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Comment Internal hires (Score 1) 465 465

My sense is that a lot of the super-specific postings are written that way because the folks doing the hiring already have someone in mind. So they can say, "Candidate X may have an MS from MIT, but they only know Excel 2010 while my coffee buddy Ron is proficient in Excel 2013!"

Comment I ran the marathon (Score 4, Interesting) 317 317

I ran the marathon and my son, watching the race from a rooftop on Boylston, saw the bombs go off. I didn't obsessively follow the news about the bombings, but you can bet that I was interested. Glad to see they caught the bad guys, and that life in Boston can return to a semi-normal state.

Comment I have a computer attached to my TV... (Score 1) 264 264

My "TV" is used perhaps 50 percent of the time as a computer display, either to show Netflix rentals, as a display for my MP3 collection, etc. Even when I use it as a TV, I'm running a DVR, which is essentially a heavily modified Linux box.

Also, my Prius has a display used for showing fuel efficiency as well as the rear-view camera picture. Does that count?

Comment What this shows us (Score 2) 209 209

This doesn't show how stupid people are about their passwords; quite the opposite. All you're using the password for is to comment on a stupid blog post. It's actually kind of interesting that a lot of people seem understand that concept and so don't spend a lot of time generating a secure password.

Comment Re:I dunno man (Score 1) 348 348

I agree, thinness is probably overrated, but lightness isn't. Since we don't have flexible high-res screens, however, the "fold-in-half" laptop isn't going to show up any time soon.

I have an original MacBook Air, and absolutely love having a full-size notebook in such a lightweight package. I really value the full-sized screen and keyboard, and I bought a very small bag that's easy to carry along with me. Now when I'm out and about, I'm carrying a laptop *and* case that is smaller and lighter than most laptops out there. I even have room for a magazine or a book and a notepad.

That said, I actually don't see anything in these new models that will convince me to ditch my nearly-3-year-old MBA.

Comment Re:Color is hard to do (Score 1) 398 398

You might be able to do it with something less than 1/4 the b/w resolution, by using, say, half the pixels for black, then distributing the other three colors over the remaining half. You'd have lower resolution for color images, but text would crisper and cleaner. So if you could double the pixel resolution, you could add color without decreasing b/w resolution.

OTOH, I'm not sure this would actually work at all. When you print a halftone, you can actually overlap colors. You can physically print Cyan over the Black. But with e-ink, each pixel has to be a particular color. So you couldn't have a black screen if only half of your pixels have the option of displaying black. It would be gray at best.
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1000-mph Car Planned 380 380

Smivs notes a BBC report on a British team planning a 1000-mph record-breaking car. The previous land-speed record broke the sound barrier. The proposed vehicle will get from 0 to 1,050 mph in 40 seconds. "RAF pilot Andy Green made history in 1997 when he drove the Thrust SSC jet-powered vehicle at 763 mph (1,228 km/h). Now he intends to get behind the wheel of a car that is capable of reaching 1,000 mph (1,610 km/h). Known as Bloodhound, the new car will be powered by a rocket bolted to a Typhoon-Eurofighter jet engine. The team-members have been working on the concept for the past 18 months and expect to be ready to make their new record attempt in 2011."

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