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Comment Nope. Typo. (Score 5, Informative) 534

"545 AD and 568"

1) This was a typo. It was between 568 and 645 AD.
Here's the original article:
http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/ne...

"Radiocarbon analysis has dated the parchment on which the text is written to the period between AD 568 and 645 with 95.4% accuracy. The test was carried out in a laboratory at the University of Oxford. The result places the leaves close to the time of the Prophet Muhammad, who is generally thought to have lived between AD 570 and 632."

2) They dated the paper, not the ink. It was common to scrape and reuse paper. It also only dates the time the plant or animal died.

Comment Re:wan port (Score 1) 122

The entire point of a router is route between two or more networks. That's what this does. My EdgeRouter has three ports, allowing routing between 3 networks. I only use 2. The LAN port of the router then attaches to a gigabit switch about 30 feet away.

There's no real reason to have a switch built into the router.

Comment Re: Smartphones have problems too (Score 2) 416

This is not true. Assisted GPS doesn't rely on cell networks, it makes use of cell networks for faster fixes. They still work fine without service, but they do take much longer to get a fix. This is evidenced by the fact that you can put your phone in airplane mode and hold it near the window of an airliner and still get a 10-satellite fix.

Now, that said, you may be able to have maps downloaded for offline use, but in Google Maps searching and route-finding still require a data connection, limiting its usefulness.

Comment Re:another vaccine (Score 3) 96

It's usually spread through the air. And it's not a big deal for a young healthy person to get it... the problem is that this one young healthy person will spread it to many other people, some of whom will be elderly or otherwise sick or immunocompromised.

The flu kills something like 30,000 people every year. The flu. Thirty thousand deaths. No one cares if *you* get the flu, but they might care about the person you give it to who ends up dying from it.

The reason for everyone to get vaccinated is because high vaccination rates go a long way to preventing transmission, and thus preventing deaths.

tl;dr Get your flu shot.

Comment Re:Nothing open to the sky (Score 2) 118

County "prisons" are usually jails and reserved for terms of a year or less, though there are exceptions.

In prisons, where people can spend decades, we owe it to ourselves as a society to have some degree of humanity. There are a lot of people fighting for the cruel and capricious use of solitary confinement.

Comment Re:Metabolic rate doesn't vary that much (Score 1) 381

Those doctors and scientists aren't disagreeing with what I'm saying. I will totally concede that serious medical conditions such as sleep apnea contribute greatly to metabolic rate differences.

My post was about typical people without medical metabolic disturbances.

Comment Re:Metabolic rate doesn't vary that much (Score 1) 381

I'm sorry about your illness. That sucks. There are, of course, a number of diseases and disorders that greaty affect the calorie out side of the equation directly. These aren't really very common, however, and cannot even come close to explaining the "obesity epidemic."

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