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Comment Re:Google Apps (Score 2) 243

...is a corporate domain-based user management system that's web based, with particular attention made in integrating it with GMail.

Is it? I haven't actually used it, but Google's page about it makes it sound like it's a cloud-based office suite: "Google Apps is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps you and your team connect and get work done from anywhere on any device." that includes GMail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Comment Re:No harm done (Score 1) 630

Water mixed with lye (sodium hydroxide) doesn't produce any gas. However, Crystal Drano has bits of aluminum mixed in, and water + sodium hydroxide + aluminum does make hydrogen gas. That said, the description of the pellets looking like little stones makes it sound like calcium carbide to me. Calcium carbide + water = acetylene gas.

Comment Re:It is 10 not 100 (Score 1) 1719

There are about 10000 death per firearm per year , about 3000 are murder

Sorry, your numbers are seriously fscked up. 10,000 deaths per firearm would wipe out the US population many times over. Maybe you're trying to say, "10,000 deaths from firearms per year" ?

The first definition of per is: 1 : by the means or agency of : THROUGH <per bearer>

While it's arguably confusing to use "per" in two different senses right next to each other, what he wrote is a valid way of saying, "There are about 10000 deaths by firearm each year."

Comment Re:It gets worse! [Re:Fuck your ecosystem] (Score 4, Interesting) 253

Let's say you wanted to use Bluetooth to talk to an iPod or an iPad. You'd think you could just buy a Bluetooth module from, say, Roving Networks - say, the RN-42, and then connect it to your PIC/Arduino and start sending Hello World, right?

WRONG!

You're grossly overstating things. If you just want to "Hello World" with an iOS device (i.e., do standard things like OBEX or A2DP), you can just use Bluetooth-standard components and protocols. As Apple's documentation says, "Third-party accessories can use the iPod Accessory Protocol (iAP) to access advanced features of iOS devices. One such feature is the ability to communicate securely with third-party iOS applications via the iOS External Accessory Framework." (see page 21).

So, as you can see, you only need to support iAP if you want to do Apple-specific things. You can easily empirically verify that standard BT features don't need iAP support by noting that you can pair a generic Bluetooth headset (including ones that predate the iPod Touch) with an iOS device, and it will work. You don't need to get a special "Made for iPhone" headset.

Comment Re:lamest name ever (Score 1) 318

If "it" refers to Firefox, it doesn't seem like there'd be anything preventing Mozilla from increasing the storage for the version number to 2 bytes (or larger) when version 256 comes along.

If "it" refers to Windows, then that's incorrect: Windows version numbers are 64-bits, split into four 16-bit pieces. Just check the version number of just about any EXE or DLL that comes with Windows and you'll see segments >=256 (not the major segment, but only because nobody's gotten to version 256.x of anything yet--there's no technical issue preventing it though). E.g., My Windows 7 installation has kernel32.dll version 6.1.7601.17932.

Comment Re:I think I may know the problem... (Score 1) 513

Given that the D430 and Air came out at about the same time, I don't see how either one could be the clone of the other. (The D430 was announced a few months before the Air, but unless you think that Apple or anyone can design and manufacture a computer in a few months, the Air can't be a clone of the D430)

Comment Re:More like tricked them (Score 1) 295

The second page repeated the questions on the first page, with two of them containing one changed word.

No it didn't. Where did you get that idea? The second page had more questions, unrelated to the first, that the researchers didn't care about the subjects' answers to. The only reason for the second page was so that the subject would need to flip over the first page, which would cause the questions from the first page to stick to the back of the clipboard, exposing the changed questions on the first page. RTFA.

Comment Re:Nothing new (Score 2) 992

We don't have a right lane for passing only law here, so you're stuck with them. So it may be 85 mph, but in practice you're stuck with the slowest person on the road.

You mean left lane for passing only? If so, sure we do... Texas Transportation Code Sec. 545.051(b)

(b) An operator of a vehicle on a roadway moving more slowly than the normal speed of other vehicles at the time and place under the existing conditions shall drive in the right-hand lane available for vehicles, or as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, unless the operator is:
(1) passing another vehicle; or
(2) preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.

Comment Re:It's Not A Bet... (Score 2) 362

You can spend your whole day on the desktop and forget the Metro UI ever existed.

How do I do that? Sure, I can get to the old desktop, but it's just a desktop with not much on it. If I actually want to start a program, as soon as I hit the Windows key, it switches back to the Metro start screen. So unless I'm expected to put icons for all my programs on the desktop or pin them to the task bar, I'm going to have to use Metro. That said, the start screen doesn't seem much different than putting icons for all my programs on the desktop, and feels like a regression from the Windows 7 start menu--I installed SQL Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012, and instead of organizing the SQL stuff in one folder and the Visual Studio stuff in another folder, my start screen now has almost two dozen tiles on the right, with really pixelated/ugly icons for the SQL 2012 stuff, and no distinction between the SQL tiles and the VS tiles. E.g., there's something labeled "Project Conversion..." is that SQL or VS? Sounds like it might be a Visual Studio thing, but no, it's actually the SQL Integration Services Project Conversion Wizard.

Comment Re:Linux on Mac?! (Score 1) 780

Hah! I will settle for finding a 13-14" laptop with 1600x900 resolution and even a bit competitive with mac book air's weight. The only one that I have been able to find a year ago is definitely more expensive than mac book air.

Asus Zenbook UX31 or UX31A? 13", 1600x900 (or 1920x1080), 1.3kg, starting around US$1000.

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