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Comment: Re:Hardware doesnt really matter (Score 2) 177

by uvajed_ekil (#49008887) Attached to: The First Ubuntu Phone Is Here, With Underwhelming Hardware

As long as software is written well and it wont lag (doubt it).

Name one phone with good software and crappy hardware that I'd consider using. There isn't one. Good software doesn't make the weak screen or camera good. Processor speed may be over rated, but adequate RAM is certainly not, especially with a low-end processor.

Comment: Re:Look at the specs (Score 1) 177

by uvajed_ekil (#49008869) Attached to: The First Ubuntu Phone Is Here, With Underwhelming Hardware

Size - 4.0 inches (~61.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution - 480 x 800 pixels (~233 ppi pixel density)
OS - Android OS, v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset - Mediatek MT6572
Internal - 4 GB ROM, 512 MB RAM
CAMERA -2 MP, 1600 x 1200 pixels
BATTERY - Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery
Stand-by - Up to 432 h (2G) / Up to 384 h (3G)
The price? Less than $60.00

In what way the new Ubuntu phone can match it?

Eww, yuck.
Pros: cheap, has FM radio
Cons: every other single thing about it.
Verdict: no thanks. I don't care what you compare it to, it still stinks. This is like comparing dog shit to wolf shit.

Comment: Re:Here's why people start getting sick of "scienc (Score 2) 212

If you aren't interested in the nature of our universe, or the possible existence of other universes that might be able to interact with ours, that's fine, but lots of us don't feel the same way. Numerous important scientific advances have come from what initially looked like useless findings, so just because you don't know right now how this might be applied to future technologies that doesn't mean it is a dead end.

Comment: Re:You'd need a universe where... (Score 2) 212

They set up the same experiment, but do NOT put the shield in place, so as to facilitate the discovery in our brane.

A universe where they are, through altruism, trying to help us out with no expectation of reward.

What a nice brane! Thanks guys!

The proposed experiment does not require an other-dimensional intelligence conducting an identical experiment, jut another universe. The neutrons would leak out of our universe and then back in, untouched.

Comment: Re:worst summary ever! (Score 2) 48

by uvajed_ekil (#49003373) Attached to: Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 Will Be Rolling-Release

the writer of the summary either did not read the Segefault article or has no clue what it says. time to read and understand

Great job correcting it then, AC. Way to bring something useful to the table.

Try harder next time, and post under your own name if you want to call someone out like that.

Comment: Re:Update carousel? Or a Russian roulette? (Score 1) 48

by uvajed_ekil (#49003339) Attached to: Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 Will Be Rolling-Release

Update carousel? Or a Russian roulette?

Can't decide what describes the "rolling releases" best.

In the case of the current iteration of LMDE, the best American comparison would be to an Amtrak train, or a Greyhound bus - because it is soooo sloooooow to get any updates at all. When newly updated packages are released, you might get there, eventually, someday... - just like on Amtrak. I liked LMDE at first, but I recently switched back to Mint's main edition for this reason. (Of course I'm being unfair - LMDE does not smell as bad as a Greyhound, and does not have a sticky floor.)

I suppose I'll try LMDE again at home when it goes back to full rolling, but I'm thinking of moving away from Mint to something different for a change, maybe Arch. Even then I may stick with Cinnamon though, the Mint team's best product.

Comment: Re:Why don't they know? (Score 1) 87

by uvajed_ekil (#48976109) Attached to: Novel Fluorinated Compounds Discovered In Firefighters' Blood

I would have thought that something used by the fireservice in large quantities and knowingly dispersed into the wider environment would have its chemical composition well known.

Well yes, that would make sense, in a perfect world. But in ours, if a patented or otherwise proprietary product helps you stay alive, you use it. You use it even if you don't know how dangerous it is in its own right, since you know for a fact that fire is dangerous.

I know a couple of fierfighters, and I guarantee they've never asked what is in their suppressants, because they have simply learned through experience to trust them. Of course this is less than ideal (to put id mildly), but it should not be surprising. Hopefully this study will spur others to help shed some light on what is in this stuff, how dangerous it is, and whether there are safer alternatives that are effectively comparable.

Comment: Re:8.5% more effective than (Score 1) 168

by uvajed_ekil (#48851073) Attached to: FDA Approves Implantable Vagus Nerve Disruptor For Weight Loss
8.5% is significant. Of course that is not a big enough difference to make this a first-line treatment, but it could be an important option for patients for whom other treatments have failed. No one is saying this is something that everyone should use to lose a few pounds.

Comment: Vertical lane changes? (Score 2) 191

by uvajed_ekil (#48605763) Attached to: Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars
The summary mentions the screens activating when a driver "checks over their head to switch lanes." Are new Jaguars and Rovers able to leap up or fly or something? I don't understand how or why you might check over your head to begin with, and especially in the context of making a lane change.

Put your best foot forward. Or just call in and say you're sick.