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Comment: Re:Wireless charging hit mainstream ~ 1-2 years ag (Score 1) 184

by WilliamGeorge (#49259861) Attached to: Why Apple Won't Adopt a Wireless Charging Standard

I was mostly being sarcastic - there are many more things far more evil than Apple and their influence on culture.

However, I would point out that falseness / untruth / lies / misinformation is indeed evil, in my opinion. Such things are used to control people without their realizing, and are the opposite of truth / honesty / genuine intellectual pursuit of knowledge. That is, then, a degree of evil - though not on par with murder, for example.

Comment: Re:Wireless charging hit mainstream ~ 1-2 years ag (Score 4, Insightful) 184

by WilliamGeorge (#49253623) Attached to: Why Apple Won't Adopt a Wireless Charging Standard

Yup, and then all the Apple-heads will flock to it, talk about how amazing it is (ignoring the fact that the same capabilities existed before, from other companies). Their social zeal and Apple's marketing will overwhelm the field, and at some point everyone will call all wireless chargers "iChargers" even if only half of them are, and the others are actually other brands / technologies that work similarly but pre-dated it. Such is the power - the evil power - that Apple exerts in our dark age...

Comment: Re:Hmm... I thought it was *my* vehicle. (Score 1) 157

by WilliamGeorge (#49000053) Attached to: Automakers Move Toward OTA Software Upgrades

You know you can turn that off, though, right? I don't have auto-updates enabled on any of my Windows boxes.

They need to offer the same options in cars if they do this: let you a) auto-update, b) download updates but only install with permission, and c) notify about updates but do not download or install without permission. If they do that I'm okay with something like this, but if car makers can push out things arbitrarily that is a no-go for me. It would mean that a hacker could potentially also force an update to your car, with the right (stolen or faked) permissions, and that could lead to all sorts of bad news.

Comment: Re:Hangouts is, in turn, part of plus, right? (Score 4, Informative) 162

by WilliamGeorge (#47874731) Attached to: Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

Not on the app side, so far as I can tell (and yes, I use the Hangouts app on my Android phone). I've not yet downloaded this new version, but have been looking forward to it for a while since I had been using Google Voice for voicemail and text messaging, but had to use Hangouts for texts with pictures attached or group texting. Hopefully this brings it all into one app :)

+ - Russia cracks down on public WiFi usage->

Submitted by WilliamGeorge
WilliamGeorge (816305) writes "Russia is further constraining access to the internet and freedom of speech, with new laws regarding public use of WiFi. Nikolai Nikiforov, the Russian Communications Minister, tweeted that "Identification of users (via bank cards, cell phone numbers, etc.) with access to public Wifi is a worldwide practice." This comes on top of their actions recently to block websites of political opponents to Russian president Vladimir Putin, require registration of prominent bloggers, and more.

The law was put into effect with little notice and without the input of Russian internet providers. Sergei Plugotarenko, head of the Russian Electronic Communications Association, said "It was unexpected, signed in such a short time and without consulting us." He added, "We will hope that this restrictive tendency stops at some point because soon won't there be anything left to ban."

In addition to the ID requirement to use WiFi, the new law also requires companies to declare who is using their web networks and calls for Russian websites to store their data on servers located in Russia starting in 2016."

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:This is just within the city limits, though (Score 1) 315

The ratio of children being born is roughly 50/50, though, as most other places in the world. Here in the US there isn't a lot of abortion based on gender yet (thank God!) so birth rates comes out pretty even.

What you could have, then, is people moving to the area for jobs. The military in particular is going to bring in a higher ratio of men than women, but they are probably not looking to do a ton of dating while in active duty... and they are moving in and out of the military bases around the area every year or two.

So the other major employers - MS, Amazon, Boeing: are they really bringing more men to the region than women? Maybe, but only a little bit I think. Anyone they bring in who is already married or in a committed relationship is likely bringing their partner / family too. And I know that with Boeing in particular a massive amount of the workforce is already from Seattle; they aren't trying to hire people from the other side of the country for mechanics positions, though some of that may happen in the upper echelons of engineers and managers.

So what I suspect is happening is a *small* influx of workers to the area, with a bit of a higher male:female ratio. There is also some movement of folks from around the greater metro area into the city as young working professionals, to be closer to their jobs. That may make an imbalance within the job hubs of Seattle, Everett, Redmond, and Bellevue... but what people are leaving out are the myriad of smaller cities around and between them. Do Kent, Renton, Auburn, Burien, Kirkland, Bothell, Woodinville, Lynnwood, Shoreline, Edmonds, Marysville, Federal Way, Fife, Puyallup and the many other towns all have more men than women as well? I doubt it. I bet if you look at the region as a whole you would have a 1.1:1 ratio or lower.

Comment: This is just within the city limits, though (Score 2) 315

Seattle proper is actually relatively small, and surrounded by dozens of smaller cities and towns. I would wager that the overall metro area has close to a 1:1 ratio, but that young, single men tend to move into the city to be close to work, especially before starting a family. Housing in the city is expensive, but more livable for someone in a 1-bedroom or studio apartment. Once you need more space than that, the suburbs are much more appealing.

Comment: So in other words, it will be just like Firewire (Score 5, Insightful) 355

by WilliamGeorge (#46996301) Attached to: Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

I figured that all along. It took off on Apple hardware, with almost no pickup on normal PCs. That has finally started to happen a little - some upper end motherboards have 1 or 2 Thunderbolt ports now, and Asus has an add-on board for a few others - but it is really a niche thanks to its odd hardware requirements and lack of early adoption outside of Apple. USB is easier to use, and at least up to 3.0 has been backward compatible with older devices. With an even faster option, as long as they don't screw something up, I don't see how USB could not continue to be the leading connectivity standard.

Comment: Re:"Low Cost" (Score 1) 630

by WilliamGeorge (#46716331) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

When I was talking about ship to ship, I mean if one of our destroyers or cruisers had to engage a similar class of ship from an opposing navy. They would not come alongside at a few miles distance and lob shells at eachother anymore - even if equipped with cannons of some kind. They would fire cruise missiles from many miles away, and hopefully counter any opposing missiles with point defense guns or interceptor missiles. That is what I meant when I said we don't use cannons for ship vs ship combat these days.

If you instead mean do we fire smaller caliber cannons at fast, tiny boats from pirates or terrorists - then yes, we absolutely still do use guns for that... but it is hardly real ship to ship naval combat at that point. The rail guns we have been testing for years, and which the article talks about, bring back the option of direct capital ship vs capital ship combat (at extreme ranges, too) as well as countering incoming missiles and bombarding shore positions.

Comment: Re:"Low Cost" (Score 1) 630

by WilliamGeorge (#46715409) Attached to: Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Tiny cannons on a close-to-shore (littoral) ship are a bit different. We don't have battleships and cruisers with massive cannons anymore, though, like we did in WWI / WWII. The last time a battleship shelled an on-shore location - or fired its main guns in combat at all, so far as I am aware - was back in the Kuwait war in 1991.

Yes, we (the US) have *one* ship now with a serious cannon system... but even it is more like artillery than a traditional ship cannon, from my limited understanding.

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