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Comment: Re:Surely ironic (Score 1) 259

The game changer of the iPhone wasn't features. It was UI and updates. Prior to iPhone, you typically would never receive software updates for your phone. After all, why bother, it doesn't sell more phones. The opposite, even. Bug frustration was a reason why people would "upgrade" by buying new phone whenever they hit the end of the contract period.

Apple was big enough to force the phone companies to allow updates to happen.

Comment: It's more about the proof than the practice (Score 1) 303

I think maybe it's not about the shotgun itself, but more about the proof. The basic part is pretty easy to understand, and I'm pretty sure is already a known method for determining pi, and is useful for teaching math students about different ways of calculating pi. The abstract hints that there are methods of mitigating the less-than-fully-random nature of the shot spread, which is the only bit that seems paper-worthy to me.

One of my favorite statistical methods of determining pi involves dropping sticks over a ruled surface. The derivation is quite interesting, although still not useful in a post-apocalyptic world where we have forgotten so much that no one remembers a good approximation to pi.

Comment: Re:https is dead (Score 1) 151

by zippthorne (#46745533) Attached to: Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

Just like Apple stopped using certs signed by the compromised Comodo Root certificate to sign patches?

Oh wait.. they they kept using it for years. They might still be using it, even.

Certs are window dressing. Companies only care enough about them to make sure they don't throw warnings. If they can get away with it, they will invariably "solve" the issue by telling the users to reduce security settings.

Comment: Re:Worst: when they use magic (Score 1) 512

by zippthorne (#46656487) Attached to: Why <em>Darmok</em> Is a Good <em>Star Trek: TNG</em> Episode

That episode isn't a refutation, it's just another example of what the writers think would happen. Also, the lore of the episode includes a fairly long divergence period, which you would obviously not have if you're talking about duplicating a bunch of physicists to solve a pressing problem immediately.

Comment: Re:So...? (Score 1) 240

by zippthorne (#46647545) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

This is still easily solved without messing with the clocks. You could, for instance, start at 7am, or even 6am!

Personally, I'd prefer that the start times be more spread out, anyway. I think that traffic and traffic frustration are bigger ills than whether it's dark or light when you're sitting in that traffic.

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