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Challenge: What Kind of Pilot Doubled in Number over the Past Decade? [Search Research]

Challenge: What Kind of Pilot Doubled in Number over the Past Decade?Daniel Russell knows how to find the answers to questions you can’t get to with a simple Google query. In his weekly Search Research column, Russell issues a search challenge, then follows up later in the week with his solution—using whatever search technology and methodology fits the bill. This week’s challenge: What kind of pilot doubled in number over the past decade?

As you know, there are many different kinds of pilots: private pilots, helicopter pilots, captains of airline transports (for the record, my brother is an airline transport pilot).

Over the past decade we’ve seen a remarkable growth in airline travel. 50 billion miles flown in 2001 vs. 867 billion miles in 2011. (Source: Advisory Council for Transportation Statistics: 2001 data, 2011 data.)

Amazingly, the total number of US pilots has stayed roughly the same-except in one category.

What is the one category of pilot (that is, with a specific kind of US pilot’s license-such as commercial, airline transport, helicopter, etc.) that has more than DOUBLED between 2001 and 2011?

See if you can figure it out! (Your first task is to find out how many different kinds of pilot licenses there are…)

As usual, please include HOW you figured it out and your best estimate about how long it took you to solve the challenge.

Search on!

Wednesday Search Challenge (6/20/12): What kind of pilot doubled in number over the past decade? | SearchReSearch

Daniel M. Russell studies the way people search and research—an anthropologist of search, if you will. You can read more from Russell on his SearchReSearch blog, and stay tuned for his weekly challenges (and answers) here on Lifehacker.

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Steve Carell, The Star Next Door [Grierson & Leitch]

Steve Carell, The Star Next DoorSeeking a Friend for the End of the World is probably the most Steve Carell movie that Steve Carell has ever made. With someone else at the helm, this comedy-drama’s quirky/emo storyline—two mismatched East Coast neighbors take a road trip together as the planet is weeks away from destruction—might have been awfully cutesy. But Carell grounds everything in a modest, understated normalcy that makes you care deeply about what’s happening.

We’re used to our comic stars being larger-than-life personalities: Will Ferrell, Robin Williams, Jim Carrey. But Carell isn’t, at least not at his best. (Stare into this light and we’ll erase your memory of sitting through Dinner for Schmucks.) Where others huff and puff to get all the laughs, Carell is very happy to be the straight man. It’s not the normal path for a breakout star, but he’s used it to put together a more interesting and successful film career than most of his peers have.

For quite a while, Carell was a second banana: part of the ensemble on The Dana Carvey Show in the mid-’90s; a correspondent for The Daily Show—a great one, but without the aggressively pronounced persona of Mo Rocca or Carvey bud Stephen Colbert. When he started popping up in movies, like Bruce Almighty and Anchorman, he was backing up Carrey or Ferrell. Talented as he was, Carell seemed like a professional platoon player, not someone you’d pay money to see on his own.

All of that changed in the span of a few months in 2005. In March, the American redo of The Office premiered, and then in August, The 40-Year-Old Virgin came out. The Office took a little bit to find its footing, but The 40-Year-Old Virgin was one of those out-of-the-box successes that you watched and thought, “Oh, OK, this is what Carell can do really well.”

As the virginal Andy, Carell wasn’t focused on cracking one-lines or doing hysterical bits of physical comedy. He was just the nervous, sweet center of an R-rated sex comedy, at a time when those were starting to become incredibly popular and progressively more outrageous. He proved he could play off an established actress like Catherine Keener with ease, and he projected an inherent goodness. That decency kept The 40-Year-Old Virgin from feeling like an R-rated comedy; it was one raunchy Apatow movie you could almost imagine taking the whole family to.

Carell’s trick is that you don’t particularly notice him. His agreeable, forgettably handsome Everyman quality keeps him from pulling the focus away from the rest of the cast. Whether he’s in an ensemble movie like Little Miss Sunshine or being the principal star, as in Get Smart or Date Night*, he never seems to be reaching for the spotlight.

Maybe that’s why he never won an Emmy, despite all the nominations he got for The Office: His buttoned-down style lost out to actors in showier roles. Like Bob Newhart before him, Carell looks dull on the outside, but you know he’s thinking something funny. So rather than standing back and waiting for the hilarity to explode, you lean in.

Carell has also been smart enough to control the usual comic-star urge to prove he has dramatic range. There’s no Man on the Moon in his filmography. Instead, he’s chosen to do a lot of solid art-house/grownup-crowd films: Little Miss Sunshine; Dan in Real Life; Crazy, Stupid, Love. None of them are masterpieces—I kinda hate Crazy, Stupid, Love—but they’re not just filler to film while the star’s on break from his TV show. (It’s important to remember: During the time he was becoming a bigger and bigger film star, he was also doing The Office. This is incredibly difficult to achieve.)

