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Comment Bad idea because of radiation (Score 1) 682

The dangers of cell phones are not entirely known. There are some signs that they are not good in the long run - and especially not for kids.

There are animal studies that have shown that radiation from cell phones have killed brain cells and suppressed cognitive abilities.
There are doctors and scientists within radio-medicine that are dead-sure that we are going to see an epidemic of primary brain tumours in cell phone users in ten to fifteen years.
There are studies that hint (but yet none that prove, that I know of) that cell phone radiation could even be addictive.
A four year-old's brain is smaller, which means that there is less tissue between the phone's antenna and the areas in the brain that are responsible for higher brain functions. A kid's brain is also developing at a fast rate than an adult brain, which means that any change would have a greater impact later in life.

I say, let your child choose to use a cell phone or not when he is old enough to make an informed decision. In ten years time, we should know a whole lot more about the matter and your child should be a bit wiser as well.
I also don't think that you should let him use a digital cordless phone either (because they radiate more than cell phones do).
Whenever he borrows someone else's cell phone, he should preferably use a handsfree instead of holding the phone directly to the skull. Even a Bluetooth headset is better: it radiates a thousandth of what a typical cell phone does.

Comment Re:Myth of Global Warming (Score 1) 324

It is not that easy as "Oil will run out, problem solved".

Peak oil implies that it is harder than before and becomes progressively harder to extract the oil that is left. You need to spend energy to extract oil, and as it becomes harder to extract oil, you need to spend more and more energy.
And where do you think this energy is coming from? Are oil companies using renewable energy? Get Real!
No, what we see already is that emissions of green-house gases per unit of oil is increasing, and that it will continue to increase until the demand for oil is gone.

Comment Re:Changes! (Score 1) 346

I was going to write this if you hadn't already.

I wouldn't want to live in a climate where the seasons do not change.
I want the spring flowers and the autumn leaves. I want to swim in the lake in summer and skate on it in the winter. I want white Christmases!

Comment Re:Probably a good thing (Score 2) 729

You must have misunderstood how it works in classic X apps. You read as if you have never used it in X.

Paste-on-middle-click pastes into the text area that you middle-click on, and nowhere else.

The mechanism is also separate from the usual Cut/Copy/Paste functionality. Middle-click is used to paste the selected text, not what is on the clipboard. It is very fast and convenient, done completely with the mouse. The modality is not broken.

Comment Nemesis: Debunked theory (Score 4, Interesting) 199

There has previously been a theory that these mass reoccurring extinctions would have been created by the near passing of a hypothetical star that we would have been unable to detect because it would be on the other side of the Oort cloud.
I suppose that this new finding will debunk that theory for good.

The hypothetical star had been named Nemesis. I know of it only because I ready about it in a novel by Asimov recently.

Comment Mammoths throughout the ages (Score 3, Insightful) 150

Mammoth-type animals have actually appeared and gone extinct not once, but at about once every ice-age cycle.
That blew my mind when I heard it the first time.

That the last type the mammoths would have gone extinct because of climate change does not seem very far-fetched then, now does it.

Comment Re:Beos was a media OS, went out with a sputter. (Score 1) 226

The codec directory was an idea that I think they got from AmigaOS' "Datatypes" mechanism.
I remember that Amiga was the first platform where all* web browsers would support PNG, because someone had written a PNG datatype and released it as free software.

*: Yeah, yeah, Lynx did not technically view images, but it could download an image and launch an external image viewer ... which would usually support datatypes.

Comment The smartest watch is dumb (Score 4, Insightful) 196

I think that what a smartwatch needs to be is as a "companion device" to a phone, and nothing more.
It needs a screen, two buttons (or areas to tap) for "Yes" and "No" and low-bandwidth communication with the phone. The phone tells the watch what to display and what the buttons mean. The watch then needs only to reply with "Message understood, displaying screen", "Yes" and "No". That's it.
All the "killer apps" that a smartwatch could be used for require those things and nothing more.

The Samsung watch and many stand-alone smartwatches are too powerful, too feature-rich and already too bloated. The Samsung watch is already too large to wear comfortably on the wrist. Has anyone mentioned battery life yet? My Casio has a battery life measured in years.

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