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Comment Re:How this will kill Truth. (Score 1) 195

If there was such a thing as big-T Truth that was perfectly knowable, this, and other forms of censorship, would be great. Anything false could simply be censored and anything true let stand.

It's because perfect truth is inaccessible to us that we need to embrace truth seeking rather than the truth as we know it. Rejecting censorship is part of that stance.

Comment Re:Does this mean... (Score 1) 90

I have an optimus laptop (Dell L502x) and run Ubuntu 14.04 on it. No issues. Installed just fine with the intel driver (Duh!). I do have the proprietary drivers installed now, but it works fine. Switching from Intel to NVidia and inversely does require a login/logout. Not very practical, but good enough if you really really really need that NVidia card for a game.

Comment Re:It's about time (Score 1) 62

Yeah, Google sells there phones everywhere. (Hint: they don't. I can't get a Google phone if I wanted). Google may support their phones a longer time, but other manufacturers don't. Even in the premium segment.

Besides, you talk about 2 years for a Pixel... I talk about over 4 years supported. So, liar? More like realistic vision on longevity of devices.

Comment Re:It's about time (Score 1) 62

cheaper premium smartphones

It's not a premium smartphone, if you don't get updates... So, let me fix that for you: cheaper smartphones. That's it, explains it all...

Even Google and Samsung suck at keeping updates going for longer than six months, which is why the user who expects longevity and supports shells out for Apple. Sad to say, but I expect my smartphones to last four years. Two, new as my wifes phone on a subsidized contract (with flat everything), and then two more years as a hand-me-down for me with a much cheaper plan.

Comment Re:Better not be automated (Score 1) 369

Youtube and proper online courses are performing many of the functions that traditional education once served. While it's true that online resources don't currently constitute a complete replacement for traditional education, can you really be confident there will always be significant aspects of education that cannot be automated?

Comment Re:Article is extremely vague (Score 1) 218

To be fair, these are research projects. The things they describe usually work, but may not have all the properties you would need to make a commercially successful battery. For example, the cell voltage; it should be as high as possible, some cell types are below 1 volt, which is really too low. Or it may not have very good current capacity, so you'd need excessively large membranes. Or loads of other things.

This is primary research, they're announcing that they've managed to get excellent stability, via some mechanism; even if this particular cell doesn't tick all the boxes, the same trick might be applied to other cells to give a really good battery.

And while I haven't read this paper, for a paper to be published it nearly always has to reveal what they did in sufficient detail that it could be reproduced.

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Hi world,

I'm currently trying out a new behavior trait: "going back to the way it was before." Sounds exciting, huh. Color me Facebook-less since 1.5 months and frankly, this is the first time since I feel the need to actually share something.

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