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Comment Re:Why does he waste his time? (Score 2) 167

Who cares if information is preserved in a black hole? What purpose does it serve? What can it teach us about the universe? I'd actually like to know the answers to these questions.

But... Hawking is undoubtedly a brilliant mind. Why has he been wasting his time for years trying to decide whether or not "information is preserved in a black hole"?

I'm admitting my ignorance here... Someone please explain to me what the relevance of this is...

The problem is that we don't know what we don't know yet. This discovery will act as a stepping stone for other discoveries that we can't predict; some directly useful in every day life, others not so much. Scientific advancement is all build on the shoulders of those who came before; this discovery lifts us a little bit higher, ready to catch whatever comes next.

Comment Re:If only I could convince the manufacturers ... (Score 4, Informative) 80

That isn't as useful as removing, it though. It is still there, taking up space. I have an older LG android phone (4.0.x) that has only 2GB of internal storage, so every last MB is precious.

Nope, doesn't take up any space that would be usable to you. In Android the system is split in to separate partitions for the system applications and user applications. Even if you could delete something from the system partition it will not make additional usable space in the user partition.

Comment Re:Just wait for round 3 (Score 1) 301

When the federal government didn't revoke the clearances of the users of AM that were cleared and one of them gets blackmailed by the Chinese into doing something illegal. I'd bet good money that the Chinese scrambled to get ahold of this data and cross reference it for some easy targets.

It's hard to blackmail someone with public information; that usually requires inside knowledge of secret information.

Comment Not ignored (Score 4, Informative) 381

“Obesity has traditionally been seen as the result of an imbalance between the amount of food we eat and how much we exercise, but this view ignores the contribution of genetics to each individual’s metabolism,”

It isn't being ignored; it's part of the equation, and always has been. Metabolic rate acts as a multiplier on the "calories out" part of the equation.

Comment Re:Home key? (Score 2) 155

Long-press the home button

Is the home button the little triangle, circle or square?

It's the circle. The mini tutorial that comes up on a clean install points it out and explains it. Even if you skipped the tutorial, 15 seconds of button mashing will reveal it. But you knew which button it was already, you just wanted to be purposely obtuse.

Comment Re:Uh-Oh (Score 1) 37

Well... we are parasites.... no question about it...

Not true, it's more of a symbiotic relationship. We are part of the food web, just like every other creature on the planet. Our body waste (and eventually our own dead bodies) will go on to nourish many bacteria species. We actively plant trees and grow food. It's the same relationship our own gut bacteria have with us.

Comment Re:No Compromises (Score 1) 154

Why use such obscure terms? I had to google it and it just means there is an optical stabilizer. "Optical stabilizer" is only a few characters longer than "OIS camera".

That's just the way I've seen it listed in every article that mentions the feature. I've seen it so often, and I'm by no means a camera geek, that I figured it was pretty standard.

Comment Re:No Compromises (Score 1) 154

With SD cards it isn't the storage space that really matters to me, it's the ability to remove it. If my phone won't boot I can still get to my data by putting the card in to a PC. On phones without SD slots the data is gone forever if the phone won't boot, won't charge, or otherwise misbehaves.

Comment Re:I can see this going disastrously wrong (Score 1) 192

Imagine you are coming up to a point in the road where the road bends to the left. However this is mostly obscured by bushes, ans something, maybe a drainage ditch looks a bit like a road bending to the right. Usually you will sense that something's not quite right, slow down and see what happens. Now imagine that the car's headlights illuminate the false road, leaving the real route in relative darkness. Also imagine that hundreds of hours of driving had conditioned to believe that the car would illuminate your path. It could end in disaster.

These don't replace the static headlights, they stay where they are and do what they already do. This adds a SECOND pair that tracks things. It won't leave anything in the dark that isn't already dark in your current car.

Do you suffer painful elimination? -- Don Knuth, "Structured Programming with Gotos"