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Comment Re:LG G4 (Score 2) 208

What you need to do is find someone willing to sell you a new compatible battery that's freshly manufactured.

Though chances are, the cost of a new battery would probably be expensive and make you question why you're bothering with your old phone.

Really? Cause I was buying a new Palm Pre battery for 2 years after (as in new, not NoS, which one could argue would still be a massive improvement over a 300 cycle used) the Pre was released for roughly $40. In the age of unsubsidized smartphones, your argument holds very little water.

Comment Re:LG G4 (Score 5, Informative) 208

Replaceable battery has 0 to do with requiring more than a single charge. My 18 month old phone's battery is starting to show its age and won't hold a charge for much more than 2/3 what it did when I bought it. Over the course of a few hundred cycles, lithium ion batteries do not maintain a charge.

I'm kind of surprised I have to explain that here, but I can't figure out why else you would be assuming danomac was meaning that he needed multiple charges...


Real-Time Control of a Humanoid Robot 36

An anonymous reader writes: A new project at MIT aims to put humans in real-time control of a humanoid robot. Operators strap into a vest that contains control circuitry and a pair of arm-like joysticks. As the operator grasps the ends and moves his arms, the robot mimics his arm movements in real time. A demonstration shows the robot crushing cans and punching through drywall. The operator is also given a pair of goggles that shows what the robot is currently "seeing," and the vest provides haptic feedback about what the robot is "feeling." According to a video MIT posted, the goal is to give robots human reflexes for tasks like keeping balance and basic maneuvering. The need for such technology was evident earlier this summer at the DARPA Robotics Challenge, where robots tasked with inspection and repair duties couldn't help but fall down as they moved throughout the testing grounds.

Comment Re: What goes around, comes around (Score 1) 90

I seem to remember early transistors being made of germanium - on the row below silicon and one to the right of gallium

Still are in guitar pedals, particularly vintage sounding fuzz pedals. Very vibey and not 100% reliable, so I'm glad we moved away from them for other purposes.

Submission + - Wireless Hacking a Car Now a Reality

aitikin writes: As the two hackers remotely toyed with the air-conditioning, radio, and windshield wipers, I mentally congratulated myself on my courage under pressure. That’s when they cut the transmission.

Immediately my accelerator stopped working. As I frantically pressed the pedal and watched the RPMs climb, the Jeep lost half its speed, then slowed to a crawl. This occurred just as I reached a long overpass, with no shoulder to offer an escape. The experiment had ceased to be fun.

Comment Depends on my machine (Score 1) 319

I have my production computer, where, once everything is stable, it stays at that OS with security updates as needed. I then have my testing machine, where I hold the mentality of, "If it ain't broke, don't stop tinkering." That machine has been offline for about 2 years due to me not having time to tinker, but that's changing shortly.

Comment Re:Appears to be Fake (Score 1) 37

Console ad-ons have rarely had much success, which makes me doubt that that either company was ever very serious about launching the product. If they were serious about it they would probably ultimately have launched a standalone console that could play both CD and cartridges instead of a CD ad-on for the SNES.

Except Nintendo did launch a CD ad-on that they developed initially with Sony and then put out with Phillips.

Comment Re:Once Again (Score 1) 141

It works just if you removed taxes on work and income and replaced them completely with taxes on property. It is logical that this will cause people to behave in ways that are suboptimal for society as a whole.

So you're telling me that it's optimal for society as a whole for my roommate to pay no taxes because he doesn't own property? That doesn't make sense...

Comment Re:linux hard to install and use for desktop users (Score 1) 187

1999 called and wants its meme back. Seriously, have you actually used any modern Linux distros? Hey, good news, it has gotten so easy to install and use, you don't even need to install it! Download any of a dozen LiveCD / DVD / BRD / Thumbdrive versions, burn it to the appropriate media, and reboot. Bam! You have a fully functional modern OS at your fingertips. Give it a try, and if you don't like it, it comes with a 100% money back guarantee.

Seriously, even Gentoo (notorious for having one of the more complex installs) has a graphical installer as of somewhere near 5 years ago. I don't understand where the original poster is coming from...

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. -- John Kenneth Galbraith