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Comment Bandwidth-capped free wifi (Score 1) 505

I'd do this, going as far as to purchase a separate router, if there was an easy way to create a secondary network discrete from my home connection, and that had bandwidth shaping to it so that it could never use more than, say, 5-10% of my available bandwidth. I have no qualms with a passerby checking their email or getting google maps directions, but I don't want security issues, and I don't want my own downloading/netflix compromised by their activity. Is there a cheap/easy way of doing this that doesn't require too much hacking?

Comment Re:Breyer's Frozen Dessert Product is that way too (Score 1) 709

You're right that they make a lot of "frozen dairy dessert," but it seems that the dividing principle is non-icecream toppings. Look at the flavors that are still icecream, and those that are FDD, and you'll see that the FDD flavors are full of flavor ribbons, cookie bits, and other snacky bits. I'll bet a huge deciding factor in their reformulation is that their FDD is easier to work with while adding these types of flavorings, since traditional ice cream must be assembled in a two-step process to add in solid ingredients.

Comment Re:Well no (Score 1) 709

The term Milkshake is regulated, such that you can only put in a limited number of ingredients. It has to consist almost entirely of milk and icecream. Many prepared frozen shake drinks contain non-dairy fats, stabilizers, thickeners, etc so that it can have the desired flavor and texture when put through a shake machine. Actual milkshakes won't have the thick/smooth texture we expect unless they are made recently from icecream which also has retained it's desired texture. This is more difficult than formulating a pre-mix batter which has the flavor and texture of a milkshake when chilled.

Comment Re:Only iDiots iCare (Score 1) 639

While I understand that the world *does* revolve around you and your device, once you are shipping more than one or two of them, you have to start considering packaging more carefully. Better packaging allows you to ship more units in less space, reducing cost and carbon footprint. Apple's high-end packaging is not only about protecting the product, but is engineered to work into their supply chain management as well - an area in which Apple is silently a world leader. This efficiency is good for the business and good for the customer. Apple's dedication to over-engineering drives innovation in this space, and motivates improvement among competitors. It's a good thing that Apple isn't as thoughtless as you are about product design, and specifically package design, because it ultimately leads to cost savings, reliable and green shipping, whether or not you buy Apple products.

Comment Re:everything is over packaged (Score 1) 639

Apple engineers their packaging to be recyclable, sturdy, and compact, and are pioneers in minimal packaging. They use more expensive packaging because it lets them use less materials, pack more units per shipping crate, and reduce their carbon footprint. When I see other consumer electronics' companies packaging, I'm astonished by how flimsy, oversized, and non-functional it is compared to Apples, how much space and material is wasted. Apple has done more to move toward your platonic ideal than pretty much any other electronics company to date. It's profoundly telling that you cannot properly recognize the thing that you purportedly want. This isn't a flame, just pointing out how wrong you are.

Comment Re:Why not use Solar to compress the air? (Score 1) 248

I don't know why solar isn't being used, but on the burning of natural gas, it sounds like the purpose of a compressed air reservoir is that it can generate large amounts of power on demand, so it acts like a large battery that helps to ease peak demand spikes. From the article:

According to Apex’ website, compressed air energy storage (CAES) is unique in its ability to efficiently store and redeploy energy on a large scale in order to provide low-cost energy and enhance grid reliability.

Makes it sound more like a giant on-demand battery, which is why it would be preferable to leaving the energy in natural gas, which cannot be converted into usable electricity as rapidly. It's obviously less efficient, but natural gas perhaps simply cannot generate the output they need.

Comment Re:Methinks a law of unintended consequences (Score 3, Insightful) 672

Actually, prominent evolutionary biologist Ken Miller rigorously debunked all of Behe's "challenges" to evolution, from irreducible complexity, the bacterial flagellum, and so forth. Absolutely rigorously debunked. Notably, NONE of Behe's arguments were actual flaws in evolution, but merely appeals to ignorance - arguing that particular observations were inconsistent with evolution without any proof as to why.

Comment Re:Methinks a law of unintended consequences (Score 1) 672

Here it is! Here is your precise misunderstanding. The fact that you cannot prove Intelligent Design is PRECISELY why it is not a scientific theory. A theory in science is a framework of knowledge that harmonizes an observable, testable body of empirical results. The key here is you must start with observations, testing, and consistent results. Once you have developed a body of results, you can harmonize those into a theory that explains the whole.

