I had a Casio FX-7000G, the battery started dying during my Physics A-level exam. I had to switch it off for a minute just to be able to calculate the log of a number. Other than that I loved it. I still have it somewhere.
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"Mercedes told the Silicon Valley Business Journal about its vision of a world in which no one need ask for directions again".
As visions of the future go that is pretty unimpressive. I know they are not in a position to bring about a world without war, starvation or disease. However having to say hello to a stranger and have a short conversation doesn't strike me as even a minor blight on mankind that needs solving.
Re: Why do people put forward the idea that iPads are good for art?
"You need accuracy for some sorts of art"
For other sorts of art you need a big piece of paper, some pots of brightly coloured poster paint and your fingers. That is the sort of art that tablets are well suited to replace but they usually stop teaching that when you turn 6.
I'm sorry are you saying that video game piracy has rendered the offline single player game business model obsolete? If so it will come as a surprise to the many companies producing great games that operate offline and still make a profit.
EA has a well established history of screwing over their customers and not because of freetards but rather because they can.
Also if someone has a bad experience of a product and says so on Amazon, etc they are not idiots, they are doing the right thing. It assists other people in making what I like to call an 'informed decision' when choosing whether or not to buy. However if you want to to spend your money on items with a rose tinted set of reviews from corporate shills go right ahead
Republican science strikes again
Another fabulous hypothesis from the people that brought us intelligent design and vaginas that can identify evil penises.
Leaving aside: -
The fact that the driver's car will be spewing out far more CO2 than the cyclist (not to mention other pollutants).
The fact that the cyclist is causing less damage to the roads that will cost taxes to repair
The strong probability that the cyclist will be healthier and use up less healthcare resources in their life.
The important point is that the CO2 the cyclist gives off came from the food that they ate. Which in turn was absorbed from the atmosphere while the food was growing. The net carbon increase in the atmosphere is 0. Meanwhile the car is giving of carbon that was dragged out of the earth and has not been part of the atmosphere in millions of years.
Why can't politicians leave science to scientists.
Wearable tech hmmmmmm. 2
If anyone is interested in makeing their own wearable tech Adafruit make a cool line of in house designed Arduino compatable wearbale devices that can be sewn together with conductive thread. They call it Flora.
Much cooler if you make it yourself :-)
Wearable tech hmmmmmm.
I found myself a bit torn when it comes to Google Glass. Part of me thinks it's really cool and part of me thinks that the only thing it can do that my phone can't is make people point and laugh at me. I don't think I would want to go out wearing it until it had been around long enough to be considered normal, which might take a while.
The main problem with wearable tech (apart from making you look like a weirdo) is that it seems to be a solution in search of a problem. I can't think of a single practical use that I would have for it.
Re: estimates are a tad pessimistic
There are people who pay to get a certificate saying that a star is named after them. If you could prove that bottled water was safe and sourced from an asteroid people would pay what ever you ask and they would probably be happier if you make extra expensive so it seems exclusive. If it happens at all the entire future industry of asteroid mining is likely to be kickstarted by the novelty bottled water drinkers.
Re: "how many Pis is each school involved getting"
I would think Pi's were at price point were rather than the school getting a few to share each child could be given one of their own. After all they do cost about the same as an average text book.
The things that still need to be worked on for this are more teaching materials, volume of production and a decent curriculum to make use of them.
Re: Google Doing Good Things
It is not about teaching children how to use software. It's about teaching children how software, computers and much of the technology around them works and how to apply that knowledge in way that can engage them. If you teach a child to use Word they can write a letter or make a poster and print it out, etc (something they would probably be able to pick up in about half an hour without any assistance). If a child writes a basic text editing program that can save and load a file or do search and replace they begin to understand how software like word processors actually work. If a child writes a game using scratch or pygame they begin to understand a little of what is going on inside their xboxes and playstations. Without this sort of education then as far as children (and most adults) are concened computers, mobile phones and games consoles might as well be boxes full of witchcraft.
Teaching children how to use the software that is on 90+% of buisiness machines and how to use the internet might produce the next generation of office drones (or would do if this software wasn't already self explanatory and certain to be superceeded by the time the children are working in offices anyway). However education should create the children who will in turn create future software and hardware or at the very create children for whom things are not a complete mystery.
While versica piscis is an acceptable generic term for the shape, when used correctly it refers to the shape between two overlaping circles of the same diameter overlapping by where each circle has its centre on the perimiter of the other. The name for the biconvex shape between any two circle overlapping by any amount is simply a 'lens'.
