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Comment: voicemail to email (Score 1) 237

by fullmetal55 (#48662489) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

My Cell transcribes all voicemail to text, my work and home voicemail forward a wav to my email... This is imo a much more efficient way to handle voicemail, rather than seeing the 100 "as a valued westjet customer you are awarded 1000 reward points please press 1" and having to listen to each one and delete each one, I can see oh yeah, skip, skip, skip, oh I was waiting to hear from that guy, lets see what he has to say.

I log into my work voicemail once every 3-6 months to change the outgoing message to say i'm away... I usually have to change my voicemail password at that time too...

Email is a much better way to get a hold of people these days.

Comment: Radiation? (Score 3, Interesting) 67

since it's a suborbital flight, that doesn't say much about deep space. sending it on a trip around the moon would be a better test. at least get out of the Van Allen belts and get into the cosmic radiation, before you can see if it actually does survive a trip through space.

Comment: Re:When the rocket is standing on the pad (Score 2) 67

in a word... Fairings -

The seagull poops on the fairings (if it's even able to get that far, i'm sure they have cannons, falcons, and a lot of other usual bird removal methods at a launchpad, probably more than your average airport), the bugs splatter against the fairings, the actual probe/vessel that was sterilized before putting it into the sealed fairing, will remain sterilized as long as the seals hold. they are removed long before they get to the destination and become space junk...

Comment: Re:performance never measured in MHz (Score 1) 151

by fullmetal55 (#47677547) Attached to: Can Our Computers Continue To Get Smaller and More Powerful?

Actually, back in the 386/486 days... YES you did compare amd and intel by MHz... in FACT that was one of AMDs big sellers... Intel's fastest 386 ran at 33MHz, AMDs? 40 MHz..
486- Intel had 33Ghz, (66 and 100Mhz for DX2/DX4)
AMD had 40Ghz (80 and 120Mhz respectively)

they were famous for exploiting the MHz = speed myth... that was the first fall of AMD from grace following that, with the K5 and K6 processors, they wouldn't get back into the mainstream until the Athlon, which also competed on the MHz scale... (an Athlon 450 was roughly comparable to a P3 450...) with the added overclocking ability...

Comment: Re:3D printing has too many problems (Score 3, Insightful) 32

by fullmetal55 (#47576381) Attached to: NASA's JPL Develops Multi-Metal 3D Printing Process

That's actually my biggest complaint about 3d printing...

It's never going to replace injection molding for manufacturing. That will always be cheaper. where this comes in handy, is prototyping. which is what they were intended for from the beginning. you need to make a part, a one-off... it's great for that. if you need to make more than one... then other options are available. but to be honest making a SINGLE one-off part through injection molding? that'll take you more than 50-100 times more electricity of the 3d printer, because you'll need to make the mold, and then you get to throw it away because its not needed anymore.

but for prototyping and one-offs... thats where 3d printing's niche is. prove it can work with a 3d printer, then mass produce it.

now since this article is about METAL 3d printing, that's an entirely different beast altogether... injection molding (Casting) of metal components of course will be cheaper, but can you cast multiple alloys together like this? that's kinda cool... even you gotta admit that.


Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government 96

Posted by timothy
from the you-can't-look-there dept.
hypnosec writes with news that India's Central Bureau of Investigation has ordered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Google for violating Indian laws by mapping sensitive areas and defence installations in the country. As per the PE, registered on the basis of a complaint made by the Surveyor General of India's office to the Union Home Ministry, Google has been accused of organizing a mapping competition dubbed 'Mapathon' in February-March 2013 without taking prior permission from Survey of India, country's official mapping agency. The mapping competition required citizens to map their neighbourhoods, especially details related to hospitals and restaurants. The Survey of India (SoI), alarmed by the event, asked the company to share its event details. While going through the details the watchdog found that there were several coordinates having details of sensitive defence installations which are out of the public domain."

Comment: Re:But, will they learn from their mistake? (Score 0) 681

Windows 7 made everyone forgive and forget the monstrosity that was Vista... XP made everyone forgive and forget the monstrosity that was Windows ME... Vista and ME are about 100x worse than windows 8 ime. at least Windows 8 can run with some stability. and the start screen (the biggest problem) can be easily and safely ignored with 8.1... (I haven't even seen it in over 2 months.)

windows 8.1 runs smoothly and quickly on my 3 year old i5, and has been rock solid. I've never had a vista install last, and don't get me started on ME. I installed it, and less than a month I was getting nothing but daily blue screens. I've never once seen a blue screen in 8.1. (I have in 7)

Also, I've been around for quite a while. I remember when XP came out. the outcry against the new start menu was just as bad as the outcry about the start screen is currently. People called it a monstrosity, and how could they remove the my computer icon from the desktop. how dare they... granted they had the classic start menu still there, but the default was "unacceptable".

Heck Windows 95 came out to much arguing and angst as well. "Windows 95 won't run on my 386, what a piece of junk! who needs this fancy GUI anyway, why can't I just boot it to DOS and run the gui when I need to!" "I have to click 'start' to shut my computer down? What kind of nonsense is this?" "windows 95 will flop!"

Coming back more recently... Windows 7... the removal of the quick launch toolbar... i can't begin to tell you how many people were pissed off about that. (I personally find pinning to the task bar a more acceptable way to handle it than a quick launch tool bar, but try to explain that to some people...

Any change Microsoft makes is called a "horrific mistake"... but people will get used to it. and things continue as they always have. the hold-outs will find work-arounds. but eventually it'll work out.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.