commented on Modular Phones Seem Like a Good Idea to Me
I still don't see how you're really reducing waste by chucking a bunch of pre-packaged, overly-bulky parts of your phone at probably about the same clip as if you just bought a new one every couple years.
After they've figured out how to take so many of the things that now go on the same chip (CPU, GPU, Accelerometer, radio, memory) and connect them via slower interconnects, they should go talk to someone at Microsoft about how forgiving end-users are when you start having unforseen issues from random interactions among drivers that were never designed to work together.
commented on Dreaming of Hyperloops
A little arithmetic tells me that, at a constant acceleration of 1G (32f/s/s) it would take you about 32 seconds (oddly) to reach 700 mph. You would subject your passengers to the equivalent force of lying on their backs for a grand total of a minute for acceleration and deceleration.
The bigger concern is right-of-way for these tubes which are, presumably, supposed to off the ground and not curving around obstacles and property lines.
commented on The Real Scandal Is That Apple Wasn't Cheating
The "it's all legal" defense is getting really stale. Of course it's legal, who do you think got the laws passed to make it legal?
Corporations figured out years ago that buying influence is one of the best investments you can make. Spend a few million dollars greasing congress and you can ride a gravy train of billions of dollars in tax breaks and kickbacks all while being lauded as a jerb creator.
commented on You Will Never Guess What Happened to the State Governed by the Anti-Union Warrior
@4 Wisconsin was #11 before Walker took office. We've just fallen slightly further in the last quarter and didn't have that far left to fall. By focusing entirely on private-sector employment, the article also fails to point out that, because Walker's been trashing the public sector, overall employment in Wisconsin is down by about 16,000 since he took office.