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Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 116

by Andy Dodd (#49561533) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

Last I heard, the saccharin mess was a combination of two things:
1) They used insanely high doses for that study too, if you replaced the saccharin with sugar you would've killed the rats rather quickly.
2) The findings that DID occur were later proven to be specific to rat metabolism that did NOT apply to monkeys including the "human" subvariant.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 116

by Andy Dodd (#49561497) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame

"also triggers insulin production"

If you're a Type I diabetic like myself, this is not an issue.

Diet soda is a miracle for Type I diabetics.

I am disappointed at how Pepsi is giving in to the perception that aspartame is dangerous in any way. A good question is - sales of "Diet Pepsi" were falling - was this ALL variants of "Diet Pepsi" (such as Pepsi MAX and... I forget the other variant. Last I checked there were three variants of "Diet" Pepsi, there was "original diet", Max, and something else.) "Original diet" used aspartame exclusively, others used different sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Splenda). In many cases, those sweeteners were used simply because *they tasted better* and that's likely why sales were falling.

Comment: Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 202

Well one of the biggest limitations for wind and solar is that they're unreliable in terms of availability. We don't have the storage technology available to achieve greater than around 20% grid penetration of wind/solar anywhere except for a small handful of places (namely Denmark, who is next to Norway, who have a HUGE hydro power reserve that they can throttle up/down in response to Denmark's supply/demand.)

If this new process can throttle efficiently depending on how much input power is available, it might be a solution to the storage problem.

Comment: Re:"although not with bug-free results" (Score 2) 96

by Andy Dodd (#49559695) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

The article was pretty poor.

There were two Nexus 7 devices:
1) The 2012 Nexus 7 (often referred to by its internal codename, grouper), using an NVidia Tegra3 chipset. This did get Lollipop, although it was kind of "meh", mostly with performance issues, showing that the hardware was getting a little on the old side. Google may have been trying to make up for the Galaxy Nexus getting dropped prematurely due to TI by keeping a different Nexus device supported for as long as absolutely possible. This device was discontinued in Summer 2013 when its successor was announced.
2) The 2013 Nexus 7 (often referred to by its internal codename, flo), using a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064), pretty much the same as the Snapdragon 600 at a slightly lower clock speed. This runs Lollipop well due to newer hardware. This is the device that was just discontinued.

grouper was always a bit "meh" - I don't know if it was the fault of Asus or NVidia, but Tegra3 tablets from Asus were always notorious for poor storage performance. I think other Tegra3 tablets had similar issues, but honestly - Asus was the largest Tegra3 customer by far thanks to grouper and the Transformer series of tablets, so it's hard to tell who was at fault.

The fact that flo didn't have grouper's storage performance issues (same device manufacturer, different chip inside) indicates it was probably the Tegra3.

Comment: Re:Here's to hoping they don't find oil (Score 1) 152

by Andy Dodd (#49545047) Attached to: Yellowstone Supervolcano Even Bigger Than We Realized

Cooling the magma into stone could have long-term negative effects - a lot of this magma has quite a bit of dissolved gases.

The end result is that when it erupts, the gases come out of solution and frequently drive the eruption (think shaken-up soda bottle)

Cooling the magma will stop progression initially, but will cause the gases to accumulate - this could lead eventually to an even more catastrophic BOOM.

Comment: Re:Like 'sunset' (Score 1) 194

by Andy Dodd (#49536241) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

No, "sunsetted" has been around for a long time. Although historically it's been used to describe systems that are old and obsolete and getting replaced with new ones.

You'll hear "sunsetted" frequently in the military to describe systems being retired, usually after decades of service because they're falling apart and their replacement has been in production for nearly a decade.

Comment: Re:Yet another reason not to use Google search (Score 1) 356

It isn't rating a site positively for having a mobile version. It is rating it positively for "not looking like shit on mobile".

It's not just saying "oh this site claims to have a mobile version, great!" or "I don't see a mobile-specific version, ding it in the results!", it's "Does the site render well on mobile?" with various criteria for "renders well on mobile".

If anything it's pretty lenient, in many cases rating sites which people say suck on mobile as "mobile-friendly" - including slashdot.org itself. https://www.google.com/webmast...

Comment: Re:Instead... (Score 1) 356

I believe that this is what Google's system is doing. It isn't looking for "this site has a specific mobile variant", it's looking for "the site does not suck on a mobile device".

If anything, it's apparently lenient, since most of the comments here say Slashdot is shitty when viewed on a mobile device, but Google's "Mobile-Friendly Test" at https://www.google.com/webmast... ranks slashdot.org as "Mobile Friendly"

Comment: Re:Handset makers will be thrilled. (Score 1) 27

by Andy Dodd (#49519013) Attached to: For High-End CPUs, Qualcomm Ditches TSMC For Samsung

Not really. With a few exceptions, circuit boards are thin. Very few manufacturers use 3D techniques (daughterboards, etc.) especially not in mobile.

So "larger circuit board" means "more area but rarely thicker".

"more area at same thickness" means "wider/taller device"

"wider/taller device" means "more room for battery".

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming