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Comment: Re: It's getting hotter still! (Score 1, Insightful) 562

by Applehu Akbar (#47909823) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

No, that's not what they're saying. Rather, it goes like this: all unusual weather events, whether they be powerful hurricanes in summer or severe blizzards in winter, are proof of warming. Record Antarctic ice is proof of warming because the effect of global warming is to make all weather scary.

Comment: Another reason not to use sapphire for now (Score 1) 201

by Applehu Akbar (#47903507) Attached to: Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Everybody who gets an iPhone immediately puts it into a rugged, generally rubberized, case. All smartphones tend to be fragile, and the naked iPhone is slippery. Cases not only protect against damage, but prevent most drops from happening in the first place. An iPhone in a rubbery OtterBox is not going to slip out of your shirt pocket into the toilet.

Comment: Re:Of course we can (Score 1) 138

by Applehu Akbar (#47903487) Attached to: If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

Just like all the other times, we will have to adapt to the elimination of aging when the time comes. In the good old days before civilization and technology, there was no such thing as grandparenthood. As soon as the longest-lived individuals started to survive plague and war to live that long, we adapted to the new reality.

Comment: Re:Of course we can (Score 5, Insightful) 138

by Applehu Akbar (#47901609) Attached to: If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

My response to those "they're sitting on a cure" conspiracy theorists is that though pharma may be the most powerful lobby in the US, there's a whole world out there. A number of other countries would love the sheer prestige attached to announcing a cure. And even if they gave that treatment away through nationalized health care systems, they would reap huge income from American medical tourists.

Comment: Re:Of course we can (Score 3, Funny) 138

by Applehu Akbar (#47901585) Attached to: If We Can't Kill Cancer, Can We Control It?

I've seen one analysis that estimates that if all medical causes of death were eliminated, we would enjoy an average lifespan of about 650 before some accident would kill us. With a lifetime like that, imagine the tall tales you could tell your descendants. And if, in such a society, the most cautious individuals made it to age 1000, would they get birthday cards from Skynet?

Comment: Re:Studying at home is like working from home (Score 1) 182

by Applehu Akbar (#47900003) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

I'm talking about this kind of office: http://thesatellitecenters.com...
where most people are working remotely for different companies, hence less distracting cubicle banter. You're there because the environment is distraction-light compared to home but you have office infrastructure, such as copy machines, and AV equipment.

Comment: Studying at home is like working from home (Score 2) 182

by Applehu Akbar (#47896959) Attached to: The MOOC Revolution That Wasn't

When you're in a distracting environment where the wife and kids keep demanding attention, your mind will inevitably wander. Working remotely is more practical when you can be in a satellite office, not far from home but still a working environment as opposed to a home environment. If you're seriously taking MOOCs, try this sort of office instead of the house.

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