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Comment: Compelling, but a mix still better... (Score 4, Interesting) 302

by SuperKendall (#48189205) Attached to: NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

That is a pretty compelling reason to have most of the crew women.

However I'd argue in a truly remote environment where no external help is to be had, that the raw strength a few very fit males could provide could be useful in an emergency.

Some women can also be very strong, but then would there be any metabolism benefit?

Comment: Floor In Building (Score 1) 77

by SuperKendall (#48188679) Attached to: Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

One of the things Apple is using the barometer for is to determine what floor you may be in within a building.

It could be that with central heating/cooling in most buildings running almost all the time, perhaps a barometric reading could be constant between floors from day to day, even as weather changed...

Or perhaps just using the change along with accelerometer data to detect shifting between floors.

Comment: Say what now? (Score 1) 127

However, it is highly relevant that GED holders and/or high school or college graduates with degrees completely unrelated to computer science tend to be better programmers.

Where do you get that from?

I have indeed met a lot of great programmers that did not have CS degrees. But I've met even MORE programmers that were not great or even coming close to it, that did not have CS degrees...

I would say that overall a CS major has a base level of competence above non-CS holders. But I've never seen a study or in decades of practical experience seen anything to back up the claim you are making...

For what it's worth I have both a GED *and* a CS degree.

Comment: Yoesemite Helvetica Neu is tuned for small size (Score 2) 360

by SuperKendall (#48181099) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

Although it can be, also note that the Helvetica Nueu that Apple uses in Yosemite is heavily edited to look OK on LCD displays - just like other screen tuned fonts.

They also were trying to get the average size of sentences between the old and new fonts closers so programmers didn't have as much work to adjust for text changing sizes.

Comment: Re:it is perfectly timed (Score 2) 247

by SuperKendall (#48178799) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

My name-brand phone that I've had for ages -- and had Apple users asking me what it was, then telling me they were going to switch to Android -- has the exact same resolution as the iPhone 6 Plus.

And it's performance in every way is significantly less. When they had the smaller res, they lacked the CPU/GPU the modern Apple hardware has now. The modern Android hardware has the better GPU/CPU but the screen res is killing performance. Apple let them dance right over the sweet spot.

My phone looks better, it fits a pocket better, it weighs less, it's waterproof,

So it's smaller? Behind them times already I guess. Otherwise the six is pocketable for anyone.

Waterproof is something I use a case for if I need. I use the phone in the rain briefly without issue as I always have.

Your phone basically sounds like a fish-mash of things not important to anyone anymore (FM radio....)

Literally the only feature from the iPhone 6 Plus that I can find which my phone lacks is the fingerprint sensor,

Which actually works and opens a whole world you'll be left behind with as you listen to... FM radio.

no disabled NFC here

Fully operational and utterly useless.

Oh, and my smart watch is here now, not some vague date in the future

I wouldn't want what you have now either, but at least it probably also supports FM radio!

Apple are late to the party once again,

They are never late, they arrive when they feel they have something worth selling. I as a buyer appreciate not having to tolerate half-baked crap any longer, that was fine when I'm young but like Danny Glover I'm too old for that shit. Including FM radio.

Comment: Re:It's the OS, Stupid (Score 1) 247

by SuperKendall (#48178417) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

What's wrong with using the iPad as a second screen, as some third party software lets you do?

Then you get touch and a traditional laptop.

All of the compelling uses I read about for something like the Surface have boiled down to pretty niche uses that are really not sustainable. It's nice that you like your Surface now, because it's not going to be around for many more years. Hopefully it will last you a while.

Comment: it is perfectly timed (Score 1) 247

by SuperKendall (#48177697) Attached to: Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

The market starting using more and more large but mediocre phones, just as demand is really starting to grow Apple introduces a model that doesn't sacrifice performance or battery life to have a larger device.

By waiting Apple also gave device makers a lot of rope to hang themselves with in going to screens with absurd DPI. Now the poor bastards (Note4, etc) are hamstrung changing and powering so many wasted pixels, and the companies cannot back off the resolution they have chained around their own necks.

Apple as usual simply makes a good idea work better than anyone else.

Comment: Interesting they keep doing lengthly reviews... (Score 4, Interesting) 300

by SuperKendall (#48168799) Attached to: OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

These Ars OSX reviews have always been really impressive things, full of technical examination and as you can see, very long to write...

It made more sense to me back when you had to pay for an upgrade though, so you could see if it was worth getting. Now that it's free, the need for long technical examination seems to diminish...

That said I hope they keep doing them because it is nice to have a deep technical examination of what is new.

Comment: Men Without Faith (Score 2) 48

by SuperKendall (#48164559) Attached to: Saturn's 'Death Star' Moon May Hide Subsurface Ocean

A) Is a damn good name for a rock & roll band.

B) Are apparently people who stay OUTDOORS during a thunderstorm and thus prone to being struck my lightning, or brought down by fevers from standing outside in the rain like some of the dumbest animals on the planet?

I guess this would explain how religion has done so well and science has struggled overall.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 3, Interesting) 463

by daveschroeder (#48152325) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

No, it didn't. It was "some sort" of droplet transmission by monkeys in adjacent cages.

That is NOT -- repeat, NOT -- "airborne" transmission.

And no, it didn't go through the ventilation system; it was later learned that sick monkeys sneezing while they were being transported past well monkeys did indeed transmit the virus in this case.

It was also a completely different strain than the one we are talking about.

Airborne transmission occurs when an infectious agent is able to cling to particulates in the air and ride air currents for significant amounts of time, over significant distances, through ventilation systems, etc., long after the infected person who expelled the virus is no longer in the area.

Droplet transmission is NOT "airborne" transmission. It is projecting bodily fluids directly onto a well person in close quarters...usually less than 3 feet, but under optimal conditions, perhaps further. That is still not airborne transmission.

Furthermore, coughing/sneezing is probably one of the least effective ways to spread Ebola, even via droplets. Blood, feces, and vomit are the primary ways this will be spread. Yes, virus "could" be in saliva, mucous, semen, etc. But that's not the primary way Ebola spreads.

Airborne transmission would be very bad, but the Ebola virus is too large to spread this way. It would have to shed about 75% of its genome to be small enough for airborne transmission in sub-5um droplet nuclei that could ride on particulates. And if it did that, it wouldn't be "Ebola" anymore -- it would be something very different; perhaps still deadly, perhaps not, and so much different from what we are talking about right now that it is next to meaningless to discuss.

So, in closing: no, Ebola is not airborne.

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