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Comment: Re:Alas, Rev. Bayes (Score 2) 848

by GFLPraxis (#36437426) Attached to: Italy Votes To Abandon Nuclear Power

Nice statistics. So you deliberately exclude Chernobyl and assess Fukushima knowingly way before any long-term effects could have set in.

Chernobyl cannot happen again; it was the result of an ancient design not built to any safety specifications. Further, it's forty years old. A series of stupid decisions lead to that disaster. It's like using Titanic as a reason we shouldn't build boats.

Comment: Not A Virus (Score 4, Insightful) 455

by GFLPraxis (#36170550) Attached to: Apple Support Forums Suggest Malware Explosion
The thing to keep in mind is that this malware going around is a trojan. The user has to enter a username and password to install the malware. It can't propagate itself nor install itself automatically from a web site. People are just blindly typing their password to anything asking. Interestingly, it claims to be an antivirus suite and uses SEO to show up on searches for Mac antiviruses per Arstechnica (, so ironically, the people getting infected are people who think they need virus protection on a Mac. Expect to hear people continuing to proclaim this as the beginning of Mac viruses, however.

Comment: Never let a doctor make the call, then? (Score 1) 238

by GFLPraxis (#35574960) Attached to: System Measures Stress In Emergency Callers' Voice
Stupid. I've been in this situation; one of the people with me was a doctor, and another person with me was having some kind of seizure or attack. The doctor made the 9/11 phone call and stated all the details very calmly and distinctly while everyone else was trying not to flip out. Under this kind of system, he'd have received a low priority.

Comment: Extremely deceptive article! The cause... (Score 5, Informative) 298

by GFLPraxis (#35493590) Attached to: Apple Handcuffs Web Apps On iPhone Home Screen
The cause of this has been discovered already; it's a software bug. iOS 4.3 has a new JavaScript engine. Websites launched from the home screen seem to be reverting to and using the old JavaScript engine from iOS 4.2. The article makes it sound like a conspiracy. I'm sure it'll be patched soon; I can think of no obvious reason to do this but give the same apps full speed if bookmarked within the web browser.

"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory