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Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 851

by chilenexus (#42521857) Attached to: Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds
The incubation period for the flu is two days - just not physically possible for you to get the flu from the vaccination in that period of time. I noted that you said sick and not "with the flu"... so you are most likely sensitive or allergic to something in that vaccination, and you just haven't found out what you're allergic to yet.

Comment: Horrible marketing doesn't help them (Score 1) 375

by chilenexus (#42195103) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Struggles to Ship A Million Units
All their ads that I've seen for the surface just show people making a single swipe or the yellow pages walk on the screen to move some generic-looking boxes around. They haven't really shown what would set it apart from the less-expensive iPad, aside from it's irritating ability to attract hordes of annoying dancing teens and young adults (okay, that's not a difference at all) and the detachable keyboard.

I'm not going to be inclined to want to buy something if I don't see something about it that makes it better in SOME way than the less expensive competition (besides trying to outdo Apple in the insult-my-intelligence-through-advertising department). From the commercials I have no idea what the freaking thing does or is good for, besides switching keyboards (and STDs?) with strangers and making clicking sounds.

Comment: Re:Congress Sucks (Score 1) 858

by chilenexus (#42187379) Attached to: Congressional Committee Casts a Harsh Eye On Vaccination Science
> (ex-patriot)

An ex-patriot is someone who no longer feels a strong support for his or her country.

An expatriate (in abbreviated form, expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person's upbringing.

Spelling does matter.

Comment: How to defeat this (Score 1) 342

by chilenexus (#42187207) Attached to: Cops To Congress: We Need Logs of Americans' Text Messages
You just need enough people to send several of their friends a text message of six random words picked from the dictionary every few hours. This will turn anything but plain admissions of guilt into meaningless drivel as far as law enforcement goes, and de-automates the codebreaking measures needed to make certain that some kind of code system isn't being used - since computers aren't good for extracting semantic information out of conversations. On top of that, it would cause a large increase in the amount of data that would need to be stored, making it an unjustifiable financial burden (as well as a nightmare for wholesale data mining).

Comment: Have they done it before? (Score 1) 192

by chilenexus (#41854487) Attached to: Apple Loses Trademark Claim Against iFone in Mexico
I seem to remember that the trade name Macintosh was in use by someone else before Apple's computer to follow the Lisa came out, and that didn't really stop them from steamrollering him. My recollection is a little hazy, but I think the guy that owned it was not willing to sell out - not that Jobs would let something like that stop him.

Comment: Re:heatsinks (Score 1) 102

by chilenexus (#41402217) Attached to: Material Breaks Record For Turning Heat Into Electricity
These devices need a difference in temperature, so in use they actually have heat sinks of their own on the cool end of them - they sit between a heat source and the heat sink, but I don't know that they'd conduct enough heat to the heat sink to be used on something like a processor. The use of thermoelectrics isn't new - much of the equipment the astronauts used on the moon were powered by RTGs, and the CIA lost some spy equipment in India that was spying on the Chinese back in '64 ( ).

Comment: Re:I have the desire! (Score 1) 177

by chilenexus (#41314795) Attached to: China's Alibaba To Outsell Amazon, eBay Combined
In my opinion, odds are better that you'll be screwed than that you'll get your goods. I tried buying a fan for an older laptop through that site, and 2 years later it still hasn't arrived. The site hasn't responded to any of my complaint emails, and their "escrow" procedures are a joke. I responded to their initial delivery confirmation request email by telling them the goods had not arrived and the tracking number they provided had never been heard of by the shipping company; and the following day I got a notification that since the delivery was confirmed, they were releasing payment to the vendor.

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.