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Comment Really? This is the best they could come up with? (Score 1) 251

Here's a better version of this technology for movie theaters, and I'll give it away free: Movie manufacturers can add a short ultrasonic code at the beginning of each film's audio track that alerts the phone a movie is starting, and also encodes the film's length so the phone knows when to turn back on. Phones can run a free "Movie Silence" app that runs in the background (or better yet, bundle it into the OS to save on overhead).

Of course, for safety and user control the "Movie Auto-Silence" option should be a toggleable setting with emergency overrides, probably for specific contacts or in certain locations. (i.e. you wouldn't want your phone silencing itself at your own house)

Comment Re:uuh (Score 2) 132

As others said, the difference between earth pressure and space pressure really isn't that great. 15 PSI differential is about the same as your car tires, and there are inflatable boats in current use that sustain even more. Pressurized diving suits regularly sustain pressure many dozens of times greater than this.

To (likely mis)quote Futurama:
"We're going deep under the ocean, being subjected to thousands of atmospheres of pressure!"
"How much can the ship handle?"
"Well given that it's a spaceship, anywhere from zero to one."

Comment Well no duh they lost (Score 2) 412

They're being totally unreasonable. According to the legal document linked, the school actually offered to compromise and allow her to wear a badge with no RFID chip at all. They just needed to give her something with a barcode or whatever so she could check out books in the library and pay for school lunches under the new system. The dad still refused because the badge was now "the mark of the beast" and they would not "go against the teachings of the LORD." [emphasis not mine]

Thing is, she already carries a badge every day under their current system. He's claiming that a simple piece of ID has now become the work of Satan because someone asked to put an RFID chip in it, even if they change their mind and agree not to.

Comment Re:Read the PDF (Score 4, Insightful) 412

Well it kind of is perjury. The badges do indeed "work" off campus, in that if pinged by and RFID scanner they respond with their unique ID code.

A stalker or someone who wanted to do harm to a specific student doesn't need access to their full records, they just need to determine that ID code and use it to track them.

Comment Glad to see people have their priorities straight (Score 1) 256

From the Minnesota Public Radio Replies:
"I'd want my parents, brother, sister, and my niece & nephew to know, too, so we could all come together with our extensive pet collections, drink wine (well, not the kids) and talk about how much we love each other." (emphasis mine)

Yeah. Wouldn't want your kids drinking an hour before the world ends. Imagine what it would do to their health...

Also some people seem to miss the point that knowing WOULD help people to survive, especially if they weren't directly at the impact site. If the thing hit in North Dakota, and you lived in New Hampshire? You'd still be seriously affected, but it'd make a huge difference whether you were in a tall building or a basement, or if you were standing outside at the time.

People should be told, so they can take whatever preventative (or therapeutic) measures they need to before the impact.

Comment 4G is king, eh? (Score 1) 186

I find it pretty interesting that despite all their bragging about their 4G networks and coverage, Sprint and AT&T were beat out by the budget brand T-Mobile. Verizon beat T-Mobile, but not by as much as you'd think...

Maybe all that "customers using too much data" is actually "we have a shitty network infrastructure and don't want to cut into profits to improve it".

Comment Re:Liars, damn liars, and made up figures. (Score 3, Insightful) 308

£10,000 is actually pretty reasonable. Assuming he's got... say... two programmers on staff, and they're good enough to demand industry standard wages? That's about 1-2 months of development and debugging, plus the costs of dev kits, testers, and software licenses.

As near as I can tell, the big issue is that RT can't run the object oriented code favored by Android and iOS. Result is that large portions of any program would have to be completely refactored instead of simply converted and debugged.

Comment Re:It's Clearly Microsoft's Fault... (Score 1) 308

So if I write Pong 2013 for Surface, should I expect the full marketing force of Microsoft to make sure my crappy app makes a certain minimum profit?

No, probably not. But if they promised your and other developers that your games would get strong placement on the internal marketplace, then delisted your product because of an unexplained versioning requirement? (as happened here) I suspect you'd be very upset.

That's why it counts as Microsoft's problem. They didn't tell developers that full cross-compatibility between RT and 8 was required for marketplace listing, but then they penalized a developer for breaking the unspoken rule.

Comment Re:You idiots (Score 1) 308

It's true that nothing forces them, but I'd guess that a vast majority of android users, especially non-developers, will be buying almost exclusively from the app store. That 30% cut is essentially payment for the promotion opportunity of being featured in the official app store. There's a lot of reasons this is actually a great deal for the developers:

Customers feel more comfortable buying from the official store. Things are pushed at them by recommended items, staff picks, reviews, ratings, and categories. To boot, they get easy updates and a convenient purchase process.

Add to that: since the store takes a cut as opposed to a flat listing fee it's in the store's best interest to promote the games as heavily as possible. If they can get the best games in front of the most customers, they can make the most money.

Comment Re:You idiots (Score 2) 308

You might want to rethink that. Since the Android store is the main gateway for less tech-savvy users (i.e. the vast majority of users) and outside sales don't get reported, you might actually be hurting the company in the long run by buying straight from their personal site.

Sure they get to keep an extra $1.50 on your $7 game, but they also have one fewer sale on the marketplace, and any reviews you leave will be downgraded in terms of relevance because the Android store doesn't think you own the product. Being pushed down a few slots in the marketplace could greatly hurt their visibility, and they could lose a lot of sales as a result.

If you really want to help them? Buy from the marketplace, leave reviews, and discourage any friends who pirate the software.

Comment Re:Back of envelope calculations (Score 1) 190

Personally? I use Netflix Streaming instead of a traditional cable subscription, and easily watch an hour a day of content. Sometimes I just put a series I know on and stream things in the background while I'm painting or doing layout work, and on long days like that I could easily rack up 9-10 hours of video content.

Heck, 1.15 hours a day? That's an episode of Walking dead and an episode of IT Crowd, or a single short movie. After work me and my partner typically eat dinner, then put on something interesting and drink a glass of wine or two. I feel like that's pretty typical behavior among subscribers who actually use their subscriptions...

Comment Why is this a states issue?... (Score 2, Insightful) 268

Seems to me that the states shouldn't be trying to deal with the taxes on this, and instead congress should be doing it under the mantle of "Regulating Interstate Commerce". Pass a law that says all sellers must collect and report both federal and state income tax on sales as if the sale were occurring at the buyer's physical location, or the location to which the product is delivered. (Whichever is easier to make into an enforceable law).

Simple, clean, unambiguous, very few loopholes, and understandable to customers.

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