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The MicroMan
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The MicroMan   8/12/2013 8:30:11 PM
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I thought the story/video about on-line newspapers was pretty good, especially for it's time.  When was the last you could buy a printed newspaper for just 20c?  When was the last you saw a "Trash-80" home computer in use?  Do you remember Compuserve - apparently the host of the on-line paper?  At 300 baud over a Bell 103 acoustic coupler, yes, it probably did take a long time to get the paper.  "That's the way it is [was]!"

There was a period when the future was to be the "paper boy" slinging a CD into your bushes rather than a rolled up newspaper, but that never really materialized.

What they and everyone else missed was: this will kill newspapers, magazines, printed copy (has nothing to do with saving trees), and ... dear reporter ... even TV.  The lady down the street from me, married into a family that owns/owned some dailies, said, "who'd have thought you'd be struggling financially when you're part of a newspaper family?"  While they talked about the cost of the on-line service, what they neglected to think about was the huge decline & diversion of advertising funds from print to electronics.  Even the late-night news is full of "go to our Web site for links to details on this story..."

And now we even have EETimes that has turned from hard news to "water cooler chatter".  I see Junko agreeing with Rick talking to Peter asking Max in the comments now more than any independent, structured news stories like just a couple years ago.  We're just millimeters from everything being 140 character outbursts from the populace.

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toss your phones!
Caleb Kraft   8/12/2013 2:46:59 PM
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This is a great list Max, keep it up! I love the idea of S.M.T.H. Not only is it simple and competitive, the true result has nothing to do with the height of the toss and everything to do with wreckless abandon. I would love to see results charted geographically and by device showing where people are taking the biggest risks, and which devices are tossed the most/highest.

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Max The Magnificent   8/12/2013 1:59:05 PM
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@kfield: ...or people who own cheap phones!


Or people who are looking for an excuse to upgrade their existing phone ("it broke ... it's not my fault..." :-)

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kfield   8/12/2013 1:55:30 PM
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@Max or people who own cheap phones!

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Max The Magnificent   8/12/2013 1:54:38 PM
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@kfield: Just thinking a few phones might be dropped during the competition. :-)


Only thrill-seakers need apply :-)

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kfield   8/12/2013 1:49:24 PM
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Just thinking a few phones might be dropped during the competition. :-)

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Max The Magnificent   8/12/2013 11:01:56 AM
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@kfield: Does the first one, "throwing your phone up in the air" come with an insurance policy?


Why do you ask ... what have you done? :-)

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Re: Mechanical Marvels
Max The Magnificent   8/12/2013 11:01:13 AM
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@DrFPGA: Now we just need an app that allows us to connect several of these together and get a 'simulation' running.

I remember seeing a physical modelling application ages ago -- it was free and very powerful -- I even wrote a blog about it here on EE Times, but I can't remember the name of that column and I can't find it ... bummer!

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Re: Maybe not freaky
Max The Magnificent   8/12/2013 10:56:19 AM
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@Duane: I would have to crawl under a rock without this one: Common errors in English.


This is a great link for a lot of people -- thanks for sharing.

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Re: Minining the cloud?
Max The Magnificent   8/12/2013 10:54:38 AM
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@Crusty: With so much storage now happening in the cloud, think what data mining will be like in 10, 100, 1000, years?


I actually think about this a lot -- I read a lot of science fiction and this is a theme that has appeared in several stories.

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