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Comment: Re:Health risks? (Score 1) 62

by PopeRatzo (#49160699) Attached to: Ultra-Low Power Radio Transceiver Enables Truly Wireless Earbuds

If you have a specific concern, tell us.

I had to take a bus a few weeks ago because of the weather and there are a whole lot of mutants out there. A couple of them even looked like they could have been Slashdot readers.

RF radiation and high-fructose corn syrup are as good an explanation as any.

Comment: Re:Relaxing = Live longer? (Score 1) 144

by PopeRatzo (#49160447) Attached to: Research Suggests That Saunas Help You Live Longer

it's quite the contrary, we (finns) throw water to stove, which boils immediately forming steam (löyly) which fills the 'sauna room' (löylyhuoneen).

Considering the drinking habits of the Finns I've known, I'm not sure I want to be copying their health regime.

I've known some big drinkers, but Finns are in a class by themselves.

Comment: Not entirely new... (Score 1) 62

by Shoten (#49160363) Attached to: Ultra-Low Power Radio Transceiver Enables Truly Wireless Earbuds

This kind of tech has existed for a while; it's primarily used in surveillance gear, so that the earphones being worn by someone working in the field can't be seen. The downside of the current state-of-the-art, however, is that the wearer needs to have the induction coil under their clothing, around their neck. I'm really curious how this would work in stereo, personally, as all the solutions I've seen are only mono by requirement; there's no easy way to partition the field into two segments, to separate left from right.

Comment: Re: the forces working against us (Score 1) 303

by Tom (#49160209) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

It's not a cop-out.

It's a cop-out if you say "laziness" as if it explains anything. That's like the police finding a crime scene and concluding that the gun killed the man, and then packing up their things and going home.

We need to figure out why people are lazy and check if we can address it. Maybe we're making it too difficult?

Here's an example: Backups. Even I didn't have a good backup regime until Apple came up with Time Machine. It's just too much stupid work. But someone sat his ass down and asked the right question. And that's not "why are these fuckers so fucking lazy?", but "how can we make it easier for the users?".

they usually see as *an obstacle* to fun

That exactly is the point. If people see our work as an obstacle - maybe every once in a while we should climb down from our high horse and admit that they could be right?

Threema is only $1 more than WhatsApp. Pop quiz: how many people buy these over the insecure alternatives? Now you know how much the users care. ;)

Messaging apps are driven purely by networks. If all your friends switched to Threema, you'd do it too. If nobody does it, you're unlikely to be the first. Security doesn't matter enough to lose contact with all your friends.

Comment: Re:Xfce 5 should be based on Qt. (Score 1) 75

by drinkypoo (#49160125) Attached to: Xfce 4.12 Released

I don't quite see what it has to gain by reinventing the wheel, it's not like pulling in Qt/Gtk drains that many resources by themselves.

I have systems which have a GUI and yet have no Qt/GTK stuff whatsoever. The less code I can have on the system at all, the less chance that some of it will go wrong. But sometimes you really need a gui config tool of some kind for sanity's sake.

Of course, more and more of those are GTK or Qt apps now so I guess it's not really that important.

Comment: Re:Why make the same complaint every time? (Score 1) 155

by drinkypoo (#49159325) Attached to: Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More Robots

To pretend this is an Apple story is ultimately dishonest because of its implication.

The story is definitely an Apple story, in part. They are profiting handsomely from participating in this behavior. It's disingenuous to suggest that it isn't about Apple simply because it isn't all about Apple. At best, you're as hypocritical as what you're complaining about.

Neutrinos have bad breadth.