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Comment: Re:Touch ID for $100?? (Score 3, Insightful) 352

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...

Comment: Re:mbs/Mbs (Score 1) 208

by starless (#47545501) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

To be fair you're not very scientific about the whole thing. You are whing about a convention (and i do share your analattitude towards m/M conventin), but mili-bits doesn't make any sense. a bit is a 0-1 atomic unit. Atomic as is cannot but cut into smaller pieces. So mili-bit doesn't make sense.

But as a rate millibits per second could make sense. One mb per second would be equivalent to transmitting one bit every one thousand seconds.

Comment: Lives saved? (Score 1) 454

by starless (#47334533) Attached to: CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

There are certainly deaths/years of life lost caused by excessive drinking.
But on the other hand, there are health benefits of moderate drinking.

There's some presentation of health benefits/problems on the Mayo Clinic web site:

So, one question would be: how may years of life for the entire population are lost from excessive drinking, how many years
of life for the entire population are gained from moderate drinking? And how can moderate drinking be encouraged while
decreasing excessive drinking?
In general terms it appears that Russian men are very adversely affected by drinking (life expectancy ~64), and French women's long
life expectancies (~85) are helped by their moderate drinking.
But culture in general can be very hard to change!

Possessions increase to fill the space available for their storage. -- Ryan