Even more impressive, it’s work where he doesn’t sit around emoting to prove how serious an actor he is. Whether in a comedy or a drama, he projects that natural-seeming, amiable regular-guy quality.

Carell has made bad movies. Despicable Me and Evan Almighty are mediocre family-film stuff, and Dinner for Schmucks found him abandoning his easy manner for a failed gonzo shtick. Yet it doesn’t feel as if he’s making the crap as part of a scheme for world domination. He’s not pushy and needy in that way.

Just like the brokenhearted, lonely depressive he plays in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Carell doesn’t make a fuss. Even his Twitter account is almost charmingly low-key and dorky. Apparently he didn’t get the memo that all funny people must be funny on Twitter every single moment of the day. It’s all the Carell mood: a refreshing equilibrium that makes all his projects just seem like Steve Carell movies. He’s the one comic you and your dad probably like equally. You’re both right.

*This sentence has been revised to reflect a correction.

Grierson Leitch is a regular column about the movies. Follow us on Twitter, @griersonleitch.

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Nine Things We Really, Really Want from Windows Phone 8 [Windows Phone]

Nine Things We Really, Really Want from Windows Phone 8Windows Phone has a great premise—a set of beautiful, minimalist tiles take the place of a million apps. It’s brilliant in its simplicity. But it needs to get its shit together. Today, we could get a first look at Windows Phone 8. Here’s what it needs to deliver.

Social skills

WinPho’s People tile is one of its best draws—at times it actually makes you forget how mediocre the third party apps for Twitter and Facebook are. Your contacts and social media pals are all whirled into one hub, giving you a stream of updates, favorite people to check in on, and a quick way of chiming in. But it’s severely lacking. You can’t attach photos to a tweet, hashtags aren’t clickable, there’s no way to view your Facebook Timeline (or someone else’s), and there’s no way to view a full Twitter conversation. Foursquare is missing entirely. For this stuff, you’ll have to fire up the dedicated apps for each service, which defeats the purpose of Windows Phone.

Helpful notifications

Windows Phone’s notifications suck. From the lock screen, you can see if you’ve received emails, but it’ll take several swipes to see who they’re even from. Swiping down from the top only shows you the clock and battery life. Where’s the notification center? Oh right! There isn’t one.

Media makeover

WP’s music player is a hand-grenade-rolled-into-Sephora mess, crowded among too many other offerings in the “Music + Videos” tile. Music shouldn’t be hub-ified. We want instant gratification when it comes to this stuff, not a broad menu of podcasts, movies, apps, and playlists. Really, just rip off the iOS music app—it’s more or less perfect.

Please stop making me click to load images in emails

Every single time you receive an email with inline graphics, you have to tap to load them. Even if it’s from your best friend from whom you’ve received tens of thousands of emails, and has earned your email trust. Every. Single. Time.

Internet Explorer is slow

Too slow. Apollo needs to light some Sun God fire under IE’s ass, because it’s considerably lagging behind Android and iOS’ mobile browsing. So, then, what’s the point of the LTE speed?

Brightness adjustment

There are three settings for WP screen brightness: low, medium, and high. Or you can let it auto-adjust, based on God knows what. Give us a slider. This is standard stuff, and a small absence that will slowly drive you crazy.

Play nice with others

Add AIM and GChat to the IM offerings—be the bigger phone-man than Apple. Nobody is going to use the Windows Live substitutes, and Microsoft needs to accept that. Make maps rich as hell with Yelp, Foursquare, MenuPages, and OpenTable data. Bring. It. All. Together. Use the people who do it best.

Public transit

Apple is taking a beating on this one—the lack of public transportation guidance in iOS 6 Maps is awful. Give us what Apple won’t. Or maybe validate those rumors about Nokia’s stellar map apps replacing Microsoft’s own in WP8. That’d be nice.

Camera control

We need a better camera app. Now, when you touch to focus, the camera automatically takes a picture. It’s straight-up annoying. You need to be able to focus on something and then decide to take a picture.

Please do these things, Microsoft. We want WP to be great. This is tough love.

Original image: Shutterstock/brushingup

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The SanDisk Extreme SD Card Is the Perfect Balance Between Price and Performance [Stuff We Like]

The SanDisk Extreme SD Card Is the Perfect Balance Between Price and PerformanceIf you’re in the market for a new SD card, trying to pick one up can seem overwhelming. Our friends over at the Wirecutter looked at a number of SD cards and discovered that the SanDisk Extreme line is the best performing card you’ll find at an affordable price.

