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Comment: Re:Free market for the win (Score 3, Informative) 644

by kaleth (#38271596) Attached to: Will Firefox Lose Google Funding?

It is still possible to get most of the old UI back in Firefox. This is what I do:

It's not quite the same, but it's close.

Comment: Re:Let's just do away with sales tax (Score 1) 949

by kaleth (#36753458) Attached to: Slate: Amazon's Tax Stance Unfair and Unethical

As an example, you can look just slightly north to Oregon. No sales tax, and a relatively high income tax just like the GP wanted. The result? Incredibly volatile state revenue, and large budget cuts whenever the economy has a downturn. In fact, a frequently proposed solution to that is the much more stable sales tax.

Comment: Re:Placebo (Score 1) 117

by kaleth (#36678200) Attached to: Banks Faulted For Fake Antivirus Scourge

That doesn't necessarily sound like a placebo to me. I certainly don't know what medicinal properties black seed oil might have, but it is a concentrated extract of whatever the "black seeds" are, much like many traditional drugs. There may not have been controlled double-blind studies yet, but that doesn't mean it isn't effective. Histamines are a known cause of headaches, so it isn't an unreasonable claim that an anti-histamine could help.

Homeopathic remedies, on the other hand, are diluted to the point of not containing any of the curative substance, and have been proven not to work. That's a placebo.


Who Killed the Netbook? 398

Posted by timothy
from the mr-brin-in-the-parlor-with-a-tablet dept.
itwbennett writes "Netbooks died the death of a thousand cuts and there were conspirators aplenty with motive, weapons and opportunity. Was the unpopularity of Linux to blame? What about Microsoft and its efforts to kill XP? Ever smarter smartphones certainly played a role, as did the rise of the App Store, and lighter full-featured notebooks. Or maybe it was just that the American consumer wasn't going to be satisfied with technology designed for third-world use. 'In late 2005, the only computer found for $100 was stolen, was dead, or was ancient enough to require Windows 95. A real and functional computer for $100 was a dream, but also made people wonder what sacrifices might need to be made to offer such a comparatively inexpensive machine,' writes Tom Henderson, in an in-depth look at what contributed to the netbook's demise." Before solving the murder mystery, it's worth considering whether the netbook is actually dead.

Comment: Re:For the airplane geeks... (Score 3, Informative) 317

by kaleth (#34781988) Attached to: Magnetic Pole Shift Affects Tampa Airport

Because not every plane has a GPS or INS. (Certified) GPS equipment is still new and expensive for airplanes. INS is very large and heavy, and only used on large commercial jets.

And perhaps most importantly, a compass always works. If everything else fails, you still have that as a backup.

Comment: Re:Well, yes and no. (Score 1) 121

by kaleth (#34481798) Attached to: Australia's Outback Could Get Web Via TV Antenna

This additional 32 dB of gain would greatly increase the range of the 2.4 GHz system over the VHF system, and would be available all the time -- making for a suitable Internet connection.

Unfortunately, the additional path loss more than makes up for the antenna gain over long distances, so the benefits are much smaller than you might expect. Beyond 25 miles or so, VHF is going to have less loss, even accounting for the antenna gain. That's part of the reason that low frequencies are preferred for broadcasting.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.