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Comment Re: Meh... (Score 1) 247 247

I don't think these beads are toxic to us. Especially if they have been put in toothpaste. PE plastic is not digestible by our guts and our gut bacteria.
Maybe they are broken down into something nasty by oceanic zooplankton? I know some small fish eat them, and achieve no nutritional value of them, expending energy to catch up with them in water and therefore starving as a result.

I also read an article about a company experimenting with the idea of using microbeads to lower the caloric levels of food, basically serving us flavor/food colored blended beads that would taste like cake but slide right through? I don't think these beads should be let into the oceans, but so many things we put down the drain shouldn't either. So sewage treatment should already fix this.

Comment Re:Fuck Apple (Score 0) 66 66

But it wasn't the shape of a smartphone when Apple came out with the iPhone. Smartphones had QWERTY keyboards on the bottom half, slide-out keyboards on the rest of them, or some form of advanced 10-key system for textual input. NO ONE had a "full screen, nothing but" phone with the shape the iPhone had, no one.

There will undoubtably be slash dotters feeling superior screaming "Rounded corners?! Bah!" , since no one actually reads TFA or the relevant material. The Patent covers things like relative dimensions (think one by four by nine for the monolith), lack of physical buttons, etc, etc... as well as the degree and parameters to which the corners were rounded. When Samsung's own lawyers were shown an iPhone and a Galaxy side-by-side, he could not tell them apart at a distance of 16 ft. thats pretty bad, don't you think? They used the same outer diameter on the rounded corners, the same dimensions, the same "form factor". Not that they shouldn't have, its a GREAT form factor. But they should need to differentiate their product sufficiently since its a competing product in the same industry, or compensate with a license to use that trade dress. That's known as a "trade dress", and economic minds know that to stimulate innovation in these area's you need to protect the inventors in this space, which, I'm sorry to say, was Apple this time.

Comment Re: A.I.? (Score 2) 403 403

A.I. Is like the uncanny valley in design and facial recognition, applied to decision and understanding. I feel bad for researchers who work in the field and suggest they rename it to something else. People will seemingly forever move the goal posts on intelligence forever. Chess-playing computers, computers that can have a conversation, play jeopardy or answer questions like google search or wolfram alpha, analyze videos like the predator system, recognize songs like shazam, spell check better than most, and soon, drive us around are all intelligent. But we hate to believe that machines are as or more intelligent than we are, so we move the goal posts. The reason is... Intelligence is like magic. Once it's understood, it's no longer special, or magical, the concepts become easy, well understood, and the method puts the skill in "well that's obvious and isn't AI". Take whatever you want to call AI functionality, wait a decade and read it back to yourself in 10 years. We will have passed it, but the definition you will use then will change. To answer the poster's question... Satellites in high stable orbits come to mind, the rover opportunity, maybe some soon-to-be drone like the one flying in interstellar? For certain anything solar powered has a good chance, especially if it's in infra-stellar space. I bet the moon-buggy still works. I think they recently sold the rights to it. It's not turned on, but it doesn't have to be to be called "working", if your definition is "in a functional state".

Comment Re: See it before (Score 1) 276 276

Nay, as computers get better, faster and more feature-full; so to will web technologies that can leverage them. In fact lately it seems the advancements in computers seem to be the ability to display output (retina screens,etc...). As for actual functionality, browsers growing capable of capturing that (think location data from the GPS device, or images from the camera). In days of old, you needed special plugins and extensions to do such wizardry, but not anymore.

Add to all that, the powerful language JavaScript is becoming, with HTML5, and CSS3, and it's easy to see how the web browser is becoming just another programming language/runtime environment for which you can execute code. The only need for fat applications these days comes in when the control requirements are really really specific (think blockbuster games), or the medium access is paramount (like in video editing).
For most use cases, the ability to update and enhance the app on the server and have all users automatically sync with the latest code, and leveraging multiple platforms at once with one code-base by using browsers is much more powerful a paradigm than compiled desktop apps. I suspect in future most development will be web based, server side code, or OS/browser work.

