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Comment: Re:What is the difference of these 2 positions? (Score 1) 136

by OzPeter (#49774199) Attached to: Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer

Apple has enough money to bring the UK to the USA. It's already an island, after all.

Some other Brits already did that back in early 70's

Radio Goodies

Graeme wishes to start a pirate bank, a pirate bus service, and a pirate Church of England, all outside Britain's 5 mile (9.3 km) limit, as well as having also planned a fiendish scheme to tow the whole of Britain outside the 5 mile limit and become leader of a pirate state ..

.. and when the Statue of Liberty can be seen moving past the window behind them, it soon becomes apparent that Britain has been towed much further than Graeme had ever envisaged.

Comment: Re:What is the difference of these 2 positions? (Score 1) 136

by OzPeter (#49773905) Attached to: Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer

Ive is in a supreme position of one of the most powerful/richest companies on the planet.

There is no cash offer big enough that could tempt him away from that.

What would get him there is the chance to do something that he couldn't do at Apple...

Speculation being that he wants to bring his family up in the UK and not in the USA. There is no amount of money that Apple can pay him that could keep Ive in the USA and provide his family with an upbringing in the UK. Thus it is a question of life and not money.

Comment: Re:What is the difference of these 2 positions? (Score 5, Interesting) 136

by OzPeter (#49773807) Attached to: Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer

When I was taking a look at that article, this jumped out at me. It's a quote from a Times article:

He still visits the institution in the north-east to give masterclasses, giving up part of his three weeks’ annual leave.

Really? Probably the most influential person in the the biggest company in the US, and you only give him 3 weeks annual leave? What does he have to do to get 4 weeks?

Comment: Re:Razr v3 (Score 1) 312

by OzPeter (#49753929) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Motorola Razr v3xx is probably one of the best handsets of all time.

Which is why I still use my 7 year old Razr. The only problem I have now is that something is sporadically killing the jog-dial (not sure if it is mechanical or electrical or software), which makes a bunch of functionality impossible to use. Fortunately I have my wife's old Razr of the same era as a backup.

As a bonus for my model Razr (depending on your paranoia) .. it also is pre-GPS chip E911.

Comment: Look up your email address (Score 3, Interesting) 173

In the Ars story about this they pointed out a website that tracks beaches that I hadn't heard of before: ';--have i been pwned?

I plugged my email addresses into this and found out that I had been a part of the Adobe breach fro October 2013. And I don't remember Adobe telling me about it

Comment: Re:Photograph is fake, wires missing (Score 4, Informative) 116

by OzPeter (#49741169) Attached to: Hydrogen-Powered Drone Can Fly For 4 Hours at a Time

That's got propellers, and its go tubes, but no wires so its not a drone, its crude mockup.

It might even be just a rendering of pipes and propellers even, certainly not an engineering rendering.

I assume they'll try to crowd fund it without a working prototype?

From this link Hycopter Runs Off Fuel Cells it has a wonderful little bit of design data:

The intelligent design involved in the Hycopter would allow it to stash 120 grams (4.2 oz) of hydrogen gas at 350 bar (5,076 psi) in its current structural tubing, and this means that there would be no need for any kind of separate canister.

5000psi?!?!??! Seriously?!?!? (and there is a religious joke in there as well) I'm not buying that until I see the damn thing fly. Oh and BTW

The refillable tubes will eventually be made from polymer-lined 5 mm-thick carbon fiber tubing as opposed to clear acrylic that is part of the pictured display model. It is touted that that amount of hydrogen ought to be able to deliver a similar amount of energy as 3 kg (6.6 lb) of lithium batteries.

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