Take for example Germ Theory, which is the framework for understanding the operation of microscopic organisms that enter our bodies causing illness and infection. It is based on observations of the bodies immune system, microscopy, bacterial cultures. Those observations are tested with medical research, treatments, drugs and antigens. From those tests, we derived consistent results that have withstood rigorous scrutiny. After all of that, we were able to formulate Germ Theory.

Evolution Theory has taken an analogous path. We observed comparative biology, anatomy, genetic drift, embryology, and from those observations, we fashioned experiments on heredity, phenotype expression, population changes, and many more, resulting in repeatable, consistent results. From these scientific facts, we fashioned Evolution Theory to explain the mechanisms of observable scientific facts we had previously discovered.

The fact that you cannot observe, test, quantify, ID is exactly why it is not a theory. There are no observations of intelligent design. From those nonexistent observations, there are no tests of intelligent design. From those nonexistent tests of intelligent design, there are no consistent, repeatable results, or facts, of intelligent design. Without those facts, there can be no theory. As you can see, Intelligent Design is many, many, many, many steps away from constituting a theory. It is not slightly deficient, but iteratively deficient, having not the precursors, or even the precursors to the precursors, of a scientific theory.

As scientists, we should embrace alternate theories...

You do not get to use that word. You clearly do not understand what science is.

Comment Re:Surprisingly, not all of them.Your kidding (Score 3, Insightful) 672

but from a spiritual point of view all religious communities agree that we lack the inner resources to guide ourselves for the better.

This is not remotely true. But even if it were, how can you fashion "an argument they understand," when they have fundamentally rejected logic? In such cases, it cannot be said that you are advancing an argument, merely regurgitating something that religious adherents have already assumed to be true, that is also consistent with global warming. That's not an argument, but mere rhetoric.

Comment Re:Surprisingly, not all of them. (Score 1) 672

How can you justify teaching creationism in cosmology? Assertions that cannot be tested, proven, or falsified have no place in science. What we know about cosmology is based on observation, experimentation, and testable data related to the universe's formation. Creationism, on the other hand, is as inapplicable as Shakespeare's plays, or the number of virgins promised by Allah when entering heaven.

As an unprovable assertion, creationism falls strictly outside of the realm of logic, and even fails to satisfy the most basic tenets of philosophy. Creationism has no bearing on the limits of human knowledge, falling far beyond the boundary of what is knowable. It's like studying the coastal region of the eastern seaboard by probing the surface of Mars.

Comment Re:Terrible reason for veto; Let courts do their j (Score 2) 462

The SCOTUS did no such thing. In People v. Diaz, the California Supreme Court held that warrantless searches of a cellphone was consistent with the protections of the U.S. Constitution and the CA State constitution. In other words, they interpreted a Police Procedure in light of State and Federal Constitutions. There was no statute involved.

In saying the SCOTUS 'let stand' that decision, this merely means that they chose not to grant certiorari. This is not affirming the decision, this is not striking down something similar, this is merely REFUSING to consider the question to begin with. There are numerous reasons the Court might do this: First, the issue involved a matter of State constitutional interpretation - a matter best left to individual states. This is because the California State Constitution recognizes more privacy protections than the U.S. Constitution. Second, the SCOTUS may be waiting for more opinions from other courts before they take on the issue. The search of cellphones is still relatively immature across the states and circuits. Third, alternately, the facts of Diaz may be unambiguous under federal protections, rendering intervention unnecessary.

OP is correct that Gov. Brown has this exactly backwards. A bill requiring heightened protections for cell phones does nothing to "overturn" the Cal. Sup. court's decision, as it does not change the way the court applies and interprets Constitutional protections. It instead, by legislative powers, creates a circumstance under which the State may provide more protections than the Constitution requires. This is explicitly and unambiguously allowed under the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. A State may ALWAYS choose to provide more protections than the Constitution requires, it simply may not provide less.

Comment Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (Score 5, Funny) 1027

I don't know how you did it, but you seem to have forgotten about this device called the iPod. Yeah, it brought PMPs to the mainstream. Apple sold a metric butt-load of them and made a mint in the process. Oh yeah, they also created an iTunes store, sold over 10,000,000,000 songs and other related media, and now sells more music than anyone else on the planet, including Walmart.

iOS and iPhone didn't save Apple, it catapulted them from ludicrously successful to can't-talk-I'm-having-too-many-orgasms-all-the-time successful.

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