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Comment: Control Center (Score 2) 488

by dinsdale3 (#44915385) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?
I haven't noticed any general slowness on an iPhone 5.

However, there does seem to be an issue with the new Control Center. I have noticed sluggish responsiveness from buttons on the bottom of the screen in certain apps, presumably due to a conflict with the Control Center which can be activated by an upwards swipe from the bottom of the screen. Turning off the Control Center within apps (Settings/Control Center/Access within apps) fixed this issue for me while still retaining functionality from the main and lock screens.

Comment: Re:CAFE Kills (Score 1) 1184

by dinsdale3 (#41154397) Attached to: White House Finalizes 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standard
1) Yes, NEWSFLASH, technology has improved a lot in 50 years. Of course, not all light cars are more dangerous than heavier cars. However, if you take otherwise identical cars with the same level of technology, the heavier one is going to offer more protection in a collision (and/or is able to include more safety features within its weight limit).

It all depends on HOW you improve gas mileage. Faced with an arbitrary mandate like this, if car manufacturers are unable to meet these limits with new breakthroughs, they will most likely either reduce vehicle weight (with potential safety consequences) or create a few token expensive car models which will not really sell, but that have sufficiently improved gas mileage to bring up their average so that they don't have to change the majority of the fleet.

2) I wouldn't call 2.23x the MPG, 'almost triple'. :)

Comment: Wizard 101 (Score 1) 480

by dinsdale3 (#36362072) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Adventure Game To Start With?
Wizard 101 is a good fit for that age group and very kid-safe. It has the added advantage that the base game is free (though you will have to pay to unlock later areas). Especially on the "free" areas, it is easy to create a second account and play at the same time as her.

Also agree with Portal/Baldur's Gate/Lego Star Wars,Harry Potter, etc / Zelda (Nintendo DS).

There are also the MySims' series of games. She may enjoy MySims Agents (I've only played on Wii)

Comment: Re:Gross... (Score 1) 185

by dinsdale3 (#35269878) Attached to: The Outfall of a Helium-3 Crisis
As someone who performs helium-3 MRI on a regular basis, I can hopefully clear up a few things:

- Helium-3 MRI is a research-only technique
- The "veterinary use" is for animals in medical research, not taking "Fluffy" to the Vet.
- Before any recycled helium ever made it to humans, it would have to go through FDA-approved GMP processes. Given the enormous paperwork hassles involved, it is more likely that the recycled helium-3 would only ever be used in animals and in non-medical applications (e.g. low temperature physics).
- Just about everyone performing helium-3 MRI is trying to capture the exhaled gas whenever possible to conserve the supply. There is also a significant push to transition to the use of an isotope of Xenon gas. While Xenon-129 is much more abundant than helium-3, there are differences in its properties that make it better or worse suited for different experiments.
Space

+ - NASA confirms Jupiter impact and Black Scar 1

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erpbridge
erpbridge writes "Following up on Sunday's article about an amateur discovery of a new black spot on Jupiter, NASA has confirmed an impact (photos available) and observation of a black scar forming. The NY Times also has an article up with further information about the discovery, along with photos of the black scar. So far, no one seems to have any information available on what it was that impacted Jupiter."

Comment: Toms Hardware Monthly Feature (Score 3, Informative) 186

by dinsdale3 (#28035185) Attached to: Budget Graphics Card Roundup
Tom's hardware does a best graphics card for the money every month with a breakdown for various pricing tiers. It also has a hierarchy chart that groups cards by performance levels, which helps to compare different models other than the "best" for each category.

Here's the one for May. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/radeon-geforce-graphics,2296.html
The Courts

+ - SPAM: Intellectual property security needs a jolt

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "When it comes to protecting intellectual property the federal government has done a passable job but much more needs to be done to put a crimp in the over $200 billion counterfeit and pirated goods industry, according to a Government Accountability Office report issued today. One big issue is a lack of penalty bite. The GAO said over the 6-year period it looked at (2001-2006), IP enforcement activities generally increased. Specifically, the number of CBP's seizures have steadily increased, but the domestic value of goods seized varied by fiscal year. However, the GAO found that CBP collected less than 1% of penalties assessed during 2001 through 2006. For example in 2006, the CPB assesses $136.6 million in penalties but collected about $600,000. [spam URL stripped]"
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Television

+ - SPAM: The web has already changed online TV viewing

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destinyland
destinyland writes "William Gibson argued that the world changes before anyone recognizes that it's changed. I felt that way when I realized that you can now already watch 56 TV shows in their entirety on the web. (And NetFlix is now letting their users watch movies online.) Television writers are striking specifically over online royalties, and during the strike, homegrown video sites like YouTube are experiencing new surges in online viewing. As Gibson once said, "The future is here. It's just not evenly distributed yet...""
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Social Networks

+ - Attacking Chat Noise with Original Statements

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Googling Yourself
Googling Yourself writes "Randall Munroe has an interesting post on his xkcd blog on a new approach to keeping the signal-to-noise ratio high when social communities grow past a certain point. While many forums use moderators to deal with noise as it happens, and communities like Slashdot use running peer-moderation, these methods don't seem to work very well for live time-dependent things like IRC channels. Munroe has put together an experimental auto-moderation system on the #xkcd-signal that uses "enforced originality" to keep content original and interesting. A moderator bot only allows members to say sentences that had never been said before and the bot mutes chatters for a period after every violation. "There would be no "all your base are belong to us", no "lol", no "asl", no "there are no girls on the internet." Just thoughtful, full sentences," says Munroe. So far the method seems to be working well with good, solid chat between relative strangers and very little noise. The Perl bot is available if you'd like to try it."
Space

+ - Panel says Astronauts Flew While Intoxicated->

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Pcol
Pcol writes "Aviation Week reports that astronauts were allowed to fly on at least two occasions after flight surgeons and other astronauts warned they were so intoxicated that they posed a flight-safety risk. A review panel, convened in the wake of the Lisa Nowak arrest to review astronaut medical and psychological screening, also reported "heavy use of alcohol" by astronauts before launch, within the standard 12-hour "bottle to throttle" rule applied to NASA flight crew members. The panel does not deal directly with Nowak or mention any other astronaut by name. Meanwhile at Frenchie's Italian Restaurant, a popular astronaut hangout in Houston, owner Frankie Camera disputed the reports. "The Mercury astronauts may have been a little more wild (than later ones) but I did banquets for them and never really saw any of them drink so much they were out of control or drunk.""
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