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+ - Beam Me Up, Scotty: Real Life Star Trek Communicator Pairs With Your Smartphone->

MojoKid writes: If you're a fan of Star Trek (and what self-respecting geek isn't?), The Wand Company has just announced what could possibly be one of the greatest smartphone accessories you've seen in quite some time. The company has built a true-to-life Communicator — yes, that Communicator which we saw Captain Kirk whip out on numerous occasions when leading his away team on the surface of uncharted planets. Part of what makes the Communicator so special is that it acts as a Bluetooth handset that connects to your smartphone (hands-free calling and music streaming is supported). So even though the Communicator is after all a prop modeled after an object from a nearly 50-year-old television sci-fi series, it at least is actually useful for something.
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+ - Samsung Releases First 2TB Consumer SSD for Laptops->

Lucas123 writes: Samsung has released what it is calling the world's first 2.5-in consumer-grade, multi-terabyte SSD, and it's issuing the new drive a 10-year warranty. With up to 2TB of capacity, the new 850 Pro and 850 EVO SSDs double the maximum capacity of their predecessors. As with the previous 840 Pro and EVO models, Samsung used its 3D V-NAND technology, which stacks 32 layers of NAND atop one another in a microscopic skyscraper that offers vastly greater flash memory density. Additionally, the drives take advantage of multi-level cell (MLC) and triple-level cell (TLC) (2- and 3-bit per cell) technology for even greater density. The 850 Pro, Samsung said, is designed for power users that may need higher performance with up to 550MBps sequential read and 520MBps sequential write rates and up to 100,000 random I/Os per second (IOPS). The 850 EVO SSD has slightly lower performance with 540MBps and 520MBps sequential read/write rates and up to 90,000 random IOPS. The SSDs will range in capacity from 120GB to 2TB and in price from $99 to $999.
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Comment: Re:All possible languages? (Score 1) 287 287

You still missed it. They said that they have bought the faceglory domain in "all possible languages", not with all possible TLDs, nor did they say that they have all of those domains active (although I am not sure why they would not have them active...possibly because they do not want people navigating to them until they have a webpage in the appropriate language).

Comment: Re:The reason is more simple (Score 4, Insightful) 662 662

Battery life and cost are big factors only following range anxiety.

Often the 10 year + life is cited for many of the hybrids such as the Prius. The long life is only obtained through battery maintenance. The state of charge is kept between 50 and 80% most of the time.

In an electric, that would severely limit range to preserve battery life.

To get maximum range, EV's often top off the battery (100% charge) which shortens the life and deep cycles them, also shortening the life. Think about other devices you deep cycle on a regular basis with the same battery technology. How long does your cell phone, laptop, tablet, etc last on a charge the first year and after 3 years of use. Do you expect an EV to get the same distance after 3 years of daily commute? Give me an EV with a guarantee of >80% capacity after 8 years or 100,000 miles and I am so on it. Making it only 60% of the way to work after 3 years is not going to cut it.

Comment: Re:Indeed (Score 1) 384 384

Everyone has the right to express their disgust with you...

Yes. Absolutely.

...and take whatever measures they like in response.

No. Not even close.

the trolls keep telling us that there is "no right to be offended"

Well, perhaps, but I've never run into it. What I have run into, and said myself, is that "there is no right to not be offended."

The version you quote is ridiculous. The version I give you is profoundly defensible.

Comment: Re: i'm going with 98% of the scientific community (Score 1) 278 278

Actually, the oil industry IS paying for the global warming alarmists.

I would suggest that you learn something about science. You do not do science by consensus. You do science by facts. The facts are that, so far, all of the AGW models have FAILED to accurately predict future temperature changes and most of them have even failed to predict what has actually happened with temperatures when started with the data of a point in the past.

+ - GM Embeds Teen Tracking App in New Malibu ->

Lucas123 writes: GM announced 2016 models of the Chevy Malibu will offer a Teen Driver tracking application that will monitor everything from driving speed to the number of times the anti-lock braking mechanism was used while their kids were in the car. Upon return, a parent can bring up a "report card" on the head unit screen and see the top speed, stability control events, antilock brake events, forward collision alerts, among other things. The new feature can be enabled on Chevy's MyLink in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system and can be accessed via a password by parents. The Teen Driver alert system will not only monitor activity, but also alert and restrict certain activities, such as driving without a seat belt — try it and the music system will be muted. The Teen Driver system also gives audible and visual warnings when the vehicle is traveling faster than speeds preset by a parent.
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Comment: Re:i'm going with 98% of the scientific community (Score 2) 278 278

In other words, you don't know what you are talking about, but you heard this really neat meme, that, if it were true, would be a slam dunk for the opinion you hold. The problem of course is that the "98% of the scientific community" claim is not supported by any actual studies. The actual study said that 97% of papers on climatology published in peer reviewed journals supported anthropogenic global warming. The thing is that the study counted any paper on climatology which did not explicitly express the the position that anthropogenic global warming was NOT true as supporting the theory, even when the subject of the paper was not connected to that theory in any way.

Comment: Re: It's an algorithm (Score 1) 352 352

One could point out that there are fewer instances of white males being miscategorized.

White males are just about the easiest faces to categorize. They tend to have short hair that doesn't obscure facial features or create oddball shapes that confuse the classifiers. Their skin tone makes photographing them and finding edges extracting features easier than it is with darker skinned people. White people have a greater variety of eye colors that can be used to distinguish among them. "White guy face" is just about the optimal case for this problem. If I had to come up with a worst case that was also a photo of a fairly "common" person, I'd go with "dark skinned, brown eyed person wtih long hair and facial hair." That's a pretty clean sweep of all of the variables that make this a hard problem.

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