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Comment: Re:May not take apart? What? (Score 1) 175

by N!k0N (#48018913) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

...I could easily swap batteries if needed, and this were in the days when one charge actually would last for days in difference from today where users look for apps and tweaks to conserve battery power just to make it last from morning 'till evening. One would expect that with smartphones and their relatively poor ability to hold a charge this would be even more important today....

Or perhaps back then, when the only thing you did with your phone was call someone, and the most battey-taxing displays were 2" square, had 256 colors, and were on for a grand total of 30 seconds before you made a call has something to do with the fact that the batteries "lasted longer". Has nothing to do with having "relatively poor ability to hold a charge" but everything to do with "hey, I'm just gonna play a few rounds of Angry Birds while I'm waiting for them..."

I mean, seriously, my standard battery in the GS4 is 2200 mAh -- nearly double the one in my old flip-phone (IIRC, ~1200 mAh) ... just because I only "get" 2 hours of having the phone run flat out doesn't mean the battery is at fault ... It just means that, running flat out, the phone requires about 3.6v @ 1 amp to run, and the battery can supply that for just about 2 hours before running dry.

Comment: Re:How is that possible? (Score 1) 127

by N!k0N (#47655381) Attached to: DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

I'm surprised their are passenger trains at all in other parts of the country... Here in PA, Philly I think is the only city with passenger train service through Amtrak. Oh sure, we have lots of rail lines (I drive over 6 sets of tracks every day), but those are exclusively industrial transportation and not passenger lines...

Amtrak runs over CSX/NS/UP/etc.-owned trackage with infinite-length trackage rights (i.e. ability to travel over "foreign" rail) due to the US government taking over the (failing) passenger rail service from the former large railroads (NKP, PRR, NYC, etc.) in 1971.

Amtrak says they have service to Altoona, Ardmore, Coatesville, Connellsville, Cornwells Heights, Downington, Elizabethtown, Erie, Exton Greensburg, Harrisburg, Huntingdon, Johnstown, Lancaster, Lantrobe, Lewistown, Middletown, Mount Joy, North Philadelphia, Paoli, Parkersburg, Philadelphia (30th Street), Pittsburgh, and Tyrone. Granted that most (if not all) of these stations probably have service at some godawful time, like 0300, due to proximity to NYC, and the schedule between NYC and Chicago (1 train daily, leaving at approx 1800, and arriving at the other end at approx 0600 the following morning).

Comment: Re:Biology workbook (Score 1) 770

by N!k0N (#45988137) Attached to: Creationism In Texas Public Schools
I think you actually meant "Christians" rather than "Catholic", as "Catholic" happens to be one sub-set (generally one of the not as bad ones ... although the whole priest thing doesn't really help their image...). If you're referring to the bible itself, yeah it "says" that the Earth is ~6000 years old, but it's just a story where "so, a thousand years ago, this happened". It could just as easily start off "A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away..." and cover the same general message.

Really though, the important teachings in the O.T. are meant to keep your dumb ass alive from food-borne illnesses (don't eat pork, don't eat shellfish ... some are a bit more out there -- e.g. eating meat & dairy is "bad") ... or other diseases (don't sleep around, don't bugger your neighbours ... etc) under the guise of "God said so". When your most advanced medicine boils down to "hope for the best", this is probably a good idea. N.T. is more focused on "don't be an asshole" than anything.

Comment: Re:But seriously speaking ... (Score -1, Offtopic) 465

by N!k0N (#45855305) Attached to: Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

Once. Just once, I'd love to see a real ghost, or a UFO that didn't turn out to be an aircraft, weather balloon, or swamp gas. :)

Just look at me over here. *flash*
Okay, you know how you're on a airplane and the flight attendant asks you to turn your cell phone off? And you're like, "I ain't turning my cell phone off. That ain't have nothing to do with no damn airplane." Well, this is what we get. That's what happens. It gets up there, bounces around on the satellite, then blam! Just turn your damn cell phone off. Now you're gonna drive off a cliff tonight 'cause your GPS don't work.

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