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Comment: Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (Score 1) 903

by Eythian (#47904897) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

That might be true where you are, where I live and in the sort of circles I move, atheism is more or less a default, and it's always a bit odd when you discover someone actually goes to church under the age of 50. Given that, it's rarely discussed, because, well, it's hard to discuss. "Still no god?" "Yep. Still no god." "How about that rugby game then?" That's just a bit awkward and unnecessary.

Comment: Re:One day battery life in Apple Watch too? (Score 1) 730

by Eythian (#47867761) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Why? What's so much better about taking your watch off every three nights instead of every night?

I use my smartwatch as a sleep tracker, it'd be really annoying if I had to charge it every night. Fortunately it gets days of battery life, so I just top it up every so often and it's fine.

Comment: Re:Tight pants (Score 1) 730

by Eythian (#47867741) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Where it'd actually be cool is if it had a 'lack of proximity warning' ... eg, an alert of 'hey, you left your phone' when the two get out or range of each other. Not that it would justify the price (or switching to an iPhone), but it'd be kinda cool, as I just realized I left my phone in my car.

My pebble does this, it'll vibrate to tell me that the link to the phone has broken. It also does other useful things, that's just one of them.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 2) 172

by Eythian (#47597287) Attached to: Psychology's Replication Battle

Just to add to what you're saying, thought experiments can be perfectly valid in the physical sciences. Newton had a great one determining that differently weighted things falling will fall at the same speed (all other things being equal.)

If you assume that a light cannon ball will fall slower than a heavy one when you drop them, and then you tie them together, it stands that they must fall at a speed in the middle of what they will each fall at. But tying them together makes them effectively one object, so it'll fall faster.

Given these both cannot be true, everything must fall at the same speed.

This is a nice example (to me) of a though experiment that can provide useful results.

Comment: Re: Slippery Slope (Score 1) 186

Why would someone sue google? Google doesn't owe you free speech. They can put up whatever results they way. Only your government owes you free speech, not any corporation that happens to be somewhat American.

By them choosing to not show something, they aren't violating your constitution. They can't, they're not the US government.

Comment: Re:Who likes their utility? (Score 1) 110

It's quite possible. I have a choice of power companies (and am planning to change some time soon.)

Here, generation, and retailing are all split up (not sure how lines maintenance works, I think that might be regional, but done though your retailer.)

This means a) I can pick my retailer, and b) they can compete, along with the generation companies.

(I'm not really contributing much here, just adding a little bit of possibly interesting information.)

You know, the difference between this company and the Titanic is that the Titanic had paying customers.

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