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Brian at Impulse
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Editors are useful after all
Brian at Impulse   8/10/2013 12:34:43 PM
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Hey Max, 

Nice to have you sorting through the haystack for some interesting bits for the rest of us. Keep it up.

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Re: Editors are useful after all
Max The Magnificent   8/12/2013 10:51:02 AM
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@Brian: Nice to have you sorting through the haystack for some interesting bits for the rest of us.

It's my very great pleasure -- the thing is that there is so much cool and interesting "stuff" out there, but there's no time to spend finding it -- so it's great that my friends share these interesting links with me ... and now I can share them with you :-)

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GG Max
Nemos   8/10/2013 1:02:18 PM
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Hahaha nice one Max but why freaky ? all those information (especially the application) looks great, by the way I am checking those one by one ;) 

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Re: Minining the cloud?
Crusty1   8/10/2013 1:28:41 PM
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@Max: With so much storage now happening in the cloud, think what data mining will be like in 10, 100, 1000, years? That is if we can still read the format?

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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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Max The Magnificent   8/12/2013 10:52:57 AM
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@nemos: Hahaha nice one Max but why freaky ? all those information (especially the application) looks great, by the way I am checking those one by one ;)


Let me know what you think when you;ve checked them out. Re "freaky" ... it just sort of sounded good with "Friday" ... also some of the links I will be posting in the weeks to come are a tad "strange" :-)

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Maybe not freaky
Duane Benson   8/10/2013 2:25:15 PM
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Depending on your perspective, this one could be considered very freaky. Or not. I would have to crawl under a rock without this one: Common errors in English.

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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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Water related
Duane Benson   8/10/2013 2:30:20 PM
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This one goes along with your most absorbent material link: click here. It really looks too good to be real - more like a scam than an actual invention, but I've seen it in enough places that it's likely to be real. I'd love to get some of the stuff and see how well it works.

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Mechanical Marvels
DrFPGA   8/10/2013 6:22:43 PM
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Max-

Your link to the fantastic 507 is just too good. I can't stop myself from clicking.

Is there a gear linkage someplace that can stop me? Maybe if applied to the top of my head?

Now we just need an app that allows us to connect several of these together and get a 'simulation' running. How would I get any work done then?

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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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App number one
kfield   8/11/2013 3:06:57 PM
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Does the first one, "throwing your phone up in the air" come with an insurance policy???

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

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Re: App number one
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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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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On-line news
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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