It does have a humidity sensor: http://support.nest.com/customer/portal/articles/181007-what-kind-of-data-does-the-nest-learning-thermostat-track-or-measure-
I'm pretty amazed at all of the negative responses here saying that we should just hire our unemployed engineers. I've worked several big-name tech companies including, Microsoft, Apple, and Google, and we couldn't find enough qualified engineers at any of them—US citizens or H1Bs. You'd think that these top companies would be able to easily hire good engineers, but it's really tough to find good people, even when we were in the depths of the recession.
At Apple we would go months without filling some critical positions because we couldn't find anyone qualified. After interviewing 10 or 15 people on site, none of them made the cut. I'm constantly amazed at how poorly the people I interview do—and they're the top 1–5% that make it past the resume screeners.
Maybe we don't need more engineers, but from what I've seen, we definitely need more good engineers.
PS—I've never seen any evidence that the companies I've worked for preferentially hire H1B employees. It's a lot of red tape for the company, and they get paid the same as US-born employees. The fact is that they're often simply more qualified than Americans.
I don't think it's so much about embarrassment; it's more about providing a stable target for other developers. Google doesn't want to have to deal with people building software on top of a foundation that they're just going to rip out and replace with a better one in the next version. They don't want to support APIs that aren't solid yet.
--Bruce (who is not speaking for himself, not for Google)
How about measuring that in actual computer usage? X MHz on Y cores per Z nodes over A hours? Or at least say it would have taken one X MHz processor 35 years to compute it.
Um, they did. From the article:
it would take a good desktop PC (Intel Nehalem, four-core, 2.8GHz) 1.1 billion seconds, or about 35 CPU years, to perform this calculation
Yes, today's placebo is almost twice as powerful as those used as little as 5 years ago.
You joke, but there's actually quite a bit of truth to that statement.
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Heck with the way things are now, the Auto Pilot can nearly land a plane by itself.
Actually, autopilot can land a plane without any human help, and in some cases it's even required to. I was talking to a pilot for United (friend's uncle) a couple years ago, and he said that in high winds or poor visibility, airline regulations prevent the pilot from landing the plan manually. The pilot is required to allow the autopilot to land the plane. Pretty crazy stuff.
An interesting, relatively unknown fact that I picked up while working on telephony systems a while back: carriers get paid (by other carriers) for incoming calls.
Not only do you pay more to your carrier to listen to the inane voicemail prompt (since you might use more minutes), but your carrier also pays more to your friend's carrier. For example, if I'm an AT&T customer and I call a Verizon customer to leave a voicemail, AT&T has to pay Verizon for every second that I'm on the phone. This (perverse) incentive makes more sense than charging people for more minutes, since often the company charging for minutes (AT&T in this case) is not the company that controls the recorded message (Verizon).
This sounds a lot like the 40-year-old Carterfone decision, where AT&T argued that allowing people to connect third-party devices to their network could disrupt or degrade service. I'm pretty sure that modems and Panasonic phones didn't ruin the telephone system, and I have a feeling that jailbroken iPhones wouldn't be the end of the world, either.
It's not a "problem" that can be "worked on". It's the character of the author. As any decent psychologist will tell you that character is inborn and cannot be changed or "worked on".
That's a pretty dismal view of human nature. I, on the other hand, believe people can change.
Digital content has no intrinsic cost, so it's not much of a subsidy on their behalf.
I don't the think the publishers are just going to give their content to Amazon for free, even if Amazon gives it away free.