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Comment: Re:Scam (Score 1) 106

by drinkypoo (#48674899) Attached to: Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology

Once you understand that "lefties" encompasses all evil dictators and genociders of the 20th and 21th Century AND drug cartels and mafia AND practically all terrorist groups AND most billionaries and CEOs of evil corporations on Earth AND most owners of the big and corrupted media (including MPAA, RIAA, Hollywood and Disney) that control the narrative, you stop listening to their lies, as they serve ONLY to their interests

Wait, really? Are you trolling, or just completely batshit bingo ball crazy?

Comment: Re:Cool, but not as cool as the N9 series... (Score 1) 45

There are millions like me who are waiting for the successor of N900.

Well, you should stop waiting, and get a case with a keyboard in it. Then, you can have the best of both worlds, because you don't have to carry the keyboard around when you're not using it. I understand that the TF series can be a bit big for one's pockets, but there are other options.

Comment: Re:Not that much less (Score 1) 45

When you're making a consumer decision, do you ask yourself, "what do the vast majority of people do?"

Of course I do, and furthermore, the more important the decision is, the more likely I am to follow the herd. If I'm buying a car, for example, I want to know that I'll be able to get parts for it. If it's used and cheap then I can afford some expensive parts, no big deal. If I'm buying a new car, I want something good yes, but also something everyone else is buying so that I know that parts availability will be high, and parts cost will be low.

Of course, the mast majority of people who buy mobile devices buy Android devices, not iOS ones, so the herd is still no argument for Apple.

Comment: Re:3 in lb? (Score 1) 76

by drinkypoo (#48674845) Attached to: NASA Makes 3-D Printed Wrench Model Available

I think that at this point in the technology, materials science in not yet at a place where a metal object built as a composite of liquid or powdered material could take the same stresses that a drop-forged or milled object can.

You can mill an object out of wood, or you can 3d print an object in Inconel. Many cheap tools (notably ratchets!) are just cast, and they work just fine unless a fastener is rusted on, or was grossly overtorqued to begin with.

Comment: Re:Voicemail evolution (Score 1) 234

by swillden (#48674093) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

You obviously don't work with customers.

I do, actually. Well, they're more partners than customers, since we give them our code and they sell it. But, yes, I have a lot of meetings with outside parties. We convince about half of them to join our Hangouts from their laptops, the others we add to the meeting via phone. Outside of meetings, we communicate entirely via e-mail. Voicemail is still irrelevant.

At IBM, my role was entirely customer-facing. Voicemail was still fairly rare, though teleconferences were the norm. Most communication was, again, via e-mail or face to face.

Comment: Re:power (Score 1) 37

by drinkypoo (#48672877) Attached to: DARPA Wants Help Building a Drone That Flies Like a Hawk

I'm sure that it will use a lookup table, but it's also going to have to build those tables dynamically because due to the nature of mechanical devices. 1) no two are identical and 2) they wear while in use, especially while running near the edge of materials technology, further exacerbating point #1. You really do need a learning control system if you're not in a perfect world, or doing something hilariously easy — which this isn't.

Comment: Re: not original (Score 1) 183

by drinkypoo (#48672249) Attached to: Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

One thing about your earlier example is that generators are not normally a necessity.

Unfortunately, even the furnace won't function in most places without power, so electricity is a necessity. Most of our equipment is very poorly thought-out like this. When I installed a replacement on-demand water heater in this house, I could get the same model with different suffixes corresponding to three different ignition systems: a plug-in, on-demand spark ignition; a dynamo-based, on-demand spark ignition; or a tradtional pilot, with a piezo igniter. I chose the piezo igniter because I know I live in the boonies and the power can go off here, and I still want to have hot water if that happens. Of course, having flow takes a generator, but it doesn't take a whole-house generator and the pump house is significantly distant from the house.

Comment: Let's not forget that patents expire (Score 1) 60

by RoLi (#48672217) Attached to: De-escalating the Android Patent War

Everybody, including the people who wrote the summary are treating patents as if they were perpetual - but they are not.

AFAIK the really good patents (about the FAT-filesystem) are expiring 2015. There are still some shady non-essential FAT-patents that expire IIRC until 2017, but those are easily worked around, have tons of prior art, are about non-essential features and/or are laughably frivolous.

So of course a patent-portfolio purchased in 2011 may be worth a lot less today. It may be even worthless, depending on what patents have expired. Basically the worth of a patent portfolio can be calculated by how much money could be milked so far (by royalties or monopoly pricing) from it multiplied by the time still left until expiration. So most patent portfolios will lose value over time (although there may be rare exceptions when some revolutionary products come out - but that did not happen since 2011).

People, do you remember the gif-pdf patent outrcry? It's ancient history now - and all these patents will be history in just a few years because most of them were filed in the 1990s.

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