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Comment: Re:Interesting. But might end up as more of a toy. (Score 1) 41

It doesn't have to be alien like.

The main purpose was to determine if the enviroment was hostile to them. Of course they did other crap but think about where we need to know if the enviroment is hostile.

Think off fire response, motor vehicle accidents, threat assesments for dignitaries, yet another way to find electronic listening devices, and so on.

Of course it might need a little work before it is ready and reliable but there is a use that may be right around tbe corner- litteraly

Comment: Re:Asymptomatic people are not contagious (Score 1) 337

by sumdumass (#48032105) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

Any other type illness i could agree with you. But these people would have known they were in areas that could have exposed them. They would know what to watch for (symptoms) and they would know the disease is a painfull death if not caught early.

So unless getting ebola and infecting others annd dieing was their intent, i suspect they would get checked out for signs of jetlag let alone one of the documented symptoms. If it wasn't so deadly- unlike varients of the flu, i could agree.

Comment: Re:Some content should be avoided... (Score 1) 138

by tepples (#48031847) Attached to: Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement
That was written prior to October 1998, when the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 was signed into law. Besides, that applies only to the underlying musical work (as embodied in sheet music and the like), not to any sound recordings thereof. Sound recordings fixed prior to 1972 are covered under state copyright until 2067.

Comment: Transformer Book (Score 1) 171

by tepples (#48031763) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

I'm so glad the netbook concept is dead.

I disagree.

Who wants a cheap Windows laptop anyways?

I do. I carry a 10" laptop while I commute to and from work on the bus because it fits in a bag that doesn't scream "steal me" the way a full-size laptop bag does. It's a four-year-old Dell Inspiron mini 1012 with 1-core 2-thread Atom N450 CPU and 1 GB RAM that runs Xubuntu. But once its second battery pack loses its ability to hold a reasonable charge, I'm looking at replacing it with an ASUS Transformer Book (quad-core Atom, 2 GB RAM) running Windows 8.1 + Classic Shell.

Comment: Re:That's a reasonable price point... (Score 1) 171

by tepples (#48031659) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

Why would anyone on the backwater planet want to connect a pad to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse and try to use it like a desktop?

So that you can continue to work on the same project between the tablet-like environment and the desktop-like environment without having to bounce everything off Dropbox and eat into your monthly cap.

Comment: Re:Asymptomatic people are not contagious (Score 3, Interesting) 337

by sumdumass (#48031417) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

It would seem that the incubation period can be several weeks but the risk of spreading is only there once symptoms appear. I imagine a person who is not intending on doing ill will with the disease could self monitor and quarantine himself if needed.

It's not like they will let ISIS or ISAL or whatever infect anyone and send them over with the disease to spread it across all populated western areas or anything. And if they tried, they would be captured at the airport or border crossing by the professional TSA.

Wait, maybe they should quarantine some people.

Nobody said computers were going to be polite.