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Comment Re:Can't they load it up with bloatware anyway? (Score 1) 74

Google does deliver updates but their Nexus devices are firmly in the unimpressive camp and sometimes downright suck. Remember, these are the flagship devices for the entire platform.

2015 actually delivered an exception to the mediocre Nexus phone rule with the Nexus 6p. But that's only viable if you want a large-class phone. The Nexus 5x certainly falls into the suck category.

Comment Re:Firefox FTW (Score 4, Informative) 52

Actually it's because Firefox is doing so badly in the security front that they're not bothering:

I'm typing this from Firefox but it's truly sad how Mozilla is caught up with things that are ultimately worthless (Firefox OS) instead of working on their core competency (or "competency").

Comment Einstein proven correct once again (Score 1) 1

It's astounding how his predictions continue to be verified to incredible precision a hundred years later even as we _know_ there's something in there missing at the tiniest scales.

So score one for the ability to start "looking" at the universe with what could be described as a new wavelength, but it's too bad there's no new theories that have to be made to describe a discrepancy.

Submission + - LIGO confirms gravity waves from black hole collision 1

DudeTheMath writes: NPR has a nice write-up of the newly-published results. "[R]esearchers say they have detected rumblings from that cataclysmic collision as ripples in the very fabric of space-time itself. The discovery comes a century after Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist. ... The signal in the detector matches well with what's predicted by Einstein's original theory, according to [Saul] Teukolsky [of Cornell], who was briefed on the results."

Comment Re:more downgrades (Score 3, Informative) 688

There's a called YesScript that lets you do that in Firefox. Extensions is still the reason why I use Firefox/Pale Moon.

If you don't like Australis, there's an extension to make Firefox look like classic. If you think the Australis buttons are too large (like me) then you can install an extension to make them smaller.

Comment Re:Firefox for Less Evil (Score 1) 381

Unless you haven't used Firefox for a while, it's been noticeably quicker to load than Chrome for some while now. Chrome invariably uses more RAM ,takes longer to start up and load pages although it has faster javascript and is unlikely to "stutter" because it's process-per-tab.

Something of a trade-off in any case.

Comment Re:Question (Score 2) 128

Well, that depends on whether it's a "first generation" star that began as just hydrogen or a second,third,fourth,etc. "generation" star that uses the gas from a previous star's supernova gas cloud thus incorporating some of the elements created during said supernova.

The Sun is still mostly hydrogen and helium but there are trrace amounts of other elements:

Since the Earth has elements that aren't hydrogen and helium, we know our Sun isn't a "first generation".

Comment Re:Question (Score 3, Informative) 128

Regular star fuel is hydrogen (and helium very late) which undergoes fusion.

When this fuel is exhausted, the star collapses under its own gravity. This can be extremely sudden (even in human terms).

The collapse can only go so far before the star is compressed to its limit. Where this limit is depends on how massive the star is. Unless the star is massive enough to crush right into a black hole, the collapse will also stop suddenly and "bounce back" as the core instantly reheats from the compression. This is the supernova explosion as all the stuff that normally wouldn't fuse goes and fuses anyway (this is where elements past iron come from).

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