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Comment: Re:Switching?? (Score 1) 37

by DigiShaman (#49789795) Attached to: The Tricky Road Ahead For Andriod Gets Even Trickier

Very misleading, and bad wording at best. Before I moved to iOS, I was using a Droid2. So the "switching" applies to me. However, the above quote should have been worded like this...

The final threat for Google's Android may be the most pernicious: What if a significant number of the people who adopted Android as their first smartphone move on to a platformed more refined to their now acute sense of needs and ease of use.

Comment: Re:Consumption's up (Score 1) 74

by CrimsonAvenger (#49789723) Attached to: High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block EBook Sites

Most ebooks don't come with DRM attached.

I find myself curious as to which world you live in...

Amazon's Kindle format comes with DRM (just got a note from B&N telling me that they're no longer allowed to do unencrypted Kindle format for their eBooks (though they provided a helpful guide to removing the DRM for backup purposes).

Default for most Nook books is encrypted ePub, though there are a few publishers that don't require encrypted ePub.

So, where are the "most books" coming from that are not DRM'd?

Comment: Re:epigenetics (Score 1) 84

by DigiShaman (#49789685) Attached to: Scientists Reverse Aging In Human Cell Lines

All true, but really the decision comes down to a philosophical one.

A: Would you rather take control of your own genetic code, re-edit it, and risk a catastrophic failure for future generations long after advanced civilization has collapsed from war (rebooting society is now impossible, forgettaboutit).

B: Leave it into the hands of %deity% and hope for the best, thereby absolving all current and future responsibility.

It's a pandora's box for sure. Sometimes the best move is not to play with it in the first place. And...sometimes it is!

Comment: Re:What is responsible for aging? (Score 1) 84

by DigiShaman (#49789623) Attached to: Scientists Reverse Aging In Human Cell Lines

Note: Your cell line has lived for about 3,600,000,000 years. The trick to living 3,600,000,000 years is to repair damage faster than it occurs

Yeah, no, not so much. It's more like compiling an OS, using it for 90 years (if you're lucky), then collect the best matching code from another computer and recompile into a fresh new drive. Eventually, the two original OSes running on their respective computers will fail from bloat and mismanagement. In effect, defective by design.

Comment: Poorly written (Score 1) 42

Poorly written article and misleading summary. Basically the article says you can "travel faster than the speed of light" without violating relativity...but neglects to mention which "speed of light" you're beating. Light speed is different in depending upon what medium -- or lack thereof -- it's traveling through. It's possible to slow light down to the point where you can walk faster than that speed of light. But you're not violating relativity by doing so because you're moving through a different medium.

So, hyperdrives...not so much.

Comment: Re:Out of curiosity (Score 1) 232

by CrimsonAvenger (#49786883) Attached to: Adblock Plus Victorious Again In Court

They want a bike that can go zero to sixty in two seconds. Yet the human eyeball flattens enough under that kind of acceleration that vision is severely limited.

Interesting theory you have there, Butch...

0-60mph in two seconds is 1.37g. Which is comparable to the acceleration you'd experience landing after jumping to the ground from a height of three feet or so....

Comment: Re:Kevin DeLeon is not particularly coherent (Score 2) 209

It doesn't have to be loaded with graft & corruption to be a waste of time.

TFA talks about a 2.5KW system. Which is about 10 panels. So this whole program is going to provide free solar to 150-200 homes in a State with 38.8 million people.

Wow, a program to provide free solar to 0.0025% of CA's population!! Really generous program you've got there, guys....

Comment: Re:other states? (Score 4, Interesting) 50

by CrimsonAvenger (#49786359) Attached to: The Marshall Islands, Nuclear Testing, and the NPT

How has the US/Russia/etc negotiated in good faith on effective measures

Note that they're required to negotiate in good faith on "effective measures" - when they figure out some "effective measures", then you can complain about them not negotiating "in good faith".

And just curious, what "effective measures" can you think of? Especially in light of the fact that North Korea is NOT a signatory to the NPT....

It seems that the arsenals are growing, or if shrinking, they are becoming more powerful overall as they are replaced with more modern weapons.

As to that, no, they're not actually building more powerful nukes. The delivery mechanisms are getting more accurate, so smaller nukes are as effective as big nukes were back in the day. Note that there are no multi-megaton nukes left - they've been replaced with fractional-megaton weapons with a CEP small enough that it makes no difference.

Note, by the by, that CEP is a function of the rocket (or bomber), not the nuke. And improved versions of rockets/bombers aren't limited by the NPT in any case.

Comment: Re:Well there's the problem... (Score 1) 201

by OrangeTide (#49785555) Attached to: Court Orders UberPop Use To Be Banned In All of Italy

I mostly chose responses where I could cower in the corner. Because I was worried that personality type was not well represented in people who would actually finish the survey. Pity the results aren't tabulated, but now it makes more sense now that you bring up it being Socratic questioning.

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