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Comment Surface Phone? (Score 1) 250

What I really want, and have wanted for a long time, is an Atom based Windows 10 phone. That is, a real x86 intel phone so that Continuum exposes a real Windows PC that can run real Win32 software. Then you don't even need any special magic to run Android apps, because you can actually just run Android in Hyper-V or VirtualBox like a sane person.

Comment Re:slippery slope (Score 1) 822

Do I understand you to say that it's the caffeine added to sugary drinks makes them "one of the root causes of obesity?" The last time I checked, caffeine was a stimulant and appetite suppressant. I grant that sugary drinks can kickstart a negative feedback loop that can leads to diabetes and obesity, but I don't understand how the caffeine is implicated.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 100

I personally like that they did this using components that are easily available to you average nerd. Barring some mysterious process that isn't evident, for me personally, the most difficult part of re-creating the project would be writing the code for the image recognition (only because it's something I've never done before.) Building the models for 3D print, solving the algorithm, and controlling the stepper motors with Arduino seems pretty straightfoward.

Comment Re:Metric Conversions? (Score 2) 123

I don't know what you mean by "a single instance" in this case. If you mean "instant", then that would be an infinitesemal unit of time during which you could cover in an infinitesemal distance in space (ds/dt). What you suggest is that if you plot position over time, you can't ever identify the slope of the tangent line at a given point, but of course you can do that with calculus using limits. There is no rate of change between a point and itself, but the instantaneous velocity at that point does represent an actual physical quantity, kinetic energy, with respect to the object's mass.

In a physical sense, you can't really look at "zero" time because of the continuous "analog" nature of the universe. You can look at smaller and smaller units of time, but you actually can't get to zero. On a subatomic scale, you end up hitting a fundamental limit of being able to know both position and momentum (mass*velocity) of a particle simultaneously. That's the kind of weirdness that gives you cats that are both dead and alive.

Comment What implications does this have for TMS therapy? (Score 1) 123

I always thought Transcranial magnetic stimulation was something of a quacky gimmick. I've been to a clinic where they offer this kind of treatment, for unrelated reasons. It makes the clinic much less credible in my opinion, but maybe there is something to it after all.

Comment Re:Mythical man month (Score 1) 729

Why worker relocation instead of work relocation? Move the work to where the people are that need jobs, rather than moving the people. The location of a workplace can be governed purely by logistics. There are no sentimental reasons for it to be in one place rather than another. The same is not true of workers.

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