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Comment Haven't we seen this before? (Score 3, Insightful) 106

It was a Microsoft program called WISE and licensed to Bristol, Insignia, MainSoft and Locus( https://goo.gl/nrk4ML ). It allowed these vendors to build libraries for UNIX which let Win32 sources be built on UNIX systems. Lots of UNIX app developers porting UNIX apps to Windows since they could sell their apps for both Windows and UNIX. Only one problem, Microsoft pulled the rug out from under them all( save one ) and left all those UNIX software vendors with no path for their UNIX customers but moving to Microsoft Windows. They more than quadrupled the WISE program cost and only one of the vendors could afford to pay it. The one vendor who could still pay the licensing fee was also the one vendor Microsoft hired to port Internet Explorer to Sun Solaris.

So unless every single bit of this ChakraCore stuff is open source and under a BSD or MIT license(ie loose) then stay away, far far away. IMO

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Comment Re:No nerds in Slashdot crowd any more... :( (Score 1) 54

Sure seems that way doesn't it. FYI, I recently built an AlexaPi using an old rPi B+, a old logitech USB webcam for the mic and headphones. Getting started with it asking about weather, appointment/calendar events, etc. Will start building todo's and see about getting music working. The browser version is pretty cool as it lets me do the same when at the computer. And also used AlexaPi to reorder a few things. I hear the Dot and Echo have such good noise cancelling and voice pickup it can recognize commands from across the room.

Now if I can get Max Headroom into my rPi and working and sync'ed to Alexa's voice then the AlexaPi would make it to the living room.

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Comment not sure it can be called a "business" (Score 1) 113

They tried and failed badly to create a smart phone business and therefore could not stop Android from growing into a powerful platform. With Android apps being able to run on the inexpensive laptop devices known as Chromebooks... Well let's just say the phrase, "Houston, we have a problem" is an understatement for Microsoft.

With less than 10% market share I was always wondering why they even got any press time with Windows Phone and now with under 1% one has to wonder how many millions do they want to be spending to keep the brand alive.

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Comment Doom/2 for OS/2 (Score 1) 351

Back in the day, 1994ish, you had to run PC games in DOS to run well. But IBM had OS/2, the source code for DOS and Windows and they were doing amazing things on the PC. Great multimedia things like sync'ed video/sound and in multiple windows. Sounds crazy now but it was a big deal on the machines back in 1994. They were ramping up OS/2 Warp for consumers and hired someone to create Doom/2 for OS/2. There were two Comdex conferences, one in Spring and one in Fall. At the Spring Comdex IBM and Id showed Doom/2 and it was all the buzz. There were copies leaked off ftp sites and it was pretty cool playing Doom on the desktop with other apps. They showcased this at Spring Comdex and by Fall Comdex Microsoft had created something for the Windows beta codename Chicago because they couldn't allow OS/2 to get mind share. Chicago was to become Windows 95 was still vaporware. It was the beginning of Microsoft's venture into the gaming industry.

I found a link referencing it here: http://www.os2ezine.com/v2n7/doom.htm

The OS/2 multimedia system was pretty good back in the day and top notch on PC hardware. That is until I saw BeOS. Boy, it so sucked that Microsoft got away for so long doing illegal crap like locking vendors into installing only their OS or having to pay them even if Windows and/or DOS were not installed. BeOS shut down because they could not get any hardware vendors to install it on computers. Palm then bought BeOS and totally wasted any opportunities to use BeOS in ways which leveraged its capabilities.

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Comment Re:But the Mach5 did this over 40 years ago! (Score 1) 65

That would be for progressive decay or other gradual failures and indeed tough to catch but what about vehicles stuck on tracks, wash outs or even that coyote behind the rock with an ACME magneto blasting detonator or worst. But then again they don't have automatic braking and still use humans because it's too expensive so no doubt any of what I described would be decades away from consideration.

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Comment Re:does it really matter how she got drunk (Score 1) 259

so how does one go 20 or 30, or more, years with this and not know something is wrong? The testing the husband asked to have done stated that she would get wobbly at .30-.40 levels and when she was stopped and tested she blew a .40.

So it surprises me someone could go that long in life and not know or wonder or have checked what is going on. How did her husband and family not ask why she'd be "wobbly" after drinking so little or possibly not at all? I guess she/they can claim ignorance and that's enough to get you off the hook.

Now they( the DMV ) should know that she needs to have her drivers license pulled until she proves she's cured because not only does she get drunk after eating but she and those around her at too clueless to even know she's impaired.

Comment and those examples use standard infrastructures (Score 1) 152

what it sounds like you are planning is a controlled infrastructure. Just use the existing infrastructure and put up limited availability sites. But if you want to build out your own CompuServe and/or AOL service you are going to be bashed if you do so leveraging your Facebook service to do it. Or maybe you should create your own religion like L Ron Hubbard did and control those who come to you.

But do not try to take advantage of persons in certain socio economic situations pretending to be their saviour. A Douglas Adams were alive today I'm sure he'd have a very comical yet accurate way of describing what your are attempting to do.

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Comment who thought of one spot for one outlet? (Score 1) 554

Did they really think this through considering an employee is expected to be at work for 8+ hours and won't need all 8 to charge the car? Two spots would be better or even 4. Provide the charger with a charge cable/plug for each spot/vehicle and a first come first serve(FIFO) mechanism of charging each vehicle.

There could also be mechanisms for sensing a vehicle in the charge spots(capacitive loops) and sensing when getting unplugged before fully charged to prevent others from unplugging someone's car to get theirs to the top of the FIFO. Something like requiring a RFID tag pairing when starting a charge and another pairing hit of the RFID tag when unplugged before fully charged.

One charge plug per parking spot was not a good plan.

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Comment the real question might be which AC frequency (Score 1, Informative) 597

With homes having high load devices with large motors(washing machines, compressors in heat pumps, etc) and the large resistive loads like electric heaters, stoves, etc DC just is not the answer. Even with DC there would be a need for DC-DC converters which work by converting to AC... So given how easy it is to move AC voltages around and up/down I would think the question would be how do we optimize the losses in conversions. Maybe we need 5KHz instead of 50/60Hz.

Comment Re:Most IP cameras (Score 1) 263

I wonder if the IP cams which use someones cloud for the images have such a URL for getting the current or latest JPEG image? If they do then you could use such a cam since it would be pushing out the images. BTW, once a cam pushes out an image, there is a TCP/IP connection between the camera and service server so they can command the camera to do things without initially knowing your cameras IP or having to come into your network from 'outside'.

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