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Comment Re: Thanks Samsung! (Score 3, Informative) 278

This ban has NOTHING to do with what logo is painted on the aircraft, but depends entirely on the airports involved.

Flying from Paris to Chicago? Middle-Eastern and American airlines have the same rules -- electronics allowed, even on a Middle-Eastern airline. Flying from Istanbul to New York? Once again, same rules for Middle-Eastern and American airlines -- no electronics, even on the American airline.

So, explain to me how this is supposed to prefer one airline over another? I am really waiting to hear this one.

Comment Re: Microsoft == dumbass (Score 1) 114

Why in the world would you be using a 3rd party service? Putting together a Synology box is trivial, and it can back up to most cloud services with client-side encryption. You get storage space that's limited only by your hard drive space and the freedom and security of your own cloud service.

Comment Re: About time! (Score 1) 266

In an ideal world, regulation would not be necessary. Sometimes the threat of regulation is enough.

Take maturity ratings for games. The government saw a problem and proposed passing laws for ratings, so the industry took responsibility and set up its own rating system, removing the need for the government to mandate it.

Hopefully the threat of a new regulation will cause the airline industry to come up with its own standards.

Comment Re:Next 50 ears is likely (Score 1) 224

Nope, you read that wrong.

Nobody is saying that life necessarily implies oxygen. They ARE saying that oxygen implies life, and that we might be able to easily detect oxygen.

They are not saying that non-oxygen life does not exist, only that it may be much harder to detect given the distances involved.

Comment Re:Why do they need help? (Score 1) 220

they want $4k for the cheapest model. At that price, this is vaporware that will never condense into our reality.

Huh? I am not sure that I follow. If they were asking $400, I would say that it is too cheap to be a real product. At $4,000, you should be able to get one with a gold-plated case.

If you pay me $4,000, I will happily buy a $2000 Razer Blade, install Ubuntu on it, and cheerfully hand it to you with a handshake and a smile.

Reply to this message to place your order.

Comment Re:Stupid pixel race (Score 1) 111

Just some math for you, for giggles. Don't read too much into it.

Back when I was a kid, computer display used fonts of an 8x8 pixel matrix, and that was perfectly readable.

Now, using 8x8 characters, you can get 70 characters horizontally and vertically in one square inch (plus a bit of a border). This means that you can fit 4,900 characters in one square inch, and they SHOULD be legible (maybe not comfortably).

Hmmmm.

Comment Re: So essentially test rides with passengers (Score 4, Interesting) 122

I happen to both like driving AND like the option of having the car take over if I'm tired etc.

Cars are a unique instrument because of the degree of freedom they provide. My big concern is that the advent of self-driving cars will be used by the state to heavily infringe on those freedoms.

My sense is that within months of approval of this technology for mass market use, it will become mandatory, and within a few years after that havens of the nanny state will prohibit humans from driving.

All in the name of public safety of course. The cars will be monitored, tracked, and subject to stop on order from advice at any time.

Tell me this isn't the future.

Comment Re:Facial Recognition... (Score 1) 114

No, WHOOSH to you!

I don't want it to have to have line of sight to my face. What a fricking step back. I can reach my hand into my pocket and touch the button to unlock. I can unlock in the dark. It is retarded and as someone who has owned every generation of iphones and ipads, I will quit buying them because of that stupid feature.

Comment Re:Labor shortage in engineering? (Score 1) 477

As an EE making custom silicon, I can say that the job market is very ... mixed.

The biggest problem with the industry, as I see it, is that the jobs are geographically limited. I currently have a job in a state that I love. However, should something happen to this job, I have very limited prospects for a new job in this town. In general, chip design jobs are largely in places that I don't want to live (and generally near huge cities). California, Illinois, and New York? Nope. I wold rather panhandle. Washington/Oregon? Maybe, depends on the area, traffic, cost of living, etc. Texas? Yeah, maybe, but it is pretty hot and humid there. Florida? Yeah, I left there because of the heat, humidity, and hurricanes.

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