Unless you need something special—like a card that can survive drowning, electrocution, and magnets, or a card that works with your insanely high-speed camera—chances are the SanDisk Extreme will suit you perfectly. It reads and writes data speeds at a whopping 45 megabytes per second, which is much more than most class 10 cards at only a few bucks more. SanDisk’s Extreme Pro line is even faster at 95 MB/s, but it costs a whole lot more, and isn’t going to net you a whole lot of benefits unless you have a camera that can make use of it. (For more info on SD card speeds and classes, see our explainer on the subject.)

For most people, the SanDisk Extreme is as good as it gets, at a price that’s hard to beat. You can grab a 16GB version for $15 on Amazon, or the 32GB for $37. If you want to see more details on the comparison between other cards, check out the Wirecutter’s full review below.

Best SD Card | The Wirecutter

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A "Foreign Substance" On Joel Peralta’s Glove Resulted In The Most Boring Ejection In Baseball History [Video]

A Foreign Substance On Joel Peralta's Glove Resulted In The Most Boring Ejection In Baseball History Normally, when our esteemed umpires throw someone out of the game, it’s done with a flair and excitement that fans of both sides can usually get behind. But when the umpiring crew in tonight’s Nationals-Rays game discovered a “foreign substance” on the glove of Rays reliever Joel Peralta, the result was, thanks to home plate umpire Tim Tschida, easily the most boring, lackadaisical, and downright orderly MLB ejection we’ve ever seen.

While I’m not much for conspiracy theories, the only rational explanation here is that Peralta used to pull these shenanigans when he was with the Nationals two years ago. Peralta hadn’t even thrown a pitch in tonight’s game when the umps came out to check his gear, so it’s not like the Nationals hitters were complaining about any funky mid-air movement. Nope, this smells like pure gamesmanhip from DC, but that’s what Natitude is all about.

As he left the field, Peralta tipped his cap in the direction of the Nationals dugout. Yeah, he knew what was up.

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Samsung Galaxy S III Review: A Great Phone That Tries Too Hard [Video]

Samsung Galaxy S III Review: A Great Phone That Tries Too Hard Samsung’s Galaxy S II was the king of Android in 2011. But now HTC is on top with the new One X. The Galaxy S III is the most anticipated spec-beast of the year (so far), but does it have enough to rule 2012? We put it through its paces to find out.

The Galaxy S II was the best selling Android phone of 2011. It was available on virtually every carrier (sometimes under different names). It had a fast, dual-core processor, a big beautiful screen, and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI painted over Android (not a positive). The S III looks to improve on that in every way, with a new processor, a whopping 2 gigs of RAM, HD screen, LTE, NFC, and more software bells and whistles than you could ever possibly use.

From a design standpoint, the S III is lovely. There’s a subtle curve to everything, which makes everything feel nice and smooth. The screen is a huge 4.8 inches (just shy of the Galaxy Note 5.3 inch screen), but Samsung shrank the bezel so that it’s virtually the same size as the Galaxy Nexus (4.65 inch screen). Samsung broke convention here with the buttons. While most new phones are going without navigation buttons at all, or with the standard Android four, Samsung went with a capacitive back button, a capacitive menu button, and a physical home button. Pressing the home button once takes you to your home screen, holding it opens the task switcher, and double-clicking it opens the voice commands. It’s very intuitive.

The international version of the S III uses Samsung’s new quad-core Exynos processor, but because the company hasn’t figured out how to make it work with LTE (really guys?) the U.S. version uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4. The S4 is a great processor for a dual-core, but last year’s Exynos (also dual-core) smoked everything in its path, and there are a lot of people who are going to be bummed that the quad-core version isn’t going to make it to the states. That said, the S4 almost never stutters at all. Navigation around desktops and websites is fast and fluid, and apps load quickly. Radio connectivity was also good, and it locked onto a signal nice and quickly.

Now, let’s talk bells and whistles. Samsung went a little nuts on the software side, slapping so many tricks and tweaks on top of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) that it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. Some of them are genuinely useful, some are useless, and some just simply don’t work. There are also some very slick accessories. The Universal Multimedia Desktop Dock, for example, looks good, folds up nicely, and is easy to get your phone in and out of ($50). There’s also the HDTV Smart Adapter which lets you plug your phone directly into an HDMI cable and into your TV so you can stream video, music, games, etc. It works a lot better than HTC’s attempt at this, which uses Wi-Fi, but it definitely doesn’t have great frame-rates, and audio could be out of sync ($40).

