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Comment: Re:Except... (Score 1) 120

by Chrisq (#48465141) Attached to: How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Several years later than this one: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Z...

The Z3 was the first electromechanical gp computer The ABC was the first electronic non-gp computer The Colossus was the first electronic gp computer The ENIAC was the first American gp computer.

Except the Z3 was German

Comment: Its even worse than that (Score 2) 178

by Chrisq (#48458347) Attached to: Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven
Not just internet companies but the postal service and telephone providers. Things get worse, plots have been discussed in renal houses, hotel rooms, and cafes. CAn you imagine all these people allowing a safe haven, not to mention the paper and pen manufacturers that allow themn to write messages, the food producers that nourish them and the highways agency allowing them to drive to destinations.

Comment: Re:Pathetic (Score 1) 1070

by Chrisq (#48455977) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

The grand jury found no reason to even send this to trial. Cut and dry case of justifiable self defense. END of story.

I agree that there is no criminal case, but it should not be the end of story. I have a feeling that though no crime was committed the police should expect a higher standard from officers and I would hope an internal investigation followed by either disciplinary action or training as appropriate will now follow.

Comment: really? (Score 3, Insightful) 69

by Chrisq (#48448611) Attached to: Multi-National Crew Reaches Space Station

"I think that 100 years from now, 500 years from now, people will look back on this as the initial baby steps that we took going into the solar system," Virts told a pre-launch press conference. "In the same way that we look back on Columbus and the other explorers 500 years ago, this is the way people will look at this time in history."

More like the first time someone took a dugout log out to sea, paddled around within sight of shore, then came back again.

Comment: Re:So is it two or ten times tougher? (Score 1) 199

by Chrisq (#48447949) Attached to: Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

First article says: Apple supplier Corning on Thursday introduced its next-generation Gorilla Glass, which it said is two times tougher than any competitive cover glass now in the market.

Second article says: Apple supplier Corning on Thursday introduced next-generation Gorilla Glass, which it said is ten times tougher than any competitive cover glass now in the market.

These are not contradictory. "Up to two times" just means "not more than two times", and similarly "up to ten times" just means "not more than ten times". This means that if it is not more than two times then it is automatically not more than ten times

Its like if I say "there are no men in the room who are over six feet tall" you could also say "there are no men in the room who are over 100 feet tall", obviously true given the first statement but rather pointless. Of course marketing people might prefer "up to ten times as strong" even if it is only twice as strong as the best competitor

Comment: Re:No more broken iPhones.. (Score 2) 199

by Chrisq (#48447931) Attached to: Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

"UP TO two times tougher than competitive glass" "survives drops UP TO 80 percent of the time"

Just meaningless weasel words.

It's not meaningless at all. It means exactly what it says: The glass is somewhere between negative infinity times and 2 times tougher than competitive glass. And it survives drops somewhere between 0 percent and 80 percent of the time. So be sure and take those figures into consideration when considering buying the product.

This post is up to twice as informative as the original article

Comment: Re:Meet Streisand (Score 4, Interesting) 306

by Chrisq (#48415843) Attached to: UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Problem is: nobody reads contracts.

The good news is that this works both ways. A number of times I have crossed out bits I don't like, and photocopied the contract before sending it back and nobody said a thing. Only once did I get a letter saying that they would only do business if I accepted all terms.

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