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Comment: Re:Another Reason...not to live in Chicago (Score 1) 186 186

Another Reason...not to live in Chicago

I live in Chicago. East Rogers Park, at the most northeast end of the city. I live on a Lake Michigan beach and have gorgeous views of water (east) and coastline (south). The building I live in has charm, character and a generous community. I pay a modest rent for a spacious one bedroom place. Best of all, it's quiet.

On a hot July day like today, I look out my window and see beach goers, kayaks, sailboats, catamarans, and the like. It's like living on a resort.

During the winters, the snow and ice over the lake is breathtaking, and the sun rises are magnificent.

I've lived in parts of the city I wouldn't ever want to visit again. But there are areas of Chicago that are real gems. It's not all greedy politicians (fuck Rahm) and pollution and crime.

The parking meter disaster was Daley's fuckup. Now Rahm has contributed to the blood-squeeze of the citizenry. Chicago's not a perfect place and I would have been long gone had I not found the place where I live now. But Chicago still has some of the best music, food, and ethnic diversity you'll find anywhere. Don't go by the headlines to find out what Chicago has to offer. Dig a little deeper.

+ - Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer with analysis->

An anonymous reader writes: The second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) has been released, but one writer feels it's less effective than J.J. Abrams' Star Trek trailers:

“The teaser for Into Darkness [2013] builds suspense, hanging us from Benedict Cumberbatch's every word. It shows a wonderful array of action, gives us more than a glimpse at its jaw dropping visuals and teases us with a moreish plot, one that we automatically want to invest into. Star Wars, on the other hand, plays it safe. It bases the trailer's underlining plot on something we know all too well — the Force — and gives me little reason to be excited. It's missing that spark, that chill of excitement that Star Trek delivered.”

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+ - Boeing granted patent for 'Star Wars' Force Fields like technology->

frustratedmac writes: Boeing Company; an aircraft, defense and security company took inspiration from the science fiction movie 'Star Wars' to get a patent on a system known as "Method and system for shock wave attenuation via electromagnetic arc " which means that energy is used to divert potential damage.

In the Star Wars and Star Trek science fiction movies we have seen the glowing energy shields that protect the troops, machines, spacecraft and sometimes even the entire planet from potential damages.

As per the patent "Method and system for shock wave attenuation via electromagnetic arc " this system will not prevent direct damage from explosives or armaments in the war front; however the system can be used to protect fixed structures such as buildings, aircrafts, marine ships or even vehicles from the harmful effects of the shock waves produced by some nearby explosives.

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Comment: Re:Automated manufacturing (Score 2) 327 327

And there just isn't much economic demand for lots of engineers and scientists and artists....Wages are going to crash, then what?

Maybe humanity will finally be motivated to figure out that mass economic stability and security comes from serving each other instead of rigidly serving the self, because serving others is enlightened self interest.

One can hope.

Comment: Look to the Official Fear-o-Meter (Score 1) 478 478

Pardon my ire, but what the fuck should I or anyone else care about how much fear the government thinks we should feel? Are people really that stupid that they'll entrust their emotional response to the advice of government and media? Maybe they should be advising us on the facts and not trying to control our reactions. "Trust us, little children, everything's under control, no need to panic -- until we tell you otherwise."

Tired of that bullshit.

Comment: Re:So what exactly is the market here. (Score 1) 730 730

Your point is well taken, although I can see that the watch has value with regard to the fitness apps. Since the watch can monitor your heartbeat, it can give you stats and make recommendations that a phone can't. The fitness apps Apple is providing look very impressive. Also, little features like tapping your wrist to tell you when to make a right or left turn while walking are nice to have. Over time other uses for the watch will likely appear that can't be replicated on a phone. Not to mention it is still something of a convenience to glance at your wrist rather than pull a phone out of your pocket.

Clearly this device is for people with the disposable income to afford it, it's certainly not a must-have technology for most people. But it seems reasonable to expect it'll be popular with the rich and Apple faithful.

A gigantic set of the population is no longer even used to the concept of wearing a watch, because they have their phone.

Apple took away the people's need for watches -- and now is giving it back again.

Comment: Re:5.5k for a Marimba? (Score 1) 137 137

A professional marimba is typically made of Rosewood, which is a very expensive wood (due to restrictions on its export). It also requires a high degree of craftsmanship to build. The sound of a marimba is very different from a xylophone, with long, rich sustained notes.

Check it out for yourself.

Comment: Ars Review is Cosmetic (Score 1) 165 165

The linked Ars Technica review pretty much only looks at surface level details, like icons, window buttons, menus, etc. Doesn't say anything about functionality, speed, or lower level concerns.

And this line is misleading:

It's a very Microsoft-esque way to roll out an OS: you give enthusiasts a chance to work with an early-but-reasonably-stable build in exchange for valuable bug-squashing feedback.

Microsoft got the idea from Apple, who started their public beta program with the first version of OS X back in 2001.

Comment: Re:There's belief, there's facts and there's polit (Score 2) 725 725

Ignorance is a choice, just like belief. The real problem is to get people to reject ignorance. The difficulty in that is that ignorance, like belief, is easy. Rejecting ignorance requires effort. That is why there are so many people who choose ignorance and belief over reason and fact.

Interesting belief you have there.

I believe that belief is inherent to the human mind, necessary for operation in the world. I see belief in two general categories: rigid and fluid. When rigid, a belief is maintained even in the face of evidence to its contrary. When fluid, a belief can change in nuance and substance based on life experience and information.

We all have beliefs and operate from biases that do not agree with others. I see this as natural and as it should be. Each person is their own subjective lens on reality, and no one person nor committee can determine what objective reality ultimately is. Once we think we have it, something comes along and blows away our vaunted conceptions. Life will never fully give away its secrets, we will always be left guessing. To me that's the beauty of the mystery. What we each make of it is our own journey, and we should not try too hard to fit our personal beliefs to any consensus.

Kiss your keyboard goodbye!