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Comment: not the best at following procedure (Score 1) 372

by Chirs (#48221433) Attached to: NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

You made an incorrect assumption.

Most North American medical staff are *not* up to speed on proper procedures for this sort of thing, nor is the standard protective gear sufficient. That's why the CDC is going to be going around giving training at hospitals.

I heard that the MSF recommended procedures for removing the protective gear involves nine separate hand washings.

Comment: FTDI doesn't "own" the PID:VID (Score 1) 571

by Chirs (#48221349) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

As I understand it, FTDI doesn't actually have legal ownership of the PID:VID combo. handles the PID:VID registry, but if a chip manufacturer hasn't registered with them there is no legal reason preventing them from using any PID:VID numbers that they feel like.

Comment: No, it's not bricked. (Score 1) 571

by Chirs (#48221279) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

"Bricked" means that it is no longer useful, ever, under any circumstances. It's dead, and not recoverable.

In this case the end user is temporarily inconvenienced until they load up some software to restore the PID, or use software that can make use of the device even with a PID of 0.

Comment: It's not the absolute values that matter (Score 1) 108

by Chirs (#48192689) Attached to: Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

It's the placement relative to the other devices. In other words, the numbers are arbitrary, but the charts are useful.

So the HTC One M8 is middle-of-the-pack on performance, but second-best on battery. The OnePlus One is a few percent worse than the HTC on performance, but 15% better on battery life. They could have removed the numbers entirely and this would still hold true.

Comment: you lose some smarts that way (Score 2) 108

by Chirs (#48192649) Attached to: Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

The more things you turn off, the less "aware" your phone is of its environment.

For example, I have a friend who uses Tasker on his phone. He gets in the car and it pairs with the bluetooth ODB2 port and starts displaying engine info. He goes to the movie theater and it detects the wifi access point and switches to vibrate. He sets location-based reminders (next time I'm within 5 miles of store X, go pick up item Y).

I guess it's all about what's most useful to you...

Comment: You've got it backwards. (Score 1) 74

by Chirs (#48182981) Attached to: NASA Cancels "Sunjammer" Solar Sail Demonstration Mission

The fundamental property is mass, and the "weight" is defined by the force generated due to "standard" gravity.

The kg is a measure of mass. The pound can be mass or force, depending on the system of measurement involved. Most technical people would consider pounds to be units of force, where the corresponding mass is the slug. (Though honestly SI units are more convenient for doing physics with.)

Comment: Actually, it is harmful in a number of ways (Score 3, Informative) 839

by Chirs (#48161139) Attached to: Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right


"Effects of inequality researchers have found include higher rates of health and social problems, and lower rates of social goods,[81] a lower level of economic utility in society from resources devoted on high-end consumption,[82] and even a lower level of economic growth when human capital is neglected for high-end consumption.[83] For the top 21 industrialised countries, counting each person equally, life expectancy is lower in more unequal countries..."

Comment: some thoughts (Score 3, Insightful) 728

by Chirs (#48112389) Attached to: Why the Trolls Will Always Win

The following is all subjective, so be warned. :)

From what I've seen (admittedly second and third-hand) the people attacking women are generally doing so at least in part *because* they are women. On the other hand, attacks against men are rarely gender-based, but rather based on other factors like religion/ideology/actions.

If this is true, then even if the numbers of attacks are the same, it would not be unreasonable for the attacked women to feel it differently because they are being attacked for something they *are* rather than something they *think*. (And actually I suspect this same feeling may hold true for race-based attacks against people as well.)

Comment: bandwidth isn't the problem (Score 4, Insightful) 429

by Chirs (#48112199) Attached to: BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

The issue is that cheap access points/firewalls run out of resources trying to manage (and possibly do connection-tracking) on all the different connections. If a bittorrent user suddenly opens up a few thousand additional connections (regardless of actual bandwidth) then that ends up knocking everyone else off that firewall.

The bittorrent users could prevent the problem by limiting how many connections are allowed per torrent, but it sounds like they're not doing that.

Rather than forcing bittorrent users off the network entirely, it would be better if the access point itself limited the number of connections per MAC address to something reasonable. This would prevent the symptom from occurring.

If a camel is a horse designed by a committee, then a consensus forecast is a camel's behind. -- Edgar R. Fiedler