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Comment: Obvious Evolution (Score 1) 414

by Mr Bubble (#45106313) Attached to: Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone

It is an obvious evolution, I believe. Once mobile processors are as powerful as most desktop processors ( and how far off can that really be? ) it won't make sense to have a computer and a phone. The phone will be your computer. It will automatically pair up with your large screen monitor and keyboard when you are at home - and you can move the experience from screen to screen throughout your home or business. In the not too distant future, we will have flexible screens, so I can unfurl a 20" screen anywhere I need it. Also, Apple has been making more moves towards appliance computing than just adopting things like Launchpad. Starting with Lion, they are changing the way users think about documents - where they live, how they are saved. Apple's long term view is definitely about making computing easier and challenging existing paradigms. The danger is making something that doesn't appeal to power users. I for one think Apple can pull it off though.

Comment: Re:How I see it... (Score 1) 1144

by Mr Bubble (#45055501) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

No no no. This isn't about spending levels, this is about the Affordable Care Act. Besides, we are already at sequester levels. This is already a compromise. But, again, they aren't debating spending levels, they are specifically talking about defunding or delaying Obamacare. Let's not be disingenuous.

Comment: Re:Krugman (Score 4, Interesting) 540

by Mr Bubble (#42401841) Attached to: Krugman: Is the Computer Revolution Coming To a Close?

You should probably read the article. Krugman is not saying these things, Gordon is. Krugman disagrees with him.

What Gordon then does is suggest that IR #3 has already mostly run its course, that all our mobile devices and all that are new and fun but not that fundamental. Itâ(TM)s good to have someone questioning the tech euphoria; but Iâ(TM)ve been looking into technology issues a lot lately, and Iâ(TM)m pretty sure heâ(TM)s wrong, that the IT revolution has only begun to have its impact.

Comment: Particles (Score 1) 210

by Mr Bubble (#41985689) Attached to: Fukushima Ocean Radiation Won't Quit

Perhaps someone who has more knowledge can elucidate me, but when they say "diluted by the Pacific ocean", I think the implication is that it is like dumping a million gallons of Kool-Aid in the ocean - it would disperse so much that the things that identify it as Kool-Aid - color and sweetness - would essentially disappear into the soup.

However, as I understand it, we are talking about irradiated particles. The radiation does not "dilute", right? It is like adding 2-3 deadly ping pong balls to a sports arena full of ping pong balls. The chances of encountering one are slim, but, if you do, you could die or be seriously hurt. ( I am talking about ingestion ).

And, it's not like the risk of ingestion is a function of the volume of the ocean necessarily, as there are specific vectors of distribution - mainly things like seaweed, krill, tuna, etc. that are small compared to the mass of the ocean, but significant in likeliness of human contact due to the over fishing and reliance on the ocean for food.

So, am I looking at a greater risk of ingesting a particle of cesium when I eat my canned tuna and having it give me cancer - or are we really saying that the properties of radiation are somehow lessened by contact with so much sea water?

Comment: Re:How many more? (Score 1) 409

by Mr Bubble (#41647235) Attached to: The Three Pillars of Nokia Strategy Have All Failed

Even with your eyes open, you have to look - sometimes in the dark or without reading glasses - and react, and turn it around and try again and you know what, why can't we just plug the connector in without worrying about orientation. It's trivial, when reduced to a single event, but doing this day in and day out adds up. People don't get Apple. For me, every bit of friction removal like that has value. It's the attention to detail, the shine on the chrome, the icing on the cake.

Comment: Re: sensors on the car can become dirty (Score 1) 140

by Mr Bubble (#41639207) Attached to: Making Driverless Cars Safer

I'm sure there is a self diagnostic and calibration that can sense when a sensor is dirty and prevent the car from operating. I also don't imagine that the car will be programmed to stop any more suddenly than is safe for all concerned. But, what's the alternative - plow into the pedestrian? Any of us would slam on our brakes anyway and stop as rapidly as we can. The thing about autonomous cars is that they will see the pedestrian and implement braking the microsecond he becomes visible - unlike human operators who are likely tp be brushing tacos off of their lap, fiddling with the stereo, texting, or watching some chick's ass on the side of the road.

Comment: Ocean Acidification (Score 1) 398

by Mr Bubble (#41134015) Attached to: Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Extent

There is no dispute, as far as I am aware, about the cause of the rapid, devastating acidification of the oceans - anthropogenic carbon dioxide uptake. We could talk about that instead, but the truth is that our planet is run by an alien species bent on destroying the planet, ala "They Live". Either that or we are just generally stupid, lazy and greedy as a species. I prefer to believe it is aliens.

It does seem that, while both sides are complicit in the problem, the left, at least, supports acting on science, while the right continues to rely on magical thinking - climate change denial, lower revenue to balance the budget, context-selective sperm, abstinence-based sex programs, 6,000-year old earth, you name it. You can present them with all of the evidence in the world, but they live in their own reality.

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