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Submission + - If it smells like an Apple Watch Cicret bracelet scam....->

digitalFlack writes: ..... it probably is.

This little ploy seems to have gone viral...... sophisticated Youtube video and Wordpress page solicits 'donations' for prototyping a Cicret Band that shows an iPhone projected onto your wrist... throw away the glass!

Beautifully done video on YouTube, then they, with a bit of misdirection, solicit for the Cicret App — which is a piece of junk app for collecting email. If you DONATE, they can claim they took your money as a donation and didn’t promise you anything (hey, this isn't Kickstarter)

Last they say, after raising 300,000 Euros, they will build a prototype Apple Watch killing bracelet with the next 700,000 euros. So nothing exists (or currently can be built) but they can build any piece of plastic and call it a prototype.

They don’t mention any technologies, magic sauce, or even what happens when you wear a coat or jacket.. it’s hilarious!

I have dealt with Paypal and non-US transactions.. since you are sending a 'donation' out of the US, American credit card law does not make Visa or Master Card give you your money (oops, donation) back, even if you decide you have been snookered.

JF

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Submission + - Microsoft Buys Nokia's Phone Business-> 1 1

Frosty Piss writes: Microsoft is buying practically all of Nokia’s handset business as part of a $7.2 billion deal, the two companies announced today. Microsoft is paying for Nokia’s Devices and Services Business. In addition, it is paying to license Nokia’s patents and to license and use Nokia’s mapping services. Microsoft using its overseas cash reserves to fund the transaction, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders and regulatory approval, according to a news release.
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Submission + - Yahoo deletes journalists prepaid legacy site after suicide->

digitalFlack writes: Apparently Martin Manly has been a popular blogger and newspaper journalist for many years. For his own reasons, no indication of illness, he decided sixty years on this planet was enough. He designed a 40 page website with titles such as:
      "Why Suicide?," "Why Age 60?," "Growing Up," "The Heavens,"
        "First Two Loves," "Pictures," "KC Star," "Legal," "911 & Conspiracies" and "COOL STUFF."
Martin planned his suicide meticulously, but to manage his legacy — HE PICKED YAHOO! Even pre-paid for five years... After he left this mortal coil on his 60th birthday, Yahoo decided they don't want his traffic, so they took the site down. Sorry, Martin.

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Comment Author didn't get the memo right (Score 1) 395 395

Wow, an author from the online Atlantic needed a subject and found an intellectual from the Brookings Institute with an opinion on Silicon Valley. Better warn Apple before they spend a gazillion dollars in SV on a spaceship for their 25,000 employees. And Google, eBay, Oracle, HP, SalesForce.com, Microsoft (SV), Lockheed, the incubators, and Stanford need to get the memo... their 250,000 jobs will be in San Francisco and Oakland soon! And San Francisco better start building schools for their children..(BTW, S.F. is the largest school district in the country with a shrinking enrollment... the re-gentrification is raising prices so much that working and middle class are moving out.) These companies and the university create the spin-offs that attract the VC and the talent pool can't (and wouldn't) just up and move to Oakland, or Austin, or Chicago. The author mistakes regular seepage from Silicon Valley for a mass migration. Of course there are other opportunities and locales near S.V. and around the country, but for a long time the S.V. tech star will continue to have critical mass and to suck the majority of the VC funding into its orbit.

Every few years some academic looks at a growth spurt (like Pixar, Leap Frog and IKEA in a small town like Emeryville) and makes social and economic forecasts that can't be implemented in the real world. Then journalists assume that their academic degree validates the theory - and write these silly puff pieces.

How about next time we Spare the Electrons!

Submission + - Foxconn's Robot Army Now 20,000 Strong->

itwbennett writes: Slashdot readers will recall Foxconn's plans to staff its factories with an army of 1 million robot workers to offset rising labor costs. Well, now we have an update on those plans. Speaking at the company's shareholder meeting on Wednesday, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said that there are 20,000 robotic machines currently at work in Foxconn factories. Ultimately, these robots will replace human assembly workers and 'our [human] workers will then become technicians and engineers,' Gou said.
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Submission + - Germany :Remote-Control Model Plane Attack 'Foiled'->

garymortimer writes: Two aeronautics students planned to use remote-controlled model planes packed with explosives to carry out terrorist attacks in Germany, according to prosecutors.

German authorities are holding two men of Tunisian origin who they say are facing possible charges for the “preparation of a serious, state-threatening act of violence”.

Prosecutors say the men are suspected of “procuring information and objects to commit Islamic extremist explosive attacks with remote-controlled model airplanes,” prosecutors added.

Police investigating the terror plot on Tuesday launched a series of raids in Stuttgart and Munich in southern Germany and Saxony in the east. They also carried out one raid in Belgium. No-one was arrested.

The suspects had been under surveillance for more than a year and authorities had recently detected “an increased interest in explosives and model aircraft”, according to an unnamed security source quoted by a German news agency.

