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Comment: Re:Media streamer? (Score 2) 60

by nadaou (#49134339) Attached to: Intel Updates NUC Mini PC Line With Broadwell-U, Tested and Benchmarked

The brand new RPi 2 boards are quad core 900 MHz and can easily keep up. The original single core 700 MHz Pi boards could just get away with XBMC, but it wasn't all that pleasant.

The GPUs on both versions were designed and built for this task (they were originally out of set-top boxes) and have no problem at all with HD video.

Comment: Re:Location, location, location (Score 1) 212

by nadaou (#49102365) Attached to: The Best, and Worst, Places To Drive Your Electric Car

though sometimes you do hear ocean acidification raised as a possibility

it's not just a possibility it's a basic chemical reality based on partial pressures. the acidity of the oceans has already increased by 30% since the start of the industrial revolution.

http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/co2/s...

http://www.wunderground.com/cl...

Communications

The Slow Death of Voice Mail 237

Posted by Soulskill
from the at-the-tone,-please-hang-up-and-send-me-an-email dept.
HughPickens.com writes: Duane D. Stanford reports at Bloomberg that Coca-Cola's Atlanta Headquarters is the latest big company to ditch its old-style voice mail, which requires users to push buttons to scroll through messages and listen to them one at a time. The change went into effect this month, and a standard outgoing message now throws up an electronic stiff arm, telling callers to try later or use "an alternative method" to contact the person. Techies have predicted the death of voice mail for years as smartphones co-opt much of the office work once performed by telephones and desktop computers. Younger employees who came of age texting while largely ignoring voice mail are bringing that habit into the workforce. "People north of 40 are schizophrenic about voice mail," says Michael Schrage. "People under 35 scarcely ever use it." Companies are increasingly combining telephone, e-mail, text and video systems into unified Internet-based systems that eliminate overlap. "Many people in many corporations simply don't have the time or desire to spend 25 minutes plowing through a stack of 15 to 25 voice mails at the end or beginning of the day," says Schrage.

In 2012, Vonage reported its year-over-year voicemail volumes dropped 8%. More revealing, the number of people bothering to retrieve those messages plummeted 14%. More and more personal and corporate voicemail boxes now warn callers that their messages are rarely retrieved and that they're better off sending emails or texts. "The truly productive have effectively abandoned voicemail, preferring to visually track who's called them on their mobiles," concludes Schrage. "A communications medium that was once essential has become as clunky and irrelevant as Microsoft DOS and carbon paper."

Comment: Re:Why dashcams? (Score 1) 93

by nadaou (#48645227) Attached to: Seattle Police Held Hackathon To Redact Footage From Body Cameras

There is no need to [...] unless you have something to hide.

Now where have I heard that argument before...?

All the same, dashcams should be mandatory. They protect good cops while catching or putting a check on bad cops, and add an extra POV that neither the cop or the accused had available to them. Bonus witness.

Good day to avoid cops. Crawl to work.

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