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Comment Re:Google did it (Score 3, Informative) 70

Isn't this basically Google Voice? Google records the message, transcribes it to text.

I doubt the people living outside of the USA are going to care about that ... considering it's been 6 years since Google Voice launched and not even a subset of that functionality has made it over the Atlantic Ocean.

As far as we'll be concerned, SpinVox did it first and then (hopefully) Apple did it.

Comment Re:Passed data with a ton of noise? (Score 1) 391

The fact that they even wasted time thinking about doing a listening test is enough data I need to know they don't know WTF they are doing.

That's absurd. If something claims to be awesome at doing X then the best way to disprove it is to test it doing X. You then publish the tests and the results.

Saying "well that's clearly stupid so I'm not going to test it" doesn't prove anything because you haven't actually debunked the claim - however right you might be.

Comment Not so fast ... (Score 5, Informative) 62

Android Police did some digging and (ignoring the fact that the Commodore name is currently owned by the creditors of Asiarim Corp - who created a new company called C= and have done nothing more than make a website for it back in 2013) it looks to be a carbon copy of the Orgtec WaPhone.

On the upside, it does have some Amiga emulators loaded onto the phone - but you can easily get them from Google Play yourself.

TL;DR? It's unlikely to be Commodore, its a heavily marked up skinned phone and uses the MediaTek MT6752 chip - so you should probably keep away.

Comment Re:Depends on your perspective and tastes (Score 1) 410

They are poor because they don't have any of the skills required in Paris. In France, everyone either gets an Baccalaureate and goes to university or goes to trade school (everything from being a chef, a nurse, a plumber or joiner), does an internship for a couple of years and gets a qualification that allows them to set up their own business.

If you are an illegal immigrant with no formal qualifications or business experience, then there isn't any way of getting out of poverty. You might be able to live day to day as a street trader.

Comment Re:Depends on your perspective and tastes (Score 1) 410

London has fast connections to the rest of Europe; Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Stansted, and embassies to provide support for international workers.

All the cities have universities,with each specializing in a particular field; embedded systems, medical research, computer animation. Smaller cities are usually dominated by one or two industries for the highest salaries (like banking, oil and gas or microelectronics), so that other industries can't compete to provide salaries to afford good schools and housing. Anywhere within an hour of London, and you have tech workers competing against city workers for housing.

Comment Re:Coming next ... Office desk telephones (Score 1) 395

It might depend on country. Offices I've worked in still have Centrex telephone systems, but mostly now they are used for participating on committee/group discussions when you can't make it to the conference rooms with the Polycom microphones. The only time anyone ever used voicemail was for receiving calls from people on the other side of the planet and on a different timezone.

Comment Re:I don't see this working (Score 1) 166

I remember those days. If you look at the Byte adverts from that time, the industry was mainly COBOL, FORTRAN-77, punch cards, tape drives and mainframes. PC clones and home computers didn't exist except S-100 systems and desktop calculators. Computer science departments were usually part of the Mathematics or Electrical/Hardware Engineering departments, so they took their work really really seriously. Local jobs advertised were the Programmer/Analyst/Architect/Consultant.

Now, Computer Science will cover everything from web page design to mobile apps and gaming.

Comment Re:A day? (Score 1) 203

Connecting bone together is relative easy using Titanium implants and scaffolding. Skin and muscle tissue will eventually mesh together using just stitches. Blood vessels can be reconnected using microsurgery. The really hard part is reconnecting spinal cord nerves. When any critter is born, the first thing that is formed is a neural tube which is the basis of the brain and spinal cord. Then every block of tissue then specializes into what part of the body there is. With the spinal cord there is something that blocks regeneration - perhaps it is spinal fluid or just the way the cells are programmed.

Comment Re:Big Bang? (Score 1) 85

"Yes, sir, um, you see, Beavis here had the idea of cranking up the voltage to the quantum uncertainty amplifiers. He figured if he did that, then that would be a pure source of randomness. And when you have total randomness, then anything can happen, so we thought that if anything were to happen, it could only improve the results of our experiment, since nothing was happening. Well, something did happen. I told him not to crank up the voltage to the highest setting at once, but to do it in steps. But he was in a hurry to meet his girlfriend, so he just turned the dial and just hit the red button. Didn't even give me time to put on my radiation goggles. Next thing, there's this giant flash in the gravitational reactor. Seconds later, there's a giant white glowing cloud of has which rapidly darkens down into millions of these little spinning glowing whirly things all floating and bouncing around. Yes, I thing the technical term is "galaxies". They just kept floating and bouncing around. That was really something, so I told him not to touch anything until our supervisor came in. When he did come in, he totally freaked out and ran out to the see head of department. That's when he contacted you and were summoned here."

Comment Re:1947... (Score 1) 65

"it was a sheet of metal, very light weight, but you could crush it up like a ball and it would bounce right back no matter what you did, and it would not cut or burn"

I Remember that description. It's always fascinated how UFO reports seem to reflect future technology, even if it was someone tripping out, writing a sci-fi story rather being a real event. Eric von Daniken proposed the idea of quadrocopters, while others propose the idea of 360 panoramic flight decks.

And it should be the law: If you use the word `paradigm' without knowing what the dictionary says it means, you go to jail. No exceptions. -- David Jones