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Comment Re:I want alternatives (Score 1) 81

I applaud the effort on Ubuntu Mobile, but I'd put it's chances of succeeding as far less than BlackBerry's or even Firefox OS, which at least had good buzz and shipped devices for a couple of years.

I flashed some Android phones/tablets with early versions of Ubuntu Mobile. Assuming that's still possible, there are more devices available than you think. Sure, flashing isn't for everyone -- but we were always years away from an Ubuntu phone being a mainstream consumer product.

Comment Re:Yay! Sharepoint! (Score 1) 44

From what I can tell (haven't actually tried it), it looks like it would take months to get a stock SharePoint install hammered into some form that would actually be useful for your organization. Out of the box it's practically useless. You'll be paying those couple of consultants whether you go with Microsoft or not.

Comment Re:Yay! Sharepoint! (Score 1) 44

Their files were saved to Sharepoint (the default, not their intention) and when they 'attached' the file to an email, Outlook went ahead and sent a link, rather than attaching the file. The link went to our internal Sharepoint, which people on the outside could not access.

The default in Outlook 2016 is to also send links when you attach files that are in your OneDrive folders. That is, to you it seems like you're navigating through the filesystem and attaching a file, but Outlook "helpfully" sees that it's synced to OneDrive and sends a link to the website instead. There's a little box or something you have to check if you want the classic behavior, but you have to set it every time you send an email. I couldn't find any global setting to disable the linking.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 274

Err..there are still plenty of higher end audio shops out there, I've been to them.

I was just in Tokyo last month and there was a little district that seemed to have a dozen such shops, and shops that sold musical instruments were up the street. A lot of the gear appeared to be older/used, but it was high end stuff for sure.

Comment Re:It's missing the full picture (Score 1) 198

I think your diagram might be misleading for the Germans' particular use case.

Presumably, the transport/transfer phase here is where the hydrogen is taken to some kind of "filling station" where fuel cell vehicles will be fitted with fuel cells. It seems to me you can cut out some of these steps/losses when the vehicle you're filling up with hydrogen is itself a train, which is more than powerful enough to transport large volume of hydrogen all by itself. Build a line out to the the electrolysis plant and the hyrdrogen never even needs to leave the railway system.

Furthermore, I haven't bothered to read TFA but the hydrogen train designs I've read about do have batteries, so they are not exempt from the efficiencies of regenerative braking.

Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 1) 432

There is no compelling interest in keeping plans for primitive 3D printed guns away from anyway, and there is no possible argument that there is.

My read is that the argument is a "slippery slope" one. The lawsuit was intentionally filed with the aim of setting a legal precedent that could potentially apply to other, less primitive weapons.

Comment No they didn't (Score 1) 284

Actually, if you read TFA past all the sensationalist clickbait, what the report really said was:

Many scientists, philosophers, and business leaders believe that there is a 20-50 per cent probability that humans are already living in a computer-simulated virtual world.

Which is really not that jaw-dropping, since the summary says practically the same thing.

Comment Re:Shocking! (Score 1) 527

So? People knew instinctively right away that it was a bad thing. Smoke is something that you usually RUN from lest you want to die immediately. The idea that you would use it for recreation is just bizzare.

There's no such instinct. Cigarette companies didn't invent cigarettes, either. Tobacco was brought back to Europe from Mesoamerica. In other words, they saw the indigenous peoples using it, thought, "That seems pretty cool," and started doing it themselves -- "instincts" be damned.

Comment Re:mucus CAPTCHA: RANGLEDANGKALOOF (Score 1) 87

Actually, hospitals are full of strains of resistant bacteria that only exist in hospitals. Understand: studies have shown that the same strains exist in hospitals all over the country. They don't come pouring out, though. There are also resistant strains "in the wild" (outside the relatively controlled hospital environments) but they are not the same as the ones in the hospitals.

Comment Re: money in Star Trek (Score 1) 145

Nah, it was still inconsistent. Harry Mudd clearly lived within Federation space, even if he considered himself an outlaw, and he was obsessed with money.

And what about the Ferenghi living on Deep Space 9? Didn't they live on a "planet" under Starfleet's control? I guess technically they weren't really obsessed with money, they were obsessed with acquiring material things. But that in itself is a paradox when acquiring material things incurs no monetary cost.

I mean, if you think about it, the idea of the end of scarcity for everything is preposterous, even with Replicator technology. Suppose you have a signed picture of Majel Barret and I want it? I don't want a replica of it, I want the one with her actual signature on it. I might want to trade you something for it. What? With no generally accepted form of money, you're stuck with a barter economy and the Federation is back to the Bronze Age.

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