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Comment Re:Me being the one of 3 people using a Windows Ph (Score 1) 42

Why not just get a flip phone instead?

Because no one makes a flip as beautiful, well-made and small-footprint as the Razr.

That atrocity by LG the other day looks like a Razr with a tacky leather cover glued on to it -- that doesn't count. That's a near copy.

After the Razr, all flips are hopelessly plasticky fragile constructions.

My Razr lasted 6 years. Longest-lived phone i've had.

Comment Buy N' Large (Score 2) 206

We're headed that way. Commerce and government will become indistinguishable from each other.

We have a (laughably ineffective) separation of Church and State.

We desperately need to even more fiercely deploy and enforce a separation of Commerce and State. No more lobbying by religious groups. No more lobbying by commerce -- or proxies of, at least not on the positively obscene way it is being done today

And by State I also include the federales.

Comment I would've done the same. (Score 2) 1197

Hovering over my property without my invite? Expect to be blown out of the sky.. if I determine I can get the shot without having the wreck come down on top of my house.

Alternatively, we can develop counter-drone drones, whose job would be to seek out unwanted drones and shoot them out of the sky.

Or how about a net-gun? Throw a net at the offending drone, capture it, and if it survives, sell the shit on ebay.

Brave new world, this one.

Comment Re:important definition: maximum speed. (Score 1) 238

And as for maximum speed? its egregiously avoided at all costs because it burns much more fuel than a slow lope across the globe. It taxes engines and in turn drives up maintenance costs.

"Egregiously avoided?" More like "avoided to avoid damage to the aircraft" You don't fly at max speed.

Velocity Never Exceed (Vne) is the maximum speed of an aircraft - and no one stays there for long at all. If you stay there too long or go beyond that, very bad things likely will happen.

All aircraft have a cruise setting, which is some ways away from Vne.

Submission Allstate patents physiological data collection 1

TigerPlish writes: According to the Chicago Tribune, Allstate has been granted a patent — no. US 20140080100 A1 — that covers a "driving-behavior database that it said might be useful for health insurers, lenders, credit-rating agencies, marketers and potential employers."

The article continues, "...the invention has the potential to evaluate drivers' physiological data, including heart rate, blood pressure and electrocardiogram signals, which could be recorded from steering wheel sensors."

Imagine a world where you are denied employment or credit based on the information obtained from your car and sold by your insurer. Imagine a world where your insurer predicts how you may act or react in the future. Imagine your personal physiological information in Allstate's hands.

Good hands, indeed, right? What could possibly go wrong?

Comment Rope and pulley broke a lot, too (Score 1) 253

I like reminiscing about the rope-and-pulley days but i've been stranded with a broken clutch steel-rope cable, I've had another one snap on a bike, and points-and-condenser ignitions are inhumane and intolerant of lapses in maintenance. That peculiar smell that old cars and old planes had? incomplete combustion.

I like this computer-controlled world. Things work much better.

The rope-and-pulley analog here would be "Hey Bertie, did you put the cotter pin on that rod?" "Ya ya, sure sure!"

Meanwhile, as the plane reaches 400 ft:

*clink* "Hey.. what was that?" "Hey man the thrott*BLAM* (impact on ground)

Submission All 11 master files (96k/24b) of the Open Well-Tempered Clavier now CC0-> 1

rDouglass writes: The Open Well-Tempered Clavier project, a crowd funded recording of J.S. Bach's 24 Preludes and Fugues (book 1), has released the 11 master tracks used to make the recording in 96k/24b audio, and they're Creative Commons Zero licensed. The pianist is Kimiko Ishizaka, and there is a very positive review about the recording in this month's Gramophone magazine. A photo of the mic positions and the microphones used is also provided. The recording engineers on this project were Anne-Marie Sylvestre, and Tobias Lehmann. The studio is the Teldex Studio, Berlin.

Go ahead, download these 3.2GB of files and have fun mixing and mastering them yourselves! This is open source music at its finest.

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Comment One can only hope Apple will sort Beats out (Score 1) 104

Apple pays attention to sound quality. This is evident from what comes out of the iphone, ipad, mac mini.

Beats, on the other hand, dips the music in sweet syrup, then wraps it in a soft blanket and then gives the bass a +10db boost. That's what their headphones sounded like to me.

I can only hope Apple will show beats what music really sounds like.

And as for bluetooth speakers, I use a JBL Clip. At least JBL remembers how to make good sound. Beats never learned. Plus it's really hard to clip a Pill to your backpack.. unless you improvise a carrying handle out of 1/2 inch velcro like a bud of mine did.

Submission SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2

lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( , , ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
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Comment Gen X'r here (Score 1) 609

Where's my pothead hippie atheist science enthusiast candidate? Preferably one that also likes the military.

And yes, one can be a pacifist *and* still carry a wicked weapon. Speak softly, and carry a big stick?

I am frustrated to no end with the current political climate, and by extension the slow steady decline of this nation (usa) in the past 30+ years.

Comment I carry two keychains (Score 1) 278

One is the car "key" (that round mini / bmw thing), that has a cast metal enamel Wakko Warner in a rather acrobatic pose dangling from it. Looks great when I'm hard left and he's sticking almost sideways

The other is the rest of the keys, on that i have a piston (complete with connecting rod and piston pin - the whole thing is maybe an inch long), a small pill bottle, a maglite led solitaire, the fob to get into the building i work at, and that's it. The rest is keys.

When I had an RX8 the fob had a working model of a rotary engine -- just one rotor though. But it did make the motions of a real wankel rotary. Great to illustrate to people how they work.

Talent does what it can. Genius does what it must. You do what you get paid to do.