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Comment Re:Jobs isn't betting his platform on it... (Score 2, Interesting) 483

on my Evo 4G, Flash is actually very usable. It defaults to blocking flash on sites (flashblock style), so you have to click on an element for the Flash content to load. Otherwise, the internet would be unusuable with all the Flash ads that would load up. It will slow down other aspects of the phone a bit and it sucks battery (at least watching a Flash video will), but I'd still much rather have it for those inevitable sites that are Flash only...

Dinosaur Feather Color Discovered 219

anzha writes "Do you remember being a kid and told we'd never know what colors the dinosaurs were? For at least some, that's no longer true. Scientists working in the UK and China have closely examined the fossils of multiple theropods and actually found the colors and patterns that were present in the fossilized proto-feathers. So far, the answer is orange, black and white in banded and other patterns. The work also thoroughly thrashes the idea that fossils might not be feathers, but collagen fibers instead. If this holds up, Birds Are Dinosaurs. Period. And colorful!"

Comment Re:speed (Score 1) 354

I'm also a Linux user and have been using Chromium for a while now. I switch back and forth between it and Firefox, but I'm starting to stay in Chrome more often. Now only if they could add printing, it would be feature complete compared to the Windows version...

Comment Re:2000!? (Score 1, Interesting) 373

I was sending 2000 a month in high school back before I even had a phone with an actual keyboard. Now, 6-7 years later, I still average 2000-3000/month. However, I usually use less than 100 minutes per month on my phone. Thankfully I've always had an unlimited SMS plan...

My parents each now use 500+ texts per month, whereas at first they didn't understand the appeal of it (neither is tech savvy at all) and thought it was dumb to send a text instead of just calling the person. For casual conversations in a lot of circles, texting has almost completely replaced phone calls. Actual phone calls are only useful anymore when something is time critical or the conversation would have a lot of back and forth discussion or details.

Comment Palm Pre (Score 1) 239

This would be really nice on a phone like the Palm Pre, which has the hardware to do OpenGL ES 2.0 (the same as the iPhone 3GS actually), but apps can't really use it. Its entire UI is basically a browser, right down to the phone and messaging apps. The biggest complaint for potential developers is that games aren't really possible since you don't have access to hardware acceleration. This would fix that problem.

Comment Re:Appears to coincide.. (Score 1) 48

OpenVPN wouldn't be affected by this. Unlike a browser, it doesn't go fetch a certificate and verify it against the domain name of the server; instead, the client already has the certificate and compares it to the server's certificate. In other words, OpenVPN's certificates aren't based on domain names. I'm pretty sure other SSL based VPNs are the same.

Comment I had a DTC Genetic testing startup (Score 4, Interesting) 78

I actually had a startup doing direct to consumer (DTC) genetic testing for a mutation that gave resistance/immunity to HIV. For many reasons, we aren't around anymore, but the reasons included regulatory changes, a rapidly changing market, and ethics. I now feel it's morally wrong to offer these tests to consumers who have no idea how to interpret them and what they mean; at least genetic counseling should be offered with the test. Someone should not make life altering decisions without the consultation of someone trained in the area. For example, suppose someone gets a BRCA 1/2 test, which tests for predisposition to breast cancer. Suppose 60% of those with the BRCA mutation get breast cancer (don't quote me on that figure, but it's in that range). Many women may then decide to get a mastectomy, however, the actual likelihood is much lower than 60% (see Bayes Theorem). Without consultation, they may make a terrible choice, and unfortunately many doctors are not trained in genetics yet. I've since become involved with a doctor in the Connecticut/New York area who has started a practice centered on genetics. I'm now convinced that this is the only way to go, and that direct to consumer tests are simply a passing phase. 23andme and Navigenics even say that their tests are not medically useful. I have a blog devoted to this topic if anyone is interested: http://www.thinkgene.com/ and the doctor at that practice also has a blog: http://thegenesherpa.blogspot.com/ In fact, if anyone wants a free genetic test that's better than the one offered by 23andme and Navigenics, and you happen to be in the New Jersey area, Coriell is giving them away (http://www.thinkgene.com/i-spit-at-coriell), and this is where the future of genetics is going.

Comment Re:But... (Score 2, Informative) 178

Will Amarok 1.4 work with the Pre? I would love to have a Smart Phone that works well with Linux.

I would imagine it would. It simply shows up as a mass media device, where you can just copy MP3s over to it and they show up in the media library. This is the same way a lot of other MP3 players work, so it should be trivial to get Amarok support

Comment Re:Annoying but expected (Score 1) 653

It's also really helpful on Linux or OS X, where Flash performance is less than exceptional... Simple flash animations on these machines will use an absurd amount of CPU. If you have a few tabs open, each with a flash ad or other flash content, your computer quickly gets to 100% CPU usage. Flashblock keeps my system fast

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