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Comment Re:Article paid by Apple to boo over it. (Score 1) 455

IPhone log files are under Settings -> General -> About -> Diagnostics & Usage -> Diagnostics & Usage Data and then listed by filenames that generally have an application name in them.

I'm not sure quite how useful they are in fixing problems. Most likely whatever you're using is not open source, but it's silly to say there are no log files.

Comment Re:Not surprising (Score 1) 132

As a parent I'm curious about where in Common Core you found this? I don't know how to recognize what's Common Core and what isn't, but all of the math homework my daughter brings home seems very clear and sensible.

I've seen lots of posts on Slashdot denigrating Common Core so I've been on the lookout for anything that looks questionable in her math homework but I haven't seen anything yet that I wouldn't want her to learn. Certainly I've never seen anything even remotely like the gibberish that you're quoting.

Comment Re:Government should enforce more standards (Score 0) 401

No need to wait, there are metric measurements on practically everything in the grocery store, metric rulers and scales are available all over the place, metric kitchen measuring cups and spoons are in every kitchen supply store (though grandma's recipes aren't likely to be written in metrics units.) (at least I assume they're still available, all my kitchen measuring utensils were bought in the US over fifteen years ago and it's not like I actually had to look for metric ones, it was standard on everything.)

Are you under the impression that someone is going to toss you in jail for using the centimeter side of your ruler? Or do you just feel a fascist compulsion to control teaspoons of baking powder or soda other people put in their cookie dough? Feel free to pour as many millimeters of soda as you want from that 2 liter bottle into your glass. Does it offend you that the bottle of orange juice in front of me is 2.63 liters rather than an integer? Well, it's 2.7 quarts so that's not an integer either. It's 89 ounces, so that's an integer, but it's probably close enough to 2630 milliliters to be within margin of error so I don't see what you've got to complain about there.

And you're welcome to use metric units for your 4x8 sheets of plywood or 2x4 lumber as long as you don't insist on actually changing the actual wood to an integer number of centimeters.

And while we're on the subject, what business does the kilogram have being an SI base unit? And even if we accept that, what the hell is a gram? Clearly the correct use of SI prefix system dictates that a thousandth of the base unit of SI mass must be the millikilogram. Simply removing pat of the base unit's name is certainly not in compliance with the systematic use of consistent prefixes.

By the way, the physicists would like to know if you're ok with them using electron volts and light years or whether your hard line attitude requires discontinuing the use of those non-SI units as we'll.

Comment Re:Finding Useful Information on the Internet (Score 1) 143

The search engines all assume that you meant 'Beiber' when you typed in 'Becquerel'. They all deliver results of what they think you want, vs. what you actually asked for. Often you're steered toward pay sites.

You should check out this search engine: I assume you've never heard of it but I think it's going to be a big success some day.

I typed in 'Becquerel' (well, technically I copied and pasted from your post) and the first two results are on Henri Becquerel, the physicist, and the unit of radioactivity named after him. All the rest of the results on the first page are also on either the man or the unit named after him from a variety of different sites and none of them were pay sites as far as I could tell.

None of the results on the first page were about 'Beiber' and I couldn't see any indication that this "Google" search engine assumed that I meant 'Beiber'. I'm guessing that either you're using a search engine that takes into account your own personal past history of actual Beiber searches or else you just suck at Internet.

Comment Re:Not the biggest problem (Score 2) 91

We'd be much better off with a system where we didn't even have to send our credit card numbers to the online retailer. Ideally when paying for something online, you would be redirected to your banks (or the credit card issuers) web site with information on where to direct the money.

So I go to a random website to make a minor purchase and it pops up something that looks like my bank's website and asks me for my bank login details? No thanks. I don't want to worry about distinguishing my real bank website from a forgery and putting my banking credentials at risk every time I buy something.

I enter my credit card number with the confidence that if I see an unexpected transaction show up on my bill I can contest it and get it reversed. Nobody can compromise my bank account just by knowing my credit card number, all they can do is place a traceable, reversible charge. Your proposal of having people enter their bank login credentials every time they buy something is an invitation to much more serious consequences.

Comment Re:Fed up (Score 1) 167

I'm sorry to hear that. Obviously you picked the wrong employer (s). I've worked for the same company for almost twenty years in a variety of IT related departments and I think there was only one year (2008 maybe?) when I didn't get a raise (although it's not necessarily a large raise every year) and I am pretty much required to take my full three weeks of vacation every single year plus all personal days and official company holidays. They start nagging people if you don't schedule all your vacation time.

Comment Re:Already propagating (Score 4, Interesting) 663

Oh and for anybody who wants to know how to lose weight, it's dead simple, just follow this formula:

Nc = F - (Bmr + E)

Where Nc = Net Calories, F = food calories consumed, Bmr = Basal Metabolic Rate, E = Calories burned during exercise.

