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Comment: Re: Not that new (Score 1) 59

by iamhassi (#48014729) Attached to: Researchers Develop Purely Optical Cloaking
Who needs lenses? Many micro cameras (like cellphone) and many LCDs would be fine. Hardest part is getting the lighting right, especially during dusk or dawn, because the LCD would need to display what is on the other side without being darker or lighter than the other side. Can't have a bright LCD showing a black image because it's night time.

I'm wondering why someone has not taken a few dozen cellphones and surrounded a sphere just to show a proof of concept.

Comment: Re: Really? (Score 3, Informative) 498

by iamhassi (#48010601) Attached to: Utilities Should Worry; Rooftop Solar Could Soon Cut Their Profit
Most flawed study ever. Without any evidence they automatically assumed homeowner solar usage would skyrocket from 0.2% to 10% in only 8 years? I read the study, there is no explanation of why they believe this.

Without some amazing break through in solar power efficiency and much lower prices we will not see 10% adoption by 2022.

I would have to pay $30,000+ for solar panels to generate the electricity I'm currently paying $200 a month for. But that fluctuates, during the winter it's $75 a month. Let's assume I average $125 a month, about $1500 a year. It would take 20 years to reach the $30,000 I would have to pay today for the solar panels, and that's assuming the panels or other equipment need no repairs for 20 years. Solar just isn't worth it yet. When 2 or 3 grand in panels can handle everything then people will consider it, but it makes no sense spending 20 years worth of electric bills all at once.

Comment: Re:I just want the new Nexus. (Score 2) 222

by iamhassi (#47893165) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

To me, I don't see anything interesting about the 6 and 6+ that would make it worth jumping from an iPhone 5S or even an iPhone 5.

MUCH BETTER BATTERY LIFE = 6+ battery is over twice as large as iPhone 5s battery, from 1,440 mAh to 2,915 mAh. While some might say "battery life will be the same because of the larger screen" it's been shown in iPad's that is not true, devices like the Mini have an enormous battery life despite the 8" screen and only a 4,490 mAh battery. If the 6+ can get just half the battery life of the Mini that will be a huge improvement from the battery life of the 5s. Apple is already reporting the 6+ will provide several hours more battery life than the 5s.
LARGER SCREEN = no dispute there
FINGERPRINT = 5s had fingerprint but 5 did not. That will make it much easier to unlock the phone and make iTunes payments
NFC = if mobile payments work out like they're saying this could be the best feature of the iPhone 6. It could mean never needing to get out your wallet and never having to worry about your credit card or identity stolen.
OPTICAL IMAGE STABILIZATION = would help a lot when recording videos, optical image stabilization is usually much better than digital stabilization.
BETTER CAMERA = anyone that has bought a cheap camera knows big megapixel numbers do not mean a good camera. The iPhone 6 is still "only" 8 megapixels but adds a new iSight sensor and Focus Pixels technology for focusing faster.
MOTION CO-PROCESSOR = anyone that uses their phone while working out would like this. The A8 chip includes the new M8 motion co-processor which recognizes data from gyroscopes, accelerometers and compasses.

Comment: Re: What technology? (Score 2) 231

by iamhassi (#47828769) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?
I assume they mean computer related. In high school I was labeled a "hacker" because I went into the bios and disabled the hard drive of the computers in the computer lab. Even the "it guy" couldn't figure out how I "removed the hard drives without opening the cases" because the message just said "hard drive not found" so he thought I had somehow physically removed the hard drives. Since this was pre-Internet days there wants much help for error messages so he couldn't just google it to find the answer

Comment: Re: Apparently regulation is "socialist" (Score 2) 312

by iamhassi (#47812577) Attached to: Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany
Exactly this. Requiring professional drivers to have additional training and the proper insurance is a good thing. I can't believe Uber and Lyft have been able to get away with it in the US since normal car insurance in the US does not cover passengers if they are paying for the ride. All it takes is one idiot with poor coverage to hit your car while you're driving around paying passengers and you're screwed, you'll have garnished wages for life and you'll lose anything of value so the courts can pay the medical expenses of your passenger

Comment: Re:Well at least they saved the children! (Score 1) 790

The bigger issue is how much effort Google is placing into search people's accounts for child porn

apparently a lot FTFA: "It’s why Google actively removes illegal imagery from our services -- including search and Gmail -- and immediately reports abuse to NCMEC. "

This is very scary. I wouldn't touch any google device or service with a ten foot pole. If I owned any google stock I would dump it all immediately. While this sounds all well and good, how long before google starts looking for stock tips or other information in email? They already said they will scan your emails for anything they want and you can't do anything about it: "how much privacy users can expect when using Google's services like email. In a word: none. A year ago, in a court brief, Google said as much. Then, in April, after a class-action case against Google for email scanning fell apart, Google updated its terms of service to warn people that it was automatically analyzing emails."

I'm putting my android devices on ebay, I don't want to use anything google for anymore than I have to. Google has gone from "don't be evil" to "only be evil"

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