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Comment: Re:For a First Step (Score 1) 143

by MrEkted (#47293115) Attached to: US Government Introduces Pollinator Action Plan To Save Honey Bees
http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/... The EPA is not currently banning or severely restricting the use of the neonicotinoid pesticides. The neonicotinoid pesticides are currently being re-evaluated through registration review, the EPA's periodic re-evaluation of registered pesticides to ensure they meet current health and safety standards. The EPA bases its pesticide regulatory decisions on the entire body of scientific literature, including studies submitted by the registrant, journal articles and other sources of peer-reviewed data.

Comment: Re:Google Voice (Score 1) 199

by MrEkted (#36322404) Attached to: Google WebRTC: Can It Replace Skype?
Google Voice used to be called "Grand Central," which was just a call-forwarding service.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Voice
At the time they acquired Grand Central, they also had Google Talk, which was computer-to-computer VOIP. Google Voice then integrated (lightly) with Google Talk on some clients. Then, they introduced Google Call, which was a VOIP to landline capability (free until the end of 2011 for US calls, so far). They have a huge bag of software & names. Seems like they need a re-branding and completely integrated solution.
I think it's fair to say that "Google Voice" is not VOIP, just a call-fowarding service. Google Talk & Google Call are VOIP.

Comment: iBooks can't be transferred? (Score 2) 259

by MrEkted (#35202352) Attached to: E-Book Lending Stands Up To Corporate Mongering
In the case of iBooks, you can't even transfer your books to another device, let alone another user, but then at least the prices are somewhat controlled.
Where did this notion come from?
I was under the impression that:
Books downloaded from the iBookstore can be placed on up to five computers you own that you’ve authorized with your iTunes Store account. You can sync your books to all iPads, iPhones, and iPod touches you own.1 Audiobooks, PDF files, and ePub files you've added to iTunes will appear in Books under Library. To sync Books to your device, connect it to your computer using the cable it came with. In iTunes, select your device then click the Books tab. Choose the books you would like to read on your device then press Sync. Books will sync to iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch even if iBooks is not installed; to read synced books, download iBooks from the App Store. Note: Samples downloaded from the iBookstore will not sync to your computer. They remain on your device and can be removed using iBooks.
From here.

Comment: Re:Sorry kids (Score 1) 739

by MrEkted (#31656106) Attached to: "Install Other OS" Feature Removed From the PS3
FYI - I tried running MythTV frontend through the "OtherOS" option and it was too slow to be useful. On the bright side, their implementation of the UPnP client has improved tremendously over the past couple of years, and it will see your Myth backend without any trouble at all. That works really well to play your Myth content, although it doesn't allow for scheduling or watching live TV.

So, on the downside, you've lost a full MythFrontend that was too underpowered to playback HD. On the plus side, you've still got a superior playback device, but you'll be required to use a browser or other client to schedule & delete recordings...

Comment: Re:WTF?? (Score 1) 429

by MrEkted (#29827721) Attached to: 125 Years of Longitude 0 0' 00" At Greenwich
Yeah, sorry, that wasn't a very complete description. I think he basically proposed the system we have today, but the summary doesn't exactly make that clear. This one is more clear:

The Canadian rail system completed, Fleming took the train from Halifax to Montreal. Comparing the clocks on arrival with his watch, he found no comparison. “Between Halifax and Toronto,” commented Hugh Maclean in his 1969 book, Man of Steel, “he finds the railways employing no less than five different standards of time.” Confusion did not end in Canada. The systems around the world were not in lines and in the United States, time-keeping was even more chaotic, making train schedules almost impossible. Sanford Fleming decided to do something about it. Standard Time Zones proposal devised

Using Greenwich, England as the starting point, he divided the globe into zones, assigning times at one-hour intervals. The governments of the world were not ready and he couldn’t even get his ideas heard. With assistance from the Marquis of Lorne, Canada’s Governor General of the time and the Canadian Institute, an organization for the advancement of science that he helped to establish in 1849, Fleming’s proposal was printed and sent to nations around the world. His plan was met with approval.

The International Prime Meridian Conference was held in Washington, DC in October, 1884. After discussions and votes, Standard Time was set to begin on January 1, 1885 across the globe. Though there were some countries jealous over England being classed as the Prime Meridian, eventually all countries followed. There were some variances for local standards, as there are even yet. Ahead of the crowd, Canada had already instituted the program in 1883, a year before the conference.
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Comment: Re:WTF?? (Score 1) 429

by MrEkted (#29822111) Attached to: 125 Years of Longitude 0 0' 00" At Greenwich
FTW:
Inventor of standard time
After missing a train in 1876 in Ireland because its printed schedule listed p.m. instead of a.m., he proposed a single 24-hour clock for the entire world, located at the centre of the Earth and not linked to any surface meridian. At a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute on February 8, 1879 he linked it to the anti-meridian of Greenwich (now 180). He suggested that standard time zones could be used locally, but they were subordinate to his single world time. He continued to promote his system at major international conferences, including the International Meridian Conference of 1884. That conference accepted a different version of Universal Time, but refused to accept his zones, stating that they were a local issue outside its purview. Nevertheless, by 1929 all of the major countries of the world had accepted time zones.

Comment: Re:Obligatory quote (Score 5, Informative) 359

by MrEkted (#28555787) Attached to: Ant Mega-Colony Covers the World
I disagree. Here's my citation:
"Is it Duct or Duck? We donâ(TM)t want you to be confused, so we will explain. The first name for Duct Tape was DUCK. During World War II the U.S. Military needed a waterproof tape to keep the moisture out of ammunition cases. So, they enlisted the Johnson and Johnson Permacel Division to manufacture the tape. Because it was waterproof, everyone referred to it as âoeduckâ tape (like water off a duckâ(TM)s back). Military personnel discovered that the tape was good for lots more than keeping out water. They used it for Jeep repair, fixing stuff on their guns, strapping equipment to their clothing... the list is endless.

After the War, the housing industry was booming and someone discovered that the tape was great for joining the heating and air conditioning duct work. So, the color was changed from army green to the silvery color we are familiar with today and people started to refer to it as âoeduct tape*.â Therefore, either name is appropriate."

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"The original use was to keep moisture out of the ammunition cases. Because it was waterproof, people referred to the tape as "Duck Tape." Also, the tape was made using cotton duck - similar to what was used in their cloth medical tapes. Military personnel quickly discovered that the tape was very versatile and used it to fix their guns, jeeps, aircraft, etc. After the war, the tape was used in the booming housing industry to connect heating and air conditioning duct work together.

Soon, the color was changed from Army green to silver to match the ductwork and people started to refer to duck tape as "Duct Tape." Things changed during the 1970s, when the partners at Manco, Inc. placed rolls of duct tape in shrink wrap, making it easier for retailers to stack the sticky rolls. Different grades and colors of duct tape werenÂt far behind. Soon, duct tape became the most versatile tool in the household. "

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