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Comment Missing the point (Score 1) 179 179

The French are doing this for the same reason the Americans are persecuting Julian Assange.

Of course the information about this base is out, and of course 500,000 counselor posts were published and can't be retrieved. But, by chasing Assange around the world and into obscure embassies, they make the next person think a little more about what they post on-line. They want the public spectacle of making someone that shares purported 'classified' information eat some dirt or look over their shoulder. Maybe it prevents them from publishing the address of a safe house in Benghazi.

JF

Comment Rights and disclosure (Score 1) 259 259

Agreed, people don't have a right to parts or information from manufacturers, but I wouldn't mind a disclosure requirement on cameras, computers, TVs, appliances, et cetera, that cost over a certain amount, e.g. $500 or $1000.

Disclosure should cover that company's repair record on similar products and components, average cost of repairs and upgrades during the expected life of the product, shipping cost responsibilities, and whether external services are available or not allowed....

We end up shopping on price and features because the manufacturers get to hide the total cost of ownership. I'm surrounded by a Nikon camera, a Tivo and a kitchen full of 3 y.o. GE appliances that all have exorbitant repair costs for what should be minor repairs or scratches.

Submission + - Radical new Space drive-> 2 2

Noctis-Kaban writes: Scientists in China have built and tested a radical new space drive. Although the thrust it produces may not be enough to lift your mobile phone, it looks like it could radically change the satellite industry. Satellites are just the start: with superconducting components, this technology could generate the thrust to drive everything from deep space probes to flying cars. And it all started with a British engineer whose invention was ignored and ridiculed in his home country.
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Math

Submission + - How Your Ears Do Math Better Than Mathematicians ->

pigrabbitbear writes: "The assumption was that ears use something akin to a Fourier transformation. A Fourier transform, named after the French mathematician who also identified the Greenhouse Effect, is essentially when a sound wave is stretched way out until its details are revealed. In more mathy terms, you take a signal, which is a mathematical function of time--a mechanical thing of air molecules traveling through space--and turn it into an array, or series of different frequencies. The Fourier transform is found all over science, and not just sound.

The transformation is done through what's called an "integration" of the original, mechanical function of time. (If you've taken calculus, you should remember integration.) Basically, this is taking that function and recovering information from it by mathematically slicing it up into tiny bits. It's pretty neat. This, it turns out, is how we get meaning (words, music, whatever) from sound (that big wave in the ocean). Or so scientists have thought.

Turns out this might not be quite the case. Researchers at Rockefeller University devised an experiment to test the limit of this kind of analysis via Fourier transformation.

Rockefeller researchers, Jacob Oppenheim and Marcelo Magnasco, took a group of 12 composers and musicians and tested them to see if they could analyze a sound beyond the uncertainty limit of Fourier analysis. And guess what? They busted it down. "Our subjects often exceeded the uncertainty limit, sometimes by more than tenfold, mostly through remarkable timing acuity," the authors write in Physical Review Letters."

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Submission + - Thumb on the scale? Broadband usage measurements are not accurate for 5 of 7.->

stox writes: "For the 64 percent of Americans whose internet service provider imposes a broadband cap, and for those lucky enough to have a meter, I have some bad news. The president of the firm who audits many of the country’s broadband meters says that he can’t certify the measurements produced by five out of seven of his clients’ meters because they don’t count your bits correctly."
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Apple

Submission + - Is Apple now the PC leader? Depends on your definition of PC-> 1 1

tsamsoniw writes: "While research companies including IDC and Gartner deemed HP the PC leader for Q4 2012, Canalys has a different perspective. The analyst firm has declared Apple the top PC vendor for the past quarter, thanks in part to the booming success of the iPad and the iPad mini. By Canalys's reckoning, Amazon, too, now beats out the likes of Acer and Asus as a leading PC vendors, having shipped 4.6 million Kindles in Q4."
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Comment Re:So it is... (Score 1) 443 443

Your point is?

In less than three years, Jobs has sold 40 million iPhones and 40 million iPod Touches without multitasking, Flash or a camera for video conferencing.

Android and Xbox offer multitasking and Flash, buy them and quit complaining about features that 'pundits' think the product "needs."

Apple has kept its cutting edge products "closed" since 1984. Have you considered that possibly that is why they are where they are at ($38B in the bank), while other manufacturers from Osborne to Dell have ended up sucking air on the low margins that happen when they can't keep total vertical control over their products.

Android, in just its first year, is already showing signs of platform fragmentation and a competitive race to make the least expensive products. If you believe that model will win... buy some Motorola or HTC stock, they are pushing Android phones.

BTW: I do hope some company, maybe Google, can get its act together and make a competitive platform to challenge Apple's economy. Features and new paradigms from competition are the best way to compete with Apple. Continually copying and following another market defining company is not how Steve Jobs and Apple earned its position.

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