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Comment: Nexus (Score 0) 136

by JBMcB (#49141247) Attached to: Who's Afraid of Android Fragmentation?

I'm going to take a wild guess and state the reason it took three months before my GOOGLE BRANDED DEVICE (Nexus 7 2013) got Lollipop after it went GA is issues with fragmentation. It seems like nearly every device had severe and differing issues with the original builds and the update kept getting pulled and pushed back. It works pretty well now, except wifi is unstable and it has a memory leak that forces a reboot every couple of days.

  When iOS 8 went GA I got it the next day on my iPad Air. No serious issues.

Comment: We already have them (kinda) (Score 2) 318

The Phalanx system on US navy ships is, once activated, pretty much automatic. Anything within it's radar envelope automatically gets a dose of 20mm cannon fire. It's designed to take down anti-ship missiles, but will engage pretty much anything moving towards the boat that it's radar can pick up.

Comment: Re:Taxation (Score 3, Interesting) 253

by JBMcB (#49105343) Attached to: Will Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis Support Cryptocurrency In Greece?

My favorite story about Greece's problems:

In the 90's a governmental committee was formed for the sole purpose to close a particular dam. After a decade, the dam was closed and demolished. That committee still exists. They don't go around closing other dams, they, I assume, just make sure the dam is still closed.

Source: Planet Money

Comment: Wilderness State Park (Score 5, Interesting) 99

by JBMcB (#49069791) Attached to: New Map Shows USA's Quietest Places

The quietest place I've ever been is Wilderness State Park in Michigan in the fall. No wildlife, an extremely quiet white noise coming from the lake - it was strange. Bryce Canyon was pretty quiet, too, but Wilderness is strikingly quiet. It's also a "dark sky park" so the stars at night are phenomenal.

Comment: Re:Climate models (Score 2) 264

by JBMcB (#49052723) Attached to: NASA: Increasing Carbon Emissions Risk Megadroughts

I thought there was a paper out late last year saying they didn't find any heat reservoirs in the oceans - at least none that could account for the predicted increase in surface temperatures. I heard someone speculating that the reservoirs could be deep in the ocean, which would be really weird since warmer water generally stays near the top.

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