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Comment: Re:Funny thing (Score 1) 421

by Silvrmane (#47984713) Attached to: Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus
I've got an iphone 5s. I do not have a case for it, and I carry it around, unprotected, in my left front pocket. However, I also tend to wear baggy clothes that are getting baggier by the day as I continue to lose weight. Anyway - that phone looks like it is brand new, except for a small nick in the metal case on one side where I accidentally dropped the phone from quite a height onto a hard surface. No scratches on the glass, no bends in the case. I have no desire for an iPhone 6 Plus - those things are ridiculously long. But I'm just saying - as a smartphone user, this phone fits in my pocket, unnoticed most of the time. There's no need to wrap a bulky case around it. You'll be fine.

Comment: Re:It's not your phone (Score 1) 610

The stupid thing shows up in my iTunes list, but it most certainly didn't take an ounce of my bandwidth. It's in iCloud, not downloaded to any of my devices... If I never hit play on it, it'll never send it to me. I'm mildly annoyed that I now have a U2 album in my otherwise pristine music collection, but I'll live.

Comment: Look to other jurisdictions (Score 1) 364

by Silvrmane (#47872191) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled
The accident rate for 'distracted driving' is approximately equal to that for drunk driving. Therefore the state has an interest in curbing the bad habits that drivers get into. Here in Saskatchewan Canada, it is illegal to operate any electronic device while driving a motor vehicle. This includes fiddling around with the stereo in your car, fiddling with your GPS, etc. You cannot use a cell phone in any capacity - take a call, take a picture, text, or email, while the vehicle is in motion. If you need to do those things, pull over. Now, the penalties for failure to comply with the law are steep, but fair. Its a $285 fine for the first offense. The second offense, your vehicle is impounded for a week. This does not mean you can't drive - you can certainly rent a car during that period. I'm not 100% clear what happens on subsequent offenses - I imagine they'll increasingly treat you as they would an impaired driver, which you clearly are if you cannot follow a simple, very clear law.

Comment: Re:9 to 5 is a myth (Score 2) 146

by Silvrmane (#47778787) Attached to: The American Workday, By Profession
Canadian here. I work 8:30 to 5:00 with an hour lunch. I'm on salary, and I while I am technically on call 24/7, I am quite sure to rarely ever work more than the 37.5 hours a week I'm paid for. I get 4 weeks paid holiday a year, and free health insurance. I have prescription, optical, and dental coverage through our group plan at work. Life here is pretty good. What I see on the news from the U.S. makes me shake my head some times. You guys just don't seem to get it.

Comment: Re:To each his own (Score 1) 63

by Silvrmane (#47703855) Attached to: Adam Carolla Settles With Podcasting Patent Troll
I agree completely. Bill's podcast is funny. What kills me is that he botches up reading the ads so badly that they also become very entertaining. I remember one time he just stopped reading an ad halfway through and blasted the advertiser for selling a really terrible product. I think it was some kind of 'healthy' snacks or something. Needless to say, he lost that advertiser that day. Please nobody tell Bill that he could just record one 'good' take of an ad and just edit it in every week.

Comment: Re:I live in Montana. I'm looking forward to it. (Score 0) 389

by Silvrmane (#47418959) Attached to: Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

"Proven Liar" - citation please.

"Paid Shill" - citation please.

The graphs you two are arguing about are apples and oranges. One is a graph of temperature readings, the other is a graph of temperature anomalies. They also cover different time periods, and have different vertical scales. I should also point out that the anomalies graph quite visibly dips downward after the year 2000. Just saying. It cannot be argued that there isn't a 'pause' in the warming. It cannot be argued that temperature co-relates poorly with CO2 levels. What can be argued are the reasons why this is so.

Comment: I can solve the mystery for you (Score 0) 137

by Silvrmane (#46810021) Attached to: Joss Whedon Releases New Film On Demand
Wheddon is an over-rated, talentless hack. Nothing he does really succeeds because of this simple fact. With the single exception of Cabin in the Woods, the bulk of his output is unwatchable, unenjoyable dreck. I suspect, for this reason, that Cabin in the Woods was an idea stolen from someone else.

Comment: Re:Modern audiophiles are no different. (Score 1) 469

It is entirely possible that trying to digitize signals above the hearing threshold will produce lower-order harmonic artifacts that ARE within hearing range, but it is safe to say that this is making the audio worse, not better. It is not humanly possible to hear or experience harmonics much above 20Khz, even if you are very young with fresh ears. Also, I'd love to know what audio sources you are using that capture these elusive unhearable nuances - since ALL recording equipment rolls off above 20Khz - you are claiming to hear things that aren't actually there.

Comment: Re:Buy OUYA get controller free (Score 1) 180

by Silvrmane (#46643763) Attached to: Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming
Mine works just fine, thanks. I'm not really sure what people are comparing the Ouya to - it's miles better than any of those Android TV sticks, better than the Raspberry Pi at actually running things at speed. It's not particularly locked down - I've side-loaded lots of things onto mine. Sure it's only got 8Gb of memory in it, but I've got everything on a 128Gb USB stick shoved in the back of it. Right now I have a handful of Ouya games, lots of emulators, Quake 1, 2, and 3, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein on it. The controller is pretty good. I honestly can't work out what people keep bitching about it. For $80 I've had a lot of fun with it...

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.