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Comment Re:Just add Armor (Score 1) 111

I've wondered this myself and thought about it a bit.

My conclusions were:
1.a. People like to decorate their phones as they see fit (proper armor would make cases that much larger)
1.b. The ability to decorate a phone using after market cases is important to the phone manufacturer since more people are likely to buy a phone if they can dress it up as they would like.
2. Aftermarket products have varying levels of protection, the consumer can choose what suits them (a woman with her phone in her purse all of the time has different needs than myself, I carry my phone in a pants pocket).

So they focus on thin phones of various rectangular sizes.

Comment So they are just letting the fakes win? (Score 3, Interesting) 342

It seems like this approach would just let the counterfeit products completely control the Amazon market for their type of product.

I wonder if Birkenstock is aware of a website called A quick search shows that $20 off retail is much more than one needs to pay for a counterfeit version of their shoes.

Comment Minecraft Story Mode (Score 1) 91

There is a version of Minecraft called Story Mode, and from what I've seen of my son playing it, it seems in the vein of Indiana Jones.

And it has a story.

The original director dropped out because he wanted to do a Goonies style story. That would have probably worked, especially if it was targeted at younger children through early teens (the ones playing Minecraft Story Mode).

Spoiler Alert for Lego Movie:
Shoot, Lego made a fantastic film about Krazy Glue.

Comment This is called the Shock Doctrine (Score 3, Interesting) 660

There's a good book of the same title by Naomi Klein.

It's a simple concept,. and the summary summarizes it for this situation: exploit a mass shooting in order to expand the government's digital spying powers.

Here's what we know:
1. Born in the US, thus a US citizen (child of immigrants, but most all of us are)
2. Had two wives (and one divorce) and a small child
3. Worked in security (where they carry guns)
4. Was investigated twice by the FBI (someone he attended religious things with had reported him)
5. Was legally able to purchase firearms

I'm sorry government of the United States, you weren't going to stop this guy. Except, he had been investigated and vetted as not a threat. THAT IS WHERE THE SYSTEM FAILED!

Could the system have been successful? We will probably never know. But:
* Him researching guns wouldn't have raised any eyes (it shouldn't have anyway).
* is father was rather wordy and seemed supportive of some "bad" groups (him searching for such things could have easily been painted as "know thy enemy" or simple curiosity).

He's basically Timothy McVeigh but against the gay community rather than the Federal government (and also no where near as deadly as Timothy).

Comment Re:As long as it's for the right reason (Score 1, Interesting) 482

Sometimes something really classic or funny is captured, and it's worth it.

For example, last week, during a concert, Justin Beiber fell into into a large hole on stage and disappeared for a few seconds.

I'm glad there was video of that, it was fun to watch a few times.

Comment Re:Kinda sounds like how a LASER works (Score 1) 299

I have a cavity. I pump energy into it, in the form of some small bits of food (chewing would be a better term than pumping). This energy is trapped, but it sticks rather than bouncing around.

Eventually it finds its way out, via a dentist, in some coherent way. The cavity is also filled.

Please, dear god, please don't let there be lasers involved!

Anyway, I apologize, I just had to...

Comment Re:Invincible Tesla (Score 4, Interesting) 240

Would a concrete wall (at around 100mph) followed by a tree count? With the fronts wheels completely sheared off? Driver walked away. There was a fire (after the driver exited), but the body blocked it from the passenger compartment.

Quote below from the link (photos at link):

We believe these changes will also help prevent a fire resulting from an extremely high speed impact that tears the wheels off the car, like the other Model S impact fire, which occurred last year in Mexico. This happened after the vehicle impacted a roundabout at 110 mph, shearing off 15 feet of concrete curbwall and tearing off the left front wheel, then smashing through an eight foot tall buttressed concrete wall on the other side of the road and tearing off the right front wheel, before crashing into a tree. The driver stepped out and walked away with no permanent injuries and a fire, again limited to the front section of the vehicle, started several minutes later. The underbody shields will help prevent a fire even in such a scenario.

I realize it's a fan site link for EVs, but it has the coverage as I remember it.

And I'm not a fan boy, I respect Elon Musk and his RESULTS. He's pretty good in the results category, and in the dream categories.

Comment Re:How is this 'hardware'? (Score 1) 235

While it may not have an appropriate topic to land, it is rather critical to technology as it involves power.

This is because all of us use power, and the paradigm around power and energy is very much in flux these days (much more so that in recent history).

For the record, I've been following this story for a while as I live in the St. Louis area, where Peabody is headquartered.

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