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Comment Re:Assault and batteries (Score 1) 131

Oh, and you could also opt for a higher-capacity aftermarket battery and back.

You can do that with pretty much every modern phone as well if you're happy with the extra bulk. It's called trade-offs. They haven't changed in last 20 years.

Yes, they have changed. You're just not paying attention. My S3 had a removable back, and buying an aftermarket extra-capacity battery for it was exactly as difficult as visiting Amazon for five minutes. My S7 does not have a removable back, and I can't get at the battery. Many other brands also now sport non-removable backs and non-replacable batteries. This is the trend. Why are you unaware of the trend?

There's more than one phone on the market. I certainly still have a 3.5mm audio jack.

Yes, so do I - I have an S7. However, the new phones from Google and Apple do not. Again, this is a significant change in strategy. Why are you unaware of this?

best of all, thanks to the wonders of modern battery life, you don't actually need it.

I assume you were at least trying to make a point, but I'm not seeing it. Long battery life doesn't make the requirement for a dongle go away to restore the missing functionality. What does battery life have to do with not needing a 3.5mm phone jack?

At least that way we wouldn't have to put up with your undiagnosed clinical depression, dismissing the wonders of the modern world and not appreciating anything you have.

lol. :)

Comment The helicopters aren't black... they're invisible (Score 1) 182

Shows what you know.

Using DGPS, they have millimeter resolution, and can ID the individual teeth on your necklace AND the ones in your mouth, and figure out which ones are really you by the alignment to the dead RF spot your faraday cage creates. Then the black helicopters bounces an IR laser off you in case they decide to guide smart weapons in. And that, of course, is simply a matter of where and what you post. In fact, I really shouldn't be postin

*&^%#$^#$ LOST CARRIER

Comment Assault and batteries (Score 1) 131

15 years ago I certainly didn't have 3Ah battery capable of being charged in 30min and only 4mm thick sitting in my pocket.

To be fair, you also didn't have a phone that was so thin it needed one, so power-hungry it needed one, and you could actually replace the battery if you needed to so it wasn't an outright horror if it couldn't make it through the day. Oh, and you could also opt for a higher-capacity aftermarket battery and back. You know, because the battery was replaceable.

Welcome to the future, where "better" means "we milk the consumer ever harder."

Also, goodbye 3.5mm audio jack. You won't be needing that. Here, have this nice profitable dongle instead - signed Apple, and now Google.

Comment Miles to go before I sleep (Score 2) 131

Actually I would say at more like 450 miles of real world driving is the most you can drive in a day without doing a driver change before you become dangerous on the road due to tiredness.

The speed limit here is 80 mph. 450 miles is just under six hours of actual driving when you keep to the limit (and a lot of people drive a few mph faster.) Which will be interspersed with food stops at the very least.

Also, people are different. Your and my personal safe driving range really doesn't define the same thing for everyone else. For myself, I have vehicles I really enjoy driving, a companion who engages me in interesting conversation, a great entertainment system, and an abiding interest in both scenery and people-watching. Someone else may lack some or all of that.

Comment Re: The guns, the guns (Score 0) 223

That is exactly my position as to the legitimate state of affairs (which is not to say, sane), because that's what the 2A says, and it hasn't gotten the attention it needs to reflect the present circumstances.

The problem here specifically with that issue is the constitution should have been amended long ago. Instead, they skipped the proper process and screwed us on every other front they could using the same "because we need/want to today" rationale. And they'll keep doing exactly that until/unless we get after this the right way.

The reality at the moment is that there is a huge amount of law that should never have been made, but the fact is that law is here now and it isn't even slightly likely to go away. So I'm not particularly worried that the constitution does, in fact, authorize keeping and carrying of arms in general. We're well past that.

What I personally would prefer is that the constitution be amended to reflect the current realities in arms. I think it really needs to be done. Nuclear and biological and chemical arms are all stand-up examples of why this needs to be done, quite aside from the issue of guns in the people's hands. The present laws, without a proper constitutional foundation, keep those things illegal, but in the process, they screw us on many other fronts - and that is in no way a good thing.

Comment The guns, the guns (Score -1, Offtopic) 223

2A: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

I don't really care about owning guns one way or another, but I do care when the government just ignores the constitution, and when it makes up sophist nonsense in order to jump some particular constitutional shark.

The problem with all this gun law nonsense, is that congress and the legislators of the states create laws that are grievously in violation of the 2nd amendment, and in doing so, they establish the foundation for similarly sophist malfuckery which they then apply to many other aspects of the constitution with a perfectly straight face.