Comment Re:Antarctica (Score 1) 137 137

Hence the quote in TFS: Future space expeditions will resemble sea voyages much more than test flights.

I think the issue not as big a problem as the article suggests. The sort of people who will be on the first journeys to other worlds will like have to fight hard to be accepted to go, and endure a hell of a lot of training. Psychological testing and training will no doubt be included along with other preparations for such a mission. That doesn't factor in such as-of-yet-undeveloped advancements like prolonged sleep (hibernation, near-constant earth communication, etc..). Plus, think of how we are communicating in modern times, we text and chat more than face to face communication, and certainly those forms could be accommodated during the voyage, more so than sailors did back in the day.

Comment Re:WHAT?!?!?!? (Score 0) 49 49

Mail can be set to disable remote images, but Spotlight should follow the mail settings. The real issue I think, is that Spotlight results also include email from junk mail folders, which is mostly useless (unless searching for email incorrectly tagged as SPAM). This should be disabled, and a user should have to knowingly venture into their SPAM folder to find such messages. Loading remote images from the junk folder is just crazy, beyond even the stupidity of indexing and searching in junk folders. Apple is falling further and further away from Sir Issac's tree it seems.

Is this the post-Jobs era of Apple we should come to expect? I have been using Macs and iPhones since around 2001, and they have been relatively stable, fast, and seemingly more secure than Windows. But lately, it seems they are just riddled with annoyances and bugs I fear will worsen as time goes by.

Note to Tim: Don't accept mediocre standards, or you will loose what has made you great. Put the features on hold! Fix Fix FIX.... Your users will be happier, and thank you.

Comment No we shouldnt (Score -1, Redundant) 287 287

But that doesn't mean that the government should be paying for it, because not all of us agree we should be paying for it. Using Tax to pay for something should only happen for things we can only collectively purchase, like National Defense. We should be able to pay for it ourselves, and reap the rewards individually

Comment Re:Oligopolies usually suck (Score 3, Insightful) 88 88

Somebody please provide ONE case of a merger making a bad company better.

Apple bought Next. The next decade and a half was pretty awesome for the computer industry, and no one can deny Apple's (Next's) role in that.

And in general, these mergers should be allowed. I also think Comcast / TWC should not have to release any territory as a stipulation for approval.

What should be stipulated is the removal of any "anti-competitive" agreements these companies have with various municipalities restricting competition in the local broadband market. If you want great service, make the providers compete for your business, and empower consumers with choice!

Comment Re:Move to a gated community (Score 4, Insightful) 611 611

Kinda depends on what/who was there first

No it doesn't. The freeway and the side-streets are public spaces, and no one living on a public street has a right to demand that anyone else not use it as they like, so long as they follow the laws of the road. If you want a private street with no traffic, live in a private neighborhood (gated community), where the builders do spread the community cost among the homeowners. The roads were paid for by taxes collected from everyone. Your taxes don't pay for the roads directly in front of your house, and therefore you have (and rightly so) no right to dictates who can use it. Most of the road-work money comes from gasoline taxes, so its fair game.

Comment Re: Go California! (Score -1) 139 139

Consumers are pretty good at protecting themselves. When bad things happen because of a service, public perception, courts, and consumer propensity to spend on the best value proposition will protect the consumer. There is no free market failure here, why do we need government to come in and regulate this? If party A and party B agree to a service, government only need to step in when a third party not subject to the transaction is harmed by the transaction. A lack of business due to competition is not a harm, it's the consumer exercising their liberty. Government sanctioned taxi services has lead to the artificially high prices for taxis, and kept demand low. There's a government failure here, let the free market fix it. Adam Mith's invisible hand works wonders, it will fix this too.

Comment Re:American wastefulness at its finest (Score 1, Insightful) 143 143

As soon as you get off the internet, turn off your air conditioner, hang up your telephone, and adjust your diet to compensate for the lack of food on your table, all provided by the ingenuity of America, you ungrateful POS. Wherever you are from, it doesn't matter, it hasn't been as productive, efficient, or as innovative as here in America

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