problem is that as a shareholder IBM should have said something more about it and keep shareholders informed about the risks towards the share price. At minimum IBM should have stated it is working closely with US government organisations in electronic surveillance programs, which may cause loss of business if political environment changes.

Comment: Re: Really? (Score 1) 767

by Kumiorava (#45161525) Attached to: Shutdown Cost the US Economy $24 Billion

If the assumption is that treatments covered by obamacare are useless or not needed then cost will be huge. If we assume the treatments are justified and needed then obamacare just redistributes the cost among every American. Additionally obamacare maybe helps with overall health of the nation and that is a huge cost saver.

Comment: Re: Oh, I totally agree... (Score 1) 791

by Kumiorava (#45124539) Attached to: Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

That's a strange claim as both of the connectors work as USB style data/charging primarly and need heavy processing on the cable to produce any kind of video output. MicroUSB has exactly same features, it also transfers data and charge device. There might be some proprietary protocols that are unique to the lightning connector, but I doubt they are going to be widely used. However I like the hardware design of the lightning connector and hope next USB connector standard will be similar.

Comment: Re:Screwy rule (Score 1) 100

by Kumiorava (#44968421) Attached to: Steve Jobs Video Kills Apple Patent In Germany

Problem is that you can have two persons working on a same thing where one does public presentation and does not want to patent the invention. Second one can then after this fact file patent for the invention and sue the former even if the invention was actually done first by the one who didn't want to file a patent for it. For open source and open ideas it's better to have a system where inventions can be made un-patentable without expensive legal process so I prefer the European system.

Comment: Re:like different users? (Score 2) 156

by Kumiorava (#44757143) Attached to: Apple Receives Patent For Accessing Sets of Apps With Different Passcodes

I think the novel idea here is that if you enter different passwords into same account you get different functionality. Especially useful on shared home iPad or computer or tv where you don't have need for separate accounts. Don't know if there is any prior art to this, but it sounds like a clearly different compared to user accounts in traditional sense.

Comment: Re:Reason for secrecy (Score 1) 277

by init100 (#44283439) Attached to: NSA Spying Hurts California's Business

"If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place." — Eric Schmidt

That quote (or a variant thereof) is actually often used to defend government surveillance. It's a version of the "if you've got nothing to hide, you have no reason to oppose government surveillance" argument.

Comment: Re:They're not who you think (Score 1) 512

by Kumiorava (#43377981) Attached to: H-1B Cap Reached Today; Didn't Get In? Too Bad

Have you ever entered US as a foreigner? That sounds pretty standard procedure. Even when I was returning with valid visa to my home in San Diego I was asked questions and treated like I was trying to sneak in to the US. Not to mention the 1-2 hour lines in the immigration at Atlanta. The job of the immigration is to check the stories and documentation, if she honestly doubted your story then you wouldn't be let in.

I cannot say anything about Philippines or India, but I know for a fact that UK immigration is closer to US one towards foreigners (non-EU), my wife got once denied visa because she only had 1 month of bank statements prepared instead of 3 months. Often the treatment in other countries is similar to the one the country's citizens receive at your own country, it's called reciprocity and since US is one of the bigger offenders in poor immigration experience around the world the countries treat US citizens poorly as well. So if you are treated badly while travelling around the world it is most likely because you are US citizen.


Inside Mantis: a 2-Ton Hexapod Robot With a Linux Brain 84

Posted by timothy
from the but-can-it-get-to-boston-on-one-battery-charge? dept.
DeviceGuru writes "After four years of development, Micromagic Systems has finally completed the Mantis Hexapod Walking Machine (YouTube video), claimed to be the world's largest all-terrain operational hexapod robot. The device stands nearly three meters tall, weighs just under two tons, and is controlled by a PC/104 module stack running embedded Linux."

Comment: Re:They're not who you think (Score 2, Insightful) 512

by Kumiorava (#43376307) Attached to: H-1B Cap Reached Today; Didn't Get In? Too Bad

How do you want foreign people to come to work to US? Close the borders for the foreign workers? I had opportunity to work in US for 3 years (L-2 visa), I liked it and I never had any problems with the salary level. At the moment I'm working in Europe again and happy, but if I ever wanted to return to work in US how should I do that? I also worked in China and sad to say the Chinese government is more open towards foreign workers than the US government.

I would hope that a real capitalistic economy would be able to handle also free market for employment. I would say that foreign workers also bring more to the table than just the low wage and inferior skills. Open the borders for foreign workers who pay their taxes to US and economy will benefit from that, having companies held hostage to some nation wide union of american workers is not a good thing in the long run.

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