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Comment Why are they not especially robust? (Score 1) 138

Rechargeable lithium cells are clearly excellent and power the majority of battery powered things I own. However, by comparison to older, less energy dense techs, they don't seem especially robust, for instance they degrade fast if deep discharged or left at very low charge levels. By comparison, say, NiCd batteries are very robust: while they do lose life, they do it in a pretty slowly and predictable way, you don't get it going off a cliff edge. I've noticed with some (though not all) devices, the battery life drops from hours to minutes in a relatively short timespan. The battery meter also ceases working, which I assume means that the internal resistance spikes way up suddenly and at higher voltages than fresh cells.

Can you offer any good insight as to why this happens, and do you think there are going to developments in the pipeline which will introduce the tolerance of the cells? Or are we going to have to rely on better quality active protection circuitry instead?

Comment Re: No need for backdoors (Score 1) 357

Atheist myself, just very much enjoying poking fun at religions and watching fundies squirm when busting a hernia from the mental gymnastics they attempt to defend their holy books.

I've found that people have often assumed I don't know the bible at all because I'm an atheist. I'd say I have a working knowledge and an interest too (it's undoubtedly had a huge influence in shaping my culture). I wouldn't say it's universal, but it's not that uncommon for theists to be surprisingly knowledgable about the bible.

I generally prefer the fire, brimstone and utterly bonkers randomness of the old testament, though the new testament has some remarkably insightful things to say about human nature I think.

Comment Re:Reminds me of a conversation with a colleague (Score 2) 277

Tribalism is a massive problem because we (the west) didn't give any consideration to tribal boundaries when we carved the Middle East and Africa into "colonies"

I always figured the west paid great consideration to it, then purposfully split things up to cause the maximal problems.

Tribalism isn't even the biggest problem -- we've continually interfered in the building of power structures in the quest for cheap mineral resources for our countries' companies.

There's dumping too. The we heavily subsidise agriculture (this is something I'm fine with btw, for strategic reasons), but then fuck over anyone who tries t oput substantial tarriffs on so their local industry isn't destroyed (not something I'm fine with).

Comment Re:Imaginary plot (Score 1) 277

I have seen the TSA xray of my ipad pro and you cant hide shit in these devices without setting off the detectors. They could even see I had a SD card inserted.

Trouble is though that plastic explosives look much like lithium polmer innards. If you replaced the lipo cells with nice rectangular lumps of explosives the same size, it'd be very hard to tell the difference. It'd be even easier to pull off with those laptop batteries which use 18650s.

Comment Re: No need for backdoors (Score 1) 357

"Gimme the definition of a 'kind' of animal"

I wasn't really aware of that one. Also appears to be similarly unclear wording in Genesis 1:24ish.

There isn't one that doesn't make the whole Genesis chapter 6 absurd.

Not just Genesis! Exodus is delightfully absurd too in exactly the same way as "the big rock candy mountain", but without knowing it is (I'll expound if you're interested).

Speaking of fundies, I've got a Talmudic Troll I'd love to try, but haven't got the chance to yet. Feel free if you (a) agree, (b) get to opportunity and (c) find it entertaining. So the provision against using electricity on the sabbath is all about the "thou shalt not strike a spark" and back when they made the ruling, electricity was all big knife switches, carbon brushes and arc lamps kind of deal which do indeed strike many sparks. Modern solid state electronics do not, so my interpretation is it's perfectly allowed to use, for example, a (non samsung) cellphone on the sabbath according to a strict reading of both the original text and the Talmudic interpretation.

Speaking of biblical interpretation (I am an atheist, btw)---have you recently read the parable of the prodigal son? I don't think it's a parable about redemption as is generally put forth. I think it's a parable about how prone peope are to taking things for granted, or (darker) advice on how not to create a rod for your own back.

Comment Re: Mint (Score 1) 485

There are already good options for non advanced users. To cater to them you need more than just programmers, something the broader Linux community lacks. Three half cocked attempts to cater to non advanced users have made things suck for the diehards and haven't fault helped improve market share either.

In some important ways, gnome's file dialog is now worse than the motif one. I mean ffs if you've managed to be worse than motif in any way, you have fucked up really hard.

Comment Re:But Dissent is Now HATE (Score 1) 292

Nah, Breitbart is a thoroughly discredited source. If you insist on using discredited sources, you can have no reasonable expectation for people to put effort in to tenting the claims time and time again. You can call it ideology if it pleases you to do so, it doesn't bought me. I suppose you could call not wasting time on things I know to be junk an ideology.

Find and actually credible source, or you're full of it :)

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