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Comment: Re:Still Doesn't Explain... (Score 3, Informative) 239

by Reverberant (#48952851) Attached to: NFL Asks Columbia University For Help With Deflate-Gate

why the other team's game balls remained properly inflated...given they were undergoing similar circumstances (weather, handling, use, etc).

Properly inflated /= experienced no deflation. The Colt's footballs could have experienced deflation and still met the 12.5 psi limit if they were inflated at the high-end of the range to start. This of course assumes that the leaks regarding the Colts footballs are correct, the initial report of 11/12 Pats game balls being 2 psi under the limit have been contradicted by the repots, including a report this morning that only 1 ball was 2 psi under the lime (the ball handled by the Colts' staff), a few balls were about 1 psi under the limit, and the rest were just a "tic" below 12.5 psi.

They also weren't necessarily undergoing similar circumstances" - the Pats' balls were used more and it could be that the Colts (as a dome team) were more concerned about keeping the balls dry than the Patriots were (homer speculation on my part).

Comment: Re:I just don't understand (Score 2) 1128

by Reverberant (#48454865) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting
The physical evidence on the scene was that Brown's blood was on officer Wilson, on his gun, and in his car. That disproves many of the witnesses stories that Brown stayed at a distance and did not approach officer Wilson.


There has never been a dispute that there was some king of altercation at the car, and that a gun went off. The evidence of Brown's blood on Wilson, the gunshot residue on Brown and the bullet inside the car all corroborate that. The issue is what happened after Brown ran away - was he running away when Wilson fired his last shots, was he running toward Wilson, or was he standing still? That's what the witnesses disagree about.

Comment: Re:He's not filling Steve Jobs' shoes ... (Score 4, Insightful) 209

by Reverberant (#47242593) Attached to: How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

so when Google released their 7" tablet in July 2012, I bought one.

Then, in October 2012, Apple did a "me too!" and announced the iPad mini. I still think it was a reactionary move and I doubt the iPad mini would have surfaced at all if someone else hadn't released it first.

Wait, you think the iPad mini was approved, designed, engineered, mass manufactured and released in four months?

Comment: Re:took his class at MIT (Score 4, Interesting) 129

by Reverberant (#44266219) Attached to: Sound Engineer and Entrepreneur Amar Bose Dead At 83

The two notable things (other than the quality of teaching) about his class: infinite time is given to take exams (exams started at 7pm and a teaching assistant would stay until the last student left - the record during my tenure was 5:00am, or so I heard) and he provide free Tosci's ice cream during the exam.

During the Bose factory tours, he showed off Project Sound a decade before it was revealed to the press. And inevitably a student would challenge some of the concepts the Bose company popularized (direct/reflecting, lack of tone controls, etc) and Dr. Bose would gently, but convincingly slap down the student using a blizzard of engineering arguments (rumor has it that Ken Kantor was the only student that could successfully go toe-to-toe with Dr. Bose).

RIP Dr. Bose.

Comment: Re:The girl you should've asked to prom... (Score 1) 117

The original iPhone was an iPod Touch enhanced with the 3G network and a camera. My wife was looking at getting one but we didn't want the data network. My cousin (an Apple employee at the time) suggested the iPod Touch instead, and then use WiFi+Skype for calls..

I think it would be more accurate to say "the original iPod Touch was and iPhone without the phone" given the iPhone came to market first (June 2007 vs September 2007).

+ - Thoughts on the Boston Lockdown from the edge-> 1

Submitted by Reverberant
Reverberant (303566) writes "A lot of people are angry, upset, or worried about the “Boston Lockdown” as a sign that Freedom Is Over. One thing almost all of these people have in common is not having been in Boston at the time. An information worker living in Boston, who is cognizant of privacy issues, explains that the police acted in good faith, they did the best job they could, and this was not, as it may have appeared from the outside, some sort of martial law terrorizing the citizenry."
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Comment: Re:I almost hope they do it... (Score 1) 171

by Reverberant (#42850363) Attached to: Rapiscan's Backscatter Machines May End Up In US Federal Buildings

None of the pro-gun folks want to send *you* to jail for being a douche, after all.

So long as we're going to resort to generalities...

No, they would just rather project your right to confront and shoot kids for the heinous crime of playing their music too loud (or the even more heinous crime of wearing a hoodie in rainy weather while carrying a can of iced tea).

Comment: Re:Poor young people (Score 2) 152

I suspect that if Swartz had stopped the first couple of times MIT tried to block him, that would have been the end of it.

(No, Swartz did not deserve years in jail for what he did and the whole situation was a tragedy. I'm just noting that you were warned and you stopped. Swartz was warned and he kept at it).

1 Sagan = Billions & Billions