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Comment Re:What's the benefit of sending audio to both (Score 1) 172

In California, at least, it is illegal to operate a vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle) with headphones or earbuds in both ears. Sure a lot of cars have bluetooth built in, but I own two that don't. Cops will almost never stop you for it, but if they're looking for a reason to pull you over, such as driving while teenaged, black, etc, it gives them a valid reason. I've used Jawbones for years, but they've devolved into crap, so I'm looking forward to getting these. I'm happy to wait until they get them right. I'll also use them as a pair for music.

Comment Re:I.e. Samsung acted recklessly for profit (Score 1) 285

Samsung is already on the hook according to the legal doctrine of res ipsa loquitor. Mobile phones aren't supposed to catch fire in you pocket. If they do, especially if lots of them do, the rebuttable presumption is that it's the manufacturer's or designer's fault. While there may be finger pointing between manufacturer and designer, California product liability law allows you to go after any link in the chain of commerce that is most convenient for you. In other states or countries, YMMV.

Comment Re:the sun is round how is it tilted (Score 2) 232

>Whether it's the Sun or the plane that's tilted is a philosophical question.

Actually, it's a physics question. The answer seems to be that the planets' orbital plane, the ecliptic, is tilted. Given the relative mass and positions of the bodies involved, it is much easier fir the hypothetical planet to affect the ecliptic than the sun.

Comment Re:Just curious... (Score 4, Informative) 232

Here's what I get from the reporting on the original article by Batygin and Brown. Given the data, Planet Nine's orbital path is pretty well known. It is, however, way out there, which means that there is a lot of orbital length to search. The data do not give any hint as to where on the orbit Planet Nine might be. B&B speculate that it is not on the part of the orbital path that brings it closest to the sun, because there are good odds that all of the comet hunting scopes in the world would have spotted it by now. A good amount of telescope time is now being spent searching the further reaches of the orbit, and my guess is that it will be found within five years. If it exists, of course.

Comment Re:DGW - Dinosaurogenic Global Warming (Score 1) 357

Great. Let's return to that. The entire central United States was a relatively shallow sea, since there were none of those pesky ice caps and glaciers. What is now Florida was well under water, which in my mind is a good thing. Of course the end of the Jurassic wasn't the end of life. It was followed by the Cretaceous, with most of the well known dinosaurs. And, the end of the Cretaceous wasn't the end of life either. The point is that life goes on. However, which life might be important. If your particular species goes extinct, you might consider that bad. Your little screed demonstrates a fie ignorance of paleontology, geology, and climatology. Perhaps a bit more study of basic sources would help.

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