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Comment: Sharing pilots in NYC (Score 4, Insightful) 72

by clinko (#46593261) Attached to: Taxis By Algorithm: Streamlining City Transport With Graph Theory

There was a pilot for this program 4 years ago in NYC:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02...

Also there was strike that mandated it 7 years ago for a few days.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09...

In short, no one liked it. If people wanted to have a delayed trip and people with them, they'd just take the Subway.

Comment: Restate the objectives (Score 1) 308

by clinko (#46140631) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Do You Do If You're Given a Broken Project?

Don't tear into the guy before you. Just say, "I'm sure this was built with an initial objective in mind. And it served the purpose well. The firm is doing well and expanding. I would like to know the best approach to make this product grow with it."

Then, ask the firm to define the objectives/requirements again now that you've found a *few* issues.

1.) Do you want the project to be re-built for _stability_?
2.) Do you want me to improve the _time to market_?
3.) Would you like me to leave it as is?, but be aware that extra QA will be needed.

Good Luck!

Comment: Google Voice (Score 2) 497

I had success by porting my landline to Google Voice Account, which has global spam filtering.

First, get an AT&T GoPhone ($20). Then port to Google Voice ($20), choosing AT&T as the option.
You are asked for a transfer id that you will need to call AT&T for... It is NOT on the phone, and not available without calling AT&T's support #.

I don't know your story, but this also makes you more flexible to either drop your current landline, or move to a cheaper provider (likely).

Either way, Google Voice does wonders at spam filtering, but some still make it through. Best of luck!

Comment: 3 Sentences (Score 5, Informative) 57

by clinko (#45422429) Attached to: Google Halts Sales of HP's USB-Charging Chromebook 11 Over Overheating

This blog spam quotes The Verge's Report from a Blog post from Google which is summaried in this post on slashdot...

How much info is summarized from google? 3 sentences:

1) Google and HP are pausing sales of the HP Chromebook 11 after receiving a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to overheating during use.
2) We are working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to identify the appropriate corrective action, and will provide additional information and instructions as soon as we can.
3) In the meantime, customers who have purchased an HP Chromebook 11 should not use the original charger provided with the product.

HP

Google Halts Sales of HP's USB-Charging Chromebook 11 Over Overheating 57

Posted by timothy
from the but-usb-charging-durnit dept.
sfcrazy writes "In a surprising and unexpected move, Google and its partners have removed the recently launched HP Chromebook 11 from shelves. Users were complaining about the issues with the trackpad and performance of the laptop." Specifically (as also reported by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer), some of the laptops have been reported to overheat.
Iphone

Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S 773

Posted by Soulskill
from the only-24-letters-left-to-choose-from dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "Apple unveiled the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S today, which will replace the company's current iPhone 5. Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives took to a stage in California to introduce both devices. The cheaper iPhone 5C features a plastic casing available in a variety of colors (green, blue, reddish-pink, yellow, white); Apple seems to have done its best to make the device look high quality, with the backing and sides molded of a single piece of plastic; on the hardware side of things, the iPhone 5C comes with a 4-inch Retina display, A6 processor, and 8-megapixel camera. The other new Apple design, the iPhone 5S, is the company's next-generation 'hero' device. While the iPhone 5 was a radical new design, the 5S is an iterative upgrade; on the outside, it looks pretty much the same as its predecessor (the new iPhone features a new color, gold, in addition to the 'traditional' black or white aluminum body). The iPhone 5S has an A7 chip built on 64-bit architecture (capable of running 32-bit and 64-bit apps), which is pretty speedy, to put it mildly. There's also the M7 'motion co-processor' which boosts the actions of the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope—in theory, opening the door to more refined motion-related apps, such as ones devoted to exercise." The iPhone 5S also has a sensor built into the home button that will allow you to unlock the device with your fingerprint. Both new phone will be available for purchase on Friday, Sept. 20th. Apple announced that iOS 7 will be rolling out on Wednesday, Sept. 18th.
Biotech

New Research Could Slow Human Aging 180

Posted by samzenpus
from the slowing-things-down dept.
schliz writes "A team of scientists from Japan and New Zealand have helped baker's yeast live 50% longer than usual by artificially stabilizing a genetic sequence called ribosomal DNA. The study's authors say that rDNA is a 'hot spot for production of the aging signal.' Because rDNA genes are very similar in yeast and humans, they say their experiment is a first step towards anti-aging drugs."
Data Storage

Big Jump For Tablet Storage: Seagate Intros 5mm Hard Disk For Tablets 201

Posted by samzenpus
from the give-me-more dept.
cold fjord writes "ZDNet reports, 'Seagate on Monday took the wraps off a hard drive designed for tablets that brings 7x the storage capacity of a 64GB device with the same performance as a Flash drive. The drive, the Seagate Ultra Mobile HDD, uses software to boost performance. The idea is that Android tablet manufacturers will use the Seagate drive, along with the company's mobile enablement kit and caching software, to up the storage. The 2.5-inch drive is 5 mm thin and weighs 3.3 ounces. As for capacity, the drive has 500GB---enough for 100,000 photos and 125,000 songs.' More at The Wall Street Journal."

Comment: Publicity Stunt, Please ignore. (Score 5, Insightful) 181

by clinko (#44799925) Attached to: The iPhone 5S Hasn't Been Officially Announced, Already Has Line

This is a publicity stunt by a company that sells macs or something. I'm not looking up what they do.

Summary:
1) 4 guys get printed shirts with company logos and lines up crazy early.
2) Vice / Gizmodo / engadget / Slashdot talks about them, with pictures of them in their shirts. Make sure you're still there for the NBC crew shows up!
3) Profit!

Apple

The iPhone 5S Hasn't Been Officially Announced, Already Has Line 181

Posted by samzenpus
from the but-I-want-it-now dept.
Daniel_Stuckey writes "The iPhone 5S line has already begun, despite Apple not even having made its announcement yet. From the looks of the invite to the unveiling in San Francisco on Sept. 10 (and another event the following day in Beijing, where iPhones are all the rage), the company will not only be announcing a next generation iPhone, the 5S, but also the lower-priced 5C model, in a variety of cheaper-looking colors."

Comment: Finish this sentence to find their target market. (Score 4, Interesting) 294

by clinko (#44765823) Attached to: Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2: Now With New Kickstand!

I want a _Surface_Tablet_ because ________.

Examples, leaving iPad's out:
I want _a_Tivo_ because _I_don't_like_my_Cable_DVR_.

I want a _Honda_ because _I_trust_the_brand_based_on_past_experience_.

My point is that the Surface doesn't fit anything for me.

Based on Microsoft's own site http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/surface-with-windows-8-pro/
Microsoft believes our answers are :

I want a _Surface_Tablet_ because _I_Need_Office_on_a_tablet_.

I want a _Surface_Table_ because _I_need_a_neat_keyboard_on_a_tablet_.

I want a _Surface_Table_ because _I_need_USB_Port_.

I'm not the target market, but I don't know who is?

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