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Comment: Re:Symmetry (Score 2) 301

Round power connectors are crap. The jacks stretch and stop making proper contact in no time. Apple used to use them back in the PowerBook days, and on the PB 145, I broke at least three cables and at least two or three jacks on the back of the device over the course of three or four years.

What in the everloving god do you DO to your laptops? I just polled the guys around me and in a collective 30 years spanning thousands and thousands of machines we came up with TWO machines that needed repair due to power port problems.

Comment: Re:Pontifical Academy of Sciences (Score 5, Informative) 699

by afidel (#49576833) Attached to: Pope Attacked By Climate Change Skeptics

Err, the church has always been learned, in fact most of the information that survived through the dark ages survived because of monks. If you're thinking of Galileo, the church knew he was correct but they didn't think that the populace should be exposed to it without preparation, that might have been very arrogant, but it hardly shows a lack of scientific knowledge by the Pope.

Comment: Re:Ever cheaper computers (Score 2) 417

by afidel (#49540919) Attached to: We'll Be the Last PC Company Standing, Acer CEO Says

Intel's new SoC's reduce what you need for a basic end-user computer to a motherboard the size of a stick of gum. And that's not an exaggeration.

Oh yes it most certainly IS an exaggeration, it's 10cm by 4cm, much larger than a gum stick at 8.5cm by 2cm. Plus the Intel needs a fairly large power brick. Now some of the Android sticks are as small as a pack of gum and are low enough power that they can run off the USB port built into some TV's (if they're made for charging a phone it will work, if they're only for running a flash drive then it won't) so they really are tiny.

Comment: Re:$100 billion for 150 miles? (Score 1) 189

by afidel (#49523409) Attached to: Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record

Very cool, then it should be able to smoke a plane in destination to destination times, between crowded takeoff slots and the fact that trains can do city center to city center it's no contest. The cost is obviously astronomical because of the tunneling, but I'm not sure an artificial island expansion to add air capacity would be that much cheaper, Kansai was $20B and Chbu was $7B, add in inflation and more expensive raw material costs and you're looking at probably half the cost of the train route.

Comment: Re:They should resurrect some shows... (Score 1) 215

by afidel (#49522797) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming

They can't un-cancel Fringe, Leonard Nimoy is dead, Josh Jackson got picked up for a second season of The Affair, John Noble is doing Sleepy Hollow. They could pickup the idea and reboot the series but the head writers are all on other projects, JJ Abrams is a bit busy, only J.H. Wyman is available from the original staff so even a reboot would be unlikely to be anything like the original run.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 2) 406

All it does is create a very slim frame up where you can't wait for another unit to arrive, because you announced you where done with the ticket.

No, this creates a reasonableness test for a dog search without probable cause. If tickets are normally handled in 5 minutes and the officer suddenly takes 45 minutes to issue a ticket and it just so happens the drug dog shows up in 44 minutes, well then that's outside the ruling. This is where video evidence will be important, defense attorneys can establish that an average stop takes X minutes, and only stops where they want to request a drug dog without cause take X + n minutes. The cops can either slow down all stops (and get less revenue), or they can stop using drug dogs without probable cause because they can't jerk people around waiting for a dog to do a no warrant search.

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