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Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 401

by AmiMoJo (#47901861) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

You should be asking what are the chances of it failing verses the chances of someone taking my gun and using it against me. It might be more of an issue for cops than for people at risk of home invasion.

There is also the issue of someone else taking your gun without your permission. Maybe you lock it up securely, but quite a few gun crimes are committed with weapons owned by family members. Better hide that key well, assuming you care and are not only interested in your own well being.

In case you want references, 1 second with Google turned up: http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

Comment: Re:A solution in search of a problem... (Score 1) 284

by AmiMoJo (#47901813) Attached to: Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

No, speed limits exist for three main reasons:

1. The higher your speed the less time you have to react, and more importantly the less time someone else has to avoid you. Even if your reactions are very good their's might not be. The speed limit democratizes the road.

2. Drivers in unfamiliar areas won't know how fast to safely take a particular corner, and looks and be deceiving, so sometimes speed limits are used to advise them.

3. The limits keep the cost of motoring down. The roads cost less to maintain because they don't need to be up to race track standard, and annual safety check test limits for cars can be lower since they don't need to account for speeds over a certain threshold. Germany is willing to pay more for better roads and cars, which is fine.

Speeding fines are used as a cash cow, but that's just greedy police forces trying to scam the motorist. There are good reasons to have limits, and just because some people are abusing the system doesn't make those reasons any less valid.

Comment: Re:The most important features... (Score 1) 198

by AmiMoJo (#47901693) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

It doesn't make financial sense. As I pointed out, you can buy a similar to better phone for less than half the price even after you re-bought your apps. Even on contract it's expensive, since the contract itself will be more. I can buy a Nexus 5 for 40,000 yen and then the contract is 1000 yen/month, or I can get an iPhone on contract for 30,000 yen plus 8,000/month for two years. With the latter I'd be locked in to that carrier as well.

Comment: Re: The most important features... (Score 1) 198

by AmiMoJo (#47901641) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

Google keeps providing security updates for older devices. I'm not sure how far back it goes but Gingerbread still occasionally gets patches, so that's 2010. They are provided via the Play Store app, and can patch OS level issues just like iOS updates.

Unlike iOS you are not forced to upgrade the OS to a version that cripples your phone with slowdown just to get these updates. That's why Google doesn't always port new versions of the OS back to older devices - they consider them unable to run the new version adequately. Take your pick - an frustratingly slow but up to date OS, or an out of date (but secure) OS.

Comment: Re:It's already been decided.... (Score 1) 118

by AmiMoJo (#47901301) Attached to: The Challenges and Threats of Automated Lip Reading

The problem in the United States is that corporations are legally people. The EU will clamp down on this hard, not allowing corporations to monitor any conversation in range for advertising purposes. Individuals will benefit (I'd love to be able to whisper silently to my phone instead of having to say "OK Google" out loud) but business use will be heavily regulated. New rules already allow for fines of up to 50%of global revenue for privacy violations.

In the US it will be a conditional issue and corporate lawyers/lobbyists will win. People won't speak in public for fear for the adverts they might trigger.

Comment: Re:Fukushima too (Score 1) 429

by AmiMoJo (#47896507) Attached to: If Tesla Can Run Its Gigafactory On 100% Renewables, Why Can't Others?

Tell me again how Nuclear is the most dangerous choice?

I wouldn't say it's the MOST dangerous, but it is more dangerous than you make out because deaths isn't the only metric. Do you have stats for the amount of economic damage caused, or the number of people whose lives were badly affected by accidents?

Also note that the west doesn't seem to want many developing nations to get nuclear power, so for them it's either defy the UN and face the consequences or pick something else.

Comment: Re:Fahrenheit? WTHolyF? (Score 1) 204

by AmiMoJo (#47896445) Attached to: SanDisk Releases 512GB SD Card

It's not arbitrary to use the freezing and boiling points of water. Water is used for other SI units (1L = 1000g of water) and both are not too difficult to create as a rough calibration point.

Fahrenheit zero point being the freezing point of brine is a myth. No-one knows exactly where it comes from, but it certainly isn't that unless the original measurement error was huge.

Comment: Re:reading the results wrong (Score 1) 198

by AmiMoJo (#47896431) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

I'm in my mid 30s and wear glasses, but I can see a difference. I'm one of those people who can see a difference between 1080p and 4k too, so maybe I'm lucky.

One thing I've noticed varies a lot between phones is how well motion is rendered. Some phones are very clear when scrolling, especially AMOLED displays but also some LCDs. Others are just a smeared, blurred mess.

Comment: Re:The most important features... (Score 1, Interesting) 198

by AmiMoJo (#47896425) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

Sounds like what you want is a Nexus 5, or wait a bit and get a Nexus 6. Consider this:

The PIN code weakness seems odd, as most phones have some kind of rate limit that makes it basically impractical to do before you notice someone has stolen your phone. As for everything else, the Nexus 5 does it pretty well, and costs less than half the price. In fact the 32GB model is 1/3rd the price of an equivalent iPhone 6+. With the massive saving you can easily replace any apps you paid for on iOS. Updates should keep coming for years, although realistically 5 years is a stretch. Apple tend to release crippling updates after a couple of years so that you either get stuck on an old version or are "encouraged" to upgrade your device.

Unless you are absolutely set on an iOS device it's hard to justify an iPhone 6.

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