Another reason haptic technologies haven’t taken off is Immersion Corporation owns many of the patents for haptic technology, which they will happily sue over: Sony for the DualShock, Nintendo over the N64 Rumble Pak, HTC (one of the few winners, although court costs can be astronomical!) - all for the right to put a… » 4/24/15 1:42pm Yesterday 1:42pm

Write the FCC (or file online) and support the removal of laws banning or limiting the rights of municipalities to create their own ISPs. There’s quite a few laws on the books (Tennessee and North Carolina have them, IIRC) that the FCC is trying their hardest to get thrown out, but big ISPs are trying to block that… » 4/24/15 1:31pm Yesterday 1:31pm

“a bootloader, which can live in many kinds of storage devices, from hard drives and CDs, to USB drives and flash memory cards.” I don’t think any Windows/Linux-compatible computer can actually start the boot process from anything but its BIOS (or EFI loader). It starts the process of doing POST and then selecting a… » 4/24/15 12:38pm Yesterday 12:38pm

Sounds like you’ve been going to a badly-run Subway that’s bound to close soon. Every sandwich I’ve had at three shops near me (and at one in Georgia!) have had fresh ingredients, nearly perfect bread, and was always a delicious meal experience. » 4/23/15 9:58am Thursday 9:58am

“The term ‘GMO’ refers to how a food ingredient was bred, not its content...Indeed, genetic modification is not an ingredient, it’s a breeding technique, and there’s no reason for consumers to know if their food was made using this method.” » 4/22/15 5:15pm Wednesday 5:15pm

I doubt that Microsoft would allow anything like that (DNS spoofing, etc.) to continue; it’d be far more likely to work if you created a custom backend (using your own Web service) that mimicked the features and voice synthesis of Cortana (or Siri, for that matter) and created a similar-but-not-infringing voice… » 4/20/15 11:07am Monday 11:07am

I’m pretty sure it’s been established that it’s not the 19th century, it’s the (relatively distant) future, and the “Verse” is the star system and its planets that was colonized by those who left Earth - thus the mixture of steam locomotives and spaceships; some colonies are more advanced than others; some live a… » 4/17/15 9:35pm 4/17/15 9:35pm