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Comment Re:Dangerous, stupid lies. (Score 1) 494

Huh? Here is the 2nd paragraph of the linked site. It certainly does refute the post above. I think your reading comprehension needs some work:

"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."

Note that "AD 568 to 645" is different than the Slashdot article lead which says "545 AD and 568".

Comment Re:Great experience (Score 1) 182

I really have no concern about sharing it with Google, because no one is ever going to see it.

Well, an individual person doesn't need to see it. If they're willing to use searches to send people job offers and ads, what else can they automate?

And what happens when Google has a breech or a bad setting. Remember when Google signed people up for G+,. and a lot of private data got exposed. Then a person will see it, because many eyes all looking at their friend's data.

I suppose if Google is beneficent, never hacked, and remains both of those forever, we're fine.

Comment Re:Great experience (Score 1) 182

Google is creepier than all those data analysts snooping through everyone's text messages at the NSA.

The NSA analysts at least in theory need permission to trawl through your data and there is theoretical oversight. After all, its' the government's data, not a private companies.

Also, if you accept Google's default hooks, Google knows far more about you than the NSA.

Comment Re:Study is right, but needs more.. (Score 1) 165

A nuclear accident could easily release a lot more radiation than a coal plant. You are confused by the often-quoted fact that when operating normally, a coal plant can release more radiation. An accident though means the plant is not operating normally.

This may mean that the risk from the radiation from either type of plant when operating normally is pretty low. It's fun to point out that more radiation comes from a coal plant, but I'm pretty certain the danger from breathing the other crap that comes out of the coal plant way outweighs the radiation danger.

Comment Re:Can you imagine dropping on of these phones? (Score 1) 111

It depends on how big those pieces are. The energy going into spitting the chunks apart would otherwise be damaging a chunk. Old nokia phones used to break when dropped, into four pieces: Front faceplate, rear cover, battery, remainder. You could snap them back together with your fingures.

Same reason crumple zones save lives.

Comment Re:Problem with the solution? (Score 1) 193

You're doing work on the plane. I consider that analogous to watching videos, etc. If you want to do that on a plane, maybe you should download videos to watch/files you want to work on ahead of time (I do.).

A business traveler staying connected is an entirely different use case. There, the timeliness of communication is of paramount importance. It's also a place where latency will be annoying, but not prohibitive.

Comment Re:What a bunch of stupid Republicans (Score 1) 587

I believe the "stupid Republicans" posts are a troll, possibly from somebody who is actually right-wing. They are designed to look like they are posted by as stupid a person as possible. Have seen a couple equally ludicrous ones for the opposite direction, though they tend to use "Liberals" rather than "Democrats". Sometimes they use the exact same wording as the republican attack. Not as common, however, for whatever that means.

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