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Comment: Re:worse than crapware (Score 1) 401

I don't want to install FaceBook Messenger because it is change for the sake of change, and is worse than what they had before. Now there are two apps that give you a jarring user experience as you get ripped from one to the other, rather than having it integrated like it should be.

Net effect: I no longer use Facebook for messaging, and neither does anyone else I know, Good job on that one.

Comment: Re:MAD (Score 1) 340

by MachineShedFred (#47972421) Attached to: US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

the US kept developing larger and larger nuclear weapons throughout the 50s

What's funny, is that at some point someone sat down and did a little math, and realized that there is a vast scale of diminishing returns when scaling up anything that explodes. So the modern nuclear arsenal from every nation that has these weapons is made up of significantly smaller yield weapons than were tested and deployed in the 1950s.

The bulk of the US arsenal are "dial-a-yield" devices that top out around 450kt, because they are easier to lift and guide where you want them. Or, and you can fit multiple of them on the same rocket you used to have one big ass 5Mt warhead on. Missile crews at Vandenburg AFB aren't simply trying to put one of these things inside a neighborhood - they aren't happy unless their test "warhead" can actually hit an oil drum with a target painted on it from 9,000 miles away. It's not good enough to just put a hot one into a city - they want to put it exactly above some munitions storage facility, or an air field, or a naval base. And they drill on it.

Comment: Re:Mustang Shelby GT 500 (Score 1) 393

by MachineShedFred (#47935477) Attached to: Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

News flash: there is a lot of land between the coasts of North America, and it's priced vastly cheaper than most of the coastal states.

There's also a lot of people between the coasts that enjoy not having the ridiculous cost of living you see in the Northeast, and California.

Comment: Re:Well.... (Score 1) 425

by MachineShedFred (#47935163) Attached to: Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

The stores are changing out the PIN pads because if they don't have equipment that can read "chip and PIN" cards next year, the liability for payment card fraud shifts to them instead of the banks.

If you're already replacing the equipment to deal with the new version of the payment cards, might as well add the NFC module necessary to support RFID cards and Google Wallet / Apple Pay at the same time - the major expense isn't with the equipment, it's to get the technician out there to actually do the install.

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