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Comment Re:Quadcopters (Score 1) 77

The silly US show "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?" did one really good episode where the 2 guys each built their own octocopter and armed them with paintball guns and smoke bombs and then had to pilot them via onboard cameras and essentially did a race along an outdoor course where they were trying to disable each other to win. Although hitting each other with their paintball guns on such a big course proved to be quite challenging, I thought that single episode was far more entertaining than most of the Robot Wars type shows. I think having to pilot the robot via onboard cameras really added an interesting new dimension to the battle. With some refinement upon their 2 dudes in a garage designs, they could really have something there.

Comment Re:By Design (Score 2) 188

I think this removal of NPAPI is highly premature. Chrome removed it earlier this year leaving Firefox as the best non-IE choice for my needs. Our company relies on 2 different browser based products, one for our thousand employees remotdesktopping into our company and another for our employees remote VPN connecting into thousands of customer servers. Both of these products require NPAPI to function. So, I will either have to stay on an old version of Firefox or be forced to use IE until the providers of these products get their software updated.

Comment Re:The winner? (Score 1) 61

Exactly. Being able to root my phone is very important to me, but full on ROMing is not. Currently the only reliable way to be able to root a phone without using some obscure exploit is to be able to unlock the bootloader and go from there. I wish Android would just support an official and highly secured way of getting root access (2 key authentication or something even better) to allow us to run a few root apps such as Titanium Backup and a proxy app that lets me connect to my company's network without having to either get one of the few unlockable phones, or rely on some exploit that is likely to be fixed.

Comment Re:Why should they? (Score 1) 187

Actually, in many states and on many highways, they do often have different speed limits for Trucks that are 5 or 10 mph lower than the normal speed limits.
Also, just because a high performance sports car can handle higher speeds and sharper turns, doesn't mean their driver can. Most truck drivers have had a lot more training and certifications to drive their big rigs plus they also have a lot more incentive to drive carefully when driving their expensive rigs with expensive cargoes. Whereas any idiot with enough money can buy a sports car and weave in out of traffic until they run someone else or themselves off of the road. If it wouldn't be so hard to enforce fairly, I would almost argue that people should have to pass a special high performance driving test before they are even allowed to drive a sports car just like truckers have to pass a special CDL test before they are allowed to drive trucks.

Comment Re:Best? (Score 1) 98

My advice is to always buy at at least an X60 card in the series and avoid any of the X50 or less series unless you are really trying to save a buck. Architecturally, the X60/X70 is usually much better than the X50, where the difference between X60 and X70 is usually just clock speeds. So, in short, get at least a 760.

Comment Re:Won't buy from Motorola or Verizon again! (Score 1) 123

What Moto phone do you have anyway? The OG Moto X recently got the fix along the with the Lollipop update and the Moto Droid Turbo just began soak tests today so it is probably coming to everyone within a week or two.

I am a Computer Systems Engineer and an Android developer as well as the proud owner of an OG Moto X DE, and I was utterly unconcerned about the 1st Stagefright vulnerability because of ASLR protection. With Stagefright 2.0 they claim they can get around ASLR, but this has yet to be proven by a 3rd party as far as I am aware. Anyway, it can all be mitigated by disabling auto-loading of MMS, which is what I assume you mean by "disabled functionality", which is how I have always configured my phones because I hate when someone texts you any random video and it automatically starts playing without your approval.

Comment It's the Pax. (Score 1) 133

It's the Pax. The G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate that we added to the air processors. It was supposed to calm the population, weed out aggression. Well, it works. The people here stopped fighting. And then they stopped everything else. They stopped going to work, they stopped breeding, talking, eating. There's 30 million people here, and they all just let themselves die.
  - Serenity

At first, art imitates life. Then, life will imitate art.

Comment Re:NOT a kernel bug (Score 2) 70

These are not all necessarily "very low cost network devices". I have the Netgear R7000 which is in the list and at the time I bought it it was one of the highest rated and most expensive home WiFi routers available. Granted, these are not corporate infrastructure level devices, but they are certainly not all "very low cost" ones either.

Comment Re:Work stays at work! (Score 4, Informative) 776

Apparently you have never worked in a job where you are on call 24/7 even when you only work in the office 9-5. I am a Sr. Systems Engineer, but when things go really bad somewhere, I am supposed to be reachable at all times except when I specifically am "on vacation". Fortunately, I get to use my own phone with no obnoxious company software on it.

Comment Re:Missing Option (Score 1) 301

I personally would never want to be saddled with a desktop again. I used to build fancy gaming rigs with side windows/lights/many fans, but now I have a laptop that does all I could want anywhere and I can take it with me. I mainly do development/compiling work on it as well as graphics/photo editing and high end gaming. It has an i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and 1TB spinning drive, nVidia graphics, and a 15.6" full HD touchscreen. I also have 24" monitors at the 3 main locations I use it but I can also use it in any old hotel room as well and most have flat screen TVs I hook up to.

As for the actual topic, it has 3 USB ports, I usually have a Logitech Unifying Receiver for wireless Mouse and Keyboard when traveling and a 4 port USB 3.0 hub plugged into it at home with external HD, gaming keyboard and mouse, and web cam.

Comment Re:Just Happened To My Nexus 7!!!!!! Smoke=Fire (Score 1) 160

Although those are impressively scary looking pictures, I just thought it should be clarified that was the 2012 Nexus 7 and not the 2013 Nexus 7 the article is talking about. It looks like it had a catastrophic Lithium battery pack failure which has been documented with many different devices made back in that time frame.

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