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Comment Re:Now that is a kickass hack! (Score 1) 171

Seems to me that the camera has only part of the hardware useful to do the task: some hardware is shared with some models capable natively to shoot video, but some other hardware is missing. To make a car analogy is to have a turbocharged 155 HP engine and changing the ECU software getting 180 HP. Unfortunately making this witout changing brakes, air filters, clutch, exaust, tyres and so on will make the car dangerous to drive and with less than optimal performances anyway. IF they're selling the complete upgrade option there's a reason

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 395

The PAL/NTSC limitation is complete bullshit when the digital game ROM has no analog video signalling components.

I'm not sure about NES, but PAL and NTSC Commodore 64 have different clock speeds and the vertcal blank is at different frequencies, so on some games the timing is wrong or some video tricks aren't working.

Comment Re:Not even close (Score 1) 486

You know, on more civilized countries than USA, like Canada or European states, there's an universal services that provides medical coverage, or a state or regional automatic public insurance, or if you've a chronic disease you are entitled to have medicines, exams and surgeries for free. Even on those civilized countries, keeping medical records strictly confidential is normal and enforced. The problem is not the insurance company, or the parents of your children's friend, are your employer or your customers. I

Comment Re:Just Say No to BYOD (Score 1) 381

Or what our company does - merely provides a subsidy to buy a device. Just like covering running costs. (Employee chooses, buys and owns the device. The subsidy is enough to buy an android - if want an iPhone or other high-end phone, you just pay the extra money.)

The question I have is what the smartphone is used for. If it's to receive and make phone calls the employee could simply give a SIM and a basic phone. I've seen 20 euro GSM and 50 euro UMTS phones, with a lot o extra features like camera, fm radio, mp3 player, web browsing and so on.
Even a low end Android phne costs under 100 euro, and makes possible to VPN or ssh easily in a remote system, and anyway some 'dumb' phones are capable of this. On the other hand if specific smart features of a phone have to be used for work-related operations, having to support a generice device is a IT support nightmare.

Comment Re:i would think (Score 1) 417

Smaller grocery stores made home delivery in the '70s and still make it. With this servce they beat the big malls because one hasn't to move from home, and for the daily foods, like milk or bread it's an advantage for the grocery owner having a fixed quantity of perishable food to sell. On the other hand, in the '90 for a party we bought a pallet of beer from a wholesale beer warehouse. Nothing says big party like moving the beer with a forklift

Comment Re:not all that effective (Score 1) 211

You could also use selective calls or transmit a modulated signal to trigger the system. Or you can do exactly the reverse. I remember in the 80s a burglar alarm connected to a CB radio that sent every minute or so a coded signal with the meaning 'ALL OK'. The remote post had an alarm that was triggered either by the different message 'TRESPASSERS DETECTED' or after three minutes without having received any message. The control system was made without using a CPU but with TTL logic. If instead a lam and a hord you'll trigger a fuse you'll get an 80s remote controlled bomb.

Comment Re:Like a refrigerator (Score 1) 1010

I think too that personal computers are now in a phase like consumer electronics. I think it's like having an hi fi with separates. In the '70 and '80 was stilish to have a separate, and was also a necessity, so everyboy was selling separates, some with questionable quality. Some people now are using a docking station with their mp3 plauers, but some people still buy and use a 100 w amplifier with floor standint 3-way speakers. I know a lot of people that is still unsing speakers bought in the 80s.

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