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Comment: I can't speak for others, obviously (Score 1) 23

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48273479) Attached to: Signed-In Maps Mean More Location Data For Google

But while I see the advantages for Google Corp., I don't see how this really benefits me personally. It's getting more common for websites to trigger the Safari popup saying "xxx.yyy.zzz would like to use your location data, is that okay?" when generally there's no reason for them to need it at all.

This just seems like a big end-around on Google's part to try capturing more data on you.

Comment: There's a big unanswered question here (Score 1) 113

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48270589) Attached to: Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

"Suspected" by whom, exactly?

If these are people that the CDC or other competent medical personnel believe are infected, then they should probably self-monitor and perhaps avoid mass gatherings or transit in case they start to feel ill while out and about.

If these are people that, say, the governor of some state thinks might be infected because they may have ridden on the same plane as an asymptomatic ebola carrier... they should go about their lives as normal.

Comment: Re:i can see this going south in a hurry. (Score 1) 61

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48242853) Attached to: Haier Plans To Embed Area Wireless Chargers In Home Appliances

reviewer 3: washing machine wiped credit cards and screwed up my bluetooth carkey. Excellent feature to ensure laundry gets done.

To be fair, a washing machine can already do this. You just have to forget to take the key out of your pocket when you do laundry.

Comment: I used to build and use Firefox nightlies on OS X (Score 1) 106

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48231403) Attached to: Building All the Major Open-Source Web Browsers

Funny thing is, I don't actually remember why - other than there was some feature that wasn't available in the default build back then (Keychain integration, perhaps?)

Anyway, there were a number of libraries and other packages that had to be added to the system in order for the build process to succeed... but I don't remember it being all that difficult to do. Time consuming, yes - but not difficult.

Comment: Re:Theory vs reality? (Score 0) 172

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48230749) Attached to: EU Sets Goal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40% By 2030

When discussing these sorts of treaties, it's important to make note of the differing legal systems that exist in the countries involved.

If the U.S. had signed and ratified Kyoto, it would've had the force of U.S. law. The government could've been sued and forced to meet the requirements.

Compare this to some other countries that did sign Kyoto - Canada, for instance. Canada didn't even come close to meeting the stated targets. So, a year or two before the deadline they simply withdrew from the pact - not something that would've been an option for the U.S.

Same thing with most European countries. Some met or exceeded their targets, while others did not. But there were no penalties applied to the countries that did not succeed.

Comment: The question is complicated (Score 2) 258

by 93 Escort Wagon (#48217361) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?

At least for me it is.

I was perfectly happy with the old iPhone 3GS screen size (3.5"), for a phone - you can easily reach everything with your thumb, and texting is a breeze. Then, for a tablet, I think the 8" is just about perfect... but that means I have two devices. Most of the time that's not a problem, but an iPad Mini can only fit in some of my cargo pants pockets and not others.

So now I'm wondering - do I want to go to a ginormous phone, and just forgo the tablet altogether? When I've played with friends' big Android phones, they seem too big for a phone while being smaller than optimal for things like web browsing. BUT carrying only one "good enough" device has a definite appeal. So the decision is, is it enough of an advantage for me to willingly compromise on the size equation at both ends of the spectrum?

So it's a complicated question - and a potentially expensive experiment.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.