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Comment Probably some way to get around paperwork (Score 1) 46

Didn't the lab just send live pathogens intentionally as a way to work around paperwork?
Like maybe the request for dead pathogens is interpreted by both party as a request for live ones but without the additional paperwork. Considering how overzealous regulators can be, the procedure required to send dead pathogens is probably secure enough for live ones.

Comment Why don't they open MPEG codecs (Score 1) 98

MPEG standards (like h.264/AVC and now h.265/HEVC) are the best.
Isn't it easier for the "alliance" to pay MPEG to open their standards rather than make inferior alternatives that may not even be completely patent-free?

This is only for video. For audio, free codecs are actually really good, except maybe for multichannel. But considering how much lower audio bandwidth is compared to video, it doesn't matter as much. For stereo music, you can reach transparency with a well-encoded 256Mbps MP3 and maybe down to 128Mbps with state-of-the-art codecs. In fact the trend seem to go towards lossless audio, where the codec matters even less.

Comment Re:And? (Score 0) 205

Get a better power supply : better energy efficiency, cooler, less noisy, and more stable.
That's probably the best way to save power without sacrificing any performance. Ah, and around 500W is enough for all but the most demanding setups (multi-GPU...). So better look for a good power supply with a reasonable wattage, (see 80+ rating) rather than something overpowered that double as a space heater. Of course the noname crap that typically come with noname cases is to be avoided at all costs if you respect your hardware.

Comment Click farms (Score 2) 152

India is known to host click farms. Where people are paid to spend their days liking pages and clicking ads.
And it seems that they found that Google prefers to get paid for ads rather than allowing said click farms to artificially boost search results.

The most ridiculous is this part :

It also states that sponsored links shown in search results are dependent on the amount of advertising funds Google receives from its clients.

Isn't it the whole point of sponsored links, aka ads?

Comment Re:The consortium needs to finish human languages (Score 1) 264

He can, in fact, write his name.
The debate is on more complex matters like : is it a different character or a combination, should we create codepoints or let the renderer use rules do display the text correctly, etc... Even native speakers don't seem to agree ( https://news.ycombinator.com/i... ).

Things like Emoji or Klingon, while arguably futile, don't have such problems. You can debate on whether or no they should be included but the "how" is very straightforward.

Comment Re:Is quantum mechanics a theory? (Score 1) 214

What eludes us is the interpretation. Or in other words, we didn't find a way to fit this theory in our limited human minds. But the theory works, and it explains things, with maths.
The interpretation is important, but only because it makes working with the theory more intuitive and therefore allow us to progress faster. However, the true essence of any theory in modern physics lie in its mathematical description and how well it matches reality.

Comment No proof (Score 1) 370

It is possible to register someone else to Ashley Madison, there is no verification. Being listed on the database proves nothing.
But presumption of innocence doesn't exist in love. And these leaks may mess up many couples that didn't ask anything. Probably more than actual cheaters : many of them will get caught eventually, and some couples are fine with it

Comment Re:Same with a Note 4? (Score 1) 157

First thing I tried too, but I was a bit less gentle than you ;)
I jammed it backwards hard enough so that I had to use my pocket knife to take it out but there is no damage, no weird behavior and no loosening. The only problem when you force it down all the way is that it is a bit difficult to get enough of a grip to pull it out. And I tried it several times in both orientations.

And in case you are interested : when inserted backward, the S-Pen is considered "out". The sensor is contactless and triggers when the base of the S-Pen lines up with the entrance hole, whatever the orientation.

Comment Re:Moronic (Score 1) 157

The pen never fell out of my Note2, Note4, DSLite and 3DS-XL despite all these devices being simple slot based with no eject mechanism.
Eject mechanisms are actually worse for mobile devices : they are too easy to trigger unwillingly and once the stylus is out, it doesn't naturally come back in, making it easier to lose it or break it.

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