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+ - Microsoft Closing 2 China Phone Factories

Submitted by randomErr
randomErr (172078) writes "Microsoft closing two factories in China by the end of March. About 9,000 jobs will be lost to as part of it's purchase of Nokia Corp's handset business. Much of the equipment located in Beijing and the southeastern city of Dongguan factories are being shipped to Vietnam. With the purchase from Nokia last April there will be about 18,000 layoffs throughout Microsoft."

+ - Australian researchers create world's first 3D-printed aircraft engines

Submitted by stephendavion
stephendavion (2872091) writes "Researchers from the Monash University, CSIRO and Deakin University in Australia have created two 3D-printed aircraft engines. One of the 3D-printed engines is being showcased at the ongoing International Air Show in Avalon, while the other is at Microturbo (Safran) in Toulouse, France. Monash and its subsidiary Amaero Engineering attracted interests from tier one aerospace companies to produce components at the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing (MCAM) in Melbourne. Researchers used an old gas turbine engine from Microturbo to scan components and print two versions. The engine is an auxiliary power unit equipped in aircraft such as the Falcon 20 business jet."

Comment: Re:Obligatory Onion link (Score 2) 314

by randomErr (#48822633) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

In the 80's they were:
- Riding the last of the CB revolution
- Riding the last of the Space Patrol brand
- Pushing out tons of TRS computers (CoCo 3 anyone?)
- Select over-priced products based on their reputations (VCR's, TV's, and weird NES co-processor add-on that did '10 bit games)
- Started selling Motorola phones

Comment: Re:We've been doing it for a long time (Score 1) 367

Two Words: Biosphere 2 Not the horrible movie Bio-Dome.I mean the Texas experiment in 1991. It was meant to be a fully self sustaining isolated environment. Everything started dying off quickly that led to the premature closure of the experiment. Until I can see something successfully ran like this I will not even consider the re-engineering experiment that are proposed.

Comment: Not sure how well it will work (Score 2) 106

ChromeCast isn't exactly setting the world on fire. I have one. But the apps for it are same as what I can get on XBox and tablet. I really only use it when I want watch stupid cat videos on our TV because her tablet is better then XBox's YouTube interface.

The only saving grace for this unit is the open nature that ChromeCast really doesn't have yet.

Comment: It didn't because... (Score 1) 183

by randomErr (#47937215) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists
Most of the terrorist group fall into one of these categories:
  • Mega Groups - They already knew most of this information. They've built an underground network for communication that goes outside of what the most people are monitoring. They're also working with/buying off various governments for their intel.
  • Regular Groups - More then 50 people but not as complex. They know they're being watched and want to be martyrs for the cause. These are the cannon fodder of the mega groups. They do what the big boys tell them in hopes becoming something bigger or better
  • Small Groups - 50 or less people. These are the ones that can talk face to face and don't need the networks. These are the most dangerous because you never know what will set them off and usually think the other groups aren't radical enough.

Comment: Re:The idea of variant (var) (Score 2) 729

I realize that but its seems a waste. My point was that you should already know your data types. I like the readability of strongly typed code. You also make you compiler and debugger work extra. On small stuff no big deal. But on large projects those extra compiling seconds can become minutes easily. Also I've had a few cases where when I've done compares on C# compiled code the strongly typed program usually came out smaller.

Comment: The idea of variant (var) (Score 1) 729

I understand in some learning languages (Apple ][e flavor of Basic comes to mind) it can useful for beginners. But why have it languages like C#, VB,NET and even JavaScript? It would make everyone's life easier and most code run faster if you pushed your objects to strongly type variables.

Comment: Re:so electric cars (Score 1) 67

To manufacture electric cars you have to use materials that are more costly, harder to mine and toxic (lithium and mercury). So they create more pollution to. Also electric cars have to get there electricity from somewhere that's generating pollution as well. The sum gain of electric cars is about the same as regular cars. The pollution just comes in another form.

"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." -- Woody Allen