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Comment Re:Sony? (Score 3, Interesting) 283

This. I replaced my 2012 Nexus 7 with a Z3 Tablet Compact around Christmas time. I replaced the Sony launcher and keyboard with the Google ones, but otherwise didn't have to do much to it. And Sony have delivered a few OS updates since I've had it, they seem to be pretty decent with that these days. Due to the smaller bezel, it is barely bigger in length and width than the Nexus 7 despite the larger screen, and the screen is way better. I bought the official Style cover, and the Sony inside that cover is barely thicker than the Nexus 7 with no cover; without the cover, the Sony is amazingly thin and light. And it has a microsd slot.

Comment Re:Facepalm (Score 2, Informative) 181

It's not a given that forests act as carbon sinks, or at least as good ones. See for example this article;

"Conventional wisdom has long held that tropical rainforests act as a sink for carbon dioxide, cleansing the atmosphere of a major greenhouse gas. However, biologists studying the forests of Costa Rica are finding that rising temperatures are causing trees to grow less and to pump out more carbon dioxide, adding to an accelerating pattern of global warming."

Added to variations in the amount of carbon sequestered by trees are variations in soil emissions. Warmer climates can cause the organisms in the soild to release more carbon dioxide and methane from the soil. Complicated stuff.

Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 3, Interesting) 101

It is old news that thermal imaging cameras can be used to steal PINs. What I guess is news is that you can get a $250 phone add-on that's up to the task; I'm pretty sure that wasn't the case until quite recently.

I question the practicality of this technique for ATMs; you still need a clone of the card to use the PIN. And if you're going to install a card skimmer to clone cards, the traditional technique of using a pinhole camera to record the PIN entry works just fine, and probably way more reliable. So I'm not sure what the use-case is for this technique; maybe door-entry systems that only require a PIN, I guess.

Comment Re:Hopefully not a result... (Score 1) 48

Yes. What's he going to do with them, scan them? I didn't get anything from the links except that he's trying to "save" them, no explanation of what for. If he's just going to store them somewhere else, then I have to wonder what the point is, as the chances of them ever falling in to the hands of someone who is going to find them useful are pretty small. At least if they're scanned and OCRed, there's a decent chance at least some of them will end up being useful.

Comment Re:Works for me - whatever that is worth (Score 5, Interesting) 136

I read about this a few days ago on The Register, according to one user there, this particular issue is to do with DKIM and mailing lists (the stuff Linus had issues with was all Linux kernel mailing list messages);

bhtooefr "Basically, Google's enforcing DKIM from certain domains, and if a message is "from" someone whose e-mail host provides proper DKIM, but it's missing it, Google (and Yahoo) servers reject it. Mailing lists aren't usually set up to properly handle DKIM (being, effectively, a relay), and therefore get rejected.

The workaround that I saw one mailing list use was to resend the e-mail from the mailing list's address, append "via (mailing list name)" to the name on the from field, and just have both the mailing list and the original author in reply-to."

Seems like people running mailing lists need to take a look at how spam filters work, rather than mail providers changing anything. If I understand correctly, the policy is sensible and blocks a likely spam vector, and legit mailing lists could easily be set up to not fail that particular check.

For regular mail, I'm like you guys, Google's spam filtering does a fantastic job. I never check my spam folder any more, unless I'm expecting an email and it doesn't arrive, but it's been ages since I had a false positive.

Comment Re:Yes, it could (Score 4, Interesting) 238

We won't know unless is actually comes to market, but let's no talk as if they're unaware of the economic aspects. FTA:

"Every aircraft has to be designed to meet specific mission requirements including range, number of passengers, speed, payload, high performance (fighter jets), fuel efficiency and cost. Unfortunately, there are always trade-offs. If you have high performance, you typically don’t have fuel efficiency. If you have carry a high number of passengers you lose out on speed or range. These trade-offs have to be juggled to design an aircraft that can be engineered, manufactured and sold at a price customers will pay for. The engineers spend a lot of time coming up with solutions and then seeing how that impacts the other flight characteristics. The sales team then explores the trade-offs with customers to gauge market requirements and potential.

That is exactly the process that the Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet has gone through. As we continue our engineering efforts, there will likely be additional changes to the aircraft that optimize flight and performance characteristics. The latest design meets at the intersection of engineering, business requirements and market demand for an incredible supersonic business jet."

They clearly think there is a viable market for a supersonic business jet, but only time will tell if their numbers add up.

Comment Re:Take A Bow For Your Accomplishments (Score 4, Interesting) 220

It's not proven that any particular pesticide or agro-chemical is to blame. The fact that urban bees are thiving in cities such as Paris and London, despite all the pollution in those environments, is inteesting. One mooted possibile reason is that cities have lots of different species of plants in their gardens and parks, blooming at differing times, so that there is always nectar available from some of them. In the countryside by contrast, with modern, vast, single-crop farms, it may be that there is only one species of plant in the bees environment, and once that crop finishes blooming, in sometimes a pretty small window of time, there is no more nectar. So it could be farming practices and lack of rural biodiversity that are to blame, at least in significant part.

Comment Re:As long as you don't count CO2... (Score 2, Interesting) 395

CO2 emissions are proportional to fuel consumption, so I guess there's no point measuring that figure; the fuel efficiency of vehicles is a known quantity. I guess it would have been interesting to have CO2 figures included for comparison with the other numbers though.

CO2 level was actually used to automatically identify the exhast gasses in the study, so maybe they actually had those figures, without reading the full paper it's hard to say. From the abstract;

"Based on carbon dioxide measurements, over 100 000 vehicle-related plumes were automatically identified and fuel-based emission factors for nitrogen oxides; carbon monoxide; particle number, black carbon; benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX); and methanol were determined for each plume."

Comment Re:Seeing is believing (Score 3, Insightful) 114

The loophole is right there in the article;

Among other things the Commission plans “to end unjustified geo-blocking,” which it describes as “a discriminatory practice used for commercial reasons.”

We only have to wait to find out what kind of geo-blocking is classed as "justified", but I'd bet on most of the kinds that really cause problems for people.

Comment Re:Not Holograms (Score 1) 99

It's being augmented reality does not have any bearing on whether it is holographic or not; augmented reality means that the generated display is overlayed on the real world, so that the user sees both real and virtual objects simultaneously. This could be done with a holographic display as well as with a conventional stereoscopic display.

Heven't seen any convincing info that Microsoft is using a light-field display in HoloLens, although they are trying to make out that they are doing something clever, but the chances are it's not actually holographic.

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