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Comment: Depends upon the device (Score 1) 488

by Dubious Maximus (#44918661) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?
On my iPad Mini, 7 doesn't seem perceptibly any faster or slower than 6.1.x -- just different, which is a topic for another thread.

My iPhone 4S, however, is a different story. It does indeed feel noticeably choppier/more sluggish in some respects. The dropping-out-of-warp starfield simulation the icons do when unlocking, for instance, often seems quite herky-jerky. There are other, intermittent, occurrences where the OS seems to just pause for a moment or two while it performs some sort of background process (clearing/swapping RAM contenets, perhaps), that just makes the whole experience of using the phone a tad more Jedi/Zen-like -- "patience, my young padawan". My 4S has only 16GB of storage, but 3GB free, so swapping RAM contents *shouldn't* be a problem of available space, no?

And now if you'll permit me to mix metaphors -- that's my two cents, your mileage may vary.

Comment: Re:Seems just as safe as ever... (Score 1) 1148

So, your old car, built in 1998, gets approximately 50 MPG. Your new car is rated by its manufacturer to get anywhere from about 32.5 to about 48.5 MPG. No matter how you slice it, the car built 13 years ago gets better mileage than the one you're waiting for now. That doesn't exactly inspire me with confidence. Granted, I've never heard of either of those vehicles, so I don't know if one is much larger than the other or not. Still, on the surface, it doesn't sound as if we're making much progress in this area.

Comment: In 1981... (Score 1) 262

by Dubious Maximus (#35073374) Attached to: What’s the Internet? (on 1994's Today Show)
...back when "Late Night With David Letterman" first came on the air after his morning show was cancelled, he started doing Johnny Carson's "Stump the band" bit again. In a very early broadcast, he asked the audience member whose turn was next what he did for a living.

The contestant replied: "I'm a software engineer".

Letterman looked bewildered, turned to the crowd and said: "Software Engineer? Does that mean anything to anybody here?"

Even when the fellow tried to explain it, it didn't seem to register with anyone, least of all Letterman.

And that was a mere 13 years earlier.

Supermassive Black Hole Is Thrown Out of Galaxy 167

Posted by samzenpus
from the moving-to-better-quarters dept.
DarkKnightRadick writes "An undergrad student at the University of Utrecht, Marianne Heida, has found evidence of a supermassive black hole being tossed out of its galaxy. According to the article, the black hole — which has a mass equivalent to one billion suns — is possibly the culmination of two galaxies merging (or colliding, depending on how you like to look at it) and their black holes merging, creating one supermassive beast. The black hole was found using the Chandra Source Catalog (from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory). The direction of the expulsion is also possibly indicative of the direction of rotation of the two black holes as they circled each other before merging."

Sentient plasmoids are a gas.