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Comment MS shut down Surface plant (Score 1) 149

$20,000 surface hub. Should have been profitable. Sales were enourmous. Hundres(s) of jobs lost. Likely went to china.

Lack of Manufacturing in the US has more to do with workers wanting 8 hour days, lots of time off, and high pay. Nothing wrong with that, just hard to compete when they can get cushy office jobs at the same pay. Immigrants can do it, as they do with meat packing, but when hire immigrants here when you can hire them cheaper at home? Which is why Trump makes so much stuff in Mexico.

Comment Re:When will MLB catch up? (Score 1) 139

No one should be using flash anymore. It is criminal. It was criminal in 2000, except for certain targeted applications. I remember when Google has a brief affair with it for the stock charts. I thought that was a creative use. Otherwise it was primarily for encapsulating p0rn, which even the p0rn industry left long ago.

There are some non profits who have created some good actual applications using flash. Unfortunately, many of these do not have the funding to rewrite in a modern frameworks.

Comment Re:No mention of ticket prices (Score 1) 206

Sonic boom, as other have mentioned, is only a third the problem. A quieter sonic boom, and quieter aircraft, will allow the aircraft to arrive and depart from more locations. In the US the Concorde only flew in to placed like New York, and later Dallas, where they could reach the sea quickly and cross the sound barrier there.

A second problem was passenger capacity, which impacted ticket price. The Concorde only carries 100 people, while an Airbus carries over 800. If both cost the same to operate, you have a order of magnitude price increase. Because of the ticket price, the Concorde was only commercially viable in a very limited sense, kind of in the way that commercial LEO will be viable for the foreseeable future.

The third problem is fuel consumption. This is going to be what limits the commercial availability, because fuel is not really getting cheaper. There are designs that reduce fuel consumption, but the NASA design does not appear to be one of them. These designs actively and aggressively reshapes the air surfaces, and some of them are biplane like. Significantly managing the shape of the wing has been around my entire life, but I have seen no commercial aircraft that has implemented the technology.

Comment Re:OH man...I don't like this... (Score 1) 114

When I look at the maps, it is hard for me to match what it does to the layout of the home. I tend to be a visual person, so I usually can map these kind of things to reality.

Also, I tend to move the robot to different parts of the house, so there would have to be some significant processing before anyone could use the data to generate an accurate map.

That said, there is a evidently a camera on the iRobot, so depending on the data is collected, there may be more than just a map. When I bought it i did not know about the camera. I guess we all need to look at keeping the robot limited to a LAN. If there is a world connection, then we may be looking at at another IoT security risk that most of us have not though about.

Comment Re:That's no app (Score 1) 224

I refuse to call proper desktop applications/programs - even small ones - "apps".

Oh, really? That's funny, I (and most of my peers) have been calling them "apps" for about 20 years now, since well before smartphones were even a thing.

(Lucky for you, I don't have a lawn to tell you get off of.)

Comment Re:HTTPS PLZ (Score 3, Informative) 47

You can see what OS they are running with nmap -A:

80/tcp open http Microsoft HTTPAPI httpd 2.0 (SSDP/UPnP)
| http-methods:
|_ Potentially risky methods: TRACE
| http-server-header:
| Microsoft-HTTPAPI/2.0
|_ Microsoft-IIS/8.5
|_http-title: Home Page
Service Info: OS: Windows; CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows

They're not going out of their way to be secure.

Comment Re:Best bet, but nothing is secure (Score 1) 122

Supporting Microsoft Office and Skype are a nightmare on the mac.

I'm not sure it's MacOS/X's fault if Microsoft's application software is lousy. (although FWIW Skype runs great on my Mac, and I while I rarely use Microsoft Office on my Mac, the few times I have used it, it didn't cause me any trouble)

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