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Comment Only Time Will Tell (Score 1) 78

High Security? Only time can tell. Until the router has been out in the wild for a bit and people have had a chance to look for vulnerabilities, it's impossible to say whether or not the router is actually secure. It's similar to the "Blackphone" which was touted for people who wanted a very secure phone. Once they released it, they found all sorts of security problems with it.

Comment Re:Works for me (Score 2) 125

Personally, I used to have the same opinion. But then I bought a Smart TV. There was no TV with the specifications I was looking for that also wasn't a smart TV. So I bought one. After using it for a while, I decided that I didn't need a Roku, or a computer hooked directly to my TV. The TV had Netflix, Youtube, and DLNA built in. So I can watch Netfix, Youtube, and even stream videos from PLEX without having a device hooked in to my TV. It also has Miracast so I can stream stuff directly from my tablet or laptop. My TV does everything I need the TV to do without requiring an extra box. Sure, someday I'll stop getting updates, and maybe I'll eventually need to add a box for supporting new features and services. But until that time I'll continue to use the features built into my TV, because they actually do work as advertised, and I only have to worry about a single remote to access all the features.

Comment Why Only 3D printers? (Score 1) 302

Why does the law only apply to 3D printers or electronic milling machines? Why not outlaw all blueprints to all firearms, regardless of how they are manufactured?

Seeing the kind of quality most people get out of their 3D printers, I'm not sure it would actually be easier to produce one on a 3D printer as opposed to using more traditional methods.

Comment Re:Looking forwards (Score 1) 179

The problem is that the bikes are paid for by sponsors. If you give everybody the same bike, or 1 of 3 bikes to choose from, then basically nobody will sponsor the sport, and you lose out on a huge amount of money. Bike racing is just a huge advertisement for bicycle manufacturers and other sponsors.

Comment Re:Looking forwards (Score 4, Interesting) 179

The only problem that I have with the corked bat is that traditionally in the pros, the bats have always been pure ash, or other hardwoods such as maple or hickory. If you're going to go the route of using corked bats, then that's fine, but you might as well allow any other materials such as aluminum. The simple solid wooden bat is a clear and distinct rule.

If curling was limited to straw brooms, then I could see why they would want to disallow everything but straw. But as soon as you let people start using synthetic fabrics, then disallowing one fabric will just cause the competitors to find a different fabric with the same properties. It basically creates an arms race for who can find the best way to go around the rules without technically breaking them.

Comment Re:Looking forwards (Score 3, Interesting) 179

Cycling, despite all the drug problems, is kind of in a similar place right now. You can go buy a road bike right now, that weighs just over 10 pounds. But the pros are restricted to using bikes that weigh at least 15 pounds. Some pros have even been known to add lead weight to their bike in order to not run afoul of the minimum weight limit. Note: This is completely within the rules.

I think that at the amateur level, there should definitely be rules about what kind of equipment you can use. Otherwise, many people who might end up being great at the professional level will never get there, as they were discouraged by the fact that they are continually losing to those with more money.

On the other hand, the professionals, with rich sponsors, it makes little reason to try and limit specific technologies. Obviously you want to disallow anything that would make the athletes unsafe. You probably also want to keep the general idea of the sport the same. Such as no recumbent bicycles in bike races meant for upright bikes. But limiting things like the fabric on curling brooms or the shape and material of your swimsuit seems like it's pushing things a little bit too far.

Comment Re:hard to use (Score 1) 91

Putting my fridge, lights, or thermostat on the internet isn't going to take any appreciable amount of bandwidth. About the only IoT device that could use a decent amount of internet would be security cameras, and if you have somewhere on the order of gpbs transfer rates, even that won't make a dent in your usage.

Comment Re:Har har har? (Score 1) 231

And sometimes you actually just want to move some inline code out to a new function to fix the code that wasn't done well in the first place. If the language has problems that stops you from refactoring your code in order to improve the code base, then there are serious problems with the language.

Comment Re:Spare Us (Score 1) 231

This is the problem with PHP. PHP used to stand for Personal Home Page. That's exactly the level of programming it was originally designed to do. Making simple pages for personal use, maintained by yourself.

Since then, it has grown, but many of the things that make it great for small personal home pages make it quite unweildly for larger projects.

Personally, I don't like PHP or Python. PHP is just terrible for reasons I won't get into here. The only thing that really bothers me about Python is that it uses white space to infer where code blocks begin and end. It's not that I think you shouldn't have properly indented code. The problem is that the blocks should be defined by something other than white space so that your tool can automatically put in the correct white space.

Comment Re:15M (Score 1) 291

This is because you can't just hand off knowledge from one person to another in zero time. If you're assembling widgets according to a set of instructions, then you can work 3 hours day, then the next person can take over basically instantly where you left off. Or you can work 2 days a week and you don't lose any productivity by having other people working the other days of the week.

If you're doing something that requires more high level thinking, like computer programming, designing a skyscraper, or trying to develop a new chemical compound, you can't just have somebody take over on the days you are off. Working 2 days a week instead of 5 days a week just means that it will take 2.5 times as long to get stuff done. Possibly more because the it will take longer to recall what your were doing when the last time you worked on it was a few days ago vs 16 hours ago. Also trying to coordinate and work with other people would be quite difficult as many people would have preference for different days.

Comment Re:What's Out There For Poor Vision? (Score 3, Interesting) 197

Finally somebody understands. Even with my someone decent vision, I never really got why people would buy super high resolution monitors. It really just makes everything on the screen smaller. You don't actually get any more usable space. You can use space on the screen more efficiently when there is higher resolution, but it doesn't scale linearly. You aren't getting 4 times more working space if you have a 4K monitor vs a 1080p monitor when the screen is only 20 inches. I admit that operating systems have gotten a lot better at handling higher resolution, so that things don't just end up smaller when you have a high resolution monitor, but there's a point where having a higher resolution doesn't make much of a difference and you'd be better off just getting a bigger screen.

Comment Re: Why? (Score 0) 166

Those numbers you pointed to show the entire problem. The version with the highest number of devices is currently 4.4 (Kitkat) with 37.8%. It was relesed 2 years ago. Then there's 4 other versions with between 10% and 15% of the users each. Only 26% of users are on Version 5 or above. And it was released over a year ago. There might not be a lot of users on Gingerbread, but I'm sure there's a lot of devices on the shelf or on the trash heap that users have simply abandoned because they' won't run newer software, even if the hardware is perfectly capable.


Global Temperature Set To Reach 1 Degree C Over Pre-Industrial Levels ( 735

Layzej writes: Based on data from January to September, the HadCRUT dataset shows 2015 global mean temperature at 1.02 degrees C (±0.11 degrees C) above pre-industrial levels for the first time. The Copenhagen Accord recognizes "the scientific view that the increase in global temperature should be below 2 degrees Celsius (PDF)." Physicist Ken Rice points out that the next degree Celsius may be closer than we think. "It's taken us about 160 years to warm by about 1 degree C. This is associated with emissions of about 550GtC (550 billion tonnes of carbon, or ~2000 billion tonnes of CO2). Current emissions are around 10GtC/year. If we continue emitting as we are, we will double our cumulative emissions in about 50 years. If we continue to increase our emissions, it will be even sooner.

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