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Comment: Re:Do the math (Score 1) 338

by Zumbs (#47735935) Attached to: New EU Rules Will Limit Vacuum Cleaners To 1600W
In Denmark there are roughly 3 million people living in single family homes and 2 million living in various types of apartment buildings. I'm unsure if the same ratio applies to Finland, Norway and Sweden, or to the rest of EU for that matter. As can be seen, a lot of people are living in apartment buildings that should have access to very efficient laundry rooms. Most city dwellers have laundromats within comfortable walking distance if time was important.

Comment: Re:Normal now (Score 4, Informative) 164

by Zumbs (#47640791) Attached to: F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

Considering that half the apps out there (and I mean benign/legitimate apps!) seem to upload user data without user's knowledge

Half? Try 99% of the top 400 apps on both Android and iPhone. I also seem to remember that Apple got into problems because they were uploading user data without permission.

Comment: Re:Incandescent will be best for the environment. (Score 1) 278

by Zumbs (#47418755) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...
While that is technically true, the time where solar cells produce power is the time where the general power consumption is largest: During working hours. Thus, solar power reduces the peak power output needed by power plants. As power plants based on coal, nuclear and oil must support the peak need at all times, usage of solar power to lower the peak output needed means that power plants can reduce their power production, reducing their need for fuel as well as their environmental impact. (As power plant must produce enough power to support peak power needs, much of the power production during the night is simply wasted. This is why some are pushing for battery powered cars as these would be able to put the wasted capacity to use, even store it for use during day hours.)

Comment: Re:No Way (Score 1) 197

by Zumbs (#47068987) Attached to: Google Using YouTube Threat As Leverage For Cheaper Streaming Rights

According to another page, spotify pays $0.0007 per stream. I'm not sure if that's okay or too low a price.

You have got a zero too many there, it is actually $0.007 per stream. As you note, it is difficult to get a handle on what is good enough, partly because all we usually hear is what artists get without any note on how much the label gets.

Comment: Re: Let police officers take care of it. (Score 1) 664

by Zumbs (#46914601) Attached to: Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

When the police refuse to do their job, my life is already at risk.

That depends on why the police does not follow up on these thefts. I would expect that the police prioritize which crimes they spend their resources on. So they may ignore pickpockets (and the like) to focus on armed robbery and other violent crime? It could be interesting to find out more about that, though. Especially given that all the evidence is basically served to them on a silver plate, not to mention that following a stolen phone around could give them a wealth of information on the people that do the fencing and reselling.

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. -- P. Erdos