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Comment Drunk at 2:00AM in Tokyo no longer be hazardous? (Score 2) 185

I've not spent a lot of time in Japan but on future trips I will have a little nostalgia remembering coming in after a long night of Karaoke and trying to figure out how to relieve myself without flooding the bathroom.

Of course, that option is a lot better than the ubiquitous hole in the floor with a shell that you squat over that my wife always wondered why I took pictures of.

Submission + - Trump doesn't make Microsoft's CEO nervous (cnn.com)

mykepredko writes: Some CEOs are nervous at the prospect of a 6 a.m. tweet from President-elect Donald Trump, accusing their company of not doing enough to keep jobs in the U.S. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, however, is confident about Microsoft's place as a job creator. "We're a U.S.-based company that operates worldwide and our predominant employment is in the United States," Nadella told CNNTech at the DLD tech conference in Munich on Monday. "We've already created a tremendous amount of high-paying jobs in the U.S."

Considering the issues with Microsoft's past use of H1-B visas, this seems like some misplaced hubris on the part of Mr. Nadella.

Comment OLED Display? Microsoft make $$$ on this? (Score 1) 26

I would think the most interesting aspect of this device is that it requires a bendable display and, looking at the drawings, I would guess a very scratch proof surface (pun not intended) would be required. Actually the need for a scratch proof (not *resistant*) would be absolutely necessary or else the areas where the fold take place are going to look like shit in short order. The same for the bottom surface when the device is folded and resting on something like a diner tabletop.

Now, based on Microsoft's history with personal devices, I would think that the likelihood of this becoming a successful product is between slim and dick.

Comment Not in the real world (Score 4, Insightful) 140

I don't see an autonomous flying car in neighbourhoods, except in locales where there aren't:
- Power lines
- Trees
- Pets (and children) that will be blown around lift jets
- Shingled roofs (see previous)
- Anything that can be blown around
- Anything that could come into impact with the flying vehicle

Don't these "futurists" know that their creations won't be allowed to fly/land anywhere aircraft can't fly/land now?

Comment How about teaching kids to type first? (Score 1) 196

As somebody who works with kids & technology, I'm convinced that things would go a lot more efficiently if kids could use a keyboard effectively along with knowing how to use a mouse.

Most kids are quite adept at working with touchscreen on a phone or a tablet, but put them in front of a keyboard and anything you are trying to teach them is lost as they search out basic letters and then try to figure out how the shift key works.

Comment Re:Plasma replacement (Score 1) 238

I've had a plasma for 8 years and haven't thought anything about it until I bought a decent LCD for the kids.

I was shocked at the difference in the picture quality and clearly, if anybody thought LCD was good enough, they haven't seen what you can get with a plasma TV.

I'm looking forward to replacing the plasma in the next year or two with an OLED, when the burn in/life issues are understood and not a problem.

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