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Comment: Re:FAQ (Score 1) 131

by Eunuchswear (#49750209) Attached to: Pre-Orders Start For Neo900 Open Source Phone

If I'm wrong and a light tap will always work, and a swipe will never be broken up into multiple gestures or ignored altogether, and so on, then I'd be delighted, albeit surprised the technology isn't being used anywhere else.

The N900 does have a stylus, but, personally, I only used it for non-mobile versions of some websites or running X programs that weren't written for touch screens.

Probably the reason the technology is not used elsewhere is that the screen is pretty fragile -- it's plastic, not glass, and soft plastic at that. Scratches do build up, and screen protectors do reduce sensitivity.

Also the N900 is single touch -- the dual touch "magic" didn't exist when the N900 was made.

Comment: Re:Hardly "Open" or Free Software Friendly (Score 1) 131

by Eunuchswear (#49744109) Attached to: Pre-Orders Start For Neo900 Open Source Phone

'd want them to have at least produced a distribution or version of a distribution without the non-free pieces. That way I'd at least know that its unlikely anything is spying on me (other than tracking when the phone is on).

You can, AFAIK, do non-accelarated graphics with no closed code. Don't know about WIFI.

I'm also assuming here the GSM modem doesn't have access to the CPU, ram, or flash on the device.

Your assumption is correct.

Comment: Re:Amtrak's existing signal system (Score 1) 393

A locked cockpit door could have prevented 9/11

And, since 9/11 has been a contributory cause to at least two crashes. (Helios Airways 522 and Germanwings 9525).

(P.S. before somebody trots out the old "9/11 was the last time a plane could be hijacked" meme check it out --- there have been 10s of hijackings since 9/11).

Comment: Re:Fight! (Score 5, Informative) 292

by Eunuchswear (#49704765) Attached to: Larson B Ice Shelf In Antarctica To Disintegrate Within 5 Years

OP:

I recall NASA predicting complete loss of arctic sea ice by 2013, and the navy predicting the same in 2016.

You:

after reviewing his own new data, NASA climate scientist Jay Zwally said: "At this rate, the Arctic Ocean could be nearly ice-free at the end of summer by 2012, much faster than previous predictions."

US Department of Energy-backed research project led by a US Navy scientist predicts that the Arctic could lose its summer sea ice cover as early as 2016 - 84 years ahead of conventional model projections.

Are you unable to see the difference?

One NASA climate scientist said "the Arctic Ocean could be nearly ice-free at the end of summer by 2012", not "NASA predicted complete loss of arctic sea ice by 2013".

As it happened we hit the lowest sea ice extent since 1979 in September 2012.

A US Navy scientist predicted that "the Arctic could lose its summer sea ice cover as early as 2016", not "the Navy predicted complete loss of arctic sea ice by 2016".

As it happens we're currently only just inside 2 std deviations of the average, looking much like 2014 and 2013.

Anyway, to see what's happening go here http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/charctic-interactive-sea-ice-graph/.

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