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Comment: At the expense of Firefox? (Score 1) 296

by Radical Moderate (#49002219) Attached to: Firefox Succeeded In Its Goal -- But What's Next?
I haven't been paying close attention, but I believe IE's use has dropped pretty hard. I wouldn't say Chrome has just been sniping Firefox.

Regardless, FF is still the most configurable browser I know of. I like Chrome, but FF has plug-ins that give it superpowers Chrome still can't match. And THAT is Firefox's raison d'etre.

Comment: Every camera I've had died within 2 years... (Score 1) 422

by Radical Moderate (#48993631) Attached to: What Happened To the Photography Industry In 2014?
Not completely dead, but a brand new set of batteries would last for about 10 pics. Because they used crap components. Granted, these weren't high-end cameras, but when you drop $150 on a camera it's not unreasonable to expect it to work if you take decent care of it. My phone takes decent pictures and, more importantly, still works, so I'm done with buying cameras until I'm ready for an SLR.

Comment: Active people have a 30% lower risk of death? (Score 1) 200

by Radical Moderate (#48983261) Attached to: Too Much Exercise May Not Be Better Than a Sedentary Lifestyle
I see. Actually, everyone, including active people, has a 100% risk of death. What the study found was a lower mortality rate among joggers over a 12 year period. Before we mock the OP, note that he quoted that directly from the LA Times. The LA Times Science section. Contemporary science journamalism, gotta love it.

Comment: The web can be a great tool... (Score 4, Insightful) 198

by Radical Moderate (#48948683) Attached to: Can Students Have Too Much Tech?
...or a great distraction. Not too surprising that handing a kid a tablet and turning him loose doesn't work out too well, but what do I know, I've only work in educational IT for 20 years. A properly supported computer (don't try to make teachers into sys admins) supervised by a properly trained teacher can be very useful in a classroom setting. But training and support are expensive and unsexy, so who the hell wants that?

Comment: Also, heat (Score 2) 118

Cooling hi-perf components in such a small package is a nightmare. There was a review a while back of a Samsung ultra portable, the specs were pretty impressive, but performance was identical to the previous model with less powerful GPU and CPU. Because they made so much heat they had to be throttled down.

I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them. -- Isaac Asimov