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Comment Re:The 6th gen was a spike above the normal trend (Score 1) 207

Opposite here. I was skeptical about buying a 6+, but I wanted a replacement for my iPad Mini that I could easily read while my commuter bus was bouncing along the freeway. It felt HUGE for about a week until it became the new normal. Now I can barely type on an SE because it feels like I'm jabbing at a tiny little Barbie phone. Now that I've acclimated to the Plus's form factor, I'd hate going back.

Comment Absurd hyperbole (Score 1) 822

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 It's an unmitigated DISASTER (Score 1) 357


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

(CNSNews.com) 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:How do we prevent flooding the phone system? (Score 4, Funny) 344

"If a manufacturer made a device that connected to the public phone system, that could be compromised and made to call thousands of people at random"

ie 2016 campaign pollsters?

If you just see the 2016 campaign as a giant DDOS attack on the concept of democracy, a lot of things start to make sense.

Comment So what? (Score 1) 175

I live in MN.
I can predict "winter weather" - whatever the hell that means, precisely - to the same degree of accuracy 10 YEARS in advance.

"In 2026, we will see 'winter weather' in Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb and well into March".

If at least 2/3 of the years follow the normal weather patterns, I've just beaten their supercomputer.

Comment Re:Another obvious defense against this (Score 4, Interesting) 428

I want a "panic" finger such that it displays a "could not read fingerprint - try again" message and then immediate sets "allow_unlocking_with_fingerprint=False" internally so that a password is required. Make it indistinguishable from the usual unlock failure message so that it's impossible to tell that it was triggered (even by examining the on-device logs, if that's possible).

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