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Comment Called Sprint Store and here is response (Score 3, Interesting) 102

Here are their claims:

- You will be fine if you don't leave it charging overnight

- They will have replacement handsets sometime in the next few weeks.

The first claim is false according to many sources including Samsung. As for the second, they are supposed to have replacements by the 21st but hey that's just a schedule. No one sticks to those apparently.

Comment Re:Automated GIFs? (Score 1) 188

You'd be held responsible. Google would be considered the tool which you used rather than it's own actor and you probably agreed to TOS that puts the liability on you anyway. They might include Google in the lawsuit but only if they figured it was worth challenging real lawyers instead of anyone you can afford as a real human.

Comment $1000 DIY version in 10, 9, ... (Score 5, Insightful) 38

The motors, sensors, software and batteries of this product are no doubt top end. They also must bear the weight of a regulatory approval process that makes people safe. That means a fall chance of zero because falls can cause significant damage. If you see a thousand dollar version understand the difference - commercial motors, slower response time, less redundancy, less battery life and occasional failures.

Comment It isn't about comfort (Score 5, Interesting) 394

It is about staying within safety guidelines mandating the speed of evacuation of aircraft. Beyond that it's about not violating social standards so much that too many fights break out (they're expensive). After that it's about stuffing the most people in with the final limit being not making too many of them so uncomfortable they are willing to pay more for a more expensive seat. There are finally concerns about the actual cost of manufacture of the seats. Southwest has had seats facing each other in exit rows for a long time.

Comment Re:Can be any goal you want (Score 1) 442

Yep. We could set up a scientific strategy that integrates political, social, environmental, economic and physical sciences in a worldwide approach to generate popular support for fair and wise chosen solutions while attempting manage the benefits and losses to all parties or we could disagree about the number that we won't achieve. The second is much easier.

Comment Re:Not really (Score 1) 157

If you really want to know if it's aliens figure out what stars brightening in that pattern would be useful for outside of signalling. Saying "I'm here" might be reasonable if neutrino beams and stars get cheap but doing something useful is more likely to get funded earlier.

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