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Comment: Re:Tesla wasn't the target, it was China (Score 4, Insightful) 256

by starless (#48208603) Attached to: Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

I can't justify two cars, and if I own a car, it has to be able to drive 1000 miles in a day.

If you routinely have to drive so far then an electric wouldn't work for you.
However, if driving long distances is rare then an electric plus occasional rental (e.g. zip) ought to work.

Comment: Re:Cochrane review of red-light camera studies (Score 1) 397

by starless (#48195227) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

And a Cochrane review of speed cameras concludes:

The quality of the included studies in this review was judged as being of overall moderate quality at best, however, the consistency of reported positive reductions in speed and crash results across all studies show that speed cameras are a worthwhile intervention for reducing the number of road traffic injuries and deaths. To affirm this finding, higher quality studies, using well designed controlled trials where possible, and studies conducted over adequate length of time (including lengthy follow-up periods) with sufficient data collection points, both before and after the implementation of speed cameras, are needed.

Comment: Cochrane review of red-light camera studies (Score 1) 397

by starless (#48195187) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

A Cochrane meta-analysis of red-light camera studies concludes:

Red-light cameras are effective in reducing total casualty crashes. The evidence is less conclusive on total collisions, specific casualty
collision types and violations, where reductions achieved could be explained by the play of chance. Most evaluations did not adjust for
RTM or spillover, affecting their accuracy. Larger and better controlled studies are needed


Comment: Re:Touch ID for $100?? (Score 3, Insightful) 354

by starless (#48162293) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

If you look at this comparison chart you can see that the iPad Mini 3 is exactly the same as the existing iPad Mini with Retina Display (now called iPad Mini 2) with the exception of two things:

  1. It's got Touch ID
  2. It's $100 more expensive

I'm not entirely convinced that Touch ID is worth the extra $100. Hopefully the IHS teardown will indicate if there is anything else of value between the two.

If there was anything else worthwhile, wouldn't apple be boasting about it rather than us having to wait for a teardown?
I am convinced that Touch ID isn't worth $100 to me...

Comment: Problem with CDC guidlines (Score 2) 381

by starless (#48158061) Attached to: How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

From the NYT today:

Federal health officials effectively acknowledged the problems with their procedures for protecting health care workers by abruptly changing them. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued stricter guidelines for American hospitals with Ebola patients.

They are now closer to the procedures of Doctors Without Borders, which has decades of experience in fighting Ebola in Africa. In issuing the new guidelines, the C.D.C. acknowledged that its experts had learned by working alongside that medical charity.

The Doctors Without Borders guidelines are even stricter than the new C.D.C. directives

Comment: Re:This is what they mean by "point of no return" (Score 1, Interesting) 273

by starless (#47750019) Attached to: Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Methane is big. A huge greenhouse gas. It knocks the socks of carbon in all ways except that there's not that much of it(yet). It also doesn't "clean up" nearly as nicely after a couple of centuries of forest expansion/ocean calcification.

Actually, I believe the the lifetime of methane in the atmosphere is a lot less than that of CO2. So, although it's a more "potent" greenhouse gas, the long term effects of CO2 are worse because of CO2's longer lifetime.
See e.g. this article on the effects of methane compared to CO2.
When methane is released chronically, over decades, the concentration in the atmosphere will rise to a new equilibrium value. It won’t keep rising indefinitely, like CO2 would, because methane degrades while CO2 essentially just accumulates. Methane degrades into CO2, in fact...

Comment: wifi calling? (Score 1) 127

by starless (#47611331) Attached to: T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

Did the study include the effects of calling over wifi?
I have t-mobile and connect to wifi networks at home and work for my phone connection and my charge lasts a lot longer than
when I'm away from wifi networks I can use.

As far as I know, I think t-mobile is the only carrier to implement calling over wifi.

(What, RTFA and check if that's mentioned? Of course not...)

Comment: Re:I must be the outlier (Score 1) 234

by starless (#47565091) Attached to: Comcast Confessions

I cancelled comcast basic cable service over the phone last week. I didn't get much pressure to continue with them, just a brief question or two.
I just received a UPS box and label to return my equipment. (I had just received unrequested equipment because even basic
cable is now going to be encrypted in my area.)
So, so far so good.

But, the second person I talked with on the phone who was handling the equipment return (at a contractor
company, not comcast itself) thinks I also have a modem. But I don't as I cancelled internet service
with comcast many years ago. I'm hoping that's not going to be a problem...

Put no trust in cryptic comments.