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Comment: Hardened gear is important (Score 4, Interesting) 49

Until recently I worked for a company which supplied industrial grade computers, including tablets. All the tablets we supplied ran windows. Google need to push hard to break into that market segment and developing a product like this is a good place to start.

Comment: Re:No, wrong (Score 1) 109

by MichaelSmith (#49309891) Attached to: New Alzheimer's Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function For Mice

Another overblown cure. The amyloid plaques are associated with permanent damage (ie. actual neuron loss), so you won't cure anyone by removing all of the plaques. You'd have to regrow neurons, and only certain portions of the brain can do that - even if you did, you'd still have to relearn and get new memories.

That might be a good thing. We do that all the time and memories lost from the last are not necessarily a bad thing. If you can restore function and record new memories, that would be a huge improvement.

Comment: Koreans have weird ideas about security (Score 1) 95

by MichaelSmith (#49309859) Attached to: South Korea Begins To Deprecate ActiveX

Working in Korea once I needed to install a package with apt-get but the file came down empty. I asked around and it turns out that to download anything on the corporate network you had to install this active-x component which looks to see if a storage device is connected to USB. If a device is connected the download still won't work, but you can still make a local copy of the file, plug in the USB key, and copy the file that way, which is what we did on a windows box.

Half measures all over the place.

Comment: Leap seconds (Score 1) 166

I have seen this with radar processing chains where different component slew the time at different rates, mostly because of differences in the OS and the time synchronisation software. If one part of the chain suddenly steps its time by a second, downstream components reject its messages.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.