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Comment Short-term forecasting (Score 5, Insightful) 336

I thought none of the climate change models allowed for accurate short term forecasting? I've been told not to expect short term forecasting (as in, the next five years, the next year, and certainly not the next few months) to be accurately predictable from the models and predictions of climate change experts. Are we working off predictions made ten years ago? I guess I'm confused as to why 2012 was perfectly on track with predictions.
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Submission + - Apple on Purple Flare - Your Fault (cnn.com)

__aagmrb7289 writes: Looks like Apple is at it again. CNN is reporting that they have responded to complaints about a "purple flare" with their new iPhone 5 sapphire cameras by saying "This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle..." Some people are speculating that the sapphire cover is the source of the issue, which seems to occur outside the usage scenarios that Apple has described.

Overall, the reviews have been positive for the phone, with Consumer Reports calling it the "best iPhone yet". But the issues with the glare and the map app are getting a lot of press.

Comment Re:Here be no surprises (Score 1) 608

It seems odd to pick the ones by "spending" at this point in the campaign. After all - the spending done so far for the GOP has mainly been to fight the GOP primaries. The democrat's PACs have JUST started spending, to nail Romney.

What are the biggest PACs in terms of how much money they have? Don't you think that matter more? If we want to talk money spent, we probably won't be able to compare fairly until the campaigns are done, correct?

Comment Re:Science VS religion. (Score 2) 564

When people REPEATEDLY claim that disagreeing over the origin of the human species means that people "outright reject the scientific thought process", I'd say we've got some serious concerns going on here, yes. Did you even READ the frickin' question in the poll? Your conclusion is not based on the evidence.

Comment Re:A lot of words (Score 1) 311

Whether Apple is actually guilty of anything or not, Amazon's tactics weren't exactly nice either. In exchange for US paying less, someone else was EARNING less. That's the only way it could possibly work. I'm pretty sure Amazon isn't dumb enough to screw themselves out of money, so the publishers and authors were the ones that took the hit.

Actually, Amazon WAS selling below costs on certain books. See, they were willing to eat the loss in order to own the market - probably setting themselves up as a monopoly - who knows? But yeah, the publishers still got the amount they wanted - it wasn't hurting the authors (at that point). http://www.portfolio.com/companies-executives/2012/04/12/amazon-lowers-ebook-prices-in-wake-of-price-fixing-lawsuit-against-rivals

Comment Re:The other half of the conversation (Score 1) 76

More importantly, if the CEO listens to Tim Berners-Lee, who is to say he won't be replaced, now or in the future, with someone else that will listen to the shareholders instead?

Fact is, we live in a world that is becoming increasingly more hostile to those who want their information to remain their own. And so far, I have yet to hear a good solution. Perhaps a lot of different things will work together to safeguard privacy, but I don't see it yet. This suggestion isn't worth the paper it wasn't printed on.

Comment Re:How is it illegal (Score 1) 61

Are the TV networks, magazines and newspapers required to vet their ads to this degree as well? It seems that the medium for which an ad is being transmitted is being required to authenticate those ads as being valid under the laws of that country. While I think that's rather ridiculous, as long as it is not being applied randomly, but instead in a systematic, widespread fashion, the law will at least not unfairly advantage certain types of advertisement mediums. And that's important, IMHO.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 152

Perhaps they mean that the connection to the CRL/OCSP server fails for some reason? Fact is, there are a LOT of reasons why getting a response might fail, that has absolutely no relation to whether the server is up or not. There are Internet routing issues for the ISP of the servers (that should be able to be handled). There are routing issues for the users of the browser. There are hacks on the users' system that prevent hitting that site. There are intermittent issues with connectivity due to communication stacks on the client that has nothing to do with the browser, but might be due to driver or software issues - or even hardware issues. Bottom line - problems connecting to a given server cannot be solved by the server administrators alone.

Comment Re:Contradiction? (Score 1) 644

I am confused. When did the concept of a product "winning" mean that it's stomped out its competitors to the point where they no longer exist? It seems to me that Chrome just inched past Firefox in user share. That's a "win" - but Firefox is still in the game, and so is Internet Explorer (and Safari, and Opera, etc.). I guess if Firefox loses its funding, it'll be gone - but that isn't the WIN of the free market - the WIN of the free market is when the better product gets more market share (and hopefully profits) then its competitors. Both the supplier and consumer are better served when that happens - and thus, a "free market win."

Comment Re:Absolutely illegal (Score 1) 322

Good points! I was thinking less in terms of the carriers (and by the way - good chance they outsource the storage of that information - so they may NOT need to be PCI compliant - their processors might be handling that for them - my company does this for many other companies) - and more in terms of the software company that created the crapware.

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