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Comment: Re:kill -1 (Score 1) 469 469

> i don't give a crap whether the system boots twice as fast - reboots are years between, and in scheduled windows.

On my PC with an Asus mainboard the Sleep and Hibernate simply don't work (and never worked with multiple distros and kernels). I need to reboot each day therefore boot time is important for *me*.

Comment: Re:DON'T PANIC (Score 1) 98 98

The blog post also says this:
"(...) I understand that every OS has diagnostic functions, however these services break the promise that Apple makes with the consumer when they enter a backup password; that the data on their device will only come off the phone encrypted. The consumer is also not aware of these mechanisms, nor are they prompted in any way by the device. There is simply no way to justify the massive leak of data as a result of these services, and without any explicit consent by the user.
I don’t buy for a minute that these services are intended solely for diagnostics. The data they leak is of an extreme personal nature. There is no notification to the user. A real diagnostic tool would have been engineered to respect the user, prompt them like applications do for access to data, and respect backup encryption. Tell me, what is the point in promising the user encryption if there is a back door to bypass it?"

Comment: Re:Care to explain the climate change of Mars (Score 1) 552 552

I probably shouldn't respond to your post but...
Martian gravity is so low that it's atmosphere just gradually escaped to space over millennia.
You might agree with me that having almost no atmosphere quite significantly alters a planetary climate.

Check this article out:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atmosphere_of_Mars

Comment: Re:Well... there goes Microsofts Android ... (Score 1) 192 192

Google thinks it does have a good reason for not wanting memory card slots on Android devices.
First thing - a card mounted via UMS (USB Mass Storage) to a PC isn't available to Android OS. Think of all apps (and their data) installed on the card and how would they behave if the card suddenly becomes invisible to Android...
Second thing - security issues. FAT filesystem on most SD card - no file ownership.
Third thing - One of the core Android principles is that you never need a file manager. With a memory card mounted a user can start to wonder where data (photo, music, file) ends up.

I miss memory card slots on Android devices a lot but I can understand Google reasons for shunning them.
A nice (albeit long) article on the subject:
http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/11/18/impromptu-qa-session-with-android-engineer-dan-morrill-brings-to-light-reasons-behind-galaxy-nexus-lack-of-usb-mass-storage/

Comment: Re:glass half empty (Score 4, Informative) 342 342

Exactly.
The difference between high and low solar activity is small (0.1% difference).
With solar radiation at the average level of ~1366 W/sqm the variation is a tiny 1.3 Watts...

The temperatures during the so-called Little Ice Age were lower than average by less than 1 degree Celsius.
Calling the period an "Ice Age" is incorrect.

Comment: Re:But that's not the real problem. (Score 1) 1651 1651

> I don't know a single person that doesn't bike because they have to wear a helmet.

I can't find the original article as it was a few years ago but here's a summary:
"Researchers from Lancaster University questioned 1400 people over three years to see what deters us from cycling to work. Arriving with ‘helmet hair’ stopped 27 per cent of women from cycling (...)"
http://www.redonline.co.uk/news/in-the-news/helmet-hair-fear-stops-cyclists

Report link:
http://www.lancs.ac.uk/users/ext-rel/press/LU%20News%20web%20links/Understanding_Walking_%26_Cycling_Report.pdf

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