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Comment Re: Can someone blow the lid on Android Apps? (Score 1) 191

The store doesn't offer any means of sorting by permissions or hiding apps that request permissions you don't want to give. Trying to find the one good solitaire app or simple flashlight app requires individually clicking on several dozen apps to find the one that doesn't want any permissions. Several will ask for your GPS, phone book, calendar, and full internet access.

Comment Popular misconception re: face masks in influenza (Score 5, Informative) 156

The use of face masks in flu outbreaks is to prevent the spread of droplets from the person with the flu. (Note that it's possible to shed and spread influenza before you realize that you're infected.) But a face mask is worthless at protected you from getting the flu if you touch near your eyes after touching an infected surface. Hand washing and being conscious about touching your face is more important.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.