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Comment Re:Is there a way to do real work? (Score 1) 468

...um, I think you completely misread GP. The phrase "EVEN a modern heat pump is better than straight electric heating" implies that GP thinks heat pumps are a very bad way to heat a home (so bad, in fact, that being worse than that is notable). You're saying that heat pumps suck, which means you're actually agreeing with that assessment.

Comment Re:D in HDR (Score 2) 176

Not in this case. The "dynamic range" in HDR is the ratio of the highest and lowest value of the signal the display can produce. With a "dynamic" HDR there isn't a fixed ratio - it can be changed as conditions demand. There is repetition of a word, but without redundancy.

On the other hand, "LED diode" isn't wrong as such either; it's redundant, but redundancy itself often has a purpose: clarification. For example, if I mention an "ATM machine" you probably know that I'm talking about an automatic teller even if I was using that term in the middle of a conversation about network protocols.

Comment Re:Make it stop.... (Score 4, Informative) 383

That's not a counterargument - that's just changing the subject by bringing up an entirely different argument. The old extensions could stop working any time the browser updated. With WebExtensions extensions are not only much easier to make (in my experience), but they are future-compatible because they rely on defined APIs rather then just hooking into the browser's code du jour. So GP is correct: the move to webextensions is going to expand the ecosystem of maintained extensions, and that is "the lamest shit reason" to complain about FF 57 since in actual fact 57 fixes the problem you're complaining about.

A completely different issue is that now, instead of an extension being able to do anything that the browser could conceivably do, the functionality of an extension is limited to what APIs have been defined and implemented for WebExtensions. Many of the addons that worked for previous versions of Firefox don't work on Firefox 57 and can't be ported because there are no APIs. There are some addons that I'm not too keen on doing without, so instead of upgrading to 57 I personally am moving back to 52ESR until the extension functionality I want is possible.

Comment Re: Doesn't believe in science... (Score 1) 555

Well, you could use "what I'm seeing is actually the edge of the disc" as your next hypothesis, and test it. From the hypothesis, it follows that there is no more ocean or land beyond that point. So all you need to do is travel there and see for yourself. Easiest if you pick a spot that's actually on land.

Alternatively, you could test the "what I'm seeing is the curvature of a sphere" hypothesis by repeating the weather balloon experiment from different locations and seeing if the "edge" remains constant or if it depends on where you're looking from.

Comment Re:Good reason to buy AMD (Score 1) 207

Same problem, different name. AMD now uses what they call PSP, which is essentially their own version of IME.

As much as I'd like to support AMD adoption, they're unlikely to back off on PSP if everyone who dislikes IME switches to AMD without holding them to the same standard. If you want to see a change it might be better to loudly complain about IME while commenting that you would switch to AMD if only they didn't have the same problem. Maybe then AMD would eventually notice that they're missing out on a lot of potential customers. Maybe.

If AMD at least provided a mechanism for the actual owners to control the key used for TrustZone (along with maybe the source to a barebones firmware with all the trade secret magic stubbed out) then that would probably be enough.

Comment Re:Firefox Edge edition (Score 1) 589

From Mozilla.org: "Pocket strips away clutter and saves the page in a clean, distraction-free view". Why can't I have a clean distraction-free view without an account?

You don't need an account for that. I think you tripped over the fallacy of the inverse. The whole point of Pocket is to save the page so that you can view it on any other device that is connected to the same account. The quote you refer to says that an effect of Pocket is that the page gets saved in a de-cluttered form, but it doesn't say that Pocket is the only way to get that de-cluttered view, because it isn't - if you want a clean distraction-free view without an account then just press the "Enter Reader View" button on the URL bar. It's the icon that looks like an open book.

Comment Re:Watch your language please (Score 1) 137

from TFS: "They play just as crucial a role in pollinating ... [as honeybees]"

That's not what TFS says. "They" refers to wild bees in general (and arguably feral bees too), not specifically the bumblebees from the study - and they are being compared only to "managed colonies of honeybees" rather than honeybees in general.

Comment Re:Uh (Score 1) 127

Didn't we just have a (absolutely stupid) story about how password complexity rules are bad?

No, we didn't. We got a story about how one particular guide to making strong passwords wasn't good advice after all, according to the author. That advice guided people to making short passwords that included a capital, a lowercase letter, a digit and a special character, or variations thereof, and the author conceded that allowing long multi-word passwords is actually stronger than the short obfuscated ones that he recommended many years ago.

This story is that some sites allow you to give yourself a ridiculously weak password (for example, a single lowercase letter).

Both stories agree that password complexity rules are good.

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