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Comment: Re:Actually it's both. (Score 2) 360

You just disproved your own point. What Pascal's experiment showed was that it wasn't a vacuum that created the siphon ( a vacuum would be a difference in air pressure), but when one beaker was placed higher, gravity caused the mercury to flow from the higher beaker to the lower beaker. Even without the vacuum normally associated with a siphon.

Comment: Every year (Score 1) 139

by Mente (#44573553) Attached to: Cisco Slashes 4,000 Jobs

Cisco lays off about 5% of its workforce every year. They have always done this. It is the corporate culture. 5%ers are generally people that are there for a year to get Cisco on their resume and then they are off to someplace else. A decent percentage of new hires only last one year. They simply aren't re-hired after their probationary period. So if you are constantly hiring 5% and you lose 3% every year to this process, they are only laying off 2% of their poor performers.

They announce these layoffs every year to get a little jump on the stock price from people that thing they are streamlining.

Comment: Re:Crack (Score 1) 100

by Mente (#43604025) Attached to: An Exploration of BlackBerry 10's Programming API

Correct, volume isn't always everything. However, that is only the case when there are large differences in profit margin. In this case, there isn't much difference. The Z10 (which I've used a little bit, not every day) is an average device these days with some neat features. Nothing earth shattering. Its as average as an iPhone or any number of Android devices. The sales however, have been disappointing. The largest factor, is that without any large distinguishing feature, most people have already moved on from Blackberry to other smart devices.
However, as I said above, its all about the Q10 for Blackberry. It has a much higher profit margin, and they will sell a ton. There are plenty of people out there just waiting for their "real" keyboard. With very little competition in that market, and a loyal fanbase in that market, they should do well. In the first quarter. They will probably even pull a million or so iPhone/Android users back with the physical keyboard. However, when you consider that Apple is averaging about 30 million units a QUARTER over the last two years or so, that doesn't really make a dent in market share. The Q10 will get most of its sales from people that have waited 2-3 years for the next generation Blackberry, that didn't migrate away to touch platforms. Blackberry's own estimates are that they will sell multiple 10's of millions of Q10's. Apple does that every quarter. Quarter after quarter. They have such a huge installed base, most of their sales at this point are people aging off of their iPhone 3gs/iPhone4.

Comment: Re:Crack (Score 1) 100

by Mente (#43603009) Attached to: An Exploration of BlackBerry 10's Programming API

In a month and a half in the US and 5 months in Canada. The iPhone 4S did that in its first day and the iPhone 5 did 2 million its first day.

The Q10 will be the true metric though. There are a ton of people out that that have been waiting 2-3 years for the next physical keyboard phone. Q2 should be a good one for BB. However, once that initial flood comes through...

Comment: Molecular Sieve? (Score 1, Offtopic) 198

by Mente (#43270435) Attached to: Graphene Aerogel Takes World's Lightest Material Crown

If the substance's density could be altered, it would be possible to have one membrane of gel that was more dense than helium and hydrogen, but less dense than every other element. Then have this gel, which is less dense than helium and more dense than hydrogen. Helium and Hydrogen would flow through the first membrane leaving everything else behind, and then only Hydrogen would pass though the second membrane leaving only helium trapped in between. Given the state of the world's current Helium reserves, this might be a very handy technology.

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