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Google Is Planning a 'Pixel 3' Laptop Running 'Andromeda' OS For Release in Q3 2017 (androidpolice.com) 53

Google plans to launch a laptop next year with Pixel branding which will run 'Andromeda' operating system, reports AndroidPolice, citing sources. Andromeda is a hybrid of Android and Chrome OS, the report adds. Pixel, Chrome OS and Android teams have been working on this project, dubbed Bison, for years, apparently. From the report: Bison is planned as an ultra-thin laptop with a 12.3" display, but Google also wants it to support a "tablet" mode. It's unclear to us if this means Bison will be a Lenovo Yoga-style convertible device, or a detachable like Microsoft's Surface Book, but I'm personally leaning on the former given how thin it is. Powering it will be either an Intel m3 or i5 Core processor with 32 or 128GB of storage and 8 or 16GB of RAM. This seems to suggest there will be two models. It will also feature a fingerprint scanner, two USB-C ports, a 3.5mm jack (!), a host of sensors, stylus support (a Wacom pen will be sold separately), stereo speakers, quad microphones, and a battery that will last around 10 hours. The keyboard will be backlit, and the glass trackpad will use haptic and force detection similar to the MacBook. Google plans to fit all of this in a form factor under 10mm in thickness, notably thinner than the aforementioned Apple ultraportable.The report, however, adds that it is likely that Google might revise the specifications by the time of its launch, which is slated to happen sometime in Q3 2017.

Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 1) 213

If you do a fresh install of Windows 7 these days? The update process is PAINFUL! You'll literally need to leave the PC downloading updates for a good 8-10 hours or more before it finally starts doing anything obvious.

That's why you slipstream updates into your installation image. Slipstreaming the various post-SP1 patch rollups as they're released will slash your installation time significantly, and there are only a relative handful of them at this point.

The only thing slipstreaming doesn't cover is updates to the .NET Framework. For whatever reason, they're not provided in a compatible format, but only as installer .exes. RT Seven Lite, however, will create an image that will run these installers (or others) in a post-Win7-installation step. It also facilitates slipstreaming the other updates, so it's useful to have on hand.

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Ask Slashdot: Who's Building The Open Source Version of Siri? (upon2020.com) 183

We're moving to a world of voice interactions processed by AI. Now Long-time Slashdot reader jernst asks, "Will we ever be able to do that without going through somebody's proprietary silo like Amazon's or Apple's?" A decade ago, we in the free and open-source community could build our own versions of pretty much any proprietary software system out there, and we did... But is this still true...? Where are the free and/or open-source versions of Siri, Alexa and so forth?

The trouble, of course, is not so much the code, but in the training. The best speech recognition code isn't going to be competitive unless it has been trained with about as many millions of hours of example speech as the closed engines from Apple, Google and so forth have been. How can we do that? The same problem exists with AI. There's plenty of open-source AI code, but how good is it unless it gets training and retraining with gigantic data sets?

And even with that data, Siri gets trained with a massive farm of GPUs running 24/7 -- but how can the open source community replicate that? "Who has a plan, and where can I sign up to it?" asks jernst. So leave your best answers in the comments. Who's building the open source version of Siri?

Comment Re: Curly braces = good. Indents = bad. (Score 1) 170

Secondly, you can't copy paste cleanly from the web with an indentation based language.
If your programming know how is on such a low level that you can not reread something you copy pasted and fix the errors: let me say it bluntly, you should not be programming!!!!
Sorry, I hope I never have to oversee a programmer like that. There is nothing wrong with copying snippets from e.g. Stack Overflow, but complaining the formatting gets messed up and then you can not get it running anymore ... please, reconsider your carrier plan.

Comment Re:Curly braces = good. Indents = bad. (Score 1) 170

Your post makes no sense.

With x-tags vi/iY is an IDE like any other IDE. And there is no IDE that is "bloated" and needs more than a few hundred MB of RAM. If an IDE needs lots of RAM it is because of the size of your source code ... go figure. Yes, a few hundred MB for Eclipse is a lot. But you are not running a server ... and develop on it ... on 1GB.

Comment Re:What about the Ada way ? (Score 1) 170

And on an iPad or Android device the language does not even matter.

Only special code editors like Textastic have an extra line of keys for common "programmer symbols".

@Dunkelfalke, if you are on a Mac, consider to make your own keyboard layout with a program called "Ukelele". I just map [] and {} to the german Umlauts (more or less like on an US keyboard).

When programming I switch to the "special" language ;D ... on the other hand with modern IDEs typing { generates the appropriated } anyway.

Comment Re:So many people who think they are experts... (Score 1) 229

The problem with that event is not that people don't believe steal gets soft. Actually everyone should know/grasp that.

The problem is that the building did not collapse as intuition (and plenty of demolition experts testified) demands. For a layman, the part of the edge of the building where the plane hit, should slowly collapse. Which would lead to a tilting of the building to the side and the parts on top would simply crash over.

However, every video shows that the collapsing (in both buildings) started at the top. There was not even fire. As long as that is not explained, there will be "truthers". The building holds at the hottest part, until the cool parts above it collapse and then hit the hot part ... possible. But not plausible. The explanations for that are not plausible either, I only heard nonsense.

Comment Re:So many people who think they are experts... (Score 1) 229

Anything that is radioactive for 10,000 years isn't actually very dangerous, that is basic science
It is, if you eat it. That is basic science

It is the stuff with a 50 year half life that will kill you.
No. Uranium e.g. is like lead a very poisonous heavy metal. Get it your food chain and you are in trouble. Its radioactivity or lack there of, is your least concern.

Comment Re: Black swan events (Score 0) 229

It is chap because it is subsidized. Facepalm.

The heating is done over night. You have special payment plans for that.

If they had not enough people buying excess power at night to heat up the water storages (for 1/3 of the price at daytime) they would need to shut down nuclear reactors.

Which again would be much more expensive than giving power away for nearly free.

You are caught in circular arguments ... if you had not night consumers buying electric power, you had less reactors. If you had less reactors you had no night consumers. And the power those reactors produce over daytime would be more expensive.

Comment Re:The cleanup (Score 1) 229

If you are in a living in a country where the government (that is basically you) allows coal plants to spit out more waste than hot air and steam and CO2 you should probably either shoot the government or emigrate.

As a side note: the emissions of a german coal plant are close to meaningless.

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