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Comment Re:I'm Sorry, but... (Score 1) 440

It's not anything. Because it doesn't exist.

People develop pathological scratching and textile fibres get into the wounds. That's it. Last I heard from the Morgellons community they were claiming the fibres were created by the disease. Clearly the laboratory findings that the fibres are all clothing textile fibres has now been absorbed into the mental pathology since it can't be explained away.

I mean, really. So-called scientific papers that cite anecdotes like

"However, a more thorough analysis of the fibers performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation forensics laboratory has revealed that the fibers do not resemble textiles or any other manmade substance. In fact, the fibers are virtually indestructible by heat or chemical means, making analysis difficult by conventional methods.

Virtually indestructible fibres?? Surely the Government should be locking these people away and farming them to build a space elevator.

Oddly the incidence of this so-called disease is much lower in the UK, a country that mostly air-dries it's clothes. And isn't obsessed with alien abductions.

Comment Re: LibreOffice (Score 1) 203

LO may be a better editor.

It's terrible at being compatible with MS Office though, which is sadly the number one must-have feature of an office suite. And only MS Office nails it, and then only within the current version.

LibreOffice is probably better at being compatible with old versions of Office than modern versions of Office though. Many's the time I've seen old Office documents rescued by being loaded into LibreOffice and saved as a more modern format that the current version can understand.

As long as all your target document recipients are either using LibreOffice, or will accept PDF, you're fine. If you have to send your documents to someone who uses MS Office, you can't rely on LibreOffice not to embarrass you horribly - even though it's MS Office screwing up the formats, layouts, footers/headers, etc.

Comment Re: Translation (Score 3) 203

My daughter thinks GIMP is great and Photoshop is crap ; but she started with GIMP. It is largely about what you've learned and overcoming the "yuk" factor of having to learn a different way of doing things.

I get the same feeling when I have to use Windows, or OSX, for any kind of productive work when for the last decade I've been using Linux.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 203

Even better when paired with something like Ubuntu's Unity desktop environment which puts the menus on a search hotkey.

Tap <alt> and type part of the command you're looking for, presto! It even remembers the ones you use the most, I think. There's a reason editors like Atom and Eclipse, etc, have something like this baked into the program itself (and it's not just because Atom with a bunch of plugins has more menu items than the food court at Disney).

Comment Re:PasswordSafe (Score 1) 415

I use Syncthing - runs on all major OSs including phones, runs (almost*) entirely on your own infrastructure so less scope for being snooped. Packaged for my NAS box as well. (A NAS or equivalent server for backups is something every self-respecting nerd should own). And no arbitrary data size limits.

* It uses some public servers for connection negotiation and sometimes as peers - but all traffic is encrypted.

Comment Re:Fantastic, really. (Score 2, Informative) 306

> a modern ICE will cost you less than 4 grand in fuel for the entire life of the vehicle

In the USA, maybe. In nations where the tax on fuel makes up most of it's cost like the UK... I spend about £2,000 a year on fuel in my tiny little Skoda CitiGo, commuting a mere 60 miles round trip 4x a week.

Tesla Model 3 (the closest they've come to a mass-market car) has a range of 215 miles. The battery pack makes up a large amount of it's mass. If you can cut the battery down to 1/3rd the size, the range of the car will go up, so you can probably cut it a little further - maybe to 1/4. Now you're talking about a battery that only costs 2.5x as much.

Plus the speculation that these batteries will cost 10x as much when the inventor describes them as "cheap" is wild. If they cost 3x more to manufacture, they're definitely already worth it for electric cars - because even a unit that holds the same charge as the current battery, and thus costs the same, improves the car by being lighter, taking up less space, and charging faster, giving it better range or carrying capacity and greater utility.

Comment Re:Fantastic, really. (Score 1) 306

> Will the market be willing to pay over 10x as much for a battery with 3x the charge is the business question.

The cost of the battery module in an iPhone 6 is around $4.50, the total cost is $236 [1]

At the margins they sell them at - Apple would probably drop the battery size by 1/3rd, put in the new $30 battery module, eat the extra $25.50 in costs themselves, and then take great glee in pointing our that their phones were now even lighter, and had double the battery capacity and charged 5x faster than every other phone on the market.

At which point every other manufacturer would have to sit up, take notice, and start using those batteries themselves or be viewed as genuinely inferior, instead of generally superior (in terms of hardware capability, most of the premium Android phones crap all over the iPhone, they just don't have the shiny case and the Apple Reality Distortion Generator). You might get long-term holdouts in the cheaper end of the market, but the premium lines would have to adopt it, which would expand the market, make it more viable to manufacture those batteries, economies of scale kick in, etc.etc.etc.

[1] http://www.ibtimes.com/iphone-...

Comment Re:Fantastic, really. (Score 1) 306

The later second generation of General Motors EV1 ran on NiMH batteries, leased at prices comparable to a BMW, and had a 100-140 mile range on a full charge - more than enough for the vast majority of journeys (a 50 mile commute each way from city to city is about 3-4 hours driving depending on traffic, I sure as hell wouldn't want to drive more than that on a regular basis). Hell, even the 1st generation EV1 with a lead-acid battery (70-100 mile range) would be enough for my current commute.

Comment Re: Fantastic, really. (Score 2) 306

And unless your particular battery module is a commodity component, this is worth jack.

Nokia had the right idea on this ; most of their user-replaceable battery modules had lifespans longer than the line of phones they first appeared in. But with the trend toward integrated batteries, everyone started designing special-purpose units for one particular model, which is no longer worth manufacturing after that model became obsolescent. Which is a shame, because treated well, most phones will, as you note, outlast their battery.

Batteries degrade even on the shelf when you don't use them, so unless your phone was so mega-popular that it's worth manufacturing new ones (basically just iPhones), any module you're going to get is going to be old stock, or a knock-off manufactured so cheaply that you could almost rely on being able to use your phone as a grenade.

I have a Nexus 4 that I've had 5 years, has survived being repeatedly upgraded to the latest version of Android even when Google / LG stopped supporting it, is even outlasting the TPU case I bought for it, has only one or two imperceptible scratches on the screen. It's still my daily driver and still a great phone - the only two components I worry about are the USB port (I got a wireless charger to help reduce the number of cycles) and the battery - I still get 2 days of standby time if I'm careful, but it's starting to drop charge a little quickly once it drops below 40% now. I'd love to get a brand new, official, manufactured-this-year LG battery module for it, but such a thing does not seem to exist. And even the third-party knock-offs all seem to have been made in 2013 and sat in some superheated SE Asian warehouse since then, degrading to the point where they are sometimes worse than the unit they are replacing (as far as anecdotes on /r/nexus4 seem to reflect.)

Comment Re:No shit (Score 3, Insightful) 215

And frankly, who gives a shit.

You sweat the same stuff as you get in pee. You're covered in this stuff already. You're probably get more of someone else's on you from shaking hands with someone than you do from jumping in the pool.

And unless you have a bladder infection, pee is sterile.

There's no reason for concern, and what's more, people don't want to know. There was a vogue for putting chemicals in the pool that turned purple when they mixed with pee. Guess what? No-one uses them any more, because thinking about swimming in someone else's pee is far more of a (mental) health hazard than actually swimming in someone else's (highly diluted) pee.

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