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Comment: Re:There is other evidence (Score 3, Informative) 152

by ebrandsberg (#49207209) Attached to: Sewage Bacteria Reveal Cities' Obesity Rates

The opposite has also been observed (http://gizmodo.com/the-secret-to-weight-loss-might-be-poop-transplants-fro-1265888152). As someone who is married to someone who has struggled with her weight for all her life, and has done everything including a strict 1000 calorie diet with very little results, I KNOW there is more to it than "just don't eat as much". The people that don't have the issue or haven't lived with it don't understand the issue, and assume that "it is their fault".

Comment: Re: skynet (Score 1) 291

by ebrandsberg (#49058447) Attached to: Should We Really Try To Teach Everyone To Code?

I'm currently in the process of building a company, and have the advantage of utilizing student labor as part of the development process. How I handled this was that I actually developed a template but static HTML website that provided the UI that I wanted. I then NEXT developed the "help page" for the UI, to explain how the interface worked in great detail. What I found vs. prior development was that be specifying how the UI should work from the user's perspective, things worked well. The things that broke were where my help documentation wasn't accurate enough. Develop your user documentation first, and the visual UI, and you may find the developers can figure out things from there.

Comment: Re:Samsung rumored to drop 810 due to overheating (Score 1) 85

tbh, you have two choices for batteries today: Charge them fast, and they don't last as long, or charge them slow, and they last forever. Heat is the problem the batteries have. If you charge them just fast enough so that in the morning they are full, or at least they never get hot, you are going to do well. The difference that a Scandinavian country imposes is hardly likely to make a difference, due to the phone being in a pocket, your hand, or indoors while charging.

The other idea is to buy a phone with fewer features, but has a long battery life. OnePlus One? Yep, works for me for 2 days at a time, but I charge it each day. I never have an issue where I have to charge it during a single day.

Comment: Re:...while consuming 75 percent less power (Score 5, Informative) 85

based on my experience, the #1 power consumer is... a bad cell signal. If you are at 92% after 8 hours on ANY phone, you are likely sitting in a building with a cell tower a few feet from your head, or you are just straight up lying about your power usage (or both). I've taken a few last-gen phones, put them on airplane mode, then powered up wifi, and they can last over a week. What burns the battery? mobile data access, and the screen.

Comment: Re:One fiber to rule them... (Score 1) 221

by ebrandsberg (#48714527) Attached to: Google Fiber's Latest FCC Filing: Comcast's Nightmare Come To Life

In the area I live in, we have a utility of power generation and a separate utility power supply. On our power bill, we have the power supply charging for the utility of bring the power to us. This includes maintenance of the poles that carry any of the rest of the utilities, but each have their own height on the pole they are allowed to use. As such, the power supply company maintains for example a high strength wire at the top of the poles, so that a tree is unlikely to hit the lines below it (often we have trees leaning against it until they take care of the problem). Then the power lines are strung below this line, then the Comcast cables, the FIOS runs, etc. The all are on a single pole, but a single player is responsible for maintaining the infrastructure itself.

Comment: Re:Prison population (Score 1) 407

by ebrandsberg (#48168329) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

I'm not sure you are aware, but crime rate has fallen across the world, even in countries that never went through a "get tough on crime". One plausible theory (I won't say it is correct, just possible) is that Lead poisoning in youth resulted in criminal tendencies later (http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2013/01/03/how-lead-caused-americas-violent-crime-epidemic/). Attributing to the incarceration the reduction in crime though is a pretty tough sell, in particular when you look at crime statistics of juvenile offenders who's father is incarcerated: http://www.scholarsstrategynetwork.org/sites/default/files/ssn_basic_facts_swisher_on_children_of_the_incarcerated.pdf.

Comment: Re:Reagan: the environmental governor? (Score 1) 327

by ebrandsberg (#47668085) Attached to: California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Good point, in addition, the question can be asked that if Tesla builds the factory (which they will in one state or another) will they be controlled under the remaining CA regulations better than other states. In other words, CA can say "this is such a big factory, we need to look at the big picture and understand that if we can regulate them, it will be better for the overall health of the WORLD than if they go somewhere else. As such, we will reduce some of the requirements such that the overall benefit will be greater." It isn't necessarily a "one state vs. another" but what is best for the world. This is such a big project that it is likely to be better managed than most by both the company and the state, that they can agree to cut some regulations simply because others will be better enforced.

Comment: Re: Automated notice not necessary here (Score 1) 368

by ebrandsberg (#47657965) Attached to: Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

The infamous commerce clause trumps states rights

No it doesn't. It's just abused as a power grab. It was only meant to apply to a limited number of things.

See, it DOES trump states rights, as proven by matters of law. You may not agree with it, but that doesn't change the facts. In this particular case, I think that there should be Federal Law to unify what everybody should expect as far as recording rights are concerned, and the law should be "anybody can record any conversation they are having at any time through electronic means". Since any conversation could in theory result in a verbal contract, it is only reasonable that said contracts should be legally recordable to protect the individuals entering into said contracts.

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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