We need to teach kids the basics so that when they are ready, they can build their very own human centipede without mistakes!
I think Drone / UAV can be interchanged.. I think the big differentiator should be the autonomous flying capabilities. Otherwise, I think of the stuff that individuals fly around as RC Aircraft even with a camera onboard which provides the person flying it with the ability to see from the aircraft in real time. Drones, as the term is popularly used these days, tend to refer to a military use UAV which packs weapons or sensors used for military reconnaissance.
Unmanned Areal Vehicle: A powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely, can be expendable or recoverable, and can carry a lethal or nonlethal payload. Ballistic or semiballistic vehicles, cruise missiles, and artillery projectiles are not considered unmanned aerial vehicles. Also called UAV.
It's apparent that the whole patent system is in dire need of an overhaul. The question is who will finally step up in the government to fix this mess.. It's something I hear of almost daily (patent trolls killing off innovation and screwing people out of money).
The double-click ads never land on my systems. I use a hosts file to block their stuff along with other ads. I did some searching around and found a few places which provide hots files which you can use on your computers. Here's a great site which maintains a hosts file which you can use in your computers.. http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm
Here's a link to a story of a McDonald's employee being forced to get paid off of one of these cards.
It's one thing if the employer is offering these as an alternative to a pay check for people that can't get a bank account somewhere. It's an entirely different issue when they are defaulting to these or forcing them on people. Pay employees the traditional way, via check but offer alternatives if needed. The alternatives though should not be saddled with these fees. I received a similar thing as a rebate from Goodyear for some tires I bought. It was a prepaid Visa card. There were a lot of fees for not using it (they charge per month), using it to get cash, going over the limit of what is available on the card, etc. So, I just took it and bought an amazon gift certificate for the full value of the pre-paid card and applied it to my Amazon account. These stupid cards are ridiculous. I can't imagine having to get paid off of one of these.
Yes, this is what I was referring to. Line up deals with content sources on the internet (such as Amazon... and Netflix etc) and index all of their content in a search engine which would include cable provider content and Over The Air Content. Have this searchable, categorized, etc. and then if a person wants to watch a movie, they can see that it's coming up soon through their cable company (albeit with commercials (cough fast forward.. cough) OR that it's available unedited and commercial free through their subscription to Amazon or Netflix or (insert service name here) and the person can opt to "DVR" any one of those sources to watch later. They could even set preferential sources so that Amazon is first, OTA is second and Cable is third etc. which then could be presented to the user when they get the search results with default being their preferred stream method. There's a lot that can be done to vastly improve the end user experience. For some reason, nobody's stepping up to do it.. To put the effort into decluttering controllers, or optimizing UI or making these deals to get everything into one box.
Adding additional tuners is a good thing, Increased storage is a must as well (to accommodate all of those tuners) but what they really need to do is to show some innovative changes to move them ahead of the pack. Simplifying the cable card piece, streamlining their controller and interface and adding some cool new features would compel more people to ditch the archaic dinosaurs that cable companies currently shovel out their doors to customers. I'm not talking about adding voice control or arm gestures which everyone seems to think is the next big thing for using TV's either. We can all agree that the user interface is horrible. They seem to be cramming more buttons on the remote control (3/4 of which I seldom have ever used) and finding content you want has been a horrible experience.
TiVo should look to integrate with other services too (via the internet) and pre cache content you'd like to watch, perhaps downloading during non-peak times to ease internet load. Get some truly-def content this way all lined up to watch later instead of dealing with reduced quality streams. This would require working out deals with the various providers but that's part of what they need to innovate. Say what you will about Steve jobs, he was able to push, pull and shove companies reluctantly along so that all pieces of his vision for a product were lined up.
I built a MAME cabinet from a pre-fab unit from Rec Room Masters https://www.recroommasters.com/ for my wife as a Christmas present. It was very easy to assemble (just bolts which are provided) To this shell, you add a controller (Tankstick) from X-Arcade http://www.xgaming.com/ . Lastly you add a monitor, computer, drive space for ROMS and speakers. I spent some extra for side arcade art and illuminated Marquee. As a front end for selecting games, I use Hyperspin http://hyperspin-fe.com/ . It's an amazing machine and is pretty affordable, especially if the Raspberry Pi can run the games.. My wife and I have spent countless hours on this. I also grabbed ROMS for almost every older home console ever made and play them on this as well..
I don't have the tools, space and skills required to build a cabinet from scratch. The hardest part is finding the ROMS which work with the MAME version that you use.
I sense something.. a joke I have not heard since... a few days ago...
