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Comment Absurd hyperbole (Score 1) 680

The 50megaton Tsar Bomba:
"All buildings in the village of Severny (both wooden and brick), located 55 kilometres (34 mi) from ground zero within the Sukhoy Nos test range, were destroyed. In districts hundreds of kilometers from ground zero wooden houses were destroyed, stone ones lost their roofs, windows and doors, and radio communications were interrupted for almost one hour. One participant in the test saw a bright flash through dark goggles and felt the effects of a thermal pulse even at a distance of 270 kilometres (170 mi). The heat from the explosion could have caused third-degree burns 100 km (62 mi) away from ground zero. A shock wave was observed in the air at Dikson settlement 700 kilometres (430 mi) away; windowpanes were partially broken to distances of 900 kilometres (560 mi)."

TX is 660 mi wide, 800 mi long. A bomb with a burst-damage radius of 100 mi wouldn't "destroy" Texas - although it would certainly mess some shit up.

Comment Re:It's the only reason (Score 1) 137

They were Apple Rumors that OS X always had an Intel CPU port ready for deployment. Also rumors of iTunes for windows.
And when hearing the rumors people dismissed it as why would Apple want to do that it would kill their market.
Having iMessage for android could be a smart move.
1. It encourages a larger wifi network so there is more texting and less expensive coverage.
2. It gets Android users hooked on Apple products
3. Gets ready for a backup plan in case a catastrophic problem with iOS

Apple is a huge company it has the money to spend on projects that may not get released just to hedge its bets. The market changes rapidly vendors who offer critical components can get finicky. Apple is big enough and smart enough not to take abuse from vendors. They keep backup plans in their pocket in case of a problem.

Comment Re:poor vim users (Score 2) 479

I wholeheartedly agree. I've been a Mac user for a decade, and I bought my first Mac (a Core Duo MacBook) because of its well-polished Unix operating system out of the box. I loved my MacBook. Its RAM and hard disk were easily accessible and upgradeable; I originally bought mine with 512 MB RAM and upgraded it to 2GB a few years later. I also upgraded its hard drive twice; once to expand its capacity, and again when that drive failed.

Unfortunately for me and many other power users, sometime after the iPhone came out and became successful, Apple started changing from a computer company to a consumer electronics company, and with this transition Apple started actively making decisions that have been frustrating to us power users. Upgrade cycles have become very lengthy, and Macs have also increasingly become difficult, if not impossible, to upgrade to the point that even the Mac Mini featured soldered components. I thought about switching back to PCs in 2013 when my MacBook was long in the tooth, but I didn't want to move to Linux or Windows 8, so I held my nose and bought a MacBook Air, making sure to max out on RAM and get more storage than the default.

Now I'm facing the same decision given that my MacBook Air's AppleCare expired recently and I'm due for another laptop upgrade. On one hand, I still believe OS X is the best desktop operating system out there. Linux, in my opinion, is still rather inconvenient at times, and I find Windows an annoying operating system to use. On the other hand, Apple has shown repeatedly over the past four years or so that it doesn't care about power users and other highly-technical users. Based on what's being leaked, this upcoming keynote appears to be my final straw with Apple. What's the point of having a wonderful desktop OS if the hardware you're forced to use is dumbed-down, compromised, and non-upgradeable?

It would be nice if either Apple offered licenses to run OS X on non-Mac hardware or if a team would work on a Linux desktop that meets the needs of disaffected Mac power users. But I'm no longer going to wait for Apple to change direction and release my dream product: an updated 2006 MacBook or MacBook Pro.

Comment Re:It'll only get worse (Score 4, Informative) 152

I'm glad I don't use AT&T and dropped Verizon a few years back. Can't be sure, but I bet CREDO will be very unlikely to do this sort of thing.

Credo is an MVNO running on the Verizon network. Therefore, Verizon can do exactly the same monitoring of your calls as they do with those of their own customers.

Comment It's an unmitigated DISASTER (Score 1) 348

NOAA: U.S. Completes Record 11 Straight Years Without Major Hurricane Strike

( â" Today marks the completion of a record-breaking 11 years without a major hurricane striking the U.S. mainland, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ...
The current 11-year stretch with no major hurricane striking the United States is the longest since record-keeping began, according to NOAA data going back to 1851.

Comment Re:Just curious... (Score 2) 198

It is mostly due to Mathematical calculation vs. Visual observation.

The Planets part of the Solar System have been found using visual observation. A Dark planet so far away would be nearly impossible to find.

The Planets we found outside our solar system are from Stars that are having particular traits that that fit a mathematical model.

So just as how we found the mysterious 9th real planet basing the observation of the sun. Vs looking into the darkness to see if we find something.

If/When we do visually find it. I hope it isn't an upsidedown earth.

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