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Comment Re:hyperloop without the hyper or loop (Score 1) 216

security (the potential for terrorist damage is much smaller considering you can't fly one arbitrarily into a building)

I think you have this the wrong way around. The only drawback I can see with Elon's Hyperloop is it's susceptibility to terrorism; you need to keep airport-level vigilance over its entire track length, that's a lot of razor wire, dogs and operatives.

Comment Re:Intel's trolling us (Score 4, Interesting) 337

MS are playing a very long game because they can afford to. Despite it's well-publicized problems, I find Windows 10 is fast and rock-solid on a desktop and on a Lumia phone. They already have Windows compiled for ARM and they have Office desktop apps compiled for ARM. OK it's a kludged version on the RT platform, but most of the work is done. They are making it easy and attractive (at least in a 'hell, why not?' sense) for new app development to compile for both x86 and ARM. I think one of the reasons why Windows 10 Mobile ('Phone') still exists is because it keeps the ARM branch current and that has sufficient value for MS that they don't even care if the phones never sell.

Comment Re:Cup holders (Score 1) 212

It was more likely a European thing. When we started exporting cars to you, we had no idea that your coffee was so bad that you would chug it down whilst driving rather than enjoying it properly in a street café with a beautiful $PARTNER.

Sadly, you started exporting the same coffee back to us and now they put cup holders in our cars too. :-D

Comment Re:Windows Phone Keyboard (Score 1) 118

This. It took nearly to the end of the page to find someone who actually uses a Windows Phone, for which the swipe keyboard is one of the best features. It seem pretty obvious to me that for chump change MS have bought a nice bit of IP that will help them improve their keyboard more cheaply than they could develop it themselves.

Comment Re:I had a Windows phone (Score 1) 456

The Home screen is more useful than just for pinning the app tiles. You can pin a webpage, a contact, a document, or a place or pretty much any argument take by an app. For example I have my office location in maps pinned so I just tap it to find the current best public transport link to get there from wherever I am at the time. It works very well.

Comment Re:Didn't it sort of get bogged down? (Score 1) 77

By far the most impressive robot from the series was Razor, one of the original wedge designs but rather than a flipper, was fitted with a 'beak' that could penetrate pretty much anything, albeit slowly.

Most notably it killed the house robot 'Matilda.

'It also used a self-righting mechanism that served a secondary purpose of enabling it to take a bow at the end of the battle. Very cool.

Comment Nobody asked "uploading into what?" (Score 1) 269

Long before we upload into silicon or whatever mineral construct we use for computing machines at the time I think it is more likely we will be able to grow new brain tissue to replace old and the transfer of consciousness would be gradual. OK it may not be uploading in the sense we normally think of but it may well be that the only way to keep a recording of a brain is in another brain. In the end the goal is immortality.

Comment Re:Very Probably Wrong (Score 1) 269

"If we were to snatch the screen-writers out-of-time, they'd be surprised that the world has changed so little."

What world does this guy live in? You don't need to go beyond the technology of bicycles to be amazed by the progress we've made in what was certainly considered a fully mature product back in the Back to the Future past...

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