Because of expenses like that, I sometimes wish the dialogues were un-voiced (as in Fallout 1/2); however, a TTS engine would be a good alternative to that.
It's clear you know nothing about music making.
Developing virtual instruments brings down the cost of music production, but controlling, say, a virtual violin to get the same kind of articulation as an actual violinist would, in real time, requires - essentially - a violin as a controller, with all the skills necessary to play it.
We already have sample libraries that fit the bill to make demos and a wide variety of music. We have hybrid synths/samplers. Doing it on the GPU won't revolutionize music.
What if can revolutionize is sound generation in virtual environments - e.g. the sound a collapsing building would make in a shooting game. However, it still requires more processing power than even the GPU can handle.
First of all, you don't need to install the PC suite. You can download your maps on the phone, and I have downloaded mine on my computer directly (the list of direct download links available here).
From my experience, their PC suite was stable, I never had any problems. I just never have to use it for anything. And I don't know what the hell you are talking about when you speak of automatic deinstallation.
I should also note that, at least on my Nokia 5230, Nokia suite is not required for file transfer or tethering. It simply installs itself as a USB modem (or flash drive) if you connect via USB, or detects as a Bluetooth modem (same speed, but eats up battery faster).
. Because they've got some fantastic competitors in Tom Tom, OpenStreetMaps, Google and yes, even Apple. Unless they "Get it right" and come up with a bloody good reason for people to switch from their cost-free-and-good Android Google Maps, they're just throwing money into a bottomless pit.
Actually, Nokia gets it right and Android doesn't. Nokia's maps are free, and you can pre-load the whole continent on your cellphone, and use your GPS and naviagation offline (helpful for hiking in most of the US where there's no signal, to say nothing of data connection). Nokia also offers turn-by-turn navigation with text-to-speech in real time, while many cheaper navigation devices don't. In short, you can't even compare Nokia Maps to Google Maps; the latter is much better for looking POI, but for navigation Nokia Maps takes the cake.
Now, I do get your point about the difficulty of proving your residency if you have been living in a car or on the street. Society does need to cut the homeless a break. This break may mean simply requiring such people to swear that the places they have lived in the last 30 days have been in a certain precinct, city, county, or other geographical boundary and give them a full or limited ballot appropriate for that geographical area.
Indeed, that would have been the best. Also, how is living in an RV treated with respect to having a residence?
It's reasonable to require a *collection* of documents that prove you are who you say you are, you live where you say you live, and you are eligible to vote.
Why, are you saying a person without a permanent address shouldn't vote?
Can we bring back the guillotine and
Well, rather, he've been saying it for so long (modulo guillotine/firing squad substition), that people just refer to it as experov's Method when news like this get posted there. It's mildly surprising to see how similar the thinking is on both sides of the pond.
The counter-argument, of course, is that you don't know who will be running the guillotine - and likely, the same people will - and your head will roll first. History has many examples, but, specifically, the New Russia's government apparatus is full of the Soviet cadre - Comrade Putin of KGB being the most visible example.
...since I use it extensively as a GPS/navigation aid, as do many other people. It allows me to focus on the road more when I am driving in unfamiliar places.
For many, it is also a music player (which has been a standard component in cars for decades). I doubt that hitting a "play" button to launch a playlist with thousands of songs *once* provides more distraction than going through a CD wallet every hour.
On the other hand, SMS messaging has been present on pretty much cell phones since the beginning, and you could access the WAP web over GPRS from an old Siemens over a decade ago.
My point is that many people use smartphones in a car in a way that doesn't make their driving any more dangerous, whereas you could use an old phone in a way that does. Don't blame the device, blame the activity (e.g. communicating by text while driving). While the article actually delivers this point, the title of the article (and the post) does not. The title should have been Using social networks while driving is more dangerous than alcohol.
On the other hand, it feels good to be the recitation TA at times like this.
More on the subject, I only use my laptop during lectures as an e-book reader, and sometimes for note-taking (live-TeXing is quite hard); and I have only seen other students use it in the same manner. But then again, that's grad school; no electronics might be an effective measure in some intro undergrad courses.