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Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 2) 152

And you know what, nobody cares. I don't mean to sound rude, but whatever BB's benefits as an Android device, even BB doesn't believe them anymore as it plans to release actual Android devices. And really, it's irrelevant, as the company is basically running on fumes now. Chen's keeping it afloat by selling off assets and firing people. No wonder they have to build an Android phone, their R&D department probably isn't capable of keeping the QNX-based OS going.

Comment Re:It worked (Score 1) 152

Except no one is buying Windows Phones. They want iPhones and Androids. One has to wonder how many billions of dollars MS has blown trying to become a big smart device player. How long will their shareholders tolerate them dumping vast sums into dubious projects?

For chrissakes, has the Xbox division actually paid off the huge investments MS threw into that division? I don't mean have the last seven or eight quarters been in the black, I mean has it actually paid for itself?

Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 2) 152

Yes, it's called Android compatibility. The only successful handsets with any significant market share that don't run Android are iOS devices. In fact, what that tells me is that if you aren't Apple, you pretty much need to be Android. Even BlackBerry, though two or three years too late, has figured that out.

Comment Re:Oh Great! More Central Planning! Just what we n (Score 1, Insightful) 339

I think capitalism could solve it, it's just that by the time AGW began kicking the living shit out of the economy and causing widespread ecological damage, much of it would be irreversible.

But guys like the Koch's want it that way. They'll walk away with vast amounts of money and insulate themselves from the woes being suffered by everyone else. We are literally allowing our economic and political systems be completely co-opted to serve a tiny fraction of the population. And worse, many of us actually think that the Heartland Institute and the Wall Street Journal are some sort of purveyors of truth.

Comment Re:Oh boy, here we go... (Score 5, Insightful) 339

Perhaps when people come to grips with the fact the physical laws of nature don't give a flying fuck about anyone's favorite economic system or political ideology, we can move on to solving problems. But I suppose it's always easier to believe that whatever deity you worship, be it Yahweh or the Invisible Hand, will save you, and just go on as if nothing is happening.


Want To Fight Climate Change? Stop Cows From Burping 291

sciencehabit writes: A simple supplement to a cow's feed could substantially decrease a major source of methane, a planet-warming greenhouse gas, a new study suggests. Each year worldwide, the methane produced by cud-chewing livestock warms Earth's climate by the same amount as 2.1 billion tons of carbon dioxide, a little more than 4% of the greenhouse gas emissions related to human activity. That makes cows tempting targets for methane reduction efforts. In a new study, researchers added the chemical 3-nitrooxypropanol, also known as 3NOP, to the corn-and-alfalfa-based feed of 84 milk-producing Holsteins and monitored their methane production for 12 weeks—the largest and longest such trial of its type in lactating cows, the scientists say. For cows whose feed included 3NOP, methane emissions dropped, on average, by 30%.

Comment Re:Interesting argument (Score 1) 124

Congress decided by giving the FCC the authority. In a nation of over 300 million people no legislative assembly could ever hope to directly deal with every possible permutation of policy decision or interpretation. I doubt there has been a legislaturw since the rise of the nation state that could.

Comment Re:quickly to be followed by self-driving cars (Score 1) 886

Yeah, people who haven't done the math don't understand the tradeoffs. Buying costs a lot more at the start. You don't get it back until the very end of the process.


Had I not bought my house 13 years ago, I would be paying more in rent than my net housing costs (after tax effects are factored in) are now. Yes, my cost was a little higher initially, but after my first re-fi, that changed. I am reaping the benefits now.

Unless you expect to have flat income your whole life, the reason to buy earlier isn't to save money, it is to be able to covet the property. Mine mine mine. Mine.

No. The main reason is that, when you buy a house, you fix most of your housing costs, while rental rates will continue to increase. With a flat income, you eventually won't be able to live in the same house, if you buy, the point at which you can no longer afford your house will come much later, and when it does, you will very likely have a nice profit on the sale.

Comment Re: Passed data with a ton of noise? (Score 2) 376

If you wonder if ground loops might be a bogus concern, you've never worked in pro audio. ;)

Ground loops are a real concern in many audio hookups, but not for these cables, which have no way for the shielding to connect. Only the twisted pairs can connect and none of these carry ground.

Comment Re:Is that even worthwhile? (Score 1) 105

Is it even worthwhile to use an app like that to save a few cents on gas?

I go out of my way to avoid one brand, irrespective of price: their pumps are old and make it too easy for people to install card skimmers. Since avoiding this brand, I haven't had problems with my credit card being cloned. When I bought from this brand (at the gas station closet to my house), credit card fraud was a recurring problem for me.

Comment Re:Passed data with a ton of noise? (Score 1) 376

Actually, in pro audio ethernet is used with proprietary protocols, handled by black box ASIC chips with special switches. I deal with this crap in the studio. Where I am they use it mostly for the personal mixers providing monitor outputs, but some places use it for inputs too.

I seriously doubt that pro audio provides a large enough market for ASIC chips, unless the chips were designed years ago. These days FPGAs have taken all the low-end market for ASIC and high-end ASIC have vast NRE costs.

As for proprietary protocols, why? The manufacturers might claim this, but how do you know? Using proprietary protocols when there are well established industry standard prototcols only increases price and very rarely provides any performance improvement. Again, with the size of the pro audio market, does this make sense?

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