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Comment Reactions to my LG Urbane (Score 2) 359

I have had an LG Urbane for almost a year. It was a gift from my wife and kids for my birthday. I don't think I ever would have purchased a smart watch on my own but I have really enjoyed it. I have a lot on my work schedule and the notifications are very handy. The directions on my wrist are appreciated especially when walking so I don't have to stare at my phone and look lost. I find it handy to leave my phone on my desk and not have to carry it to get notifications. In general, as someone else said, the extra source of notifications is very useful. There are other applications but personally I didn't invest much effort after I realized I couldn't reliably press the tiny buttons on the calculator applications.

When other people see it light up for a notification, I often get the "is it an iWatch" question. I politely explain that Apple isn't the only company that makes smart watches. The LG Urbane is a round faced watch which actually looks like a nice men's watch. It isn't gimmicky looking. It feels comparable in weight to the Seiko Titanium watch it replaced. It will last about 36 hours on a charge for me but I charge it every night. I show them the features and they usually come away impressed.

If you want a status symbol or expect a magical capability, then you will be disappointed. At Apple prices, a smart watch is a very questionable purchase. But the feature/price ratio is better on the Android side. Plus you have more choice on style.

Comment Re:Just a multi-threading library (Score 2) 130

RTEMS.org already exists as a single process, multi-threaded RTOS with robust POSIX API support. Includes SMP, networking, filesystems, USB, high test coverage, etc. No dual licensing for commercial use. Used heavil by NASA, ESA, high energy physics community, and many industrial users.

Comment Gamma Burst Monitor Runs RTEMS open source RTOS (Score 2) 133

I thought it would be of interest that at least the Gamma Burst Monitor on Fermi is running the open source RTEMS real-time operating system.
There are multiple references but this is an easy to find one: http://arxiv.org/pdf/0908.0450... This paper details the hardware and some of the timing characteristics of the system. And it has some nice pictures. :)

Comment Re:How long to a real revolution in engine tech ? (Score 1) 71

The study of nuclear rocket engines has a history dating back to the early 1950s. There was a Space Nuclear Propulsion Office until 1972. A NERVA is on exhibit at the US Space and Rocket Center. I also noticed that UAHuntsville and NASA Marshall appear to have been investigating this technology for at least the past few years based on news announcements and published papers. If you want to know what challenges are still ahead and how ready the technology is, checkout some of the recent published material.

Comment Re:Square Brackets (Score 1) 45

I wonder why all the names had square brackets around them: [Fermi], etc. I began to wonder if there was an alternate version of the article that had a different set of names. It was like I image it would be like to read a textbook in North Korea: "Then [Glorious Leader] invented the nuclear bomb." "Later [Glorious Leader] was the first person to walk on the moon".

Cut and pasted from a wiki?

Comment Re:locations.... (Score 1) 57

Google has announced the conversion of a TVA coal->steam plant in Stephenson Alabama to a data center. It is on the Tennessee River and they expect it to be a net energy producer. TVA has cheap electricity and they always have the river to aid cooling.

I am sure there were/are tax breaks but this is a plant scheduled to close in a small town. If Google's energy claims are semi-correct, it is a good move.

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