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+ - Barometers in iPhones: Crowdsourcing weather forecasts 1

Submitted by cryptoz
cryptoz (878581) writes "Apple is now adding barometers to its mobile devices: both new iPhones have valuable atmospheric pressure sensors being used for HealthKit (step counting). Since many Android devices have been carrying barometers for years, scientists like Cliff Mass have been using the sensor data to improve weather forecasts. Open source data collection projects like PressureNet on Android automatically collect and send the atmospheric sensor data to researchers."

Comment: Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (Score 1) 367

Being a Type 1 myself, these things interest me as well. The FDA has a nice write-up on it:

http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/Resou...

"The manufacturing of beef insulin for human use in the U.S. was discontinued in 1998. In 2006, the manufacturing of pork insulin (Iletin II) for human use was discontinued."

Comment: Living Together (Score 1) 447

by Major Blud (#48129461) Attached to: Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

I remember hearing that couples who lived together before they got married were more likely to get divorced. That never made sense to me, but new research suggest that it's actually not true:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

FWIW, my wife and I have been married for ten years and we didn't live together before then.

Comment: Re:Performance (Score 1) 283

by Major Blud (#48111533) Attached to: Tesla Announces Dual Motors, 'Autopilot' For the Model S

Ditto here. I've raced both electric and nitro RC cars for about 27 years, and I choose electric hands-down.

That's not to say that each has pros and cons. Nitro cars tend to have impressive top speeds, and since they can make pit-stops to refuel, races can last as long as half an hour (I've seen some that last as much as an hour). Electrics have short range, and almost all races I've been in tend to last 5-10 minutes. I've never been in a race where pit-stops are made for battery changes, but I've seen them before and it gets pretty frantic with stops being made every 5-10 minutes. Batteries have come a long way though, with Li-Po having better range and power than the NiCad and Ni-mH we used to have back in the day.

On the other hand, nitro cars are a maintenance nightmare, and trying to start them up after the engine dies is pretty much a write-off in the middle of a race (which happens often after a rollover). The two-stroke engines have low torque, and gearing is problematic (some have automatic transmissions, like my Losi XXL-2). Electrics will jump all over a nitro car off the line every time, maintenance is pretty simple, and I don't have to "restart" the car after a rollover.

Comment: Re:Harley-Davidson laid off 125 Americans. (Score 1) 293

by Major Blud (#48086171) Attached to: Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

Is this what you're referring too?

http://www.bizjournals.com/mil...

In all fairness, these weren't Harley employees, but worked for a contracting firm that did IT for Harley (according to the link). Harley then decided to outsource their IT to Infosys (which I don't see as a smart move regardless).

It looks like this took place two years ago.....I don't remember seeing anything about it when it happened.
http://www.jsonline.com/busine...

Comment: Re:Bruce Perens (Score 2) 240

by Major Blud (#48040033) Attached to: Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

It could be worse, you could have a dozen different McKesson applications that use different platforms (some .NET/SQL Server, some Java/Oracle), don't do everything promised, are way overpriced, pathetic support, and technology that was state-of-the-art back when Clinton was president (two-tier fat apps? really!?!?)

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