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Comment Re:does marketing hype matter? (Score 2) 288

does 'certified for iDevice' even matter anymore? I could see it being a concern for the average consumer about a decade ago but so many products, uncertified mind you, exist for the apple to channel audio from soundcard to headbone that the logo itself seems of little merit.

I only really worry about not using knock off cables/adapters when it's connected to 110 volt power or higher, cheaply made cables that break easily are also easily replaced; cheaply made power adapters without proper insulation and air gaps can cause fires and electrocutions. That being said I use Apple EarPods because I find them comfortable.

Comment Re:Duh! (Score 0) 269

Absolutely. Contactless is pointless and expensive as fuck for merchants. I can't imagine many businesses where the "neat-o" factor from a few phone enthusiasts to be able to pay with their phones is going to outweigh the costs.

Sometimes it comes down to offering convenience to your customers, there are 2 'corner' stores near my place, store a is a five minute walk, store b is a seven minute walk. I walk and drive to store b more often because I can use tap on my credit card to pay, store a requires chip and pin.

Comment Re:Really? Come on now, you should know better. (Score 1) 362

Five centuries of work before that never perfected heavier-than-air flying machines either, until one year, presto, all the necessary preconditions were finally met and airplanes became a reality. There's nothing linear about progress.

The most intelligent comment I have read on Slashdot in years (possibly ever), if only I had any mod points.

Submission + - Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements? (

An anonymous reader writes: Michigan has a problem. Over the past decade, the number of unvaccinated kindergartners has spiked. "Nearly half of the state’s population lives in counties with kindergarten vaccination rates below the level needed for "herd immunity," the public health concept that when at least 93 percent of people are vaccinated, their immunity protects the vulnerable and prevents the most contagious diseases from spreading." Surprise, surprise, the state is now in the midst of a whooping cough outbreak. How do these kids get into public schools without being vaccinated? Well, Michigan is among the 20 U.S. states that allow "philosophical" objections to the vaccine requirements for schoolchildren. (And one of the 46 states allowing religious exemption.) A new editorial is now calling for an end to the "philosophical" exemption.

The article says, "Those who choose not to be vaccinated and who choose not to vaccinate their children allow a breeding ground for diseases to grow and spread to others. They put healthy, vaccinated adults at risk because no vaccine is 100 percent effective. They especially put the most vulnerable at risk — infants too young to be vaccinated, the elderly, people with medical conditions that prevent vaccination, and those undergoing cancer treatments or whose immune systems have been weakened." They also encourage tightening the restrictions on religious and medical waivers so that people don't just check a different box on the exemption form to get the same result. "They are free to continue believing vaccines are harmful, even as the entire medical and scientific communities try in vain to tell them otherwise. But they should not be free to endanger the lives of everyone else with their views. "

Submission + - Doctors Replace Patient's Damaged Thoracic Vertebrae with 3d Printed Replica (

ErnieKey writes: Earlier this month, surgeons at Zhejiang University in China, performed a surgery to remove 2 damaged vertebrae from a 21-year-old patient. In their place they inserted a 3d printed titanium implant which was shaped to the exact size needed for the patient's body. The surgery which took doctors much less time and provided significantly less risk was completely successful and the patient is expected to make a full recovery. This is said to be the first ever surgery involving 3d printing vertebrae in order to replace a patient's thoracic vertebrae.

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