Correct. I never indicated that they were taking pictures but were able to "generate an image" based upon the stylus' deflection from the forces in the atomic bonds (it's why I used the record player analogy). I recall first hearing about this when scientists used this method of visualizing atoms when they arranged some atoms to form the acronym IBM. See this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_(atoms) and This for information on the Scanning Tunneling Microscope they used http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_(atoms)
I remember so many years of visualizing the molecule structures in school and learning how and why the atoms arrange themselves in molecules. The diagrams drawn and the physical models helped but always the thought of (Camelot)"It's just a model." (/Camelot) was there. Seeing the images created of these molecules by something actually measuring them was pretty damn cool and shows us just how accurate those models are. The technology which allows us to obtain these images is always pretty amazing too. To obtain these images
So, it's in a way, similar to old record players where the stylus drags across the surface of an album and through the physical interactions with the play surface, converts the grooves and ridges to sound.. The stylus used in the article to measure the layout of the atomic forces is one atom thick at the end and is deflected by the forces which allows the generation of an image (it never physically touches anything).. All very cool stuff.
I guess that would be one way to move those off-shore jobs from India back to the US. We'd have a sudden increase in call-center jobs here and when speaking to "Jim" or "Tammy" on the phone trying to fix a problem, they'd have no hint of a foreign accent..
Agreed. My company refuses to switch to Window 8. I suspect that Windows 7 will be the new Windows XP for years to come (if you need to run Windows in your environment, it will be Windows 7). The issue with Microsoft is that they went about this wrong. They forced significant changes upon users where changes were not really warranted. This is particularly a big issue in companies where users are accustomed to working on the same style of desktop etc. These are people that complain when an icon is moved on their desktop or get confused with minor changes to applications so a full UI overhaul in the corporate space was truly a bad idea and one which will cost Microsoft dearly in the years ahead. Giving options to use their new interface components is a better approach (one which Apple has taken with their desktop OS via the Launchpad which brings up pages of icons representing applications to launch, identical to their IOS devices). I understand that Microsoft sees the writing on the wall and that mobile devices and operating systems is the future source of revenue, but dumping these changes so suddenly upon the masses was a bad decision.
I've never been a fan of seeing the significant UI changes made each time a new version of Windows is released. I have worked on Windows servers for years and really hated the changes introduced with Server 2008. I still need to figure out where certain functions are when I have to work on a Windows server (I spend much more time on Linux servers now). I've heard similar complaints from friends who work in IT as well.
I recall hearing that Howie Mandel ran into serious issues with his hands from obsessively cleaning them with hospital grade anti-biotic soap. For those who don't know, he is a celebrity who is also a germaphobe (Mysophobia). His obsessive cleaning of his hands resulted in killing off the healthy bacteria which is present on all of our hands / skin. This let other microbial things take hold and he developed some warts on his hands (plus they were badly peeling etc).
I do admit that the reports of people getting sick from being in a hospital concerns me. There are various steps which hospitals can take to significantly mitigate the risks of spreading germs but they don't. It's unfortunate that a hospital had to resort to such tactics to ensure that their staff are washing their hands but remember, this can be a difference of living or dying, or from a 2 day hospital stay vs a 4 week hospital stay recovering from severe infections. The CDC estimates that almost two million Americans get hospital infections each year, and 90,000 of those people die from them. Anyone who spends time in the hospital is at risk for infection, but the chances are greater for those who stay in an intensive care unit.
The episode 'Fun on a Bun' where Bender digs up a 30,000 year old Woolly Mammoth from the ice to make sausages.. Should make for some tasty sausages!!
" Meanwhile, Bender discovers that chef Elzar is there, ready to win the sausage-making challenge using pork that has been aged over 3000 years. Bender is determined to win the event, and takes a despondent Fry with him in the Planet Express ship to look for woolly mammoths frozen in a nearby glacier within Neander Valley, believing that meat aged over 30,000 years should certainly win. Bender is successful at finding a woolly mammoth, and with Fry's help, proceeds to grind the woolly mammoth into sausages."
I don't see why you are complaining about this. Every civilization will place themselves central to the map. I grew up in North America and so the North American continent was always central with Europe etc. on the right side and Asia etc. on the left. Australia will place itself central and so will Europe (as seen here) and Asia on their respective maps. Having North at the top of the map is an international standard (to my knowledge). This has nothing to do with North being good (and therefore S being bad?)
Interestingly, as a child, I always thought that maps were the same everywhere (North America central) and so was surprised when I first saw maps from other countries. I paused a moment and realized why and that I was naive for assuming otherwise. I had wondered at that time if, to simplify things, Australia or other countries towards the Southern end of the planet, taught geography with South at the top.
Back on track, the interpretations were interesting to view. It shows us all that we perceive things in the world differently from others (as I learned so long ago with the maps)