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Comment: Re:Shame Google dumped Motorola (Score 1) 234

by tyroney (#47039763) Attached to: Why Cheap Smartphones Are Going To Upset the Industry
I got sick of random breakage from hardware/carrier cruft and bought a moto g. (play edition, on t-mobile)

For the first time ever my phone actually works. (even maps, and voice, and usb device mode, and my favorite stupid game) Plus it's super smooth.

I might try to return and downgrade to the moto e, depending on how I feel about the motorola additions.

Comment: Support is the wrong word (Score 1) 432

by tyroney (#36403106) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Support In Universities?
The moment you say "support" in an IT department, there's all this baggage of helpdesk time, and documentation, and bending over backwards.

I believe the question you wanted to ask was more along the lines of compatibility or openness. Leave that nasty S-word out of it, and you'd likely have gotten much less laughter.

Comment: Nice ideas. (Score 1) 208

by tyroney (#35601208) Attached to: Improving Productivity (With Science)
I would hazard a guess this article was written without the consultation of someone with facility management experience. Medium socket bulbs aren't often used for primary lighting in a work environment. HVAC has many ramifications and complications besides possible productivity effects. Nice views and indoor green spaces have all sorts of costs and considerations that may or may not work out.

Comment: Re:More allergenic? (Score 1) 760

by tyroney (#34825460) Attached to: Scientists Advocate Replacing Cattle With Insects

Lactic acid is in your muscles right now. Acetic acid is vinegar minus some nutrients. Peroxyacetic acid breaks down into acetic acid and hydrogen peroxide.

Doesn't sound like dangerous chemicals to me. Heck, rinsing with plain old vinegar would be at least twice as acidic. (plus whatever else is in vinegar besides acetic acid.)

I'm with grandparent wondering about what these terrible chemicals are. If the issue is that chemicals have to be used at all, industrialized food production isn't going to disappear, and does have things to recommend it. (in the way of safety and scalability, which is important as populations will continue to rise in the foreseeable future)

I would much rather have meat I'll eat sprayed with some vinegar to kill off bacteria than go through a night of dehydration and vomiting with an IV in my arm at the hospital. (never order chicken strips first thing in the morning at a fast food restaurant.)

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 3, Insightful) 477

by tyroney (#33475946) Attached to: White House Fingers PlayStation As Obesity Culprit
Yup. Being active might make you healthier, but I wish everyone would stop equating exercise with weight loss. I wouldn't focus entirely on corn, (though it's a big stupid problem here in the US,) regardless of content people simply eat too much for the kind of lifestyle we live. (lumberjacks have an excuse. I don't.)

Comment: Re:Where is the CLI version? (Score 2, Informative) 132

by tyroney (#29585185) Attached to: Google Wave Backstage

I know it is all supposed to be open source and everything but there is no Client-server protocol because it is assumed to be a web application so for a long time all we will have is Google's bloated JavaShit-filled and presumably ad-laden perpetual beta web interface.


Comment: Re:This will lead to bad verdicts ... (Score 2, Interesting) 620

by tyroney (#29243939) Attached to: Utah Law Punishes Texters As Much As Drunks In Driving Fatalities
This is basically my fear. I have no issue with someone pulling out a phone to text while stopped at an intersection. The only way to be safe from these harsh penalties is to leave a window of at least 30 minutes before/after texting. I doubt a court is going to ask for a narrow time slice when checking phone records to prove your guilt.

And what about delayed-send messages? What if your reception at [place] is horrible, and you sent a text before getting in the car?

Comment: Re:What is it? (Score 5, Informative) 118

by tyroney (#29079715) Attached to: Google Wave Preview Opens Up On Sept 30th
I'll try to give a real answer:

The goal was to replace email. The result is a cross between email, threaded discussion, wiki, and instant messaging. (no, really. Live concurrent collaborative editing, along with a rewind feature so you can review the chronology in a more logical fashion) One can make gadgets that show up in a wave and allow you to interact in ways besides just typing, and there are also bots that interact with waves much like a normal user. Instead of adding some spell check the way you might normally think of it, they have a spell check bot that uses the wave collaborative editing features to highlight and potentially change your spelling. (which means someone else in the conversation could finish up doing the editing the spell check highlighted in a sentence earlier in your paragraph)

It works somewhat like email, as in once things settle down whoever can run their own wave server. And it could be integrated with, say, a blog where the comment section of a post would be a wave. (and have all that functionality, and stuff)

One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.