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Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 198

Look up the premium services domain registration company, and send an email to every address you can find for the premium service that you are getting unwanted commercial email, and that it is against the registration companies policy, and you will be forced to report them to their hosting company if they don't stop. You would be surprised at how fast spam will stop.

Comment Re:Every new medium is always snubbed by the snobs (Score 1) 65

Although I understand your point, the story is apocryphal.

See Snopes for examples that attribute the same story to Tesla and Edison, as well as anonymous engineers, mechanics, and plumbers.

Also, pianos also have dampers (felt pads that lower onto the strings when the key is released) and petals, which control the action of the dampers. Furthermore, the vibration of strings on the piano can effect other string especially with the damper petal down. So a bit more complicated than you make out.

Comment Re:Could this article be more misleading? (Score 1) 245

Blanket consent doesn't mean you don't have to register your device. From your article:

In addition, we require all Class B signal booster installations to be registered in an FCC signal booster registration database. Thus, in the event a Class B signal booster causes interference, the operator of the device can be located and asked to shut down the interfering device.

Comment Scarcity (Score 3, Interesting) 144

They are using the allure of scarcity. Remember when people went crazy over GMail or Google + invites?

This taps into a basic human driver. Scarcity makes people feel special, and working hard to get something makes people perceive the value is greater.

Of course, Google needs developers to embrace Google Glass to be successful. The more the better. But by making it exclusive people will value it more. Such are the problems of a digital society, where almost all that is left is artificial scarcity.

Comment Re:No Exchange, no problem (Score 1) 266

There are have been problems with iOS, exchange support, and push email for a long time. I used to have really bad bluetooth problems, and I would get into funky modes where my battery drained fast and my phone overheated. Granted, I did have a slow and overloaded Exchange server. The solution to both problems was to off push email and fetch email every 15 minutes.

Comment Re:Why not? (Score 1) 125

UAVs have come a long way, and will certainly get better in the future. It is easy to see how much more capable you can create a plane that doesn't have a human pilot. UAVs don't need ejector seats, don't have to have life support equipment, don't have to worry about harming a pilot with Gforces, etc.

And, they are controlled remotely, which means that they can be jammed. However, the ability to jam communications also effects piloted aircraft. Looking into the future, it is clear that UAVs will continue to develop autonomous technology, so they can can take appropriate action when they loose communications with remote pilots.

Ultimately, a goal of the UAV program is autonomous vehicles, that have objectives specified by humans but carry out those objectives independently.

Comment Re:iterative innovation (Score 1) 417

Really? Bill Gates dropped out after two years at Harvard. Steve Jobs dropped out after a semester at Reed College. Steve Wosniak dropped out of Berkley after one year. And Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard after two years.

There is no denying these folks are smart. But they are not highly educated. I also question the level of investment. Apple, Microsoft and Facebook started in dorm rooms and garages.

The reality is that while education is necessary to develop the underlying technology (the integrated circuit and CPU, high density storage, computer networks and the internet, touch screens, etc), it almost seems like education is unnecessary, or even an impediment to actually creating popular consumer products.

Comment Re:Seems like a meaningless distinction (Score 1) 417

James Burke did an excellent series on tracing the history of technology called Connections in which he very successfully argues that all technology and inventions are part of an interconnected, iterative web of adaptation. Rug weaving led to the computer. Castle fortifications led to movies. Interesting stuff indeed.

Comment Hmmmm.... (Score 1) 286

Three obvious suggestions, three sarcastic responses:

Changing batteries has also been available for laptops forever. It is totally inconvenient. How much time per day do you spend managing your batteries?

Why are you watching movies on your tablet? Don't you have a nice big screen? Wouldn't a study pillow be easier?

And finally...real geeks don't exercise.

Comment Nothing to see here (Score 5, Insightful) 437

This article was obviously written by someone who has no idea what the state of the art is in performance web serving. If you know anything about high scale web technology, skip it.

Where to start complaining? Don't roll your own http server. You probably don't understand what you are doing, and you will get weird results. Using Windows as a platform for a java web server is pretty silly. The author incorrectly assumes that because the .Net framework is fast, the framework will be. That isn't the case. Running load testing on hello world test cases is silly. If you are interested in the real world, try testing with real world applications. The author also doesn't seem to understand that the JVM or .Net runtime will compile bytecode using JiT methods (Just in Time compiling). Finally, if you have skilled developers, it doesn't really matter what language you use. Architectural issues like data storage and caching are much more important than language.

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