Here's what I say to the "no guns" minded:

Push for a modification to the constitution that does what you want, and see if you can get that done. This will both somewhat re-establish the people's understanding that there is an obligation of the government to actually obey the thing, and so, potentially at least, protect what little of the bill of rights that hasn't yet been eroded by lawyers and legislators and judges and similar rodentia.

Yelling make a law is exactly the wrong thing to do. Darned near every gun law that doesn't deal directly with someone whose rights have been officially abbreviated due to a conviction for a crime is 100% straight-up illegal. "Shall not be infringed" means that when the government infringes - they're in violation of the very document that authorizes their existence.

Please stop encouraging the government to do that. If you think the constitution needs updating, then by all means, get after that. But stop calling for laws that ignore it. Please.

Comment Ultracaps happen. Hopefully. (Score 2) 398

No moving parts, everything is solid state, and if one has an on-grid system, there are no batteries to have to keep watered or replaced.

Out on the bleeding edge, you can already build electrical storage that is maintenance-free, and does not require grid connection. I built a pilot installation for my radio trailer - I'm a ham operator - where the storage is entirely ultracap based. I've got enough out there to provide about as much power as two 110 AH car batteries, which is more than enough to run the three LED lights in the trailer and my 265 watt consume / 100 watt output (on transmit only, it's about 10 watts consumption on receive) radio. I mostly listen, so that's an excellent consumption to supply ratio.

One of the thing that many people don't appreciate about standard solar panels is that they produce energy on cloudy days, albeit a reduced amount; my system never, ever goes down, because there is sufficient capacity to keep it up as compared to the amount of use it gets.

In the future, I expect the cost of ultracaps to come down considerably, and if that happens, the whole battery issue will go right out the window. Ultracaps have very long lifetimes, just as solar panels do. They're not nearly as toxic, either.

For now, I freely admit up front that the cost to do this was not something that is practical for a large installation, such as that which would be required to run a home with a typical 10 KW electrical service. You'd need a lot of panels and a lot of ultracaps (ultracaps are presently at about 10%-20% of energy storage as compared to a comparable size / weight bank of batteries.) However, that 10 KW service is almost always that large to deal with surge demands, rather than constant demand, and that means that you'd need fewer panels overall. The ultracaps are actually far better at delivering surge power than either the grid or batteries, so that cost is only about what you use on average, not peak usage. The converter (ultracaps have a very different discharge curve than batteries do, and require dedicated electronics to produce a steady output comparable to batteries), however, still has to handle the peaks.

Comment One person (Score 1) 255

Yeah, and I'd bet dollars to donuts that "one person" didn't apply the patch for a reason, something like

a "I'm patching today"
b "Oh, hold off we're in the middle of an important deployment"
a "But this is the scheduled day"
b "Just hold until next week, this is an expensive product and we can't delay launch"
a "OK, I'll hold off until Monday at the latest"
[Monday rolls around]
a "OK, I'm patching now"
b "Go ahead, but DON'T apply that Tomcat patch, it breaks stuff in the new application"
a "It's a critical patch! We'll have a massive vulnerability in our system if we don't address it!"
b "You can't. You'll break the system. You'll have to wait until the new version of the code is released that works around the issue. Don't worry it's next week"
a "..."
[weeks go by, code is still not updated, patch is still not applied, system gets hacked]

Comment Pease take some more "features" out (Score 1) 66

I'll give the browser makers more credit when they stop websites from opening a huge opaque overlay over something I just started to read.

Although I've blacklisted every website that does that I've hit so far, and don't see it so often any longer.

We're starting to see some backlash, though. Preventing auto-play videos, invasive-unasked-for sound... those are great browser fixes.

Oh, they can't monetize my visit without my cooperation? I really don't care. :)

I still support websites that behave reasonably. I subscribe to Soylent, for instance. Used to describe to Slashdot, but after years of no improvements at all and considerable degradation of the site, I figured I could do something more useful with the fee, minor as it is. At least the people over at Soylent are trying to do a good job.

Comment Earlier (Score 4, Informative) 124

Earlier experiments used a partition to separate the left and right visual fields. One experiment I recall reading about was done like this: On one side of the partition they would place an implement, such as a fork. They would then have the subject pick up the implement in one hand and ask them to identify it, and do various things with it. The results were markedly different depending on which side of the partition, and therefore which eye and which hand, were engaged.

Here is some general information on the early experiments.

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