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Comment: Re:Consumers win (Score 1) 121

by Nemyst (#49150773) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware
Replace Lenovo with IBM and you might have a point, but Lenovo's brand reputation has taken a nosedive. They've introduced a bunch of new lines mostly comprised of cheap, expendable and unreliable laptops. The ThinkPad line is still okay (though warranty coverage isn't what it used to be), but it's not what Lenovo's marketing is even focused on, largely because they think they have their business market captive (which is likely extremely foolish).

Comment: Re:Already in it (Score 1) 140

by Nemyst (#49133969) Attached to: Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter
I think they've come out and said this can hit around 30 fps without trouble on the Pebble itself. E-paper displays have quietly been improving it seems since that model isn't a special display made just for Pebble (I can't find the post again but someone had dug up a screen which seemed to fit the Time's specs exactly). Thing is, they're still somewhat washed out compared to normal LCD screens and tend to tear easily (this is why the new animations are brilliant, since they all integrate this tearing effect, making it look intended instead). I can see them being used in smartphones at some point, but even then you interact with them in such a different fashion that I think e-paper's shortcomings would become too evident.

Flip side, e-paper is downright ideal for a watch. I'm frankly surprised there have been so few e-paper smartwatches announced as of yet.

Comment: Already in it (Score 4, Informative) 140

by Nemyst (#49124949) Attached to: Pebble Time Smartwatch Receives Overwhelming Support On Kickstarter
And quite excited about it. This is essentially the first consumer device with wide appeal that I can think of which will have a color e-paper display. It also comes with better materials than their first watch (which it obviously directly supersedes, unlike the Steel which is classier), especially the Gorilla Glass front, as well as a mic and a new, quite neat UI. The price might be a bit high overall and I'd have wished for a larger screen with less bezel proportionally, but getting the same battery life on a much more dynamic and modern watch is great.

The fact it's well on its way to beat all previous Kickstarters by a long stretch should be a testament to the fact that yes, people want smartwatches, but not necessarily any sort of smartwatch. For me, Wear devices are automatically out because they have poor battery life and their screen shuts down while inactive on top of being not great to read in the sun. A smartwatch should be usable in all situations a normal watch is, at the very least, and the battery should be long enough that you can make a trip for a few days without worrying about a charger. The Pebble guys seem to have understood this, and it's paying off.

Comment: Re:Wait a goddamn minute here (Score 2) 420

by Nemyst (#49111655) Attached to: What If We Lost the Sky?
I know science is hard, but let's go over it like you're five.

Global warming is largely considered to be caused by something called greenhouse gases. The most prominent one is CO2, which is generated by burning fossil fuels among other things. Earth is by and large heated by the sun's rays going through the atmosphere and hitting the Earth, heating the air and ground. A part of those rays, however, gets bounced off the surface or re-emitted. Those rays can then leave the atmosphere, not heating up the Earth. Greenhouse gases act as a sort of shield around the atmosphere, reflecting those rays back again towards the Earth over and over.

Aerosols act as an additional barrier beyond the greenhouse gases which have the opposite effect: they bounce the sun's ray off the atmosphere before they can even get in, thus reducing the total amount of heat getting in the atmosphere in the first place and thus reducing the impact of greenhouse gases.

TL;DR Human CO2 increases greenhouse effect, but that still requires heat to get in in the first place.

Comment: Re:Taken to the cleaners... (Score 4, Insightful) 132

by Nemyst (#49067723) Attached to: LG Exec Indicted Over Broken Samsung Washing Machine
The claim is done in the context that the show hadn't started yet. Just like how a random member of the public wouldn't be expected to be allowed in, I don't think it's spurious to claim that a competitor also has no reason to be able to come over to your booth and start messing with your stuff. Once the show's started, all of that changes, of course.

Comment: Re:Yes we should but... (Score 1) 291

by Nemyst (#49056703) Attached to: Should We Really Try To Teach Everyone To Code?
This sounds more like you're attempting to teach problem solving and fundamental mathematics (logic being part of that) using programming robots as an easy to understand and enjoyable application of the theory. It's been said many times that the curriculum of most countries in the world could use courses on problem solving and critical thinking.

Comment: Re:The Black Pill (Score 3, Interesting) 231

by Nemyst (#49010755) Attached to: Canadian Supreme Court Rules Ban On Assisted Suicide Unconstitutional
Medical oversight also ensures, as much as possible, that there are no treatments remaining that may be able to recover sufficient quality of life to avert the need for suicide. If the go-to response to suicidal tendencies was to go see a doctor for support, we may see a sharp decline in mental health-related suicides.

Comment: Re:Yay Canada! (Score 3, Insightful) 231

by Nemyst (#49010741) Attached to: Canadian Supreme Court Rules Ban On Assisted Suicide Unconstitutional
How someone can twist the ability for a suffering human to request, of their own volition and under extensive medical supervision, assisted suicide, and turn it into a slippery slope fallacy of death camps and selective culling of the population is beyond me. There is just no connection outside of your ever so slightly deranged brain there.

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