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Comment: Re:This is a defense of iPhone 6? (Score 2) 301

by Nemyst (#48009837) Attached to: Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed
LG and Samsung have solved it... by using plastic. Both the Note 3 and the G3 have plastic frames and backs, which, while not as pretty or nice to the touch, are a lot more elastic and have much better shape memory than metal. That's also why HTC's One M8 didn't recover that well from the tests. The problem's not that they bend (it's much better to bend than to snap), it's that they don't recover their shape once the force is removed.

The test appears to be somewhat faulty though due to the location of the pressure. You can see it on their iPhone 6 Plus image, where the bending is almost curved and covers the entire midsection of the phone. This is due to their machine only applying pressure on a small area in the middle of the phone, thus against a stronger point of the phone. Shifting the pressure point towards the volume rockers likely would diminish the force required even further. Comparatively, the iPhone 6's and HTC One's buttons end closer to the middle of the phone, and so are more affected by the chosen pressure point.

I'd really like to see a multipoint test where pressure is applied to different points on the phone, especially near the volume rocker.

Comment: Re:China has a government that adapts to changes (Score 1) 260

by Nemyst (#47983477) Attached to: Obama Presses China On Global Warming
That way isn't ideal though because it's very reactionary. China does something when it's already feeling the effects of its mistakes or oversights, at which point correcting for them might be a lot more expensive or difficult, if not entirely impossible. They've already heavily polluted many areas and don't seem in much of a hurry to fix them because the people being affected aren't important enough economically. When the problems reach economic centers, they'll be vastly harder to fix.

Comment: Re:Think about the children (Score 1) 260

by Nemyst (#47983439) Attached to: Obama Presses China On Global Warming
And what I don't like about your response is that it can be summarized into one single word: selfishness. It should always be our goal to leave the planet in as good or better a place as it was when we came around, so that future generations (which is colloquially called "our children", if pedantry is a problem) aren't shafted. Imagine if instead of being born now, you were born in a hundred years with your ancestors giving no fucks about climate and environment. Would you enjoy the weather and the wasteland? No?

Comment: Re:Funny (Score 1) 260

by Nemyst (#47983403) Attached to: Obama Presses China On Global Warming
Fun fact: country-level emissions can be misleading. I was curious to see the distribution of per capita emissions in Canada by province and there's a kicker: Alberta and Saskatchewan produce between 3x and 6x the CO2e emissions of every other province. The lowest province is at 10 CO2e versus 69.7 for Saskatchewan. Also note that CO2e is a much more representative metric, since it includes other greenhouse gases and their equivalent impact, and which places Europe at around 10 (see the Wikipedia page on the subject, though those are a few years old and so China's value may be inaccurate).

Comment: Re:The pot calling the kettle black (Score 1) 260

by Nemyst (#47983289) Attached to: Obama Presses China On Global Warming
China is pushing hard because if they don't they're going to have massive health issues. That Paris smog problem that required the city to stop most traffic for a few days? It's a daily occurrence in China. They've got so much smog you could mistake it for clouds. Weeks can go by with a thick layer of the thing.

So yes, they're going faster, but they've also got a lot more ground to cover and a lot more errors to fix.

Comment: Re:Not just iPhone (Score 4, Insightful) 421

by Nemyst (#47983227) Attached to: Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus
The guy who made the video linked in TFS made another video of the Note 3, which is of a similar size as the 6+, and not only did he had to push much more strongly, he didn't manage to get it bent.

Now, that's anecdotal evidence, but your list is entirely pointless. Sure, phones will bend if you push hard enough. Tablets would too, and freaking laptops if you put your heart to it. The point here is that none of those other phones, including previous generation iPhones, have had a lot of claims of them bending. They're less likely to bend, largely due to different materials and especially different thickness. That's where I think the problem lies: stop making phones so fucking thin. Give us more battery instead or something.

Comment: Re:The WHO (Score 1) 478

by Nemyst (#47967463) Attached to: Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"
My biggest problem is that 75 is such an arbitrary number. If he lived a few hundred years ago, his answer would've probably been closer to 50. Is anyone seriously thinking that 50 is too old these days? For someone in their twenties or thirties or even fifties, saying that is a bit inane, because there's a pretty high likelihood that medicine will have advanced in the meantime. Most of his justifications come from studies that say that now, something happens. But what of then? Perhaps we'll have solved it. Heck, I frankly don't see anything inherent in aging that means we wouldn't be able to completely reverse the effects of aging in the future. Societal issues would be much larger than medicinal ones there.

Comment: Re:What a question? (Score 5, Informative) 121

by Nemyst (#47957121) Attached to: Is Alibaba Comparable To a US Company?
Alibaba, socialist? The only thing socialist about it is that the Chinese party calls itself communist. Alibaba is a privately owned but state-blessed corporation with heavy state support. The communist party has a hand in pretty much every large Chinese corporation these days, and in the end they have the final call, and they'll be a lot more meddlesome than even the most pedantic of state regulators in the US.

Plus, you can't even buy shares for Alibaba, you only get shares for a Cayman Islands shell corporation which has a contract to receive the profits from Alibaba proper. You get absolutely no decision-making power, no influence, and frankly little in the way of actual worth.

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