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Comment Re:Hopefully its not just GV (Score 1) 46

What I hope this is is the ability to go running and have your smart watch act as your phone. Get in your car and have the car stereo act as a phone. Then switch it back to the mobile phone device. That's something GV does not do or if it does it requires wifi.

My prius seamlessly transfers my [google voice] iphone calls to and from my phone as I'm starting/stopping the car. It just works.

I've never tried to transfer calls between other devcies - though I feel like it's supposed to work - as long as all those devices support gvoice.

The way I understand this to work is that each device's IMEI can be added to the pool for a particular number and you can select on the fly which device(s) are active. In addition they are offering that you can have multiple numbers and multiple IMEI's pooled between them.

The only thing surprising about this is why, in 2017, this hasn't happened sooner.

Because competition vs. standards.

Comment Re:Google Voice (Score 1) 46

Yup. Love it.

Other than it being free, email/text integration, spam call filtering, and a bunch of stuff like that - it does sound similar.

The one thing I don't like about gvoice is that it won't let me talk on my iPad. I rather suspect that's because of Apple, though - not google. So I'll be interested to see if TMobile supports ipad calling/talking.

Comment Misleading title (Score 2, Insightful) 131

The very first line in the linked article:

Apple has said for the first time that it is working on technology to develop self-driving cars.

And in more detail:

The company is investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation,” said the letter from Steve Kenner, Apple’s director of product integrity, to the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The difference is that they have not said they're making cars in the same way they do not make TVs. But they do make hardware/software that will drive your TV - so to speak.

Just as auto makers can make 'carplay' http://www.apple.com/ios/carpl... compatible cars, you can imagine they might one day make 'carpilot' compatible cars.

Comment Re:Maybe (Score 1) 381

As a fellow scientific programmer, I am curious to some of those "I've read a few outstanding books on the subject since then."

Could you be so kind as to give me a few pointers? Thanks a lot!

Ugh. I knew someone would ask that. I don't actually keep a bookshelf with these tomes.

Oh, good - here's an article that has a few: http://www.infoworld.com/artic...

Since college:
"Code Complete" by Steve McConnell (2004)
"The Pragmatic Programmer" by Andrew Hunt and David Thomas

A fun book to do with colleagues:
"Seven Languages in Seven Weeks" - https://pragprog.com/book/btla...

If you're into OO:
"Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software" Gang of four

Not coding, per se, but everyone who works in the field should read and have their boss read:
"The Mythical Man-Month" by Frederick Brooks

The best books from college (I haven't touched in nearly 20 years, but I'm really glad I had 'em back then):
"The C Programming Language" (2nd Edition, 1988) by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Richie
"Compilers: Principles, Techniques and Tools" - the dragon book

Comment Re:Maybe (Score 1) 381

For most development projects, I would agree that going into the nitty gritty can seem like overkill. But, having a core understanding of low level programming can make a huge difference in application performance. The third book "Sorting and Searching" should be required reading for anyone who plans on getting involved with databases, even if they only plan on being a dba.

You can do a lot with high level programming languages, but if you skip assembly or C programming for at least a background on what is happening behind the scenes, it starts to feel more like alchemy than chemistry.

Sure. And I've coded in C (which I think almost has to be true for anyone who has worked in the field for >20 years). And I've written a bubble sort and a quick sort (in college and after). And a tree balancer in college at least. And I just don't feel like I need to slog through a volume on the subject...

Comment Maybe (Score 5, Interesting) 381

I wasn't sure if I'd read 'em. I know a friend/colleague (who I regard highly) who has - and I think he thinks highly of them. But he also has terrible taste in movies.

A quick google search landed me at http://broiler.astrometry.net/...

I have not read it.

I've been coding professionally for 25-30 years, depending on how you count. I studied CS in college. I've read a few outstanding books on the subject since then.

I don't have the patience for these, and I suspect I'm not going to miss out on much.

On the other hand, I long ago came to the conclusion that I'm really not interested in low level code. Give me a nice high level language with nice high level functions and features and I'm a happy coder. That's not to say that I don't understand O notation or the costs behind the complexity - but it is to say that I know when to use a drill and when to use a power saw - but I don't want to build either of 'em.

Maybe you're into the nitty gritty. Or maybe you like bad movies.

Check your local tech library and see if you can check out a copy. Or ebay 'em for $20-40/volume. Or if the pdf strikes your fancy, maybe take the plunge.

Comment Re:Well duh (Score 2) 36

A no vote would equate to a vote of no-confidence for stock which is largely driven by speculation. As of this exact moment, neither Tesla nor SolarCity are super-profitable or dominant in their industries. But we're hoping it gets big. Why would we tank stock we own?

As an employee I probably shouldn't say anything - but I'm willing to quote others:
(as of 2015):
The market share of the leading US residential solar installers in this period are listed as follows:

SolarCity 34.1%
Vivint Solar 11.6%
Sunrun 2.6%
NRG Home Solar 2%
Sungevity 1.9%

Maybe triple the next largest installer isn't dominating?

Submission + - A peek into the future of lithium batteries (newatlas.com)

Eloking writes: In a great example of a low-cost research solution that could deliver big results, University of Michigan scientists have created a window for lithium-based batteries in order to film them as they charge and discharge.

The future of lithium-ion batteries is limited, says University of Michigan researcher Neil Dasgupta, because the chemistry cannot be pushed much further than it already has. Next-generation lithium cells will likely use lithium air and lithium sulfur chemistries. One of the big hurdles to be overcome in making these batteries practical is dendrites — tiny branch-like structures of lithium that form on the electrodes.

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