The part you left out is Bmr = f(F, Ft, E) where f is a non-linear function that we don't fully understand and Ft = type of Food and is a catchall for the impact of different types of food on your metabolism. A naive reading of your original equation might lead people to assume that Bmr is a number rather than a function of the other variables. A more accurate formula would be:

Nc = F - (f(F, Ft, E) + E)

Also worth noting that F = g(F, Ft, E) where g is a function describing your body's hunger and fullness sensing mechanisms as well the decision making neural pathways in your brain. The ability to solve a differential equation or write an elegant piece of software or make a correct decision under psychologically challenging conditions is very much influenced by F and Ft. So I think your simple equation would be more accurately written as:

Nc = g(F, Ft, E) - f(F, Ft, E) - E

I distributed the subtraction to remove an extraneous pair of parentheses.

Since g and f are non-algebraic functions it's understandable that solving this equation is a bit more complicated than the simplistic arithmetic that your original equation implies.

Comment Re:Assume her figures are good. The huge catch is. (Score 2) 528

In my sun-drenched community, a few wealthy Republican early adopters have rooftop solar installations that supply all their needs.

I'm curious about your methodology. Can you elaborate on how you determined their affiliation? Do you personally know all the people in your community with rooftop solar or did you determine their party affiliation in some other manner?

Can you also clarify whether you merely mean that they are registered to vote in republican primaries, or do you have solid evidence that they vote a strict republican hard line in all elections regardless of candidates or issues?

There are a scattering of houses with rooftop solar in some of the neighborhoods where I run (on foot for exercise, not for political office) but it would never have occurred to me to research the political party affiliation of the homeowners.

Comment Re:Insurance Costs (Score 1) 252

I love drivers like you, you pay $40K for a car and sell them 3 years later for $10K. I buy cars like this for $10K and drive them for many years. Thanks for blowing $30K so that I can drive a fancy car.

Really? I buy new and drive till it dies so I haven't priced vehicles since 2007, but I just did an online search for 2011-2012 sedans for under $11,000 with under 100,000 miles and I didn't find anything other than econoboxes within 50 miles of my ZIP code. Maybe a few of the Fords and Nissans might have been above the econobox level, as I said I haven't priced cars in years, but I didn't see a single $10,000 car that I would consider a luxury brand.

Can you link to a few listings of three year old cars for $10k that originally sold for $40k?

Comment Re:i haven't bought a car in a while... (Score 2) 252

the problem of being unable to drive is a "first world problem"

And since the first world is comprised of a large number of countries with prodigious intellectual and industrial production capability it should hardly come as a surprise that the first world is applying those capabilities to solving first world problems such as this. What would be surprising and sad would be if the industrial machine that won World War 2 were no longer capable of applying resources to the resolution of its own problems.

If you are unable to drive and live in a place where there is no public transportation, then you should sell your nice cozy house, leave your nice cozy town and move to a city where there is adequate public transportation. Becoming dependent upon your family is nothing but a choice you (and sometimes your family) make.

Ah yes, a brilliant suggestion. Just what anyone who has suffered a debilitating illness, accident or age related loss of physical and mental capacity should do: move away from everything and everyone they know so that they can start fresh as a mentally and/or physically disabled newbie in an unfamiliar place with no family or friends to turn to for help.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 85

We want employees that work for free!

Actually they want 100% the opposite. They want revenue so they can continue to pay employees. If they had employees that would work for free they could just open source the product and stop worrying about revenue. The problem is, in most software companies if you allow your revenue to drop to zero your employees will likely leave when the paychecks start bouncing.

I'm a huge proponent of Open Source, but if you're an existing company contemplating open sourcing your existing code base you'd better have a clear plan on where your revenue will come from or you'll end up a former company with abandoned open source dead project. This is one of the better Ask Slashdot questions recently.

Comment Re:How about where you can find electric outlets? (Score 1) 40

Spare batteries are all over the place. Airports in particular have shops where you can buy precharged ones. It's just that now they all have USB ports so they're all universally compatible rather than differing for each mobile device. I also have a battery *case* for my iPhone which allows me to charge it with a micro USB cable like everything else. No swapping required, just push a button to start or stop charging the internal battery from the case battery.

On my last trip I traveled with a large battery with two USB outputs, one charger with a long cord and five USB outputs, and a couple of micro-USB cables. That's all I needed for my android phone, iphone, android tablet and Atom based Windows convertible laptop/tablet. Not a single device specific charger or spare battery in the lot (unless you consider the battery built into the iPhone case, which I don't because the case stays on the phone all the time and is no bigger than the otterbox case that many people use.)

I'm glad the days of carrying multiple models of spare battery are over.

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