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Comment Re:Windows Phone (Score 1) 189

Microsoft has basically killed Windows Phone at this point with such extreme prejudice, I almost find it hard to believe they did so unintentionally. Not only is the staff skeletal at best now, with 7,800 fired last year even before the release of Windows Phone 10, another 1,850 this May and another 2,850 at the end of last month, they have discontinued the few pre-installed services that were interesting and split the already very weak ecosystem into two.

My last phone was the Lumia 1020, the one before that was the Galaxy S i9000. The two experiences could not have been more different. When I got my i9000, there were few good applications, but progressively their number increased and it became a very nice system to use indeed. The 1020, on the other hand, came with some nifty things out-of-the-box—I really enjoyed Photobeamer and the free 30GB OneDrive option—that Microsoft killed, while third-party support continued to dwindle over time. One got better, the other got worse.

They have a few nice ideas in Windows Phone 10, but none of them makeup for the certain doom the OS has been heading towards the past couple of years. It's a mediocre experience at best and doesn't offer anything worthwhile that iOS and Android cannot do better.

Comment Re: Hoping (Score 1) 392

On the contrary, it does not matter at all how you or I interpret the meaning of "autopilot" to be. Until Tesla limits their sales to licensed aviation specialists, the only thing that matters is what a legal reasonable man thinks as determined by the courts. I am curious as to where this is going to go, but I have some considerations about Tesla convincing anyone of this interpretation of "autopilot" being a common one.

Comment Re:Zero Tolerance (Score 1) 453

If you weren't intentionally attempting to sabotage your corporation's relations, you might have already been assigned that secretary--or at least an intern--who would type up those business cards for you. Christ, if you do anything that requires work with corporate clients, regardless how minor, you should have had one already. This is precisely the sort of representative that would get his company blacklisted five minutes into the first meeting by anyone who is not complete desperate and has nowhere else to go, i.e. people you probably don't want to be doing business with to begin with.

Comment Re:Fooling body sensory and temp regulation system (Score 1) 86

Who knows? On one hand, one immediately thinks about all those people who are close to dying in the heat without knowing about it, because they've reached the stage when they no longer feel hot. Yet then again, if this is more like the heat regulation that dogs do with their tongues, it's not such a bad thing. I'm certain that at least the EU will make sure that thing doesn't accidentally kill people if it were to be launched on our markets.

Submission + - Let The Cars Drive Themselves, We'll Save Money And Lives 1

cartechboy writes: Autonomous cars are coming even if tech companies have to produce them. The biggest hurdles are the technology (very expensive and often still surprisingly rudimentary) and how vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication happens (one car anticipates or sees an accident, it should tell nearby cars). So what are the benefits to self-driving cars? They may save us thousands of lives and not a small amount of cash. A new study from the Eno Center for Transportation (PDF) suggests that if just 10 percent of vehicles on the road were autonomous, the U.S. could see 1,000 fewer highway fatalities annually and save $38 billion in lost productivity (due to congestion and other traffic problems). Right off the bat you can imagine autonomous driving easily topping your average intoxicated drivers' ability behind the wheel. At a 90 percent adoption mark those same numbers in theory would become: 21,700 lives spared, and a whopping $447 billion saved. If that's the case, bring on robot drivers.

Submission + - How FBI caught Ross Ulbricht, alleged creator of criminal marketplace Silk Road (cnn.com)

i_want_you_to_throw_ writes: CNN reports that the FBI caught the man accused of creating Silk Road — the shadowy e-commerce site it describes as "the most sophisticated and extensive criminal marketplace on the Internet today" — after he allegedly posted his Gmail address online, according to court documents.
It appears he was nailed by not completely covering his own tracks as opposed to any failure of the technology.

Comment Re:Long Overdue (Score 1) 620

Well, no, he doesn't. If you read his post, which is most likely trolling to begin with, he specifically refers to the "evildoers" from SR as discussed in this post and not to all who break any kind of laws, a la highly moral, romanticised tax evasion through Robert of Locksley. If you do not think that the individuals trafficking drugs are harming the society for personal benefit and are thus what most people would consider to be "doing evil", that is your personal opinion. Claiming that any dissenting view is a result of brainwashing only hints at your own dogmatic attitude regarding the matter.

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