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Comment: Re:Only used it when they paid me (Score 1) 186

by sir-gold (#49116191) Attached to: Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

You are right, the phone should just wake up and launch the default payment app automatically when it is near the payment pad

I don't see why they haven't implemented this. I know it's definitely possible and not terribly hard, since there are already apps on the play store that can wake and unlock the phone on contact with an RFID card.

Comment: The map is a fraud (Score 1) 99

by sir-gold (#49071005) Attached to: New Map Shows USA's Quietest Places

As other commenters have noticed, the map looks like a light map, a little TOO much like a light map.
At first I thought they actually HAD used a light map, just for the sake of illustration, but it clearly shows a legend in decibels.

Here is a light map from NASA:

You will notice a few small but very bright dots in North Dakota. These are not cities, they are oil fields. They aren't nearly as loud as a city of comparable light output, yet they still show up as bright spots on the audio map.

I'm sure there are inconsistencies in other locations where the light and sound values should be different, but appear the same on both maps.

Comment: Re:get dizzy? (Score 1) 71

Speaking over the sound of your own delayed voice is a similar principle.

For most people, having their own words fed back into their ears with a specific delay causes them to be unable to keep speaking (they start stuttering really bad). However, people who are accustomed to speaking in public (through a PA system) don't suffer from this, because their brain learns to ignore the sound of their own voice.

Comment: Re:Do they have any authority to do that? (Score 1) 168

by sir-gold (#49039471) Attached to: Aims To Keep the Airspace Above Your Home Drone-Free

Third, what does the drone do if it's heading towards a no-fly zone? Turn around? What if it can't avoid entering a no-fly zone?

That's easy, you make each no-fly zone 30 miles wide.

"DJI’s new Phantom drones will ship with the update installed, and owners of older devices will have to download it in order to receive future updates. The no-fly zone over the capital will extend for a 15.5-mile radius."

Comment: Re:Causation of other things? (Score 1) 378

by sir-gold (#49007003) Attached to: Woman Suffers Significant Weight Gain After Fecal Transplant

You are right, studies can mean whatever you want them to mean, but that doesn't mean this idea isn't on the right path at least.

The basis is 2 main ideas that don't have anything to do with studies, and that really aren't in any dispute:

1. The human mind is drastically affected by the mix of chemicals inside the body
2. Permanently changing the balance of the majority of the bacteria in the body (and thus the balance of waste byproducts), will change the mix of chemicals inside the body.

It doesn't really matter WHAT causes the bacteria mix to change, but we now know that messing with it can have some serious long-term side effects, and some of those side effects could explain very common "epidemics" such as obesity, autism, food allergies, and the impending zombie apocalypse.

Comment: Re:Causation of other things? (Score 1, Interesting) 378

by sir-gold (#49006057) Attached to: Woman Suffers Significant Weight Gain After Fecal Transplant

There have been studies showing a link between heavy antibiotic use in children under the age of 3 and regressive autism, caused by a commonly occurring antibacterial-resistant bacteria (Clostridia) proliferating in the absence of competition, which produces a neurotoxin as a waste byproduct (Propionic Acid)

This is why I find the anti-vaxxers so ironic. They ALMOST figured it out, but started blaming vaccines instead of antibiotics.

Comment: Re: It's not the gas... (Score 1) 239

by sir-gold (#48961029) Attached to: NFL Asks Columbia University For Help With Deflate-Gate

2) 1 ATM = about 14.7 PSI at STP. Where was it the patriots were playing?

3) 1 ATM = about 14.7 PSI at STP. These balls were inflated to 27.2 PSI with a properly calibrated pressure gauge, otherwise the quarterbacks are grappling flopping pigskins.

For clarity in the future, you should use the suffix "psia" when you are talking about absolute pressure. (1 ATM at STP is both 14.7 psia, and 0 psi, since they are different scales)

Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 1) 378

by sir-gold (#48945871) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

A lot of the updates in Europe were caused by government regulations. Especially with credit cards.

Europe isn't as anti-regulation as the US is. Powerful people everywhere fight these regulations because the regulations will will cost them money, but in the US, they have a strong backing from people who are just opposed to government regulation in general (Tea-party, libertarians, lees-moderate republicans).

Slow internet, high healthcare costs, and insecure credit cards are the price the US pays for being a country founded on the idea of throwing off the yoke of government.

Comment: Re:Positive pressure? (Score 1) 378

by sir-gold (#48945819) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Meanwhile in the US, they also removed the signature requirement (for small purchases), reducing mag stripe + signature down to just mag stripe.

So now, if you happen to find a debit card laying on the ground, you can spend all day (or however long it keeps working) buying gas and groceries at the self-serves.