Samsung Galaxy S III Review: A Great Phone That Tries Too HardThe phone looks and feels great. It’s smooth like a polished stone, but very light. Samsung corrected some of the biggest mistakes on the Galaxy Nexus. For starters, the camera is absolutely terrific. Photos were incredibly sharp and detailed, and colors looked good. It does struggle with dynamic range when something is brightly backlit, but it’s not too bad (and the HDR mode helps compensate). The camera software is not as nice or intuitive as HTC’s but the image quality makes up for it. The Galaxy S II won our mobile phone video battle last year, and video on the S III is even better—really crisp looking footage. The front-facing camera at 1.9MP is way better than most of the other front-facers out there. (Click here for full res photo and video samples.)

Some of the bells/whistles are great. If you have a text message open and you lift the phone up to your ear, it will sense that and automatically call that contact. It can use the front-facing camera to see if you’re looking at it, and if you are it won’t dim the screen. With NFC, you can click two Galaxy S IIIs together to share content (photo, video, contacts, maps, etc) via S Beam, which is quite handy. If you get a call you don’t want to take, just turn the phone face down to mute the ringer and reject the call. Swiping with the side of your hand takes a screen shot. I also really enjoyed using the programmable TecTiles (those little NFC stickers) to quickly toggle a bunch of settings at once, or to send the same text message to my ladyfriend when I left work.

Really, though, the best feature is that it’s just a good phone at its core. We tested the ATT, Sprint, and T-Mobile versions. Call quality was good on all three. ATT’s LTE peaked at 24Mbps down / 13 Mbps up. T-Mobile uses HSPA+ instead of LTE, and it peaked at 9.6Mbps down / 3Mbps up. Sprint’s was limited to 3G and peaked at 2.5Mbps down / .9Mbps up, but expect that to improve when Sprint launches LTE later this year. Navigating the phone is fast and smooth, and the speaker is loud enough (not the case with the Galaxy Nexus) so that you won’t miss calls. This thing does not slow down even when you have a ton of apps open, thanks to the crazypants 2GB of RAM. To put that in perspective, my MacBook Pro came with 2GB of RAM when I bought it just four years ago. That is nuts. We need more time before we can report on battery life, but for now it seems about average. Most days we got through without needing a charge, but not all days.

We liked how HTC just lightly augmented Ice Cream Sandwich with little improvements here and there. Samsung went with the more is more approach, and the Galaxy S III suffers for it. The TouchWiz UI is not as intuitive as it could be, and it often adds more steps to get it to behave the way you want. For example, creating folders is now less intuitive. Some of the bells and whistles are cool (like Share Shot, where each photo you take is auto-shared within a group at a party), but most people will never use the majority of them. And some just seem broken. S Voice, which is Samsung’s answer to Siri, gives wildly inconsistent results. And you’re supposed to be able to say “Cheese” to signal the camera to snap a photo, but it never worked, not once, even when the Samsung reps tried it.

The screen is pretty nice on its own, but when you put it next to the HTC One X it literally pales in comparison. Not only is it extremely blue, but it’s not nearly bright enough. Using navigation on a road trip, I had to shade the screen with my hand in order to see it (not safe!). The One X was brighter at 70 percent than the S III was at full. It also seems more pixelated because of the Pentile display, even though it’s almost the same PPI as the One X. Also, there is no dedicated camera button. Grrr! If you’re going to put the best camera on a phone, then put a dedicated, physical camera button on it! Nobody who has one wishes they didn’t. Seriously. We’re tired of saying it.

While the S4 processor is pretty hardy, there are rare occasions where it struggles and skips. Mirroring out through HDMI, for example, is not nearly as smooth as it is when the quad-core Tegra 3 is driving. Can’t help but wonder if the new Exynos could have handled it better. Also, the volume rocker and power on/off button are directly opposite each other so it’s hard to press one without accidentally pressing the other.


Samsung Galaxy S III Review: A Great Phone That Tries Too HardIf you are on Verizon or T-Mobile, then yes, definitely. It will be without a doubt the best phone on those two carriers when it drops. If you’re on ATT or Sprint, then you’ve got a tough choice because of the One X and the EVO 4G LTE, respectively. If you want the best screen and a lighter touch on the software, go HTC. If you want the best camera and more bells and whistles, go Samsung. Really, though, you won’t go wrong with either.


Samsung Galaxy S III Specs

OS: Android 4.0
Screen: 4.8-inch Super AMOLED
Processor and RAM: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 / 2GB RAM
Storage: 16GB / 32 GB + Micro SD card slow
Camera: Back: 8MP, Front: 1.9MP
Weight: 4.69 ounces
Battery: 2100 mAh Li-Po
Price: $200/16GB, $250/32GB (w/ 2 year contract)
Giz Rank: 4 Stars

Video by Michael Hession.

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