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Comment: Re:IPhones (Score 1) 484

by pherthyl (#49552573) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

Odd. I had a couple issues with the first release of iOS 8 and Yosemite as far as Handoff, Continuity, and Airdrop goes, but since some later update it's been rock solid. I use airdrop all the time between various iOS device and Macs and haven't had any issues for ages. Same with continuity. I don't find handoff very useful so haven't really tested much.

Comment: Re:Who did the study? (Score 1) 341

by pherthyl (#49156893) Attached to: We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

>> So if China supplies nuclear reactors to the world --- and ultimately also the United States for a hefty price, when natural gas declines and we shake ourselves awake from this renewables nightmare

You're funny. By the time that happens solar will supply the majority of the power and energy storage will have advanced enough to spread it out. Gas will do the rest. Nuclear will be useful but just an expensive backup.

Comment: Re:Predicting the future is hard (Score 1) 347

by pherthyl (#49144435) Attached to: The Programmers Who Want To Get Rid of Software Estimates

>> What doesn't seem to work well, in my experience, is breaking down a project into microscopic detail and individually estimating each detail

I find this very useful.. Not microscopic detail but detail enough that it forces you to really think about the project. I find without this developers tend to leave out tasks entirely.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 437

by pherthyl (#48764969) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Apart from Apple fanboys, I don't think anybody is stupid enough to buy a new device just to get a software upgrade.

Too funny, given that Apple users don't have to buy a new phone to get the latest software, since Apple actually cares enough to update their old devices.
Interesting how now we're supposed to believe that a lack of support is actually a good thing.

Comment: Re:Glass half empty (Score 1) 401

by pherthyl (#48592255) Attached to: The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

>> Switching from oil and coal to natural gas is a positive step in reducing both carbon emissions and other pollutants.

That's the thing though, we don't actually know if this is true. Methane leakage can easily invalidate that argument and studies have shown we are leaking more than anyone wants to admit

All great discoveries are made by mistake. -- Young