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Comment: Ugly as it can be? (Score 5, Insightful) 207

by cpotoso (#48920887) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements
Ugly as it can be? All decoration gone? Why does everybody have to copy Apple? I understand copying when it is beautiful, but apple is now engaged in making computer graphics look like an X11 system from the 1980s and everybody else is following suit. Awful... truly awful.

Comment: Software from Samsung = NO THANKS! (Score 1) 241

by cpotoso (#48855805) Attached to: Could Tizen Be the Next Android?
My experience with all tablets and phones by Samsung (and other devices too) has been most underwhelming, especially with regards to support. Yep! You can count with your device being supported for about 3 months. You will NEVER get any software updates besides that. Still on android 4.2 for a ~1 year old Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. No intentions of going above that. Sure... let me think about my next Samsung purchase will be... NEVER!

Comment: Re:They can be tried again, I think? (Score 1) 139

Good explanation. I think italian food is incredibly better, but the way they treat you in Italy leaves a lot to be desired. I remember in the old days pre-Euro, that we exchanged USD to all sorts of currencies and only in Italy we felt they were trying to always get the best of us... We had similar negative experiences in the Czech republic some 3 years ago.

Comment: Re:It's time to throw out the entire college syste (Score 1) 389

by cpotoso (#48074981) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?
You must be smoking some really serious weed. I have yet to see (in the US) any medical doctor who is not in the top 10% of income of the country (at the very least!). Get a specialization and you are easily in the top 2%. All of this "insurers set prices", "having to pay the lights" is complete BS. They see you for 6 minutes because they can... that way they can see 10 patients/hour and make 200-500 k$ salaries. Compare that to any other highly qualified professions (at > 10 years education) and you see that they have a pretty sweet deal. If this were not the case, you would not see so many applicants to medical schools, eh?

Comment: Re:Boo (Score 1) 163

by cpotoso (#47587381) Attached to: Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can
Let's see... a tire with a radius of ~0.3 m, in a car traveling at 100 mph ( 45 m/s) experiences a maximum centripetal acceleration of ~6700 m/s^2). A 1 in^2*0.5 in piece of rubber (assuming density to be ~ 1 g/cm^3) experiences a "centrifugal foce" of ONLY ~4.7 pounds! That is only 4.7 psi. So over-inflating by 20 psi MAY BE A PROBLEM.

Comment: xprotolab or teensy 3.1 (Score 1) 172

by cpotoso (#47226479) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: PC-Based Oscilloscopes On a Microbudget?
xprotolab or teensy 3.1

Check out xprotolab ( from Gabotronics. Not too fast or too easy to use but it is very capable and Gabo provides very good support. It is self-contained (small oled screen) but can also send info to PC over USB.

Also, the "arduino" teensy 3.1 could be used to make a USB-based scope for ca. $20 (plus some additional parts) and can have a lot of other cool uses too. Check it out: and

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