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Comment: Re:Why do the phones have barometric sensors? (Score 1) 82

They also assist in Emergency (911 and such) location. I worked at a company that develops the MEMs ICs for the pressure sensors and one of the goals was to determine accurate enough altitude information to determine the callers location in a tall building. If you call 911 in a high rise it would be nice for the emergency personnel to know which floor you are are on.

Comment: MSNBC loves to blow things out of proportion (Score 1) 327

by bryantthesmith (#40705701) Attached to: Microsoft Posts First Quarterly Loss Ever
Here's a great example of mainstream media blowing things up to get eyes on their site. Microsoft had one of the best FYQ4s ever and if it wasn't for a write off of $6 billion on a stupid acquisition in 2007 it would have made a huge profit. MS stock is up and investors are happy. Haters are going to hate.

Comment: Re:Taking Off vs. Landing (Score 1) 149

by bryantthesmith (#35316406) Attached to: Discovery's Final Launch Successful
Take-off seems to be where most problems occur. If you remember, the reason that Columbia burned up in re-entry was because of a problem that occurred at take-off (foam flying off and ripping a hole in the wing). If Columbia would have had a successful take-off, they most likely would have had a successful re-entry. I think take-off is more dangerous because you are not strapped to millions of pound of explosives when you re-enter.

"There is no statute of limitations on stupidity." -- Randomly produced by a computer program called Markov3.