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Comment Re:store and release energy? (Score 1) 315

It seems to me that this would preclude the use of massive windmills (i.e., flywheels), such as the one on the craft. Later, the rules specifically prohibit flywheels:

First, the total weight of the vehicle is only 450 pounds (204 kg).

Secondly, the "windmills" are indeed sails which are (considering the total weight of the vehicle) fairly lightweight and have trivial kinetic mass (ie. not massive). Also relevant is that for a flywheel to be efficient, the mass should be as far from the axle as possible.

So in this case no, rotating sails =/= flywheels and the spinning mass of the sails is a "trivial force", especially considering the weight of the vehicle against the weight of a driver, since the driver would most likely counteract any intentionally or unintentionally placed flywheel of a mass relative to the total weight of the vehicle.

Comment Re:Contrast to speculation (Score 1) 49

Watch the video again. Clearly there is MORE contrast between the background and the black guy than with the white woman because the background in that video is the light colored ceiling

It's not about contrast between the face and the background. Its about contrast within the face itself. The facial recognition feature is programmed to triangulate differences in contrast on the face itself. This way, the software can tell the difference between a face and something else that just happens to be around or near the camera.

You can't create more contrast on a dark face. So unfortunately, this means that the software cannot recognize a dark skinned face from something that just happens to be around or near the camera.

Comment Apples and oranges (Score 1) 327

IF that's not a cultural predisposition to imported goods, then what is?

I can't believe you got modded up for this. You're putting humans on the same value level as a purchasable object? Please. Wanting, or not wanting our stuff has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not they want or don't want us personally.

Comment Re:Using an iPhone makes you look pretty lame? (Score 1) 884

Seriously, I just don't get it. It's like they're adding pixel count because they can without stopping to consider whether they should.... Above about 3 MP, a cell camera makes no sense given the lens size, quality, and mounting tolerances. Maybe 5 MP. Maybe.

Actually, the phone I was referencing was mostly a camera, and only partly a phone. It had great optical zoom, and a good sized lens. It was as good if not better than many dedicated pocket digital cameras. A bit bulky, but worth it because you don't have to carry around a phone AND a camera.

Comment Re:Using an iPhone makes you look pretty lame? (Score 1) 884

LOL! yeah i know watching TV in ur phone is pretty sweet but if u want to update ur phone u will have to replace it with a new one! get new apps on those phones ITS IMPOSIBLE!! I left japan in Oct 14/08 but seriously! those phones are outdated everymonth so its like using toilet paper for 300bucks. tell me the best cellphone its out there and put it vs the iphone. will do hardware and software fight. i can control my fucking pc by using my IPHONE vnc from the other side of the earth!!! IM SORRRRY that U dont own a iphone u would now what im talking about.

I have plenty of addon apps for my phone. Including an ssh shell where I can indeed get CLI access to my home server, I can also pull up my music server, and play my music. I don't use it often, because it's a pain to enter commands, but in emergencies, it's been handy. There's even a java development kit available for it, which means that if I knew Java (I don't), I could write, and upload, whatever program I wanted.

I suppose you could call it "IMPOSSIBLE!!" if you can't read Japanese, so perhaps you didn't know about addon apps for your phone because you couldn't navigate the docomo imode site and find them? I only ask because you're making claims that are just false.

Comment Re:Want to know what Linux can do? (Score 1) 884

It's also buggy as hell (as all Japanese phones are), but I suppose if 3 inches of Japanese TV gives you a woody, get a plane ticket, man.

Don't know where you get that information from. I haven't had a single problem with mine. Early firmware was buggy, but that was two years ago for the P905i. Mine is rock solid, takes great pictures, and has a great music player.

Really, the only thing that got me was that the thing couldn't play mp3's. Only plays wma. Everything else was a slam dunk. It even interfaces tolerably well with my Linux machines.

Comment Re:Using an iPhone makes you look pretty lame? (Score 1) 884

It's all relative and relative to the US market the iPhone is not a piece of crap. It's great to talk about the Japanese market, the cool gadgets, and how much better they are. But guess what? If we can't get/use them here it's irrelevant.

It's perfectly relevant to TFA, which is discussing why the iPhone can't make it in Japan.

Comment Re:Using an iPhone makes you look pretty lame? (Score 5, Informative) 884

In Japan, there were already touch screen phones, and phones with full web browsers built in long before the iPhone was even announced. What you have on the iPhone now is about where Japan was around 4 or 5 years ago. The P905i mentioned in TFA was on the market in 2007 when Steve was making his iPhone keynote.

Comment Re:Using an iPhone makes you look pretty lame? (Score 4, Insightful) 884

How long ago did you live in Japan ... 10 ... 15 years ago?

The P905i is already outdated. I've had mine for over a year now. Lots of the phones they have now make the P905i look like ancient tech. Motion sensors which rotate the clock display so it stays upright as you turn the phone 10Mpx cameras with touch screens for selecting your photo subject. 4 inch tv screens with multimedia capability that would make your head spin. You can record your favorite TV show while you're at work, bring your phone home, plug it into your TV and watch the show on the big screen. Complete webkit stack (Yes, that means you can become a walking web server).

Seriously, you're iPhone sucks compared to what's out now.

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