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Comment: Re:If true thats great (Score 1) 191

by Shadowmist (#47919367) Attached to: Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

Apple has no way of automatically installing music on your devices with your permission.

That is a 100% correct statement. If you haven't turned on automatically download music purchases (i.e. permission), nothing installed on anyone device.

Apparently there were a vocal group of folks having a hissy fit at suddenly finding a U2 album on their iPods after the last keynote.

Comment: Re:Knee-jerk reaction (Score 1) 33

by Shadowmist (#47896833) Attached to: Curiosity Rover Arrives At Long-Term Destination

On the other hand I also wonder why in almost 40 years nobody has yet tried repeating the labeled-release experiment on Viking which tested positive per the pre-mission criteria for signs of life.

That's not exactly the way it turned out. The test got some major initial results when it was applied than nothing. The results from Viking fit the parameters of a very reactive and toxic surface, not for the presence of life, either archival or extent.

Comment: Re:First 64bit (Score 1) 207

by Shadowmist (#47896779) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

"Certainly that was true of the A7 SoC, the world's first 64-bit smartphone processor."

What's the point of a 64bit processor with 1 GB of RAM?

If nothing else, it lays the groundwork for future phones with more memory as well as ensuring that the I6 phones will be running the same OS as the iphone 7 and possibly 8.

Comment: Re:What about the camera? (Score 2) 207

by Shadowmist (#47896707) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

I'd never buy an iPhone, sorry, I don't like the idea of being locked into the Apple way... but I've seen little mention of how the camera compares to current flagship Android phones

I'll take the Apple way over the Malware Range that passes for an app ecosystem in Droid land. It's either that or apps that don't free memory when they're not working. At idle, my Samsung Galaxy is still using 75 percent of it's built in RAM. And that's AFTER running the garbage collection application.

Comment: Re:Keynote acknowledged this (Score 2) 207

by Shadowmist (#47896693) Attached to: Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8
I guess you'd rather be back in the days when all system graphics had to go through the CPU instead of being offloaded to things like graphics and sound cards. Offloading to coprocessors is what enabled Amigas to run Mac OS faster than the Macs using the exact same CPU .

Comment: Re:Pseudoscience (Score 2) 770

by Shadowmist (#47852611) Attached to: How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

If there is no way to set up a test to and verify the results it falls more into the field of pseudoscience rather than science. If there is a way to test and verify but the data to do so isn't provided then it is more likely that it falls into the category of scam rather than science. (e-cat anyone?)

Climate science is given as an example. I don't see any reason to why results based on a model can't be backed up by providing said model or even the source code for verification.

Peer review is an important part of the global scientific progress. "Piltdown Man" is an excellent example of the need for peer review, which keeps true psuedo science such as perpetual motion and quackery like so-called "Cold Fusion" at bay. I find it rather astonishing at s-called open source advocates who praise the peer review mechanism to spot out bad code yet downplay it's importance in any other field.

Comment: Re:Who Needs an Article to Tell Me This? (Score 2) 140

The ISP's can't prevent them from doing this and ISP's customers can choose another ISP that doesn't do it, or at least offers better performance. Another possibility is that the content providers the ISP's are throttling will eventually become ISP's themselves, especially Google.

Waiting for Google to save us is essentially waiting for something that's not going to happen. Most users are stuck between a choice of one ISP or perhaps two, both of which engaged in the same practices.

Comment: Re:My question was not answered (Score 1) 57

by Shadowmist (#47418313) Attached to: Interview: Edward Stone Talks About JPL and Space Exploration

"And what good is FTL drive when you still need large rockets to get off of 1G gravity wells?" because once we get into orbit we can go to the stars? Seriously, that was a stupid question.

No, there are no practical models at this time for 'FTL'(I include warp like techs in that), but do you seriously think that if we did manage it, we wouldn't go to other planets of star becasue we need to lift it into orbit first?

So you don't see a problem with the fact that we still need the equivalent of a Saturn 1B rocket to get people off the ground? What good is a starship when you can't land and off the planets you discover?

Comment: Re:Patentable? (Score 1) 468

Aside from digging up prior art on such a thing, how is this idea patentable in any way, other than a very specific implementation? I.e., using certain technologies for range finding to ground, picture display, and umm... reasons?

You have absolutely no idea on how patent law is applied.

Comment: Re:My question was not answered (Score 2) 57

by Shadowmist (#47400667) Attached to: Interview: Edward Stone Talks About JPL and Space Exploration

I wanted to know why we're wasting money on this type of thing now, when we should be investing in FTL research. Once we perfect that, it will make any money we've spent exploring in the conventional way wasted money. We would be able to go out and retrieve the Voyager probes and bring them back into a museum and say 'job well done, boys, but we don't need you anymore.' Ultimately all these conventional missions will turn out to be a waste of resources, pushing back the time until we can get the FTL drive operational.

Because when it comes to FTL, there is no practical science to throw money at. (quantum models which require the bulk of the universes matter converted to energy to test are a bit far from "practical engineering".) And what good is FTL drive when you still need large rockets to get off of 1G gravity wells? Which you'd realize if your scientific knowledge extended something beyond LeVar Burton would be reading off a Star Trek shooting script. We are still in the evolving stage of enabling humans to live in space for long durations without making cripples or cancer patients out of them. We still have a large solar system to explore that we've only started scratching the surface of. Let's not jump the gun of our expectations.

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