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Comment Re:Deliberate 'overextraction'? (Score 4, Interesting) 67 67

The article talks, among other things, about biofuel cells which target glucose - so, actually, yes, using those devices would lead to weight reduction. Because that's one of the more important ways to distribute energy throughout the body: delivering glucose where it's needed which the cells then convert again in the citrate cycle to more readily usable stuff.

Thus, using machines based on this kind of fuel would lead to weight reduction the same way it would when you exercise.

Comment Re:No surprised in good ole Mass... (Score 1) 155 155

Oh, sure. Because when we create yet another government agency, that will be sooo much cheaper.

I could agree on giving them tax breaks or something if they buy disabled-fit cars due to regulations.

But if the infrastructure already exists and only needs to be added upon, why create yet another totally unneeded agency? Don't forget, the government wouldn't just have to buy such cars. They'd also need drivers, they'd need callcenter agents, dispatchers, managers, IT,...

Comment Re:Amnesty can go and fuck itself (Score 1) 112 112

It already has been explained to you that child abuse is not their mandate. Your "argument" is a common troll-tactic to "counter" someone's efforts:

"Oh, you're collecting money for the poor in the 3rd world? What about the religious persecution in your own country?"

It's a common attitude - because someone cares about an issue and you don't like this someone, it's an absolute monstrosity that he doesn't care about another (possibly even unrelated) issue as well.

Taking your argument to its ultimate conclusion, unless someone is willing to do something about every single issue on this planet he has failed in your eyes. All the while you're forgetting, that a person or an organization can only do so much in a 24 hour day.

Comment Re:Automatic updates broke Samsung laptops recentl (Score 1) 23 23

Well, let me put it this way: What kind of crap is Samsung shovelling out that the basic keyboard/mouse drivers which run on basically _anything else_ are able to render Samsung's hardware inoperable?

Plus: What kind of inept stunts is Samsung pulling that their drivers are automatically replaced?

Then again, given their track record with the developer's nightmare that is Tizen, this shouldn't surprise anyone. I mean, what is one supposed to think of a company who thought that an error message like "NAUGHTY PROGRAMMER!!! SPANK SPANK SPANK!!!" is a good idea? (Seriously: https://developer.tizen.org/de...)

Comment Re:Sounds like the move of ms office to dotnet (Score 1) 186 186

I think it's more likely a question of: "Does such a move make us money in a non-negligible way?"

Porting Office to Linux would be most likely a zero-sum game - a PC which formerly ran Windows now runs Linux. The amount of Office installations remains the same.

Such a move only makes sense for a company if they're opening up new markets - and currently it's obviously not a big enough number.

Comment Re:Non-Xbox 360 HID gamepads (Score 1) 186 186

Listen, I don't really care. The original argument was: "It's impossible to connect to live cams and shit!"

Somehow you made xbox controllers out of it, I don't really care and if I searched a bit more it would most likely turn out to be possible after all. Plus, Universal Apps are targetted at touchscreens on tablets and phones. If you really need to run an emulator or something, Win32 ist still available.

Comment Re:Universal App APIs are too limited (Score 1) 186 186

I'm not exactly sure how you think something like this is achieved on other mobile platforms which also will close apps not currently in the foreground at will.

https://developer.android.com/training/best-background.html

https://developer.apple.com/library/ios/documentation/iPhone/Conceptual/iPhoneOSProgrammingGuide/BackgroundExecution/BackgroundExecution.html

Maybe you should research a bit before talking out of your ass?

Comment Re:Universal App APIs are too limited (Score 1) 186 186

Well, they do restrict THOSE specific ones because, for example, you don't access gamepads through the USB / HID namespace. You use Windows.Gaming.Input

They stated the reasons in the clear: "to prevent conflict with other Windows APIs" - you can access those just fine, you just have to use their specific namespaces and not the generic ones.

Comment Re:Universal App APIs are too limited (Score 1) 186 186

I don't think that there are a lot of Android programs out there which are permanently network connected even when their app is closed.

You also might to want to look into a thing called "background tasks". Those are executed in response to events (like incoming Voip calls) - but a background task that's permanently running and sucking data limit dry? Bad idea on a tablet / mobile.

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