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Comment Re:Remember (Score 1) 631

You forgot one:

  1. 1) They get people interested in science.
  2. 2) They show scientific experimentation using a variety of tools.
  3. 3) They entertain.
  4. 4) See #1
  5. 5) They blow stuff up (or shoot at stuff) at every possible opportunity, whether it relates to the hypothesis or not (see #3).

Comment Re:Not really... (Score 5, Insightful) 278

If an Android tablet actually comes out in the US for $100 or less, it won't matter whether the iPad is snappy or sluggish. What will matter is that for the cost of the cheapest iPad, one could buy five (5) of these. Heck, I'd buy one for each of my two teenaged boys (my wife already has an iPad2, a gift from her father) AND one for myself. Plus, two more to keep on the shelf as backup gifts for people.

Had I managed to get any HP Touchpads at $99 before they ran out I would have bought as many as I could get my hands on.

For me at least, at $100 these are practically disposable.


Submission + - Siri: Coming Soon to Apple TV? (

redletterdave writes: "Apple's new TV set-top, revealed by code found within the iOS 5.1 update, will reportedly feature the newest version of Bluetooth, called Bluetooth Smart (4.0). With this technology, Apple could potentially implement motion-sensitive controls and even Siri onto its TV platform. With the ability for Bluetooth 4.0 to connect with a greater number of wireless devices faster and more reliably, it's likely Apple will use Siri to help users control and navigate the Apple TV interface, especially for finding and discovering content. With the addition of Bluetooth, sources also say the next-gen Apple TV could become a gaming port. Bluetooth 4.0 can leverage the gyroscopes and accelerometers within the iOS devices to make any iOS handheld into a motion-sensitive game controller, which could potentially help Apple compete with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and the Nintendo Wii."

Comment Re:Cygwin (Score 2) 226

SUA was once called SFU (Services For UNIX), and it replaces the built-in POSIX subsystem which has been an integral part of NT since NT 3.1.

The built-in POSIX subsystem alone was basically useless as shipped, since it came without many command line utilities, but SFU (now SUA) upgraded it to a more or less useful configuration, including a series of commands built to use the API; in some ways it accomplished the same thing as Cygwin, but in a different way.

In my opinion, Cygwin is vastly better since it contains more utilities, is more aggressively maintained and updates are more frequent.

Comment Re:Flaming Skis (Score 1) 380

Even better:

V9027XA Drowning and submersion due to falling or jumping from burning water-skis, initial encounter
V9027XD Drowning and submersion due to falling or jumping from burning water-skis, subsequent encounter
V9027XS Drowning and submersion due to falling or jumping from burning water-skis, sequela

Comment Re:How exactly do you define..? (Score 1) 91

I believe they also came up with things like Duc Tape, velcro, and plastics.

It's called "duct" tape, as in, "air conditioning ducts" (as in those rectangular stainless steel air conduits used in forced air HVAC systems), and it existed long before there ever was a shuttle -- nevermind space -- program.

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