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Comment: Re:And this is how we get to the more concrete har (Score 1) 439

by Chris Mattern (#47768215) Attached to: Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

Nope, they don't underlie the scientific method. They are merely tools of the scientific method. Immeasurably useful tools, but it is the scientific method at the base, not mathematics, logic or philosophy. When experiment shows that mathematical models can successfully predict observed phenomena, those mathematical models are used. When experiment fails to show that such models do so, they are tossed out. They may still be of interest to mathematicians, but scientists have no further use for them.

Comment: Re:Bad Planning (Score 1) 192

by Chris Mattern (#47756219) Attached to: $75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

Case in point right here in my home state of Virginia: The state's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control stores (commonly called "ABC stores"). As part of the state's alcohol laws, licensed stores can sell wine and beer, and licensed bars and restaurants can sell booze by the glass. If you want hard liquor by the bottle, you have to buy it at an ABC store, which are state-owned. They turn a profit, and that profit goes into the state's coffers.

Comment: Re:Phones + 1 laptop. (Score 1) 259

by Chris Mattern (#47747481) Attached to: How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

I've never had a wireless cord get unplugged from moving my PC.

I've never had a Cat5 cord get unplugged from moving my PC. Unless it's physically broken, it latches securely in place. You may wind up on a shorter tether than you realized, but you won't unplug it, at least not unless you're much rougher with your equipment than you should be.

Comment: Re:Waaah. (Score 1) 334

by Chris Mattern (#47735477) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W

It must take longer to boil water in the US then. In Aus a standard electric kettle has a 2.4kW resistive heating element.

You don't see many kettles with built-in heating elements here. People heat their kettles on the stove, which will either be gas, or if it's electric, will be on a special high-capacity circuit.

Comment: Re:Logged in to email? (Score 1) 117

by Chris Mattern (#47714997) Attached to: 51% of Computer Users Share Passwords

You can't.

This isn't necessarily universal, as it's not required like 911 access, but you can certainly do it on my phone. Go into "People", select "In case of emergency" (it's big and bold at top) and you can select contacts from your contact list to be emergency contacts. These can then be called from the lock screen with the "Emergency contacts" button.

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