Solutions in the 3rd world
Roughly 3bn people still cook over an open wood fire producing rougly 1bn tonnes of carbon emmisions/year. Cooking smoke is also responsible for about 2m deaths/year. If you want to reduce black carbon emmisions then helping people in the 3rd world with cooking tech (cleaner burning stoves such as biolite or solar cookers) might be a good place to start.
Re: Can't wait ...
Agreed. Something like this wouldn't be in consumers hands for more than a week before some old dear looks closely at the emitter to see if it's working and burns their face off.
While microwave radiation seems better for the environment than many of the herbicidal chemicals it does look a bit dangerous for domestic use. Better to stick with a tough pair of gardening gloves a trowel and a fork.
Re: I am curious as to why....
' you don't need to detonate the plant, merely heat it enough'
True but there are advantages to detonating the plant: -
1. It gives a clear visual indication that the plant has absorbed sufficient microwave radation to kill it.
2. It's probably quite funny for the first few goes.
Re: Only 23?
The job of a parent isn't to coddle their children endlessly, it's to teach their children to be self reliant and able to cope and indeed thrive in the real world. If someone without severe disabilities is not capable of managing that by 27 something has gone wrong and something should really be done. Booting out does seem a bit harsh but that sounds like a problem case. Anyway if the counterstrike playing pothead is shocked into at least attempting to cope on their own then following up with a bit of parental support wouldn't go amiss.
If a bird is going to fly for the first time it has to be kicked out of the nest
'this light is not powered by gravity. It's powered by the human who lifts the weight onto its hook.'
The light is powered by a conversion of stored gravitational potential energy. You are simply taking whatever energy conversion process came before and claiming that that's the one responsible. You could just as easily say: -
'this light is not powered by the human who lifts the weight onto its hook. It's powered by the chemical energy in the food eaten by the human.'
'this light is not powered by the chemical energy in the food eaten by the human.. It's powered by the nuclear energy of the sun that grew the food eaten by the human.'
I can't spot any flaws in their logic
The scientists reportedly unearthed "A rectangular rock carved with words 'Unicorn Lair' ... in front of the lair."
That is some pretty compelling evidence, I'm convinced. Now we just have to see what excuses Seoul come up with for dodging this glorious manifest destiny.
Re: angry much?
I hate Facebook as much as most people but I have to say that they are not responsible here.
No Facebook != couple not violently murdered for unfriending murderers daughter on Facebook
No Facebook = couple violently murdered for ignoring murderers daughter at party/insulting her new dress/splashing mud on her shoes/doing almost any trivial thing that upset her enough for her clearly unstable father to take dispropertionate retribution
If a company makes hammer intended for hammering in nails and someone uses one to bash someones brains in it is not the companies fault. You can't say that the murder would never have happened in a world without hammers, because the murderer would have found something else.
Also people managed to plot and incite murders, riots and all kinds of mayhem long before Facebook and Twitter. I imagine that if you took social media sites away the people who do these things through facebook twitter would be doing the same thing with email, or text messages, or notes passed round and quite converstaions in the pub
Re: Sounds like (AC 18:08)
I have been in full time employment since I left University over 16 years ago and you certainly don't speak for me. Someone unlucky enough to be born with cerbral palsey or severe Down's syndome may never be in a position where they are able to hold down a job or even care for themselves. If my taxes can help pay to support these people and ensure they have a decent quality of life then I am happy. After all it means that I am paying for the privilage of living in a society that is at least partly based on comapssion, emapthy a dignity rather than being shaped by by callous, cold hearted fuckers like you.
I imagine that many of the people in this position would give anything to be able to work and contribute to society However being born different or a chance accident that changed their lives means that they are not lucky enough to be able to. That's all that separates us from them, Luck. Try remebering that.
Re: or maybe
Where as Apple are happy to get their phones manufactured by a company who's response to workers hurling themselves to their deaths off the factory roof was to install nets. When it comes to being the good guys and not harming people I don't think Apple can take the moral high ground.
Re: What are you mumbling about?
Agreed multi-touch did exist long before apple got hold of it. However Apple do seem to have a habit of submitting patents along the lines of : -
Thing that has existed for ages for which there is a ton of prior art but on a [phone/tablet/mobile device].
I can't help feeling a lot of problems could be solved if the US Patent office was bulldozed into the sea.