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Comment: Re:Simulation or not (Score 1) 745

by erik.martino (#46261605) Attached to: Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?
If the world is a simulation, then it must be based on a formula of some sort. Mathematical formulas doesn't need a computer or a person with a pen and pencil to exist. So a simulated world doesn't need the simulation. Is it simulated then? It only has meaning for the ones that simulates it, not for the people inside it.

+ - IPhones still have poor antennas-> 1

Submitted by erik.martino
erik.martino (997000) writes "Comprehensive investigation into radio coverage capabilities of mobile phones show that recent IPhones are still among those that perform the worst. The study is performed by Gert Frølund Pedersen, the antenna specialist who predicted the antenna problems of IPhone 4, also known as Antennagate."
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Comment: Recording pen (Score 4, Informative) 313

by erik.martino (#44572643) Attached to: Using Laptop To Take Notes Lowers Grades
A computer is not the best device for note taking. Using a LiveScribe pen you can transfer your notes to the computer, including a recording the voice of the lecturer. The pen makes your notes hypertext because it is linked with the audio at the time of note taking. It makes it easy to navigate in the audio recording.

Comment: Not using an issue tracker (Score 1) 457

by erik.martino (#42562627) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Practices Impede Developers' Productivity?
Too many small assignments outside the issue tracker is filling the head with distracting thoughts. One small issue you have to enter on behalf of someone else could loose 10 minutes of productivity. All because the reporter was too lazy to spend 2 minutes in the ticket system. Another distractor is phones, a ringing phone breaks concentration even if it isn't your own. Fortunately my office is completely phone free.

Comment: Re:You can have 2: cheap, realtime, or resolution. (Score 1) 549

by erik.martino (#41787713) Attached to: Why Can't Industry Design an Affordable Hearing Aid?
An option would be to collect hearing aids from deceased people that obviously don't need them anymore. Adjustment is obviously a problem. A solution could be to have a wide selection of used hearing aids and let people choose which one they prefer. It would probably require a non profit organisation to collect the hearing aids. But used hearing aids are a valuable resource that should be put to good use.

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