"Don't be evil" - such a nice idea
Shame on you Alphabet guys. This *is* evil. You have enough money to treat people well, but you don't. Did you learn nothing from the NPM guys?
50 posts • joined 5 Oct 2007
A. From an end-user's perspective, the process control system in his factory worked until this driver made it not work. That is damage.
B. A "computer system" is the whole works, including peripherals.
C. Again, to an end user of an embedded application, there is no easy way to fix this. And this failure could have caused additional damage, including harm to persons. And I say this because I have seen a number of factory floor systems that used USB->RS232 widgets, presumably from these folks.
Seems to me that this is in violation of the law.
18 U.S. Code § 1030 (a)(5)(A) "(a) Whoever— (5) (A) knowingly causes the transmission of a program, information, code, or command, and as a result of such conduct, intentionally causes damage without authorization, to a protected computer; ... shall be punished as provided in subsection (c) of this section"
I *had* to replace my iPhone 3 because the battery life had gotten really bad. My iPhone 4 is still turning in a reliable performance and until it needs replacing, it is not getting replaced. A former employer of mine, Zenith, found out what happens when you build consumer goods that do not wear out quickly; Your most loyal customers are those still using the TVs they bought 20 years ago. Not that, as a consumer, I am complaining, but that is the reality. The iPhone 4 is close to indestructible (at least in my hands) and this does not bode well for Apple selling me an iPhone 5 or an iPhone 6.
...or will be painted that way.
The reality is that piracy is going down all by itself, and they should have no trouble taking credit for that.
But what is really happening is that more and more content is becoming available from legitimate sources at fair prices online and that is really all people wanted in the first place.
I can see no reason for Microsoft to give them a thing; Most of those machines are running pirated copies anyway! Remember those cheap, cheap copies of XP that you could get in Hong Kong? The ones that looked exactly like the Redmond product but were 100% phony?
Well, Windows 7 Professional has an XP virtual machine you can download. I've found it able to run any XP app I was unable to run in Windows 7 without having to take the risk of exposing XP to the network for general use. And as a virtual machine, you can save a copy and restore to that point at any time.
Other options are VMWare Workstation on windows, and Parallels or VMWare Fusion on OSX.
All do a competent job of running XP.
AOL had a proprietary encoder they called ART which gave much better compression than JPEG for most things. Since the AOL app went away, so did any use of that encoder. I think that whomever owns AOL now (Huffington?) ought to just release that patent to the public domain and that w3c ought to adopt it into html.
I've had absolutely terrible results with WD drives. Some failing in as little as 6 months online.
They honored their warranty but the hassle of replacing drives all the time was bad enough that I no longer will buy a WD drive.
This was a few years ago, and maybe they have improved, but I can't take the risk.
I'm probably going Seagate until I finally go Sandisk 100%.
And I have been using Macs since 1984.
And I have been using Windows since Windows 2.0 (ick)
And I have to say he is right.
I don't want to be able to agree with him.
I really don't.
I make my living with Linux and for what we use it for, its hard to beat, but we develop on a Windows desktop because it is far less hassle, and at home I use both Mac and Windows for desktop environments, but I favor the Mac because it can run so much of my OSS (fink project) and because it is so simple to launch Linux VMs.
I kept hoping the Apple's MkLinux would develop into the next Mac platform, but the acquisition of Next ended that.
Heat is a better choice than cold.
When you compress air, you heat it. That heat is lost, typically, and is the huge reason for the 75% losses.
Build a huge underground water cistern and simply heat the water.
Water has the highest specific heat of any ordinary substance, and that heat can be recovered quite efficiently with a Stirling-cycle engine.
No need to get the water to boil, in fact, you'd avoid that.
Compressed air as a storage medium has a long history. Usually it is found that you need to ADD energy to the compressed air as it expands to get it warm enough to use, a simple heat exchange with the environment is usually insufficient. And in the case of liquid air storage you have the phase-change energy to add back in before you get any gas evolved at all.
Here is why; Any piezoelectric floor works by increasing the resistance to movement, much as waling on a rubber floor would do. So, it makes electricity at the expense of more energy generated by the muscles. Muscle energy comes, inefficiently from food. Food comes through a chain that includes chemical fertilizers, tractor petrol, transport fuel, processing fuel, the lights in the store, the fuel for the car you went shopping with, the gas for the stove, and the electricity for the dishwasher after.
This is much less efficient in an overall way than just switching on the mains and using some good wind or nuclear-generated current!!!
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